In the Kansas City Chiefs’ win over the Buccaneers, Kansas City showed their explosive offense and their lackluster defense throughout the game. In a coveted “Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes” matchup, it was not close for much of the game. The Chiefs went into the third quarter with a 27-10 lead and nearly blew it because of their defense. The defense had allowed 30 points by their opponents in two straight games and Sunday almost made it three. This team is starting to show their weaknesses, but luckily for them, they have Patrick Mahomes.
Despite how bad the defense was at times, there were also some questionable moments from the offense. Some players played great and were crucial for the Chief’s victory. However, some players need to step it up if they want to continue their high-level play.
We could throw out players like Tyreek Hill and Patrick Mahomes, who played insane today in their own right and are a huge reason for the Kansas City Chiefs’ win. Hill with three touchdowns and 269 yards on 13 receptions, and Mahomes with 469 yards with three touchdowns. They can’t be matched. However, let’s dive deeper and talk about the other good performances that won’t get talked about as much.
Chiefs Good Performances
Bashaud Breeland, DB
In this Kansas City Chiefs win, Breeland has played lights out. This Tampa Bay team has one of the best wide receiver groups the league has ever seen and the greatest quarterback of all time. With Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, and Rob Gronkowski catching the ball from Tom Brady, these defensive backs should be in for a treat. However, Breeland did not have any of it. Playing near 95% of the teams’ total defensive snaps, Breeland played in coverage 33 times. During that span, he was targeted five times and allowed no catches. Oh, and let’s not forget about the interception of who is considered the greatest player of all time in Tom Brady.
Chris Jones, DT
The star defensive tackle had himself a great game against the lethal Tampa Bay offensive line. The stats won’t show much, but Jones was a force and even got into a yelling match with Tom Brady that may have caused him to play poorly. Jones had two quarterback knockdowns but graded very high as a pass rusher. According to Pro Football Focus, Chris Jones ended Sunday with a pass-rush grade of 89.6. Just short of his season grade of 92.5, which is second in the NFL, only behind Aaron Donald. Jones was able to play the disruptor role, and help lead the defense to a Kansas City Chiefs win.
L’Jarius Sneed, DB
The rookie corner is showing he belongs in the NFL, and the Chiefs have to be happy with where they drafted him. The fourth-rounder from Louisiana Tech allowed ten yards this past Sunday and only two catches on four targets. Sneed graded high against Tampa Bay, finishing at 80.6, which is first among rookie corners and fifth among all NFL corner. He is a big reason the Chiefs have improved in their passing defense. Many people may not know him or his name yet, but he was still a big reason for the win.
Kansas City Chiefs Upcoming Game
The Kansas City Chiefs’ win over the Buccaneers solidified how great they have been this season. However, the Chiefs have a primetime game coming up on Sunday night, where they will be playing their division rival in the Denver Broncos. The Broncos have not looked great so far this season, as they just recently lost to the New Orleans Saints, 31-3. In that game, the Broncos had no quarterbacks to play due to COVID-19 and were forced to start an undrafted wide receiver at the helm of their offense. Kendal Hinton played quarterback in college at Wake Forrest but changed to a receiver before entering the draft, where he was undrafted.
The Denver Broncos are currently 4-7 on the season and have dealt with their fair share of injuries this year. Those issues will continue for this Sunday as another key player on their defense is hurt. Cornerback Bryce Callahan will miss some time due to a foot injury he sustained in their last game. Callahan injured his same foot that he had surgery on just a season ago. Broncos coach Vic Fangio, however, stated that this injury is a “Different injury” than the last. This forces rookie cornerback Michael Ojemudia to get some more time after playing just 25 snaps last game.
Coming up this Sunday, the Broncos will hopefully have their quarterbacks available to play. Even with that, the Chiefs will still be favored to win this game. Kansas City won their last matchup this season, 43-16 on Denver’s home turf. However, this time it will be played in Arrowhead. This game will likely end in a Kansas City Chiefs win, and move the defending champions to 11-1 on the year.
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