Sunday was mostly football and it turned out to be a relatively boring game for the Chiefs in a good way. They took a lead on their first possession of the game and it was never close. The Chiefs look like the team we know can win the Super Bowl regardless of where they have to play. That was most, but not all, of the sports news of interest on Sunday. The Chiefs have one more week in the regular season to get where their fans have been ready to be since training camp started.
Here is your daily Dr. Feelgood…
The Chiefs dominated the Chicago Bears in a 26-3 win that was never in doubt. The Chiefs scored on all three first-half possessions getting two touchdowns and a long field goal.
Patrick Mahomes didn’t have the eye-popping stats we have seen in some games but he was terrific nonetheless. His stats show his game as 23-for-33 passing for 251 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. We have seen him throw for a lot more yards. We have seen him throw for a lot more touchdowns. But we haven’t seen him any better at winning a game. He faced a good defense and showed us the MVP Mahomes. He did what needed to be done to win. Mahomes led his offense to 26 points against the third-best defense in the NFL. Mahomes is making all the throws right now. He was off throughout a large part of the season. Whether it was his footwork like he mentioned previously, injuries, a lack of confidence in his offensive line or a combination of all of those or something completely different, Patrick Mahomes is playing about as well now as he has at any time in his career.
The running game wasn’t great but it was effective enough. Spencer Ware started at running back and was ok but when Damien Williams entered he showed some power that has been missing recently. Williams is just getting back from a rib injury that has kept him out since Week 11.
The receiving corp was as we would expect. Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill did most of the damage but others chipped in as well.
Terrell Suggs looked good in his first game with the Chiefs. A good defense just got better this week by adding him to the mix.
Frank Clark got another sack. Chris Jones also had a sack but threw in a bad roughing the passer penalty as well to extend a Chicago drive.
Tyrann Matthieu continues to play really well. He’s always in the right spot. He led the team in tackles. He’s the leader this team needed on defense. He was a great signing by GM Brett Veatch.
The Chiefs first drive ended with a touchdown run by Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs passing game looks as good as it was last season. We saw them do this last week for the first time since maybe Week 1. After struggling so much this season, arguably because of the large number of injuries, it appears to be back on track just in time for the playoffs. This is a very encouraging sign at the right time.
Harrison Butker hit a career-long 56-yard field goal in the second quarter to put the Chiefs up 10-0. Butker has been terrific this season. Now he did miss an extra point attempt when he kicked the ball off the goalposts, but all in all, he has been a nice weapon for the team and might prove critical in the playoffs.
The first Chiefs punt didn’t come until their first possession of the second half.
Charvarius Ward knocked down a fourth-down Mitchell Trubisky pass in the end zone to turn the ball back over to the offense. Ward continues to get better and better and now fans aren’t so nervous when the ball goes his way. You feel now like he’s going to make the play more times than not.
The Chiefs defense has now allowed just 10 points per game in their last five games. If we just look at the last four games the defense is allowing just 8 points per game.
The win keeps the Chiefs in the #3 seed in the AFC playoffs. They still have an outside chance at the #2 seed and therefore a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The Chiefs need to beat the Chargers at Arrowhead next weekend and hope that the Miami Dolphins can win in New England. It’s not likely but there’s still a chance.
More realistic is holding on to the #3 seed. To do that the Chiefs need a win or a Houston loss. Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast. I will go over all of the playoff scenarios on Thursday.
The NFL is considering simplifying the coin toss because of problems in a Dallas game recently. Dallas QB Dak Prescott won the coin toss last week and initially said the Cowboys wanted to kick instead of saying they wanted to defer their choice until the second half which is clearly what he meant. The official confirmed with him that they wanted to kick and Prescott said they did. After that Prescott said that the Cowboys wanted to defer but the official never heard that although we saw and heard it on video. Officials in New York talked with the game official at halftime and corrected the problem and the Cowboys did get the ball to start the second half. Otherwise, the Rams would have been able to receive the kickoff at the start of both halves. Because of that, the NFL is reportedly talking about trying to simplify the coin toss procedure. Dak Prescott won the coin toss again this week and just said the Cowboys wanted to defer.
- The Toronto Blue Jays agreed with 3B Travis Shaw on a one-year, $4 million contract.
- The Toronto Blue Jays agreed with LP Hyun-Jin Ryu on a four-year, $80 million contract.
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