Some of this goes along with the poor communication mentioned earlier, but the penalties deserved a mention of their own because the Chiefs simply cannot allow these sorts of mistakes to happen so regularly.
Here’s what is more frustrating than anything about the team’s penalties against the Eagles. On Sunday, the Chiefs committed seven penalties for 46 yards on the game, which was the most they’ve committed in a single game this season. Their average for yardage is right at 46 yards/game, so they stayed in line with the season average, but they’ve averaged 5 penalties but they committed 7 on Sunday.
These are the kinds of numbers you expect to see drop throughout the course of a season, unless there’s someone particularly new learning the ropes or a team is playing in a tough home environment. (No, Lincoln Financial Field doesn’t count as such a place in the beginning of the Sirianni era.)
With a brand new offensive line, one playing three rookies up front, it makes sense that we will see penalties from there perhaps more than other positions. It’s possible to say the same thing about the cornerback group that’s suffering from injuries, a unit that was already very, very young.
But we’re also seeing the level of penalties in general increase instead of tapering off and the Chiefs have to tighten up the communication and improve the execution which will help the bottom line here. In short, the Chiefs have to stop beating themselves. Speaking of more of that.