On Sunday, the game of the week happened between two of the league’s top teams. Kansas City was able to get a win over the Saints in New Orleans, cementing the Chiefs record at the top of the NFL standings.
A few players showed out and helped improve the Chiefs record to 13-1. Everyone knows who Patrick Mahomes is and how he consistently plays well every week. The team displayed a sense of urgency in their win and showed that they could overcome adversity again.
In a game that had plenty of injuries, both sides of the ball struggled at times. However, a few other players from this game showed how valuable they are to the team, and how they can help the team go to Tampa this season.
Great Performances Lead to Chiefs Record of 13-1
Le’Veon Bell had maybe his best game as a Chief in their win over the Saints. His ability to do everything on the field is unmatched, especially when he is needed most.
Starting running back, Clyde Edwards-Helaire left the game early due to a hip and leg injury. Therefore, that gave Bell more time to show what he can do.
Let’s not forget just a few years ago, he was the best back in the league and a pioneer of the modern all-around running back. He can catch it and run it exceptionally while also making people miss tackles at a high rate. That is precisely what he did in their win over the Saints.
Bell has yet to play over 70% of the offensive snaps this season, and however, he still has been able to find a way to contribute. Bell scored his second touchdown of the season on an option pitch from Patrick Mahomes. That was just one of his 15 carries for 62 yards. Le’Veon Bell also had a catch for 14 yards, which helped the Chiefs get closer to scoring later that drive.
The rookie from Lousinia Tech has shown out all year and has been one of the best rookie defensive backs. Today against New Orleans was no different, as he was a crucial player in the Chief’s win over the Saints.
The 23-year-old cornerback was graded the highest defensive player on the week for Kansas City by pro football focus at a 90.3. In many cases, a grade higher than 90 recommends the player is elite. That is precisely the word I would use to describe Sneed on Sunday.
He led the defense time after time and did it all on the field. He allowed just one completion on six targets for only 17 yards and batted down three other passes. Let’s not forget the crucial interception he had as well on Drew Brees in his return.
When I say Sneed did it all, that is an understatement. While no one else was able to take down Brees, Sneed did. He registered the only sack for Kansas City, as it was an impressive one. Sneed may be a contender for the NFL defensive player of the year, and it would be excellent for Kansas City to pair that award with another Superbowl win.
The veteran receiver has had a great past few weeks after missing six-straight with an injury. Even as a third or sometimes a fourth option, Watkins always finds a way to get the job done. Watkins is someone the Chiefs love to have on their team, whether that is hurdling defenders in Miami or busting coverages against New Orleans.
In this one, he contributed to the win over the Saints just as much as anyone else. His four catches were third on the team, along with his six targets. Watkins had 60 yards, including a 23-yard reception to help drive the Chiefs down the field.
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