Kansas City Chiefs: Five lessons learned from Week 10 against the Cardinals
Kansas City’s offense struggles without Sammy Watkins
Once again the offense seemed to struggle without Sammy Watkins on the field against the Cardinals. We saw this in the first matchup against the Denver Broncos early in the season when Watkins was likely a major point of the gameplan before going down with an injury.
Without Watkins against the Cardinals, the offense put up the fewest points of the season while also only putting together 330 yards of total offense which another season low.
While Kansas City still has excellent playmakers like Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce on the field, the Chiefs might still yield a great offense but it’s not the offensive juggernaut we’ve grown to love over the last ten weeks. It allows defenses to apply more attention to other playmakers.
Chris Conley and Demarcus Robinson combined for 52 yards on four catches in the absence of Watkins. Robinson continues to drop the ball in key situations which is another issue. While some of the struggles can be drawn up to the Cardinals having one of the best passing defenses, there’s a clear difference when Watkins is not in the game.