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KC Chiefs: What we learned about each team in AFC West after week two

Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs catches a touchdown pass over Karl Joseph #42 of the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter of an NFL football game at RingCentral Coliseum on September 15, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs catches a touchdown pass over Karl Joseph #42 of the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter of an NFL football game at RingCentral Coliseum on September 15, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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The Kansas City Chiefs’ Mecole Hardman hauls in a touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes over Oakland Raiders’ Curtis Riley (Rich Sugg/Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
The Kansas City Chiefs’ Mecole Hardman hauls in a touchdown pass from Patrick Mahomes over Oakland Raiders’ Curtis Riley (Rich Sugg/Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via Getty Images) /

WHAT DID WE LEARN ABOUT THE CHIEFS?

I saved the Chiefs for last once again because, as the saying goes, “save the best for last”. With a 2-0 record, the Kansas City Chiefs are the best of the AFC West two weeks in.

It didn’t feel that way early on in the Black Hole, as the Chiefs struggled to do much of anything in the first quarter against the Raiders. They got it going in the second quarter though, as Patrick Mahomes did all of his damage there, throwing for four touchdowns.

Two of those touchdowns went to Demarcus Robinson, who put on a clinic against the black and silver. D-Rob totaled 172 yards off six catches with the two touchdowns. Rookie Mecole Hardman also came to play, grabbing four balls for 61 yards and a score (his first as a pro).

Hardman should have had another touchdown, but a penalty canceled it out. Travis Kelce also continued his dominance over the Raiders, catching seven passes for 107 yards and his first touchdown of 2019.

With Tyreek Hill out, the Raiders clearly game planned to stop Sammy Watkins and while they did that wonderfully, they forgot about Robinson, Hardman, and Kelce.

Something big about the Chiefs, however, is that their run game (or lack thereof) could be their downfall this year. Kansas City ran the ball 22 times for a measly 31 yards with LeSean McCoy leading the way on 11 carries for 23 yards. Not a good showing for the rushing attack.

As for the defense, they looked bad early on, but settled in and shut the Raiders offense down for the final three quarters. They sacked him three times and picked him off twice while holding Oakland to just ten points, all of which were scored in the first quarter.

I don’t want to say the defense is decent yet, but they’re improving and that’s huge. They’ll need the defense to show up against a feisty 2-0 Ravens team in week three.