The Kansas City Chiefs suffered their third loss of the season Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers. Despite a plethora of injuries, Kansas City displayed a determined effort. It was a close game. Though in the end, the Chiefs made too many mistakes with little room for error and the Packers won the game. Now let’s look towards some of the major points of this Chiefs and Packers contest.
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Aaron and Aaron
The Chiefs defense showed some energy throughout this game. They made some key plays in major moments. However, Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Jones each continued their red hot campaigns. For Rodgers, it’s simply amazing to see how he approaches each game. We don’t get to see him face Kansas City that often, and in a way this is how we have seen Patrick Mahomes play before.
Rodgers conducted the offense brilliantly. For example, he escaped pressure, improvised and took advantage of mismatches. His touchdown pass to Jamaal Williams in the corner of the end zone, late in the game falling away, will be a play of the year candidate. The Chiefs had their moments against the pass. But, Rodgers instinctively did everything the right way to lead the Packers to a win.
Meanwhile, Jones was just as dangerous catching the ball as he was running it. He finished the night with nearly 100 more receiving yards than rushing yards. The dagger, came on a 67 yard touchdown for his second receiving touchdown of the game. Most of all, it was the game winning score to break a 24-24 tie.
Stepping in for Mahomes, Matt Moore performed exceptionally. He wasn’t perfect by any means, as he missed some throws early when the Chiefs were in position to score and did not. Yet, Moore’s efforts was still enough to dig Kansas City out of a hole where they were down 14-0 early. Once he found his groove, you could tell his confidence of going down the field increased as well. It also helped to have the weapons around him that the Chiefs employ. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce started to get in sync with the veteran quarterback throughout the duration of the night. Other items that stood out include how Moore would stand in the pocket and take big hits, as well as knowing when to take shots or check down. Additionally, it was surprising to see how often the Chiefs called for Moore to throw the ball (36 passes/20 runs). That shows how confident Andy Reid was in Moore, however. Overall, Moore did his job and put the Chiefs in a position to win the game. It just wasn’t enough.
As we mentioned, Rodgers had a stellar performance. But this Chiefs defense is starting to get better and it was noticeable against the Packers. Coaches are putting players in a position to succeed. For one, Damien Wilson, Reggie Ragland and Anthony Hitchens are starting to attack the line of scrimmage from the linebacker position. Charvarius Ward and Bashaud Breeland are being asked to play more man coverage. That is where both men excel. Above all, the pass rush is generating pressure while impact players like Chris Jones and Frank Clark are injured. After eight games, Kansas City is 5th in the NFL in sacks with 25. Elsewhere, the defense is quietly ranked 11th against the pass. That is not too horrible, considering they have faced passers like Rodgers, Deshaun Watson and Matthew Stafford. If these improvements continue when injured players return, the Chiefs won’t feel like their defense is as much of a liability as last season.
There were positives in this game. But, there was also the negatives that stick out more in a close loss. The situation talked about the most was Reid’s decision to punt on 4th and 3 down seven with 5:13 to play. The offense had been moving the ball all night long. The defense was very gassed by the time the Packers got the ball back here. Kansas City didn’t lose just because of this lone blemish though.
While the game was tied at 17, LeSean McCoy fumbled to open a KC drive following a Green Bay field goal. This wound up being the lone turnover of the night. The Packers capitalized with a touchdown soon after. That was McCoy’s second fumble of the year, both have come in losses. Also, he didn’t see a single carry following that decisive miscue.
It was interesting how often Kansas City had linebackers out wide against running backs. Were there too many injuries fo those spots? The Chiefs coached well in spots. On the other hand, there were also questionable decisions too. While the Chiefs gave a courageous effort, the errors were too drastic in a tight, back and forth game. The execution has to be perfect in games like these.
That will conclude our recap of Chiefs versus Packers. Be on the lookout for more articles throughout the week. 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.