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Chiefs new look secondary passes the first test

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A surprise before the Chiefs Monday Night Football game against the Broncos when cornerback Kenneth Acker was spotted running with the first team in warmups. He did end up starting the game over Terrance Mitchell and the Chiefs also saw the return of Steven Nelson who played the slot.

The result? Pretty good.

Marcus Peters had a pick, a fumble and a touchdown. The interception, that was an awful play by Trevor Siemian and looked like the easiest pick of Peters’ career. The fumble was pure Peters. I get on him about not tackling and trying to go for the fumble ... until it works!

The Chiefs didn’t allow a 100-yard receiver for the first time in what feels like forever and notably on the other side it was Kenneth Acker and not Terrance Mitchell playing. Andy Reid explained the switch after the game.

“Sometimes it’s okay if you have a young guy that might need to step back to take a step forward, sometimes that happens. Nothing wrong with 39 (Terrance Mitchell) he’s a good football player, we’re okay with that. But sometimes just to take a step back just for a minute and take a look at it from that side. We’re lucky we have him here. We thought we’d give Acker an opportunity and he had had some snaps for us before last year and we felt like he deserved an opportunity there and did a nice job with it. Bob rolls guys, he’s got a bunch of different personnel groups that he uses, but for that one he did start.”

Then there was Steve Nelson who played 73 percent of the snaps in his first game back this season. How did he do?

Remember when I was telling you we shouldn’t overstate the Nelson re-addition and it’s probably not going to make a big difference? Would you believe I might’ve been wrong?