“Preparation is key,” Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones said. “We held their rusher for under a hundred yards. Cook’s been playing some of the best ball in the NFL. We were fortunate enough to get the win and execute on defense, and we’ve got to execute next week.”
“It was a chess match the whole time,” Weatherly added. “That just means that games like this, with opponents like the Chiefs, we have to take advantage of every possession and not try to put it on the back end.”
“All that (expletive) talking,” Chiefs defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah said when asked what motivated such a stout defensive performance against Cook. “We felt like we still got to play. We went out there and did our thing. The game plan that Coach Spags (defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo) had? Shoot. That’s all she wrote.”
Pivotal play: The Chiefs have struggled for big running plays most of the season but got one from Williams at a crucial juncture. His 91-yard touchdown run put the Chiefs ahead and tied Jamaal Charles’ seven-year-old team record for longest TD run.
Williams had a massive head start and had an opportunity to reach top speed, but Hill still managed to catch up with him. According to Next Gen Stats, Hill reached a top speed of 22.64 mph in chasing down Williams.
Moore displayed plenty of confidence in his throws, delivering the ball with authority and connecting on 25 of 35 throws, gaining 275 yards, an average of 7.9 per throw. Moore explained that it was simply a matter of trusting what he saw, and trusting in a collection of teammates that includes Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Sammy Watkins.
Moore said he had confidence in a game plan that was designed to move the ball. And while he credited the Vikings for having a strong defense, Moore put it simply: “It comes down to your own guys.”
Tyreek Hill’s 40-yard TD reception against the Vikings was his 15th scrimmage TD of at least 40 yards since he entered the NFL in 2016, the most such TDs by any player in that span.
AFC: Who’s in
4. Kansas City Chiefs (6-3)
The stunning win over the Vikings on a last-second field goal for Kansas City pushes them well in front of everyone in the AFC West. Going 2-1 with Patrick Mahomes injured is a massive victory for the Chiefs. They can afford to be conservative with him if they want, although at this point it’s possible they’re sniffing that first-round bye instead.
Around the league
The Patriots’ defense that set numerous records through the first half of the season gave up 155 rushing yards in the first half, falling into a 17-0 hole early in the second quarter. Led by dynamic quarterback Lamar Jackson, the Ravens strung together the longest three drives against the Patriots this season, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
“This game just shows that we can come out and compete with any team,” said cornerback Casey Hayward Jr. “We’ve been doing it all year, we just haven’t found a way to win some of those close games like we did last year. Every game weâve lost has been by seven points or less.”
The Bengals will steal the No. 1 pick from the Dolphins
Now the Bengals are apparently embracing their downward spiral and benching nine-year starter Andy Dalton. Fourth-round rookie Ryan Finley is taking the reins in Cincinnati where he’ll be blessed with the NFL’s worst rushing attack that averages 3.2 yards per carry and a defense that can’t stop anyone. Good luck!
“I haven’t spoken to either quarterback yet, and I hate talking through the media about my plans, but the plans were -- again, the disappointment of the team, not performing well, will be on my mind now for the next 48 hours,” Marrone said after the game. “I think after those 48 hours are over, I’m going to step away a little bit, take a break because I don’t have to make a decision and have time. That’s what I’m going to talk to the quarterbacks about, and then I’ll tell them probably right before we come back on Sunday, we’ll be able to discuss where we’re going to go. That’s pretty much my plan.”
Down seven points and facing a fourth-and-goal situation with 8 seconds to play, the Lions called a pass play to Logan Thomas that fell incomplete in the back of the end zone.
On the field that play for the Lions: Thomas and tight end Jesse James, two running backs and an extra lineman, Tyrell Crosby.
No Kenny Golladay. No Danny Amendola. And no Marvin Jones.
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Chris Jones demonstrated what has to be the most demoralizing way for a quarterback to take a sack, as a Vikings offensive lineman took a ride backwards into Kirk Cousins courtesy of Jones. With a few of other pressures — including a couple on third-and-long — Jones made plays to help put the offense back on the field. The Chiefs needed the big guy back on the interior line — and he responded with some splashy plays.
Sammy Watkins had a beautiful one-handed catch and a couple of other fantastic catches to keep the chains moving. Watkins was a reliable target for Matt Moore all afternoon with seven catches for 63 yards.
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