Knile Davis is back where he belongs.
The former Chiefs running back is now the current Chiefs running back after Kansas City re-signed him to the active roster on Saturday.
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To make room for Davis, the Chiefs placed rookie guard Parker Ehinger on injured reserve with a knee injury. Ehinger has not practiced since leaving last week’s win over the Colts with the injury. Zach Fulton will likely replace him.
Davis returns to an injury-riddled Chiefs running back room. Jamaal Charles is on injured reserve and Spencer Ware is out this week with a concussion, leaving Charcandrick West, Bishop Sankey and Anthony Sherman as the only active backs on the roster.
For much of the season, Davis was the Chiefs’ fourth running back, but was traded to the Packers when Charles was 100 percent healthy — or so Kansas City thought. Davis appeared in two games in Green Bay before being waived. Davis was then briefly signed by the Jets before being waived less than one day later to make space for fellow free agent tailback C.J. Spiller.
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The absence of Jeremy Maclin has limited Kansas City’s offense in many respects, but one positive to be drawn from his hiatus is the emergence of Tyreek Hill as an offensive threat and a name-brand fireball. Hill was responsible for all three of Kansas City’s touchdowns, earning them with a reception, a rush and a punt return. The rookie’s breakaway speed was a known commodity — Hill reached a max speed of 22.77 mph on his return score, a league-best — but Hill’s catching ability and route running have improved, showing up on his game-tying receiving TD and the catch that set up Santos’ game-winning field goal. Half Dante Hall, half Dexter McCluster, Hill is a three-dimensional weapon in the making.
After a string of turnover-laden showings and sluggish offensive performances, Trevor Siemian put together his most composed game of football of the season in a big spot. Siemian recovered from a sack-heavy first half to throw three touchdowns and top 300 passing yards for the first time since Week 3.
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The first-year starter showed poise and mobility in the pocket on two plays in particular. Siemian’s escapability was on display during an impromptu spin-move away from Justin Houston and roll-out touchdown pass to Jordan Taylor in the red zone that took 9.53 seconds to fully develop. Then, deep in his own territory in the fourth, Siemian deftly moved the pocket to convert a long third down to another tight end, A.J. Derby, before launching two bombs to Emmanuel Sanders. If Siemian can perform with this confidence down the stretch, Denver won’t even need to look in Tony Romo’s direction in the offseason.
Houston, we have a pass rush. In his second game back, Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston dominated Denver’s offensive line in the first half. His three sacks of Siemian forced Denver to bench converted right tackle Ty Sambrailo in favor of Donald Stephenson in the second quarter. The result neutralized Houston’s sack surge for the remainder of the night, but the damage had been done. The sixth-year pass rusher single-handedly disrupted the Broncos’ offensive rhythm for an entire half and will be a force to be reckoned with down the stretch.
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Surprise, surprise: The Super Bowl MVP went off again. Von Miller took the league lead in sacks with 12.5 after compiling another three on Alex Smith and tallied 10 total tackles on the night. Miller has now surpassed his sack total from last year and is on pace to tie his career high (18.5). Miller and Houston’s sack six-pack made Sunday night the first game with two players with three sacks since 2013.
Phillip Gaines is going to want this game tape burned, buried and forgotten. The Chiefs cornerback surrendered 175 yards on three plays in the fourth quarter that put K.C. behind the eight ball, including two on one drive to Sanders. Down nickel back Steven Nelson, Gaines and Kenneth Acker were routinely victimized in the slot by Sanders; the former lost track of Bennie Fowler on a late-game 75-yard catch-and-run.