The Kansas City Chiefs lost a stinker of a game on Sunday and the wide receivers didn’t do much to help Alex Smith in the passing game. This needs to change if the Chiefs want to be competitive this season.
Alex Smith threw for under 200 yards on Sunday against the Houston Texans and it certainly wasn’t all his fault the offense struggled. Obviously he will take a large chunk of the blame because that’s the life of a quarterback, but his supporting cast didn’t help him much.
Jeremy Maclin is Kansas City’s go-to guy in the receiving game, but he had a rough day on Sunday, capitalized by several drops that killed the prospective drives. He had less than 70 yards receiving off of six targets on Sunday.
Chris Conley is the number two receiver and hasn’t been all that impressive in two games, catching six passes for 58 yards.
Albert Wilson has been a huge disappointment with five catches for a measly 12 yards. 610 Sports mentioned swapping Wilson’s roster spot with De’Anthony Thomas (who has been inactive in weeks one and two), and it honestly didn’t seem to be too crazy of an idea.
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If the Kansas City Chiefs want to be a playoff caliber team this season, the wide receivers have to play better than they have been so far. Maclin is a solid receiver, but when he’s having a bad day, the rest of the offense suffers.
Smith relies on these guys to help move the football down the field, but he’s not getting a lot of help. This offense won’t be able to do much if they don’t step up and help him make plays.
The offense as a whole struggled on Sunday, as the offensive line allowed Smith to be sacked four times.
When the o-line doesn’t play well, it’s obviously tough for the quarterback to make plays. The wide receivers had some pretty critical drops on Sunday though, and that’s a rally killer for sure.
I won’t include Travis Kelce in this one, as he SHOULD have been thrown the ball more (not sure why he wasn’t considering he’s torched the Texans in the past), but fellow tight end Demetrius Harris had that awful drop/fumble that could have ended with something positive for Kansas City.
Nothing was clicking offensively for the KC Chiefs against the Texans, but had one wide receiver stepped up and made a big play, it’s very possible that the Chiefs could have won that game.
The New York Jets are up next on the schedule, and the wide receivers will have to step their game up against Darrelle Revis (who has struggled so far this season) and company. Otherwise, this 2016 season could get away from the Chiefs before we know it.