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Week 16 Game Recap: Kansas City Chiefs 26, Chicago Bears 3


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Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Chicago Bears 26-3 to improve their record to 11-4 on the season. Patrick Mahomes completed 23 of 33 passes for 251 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, while also rushing for 14 yards and a touchdown on two carries. Damien Williams made his return to the lineup from injury and rushed 16 times for 65 yards, while also catching three passes for 27 yards and a touchdown. Spencer Ware gained 14 yards on five carries and caught two passes for 22 yards on two targets. Tyreek Hill caught five passes for 72 yards and Sammy Watkins caught two passes for 28 yards. Travis Kelce led the Chiefs pass-catchers with eight receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown.

Chicago Bears

Mitchell Trubisky struggled against the Chiefs as the Bears were dominated on Sunday night. Allen Robinson led the Bears in receiving while David Montgomery had success on low volume in the running game. Anthony Miller had a dud game after a recent stretch of strong play.

Kansas City Chiefs

QB Patrick Mahomes, 65 offensive snaps, Pass: 23 - 33 - 251 - 2 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 14 - 1
Patrick Mahomes completed 23 of 33 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Mahomes also chipped in 14 yards and a touchdown on two carries. After starting off the season with 300+ yards passing in five consecutive games, Mahomes has reached that peak only twice in his last eight games. With that said, it is hard to find any fault in Mahomes performance against the Bears, as the Chiefs game plan was to stick to short and intermediate passing routes in order to neutralize the Bears aggressive blitz packages, and the game plan worked to perfection. The Chiefs offensive line did a great job in keeping Mahomes upright while giving him the requisite time to complete quick strikes to his receivers. Mahomes set the pace for this game on the Chiefs first possession, leading the offense on a 17 play drive that culminated in a 12 yard Mahomes touchdown run. With the Chiefs facing a third and five from the Bears 12 yard line, Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and after taking a full drop was immediately met with a defender getting pressure on the right side of the formation. Mahomes then tucked the ball and took off around the left side of the line, outrunning the entire Chicago defense on his way to an un-touched 12 yard touchdown run. That play was the fourth third down conversion of the drive for the Chiefs, which included third and 10 and third and 18 conversions. Mahomes first touchdown pass came two drives later with the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the Chicago six yard line. Prior to this play, the Chiefs offense had worn down the Bears defense with another 16 play drive. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and faked the handoff to Williams. Mahomes started to slightly fade to his left which allowed him to set up a side-arm (arm angle) throw to Kelce, who ran a quick double move route where he faked a short out-route before cutting back to the middle of the field. Mahomes throw was perfect, a little behind Kelce which allowed the ball to directly fit in between two defenders. Mahomes final touchdown pass came with the Chiefs facing a third and eight from the Chicago 14 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and immediately after completing his three step drop, he swung the ball out to Williams who was running his route to the left sideline. The pass hit Williams directly in stride, and he was able to elude a Bears defender with a quick hesitation move before crossing the goal line for the 14 yard touchdown. The Chiefs came into this game with a great game plan that revolved around neutralizing the Bears aggressive pass rush. Mahomes never wavered from the game plan, so much so that this was the first game in Mahomes career where he did not attempt a pass of over 20 yards downfield.

RB Damien Williams, Rush: 16 - 65 - 0, Rec: 3 - 27 - 1 (3 targets)
Damien Williams rushed 16 times for 65 yards and caught three passes on three targets for 27 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs win over the Bears. Williams returned to the starting lineup after sitting out three weeks with a rib injury and looked refreshed as the Chiefs lead back. LeSean McCoy was a healthy scratch in this game, so Williams ended up splitting time with veteran Spencer Ware. Williams saw the bulk of the work though, out-touching Ware 19 to eight, and was the preferred option on early downs and specifically in the red zone. Williams had four carries of five or more yards, and all three of his catches went for six or more yards, including the 14 yard touchdown catch mentioned above. The Chiefs had seemed content on resting McCoy until the playoffs, referring to it as the NBA-esque term “load management. This means Williams should once again be looking at the majority of the touches in next week’s finale against Chargers, especially considering that Ware left the game in the fourth quarter with what was described as a shoulder injury.

RB Spencer Ware, 24 offensive snaps, Rush: 5 - 14 - 0, Rec: 2 - 22 - 0 (3 targets)
Spencer Ware rushed five times for 14 yards and caught two passes for 22 yards on two targets in the Chiefs win over the Bears. Ware had trouble getting anything going on the ground, as the Bears were all over him in the backfield when he saw carries. He was more effective as a pass catcher, converting a third and eight with an 18 yard catch and run. Ware also had a 19 yard catch nullified due to penalty, and shortly thereafter he injured his shoulder and was taken out of the game and did not return. Ware will most likely be kept out of the regular season finale against the Chargers, with McCoy once again being activated after spending two weeks on the sideline.

