The Bad: Penalties and the Offense
The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t have a ton of penalties but the ones they got were huge. The Chiefs racked up five penalties for 44-yards. Most of the penalties were uncalled for. Marcus Peters got called for taunting Hopkins after a nice play near the end zone. That cost the Chiefs 15-yards. The problem was Peters didn’t stop acting up.
I like players with emotion but in the “No Fun League”, you got to know when to stop boasting. The team can’t afford to lose a guy like Peters for any amount of time especially if it was self-inflicted punishment for not being professional.
Unfortunately, the penalties didn’t stop there. There were many holding and false start calls by the offensive line during the beginning of drives that essentially killed the drives before it started.
KC Chiefs quarterback, Alex Smith, struggled all day. He completed 20 of 37 passes for 186 passing yards. That won’t get the job done against a great Texans defense. Smith got sacked four times today thanks to a mostly backup lead offensive line facing a great defensive line.
Wide receiver, Jeremy Maclin, hauled in six catches for 68 yards. The numbers could have been looked better if he didn’t drop the ball a couple of times in the game.
Tight end, Travis Kelce, didn’t get much love from Smith. Kelce pulled in five catches for 34 yards. The Houston Texans receivers were better than the Chiefs receivers on Sunday and that ended up being the difference in the game.