It wasn’t pretty but the Kansas City Chiefs did it on Monday Night Football and beat the Washington Redskins, 29-20, to move to 4-0 on the season. The Chiefs are the last undefeated team in the NFL and it didn’t come without some drama.
The Redskins tied the game up with 50 seconds left but Alex Smith led the Chiefs back to field goal range and new kicker, Harrison Butker, who was signed last week after an injury to Cairo Santos, kicked the game winner.
*The Chiefs added another TD from Justin Houston after the Redskins tried lateraling it on the final play.
What we learned...
Kareem Hunt breaks 100 yards, again
Final numbers: 20 rushes for 102 yards, 1 TD, 4 catches for 20 yards
He is the fourth player since 1950 with 100-plus yards from scrimmage in his first four games. He didn’t dominate this game like he has in the past. His streak of three straight games with a 50-plus yard TD is over. He has three 100-yard games this season. The franchise record for a Chiefs rookie is five all season (Joe Delaney).
What I did love was that Kareem was running the ball late in the game. The Chiefs were burning clock and moving the ball with the running game.
I spy Travis Kelce
Final numbers: 7 catches, 111 yards, 1 TD
Heyo, the Chiefs best offensive player showed up. He was shut down in two of the Chiefs three games so far this season but you can only hold a player like Kelce back for so long. When the Chiefs were doing nothing in the first half, Kelce was catching a big 32-yard pass from Alex Smith. When the Chiefs couldn’t score, Kelce caught the big pass to get them in the end zone. And when the Chiefs needed someone to get a personal foul, there was Kelce talking trash ... wait, they didn’t flag him!
Marcus Peters gives up two touchdowns
This was an unusual game for him because he does not usually give up multiple touchdowns in a game. The first one came early on a 44-yard bomb to Terrelle Pryor. It looked like Peters just misjudged the ball (and Pryor had a little pushoff). The other one was a great catch on a slant in the red zone. The cameras also caught him saying something to the fans - we all can read lips - but I don’t know if it was a Redskins or Chiefs fan.
LDT’s injury leads Chiefs offensive line problems
Soo, the Chiefs offensive line right now ....
- LT Eric Fisher didn’t practice all week because of a back injury but he did play.
- LG Bryan Witzmann was last year’s swing tackle and this year’s starting LG with Parker Ehinger still on the bench. Ehinger was not active for this game.
- C Mitch Morse was injured a few weeks ago and being replaced by Zach Fulton.
- RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif went down with an injury during the game and was eventually carted off. He was replaced by Jordan Devey.
They struggled the past few weeks. Admittedly against good front sevens and pass rushers but Alex Smith is a different guy when the pocket is collapsing on him. The Chiefs have to figure out their o-line issues. Realistically, they’re going to roll with what they got and hope they can improve.
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