Talk about a nail-biter. The team comes away with their third road victory of the year, but it was not pretty. I know I mentioned last week I would just put the entire 53 on here; well, not after that showing! Let’s take a look at this week’s winners and losers from the hard fought Chiefs versus Lions game.
Patrick Mahomes: He certainly was not as sharp this week as he has been in the past, but when your MVP quarterback leads a 2:00 minute drive which results in a game winning touchdown, he is a winner. #15 finished the game with zero touchdowns, zero interceptions on 24/42 passing with 315 yards. Not the stats everyone was expecting from the “dome” conditions, but the Win is the most important factor here.
Running Backs LeSean McCoy and Darrel Williams: Combined for 3 touchdowns on the day, with Darrel Williams scoring the game winner. Nice to see the running backs stepping up and getting the job done this week.
Bashaud Breeland: Don’t tell anyone… actually, go ahead and tell everyone that Breeland is quickly becoming my favorite player on the defense. His fumble pickup returned for a touchdown should be shown to every high school, college, and pro player around on how to play until you hear a whistle.
Chris Jones: #95 was nasty this game, and needs to be paid.
Detroit Lions, Kerryon Johnson, Matt Patricia: The NFC north needs to be on notice. The Lions may have played the Cardinals to a tie, but they are certainly trending upwards in the CHIEFSandSABRES book. Patricia seems to be putting together a nice squad that is making adjustments, playing with some swagger, and features a running back in Kerryon Johnson that is going to win them some games. Yeah, they did not win this game, but we Chiefs fans have to give credit where credit is due. The Lions played a heck of a game Sunday.
Third win on the road so far this year: I will close out the winners with this. Several other players were on the bubble of making the bold print, but the team as a whole gets a nod of the ol’ Stetson from me. Three road games in the first 4 weeks for the team and we have victories in all of them. It’ll be nice to start stringing together some victories in front of the Sea of Red, starting next Sunday night.
Charvarius Ward: Was clearly getting picked on all game. He is the weakest link in the secondary, and it showed Sunday. It is not as bad as it was last year back there, so hopefully the good starts to outshine the bad with Ward as the season moves on.
Kendall Fuller: Looked out of place all game. Certainly not a strong game for him, hopefully the veteran can hit his stride and turn this around because he did not look good against the Lions.
Rush Defense: Kerryon Johnson had a field day. 26 rushes for 125 yards. The defense as a whole kept us in, and in my opinion won this game for us, but we need to get a little stouter and stop these running backs.
Offensive rhythm: Everything just seemed a little off. Receivers not finishing routes, the MVP adding a little too much juice or not enough, and practically zero “explosive” plays like we are all accustomed to. Yes some of the individual players earned the bold print above, as a whole the entire offense looked a tick off.
Fumbles: The ball is probably still rolling around on the turf in Detroit. From the opening kickoff in the third quarter, the Chiefs and Lions could not keep the ball in their hands.
Andy’s clock management to end the first half: Call the time out. Anyone. This is the second week in a row where I can remember the MVP going to the sideline being visually upset with the tempo and wanting more.
Special Teams: Yikes. Butker missed a FG, and the entire unit has not looked good at all so far on this young season. Colquitt had a weak punt, and the return game is not looking very electric. Jumping offsides to make a 58 yard field goal a 53 yarder, just not good. Dave Toub needs to hit the drawing board and get something going here.