Dang. Just my luck to draw this game for this column….
Tony wasn’t able to do this feature this week, so I volunteered (or maybe I was told) to do it for him. Piece of cake, right? Well, picking winners is easy. Trying to find losers from that gem of a game is tough, but we’ll see what we can do….
They kicked butt even without the Buttkicker. 8 Straight games and still rolling.
The Chiefs staff.
With all the uncertainty of this week, not only did they have a plan and everyone ready to play, but it was a superb performance across the board, even with a good chunk of the coaching staff out with Covid.
The replacement kickers.
With very little NFL game experience they stayed pretty unnoticed, which is saying a lot. Yeah, a field goal and extra point were missed, but still. They did nothing to hurt the Chiefs chances of winning, and just did their job like a pro should. All that with a holder, kicker, and snapper that had only been together for a few days.
First and foremost, he didn’t catch Covid. And he played a pretty good game.
The running room
CEH made a pretty determined run for that TD at the start of the game. He hit a wall and then hit back. Williams and Gore also did a helluva job creating 127 rushing yards for the game. Gore also chipped in 61 yards receiving, for over 100 total yards.
The “other” receivers.
The rest of the guys did a helluva job covering for a missing Travis Kelce. It looks like Tyreek Hill’s late return to the team didn’t change the game with a massive yardage output, but drew enough attention to make the game much easier for the rest, and they took advantage of it.
Really, the whole defense. They kept the Steelers to 3 points and a garbage touchdown, and did it in a matter that was dominating. For a change, it was a surprise when Pittsburgh got a first down. At the beginning of the year, it was a surprise when the opponent didn’t get a first down.
Because they did!
They had nothing to do with this game, but if you are so bad that you lose to the Texans, you deserve as much abuse as we can deliver.
The AFC West
Another off-season of planning how to dethrone the Chiefs, and the result was the same sound of a toilet flushing as all the other years.
Future Chiefs opponents.
As the season keeps moving forward, the Chiefs have vastly improved on both sides of the ball, and are showing a lot of depth. They are making it harder and harder to argue with Tony placing them at the top of the power rankings.
It tried it’s hardest, but the Chiefs managed to get a lopsided victory despite missing some of their top players. Maybe it’s learned its lesson and will pick on the other teams in the future.