The combination of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce was dominant once again in Week 8.
In a game where the Kansas City Chiefs could have attacked the New York Jets in any combination of ways, they went with two familiar faces in Week 8 in a 35-9 victory at Arrowhead.
Tight end Travis Kelce hauled in 8 receptions on 12 targets for 109 yards and a second quarter score, and wide receiver Tyreek Hill chipped in 4 catches on 6 targets for 98 yards and 2 touchdowns.
It was a game in which the Chiefs were expected to run early and often, with newcomer Le’Veon Bell playing against his former team, but that was not the case. The Jets chose to go after Patrick Mahomes in the passing game, and Mahomes made them pay.
In Week 7, the Chiefs spread the ball out very effectively. Kelce and Hill combined for just 86 yards receiving in that game. This week, the star tandem gouged the Jets for over 200 receiving yards and three touchdowns. The Jets’ game plan and defensive approach likely had a hand in it, but the Chiefs’ alpha dogs both reminded us on Sunday why they are the big money guys.
The Chiefs continue to move the ball with ease, and are not too proud to adjust their offensive gameplan based on what their opponent gives them. Several teams like the Texans and Patriots have tried to rush Mahomes minimally and play deep zones, and the Chiefs answer by hammering the run game. Others, like the Ravens and Jets, have attempted to go after Mahomes, but the 25-year-old All-Pro has thrived against the blitz.
Next on the docket is the Carolina Panthers, who have struggled to get to the quarterback in 2020. We expect to see the running game get back on track against the Panthers and their new head coach, Matt Rhule.