3. Chris Jones re-emerged as league's best interior defender
Fellow Arrowhead Addict Charles Robinson said it best, y'all.
In reality, defensive tackle Chris Jones had a deep hole to dig out of with Chiefs fans. His decision to skip the season opener against the Detroit Lions started off the season negatively, but Jones has quietly had another great season. Jones had the second-most sacks amongst interior defenders and the fourth-most total pressures. Fans may not want to admit how well 2023 has been going for Jones, but he made his presence felt immediately against the Eagles.
Jones sacked Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts twice in one drive, absolutely shuttering a Philadelphia second-quarter drive. Jones totaled four tackles for loss and two sacks against a traditionally stout Eagles offensive line. Even ESPN's Mina Kimes chimed in on his dominant performance.
Terez Paylor once said "the contract year is undefeated" and Jones continues to prove that. He expects to be paid as the league's top interior defender. Well, these are the sort of performances that cement that status.
This is the game that Jones needed to have, reminding football of how he can take over a game. The game's biggest stars shine brightest when their team needs them the most and Jones did that on Monday night. Hopefully, this is the start of a stellar second half for the eight-year veteran, rather than just a one-off. It is hard to be mad about 7.5 sacks through 9 games though.