K.C Chiefs vs. Cowboys: Handing out game grades for Week 11

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - NOVEMBER 21: Chris Jones #95 of the Kansas City Chiefs sacks Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter of the game at Arrowhead Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - NOVEMBER 21: Chris Jones #95 of the Kansas City Chiefs sacks Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter of the game at Arrowhead Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

How about those Kansas City Chiefs!? With the Dallas Cowboys marching into Arrowhead, the Chiefs needed a statement win, and they did just that as they beat the Cowboys 19-9. The defense was the vital point of this game, as it held this electric Cowboys’ offense to no touchdowns was able to force three turnovers and five sacks.

The defense and special teams played well. However, it seemed as though the Chiefs’ offense hit a wall after their last touchdown. While they could still drive down the field, it didn’t look as electric as it did when the game began. That doesn’t mean they all played terribly, though.

With that said, here are your Chiefs’ player grades for Week 11:

The Best: Chris Jones, DT

Chris Jones was by far the best player for the Chiefs in Week 11. Jones exploded in this game, tallying five tackles, a pass deflection, a fumble recovery, and 3.5 sacks. This was the most sacks by a Chiefs’ player in a game and the most in a game since 2016 as well (Dee Ford):

Jones did everything you could ask for in a defensive lineman in this game. As he worked inside this week, he used his explosive strength to bully the Cowboys’ offensive linemen with ease, especially against offensive guard Zack Martin, who is an All-Pro caliber talent. Jones was able to force pressure and give Prescott a mini-heart attack every time he broke through the Cowboys’ wall. This was a career day for him, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he keeps going up from here.

The grade is simple here, as he did everything right and then some.

Grade: A+

The Worst: Andrew Wylie, RT

While Wylie had a good game last week against the Raiders, he was not up to par this week against the Cowboys. Wylie allowed multiple pressures today, along with a major sack by Michah Parson, as he worked Wylie with his quickness and speed. The same sack was also the strip-sack that caused a Chiefs’ turnover:

The offensive line didn’t play well in this game as they were pushed around like ragdolls, but Wylie played the worst. He looked off and couldn’t get set for most of the game. The absence of Niang is hurting the right side, and it showed this week. Would Lucas Niang or Mike Remmers have shut down Parsons? No. However, I still think he’d fare better than Wylie.

He did have some solid reps, especially a key block for the first touchdown of the game for the Chiefs. With that in mind, I can’t give him an F, but the grade still isn’t the best.

Grade: D

Right Below The Best: Tyreek Hill, WR

Among the offensive weapons, Tyreek Hill was the most explosive in Week 11. Hill had nine catches for 77 yards on 11 targets, and he also had one colossal rush for 33 yards, giving him over 100 total yards on the day.

His elusiveness was on point this week, as he evaded everyone and got open with very good separation quickness from his athletic ability. His elite hands were showcased, and he racked up yards with his speed and acceleration with zero problems as Hill was a first-down machine; he tallied seven first-down receptions on the day.

Hill was a problem that the Cowboys barely had an answer for. While I wished he scored once, Hill had a fantastic game overall, and the grade represents that.

Grade: A

Right Below The Worst: Darrel Williams, RB

Yes, I understand that Darrel’s playing time would decrease with Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s return. However, with the reps he was given, he still didn’t play the best overall. On five carries, Williams only had 15 yards, averaging 3 yards per run. Moreover, Williams’s longest run was for 10 yards, so he averaged 1.25 on his other four rushing attempts. He also had 1 reception for 11 yards on 3 targets.

Aside from two plays, Williams just wasn’t one of the better players on the field. His burst looked worse from other games, and he wasn’t as explosive from games past. It was a rough game, and you expected a bit more, especially after his performances over the last few games. The grade isn’t great here, but I don’t expect this to be a trend for him to perform better after the bye week.

Grade: D+

Still Contributed Well: L’Jarius Sneed, CB

There are a lot of defensive players I could highlight here, but outside of Jones, I have to give a rundown of L’Jarius Sneed. This week, Sneed was an empathic performer, netting six total tackles (five solo tackles), one colossal tackle-for-a-loss where he snuffed out the play in the first quarter (9:32), and three pass deflections. Aside from those stats, he also sealed the Chiefs’ win with a red-zone interception:

Sneed was a monster in coverage on Sunday. Along with his pass deflection and interception mentioned above, he allowed only 33 receiving yards as the closest defender. His tacking was great, too, wrapping the ball carriers up and taking them down with authority. Sneed is one of the more physical corners in the league, and it showed here this week in his outstanding performance.

Grade: A-

Do you agree with the grades given for Week 11? Leave a comment down below to join the discussion. Thanks for reading, and have a fantastic day!

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