That was enough, as Kansas City scored its fewest points since Week 2 of last season. The Chiefs looked bad enough that it’s fair to question whether they are really even the NFL’s best team. (You know, as if you hadn’t already been saying “The Chiefs, really?” all season long.) The only problem with that thought is the very next question: If the Chiefs aren’t The Best NFL Team, then who is? Here’s the unfortunate conclusion: There is no Best Team in the NFL.
The league, and CBS, released the fact their national game coverage for Week 6 was up 7-percent, and was their highest rating of the 2017 season. The game which drew the most eyeballs was none other than the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
For the second week in a row, Mitchell was very on-brand. He delivered a needless headshot to Charcandrick West in the second quarter, knocking West out of the remainder of Sunday’s game and perhaps for even longer. Later, after failing to sack Smith despite having an uncontested tackling lane, Mitchell fell toward Smith’s knees, drawing a roughing-the-passer penalty and tacking additional yardage onto a 37-yard run.
“I still think Kansas City is the best team in the AFC,” Sanders said. “We didn’t expect KC, you didn’t expect KC to go undefeated, so why are you tripping? I man, you’ve got to give them a pass on this. Sometimes, it’s not the players on the field, right? Sometimes somebody over there with the Steelers may just have Andy Reid’s blueprint.”
Still, King made a point of saying he didn’t forget Kelce’s dance last year in an Instagram post before training camp opened.
Has King had Oct. 19 circled on his calendar? Perhaps. He posted a photo of the two from last season’s game and wrote: “O I didn’t forget I got something special planned 4 u.”
The Steelers are an awkward matchup for the Chiefs. They have a good defense, but not a particularly fast one. They make up for that with strength, and with smarts. Their coaches have out-schemed the Chiefs’ coaches, but even with all that the Chiefs would’ve won on Sunday with even a C-minus effort.
If Alex Smith doesn’t miss so many passes, if the interior of the offensive line (which should be healthier in January) stands up better, if Kareem Hunt is a bigger part of the game plan, if Zach Fulton doesn’t snap it into the stands … we can go on and on with this stuff.
"I wish I had the secret," he said. "I'm sure it's a ton of things. It's ultimately about the 53 guys. It's about us scratching and fighting and clawing for the smallest of little victories that end up being the difference to winning these games, because the margins are so small."
Spiller was traveling on personal business Sunday and only caught the final five minutes of the Chiefs’ 19-13 loss. Soon after, he heard from his agent.
“He said I could get a call,” Spiller said. “I asked him what was going on because I hadn’t been watching the game. He filled me in, and it went from there.”
"I don't think this is a first offense, either," Smith said of Mitchell. "I think when you start looking at ... repeat offenders, I think when they get shots at quarterbacks, they're going to take them."
“I felt like it was extremely late,” Smith said. “I felt there was nothing done there (by Mitchell) to avoid contact. It was really low from the back side. I thought it was about as flagrant as it gets when it comes to a low hit on the quarterback.”
Norton talked about what makes Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith a difficult opponent.
“Well he’s good. That helps. He’s very talented, mobile, smart. Has a really good talent and good players around him. There’s a lot of explosive players. The really good quarterbacks get up for the big games.”
West is in the concussion protocol after taking a hit in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Steelers. Wilson didn’t play in that game.
Listed as limited practice participants were center Mitch Morse (foot) and guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (knee).