Divisional Round Credit Report: Texans

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Every week Arrowhead Guys publishes the Credit Report or the Blame Game. We’re giving out props today.

Every week we either play The Blame Game or post the Credit Report, depending on the outcome of the game. Following a heart-attack-inducing-roller-coaster-come-from-behind Chiefs victory over the Texans in the divisional round of the playoffs, we go straight to The Credit Report.

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It’s pretty easy how this works. We list the five people most deserving of the credit for this win. As always, readers are encouraged to play along, but you must follow the rules (we have rules here?). You get to choose five, and only five, people who deserve the most credit for the victory and must list them in order. I will list them in order from least to most credit, finishing last with the single person I believe is most responsible for the result of the game. Jump to the comments and do the same. Just remember: rules.

Now, without any further blabbering, let’s get to it.

Damien Williams:

Sure, Damien Williams didn’t rack up a ton of yards or rip off an 80 yard touchdown run like he’s done before this season, but his 3 combined scores alone were enough to match the Texans’ 21-0 first quarter lead.

Travis Kelce:

Do I even need to explain why Travis made the Credit Report this week? Playing through injury he still managed to haul in 10 receptions for 134 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Texans had no answer for him regardless of the many ways they tried to defend him, and at one point it almost became comical how many Texans defenders he was dragging downfield for more YAC on seemingly every catch.

Patrick Mahomes:

According to the record checkers, Patrick Mahomes had one of the top 5 NFL playoff games of all time with his 321 passing yards, 5 touchdowns and 53 rushing yards. Ask yourself this, down 24-0 early in the 2nd quarter, what quarterback in the history of the NFL would you pick over Patrick Mahomes to lead your team to a comeback?

Steve Spagnuolo:

After finding themselves in a 24-0 hole due to some wacky football, Spags and his defensive unit pulled together to stifle the Texans offensive attack while Andy Reid and the offense started stacking up points.

Andy Reid:

Even considering starting out down by 24 points, you can’t look at any coaching decisions that caused that particular situation. However, once there Andy put together one hell of a well-coached game to dig themselves out of the deficit they created and run away with it. Now Andy must go back to work and draw up the perfect game plan to beat the bothersome Titans.

Who are the Top 5 on your Credit List?

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TNCHIEFS

DANIEL SORENSEN WAS F’n MVP on defense

sportingchiefs

And STs

WaywerdSon
WaywerdSon

The entire offensive line. Gave up like one hurry all game? Against the omnipotent JJ (according to booger, the smartest analyst in the biz). That’s legendary OL play.

Maw423
Maw423

Dirty Dan dropped the hammer on Houston!

Tyrone

TX_CHIEFSfan
TX_CHIEFSfan

Just a friendly back massage

ArrowFan
ArrowFan

He is clearly going for the ball 🙂

Tyrone

Mahomes led the offense to 7 straight TDs. Before that, the 3 punt drives each included 3 horrific potential first down drops (4 drops in total). He played an almost perfect game.

PFF thinks Aaron Rodgers played better, and that Pat deserved an 89.9 overall grade.

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed

1. Dirty Dan. His two plays completely changed the game.

2. MVPat. He was locked in like I have never seen before.

3. Frank Clark. Maximum effort.

4. Kelce. He coulnd’t be stopped.

5. Spags. The scoreboard shows 31 pts allowed, but the d played a terrific game.

BleedingRedAndGold

On that one sack, where he missed Watson twice and even fell down, Clark wasn’t a shark, he was a Terminator. As for Sorensen, I think it’s time to at least press pause on the “Sorensen sucks” loop and consider how much of his previous poor performances was due to Sutton’s scheme and assignments. I know I tend to harp, but I’ve been saying for quite a while that one reason he didn’t do well in ’18 is that Sutton used him to fill Berry’s role, and Dan ain’t Eric. Different talents and tools, and if the scheme didn’t account for the differences (and we know Sutton didn’t really do much adjusting) it would’ve made him both perform under his capability and look bad from his inability to duplicate Berry.

I’ve spoken in defense of old Bob, and boy oh boy was I wrong on that count. The sudden improvement of Dan and especially KPass is plenty enough evidence – and also angers me at the talent Sutton wasted. Oh, well. Not the first time I’ve been wrong and it won’t be the last.

BleedingRedAndGold

And this has made me think of something related but different: How much of the “Veach is bad at trades/drafts” narrative is based on defensive players? I’m searching my memories and it seems to me that the complaints are mostly about defensive players.

If that’s correct, it begs the question as to how much of Veach’s rep was due to Sutton? Now I wish I’d taken notes – but to have done that I’d need to have had this thought back then, and there’s not a DeLorean in sight, lol.

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater

Maybe Chiefs fans should apologize to Kendrick Lewis while theyre at it. Sutton never should have been hired in the first place and should of been fired the night of the colts playoff disaster.

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed

Lets not get carried away now.

