This 31-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. A win would have been huge but if you already assumed that the Chiefs were not going to get a bye then this game didn’t mean much at all. The Chiefs still lead the division by one game in the loss column which is how the day started. The Chargers go a little closer but are still two games back in the loss column.
If there is anything to take out of this game it’s the improvement of the defense. Yes, they allowed 31 points but they looked much better. Considering that there is virtually no depth right now because of injures the Chiefs should feel pretty good with how the defense played.
The offense performed much better than most expected. Matt Moore was very effective after taking some time to settle into the game.
RB LeSean McCoy fumbled the ball towards the end of the third quarter. Green Bay recovered in Chiefs territory and eventually scored a touchdown. The turnover put a tired defense right back on the field and the effects were felt the rest of the game.
Tanoh Kpassagno kept fighting and eventually with the help of good coverage in the secondary beat his man and sacked Aaron Rodgers inside the five yard line to force a Green Bay punt.
LB Damien Wilson was all over the field. He sacked Aaron Rodgers in the second quarter where he beat two Packers players who were hurrying to block him and got through the hole before it closed and got to Rodgers.
WR Mecole Hardman had some nice kick returns in the game as well as a nice run on a short pass from Matt Moore for a touchdown to tie the game 14-14. Hardman stepped up big in this game when the Chiefs needed him.
QB Matt Moore struggled at first but then settled in thanks in large part to the play calling of Andy Reid. Moore got better and better with his decision making as the game advanced.
CB Charvarius Ward is getting better and better. His coverage was better in this game than any game so far this season.
RB Damien Williams replaced LeSean McCoy in the third quarter after a McCoy fumble. Williams ran over the Packers defense to lead the Chiefs to a touchdown to tie the game at 24-24.
Room for Improvement:
RB LeSean McCoy was going to be in the good job category until he had a critical fumble. McCoy was really good most of the time he was in the game. The way he carries the ball makes you think it’s just a matter of time until he fumbles and unfortunately it happened in the third quarter to give Aaron Rodgers a short field and he capitalized with a touchdown.
The Chiefs don’t have the luxury the Royals have to stop the game and review plays prior to deciding whether or not to challenge a play but Andy Reid’s challenge of a Packers catch early if the game probably wasn’t the best decision. There was nothing that made it look like the catch wasn’t made. I wasn’t upset with the challenge at the time simply because I didn’t give the Chiefs a chance in this game. Looking back it was the wrong decision.
The Chiefs were burned multiple times trying to put a linebacker on RB Aaron Jones including a long touchdown with just over eight minutes to play to give the Packers a 31-24 lead.
The Chiefs host the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday at noon. The Vikings have won their last four games and are 6-2 and in second place in the NFC North.