Thursday night’s showdown between Patrick Mahomes and the Broncos’ defense looked like a mismatch on paper, but it never turned into a rout at Arrowhead Stadium.
While the Chiefs won to move to 5-1 on the season, the postgame reaction was mostly about how much space the team feels it has to improve. They made five trips to the red zone against the struggling Broncos defense, but only converted one of them into a touchdown.
That led to coach Andy Reid saying they were “fighting for something better than what we’re doing right now” and quarterback Patrick Mahomes crediting the defense with leading the team to victory.
“Fortunately for us, our defense is playing great so we can get through these growing pains and try to get better and better,” Mahomes said. “The talent is there. You can see it in spurts, but we have to learn how to maintain the motivation. Get down into the red zone, score goals, make it easier for our defense to play a little more freely.”
Mahomes said the Chiefs’ offense has “built our identity through the season” in years past and they’re doing that now, especially when it comes to who will be the wide receivers the team can rely on to get the ball into the end zone. Winning games while they figure it out is a testament to the quality of the Chiefs roster, but it’s certainly a process the team would like to launch if possible in the coming weeks.