After a successful week for the Kansas City Chiefs, here are the things Greg Morse loved and hated. One of them? The referees letting too much slide.
WOW! What a great day for the Kansas City Chiefs. A win is always a great thing. Especially when it’s against an opponent you’re supposed to beat. (Which for the Chiefs doesn’t always happen, unfortunately.)
Beyond that, the conference and division shook out nicely for K.C. First and foremost, the Buffalo Bills dropped their second straight game. That puts the Chiefs back in the driver’s seat for the #1 seed for the conference. If the Chargers win on Sunday night (yet to play at time of writing), the Bills will end up being the #7 seed (!). If the Chiefs end up at #3 again in the Power Rankings this week, I’m going to lose it.
Within the division, the Denver Broncos and the Las Vegas Raiders lost again. The Broncos are a mess and the Raiders lost to the Indianapolis Colts no less. The Raiders might be looking for their own interim coach by the time this publishes.
With the Chiefs firmly on top again, here’s what I loved and hated about this week.
What I loved
- Mahomes throwing for his usual 4 touchdowns and 300 yards. Yeah, but why is this one special? Because did you see who he was throwing to? The answer is: everyone. I think the broadcast said he had hit 9 different players before halftime. Even with the Jacksonville Jaguars taking out our best wide receiver, it didn’t matter. Patrick Mahomes was wheelin’ and dealin’.
- The Chiefs’ pass rush finally making it home. They’ve been getting better every week, and this week they really hit pay dirt. Five different players had a sack (with Carlos Dunlap and Chris Jones splitting one). The pass rush was a serious concern early in the season, but today they looked on it. And that was with Frank Clark not playing. Hopefully, it wasn’t just their opponent.
- The Isiah Pacheco coming out party. This might be because I drafted Pacheco in the 6th round of my dynasty draft (yes, I was higher on him than even the Chiefs were). But the best running back two years from now is finally coming into his own – and even earlier than I expected. Besides the fumble, he put up a solid 82-yards. Sorry, Clyde, it’s Pacheco time.
What I hated
- The special teams’ clown show. Once upon a time, I had hoped that Dave Toub would get a head coaching shot. Maybe he wasn’t the next John Harbaugh, but for the past ten years, he’s been an excellent ST coordinator. Until this year. I don’t know how much of it is truly on Toub but every special teams play seems like it’s notable and not in a good way—from fumbles to weird returns to successful opponent onside kicks to missed kicks. What is going on?
- Butker had his weekly missed XP. I love Butker. I really do. And thankfully the dude is ice when it counts and I can’t imagine the Chiefs finding another kicker but…when will that single point catch up to us? At least he didn’t miss any field goals. AA writer Lucas Strozinsky pointed out that the Chiefs have missed an XP or a field goal in every game this season. I feel like any other team with that stat without Patrick Mahomes is not 7-2.
- The refs letting too much slide. The picked-up flag on the JuJu hit was just unacceptable. There should have been another call on the MVS hit. Both hits were by the same player. Had he been penalized on both, he would have been ejected. But as it was, neither happened. I get it, football is a violent game. But you can’t do that. And then there was the roughing call that got picked up that was also questionable (after the game, Patrick Mahomes himself admitted that it was not roughing though.) I get wanting to let the players play but sometimes a flag is necessary.
What did you love and hate about the Chiefs game this week? Let me know @thegregmorse on Twitter!