For the first time in EIGHT years, the Chiefs lost a regular season game to the Denver Broncos. The loss last Sunday in the Mile High City was a shocking outcome, especially considering how great they looked against the Los Angeles Chargers the week prior. When the Chiefs and Broncos played a little over two weeks ago, it was Kansas City’s defense that led the way when they held the Broncos to eight points. This time around? It was a total role reversal with an unfortunate twist before the game even began.
Mahomes Sudden Illness
A few hours prior to kickoff, quarterback Patrick Mahomes was suddenly added to the injury report due to suffering from the flu the night before. His wife Brittany and their two children were also sick during the week. After the game, he addressed the issue saying “I started feeling bad last night but thought I bounced back pretty well this morning”. Needless to say, he did not play his best and it showed.
Turnovers Plague Offense
It was a frustrating day for the Chiefs offense overall. After going three and out on the first drive and the Broncos scoring a touchdown to strike first and go up 7-0, Kansas City went on a 12-play drive of their own but unfortunately only scored a field goal from Harrison Butker. But there was a bigger issue that caught up to this team: turnovers. They gave the ball away like it was a charity if I’m going to be 100% honest. There were so many uncharacteristic mistakes made, it was frustrating to watch. The first of many mistakes came on a fumble by wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling recovered by Broncos linebacker Justin Simmons.
The Broncos capitalized on the fumble with a receiving touchdown courtesy of Jerry Jeudy. The nightmare offensively was just beginning. In the very next series, Mahomes was intercepted, one of two that he threw on the day. It was a snowball effect from that point forward and anything that could go wrong went wrong for the Chiefs. They ended the game with five total turnovers (two interceptions, and three fumbles). All the points Kansas City scored came from Harrison Butker in a difficult afternoon as KC came up short 24-9. Their next opponent doesn’t get any easier as they face off against perhaps the best team in the AFC, the Miami Dolphins in a special international game in Frankfurt, Germany.
Dolphins Flying High
The Dolphins have one of the best offenses if not the best in the NFL right now, led by quarterback Tua Tagilviloa. They are one of four teams at 6-2 in the AFC along with the Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Baltimore Ravens. Miami has a three headed monster on offense: running back Raheem Mostert and wide receivers Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill.
Yes, the former Kansas City Chief who had four seasons over 1,000 receiving yards and scored 56 career touchdowns and won a Super Bowl in 2019. That Tyreek Hill. He’s been the Dolphins best weapon ever since he was traded there in 2021 as he had 1,710 receiving yards and seven touchdowns a year ago and he’s on an historic pace for this season trying to eclipse 2,000 yards. He’s already halfway there as he has 1,014 yards through eight games and has eight touchdowns.
Needless to say, this game will be must see TV as the Chiefs will look to get the better of their former superstar receiver. Sunday’s game will be in Frankfurt, Germany and the broadcast is on NFL Network at 9:30am Eastern Time. DO NOT MISS THIS.