Leaf
Leaf

I think Bob might be a decent to good schemer (it worked when he had all the right pieces), but he was a horrible play caller and coach

BleedingRedAndGold

No argument about the effectiveness of his scheme, but as you alluded, he needed players that fit his scheme, and as I said, he couldn’t/wouldn’t adapt it to fit the players he had as his aces departed and weren’t replaced with equivalents.

On board with the rest, too.

Tyrone

“players that fit his scheme” generally had to include at least 5 All-Pros, 3 Pro-Bowlers, and bunch of very good players.

Tyrone

I’d just like to point out that I am the king of being wrong.

EAFOX

Good list – wrong order

1) Mahomes
2) Kelce
3) Dirty Dan
4) Clark
5) Fisher and/or Schwartz

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11

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starry1

Why do you hate Dirty Dan, tony? You’re always ignoring him. He needs his freakin’ credit! He’s been a beast this year and foiling that fake punt was big on killing the Texan’s will to live.

Leaf
Leaf

Yeah. Hardman’s return and the ensuing TD gave us life. But Dan’s two special teams plays took a sledge hammer to the dam causing a flood of momentum in our favor

Tony Sommer

I mentioned it in the OT last night, but Mahomes is the only QB in NFL history to have 300+ yards, 5 TDs, and 0 INTs in a playoff game.

01lowbird

Is that good? I’m unsure. I heard theres a QB in Baltimore thats got to be better.

VChiefsFan
VChiefsFan

But the one in KC tried to go back in after dislocating his kneecap……………….. That’s some DeBerg level toughness there.

Leaf
Leaf

I heard there was none better then a QB in Houston that could simply will his team to victory

Tomahawk
Tomahawk

Basically if you wore red in Arrowhead on Sunday, you get credit. The players, the coaches, the fans. Everyone deserves some love for this one.

01lowbird

Ill take that credit then 🙂

BleedingRedAndGold

Might as well, considering that I credit myself with 1/70,000th of the Guinness noise record. 😉

Armychiefj
Armychiefj

Sorensen HAS to be on the list. His two special teams plays were huge in flipping the momentum.

1. Patrick (he was good all game and never got down, rallied the troops and oh yeah, played God level QB)
2. Dirty Dan for the above reasons
3. Travis – made up for a potentially horrific drop with the rest of his play
4. Spags – outside of two horrific special teams blunders, the D gave up 17 points to Deshaun Watson. and even 7 of those were due to one blown coverage.
5. Reid – I’m a little hesitant to put him here. He even looked shell shocked in the first quarter, but after that he coached circles around BoB.

Honorable mention – Hardman for that initial spark to get the Chiefs heart pumping again.
Second HM – Bill O’brien. What the hell were those consecutive 4th down calls?

01lowbird

You think he got the pro bowl esque Swartz Snub?

VChiefsFan
VChiefsFan

Whats worse, is those two plays were huge, but Dan was making plays all over the field. But I’m fairly certain he was the one responsible for the blown coverage on the first td. So he still confuses me……….. 😛

01lowbird

I think it might of been Ward honestly. Or at least it looked that way live.

VChiefsFan
VChiefsFan

TM32 looked right at Dan afterwards. I’m willing to bet that we’ll never know for sure.

Tyrone

If the play call was for Dan to take the Kenny Stills on a deep route then that was a bad play call and probably would have been a TD regardless. I doubt that was the play call.

VChiefsFan
VChiefsFan

I would rather have him cover Stills than Hopkins. Don’t get me wrong, Dan had his best game I’ve ever seen him play. And I am thinking that BRAG is right about his “sucks” moniker might be more on Sutton than Dan, I just ain’t to the “Dan belongs on the ring of honor” way of thinking yet. One game does not a believer make.

Armychiefj
Armychiefj

everyone jumped the bubble screen, so its pretty impossible to know who blew the coverage. CBS thought it was Ward since they kept showing him afterwards, but they dont know anymore than we do.

Even if it was DD, he made up for it big time

TX_CHIEFSfan
TX_CHIEFSfan

Ward looked off of his game the whole entire game. Made one pass break up towards the end I remember but was consistently getting beaten

starry1

That blown coverage looked like it was on Ward to me. Why did you think it was Dan?

VChiefsFan
VChiefsFan

Mathiu’s response is what made me think it was Dan.

BleedingRedAndGold

?Porque no los dos?

MasterChief
MasterChief

Ward mentioned after the game on twitter that it wasn’t his best performance. I think he missed on more than that. He’ll rebound though.

TX_CHIEFSfan
TX_CHIEFSfan

7 from a blown coverage and 7 from a muffed kickoff/fumble at our own 5. The d still gave up the second 7 as well but it’s got to be tough to come in and stop them at the 5
Pretty damn good defensive game plan from slags as you stated

Gamerjock
Gamerjock

If Dan Sorensen isn’t on this list, you’re doing it wrong. That guy had a major impact on the comeback with two massive plays to stem the tide.

Tomahawk
Tomahawk

He also led the team in tackles. He had a dirty game. Laid some wood on Hopkins at least twice that I remember