Chiefs rein in five TOs to tame Bron­cos

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS -

Har­ri­son Butker kicked five field goals and Mar­cus Peters re­turned a fum­ble 45 yards for a touch­down Mon­day as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the turnover-prone Den­ver Bron­cos 29-19.

Alex Smith threw for 202 yards and a touch­down, most of it go­ing to tight end Travis Kelce, who hauled in seven balls for 133 yards and a score. The Chiefs (6-2) also in­ter­cepted Trevor Siemian three times and hopped on two fum­bles to beat Den­ver (3-4) for the fourth straight time. Siemian fin­ished 19 of 36 for 198 yards and a touch­down and has now thrown eight picks and only three TD passes in the past five games. The Bron­cos have lost all but one of them.

It was a cru­cial bounce-back win for the Chiefs, who had their 12game AFC West win­ning streak snapped 10 days ago in Oak­land. The Chiefs had won five straight to start the sea­son be­fore los­ing to the Steel­ers and then to the Raiders on Derek Carr’s last-sec­ond touch­down throw.

It started just like old times, too: Ja­maal Charles with a run, the Chiefs with a touch­down.

The only dif­fer­ence was Charles, who went to four Pro Bowls with the Chiefs, was back in Kansas City with the Bron­cos. And the TD came when the op­por­tunis­tic Peters stripped him, picked up the loose ball and re­turned it 45 yards for the open­ing score.

When the Chiefs were on of­fence, they went right to Kelce. He beat Dar­ian Ste­wart for a 29-yard TD catch and a 14-0 lead.

The Chiefs were threat­en­ing to put the game out of reach in the first quar­ter when coach Andy Reid got cute with the play-call­ing. Rather than keep the ball in the hands of Smith, who hasn’t thrown a pick all sea­son, he let wide re­ceiver Tyreek Hill throw it. He was in­ter­cepted in the end zone.

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