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Chiefs’ Offense Struggles in Win Over Saints

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Close win despite a shaky Chiefs offense

Kansas City won a close one against the New Orleans Saints in a game that could have been a blowout had some players on the Chiefs’ offense not struggled.

The offense has been one of the best the league has ever seen, although they have struggled in the past few weeks. Their problems started over a month ago against the Carolina Panthers, where they nearly lost and ended up winning by just two.

In their next game, Kansas City played the Las Vegas Raiders and won by a mere four points. The following week the Chiefs offense struggled in the fourth quarter against the Buccaneers but won by three. Even against decent competition, winning three games by a combined nine points is going to be cause for concern.

To make matters worse, in the next three games, the Chiefs offense struggled once again and won the three by a combined total of 15 points. While they are scoring an average of 31 points a game, the Chiefs offense is expected to do more. especially since the defense is giving up a whopping 26 ppg the last six games.

In this game, the Chiefs offense had some key moments, but of course, they were by the players we expect it from. Travis Kelce continues to dominate, and Tyreek Hill is showing that he is a top-five receiver in the NFL. With a quarterback like Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs’ offense should be blowing out opponents. However, they have yet to do that since they played the New York Jets.

Bad Offensive Performances

Demarcus Robinson, WR

The main play that stood out in Robinson‘s lousy performance was his punt return. The 26-year-old receiver from Florida made a game-changing play in the wrong way.

Instead of calling for a fair catch on a punt, he decided to take the ball out and fumble. The fumble resulted in a safety due to the defense recovering the ball in the back of the end zone.

This play was crucial as Kansas City was up by a score before the half, which then became a five-point lead with the Saints getting the ball back to start the second half.

Robinson also finished with just two catches for 27 yards and did not do a great job getting open due to the Saints’ coverages. While Kansas City did win, the Chiefs’ offense had some errors from players that kept the game closer than it should have been.

Mecole Hardman, WR

Hardman did not have as good of a game as last week against the Dolphins. While everyone will look at the box score and see his stats, the eye test was slightly different.

Besides the fantastic touchdown catch he had in the corner of the end zone, Hardman played sloppily. He had a couple of drops, but one in particular that comes to mind. A would-be touchdown turned into a dropped pass on the sideline that would have given the Chiefs offense momentum in the game.

While some of it is not entirely his fault, he has to do a better job of capitalizing on his opportunities. Mahomes targeted him nine times and was only able to haul in three passes. That is the third-most targets on the team, and it is clear that Mahomes likes to go to him. However, if he does not get out of his own head, his problems could carry over into the playoffs.

Kansas City’s Offensive Line

If General Manager Brett Veach and Chairman or CEO Clark Hunt want to keep their “Half a billion-dollar.” quarterback around for the entirety of that contract, they will need to get the offensive line right.

Obviously, we knew the line would struggle in this game as they are dealing with injuries. Also, not to mention the Saint’s impressive defensive front. However, they cannot allow the quarterback to get hit as much as he did.

Mahomes took four sacks for 22 yards, which is not great by any means. When playing a team like the Saints, this Chiefs offense should not give up any advantages to the opposition. Hopefully, by the time playoffs come around, they can be at full strength.

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