The Kansas City Chiefs’ Week 16 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons went down to the wire, even though it probably shouldn’t have. There are a few things in this game that caught my surprise, and to be exact, three takeaways from this matchup. In week 16, the Atlanta Falcons traveled to Arrowhead Stadium with a mission to upset the best team in the NFL. Matt Ryan and company came very close, as their newly added Pro-bowl kicker missed a field goal that would have sent the game to overtime.
Even in a Chiefs win like this one, there are still some things to think about when picking up the broken pieces to your TV remote. Here are my three takeaways from Sunday’s game and how they affected the team during the Chiefs week 16 win.
Three Takeaways from Chiefs Week 16
Offense was Stagnant
This Kansas City offense is historically great, breaking record after record all the time. However, today was a bit different. The offense struggled a bit, especially in the first half.
Kansas City did not have a good start to this game, and in fact, did not score until 30 seconds left in the first half. That is something unheard of in the Patrick Mahomes era. Safe to say, the Chiefs week 16 matchup with Atlanta could have started better.
The first few possessions for the Chiefs were very stagnant, with a couple of crucial plays but not enough to make an impact. On the first play of the first possession, Kansas City handed the ball to Le’Veon Bell but he would be stopped behind the line of scrimmage for a loss. Later, Patrick Mahomes was being pressured and could not fit the ball into a tight window for Kelce on third down.
On a similar possession their second time around, Mahomes hit Hill on a screenplay that went for 40 yards. Unfortunately, that play would not be a momentum booster, as the Chiefs were forced to punt again.
On their third possession of the game, the Chiefs showed some bright spots with a fourth-down conversion but ultimately got to “cutesy” on a play that saw Watkins try to throw to Mahomes and ended as an interception.
Finally, on their last drive of the half, Kansas City was able to get the ball down the field and into the end zone. Kansas City finished with 17 points, which is not terrible at all. However, against a terrible defense like the Falcons have, this game should have been an absolute blowout.
Defense had Amazing Moments
The defense stepped up big time in this one, especially when needed most. That is something the Chiefs wanted to work on in this season, being able to capitalize on defense. That is precisely what they did today, a few times, actually.
It starts with the defensive line and Frank Clark in particular, who was able to create havoc upon the Falcons. “The Shark” was able to hit Matt Ryan three different times and sack him once on a huge play for the Chiefs. The entire defensive front was a huge part of the Chiefs’ Week 16 win.
Ryan was hit a total of 12 times and sacked four. Chris Jones also registered a sack, along with his four quarterback hits. If the defense can play like this going into the playoffs, we may be able to see this team in Tampa. This was maybe the biggest of the three takeaways from Sunday’s Chiefs win.
Offensive Line has to Give Mahomes More Time
The offensive line has continued to be a problem in the last few weeks. While Mahomes was not sacked once, that is more telling of his ability to escape the pocket. However, Mahomes was hit a few times and even had trouble getting some plays off.
Kansas City has a superstar in Mahomes, and it’s no secret. Therefore, they will have to do a better job of protecting him. Not only that but giving him time to make the plays he does. Mahomes was rushed in the pocket a tremendous amount of times during the Chiefs week 16 win…over Atlanta. If this line can’t hold up against a weak Falcons pass rush, what will happen in the playoffs when they face teams with a good one. The last of the three takeaways may be the most important, due to the future of their team.
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