Kansas City Chiefs’ offense
Where was this unit all Sunday night? The typically explosive Chiefs offense was held to just 13 points at home in a stunning loss to the Colts. KC started off the game with two scoring drives but then punt, fumble, punt, punt, punt and turnover on downs before finally grabbing a late field goal. Patrick Mahomes was sacked four times and hit eight times; the Chiefs have some work to do on the offensive line.
Cairo Santos, K, Titans
The unfortunate title of Week 5’s worst kicker goes to Santos, who missed four field goals in the Titans’ 14-7 loss to Buffalo. The worst was a miss from 36 yards, though a blocked kick from 33 didn’t help matters. He also missed from 50, and after missing three times, Mike Vrabel inexplicably still let him try a 53-yarder, which yielded predictable results. In a game Tennessee lost by seven, those missed kicks mattered in a big way.
For the first time in Patrick Mahomes’ career, the Chiefs offense got absolutely shut down. Before Sunday night, Kansas City’s previous lowest scoring total with Mahomes was 26 points. The Chiefs offense failed for multiple reasons. For one, the Colts defensive front abused Kansas City’s offensive line for a total of four sacks. Mahomes also injured his ankle early in the game, which mostly took away the scrambling element from Kansas City’s offense. Mahomes also lost leading receiver Sammy Watkins, who left the game in the first quarter and didn’t return. The Colts also did a great job of keeping Kansas City’s offense off the field. The Chiefs only had the ball for 22:45 in the game, which is the lowest time of possession they’ve ever had under Andy Reid. In the past 60 games where an NFL team has had less than 23 minutes of possession, those teams have gone 6-54.
Loser: Patrick Mahomes’s Superhero Act
At this point in the superhero movie, the superhero figures it out. They think about their mom or their girlfriend or their friends or they remember some source of power they’d forgotten about, then they overpower the guy who was kicking their ass and they save the world.
But Mahomes couldn’t. The Chiefs lost their first game of the year, 19-13. It’s the first time in Mahomes’s year-plus as a starter that Kansas City failed to score 25 points in a game, and it barely got half that. Mahomes threw for just one touchdown, only the fifth time in his career he’s failed to throw for multiple scores. His 56.4 percent completion percentage was the second worst in his career. He was sacked four times, the second most in his career. And of 22 career starts, Sunday’s 8.2 yards per attempt ranks 15th.
“We work at it, we work hard, we play hard,” Pringle said. “You don’t ever know if a man will go down, so you got to know the playbook and be ready to step up in any given moment.”
Pringle didn’t allow himself anytime to be nervous stepping in for Watkins.
“It’s just like practice,” Pringle said. “It’s time to show it though what you’ve been working hard for all week and be out there to showcase your talent and all the work we put in during the week.”
Tight end Travis Kelce was spotted shoving Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy during the team’s 19-13 loss to the Colts. After the two were separated, Kelce, who logged four receptions for 70 yards, was later seen hugging it out with Bieniemy.
The Athletic’s Nate Taylor later elaborated on the exchange, posting: “NBC cameras caught a heated discussion between Travis Kelce & offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. It appears that Bieniemy’s message to Kelce was to hold onto the ball. Bieniemy probably used harsher words.”
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Jones has a groin strain and is having an MRI as he tries to figure out how long he’s going to be out of action.
Jones was limited to 38 defensive snaps in the loss to the Colts. He had one tackle and two quarterback hits before leaving the game.
The Chiefs also saw left guard Andrew Wylie hurt his ankle during the loss. Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that x-rays were negative and that the belief is that Wylie is dealing with a sprain.
6. Penalties hurt the Chiefs on Sunday.
The Chiefs committed a season-high 11 penalties in the game for 125 yards. Here’s more from Head Coach Andy Reid’s post-game presser:
“Penalties are really what hurt us today. You get things going and then all of a sudden, you’re going backwards. In this league, it’s hard [when you do that] against a good football team.”
Around the league
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Ramsey is in Houston to see a back specialist this morning, at the request of the team, for the injury that has kept him out the last two games, per a source informed of the situation.
Coach Doug Marrone noted last week that the star corner would likely see a specialist for the nagging back issue.
Approximately 1,000 players opted into the XFL draft pool by accepting the commissioner’s invitations and passing a background check. After the initial quarterback assignments, the remaining players will be subject to a five-phase draft divided roughly by position groups: skill positions, offensive line, defensive front seven and defensive backs. The final phase will include players at all positions.
Turay went down on the Kansas City Chiefs’ final play from scrimmage after picking up half a sack on Patrick Mahomes. The defensive end was carted off with what looked at the time to be a significant injury. The news confirms those fears.
A 2018 second-round pick, Turay was in the midst of what looked to be a breakout campaign, compiling 1.5 sacks through five games as a rotational rusher, playing 25.2 percent of the defensive snaps through five games, per Next Gen Stats. Sunday night, the second-year player was credited with three QB hits, half a sack and two tackles.
But, for the first time since 1990, the Niners closed the first quarter of the season with an unblemished record by throttling the Cleveland Browns 31-3 on Monday night at Levi’s Stadium. With the victory, the Niners join the New England Patriots as the NFL’s last remaining undefeated teams and stand as the only team with a perfect record in the NFC through the season’s first five weeks.
The wait for victory No. 4 was made even longer by playing on Monday Night Football coming off a Week 4 bye. It also came with a little bit of cosmic intervention. The 1990 49ers also started 4-0, had a bye in Week 4 and won their fourth game on Oct. 7.
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
Mahomes was hit eight times by the Colts, including four sacks.
“For us, Detroit did it last week, New England did it in the playoffs and we have to beat man coverage at the end of the day. We’ve got the guys to do it, now it’s just about going out and executing whenever teams present it to us.”
Mahomes admitted that he did have some windows throughout the night, but for the second game in a row, there were times he was simply missing his targets.
“I feel like there were times when there were guys open in the man coverage and I was missing them,” he said. “Whenever you’re in a close-fought game you can’t miss a touchdown to [Demarcus Robinson], you can’t miss Travis (Kelce) when you’re backed up and trying to get out of your end zone. There were opportunities that were missed in that game that we need to take advantage of.”
NFL Network reported Hill would miss between four and six weeks around the time of the injury. So far, Hill has missed four games.
“I’ll know more as we get through this week,” Reid said of Hill. “He practiced a little bit last week and moved around pretty good, but again, they’ve (the Chiefs athletic trainers and doctors) got to make sure everything’s stable.”
Follow Arrowhead Pride on Social Media
Facebook Page: Click here to like our page
AP Instagram: Follow @ArrowheadPride
AP Twitter: Follow @ArrowheadPride
AP Editor-in-Chief: Pete Sweeney: Follow @pgsween
610 Sports Twitter: Follow @610SportsKC