Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs are coming off another short week as they traveled to Buffalo to take on the Bills in an early Monday slot. This game was a big one as both teams were coming off embarrassing losses and needed to reestablish themselves as powerhouses in the AFC.
The Chiefs came into the game and did what everyone expected them to: they ran the ball. This game was all about Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the offensive line, and the defense. The Bills, like many teams before, had decided that they would take away the deep ball allowing the rushing offense to run wild.
The Chiefs defense also locked down the Bills causing Josh Allen to look confused and uncomfortable. The game was sealed with a Dirty Dan interception and the Chiefs maintained their hold on the number one spot in the AFC West.
The game looked to get troublesome early when, after the loss of Kelechi Osemele for the season, Mitchell Schwartz left the game with a back injury. Backups Mike Remmers and Nick Allegretti filled in expertly. We also found out after the game that Andy rotated in Daniel Kilgore at center to give Austin Reiter‘s tender knee a chance to heal. With so many moving parts, you marvel at the depth created on the offensive line. Let’s hope that carries forward.
Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson stepped up to fill the void left by Sammy Watkins absence due to a hamstring injury, and ol’ faithful Travis Kelce had another monster game. This offense forces defenses to pick their poison and looks nearly unstoppable as long as they get out of their own way. Penalties remain an issue—particularly in the secondary—and Harrison Butker continues to struggle with extra points. This hasn’t been an issue yet, but I don’t love the trend.
Next week, the Chiefs travel to Denver to take on Drew Lock and the Broncos in Snow Game Round II. Will we see the debut of Le’Veon Bell? This Chiefs team looks mighty dangerous and I, for one, am excited to see them match up against a speedy and improving Broncos team.
Game time is 3:25 p.m. on Sunday.