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Week 6 Game Recap: Kansas City Chiefs 40, New England Patriots 43


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Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the New England Patriots 43-40 on Sunday Night Football. The loss drops the Chiefs to 5-1 on the season. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes completed 23 of 36 passes for 352 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Running back Kareem Hunt gained 80 yards on 10 carries, while also catching five passes for 105 and a touchdown. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill led the Chiefs with seven catches for 142 and three touchdowns. Sammy Watkins caught two passes for 18 yards. Tight end Travis Kelce caught five passes for 61 yards.

New England Patriots

-Josh Gordon is purposely being worked into the fold, and continues to play more snaps as he gets healthier. -The Pats passing game will be tough to predict. With Gordon, Gronk, Edelman, and White as great options and Hogan, Patterson, Michel, and Dorsett as secondary options, the wealth will be spread on given weeks.

Kansas City Chiefs

QB Patrick Mahomes II, 54 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 36 - 352 - 4 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 2 - 9 - 0
Patrick Mahomes completed 23 of 36 passes for 352 yards, with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Mahomes also rushed two times for nine yards. The New England defense stymied Mahomes in the first half, as he threw two interceptions with no touchdowns. He led the offense on a late first half drive where Mahomes showed his arm strength by rolling out to his left and firing a 26 yard strike across his body to Tyreek Hill. He followed that up by throwing an interception in the red zone that ended the first half. Mahomes was not to be denied though, as the Chiefs were down 17-6 to start the second half before Mahomes hit Kareem Hunt for a 67 yard touchdown pass. Mahomes lined up in the shotgun and Hunt ran a simple route to the right flat. With pressure coming, Mahomes rolled out to his right. The credit partly goes to Hunt, who peeled off his route and ran up the right sideline, getting behind the entire Patriots secondary. Mahomes hit him in stride, and Hunt was nearly tackled at the goal line after slowing up, but was able to finish off the long touchdown catch. Mahomes next touchdown pass came on a 14 yard throw to Hill where the Patriots got pressure on Mahomes, and he was forced to throw the ball at an awkward angle from his hip. These type of throws are becoming customary for Mahomes, but it was an impressive lob that hit Hill perfectly in stride in the right corner of the end zone. Mahomes hooked up with Hill again on a one yard touchdown pass where he led Hill from the back of the end zone to the right corner pylon with a lob pass. Hill was able to make a sliding grab for his second touchdown. With the Chiefs down 40-33 with three minutes and 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and play action faked to Hunt on the first play of the drive. He then stepped up in the pocket and hit Hill 40 yards down the field on a crossing route. The rest of the play was all Hill, as he made a jumping catch and then simply out-ran the Patriots secondary while showing off why he is considered one of the fastest players in the league.

RB Kareem Hunt, 31 offensive snaps, Rush: 10 - 80 - 0, Rec: 5 - 105 - 1 (6 targets)
Kareem Hunt rushed 10 times for 80 yards, while also catching five of six targets for 105 yards and a touchdown. Hunt came alive in the passing game against the Patriots, giving the Chiefs offense momentum by starting the third quarter off with a 67 yard touchdown catch. It looked as though Hunt ad-libbed the play by turning his route to the flat up the field when Mahomes was forced out of the pocket. By doing so, he was able to get behind the entire Patriots secondary and score a long touchdown. Hunt also had a 25 yard reception where Mahomes faked the handoff to him, then faked a reverse to Sammy Watkins before going back to Hunt on a designed screen play. Hunt caught the pass, while juking several Patriots defenders on his way to a 25 gain. Hunt was a big play machine against the Patriots, totaling two rushes and two receptions of 20+ yards. While Tyreek Hill was the MVP of this game for the Chiefs, Hunt played a vital role in the Chiefs second half comeback.

WR Tyreek Hill, 53 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 0 - 0, Rec: 7 - 142 - 3 (12 targets)
Tyreek Hill caught seven passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing once for no gain. On Sunday Night Football, Hill brought his A-game and nearly brought the Chiefs back against a Patriots team that was scoring at will. Hillís play alone was worth the price of admission, scoring on plays of one yard, 75 yards and 14 yards. Hillís 75 yard catch with three minutes left to tie the game for the Chiefs, was the highlight of the night though. Hill was lined up on the left side of the formation and ran a deep crossing route. Mahomes found him 40 yards down the field and Hill made a jumping catch coming across the field. After securing the catch, Hill squared up his body and ran immediately to the left sideline. Watching Hill go from zero to top speed in four strides is difficult to describe, other than saying he outran four Patriots defenders and it was not even a close call. Hill also made a nice sliding touchdown catch where he broke off his route from the back of the end zone and Mahomes lobbed a pass to the left pylon and Hill came screeching across the end zone to make the catch. Hillís 14 yard touchdown catch came with him lined up in left slot. He ran a sort of intermediate post-route where he outran his defender to the left side of the endzone and the Patriots had a blown coverage with no defenders on the backside. Without Hill, the Chiefs probably donít come back to tie the game deep in the fourth quarter as his explosiveness and uncanny ability to make big plays was the difference for the Chiefs offense.

