KC Chiefs: Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill weren’t the stars for once

Tight end Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs high-fives wide receiver Tyreek Hill #10 (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
Tight end Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs high-fives wide receiver Tyreek Hill #10 (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images) /

The KC Chiefs managed to win a game in blowout fashion where Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill didn’t take over on offense. How did they do it?

In the past 2 years, if either Travis Kelce or Tyreek Hill didn’t have a good game, it usually meant the Kansas City Chiefs either squeaked out a win or they lost the game all together.

While Kelce had 50 yards, Hill had 49 yards, and both found their way into the end zone, neither one of them had what a normal game looks like for either of them. Yet, the Chiefs still won, and won in convincing fashion.

Who stepped up to the plate instead for the KC Chiefs?

By now, everyone knows the name Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the first round draft pick of the Chiefs back in April. Edwards-Helaire now gives Kansas City a rushing attack, which should absolutely terrify the other 31 teams in the league. They can already make plays through the air, but now, they can make plays on the ground as well. How do defenses stop this team?

Kelce and Hill will both get their big games moving forward, they’re too good of players not to, but it was a breath of fresh air to see the offense be able to move the ball with ease and take a commanding lead without their 2 biggest position player stars making most of the plays.

While Edwards-Helaire was the star with his 138 rushing yards, Sammy Watkins led the team in receiving yards with 82 yards and a touchdown. We’ve seen Watkins put up insane numbers in past season openers and then vanish from the offense, but he definitely showed he was still in postseason mode in the win over Houston.

When Hill went down with an injury last year and missed several games, we saw big games from Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman, and even Byron Pringle, but this is going to be something the Chiefs will need to see more often. Hill and Kelce will command double team coverage and this offense is too good and full of weapons to let that stop them from putting up points.

We saw evidence of just that on Thursday night with Watkins being the leader in receiving yards.

For what it’s worth, Kelce and Hill still had nice performances against the Texans, but for neither of them to go for over 100 yards is a bit of rarity. It’s only a matter of time before both players explode onto the scene.

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