KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIBW) - Patrick Mahomes pumped his arms out and yelled with the rest of Arrowhead Stadium. Chris Jones, a towering defensive lineman, had just juked Blake Bortles after an interception to cruise into the end zone and put the Chiefs up 20-0.
It was just one example of how Sunday's 30-14 victory over the Jaguars was not focused on the billed battle between Kansas City's top-ranked offense and Jacksonville's top-ranked defense.
Instead, the Kansas City defense had its best game of the season. Constant pressure off the edge from Dee Ford, who forced a fumble that Breeland Speaks recovered, and the rest of the Kansas City front seven helped force five turnovers.
There was the aforementioned pick-six by Jones, where it looked like Bortles was almost aiming for the massive defensive lineman on a screen. Or there was a misfire off of an offensive lineman's helmet that went into the arms of Steven Nelson for a red zone turnover before halftime.
Even after giving up a touchdown in the second half, the unit bounced back with a Jordan Lucas interception that featured plenty of changes in direction and missed Jacksonville tackles. And veteran Orlando Scandrick got a takeaway of his own to tally three red-zone turnovers.
That kind of effort overshadowed a two-interception day for Mahomes, who still threw for 313 yards and rushed for a touchdown. The Kansas City offense was able to move the ball well, tallying 424 total yards and putting up 23 points against a stout Jacksonville defense.