It would be ignorant at this point to ignore the past four games and simply claim that the 2017 Kansas City Chiefs are the team that went 5-0 and that they are still a favorite to go to the Super Bowl. That having been said, I’m seeing too many Chiefs fans that are now set on defining the 2017 Chiefs strictly off their disappointing second chapter of the season. That’s natural, given that it is the chapter that we have just seen play out in front of us. The agony of those games is still fresh in our mind.
Hali said he felt strong. Certainly his legs are fresh. But, as Andy Reid put it last week in describing Hali’s practice performance, there is some rust to knock off.
“My get-off is what I was most concerned about,” Hali said. “But as far as redirecting and getting to the ball I was fine.”
The offense was pushed around by an average defense, with nearly half of the Chiefs’ points and 20 percent of their yards coming on a video-game catch and run by Tyreek Hill at the end of the half. They are too talented and finally too healthy for this, and if you want to point the blame there, fine, have at it. You won’t be wrong.
But the bigger problem is the other side, with a defense built on creating turnovers and stiffening in the red zone that at the moment is neither creating turnovers nor stiffening in the red zone.
“I think at times we held up, but were not good enough,” linebacker Derrick Johnson said. “Just the average game for us defensively. And when you play an average game, you usually get beat.”
Reason to hope: At 6-3, the Chiefs remain atop the AFC West and have one of the league’s easiest schedules the rest of the way.
Time and time again, the Cowboys defense would force Kansas City to sustain longer-play drives. They would rely on good tackling and players sticking to their assignments. Kareem Hunt would be held in check with nine carries for only 37 yards. Tyreek Hill only had two catches. Sure, one of them was a big play, but credit the Cowboys defense for doing a great job on these two electric playmakers.
The Chiefs when Tony Romo is calling the game: 0-3
The Chiefs when Tony Romo is NOT calling the game: 6-0
Kansas City Chiefs President and CEO Clark Hunt met briefly with reporters before the game in Dallas against the Cowboys and answered a wide range of team-related news.
The Kansas City Chiefs play at Arrowhead Stadium, which is in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals play in the same complex in Missouri. The MLS’ Sporting Kansas City is the lone KC professional sports franchise that plays in the state of Kansas.
The Chiefs weren’t good enough in a 28-17 loss to the Cowboys here on Sunday, and if we’re honest, they haven’t really been good enough in at least a month.
“I felt that was the only drive that we actually had energy on,” said Kelce, who led the Chiefs in receiving with seven catches and 73 yards. “I don’t know what that accumulates to, or what the reasoning is for that. But in the huddle, I felt that was the only time I felt we had energy.”
But ... the Cowboys somehow didn’t tackle Tyreek who ran it in for the score. Watch how Demarcus Robinson signals for Tyreek to come behind him and makes TWO blocks.
Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said Sunday that the future of quarterback Alex Smith with the team will be “purely a football decision.”