So that’s one thing that was different. While Jones has, upon review, been perfectly respectable this season (the reasons he hasn’t been getting home for sacks have often been outside of him, but we’ll get to that), he was more consistent against the Raiders in shedding his blockers, rather than going back and forth between solid and stonewalled.
Alas, prior to Sunday, Jones had only been able to muster a total of one half of a sack since that glorious day in September. To make matters worse, after a strong start winning six of their first eight games, Kansas City lost four games in a row leading into this past week's game. If the Chiefs lost again on Sunday it was highly likely that they would fall out of first place in the AFC West for the first time all season and their playoff chances would be in serious jeopardy. There would never be a better time for Jones to have another big game than on Sunday against the suddenly resurgent Raiders, a hated division rival, to try to get himself and his team back on track..
Jones answered the call.
Here’s an interesting one making the rounds: the Kansas City Chiefs had interest in WR Kenny Britt earlier this week when he was a free agent. Britt ended up signing with the Patriots this week.
1) Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs traded up to draft Patrick Mahomes in April because they wanted more from the quarterback position. Smith has responded with his best overall season since the Chiefs gave up two second-round picks to acquire the QB from San Francisco in 2013, but his limitations have shown up again in the second half of the season. How Smith performs in the coming weeks will play a big factor in his future, but the time feels right to move on with only one more season left on the 33-year-old's contract. Considering the barren market, the Chiefs could potentially flip Smith for a better draft haul than what they gave up for him nearly five years ago.
"When I was in Kansas City we brought in seven quarterbacks and he did a wonderful job answering the questions. When they actually sat him down and began to do the terminology, the technical aspects of football, the coaching staff walked away pretty impressed with him.''
“(We have to) keep the focus we’ve had, and keep doing things with the one game at a time approach, but also that it doesn’t get much better (than this),” he said. “We’re going to Kansas City on a Saturday night in December, playing for the division lead with three weeks to play. I think it’s good to acknowledge that, but make sure that we don’t get too caught up in the hype. It can turn the other way in a hurry.”
However, while Allen got off to a strong first half of the season, it’s the last four weeks that have really taken the league by storm. He’s caught 34 passes for 547 yards and four touchdowns, which is why he is a hot topic in Kansas City leading up to the game.
For the first time, rookie safety Leon McQuay III is a member of the Chiefs’ 53-man roster. The next step could be inclusion on the active roster for Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
If that happens, McQuay said he’s prepared. As a practice-squad member this year, McQuay has worked against some of the NFL’s best offensive players — his teammates.
“I feel like it’s pretty good work because it’s the first (team) offense,” McQuay said. “You’re getting to see real talent.”
They're only converting 44.44 percent of their trips inside the 20-yard line into touchdowns this season, a modest decrease over the 47.37 percent of last season. That ranks 28th in the league, and is a far cry from the 67.39 percent of touchdowns that the Philadelphia Eagles have scored.