WR Sammy Watkins, 54 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - -1 - 0, Rec: 2 - 18 - 0 (4 targets)
Watkins caught two passes on four targets for 18 yards, while also rushing one time for a negative one yard gain. Watkins was largely silent through this game as the Chiefs struggled in the first half and Watkins was unable to secure both of his first half targets. He didnít enter the box score until a 15 yard catch late in the third quarter. Mahomes only attempted 36 passes, and the combination of Hunt and Hill made all the big plays, so Watkins meek output was more a case of him being overshadowed than anything that he did wrong. With the weapons that the Chiefs have on offense, this is bound to be the case on occasion, but Watkins should continue to be a top producer on one of, if not the best offense in football.

TE Travis Kelce, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 61 - 0 (9 targets)
Travis Kelce caught five of nine targets for 61 yards against the Patriots on Sunday night. Much like Watkins, Kelce did not play a large part in this game because his teammates were busy breaking off one big play after another in the second half. The good news is that Kelce still saw 25% of Mahomes targets. All of Kelceís catches came in the first half, and he did manage to make back to back catches of 17 and nine yards to set up a Chiefs field goal. As was the case in the 2017 opening game matchup between these teams, the Patriots locked onto Kelce in key situations, especially in the red zone, which enabled his teammates to get behind the Patriots secondary. His contributions to the offense in this game were more about drawing coverage away from Hill, than catching first downs or touchdowns. Prior to this game, Kelce had either 100+ receiving yards or a touchdown in four straight games, including 100+ yards in three of those four games. He remains a vital part of the Chiefs passing game and will certainly have big games ahead this season.


New England Patriots

QB Tom Brady, 78 offensive snaps, Pass: 24 - 35 - 340 - 1 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 3 - 2 - 1
Tom Brady needed to keep up in a shootout, and he did just that, playing well beyond one huge blemish that could have cost his team the win. There was a reasonable amount of time for him to throw, and the ground game was working very well, as one can surmise from the score. Brady actually targeted Josh Gordon more than any other receiver, and Gordon also played more snaps than any other receiver, signaling that the duo is ready to rock. They were off on a couple throws from a timing perspective, but also connected well on slant routes, and had a 37 yard P.I. call to the 1 yard line. Brady's lone passing touchdown was to Julian Edelman on a nicely lofted floating ball over coverage. Brady also scrambled for another touchdown, though it seemed to happen in slow motion given his speed. He should have been sacked on the play, but the rushing defender let up because he thought Brady threw the ball. The play may not have happened had Brady hit Edelman on an out route on the prior play, as Edelman could have scored. His bad play on the night was a costly fumble in his own territory that should have never happened. Brady ran around looking for an open receiver, but held on to the ball far far too long, allowing pass rushers to eventually get home and strip the ball. It was a play Brady himself said was terrible, as he should have thrown the ball away well beforehand. Beyond that, Brady carved up the Chiefs defense, especially in the 4th quarter, including the game winning drive. As expected, the offense continues to progress.

RB Sony Michel, 37 offensive snaps, Rush: 24 - 106 - 2 (1 targets)
As the clear lead back, Sony Michel had plenty of room to run, and carved up the Chiefs defense with a number of good gains. On his second play of the game he missed a big gain by running into a pile instead of cutting to his right after about 5 yards, but did make up for it with good patience otherwise. Both his touchdowns were short runs, though his 1 yard touchdown was partly a product of the Chiefs defense being so worried about a Tom Brady sneak. Expect Michel to continue to produce as the locked-in early down back, and don't be surprised if he starts to work into scripted passing plays more.

RB James White, 33 offensive snaps, Rush: 6 - 39 - 0, Rec: 5 - 53 - 0 (7 targets)
Though he was definitely part of the game plan, for once, James White didn't lead the Pats in targets or receiving yards, which is probably a good thing. White actually saw good gains on his handful of runs, and did well with his 7 targets, converting 5 of them. There were no notable plays to speak of, but he continues to produce at a high level.

WR Josh Gordon, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 42 - 0 (9 targets)
Gordon played the most snaps and saw the most targets of any Patriots receiver, as the Pats made a concerted effort to get him involved. Timing was off on a couple passes, but he snagged a few nice slant routes, and had a 37 yard P.I. call at the 1 yard line of the Chiefs. His talent is evident, and as he gets more time in with Tom Brady, huge days won't be surprising.

WR Julian Edelman, 71 offensive snaps, Rush: 1 - 7 - 0, Rec: 4 - 54 - 1 (7 targets)
With Tom Brady spreading the ball around, Edelman didn't have a monster day, but he shouldn't be expected to now. His touchdown was a nicely lofted ball by Tom Brady in which Edelman simply ran past his defender for an easy score with nice separation. He also converted a critical third down in the 4th quarter, but beyond that, actually played less snaps than Josh Gordon.

WR Chris Hogan, 47 offensive snaps, Rec: 4 - 78 - 0 (4 targets)
Hogan had two key catches in the 4th quarter than helped set up Patriots scores. Beyond that, his outing was fairly muted, as he is clearly lower on the totem pole for targets. This may well be his biggest yardage day of the year.

TE Rob Gronkowski, 77 offensive snaps, Rec: 3 - 97 - 0 (4 targets)
Though he only had 3 catches, Gronk's two biggest plays were in the 4th quarter. On one, Brady faked into the backfield before hitting Gronk for a massive gain up the left side seam. The second was what set up the Pats for their last second field goal with a deep toss and catch to the big man. Though he isn't getting the red zone treatment he's used to seeing, Gronk is still dominant with the ball in his hands, and had key blocks multiple times during the game.