I get that a win is a win and how the Chiefs fared against the Jets in Week 4 will likely be a distant memory by season's end. But, there are aspects to this game that should not be forgotten soon. They can absolutely rear their ugly heads at inopportune times.
No aspect of this Chiefs team looked crisp or sharp after the team took a 17-0 lead early in the game. It happened so fast that the offensive scoring and defensive shutout seemed certain to continue. But Kansas City nearly beat themselves, as it usually happens. Fans saw it in Week 1 against the Detroit Lions. That happening again seemed very possible in Week 4, for much of the game's second half, at least.
The rest of the Arrowhead Addict crew can break down the ins and outs much better than myself. These overreactions feel slightly tame after rewatching the game Monday evening. Within every exaggeration lies truth, and these three observations hold true until Kansas City's next game.
Overreaction #1: It is time to panic on the Chiefs wide receiver room.
I bought into the patience, the approach, and the offseason trust in the wide receivers on the Chiefs roster. But this group is holding Kansas City back considerably through the season's first four weeks. The New York defense is no joke, but this has been four bad games for the Chiefs receivers. It is time to hit the panic button.
Could this have been avoided? The Chiefs' options ahead of this season were not solid. Odell Beckham Jr. is still injured, Juju Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman are quiet with their new teams, and not many rookies are producing more than Rashee Rice.
The DeAndre Hopkins supporters should take their victory lap, as Hopkins' production through four games would lead Kansas City's crew by a mile. But the Tennessee Titans target Hopkins so much that it would make Andy Reid sick.
This team is tied for the league lead with 11 drops and leads it with a 7.4 drop percentage. Justin Watson, a free agency afterthought, leads the team with 163 receiving yards. This team ranks 26th in air yards before the catch per reception, showing how rare the Chiefs produce on the deep ball. How can this team have one of the best deep passers ever in Patrick Mahomes, yet 63.9% of the pass attempts are no further than five yards down the field? That is what happens when the receivers cannot win one-on-one.
Brett Veach needs to head to the Rolodex to find a wide receiver on the trade market. Sellers may not start selling for a few more weeks, but something needs to happen to increase the talent at the wide receiver position. Players have to be schemed open so much that Skyy Moore and Kadarius Toney feel like speedy running backs at this point. Receivers struggle to separate from defenders downfield, so often it is a problem.
It's tough to say what the solution is. Being a general manager is not an easy job. But even someone without expertise can see that the current receivers are struggling, and it's impacting the team's results. It's important to address and solve this issue.