Saturday night was filled with several big performances, purely by the Kansas City Chiefs. Reading the box score stats you will see that Alex Smith was 23-30, throwing two touchdowns and no interceptions. Kareem Hunt exploded for over 200 total yards and rushed for 155. Then you will also notice the Defense gave up 13 points, had three interceptions and forced a fumble. Overall, the Chiefs dominated, having possession of the ball for over 33 minutes. Now that we have all the box score stats out-of-the-way, let’s discuss how the Chiefs accomplished the dominating performance on both sides of the ball.
Everything starts with the big guys up front, you hear it all the time, but it is true. Kansas City’s offensive line won the line of scrimmage. Physically, opening holes for Hunt to burst through. The offensive line was winning their battles all evening, pass and run blocking. As seen through the season, Hunt is an exceptionally physical runner, needing three defenders to bring him down. He bounces off hits, along with quick feet and great awareness. There were several plays were Hunt was greeted by a defender at the line of scrimmage, but made some sort of move and turned it into a positive play. Whether it was a jump cut, juke, spin or a stiff-arm to get that extra yard, Hunt was executing it and getting the fans out of their seats.
The Chiefs went to Hunt consistently on first down, run or pass, allowing him to work his magic. I said a couple of weeks ago the Chiefs needed to focus on getting Hunt back in the mix. Get back to the zone scheme runs and give him at least 20 touches a game. That is exactly what the Chiefs have done the past two weeks, and well, you all have seen the results. Hunt ran all over the Chargers and ultimately gave the Chiefs the victory.
Last week Peters was suspended by Andy Reid for throwing a flag into the stands and walking off the field in New York against the Jets. The secondary played awful and emotions were high because of it. Peters was not able to play his hometown, Oakland, Raiders, that in itself sent a clear message that Andy Reid was done with his foolish acts. Last week Peters name was bashed in the media by many, then after the secondary’s performance against the Raiders, many were there to say Peters isn’t worth it. Which is complete nonsense because he literally feared by every quarterback in the league.
Saturday night Peters was playing to show his worth to this team and he did just that. I had a tweet typed out saying “Peters get’s two INT’s tonight” but fear got the best of me and I deleted it. Peters did, in fact, have two interceptions and a stripped fumble with the help of Reggie Ragland’s hard hit. He also had a big open field tackle on third down that forced the Chargers to go for it on fourth. The next play resulted in Phillip Rivers getting hit as he threw and a Ron Parker Interception. Peters single-handedly proved his worth; hopefully for the last time.
The Chiefs defense has stepped up to the plate the past two weeks, completely shutting down opposing teams. Leaving them hardly any openings and not allowing explosive plays. A huge reason for this is the defensive line, they have got a huge push causing havoc in the backfield. Allowing the linebackers to have clean reads and finish the job. The secondary has also figured their issues out and seemed to find their rotation for the corners. Daniel Sorensen is the leading tackler for the Chiefs, he also seems to be involved in every play as he kept popping out in film. Kevin Pierre-Louis and Reggie Ragland were playing well again this week as a duo shut down the running lanes for a second week together. (Maybe the future for the Chiefs?) Pierre-Louis went down with a shoulder injury that kept him out for the rest of the game, hopefully, nothing too serious.
Jones is the most disruptive player for opposing offensive lineman, as he finally taken that step forward these past two weeks. He is throwing lineman off and getting constant pressure on the quarterback. If the defense keeps up this dominating performance, the rest of the league better start looking at the Chiefs again because the train is starting to roll.
I recently started rewatching the games and taking notes on each drive. This way my emotions are not involved, plus, I already know the result.
The offense and defense were on the field for 10 series each. The first half the offense was sticking with Hunt and found an explosive play opportunity with Hill along the sideline. That kept them rolling and comfortable sticking with the run. Another aspect of the Chiefs the past three weeks is Alex Smith spreading the ball around. They display all their weapons the first couple drives and force the defense to play them honest. I believe the credit there goes to Matt Nagy, the offensive coordinator and play caller for the Chiefs. Staying in the first half the defense allowed some positive drives, but did not give up any big plays and continued to get pressure on Rivers. They stayed consistent with being aggressive and making Rivers uncomfortable.
The second half was all Kansas City. The opening possession the Chiefs punted and the Chargers scored on an Antonio Gates touchdown. After that, The Chiefs scored on every drive in the second half. (except the last) The Chargers next four possession’s ended early with turnovers and did not see their score change.
Overall, this game can be explained in one word.
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