The Kansas City Chiefs had a shot at a game winning drive against the Minnesota Vikings and it got off to a nice start with Alex Smith hitting Travis Kelce for 37 yards with four minutes left in the game and the Chiefs down six. The very next play, the Chiefs' Charcandrick West, who is filling in for the injured Jamaal Charles, fumbled the ball away. The Vikings recovered and held on for the win, 16-10.
The irony here is that it appears that one of the Chiefs own linemen knocked the ball out of West's hands. Watch Donald Stephenson:
The Chiefs had another shot with two minutes left but couldn't convert with two passes to Albert Wilson that were about a foot too short. Sigh...
The Chiefs move to 1-5 on the season. This game was highlighted by an absolutely miserable first half performance from the offense. Things got slightly better in the second half but as you can tell by the final score it wasn't enough. The Chiefs secondary also allowed multiple third and long conversions.
The worst start of Andy Reid's career
In 17 years in the NFL, Andy Reid has never started 1-5. Yikes. This is the Chiefs longest losing streak since 2012 when they lost eight straight.
Chiefs do a good job on Adrian Peterson
The bright side? The Chiefs run defense did a really nice job on Peterson, who had 26 carries for 60 yards on the game. One of those was a 23-yard run. Nice job by the Chiefs run defense.
Marcus Peters got his third pick of the season
And after he got it, he handed the ball to Andy Reid for some reason. Ha.
"See this? The goal is to put it in the end zone" pic.twitter.com/UO8VjKHFa8— Carrington Harrison (@cdotharrison) October 18, 2015
Jeremy Maclin left the game with possible concussion
Maclin tried to catch a short pass and the defender was on top of him as his helmet hit the turf hard. Maclin was down for a few minutes as trainers came out and tended to him. After a few minutes, Maclin started walking off the field under his own power but then he stopped and took a knee for a couple of more minutes.
The WR screen finally works
The Chiefs saw a blitz coming and went to the screen to Albert Wilson who took it 42 yards for the score. It's Wilson's first touchdown. We complain about all those WR screens that Andy Reid calls - and rightfully so - but this was the perfect time to call it with the blitz. This also came at a critical time in the game (if the Chiefs wanted to keep it competitive).
Albert Wilson goes the distance for Kansas City to narrow Minnesota's lead to 13-10. https://t.co/qBeMCn5fE7— Peter Elliott (@redsoxforever42) October 18, 2015
Charcandrick West wasn't down!
Facing fourth and one, the Chiefs ran the ball with Charcandrick West up the middle. Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd jumped through the gap and stuffed West in the backfield. However, replays showed that West's knee never hit the ground.
He should not have been down but the ruling on the field down by contact can not be reviewed.
"The rule of down by contact cannot be challenged in this case," per the ref just now.— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) October 18, 2015
This cost the Chiefs the ball and points. Ugh.
These #Chiefs are more undisciplined than the Gunther Cunningham teams. And that's saying something— Randy Covitz (@randycovitz) October 18, 2015
NOT WRONG! pic.twitter.com/wpMbEVkH36— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) October 18, 2015
Chiefs with more yards in penalties (40) than offense (28)— Mark Craig (@markcraignfl) October 18, 2015
The #Chiefs offense is an absolute mess.— Brian Billick (@CoachBillick) October 18, 2015
A 24-hour, non-stop-streaming, time-lapse video of paint drying would be more exciting than the Chiefs offense.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) October 18, 2015
Chiefs have run 10 pass plays… 3 completions (-2, 3, 13) 2 incompletions 3 penalties 2 sacks (-4, -7) 3 total yards— Kurtis Seaboldt (@KSeaboldt) October 18, 2015