The K.C. Chiefs are who we thought they were

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - SEPTEMBER 12: Quarterback Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball into the end zone for a touchdown during the game against the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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Sep 12, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Mike Hughes (21) celebrates with safety L’Jarius Sneed (38) after intercepting a pass during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 12, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Mike Hughes (21) celebrates with safety L’Jarius Sneed (38) after intercepting a pass during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports /

Cornerbacks

When the Chiefs let Bashaud Breeland walk, there was a lot of concern that the Chiefs might be a little light at the corner position. The play of Mike Hughes in camp and the preseason had most people feeling much better, but I’m not sure if we’ve got a firm answer on this situation after one game. On the plus side, Hughes came away with the game-winning interception and played okay the rest of the day.

The problem is that neither Charvarius Ward and L’Jarius Sneed had especially good games. Baker Mayfield was able to complete 75% of his passes and throw for 321 yards. If the Chiefs aren’t going to have a good pass rush, they are going to need better overall play from their corners. Having Tyrann Mathieu back should help the secondary a lot, but that doesn’t mean that K.C. shouldn’t have done more at the corner position this offseason.

The other player many K.C. fans thought might factor into the corner position was Deandre Baker and the Chiefs didn’t even have him active on Sunday. I’m not panicked over the corner situation, but the Chiefs needed the corners to step up when the run defense and pass rush was struggling. Thankfully, Juan Thornhill had a big breakup late on a deep throw and Hughes came up with the big interception to seal the game. However, next time it would be nice if they didn’t wait to the final hour to step up.

Finally, let’s talk wide receivers.