The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Cleveland Browns in a dramatic come from behind victory. Plenty of winners, plenty of losers as well.
The Browns performed well on Sunday, you can even argue that they should have won if it wasn’t for a couple fluke plays. That means we’ll have plenty of losers. But they didn’t, which means we also have winners.
Of course, Mahomes is a winner pretty much every week, but this win in particular was because of him. He carried this team on his back like a person carrying a heavy thing on their back (I’m not good at analogies).
Mahomes was 27-36 for 337 yards and 3 touchdowns (plus an additional rushing touchdown). That’d be a career day for most quarterbacks, but for Mahomes is just another day at the office.
Tyrann Mathieu’s Bank Account
The Honey Badger was taken off the covid list on Saturday, which seemed to indicate he would play. But he did not, and his bank account thanks Andy Reid for that.
Mathieu is seeking an extension that should have been done before the season began. For whatever reason they couldn’t come to terms, so now he’ll have to continue building leverage this season, and nothing builds leverage like the team sucking without you.
Mathieu’s presence was sorely missed as the Browns did whatever they wanted on offense for most of the game. He just earned more money standing around in a T-shirt watching a football game than most of us will make in a lifetime.
Did you know Hill had 11 catches for 197 yards? That was an absolutely dominant game from him yet nobody is talking about it. Sure, 75 of those yards came on one play, but having 122 yards even after taking away your biggest play is exceptional.
Like Hill, Jones had a nice statistical game with 2 sacks that nobody’s talking about. Maybe because the defense overall performed poorly, and outside of those sacks he didn’t make any splash plays. But sacks are the moneymaker and getting 2 in one game is very good.
With Willie Gay out due to injury, the Chiefs will need to rely on rookie Nick Bolton to step in and perform well until Gay gets back. His first game was a very solid outing. If he continues playing at this level he will hopefully replace the fan least-favorite Ben Niemann as starter when Willie Gay returns from injury. A linebacking corps of Bolton, Hitchens, and Gay would be the best we’ve had in a long time.
They did finally wake up in the 4th quarter, with the Browns only gaining 24 yards on their final 3 drives, but until that point they might as well not have even shown up.
Of the first 6 drives for the Browns, 4 ended in touchdowns. But even that understates their dominance on offense, as those two failed drives weren’t the Chiefs defense stopping them. Instead they were stopped by the clock at the end of the 1st half and the Browns stopping themselves with a fumble to start the 3rd quarter.
Yes we were missing 3 starters, but that’s no excuse to completely lay an egg like that.
The Wide Receivers Not Named Hill
Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce combined for 273 yards. Everybody else combined for 66 (64 if we’re including the -2 yard reception from Mike Remmers), of which 29 came from running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. That’s obviously not good.
The Chiefs can obviously survive by leaning on Hill and Kelce, but it could cause problems down the road. What happens if one (or both) gets hurt? Somebody needs to step up and show they’re capable of starting at the NFL level.