Monday, February 6, 2023

With offense sputtering, Chiefs defense rises on opportunity

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Patrick Mahomes threw his lowest passing total in a game he completed. The Chiefs never got backup behind Darrell Williams or Derrick Gore. Stars like Tyrek Hill and Travis Kelce were put on hold.

So naturally, the Chiefs beat the Green Bay Packers with their defense.

Who’s waiting?

Yes, one of the league’s worst defenses during the first eight weeks of the regular season was one of Week 9’s best, with Aaron Rodgers consistently outplaying Jordan Love in a 13-7 win on Sunday. The Chiefs took a pass from near their goal line, struck Love seven times and sacked him once, and filled Aaron Jones & Co. to the ground.

Green Bay finished 2 of 12 in third place and managed 301 yards of total offense as its seven-game winning streak ended.

“It’s been tough all year, to get things moving, to get in flux,” said Chief Defensive and Frank Clark. “I said a few weeks ago that we were recovering. That was the number 1 thing. Then you start to flow with those people with your whole group and I feel like that’s what’s happening. Harmony in practice has been high. People are starting to respond better to the task at hand. We’re just going out there and having fun again. “

Now it’s the Chiefs’ high-flying offense that’s no fun.

Mahomes was just 20 of 37 for 166 yards and had a touchdown in another lackluster performance. Williams and Gore averaged 3.8 yards per carry. Hill and Kells took nine catches, but barely topped 100 yards together.

About the only bright spot was the fact that Kansas City didn’t get the ball rolling for change.

“I think practice, especially in the last few weeks, has been crisp. I think we just have to execute when it comes to game day,” Mahomes said. “It’s game day different. You can practice as hard as you want and practice great, but if you’re not going to be out there and performing on game days, it won’t matter.”

If there’s any hope, it’s that the Chiefs (5-4) have won despite their sputtering offense over the past two weeks, placing them in a friendly spot at the AFC West heading to Las Vegas on Sunday night.

“We’ll go through the process of continuing that practice momentum, keep working things around, and hopefully it turns into a game,” Mahomes said, “and we can find the same mojo that we have.” Was. The season has started with the defense playing like they are playing now. “

what is working

The chiefs look forward to the entire season for special teams to take effect. They did it on Sunday. Alex Okafor managed to block Mason Crosby’s field-goal effort in the first half, and the Chiefs returned a punt later in the half. Harrison Butker scored two field goals which ultimately proved to be the difference in the game.

what help do you need

More than anything, chiefs require some belief in guilt. That high-flying, adventurous bunch that led them to three straight AFC title games has been replaced by a sneaky, lost bunch of stars. Part of this is the defense which simply refuses to allow the deep ball, but part of it is the chiefs’ inability to adapt to the way teams play.

to accumulate

Defensive back L’Jarius Sneed handled Davante Adams in one-on-one coverage for most of the night, including the play where he picked Love over the Chiefs’ end zone. Snead made six tackles and defended two passes.

stock down

Wide receiver DeMarcus Robinson has seen his playing time shrink over the past few weeks, and most recently signed Josh Gordon played more snaps than him on Sunday. Robinson took just one catch for 2 yards against Green Bay.


Right tackle Lukas Niang hurt his ribs early in the game. He was already starting in place of Mike Remmers, who was out with a knee injury, and that meant third stringer Andrew Wylie had to finish the game.

key number

226 – Head coach Andy Reid moves into a tie with Curly Lambeau, fifth on the list of career regular-season wins. Reed’s total includes 130 with the Eagles and 96 with the Chiefs. He could go for fifth against the Raiders on Sunday alone, and then set his eyes on Tom Landry (250).

Next Step

After back-to-back home games, the chiefs head to Las Vegas on Sunday night for the AFC West game. The Raiders and Chargers are 5-3 while the Chiefs and Broncos are 5-4. This begins a streak where four of the next five games for Kansas City are against division foes.


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