By Weston Mills (@Wmills94)
Week 4 Review: Chiefs 29 v. Redskins 20
There are very few sports venues that are as electric as Arrowhead Stadium during Monday Night football. Week 4 was no exception! Monday night brought, in my opinion, the most exciting game of the young NFL season. Chiefs Kingdom welcomed in rookie kicker Harrison Butker as he hit the game winner after missing his first career field goal!
For those of you who follow along weekly (hey dad), you know I am behind schedule this week. So without further ado:
Offensive Player of the Game: Alex Smith
I am not sure if many in the Chiefs Kingdom appreciate how well Alex Smith is playing this season. Smith has thrown for 1,067 yards which ranks him 10th in the NFL. He has thrown 8 touchdowns with ZERO interceptions. The only other QB to have played in all 4 games with zero interceptions is Drew Brees. Alex has completed 76% of his passes (highest in the NFL). Smith’s passer rating is 124.2. No QB who has played in all 4 games has a better rating. Not Brees. Not Brady. Not Rogers.
Ok, back to Monday night…
Harrison Butker may have hit the game winner but Alex was absolute ICE to put the Chiefs in position to kick that field goal. On the night Smith was 27/37 for 293 yards and a touchdown with a passer rating of 104.9. He also rushed for an extra 56 yards and touchdown. Two things stood out about Smith’s performance: 1) his ability to spread the ball around and 2) his confidence. Smith connected with 6 different Chiefs on the night. When Smith is able to get that many players it makes it very difficult for defenses to key on any one or two players. Smith just seems to have a different swagger this year. He is taking shots down the field and it appears as if he has no doubt he is going to make any throw he wants.
This Alex Smith can win a Superbowl.
Defensive Player of the Game: Frank Zombo
The Chiefs defense continued their bend but don’t break mentality as they gave up 331 yards of total offense but only allowed 20 points. Across the board I thought this was a very good defensive performance. Multiple guys could have earned The Dive 35 DPOG (especially Justin Houston for scoring a last second touchdown to cover the spread) but Frank Zombo earned the honor. He has was asked to step in for starters Dee Ford and Tamba Hali as they are recovering from injuries. Zombo led the team in tackles with 5 (3 of which were solo) and also had at least 1 pressure. This was particularly impressive as Zombo was working against 2016 All-Pro Left Tackle and 5x Pro-Bowler Trent Williams. Zombo has filled in very nicely in the absence of Hali and Ford and was very solid against the Redskins in a tough match-up.
Week 5 Preview: 3 Things to Watch
Kansas City Chiefs @ Houston Texans
When: October 8, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. (CST)
Where: NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas
The 4-0 Chiefs travel to Houston to take on the 2-2 Texans in another prime time football game. Houston is coming into their own after the dismantling of the Tennessee Titans, 57-14, in week 4. They recently made the switch to their QBOF (Quarterback of the Future) DeShaun Watson and he had a break out performance. There has been a lot of buzz locally, and some nationally, about Watson and Patrick Mahomes getting compared with one another for the rest of their careers as Kansas City traded up in front of Houston and took Mahomes while Watson was still on the board. As Mahomes was never expected to start this year, it isn’t much of a story line going into tonight. Here are my three things to watch on Sunday Night Football:
1) Chiefs Interior Offensive Line
Last week Chiefs right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, left the game in the first quarter with a knee injury. Watching the replay, he got rolled up on and it looked fairly bad. However, the MRI following the game has negative and was listed at day-to-day which is incredibly good news any time with you are dealing with a 320 lb man and his knees. LDT has arguably been the Chiefs best offensive lineman this year and the Texans defensive line will be a significant test for back-up Jordan Devey.
Without watching game film, I thought Devey played very well last week. While I was very impressed with the Redskins defensive line, none of them are on J.J. Watt’s level. Watt plays on the outside but I would expect the Texans to move him around to try and expose the Chiefs back-up interior lineman. Even if they don’t, Devey will still be expect to help on J.J.
Also of note: Center Mitch Morse is still out so Zach Fulton will be starting again.
Also also of note: Last year’s starting left guard Parker Ehinger is finally recovered from his ACL Injury but I am not certain if he is starting. If Devey or Witzmann struggle look for Ehinger to step in.
2) DeShaun Watson
DeShaun Watson was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 4 after spinning 4 TDs and running one in himself. Watson is a unique talent in the fact that his legs are just as useful as his arm. While Watson has played well so far, I don’t think he has faced a defense quite like the Chiefs. Bob Sutton has been bringing a considerably less amount of pressure this year than he has in the past. Frequently rushing 3 while dropping everyone in coverage. I speculate that Sutton might bring frequent pressure tonight to force Watson out of his comfort zone. How Watson responds will most certainly be the difference in the game. I am going to go out on a limb and predict Daniel Sorensen will have 2 sacks tonight.
3) Marcus Peters
Marcus Peters did not play well against the Redskins. Instead of giving you my thoughts, I will let Peters tell you what he thought:
“Hell no, they wasn’t attacking me. I killed my damn self, you feel me? I should have kept back pedaling on that first touchdown. Got a little push in the back but it’s the game of football. I came out and I was hella weak today. I gave up two (touchdowns). But shit we came out with a victory so I’m gonna take it as a learning experience. We’re gonna chalk it up, go in the meeting room and then, you feel me, kick back, chill and relax.”
He was also asked out forcing the fumble that allowed Justin Houston to score on the final play of the game:
“That made my game from hella weak to weak, you feel me? I’m not hella weak, I’m just weak this week. Next week I’ll get back on my shit though so yeah.”
Look for Peters to get back on his Sh*t this week and I’d even guess he winds up intercepting the rookie QB.
LET’S GO CCCCCHHHHIIIEEEEFFFSSSSSSS!!!!!
Former Defensive End. Current Attorney. Sometimes NFL Contributor for The Dive 35.