The Kansas City Chiefs lose a game they should have won.
The Ravens were down multiple starters, but still found a way to beat the Chiefs. Who’s to blame?
He has a permanent spot on this winners list, but how can he not? He was 24/31 with 343 yards and 3 touchdowns, with an interception being his lone blemish. But it was on 3rd down, on a play that would have been a sack anyway, so as far as interceptions go it wasn’t bad.
Tyrann Mathieu (and His Bank Account)
Last week it was his bank account since the defense struggled without him, but this week it’s him and his bank account since the defense struggled outside of his two picks. Outside his interceptions, the Chiefs defense got two stops the entire night.
Like Hill’s big game last week that nobody talked about, Kelce’s big game will go underrated because it’s become expected. But with 7 catches for 109 yards, including an incredible 46 yard catch and run where he showed that my preseason worry about him becoming old and unathletic was completely wrong.
Receivers Not Named Hill or Kelce
Last week, this group was a loser, as they failed to do hardly anything. This week, they actually showed up, with guys not named Hill or Kelce combined for 220 receiving yards. This was a big worry for many in the offseason but in this game it wasn’t an issue.
The Ravens were down starters on both sides of the ball. The offense took advantage, the defense did not. There is no excuse for them to give up 36 points to such a depleted Ravens team. The Ravens had 239 rushing yards on 41 carries for a monstrous 6.1 yards per attempt, and if that wasn’t bad enough, Lamar Jackson averaged 9.2 yards per pass attempt to get 239 yards through the air as well.
So far in this young season, this defense is making the 2018 version look good. If this doesn’t improve, they’ll have a hard time winning 3 or 4 straight playoff games. Mahomes will go down as the best quarterback ever, but even he isn’t perfect, yet perfection is what the defense is demanding of him.
The Chiefs were in prime position to win the game on a last second field goal, but Clyde coughed up the ball and gave the Ravens a win that should have belonged to the Chiefs. Considering that he hasn’t shown much for the high draft capital invested in him, this is the type of thing you absolutely can’t do.
It may have just been one play, but his botched snap put the Chiefs in an impossible situation. Thankfully, a strong punt from Tommy Townsend saved the day, but it still is something that can’t happen and may have ended up costing the Chiefs the game had they been able to score points on that drive instead.