The Kansas City Chiefs suffered a rough loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but that doesn’t mean everything was bad. Here are three players who stood out despite the loss.
Alright, when last I checked, the sun rose in the eastern sky today, the earth is still round (despite what some might think) and best of all, one loss in the NFL doesn’t mean nearly as much as it does in college football. This isn’t the end of the road for the Kansas City Chiefs.
All that being said, when you watch your team lose by 1 point, when they were in a position to win the whole thing, and a lot of that is to due with the fact that my two-year old could probably rush for 100 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs defense, and all under the lights of Sunday night football, it all feels much more devastating then it really is.
On the bright side, its not like the Kansas City Chiefs went out and got blown out. They went out and played a heck of a game and took the Ravens to the absolute ropes.
Had the ball not been punched out of the grasp of Clyde Edwards-Helaire, then this article has a completely different tone and we don’t all go to bed Sunday evening filled with disappointment and disgust.
Since the game was great right up until the last minute or so, I do have props to pass out this morning to 3 players, ironically enough, even though I took an open shot at the defense earlier, two of my stand outs are defensive players, so lets get started.
Kansas City Chiefs: 3 players who stood out vs. Baltimore Ravens
Alright, everyone saw this coming, and there is no way I couldn’t shine the spot light on Tyrann Mathieu.
Last week the Honey Badger unfortunately found himself on the Covid-19 list and was unable to play, that was not the case for last nights game, and he made his presence felt immediately with a pick 6 of the 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson, giving the Chiefs their first score right out of the gate on the Ravens opening drive.
A couple drives later, he would pick off Jackson again in the end zone, saving a touchdown.
It must be admitted, that there were opportunities where Mathieu could have, or should have, secured even more picks, but was a few steps too slow. That being said, he absolutely deserves to be spot lighted as a stand out player for he set a tone early on that the Kansas City Chiefs and Mathieu himself had come to play and play they did.
Bolton was drafted in the second round of the 2021 NFL draft, and the rookie out of MU had himself a night. The hard truth of the matter is, the Ravens absolutely gashed the Chiefs defense, rushing for 251 yards, but if you can believe it, it probably would have been more had Bolton not stepped up and played like a man. Bolton had 8 solo tackles, 6 of these coming in the first half alone.
Indeed, the Chiefs defense pretty much did nothing about the run all night, or for the last two weeks for that matter, but had it not been for Bolton’s efforts, it actually could have been even worse.
For only his second game in the NFL, Bolton showed poise and some real flashes of the star defender he may someday turn out to be.
As I said last week, even though Patrick Mahomes is a very generous quarterback, and always makes sure to spread the ball around to a bevy of targets, there always seems to be one target in particular he performs the Vulcan Mind Meld with right before the game (if you will excuse the Star Trek reference, I am a huge Trekky) and last night that player was best tight end in the league, Travis Kelce.
Kelce would snag 7 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown, and also provide crucial blocks. Not only was Kelce’s stat line the best out of Mahomes targets, he made history yet again.
With a stellar performance against Baltimore, Kelce reached 8,000 receiving yards in his career, becoming the fastest tight end in league history to do so, accomplishing this feat in just 113 games.
Next week, the Chiefs role out the welcome mat for Justin Herbert and the Chargers, who took a narrow loss from the Cowboys yesterday and always play the Chiefs incredibly hard, but as far as last nights heart breaker goes, take heart Chiefs Kingdom, for even this shall pass.