4. The offensive line needs some work
After such a dominant outing against the Texans in week 1, the Chiefs offensive line didn’t look so good in week 2. Mahomes was somehow only sacked once, but the reigning Super Bowl MVP was hit 7 times and was constantly getting pressured and forced into some bad throws.
Hopefully this unit was simply guilty of being overmatched by a really good Chargers defensive front (much like they were in the Super Bowl against the Niners), but it was not a good performance by this group.
5. The run game might not be quite there yet
After being convinced that the Chiefs had the added element of a run game this year, Clyde Edwards-Helaire had just 38 yards rushing on 10 carries. Patrick Mahomes actually led the team in rushing with 54 yards off of 6 carries (and a lot of that came near the end of regulation).
The run game did amass the 100-yard mark with 125 total on the afternoon, but after how explosive the rushing attack looked last week, it was a disappointing performance. Again though, the Chargers defense is on another level.
This overtime win was one of the crazier match-ups that Chiefs fans have watched (at least in the regular season) and it really did feel like a playoff type performance by this team. They snoozed their way through the first 3 quarters and then realized “Oh wait… We’re only down 1 score? Let’s go win this thing!”, similar to their playoff performances.
The KC Chiefs won’t be able to play like that against the Ravens next week because that Baltimore team is the real deal and will eat teams like that for lunch. I’m not too worried though and have confidence that this Chiefs squad will bounce back and play a much better all-around game in Baltimore on Monday Night Football.