Chiefs stay on top of AFC West with 22-9 win over Broncos – .

Chiefs stay on top of AFC West with 22-9 win over Broncos – .

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Not all victories will be good. But the Chiefs still did what they needed to do for a meaningful division victory over the Broncos on Sunday night football.

Kansas City beat Denver 22-9 behind a strong defensive performance. The Chiefs intercepted Teddy Bridgewater twice, the quarterback finishing 22 of 40 for 257 yards and a touchdown.

The second interception was a six-pick by safety half Daniel Sorensen, which gave Kansas City a 22-3 lead with 9:42 remaining in the fourth quarter. It did win the game.

The Broncos moved closer with a 13-yard touchdown reception by Javonte Williams with 5:12 left in the contest. And Denver had a shot at getting more points late in the fourth quarter, but Bridgewater was stopped two yards from the sticks in a 4-8 scrum with 1:15 left in the game.

Making his first start in place of an injured Melvin Gordon, Williams was clearly a beacon of hope for Denver. He had 102 yards on 23 carries and 76 more yards on six receptions.

The competition turned at the end of the second quarter, when the Broncos played 20 games but came away with zero points. Linebacker Willie Gay and edge rusher Melvin Ingram combined to pack Williams for a one-yard loss on the fourth and second yards of the Kansas City 8-yard line.

At this point, Denver was down 10-3. The team did not score again until the fourth quarter.

But Kansas City’s offense couldn’t do much on Sunday. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes finished with the lowest assisting score of his career in a regular season game at 57.3. He had 15 of 29 passes for 184 yards with one interception. The choice fell in the hands of wide receiver Tyreek Hill and in the arms of waiting Denver rookie corner Pat Surtain II. But the turnover turned out to be inconsequential as the Broncos had to kick after three games.

Mahomes also opened the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 54 yards on 14 carries. Darrell Williams had five yards on 20 carries plus three catches for 60 yards.

Tight end Travis Kelce had just three catches for 27 yards, while Hill had two for 22.

Nonetheless, the Chiefs extended their winning streak against the Broncos to 12 straight games, dating back to 2015. Head coach Andy Reid is now 20-3 after a week off in the regular season. And Kansas City is now 8-4 on the season, retaining its first place in the AFC West.

The Chiefs will look to keep their division going next week as they host the Raiders.

The Broncos will look to get back to the winning column next Sunday against the no longer winless Lions.


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