Russell Wilson was smothered and covered in primetime by Chiefs defense

The Chiefs defense is young and still adding pieces or coming together. The best is yet to come.

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Russell Wilson couldn't do much of anything on Thursday night.

As the Kansas City Chiefs hosted the Denver Broncos to open Week 6 of the NFL schedule in primetime, the talking points after the Chiefs' 19-8 win were all about the defensive side. That's because the typically productivei Broncos offense, led by Wilson and new head coach Sean Payton, were left frustrated with one ineffective drive after another on Thursday Night Football.

No matter how you slice the stats, the Chiefs defense dominated the Broncos for the vast majority of the game, holding them scoreless until they finally broke through for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter—helped along by a horrible roughing the passer call on Mike Edwards.

For the game, Wilson had his third game ever held to under 100 passing yards to go with 2 interceptions. When you break down the Broncos offensive possessions, here's how they went on the night:

  1. Turnover on Downs
  2. Interception
  3. Punt
  4. Punt
  5. Punt
  6. Punt
  7. Interception
  8. Punt
  9. Touchdown
  10. Fumble

JUst to recount, because it's fun to do, that's 10 possessions with five punts, four turnovers, and a single scoring drive. That's the Chiefs defense in a game against an opponent whose back was absolutely against the wall.

"As a complete defense, this is one of the most challenging groups I’ve been a part of. I’m excited to see how we can get better," said defensive tackle Chris Jones after the game.

"It don’t get any easier for us. We’re gonna continue to see where we can get better at. We’re gonna take this time off, get healed, a lot of players battling injuries right now, and then we’ll be ready for the Chargers on Sunday night."