Chiefs defense forces five turnovers as Kansas City handles Jacksonville
Kansas City - The Kansas City Chiefs are much more than the Patrick Mahomes show. The Kansas City defense intercepted Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles four times, returning one for a touchdown, and the Chiefs beat the Jaguars 30-14.
Questions about the Kansas City defense have surrounded the team throughout their undefeated start to the season. That defensive unit was clearly tired of the criticism, as they stepped up huge on Sunday. They forced five turnovers, sacked Blake Bortles five times, and held an opponent under 20 points for the first time this season.
While the defense was spectacular, the league’s highest scoring offense still scored 30 points and had 424 total yards of offense in an “off game”. The phenom Patrick Mahomes tossed for more than 300 yards, but was picked off twice, the first two of the season, and failed to throw a touchdown for the first time this season. Kareem Hunt rushed for 87 yards and a score, as the Chiefs leaned on the ground game a bit more due to the wet weather.
Kansas City passed its first major test by dominating Jacksonville, but next week brings an even bigger test. The Chiefs will travel to New England to face off with a Patriots team that beat Jacksonville in the AFC championship last season. If the Chiefs can pull off a road prime time victory next Sunday, many of the doubters who say that the Chiefs will fade away late in the season just like in previous years surely will fade away.