Chiefs news for 13 October 2020
The Kansas City Chiefs expect to be without wide receiver Sammy Watkins for perhaps their next couple of games because of a hamstring injury, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The injury is still being evaluated. Watkins hobbled off the field in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. He didn’t return.
Kelce caught eight passes for a team-leading 108 yards, matching Otis Taylor for the second-most 100-yard games in franchise history (20) and passing Shannon Sharpe for the sixth-most by a tight end in league history. Only Tony Gonzalez (26) had more 100-yard games during his career with the Chiefs, and the 30-year-old Kelce still has plenty of big games ahead of him.
The Chiefs fell short in the end, but Mahomes still put together a strong statistical performance with 340 passing yards and three total touchdowns. In fact, it marked Mahomes’ 15th straight game with a scoring strike, which is the longest active streak in the NFL and matches Elvis Grbac for the longest stretch in franchise history. It was also Mahomes’ 20th career game with 300+ passing yards, which are the fourth-most for any player through four seasons in NFL history behind Kurt Warner (26), Dan Marino (22) and Andrew Luck (21).
Given Patrick Mahomes‘ 12-1 record vs. the AFC West entering Sunday, the Raiders didn’t figure to be the team to hand the star Chiefs quarterback his first loss of the season. They did it, on the road, as much with defense as a dynamic offense. Mahomes made his usual assortment of big plays, throwing for 340 yards, but a lengthy defensive sequence for the Raiders made all the difference. Trailing, 21-10, late in the first half, the Las Vegas defense limited KC to three points over six consecutive possessions to flip the game. By the time that sequence ended with Mahomes’ only interception in the fourth quarter, the Raiders led, 33-24, and finished the job from there.
During Sunday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders, he accomplished yet another remarkable feat. With a 10-yard rushing touchdown in the second quarter, Hill joined an all-time great with an exclusive touchdown milestone. According to NFL Research, there are only two players since the 1970 merger who have recorded 35 or more receiving touchdowns and five or more rushing touchdowns during their career. Those two players are Pro Football Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice and Hill.
“They came out and did a good job,” said Breeland. “They played good sound team football and made big plays down the stretch. We really don’t know what was the issue until we watch the film. “We’ve really got to put the past behind us and focus on the present and future. Right now, Buffalo is in our future and our present. They have a good receiving corps just like the Raiders had today. So we really gotta go hone in on what we do and come back together. We gotta put this game behind us and focus on what’s in front of us.”
“I wish the outcome could be better, but it felt pretty good to be out there with my guys again. It’s been a long time since I’ve been on the field and making contact, but it was enjoyable to be out there.” “We’ll be fine. It’s hard to go undefeated in this league but we still have a chance to go 15-1.”
“I think we just didn’t execute at a high enough level,” said Mahomes after the game. “In the first half, we started off well. We executed at a high level. Obviously we had some penalties call some stuff back. In the second quarter, we kind of made plays happen, but we weren’t executing at a high enough level. In the third quarter, we couldn’t execute because we weren’t running the plays the right way, and I wasn’t finding the right reads. That carried over and we obviously didn’t play the second half like we wanted to.”
“We’ve gotta go back and really look at ourselves in the mirror—me at quarterback—and not really rely on these crazy plays where I’m scrambling around and throwing these shots and just execute the offense the way that it’s called, the way it’s supposed to be ran. If we do that, we’ll be a hard team to stop.”
Something else to keep in mind moving forward is that after Week 6 against the Bills, the schedule eases up quite a bit. Kansas City will have games against the Broncos, Jets, and Panthers before heading into their Week 10 bye (as of now at least, COVID could easily flip things around). Those should be three easy wins for the reigning champs and get them back on the right track before heading into the meatier part of their schedule.
The Chiefs are still in sole possession of first place in the division, even with this loss. Now if they lose next week and the Raiders win, then Las Vegas would take over that No. 1 spot, but right now, KC is a game up on the black and silver. Fortunately, the Chiefs play in the AFC West and not the AFC North, as three teams have four wins in that division.
The Kansas City Chiefs are still the best team in the AFC West and one of (if not THE) best teams in the AFC as a whole. They played a sloppy game on Sunday and quite frankly, deserved to lose. They had been playing sloppy football in three out of five of their games so far and it was bound to catch up to them eventually.