Chiefs, Chargers continue to charge ahead in competitive AFC West
By Ellen Mathis
Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off their own blowout win against the Cincinnati Bengals in primetime. The Chiefs walked out of Arrowhead Stadium with their 6th win of the season after destroying the Bengals 45-10. The Bengals had come into the game with one of the better offenses in the NFL and the Chiefs’ defense held them to under 250 yards and just 10 points.
Having attended the game, it is very clear that the entire team was hyped up. The crowd was incredible and it just fed into the attitude the team played with. Kareem Hunt had himself a day including a run that I still cannot believe. There is no way someone should be able to break that many tackles, hurdle, and bull rush all on one run, but apparently, Hunt was hungry. Patrick Mahomes threw for four touchdowns, setting an NFL record yet again. The kid continues to dazzle. The Bengals didn’t even look close to being on par with the Chiefs, and this game helped put some minds at ease with the performance of the defense.
The Chiefs did not walk out without their fair share of injuries. Terrance Smith tore his ACL in a non-contact on a kick-off and Jordan Devey, despite playing the entire game, played with a torn pectoral muscle for three quarters. The details of his injury make me squirm. Justin Houston, Mitch Morse, and Eric Berry were all still sidelined. It is not clear when they will return to the field.
Next week, the Chiefs remain at home to take on divisional rival Denver Broncos. The Chiefs have some major issues to deal with – particularly on the offensive line given that Mitch Morse is still in concussion protocol, Laurant Duvarnay-Tardif is on IR, and Jordan Devey has now joined him. Will this affect the protection Mahomes has enjoyed thus far this season? Will this impact Kareem Hunt’s effectiveness? All questions that need to be addressed. Sunday’s game is, of course, and an important one as the Chiefs look to remain in control of the AFC West and the entire AFC. Game time is 12:00 p.m.
Check back next week as we recap Week 8 and look ahead to Week 9.