The Kansas City Chiefs faced a tough foe in the Baltimore Ravens. They took care of the Ravens, and they took care of business with a strong first half. Following the victory, the report cards are in. Who’s stock is either rising or falling enter Week Four? Let’s take a look in this week’s version of three up and three down.
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Tyrann Mathieu was flying all over the field on Sunday. He had his best game so far in a Chiefs uniform. There were a few time where Mathieu came close to picking off Lamar Jackson. His four tackles and three pass deflections put Baltimore in some binds in obvious passing situations. On a day where the secondary stood out, Mathieu was key in making plays and motivating his teammates.
Sticking on the defensive side, it was encouraging to see how well Emmanuel Ogbah played. With guys like Frank Clark and Chris Jones faced multiple double teams, Ogbah was consistent in providing pressure. In fact, he notched nine pressures on the day, as well as three quarterback hits. The underrated speed Ogbah has allows him to make many tackles laterally too. His impact was important for the Chiefs defense. Furthermore, the fact Kansas City traded away Eric Murray, a safety who had struggled, to get him shows the trade wasn’t a waste.
Without Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs receivers have responded very well. Mecole Hardman may have only had two receptions on Sunday, but he made positive plays that only he could muster. If it was anyone else, they likely get caught and tackled on that play where Hardman took it 83 yards to the house. His other reception is an underrated play also. A ball he caught behind the line, was tipped, and Hardman was able to find a way to make something out of nothing. He worked his away across the field and found blockers in front of him. Hardman continues to surprise in his route running and his role is expanding.
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Once again, we have to put Cam Erving‘s name down here. The Ravens only had one sack, however it did come against Erving. Matthew Judon, the one who recorded the sack, also had half of the Ravens eight quarterback hits. Erving is still an athletic guy, whom the Chiefs can place anywhere on the line. But, there needs to be better results than at least four quarterback hits allowed. He is looking like a liability right now.
The Run Defense
It is easy to understand that the Ravens are a difficult team to stop the run against. However, the Chiefs run defense struggled enough to where Baltimore was able to get back in the game in the second half. Thankfully, the Chiefs were able to hold them off. After three weeks, Kansas City is 27th in run defense. They are in the middle of the pack in passing defense. The run defense must do a better job at attacking and not missing tackles.
This is more of a minor one, but it was interesting to see how the running game performed without Damien Williams. LeSean McCoy was finding the holes and bursting through the Ravens. McCoy is also a do it all back, who can run, block or catch. We saw that mixture on Sunday. Even Darrel Williams had a fine outing. He led the running backs in snaps and provided a push to the offense late in the contest.
That will wrap up this week’s version of three up and three down. For more great sports and NFL content, stay tuned to Full Press Coverage.
– 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.