Chiefs vs Buccaneers: Winners & Losers

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The Chiefs are back in the win column after a less than stellar performance last week. It’s always good to see the Chiefs put on an absolute clinic in a game that people thought they might lose, and against the number one defense in the league.

Now that the Chiefs have very much reminded the entire league who they are, let’s take a look at winners and losers for the week. Something tells me the Chiefs were pretty big winners this week.

Winner: The running game

The Chiefs dominated this game on the ground. A complete 180 from last week. The Chiefs managed to rack up 0.18 EPA/play on the ground, which is an absurd number for that.

In total, the Chiefs ran for 192 yards to the Bucs three yards. The Bucs only ran the ball six times on Sunday, mostly because they were trailing by multiple possessions for essentially the entire night. This is a good sign for the team moving forward to control the line of scrimmage like that against a defense of this caliber.

Loser: Shaq Barrett

Shaq Barrett was talking a whole lot of smack during the week to pretty much be a no show on Sunday. Saying that he didn’t see much of a difference between the offensive line from the Super Bowl versus the one he faced on Sunday was simply not a smart thing to say.

Aside from the face that it gave the Chiefs bulletin board material. It’s just simply not true, and Barrett knew that, which makes it even more hilarious that he was held without a pressure all night.

Next time, maybe don’t give Mahomes and the Chiefs any more reason than they already have to want to kick your ass.

Winner: Travis Kelce

Travis Kelce passed Rob Gronkowski once again on the career receiving yards list, which is good. More importantly, Sunday was a get-right game for him. He’d been held to 51 and 58 yards respectively in the last two games.

Hopefully Kelce can continue this trend moving forward because when he’s good it just makes everything easier for this offense. He gets to face the Raiders next week, whom he’s historically had his way with the past half decade.

Loser: Narratives

I spoke on this last week about the false narrative that was going around that the Chiefs haven’t been good on offense. It simply wasn’t true then, and hopefully after Sunday night, people realize just how untrue it was.

Did they scuffle a little bit? Sure they did. Were they bad? Absolutely not. They just weren’t up to the astronomically high standard they had set for themselves. They’re first in EPA/play and EPA/dropback by an insanely wide margin. Not only that, but they’re first in points per drive, third in success rate and second in points per game. Mahomes is also first in EPA per pass play among all starting QBs.

This offense is more than fine.

Winner: MVS

The Chiefs were finally able to hit MVS on a few deeper routes on Sunday, which is good for him and for this offense. He did have a drop in the red zone, but three catches on five targets for 63 yards and a YPC of 21 yards is exactly what the Chiefs signed up for when they brought him in.

Loser: Tampa Bay

The Bucs lost figuratively and literally on Sunday. It’s a figurative loss because there are now questions surrounding this offense. Can they consistently run the ball? What’s the health of Chris Godwin going to look like this season? When will Ryan Jensen be back to help shore up this offensive line?

The main reason for the Bucs offensive success was the fact that they were down by three scores most of the night, so the Chiefs weren’t doing anything crazy on defense play call wise. There are some questions that I think they’ll answer as we get later in the season, but it’s something to note now.

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3rdnlong
10/03/2022 9:58 pm

Winner – The Florida community for recovering from the hurricane. And for getting to see what a champion team looks like, even if it wasn’t theirs.
Loser – Skip Bayless. What a chump.
Loser – Refs. What was that call against Juan for?
Winner – State Farm insurance. Good call getting Andy Reid in for an ad with Mahomes.
Winner – The O-Line’s attitude. What a nasty, smash-mouth attitude. I hope they carry that throughout the rest of the season.

hoosierchief
10/03/2022 3:36 pm

I give credit to our replacement kicker.. did a lot better job than the last one. hopefully it helps him get his career moving forward with another team.

NovaChiefs
Reply to  hoosierchief
10/03/2022 3:39 pm

An NFC team, please.
Mentioned below, but I was impressed with him. Hopefully, the Buttkicker is back for Monday, but if not, I’m comfortable with this kid.

MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  hoosierchief
10/03/2022 4:40 pm

Wright scored 7 points for us? One 3-pointer and four extra points?

Not having those points would have changed the way Brady played the end of the game. Wright did great and really helped us win that game.

Nasrani
Reply to  MasterChief
10/03/2022 5:10 pm

I count eleven (5 PATs and two FGs). Without him it’s 31-30 but I could be wrong.

Last edited 2 months ago by Nasrani
MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  Nasrani
10/03/2022 6:15 pm

I think you’re right!

KCChef
KCChef
Reply to  MasterChief
10/03/2022 9:33 pm

You mean ” Wright ! ” …#missedopportunitiesredeemed … Literally ! … ; )

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
10/03/2022 2:45 pm

Denver trying to catch the Chiefs with off-season moves

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
10/03/2022 2:42 pm

Loser: Denver donkeys. Actually lost their best RB and psychologically lost their 2nd best rb. Bear hug Boles makes me appreciate Orlando Brown more than I should.

KCChef
KCChef
Reply to  DenverDonkeyHater
10/03/2022 9:36 pm

Brown was as Flat Footed as I’ve EVER seen a Chief’s O-lineman …And being a fan since ’67 , that’s Goin’ back aways … : (

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
10/03/2022 2:39 pm

Just like last week special teams set the tone for the game. Only they set the tone in our favor this week. Set us up early and we never looked back.

NovaChiefs
Reply to  DenverDonkeyHater
10/03/2022 3:34 pm

I liked this tone MUCH better

tadream0
tadream0
10/03/2022 2:21 pm

Also a winner – Andy Reid and his State Farm commercial. Freaking funny!!

NovaChiefs
Reply to  tadream0
10/03/2022 3:35 pm

A star is born?

hoosierchief
Reply to  NovaChiefs
10/03/2022 3:39 pm

He was good. I hope he gets to the bottom of things.

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11
10/03/2022 1:38 pm

Add to Winners list:

  • Week of practice – heard about it, all week. Chiefs were “focused”
  • Coaching staff
  • Special Teams (backup kicker & S. Moore forgetting last week)
  • #35 Watson – filling in starting cb Trent mcDuffie
  • Darris Harris – filling in Willie Gay
DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  gonzangkc11
10/03/2022 2:38 pm

Brady was picking on Watson. Personally I thought he did a good job. Those guys push off a lot which apparently is a defensive penalty now. Brady made some damn good throws. That fucker is still pretty damn good.

NovaChiefs
Reply to  gonzangkc11
10/03/2022 3:36 pm

To my eyes, the replacement kicker looked more confident. We sign him first, we are likely 4-0.
Sigh

KCChef
KCChef
Reply to  NovaChiefs
10/03/2022 9:42 pm

I hope we don’t need his services next Monday … The only caveat RE : his performance was Kicking a FG from over 40 yds … First two KO’s were in Play Albeit the Next 3 Went Out the back of the EZ IIRC …

NovaChiefs
Reply to  KCChef
10/03/2022 10:13 pm

He looked solid on XP’s. I’m hoping he needs to kick 7 of those

Nasrani
10/03/2022 1:27 pm

Winner: Kansas City all-time versus Tom Brady. Mitch Holthus’s radio broadcast last night ended by pointing out that Brady’s teams are 5-6 all-time against the Chiefs. And that was a beautiful thing to hear.

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dragon6172
dragon6172
Reply to  Nasrani
10/03/2022 2:03 pm

Dolphins and Broncos are the only teams Brady has lost to more than the Chiefs. 12 losses to the Dolphins and 9 to the Donks

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