3 Chiefs on Thin Ice Despite Convincing Win vs. Broncos in Week 6

These Chiefs need to improve for the team to reach its ceiling
The Chiefs are on pace for their fewest points per game (24.5) in the Patrick Mahomes era
The Chiefs are on pace for their fewest points per game (24.5) in the Patrick Mahomes era /
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Not everyone on the Chiefs played well in Thursday Night's 19-8 win against the Broncos, as the offense looked sloppy and Denver had a chance to tie the game late.

Some players shined, especially defensively, but others struggled against a terrible opponent. The receivers outside of Rashee Rice combined for just 31 yards on five catches, for example, while short-yardage situations continued to haunt the offense.

With 10 days of rest before a Week 7 matchup hosting the Chargers, here are three players on thin ice despite the convincing win:

3 Chiefs on Thin Ice After Week 6

1. Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Two straight weeks at the top of this list doesn't bode well for Valdes-Scantling, who is suffering through a career-worst season despite handily leading Chiefs receivers in routes.

MVS was a ghost once again, failing to corral his only target on a busted play in the red zone. He now has a whopping three catches in his last four games despite a clean price tag of $11 million this year. No player on the roster has been more disappointing through five weeks and it's obvious to anyone watching that the vertical threat is playing himself off the roster.

That's impossibly bad. Justin Watson has been the more dependable deep threat though suffered an injury that'll keep him out multiple weeks, so Valdes-Scantling has an opportunity to show he still belongs on the field.

His magnificent game in the AFC Championship aside, MVS is running out of evidence to show he deserves to be both the highest-paid and most-played receiver.

Brett Veach has tough decisions to make this offseason with contract extensions due for several critical players. Unless Valdes-Scantling turns things around in a hurry, moving on will be one of the easiest decisions Veach makes.

He's not the only player trying to earn his spot in 2024, though the next Chief has a better case than MVS does.