WR Tyreek Hill, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 5 - 72 - 0 (5 targets)
Tyreek Hill caught five passes on five targets for 72 yards in the Chiefs win over the Bears in week 16. The Chiefs wore down the Bears with long, sustained offensive drives, so Hill’s explosive playmaking took a backseat to Kelce and the Chiefs backfield. Hill had the long catch of the night for the Chiefs on a 19 yard reception that kicked off the Chiefs second touchdown drive. Hill also pulled down catches of 13 and 15 yards, which were some of the longest of the night for Mahomes. Hill’s five targets were second only to Travis Kelce, who lead the team in catches, yards, targets and touchdowns. Mahomes will need to depend on Hill a bit more next week when the Chiefs take on a Chargers secondary that ranks as a top five unit this season. In their first meeting, the Chargers were able to hold Hill without a catch on two targets, the only time where the explosive wide receiver failed to record a reception this season.

WR Sammy Watkins, 51 offensive snaps, Rec: 2 - 28 - 0 (5 targets)
Sammy Watkins caught two passes on five targets for 25 yards in the Chiefs win over the Bears. In what has become a trend following week one, Watkins has become an afterthought in the Chiefs passing game, operating mostly as a decoy when he is moved around the formation in pre-snap motion. Watkins targets come in the short and intermediate passing game, which should play into his strengths a runner after the catch, however he has not made an impact after blowing up with three touchdowns in week one. Watkins started off the season seeing consistent targets, averaging roughly nine targets in his first six games, however since then he is averaging less than five targets per game and has not exceeded 50 yards receiving since week 10.

TE Travis Kelce, 61 offensive snaps, Rec: 8 - 74 - 1 (9 targets)
Travis Kelce caught eight passes on nine targets for 74 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs week 16 win over the Bears. With the Chiefs focusing on quick passes in the short and intermediate field, Kelce was easily the most targeted offensive player for the Chiefs. The Bears had trouble staying with him in the short field, as Kelce is too strong for nickel backs and too fast for linebackers. While Kelce’s long gain of the night went for only 13 yards, he did convert first downs on five of his eight catches, with another reception going for a touchdown. Kelce nearly single handily took the ball down the field on the Chiefs third scoring drive, catching six passes on the possession, including the final reception which went for a touchdown. With the Chiefs facing a first and goal from the six yard line, Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun. Kelce was lined up as the inside left slot receiver and just prior to the snap and he went in motion as though he was going to line up on the end of the left side of the formation. As the ball was snapped, Kelce broke back to the right sideline as though he was going to run a shallow out-route. After three steps though, Kelce stuck his foot in the ground forcefully, pivoted and reversed back to the middle of the field. Mahomes fit the ball in perfectly between two defenders, with the pass coming in a little behind Kelce which allowed him to catch the ball cleanly and keep his momentum moving forward across the goal line for the six yard touchdown.


Chicago Bears

QB Mitchell Trubisky, 63 offensive snaps, Pass: 18 - 34 - 157 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 6 - 20 - 0
Mitchell Trubisky struggled at home in a loss to the Chiefs on Sunday night. Trubisky ran frequently early in the game, including four attempts on the first drive of the game, but failed to get into a rhythm throwing the ball. Trubisky’s struggles were not all his own fault, as he was sacked three times and had a handful of balls dropped. Yet, Trubisky too frequently threw the ball beneath the yard to gain on third down and struggled with accuracy. Trubisky will face the Vikings on the road in week 17.

RB David Montgomery, 35 offensive snaps, Rush: 13 - 57 - 0, Rec: 1 - 2 - 0 (1 targets)
David Montgomery was effective running between the tackles against the Chiefs on Sunday night. Montgomery was held to only 13 carries but did fine work running hard between the tackles. Montgomery’s fantasy prospects were a frequent refrain as he was held without a score, had only one carry inside the 10-yard line, and was limited to one short reception on a screen pass. Montgomery will face the Vikings next week on the road.

RB Tarik Cohen, 34 offensive snaps, Rush: 2 - 8 - 0, Rec: 3 - 25 - 0 (4 targets)
Tarik Cohen had a quiet night against the Chiefs on Sunday night in a blowout loss. Cohen had three receptions, and two carries where he was able to show power on the interior. He also added a drop. Cohen will be a risky play next week against the Vikings.

WR Allen Robinson, 59 offensive snaps, Rec: 6 - 53 - 0 (12 targets)
Allen Robinson had a down game against the Chiefs, largely a result of poor play from Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky was errant on multiple throws to Robinson, including a deep ball along the perimeter, a deep target that would have been a touchdown, and a short crossing route. Robinson catches were also difficult, including a good adjustment on a deflected ball. Robinson’s completions were typically in the short area of the field including slants and out routes. Robinson will get a matchup against the Vikings to close out the season in week 17.

WR Anthony Miller, 63 offensive snaps, Rec: 1 - 2 - 0 (2 targets)
After a recent stretch of strong play, Anthony Miller had a disappointing game against the Chiefs in the fantasy playoffs on Sunday. Miller fumbled an end-around on the first drive of the game and his lone reception was a quick screen on third and long for a gain of two yards. Miller will have a week 17 matchup against the Vikings.