The report cards are in. Following the Chiefs Week Two win over the Oakland Raiders, it’s time to see who’s stock is either rising or falling. Let’s get things going, with this week’s version of three up and three down.
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Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson had his best game yet on Sunday. He was the first one of the day to score for the Chiefs. This touchdown was a fairly easy connection between Patrick Mahomes and Robinson. Not only is Robinson able to make the easy catches, he seems to always haul in the tougher grabs as well. This was easily Robinson’s best career game. In the first half, the receiver finished with five catches on five targets for 144 yards and two scores. He finished with 172 yards overall. Furthermore, Robinson never had 75 yards in a game before. His last two against the Raiders, have passed that plateau. With Tyreek Hill out, Robinson responded well to the opportunity.
From the receiver, to the man throwing him the ball. Patrick Mahomes continues to elevate his game, even though people thought not having Hill or having a bum ankle, would bring him down. While it was not a perfect start for the reigning MVP, Mahomes was on fire in the second quarter. He was relentless in throwing deep bombs. In that second quarter alone, he finished 12 of 17 passing for 278 yards and four touchdowns.
Mahomes performance in that quarter, and in this game overall, allowed him to break more records. First, his 278 yards passed Matthew Stafford for most in a second quarter. He also set a Chiefs record for passing touchdowns in one quarter with four. Finally, this was Mahomes sixth game with at least 300 yards and four TDs. That’s a new record in just his 19th game. No other quarterback has done that in less than 40 games.
Chris Jones was a game wrecker up front for the Chiefs in this game. On the first drive of the game, he blew through the Raiders offensive line to stuff Josh Jacobs on a key 3rd and 1. That important stop forced Oakland to settle for a field goal. While Derek Carr was able to evade some of his sack attempts, Jones pressures put a wrench in the Raiders gameplan. Overall, he finished the day with one sack, six pressures, one pass break up and one run stuff. He’s truly the best player on the Chiefs defense.
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Eric Fisher suffered a groin injury late in practice last week. He worked hard in warmups to convince the Chiefs he could start. However, he reinjured his groin and only played three snaps. We hope Fisher can get healthy and back into the lineup soon. Not knowing the extent of the injury though, it was interesting to see the Chiefs claimed Greg Senat (an offensive tackle) off waivers on Monday.
The man who stepped in for Fisher was Cam Erving. He got some looks at left tackle in the preseason. Against the Raiders, Erving struggled and was undisciplined at times. There was an easy to see block in the back call on Erving in the first half. Additionally, the Chiefs had more penalties than the Raiders on Sunday. Kansas City needs to be careful and more disciplined. Erving does have the upside of being an athletic swing player along the offensive line. If he stays at left tackle though, there needs to be some cleaner results.
The Running Backs
Andy Reid loves to throw the ball. But when the running game has received chances, it has been inconsistent. LeSean McCoy feels like he still has some burst. He was able to cap off more big runs in the first game, compared to the one against the Raiders. I still believe McCoy could lead the team in rushing. On Sunday, he and Damien Williams were held in check. The Chiefs finished with just 31 yards on 22 carries. Also, both Williams and McCoy are a little banged up. We’ll have to see if their injuries are that serious or not.
That will wrap up this week’s edition of three up and three down. Be on the lookout for more Chiefs content later this week. Stay tuned to Full Press Coverage for more great sports and NFL content.
– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.
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