Dominant second half carries Chiefs to win over Washington

On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs got back in the win column with a 31-13 victory over the Washington Football Team. Despite the score, the chiefs did not dominate from start to finish.

In the first quarter, the Chiefs jumped out to an early 7-0 lead with a rushing touchdown from Darrel Williams. However, the Football Team would respond. Dustin Hopkins connected on a field goal to cut the deficit to 7-3 before the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter proved to be disastrous for the Chiefs as they turned the ball over three times. Patrick Mahomes threw two interceptions. However, the first one was not at the fault of the star quarterback. For the second straight week, a pass went off the hands of Tyreek Hill and was intercepted.

The second one brought deja vu from the Baltimore game as Mahomes tried to make a play while being sacked. The third turnover came off a Mecole Hardman fumble.

With a sloppy second quarter, Washington took advantage. Following the Hardman fumble, Taylor Heinicke connected with Ricky Seals-Jones for a 39-yard touchdown to give them a 13-10 lead that carried into halftime.

Despite a horrific second-quarter performance, the Chiefs bounced back in the second half, outscoring the Football Team 21-0.

Mahomes appeared to find himself as he went 19-24 on pass attempts for 175 yards and two touchdowns. He found Hill for a two-yard score to regain the lead in the third quarter and later connected with Demarcus Robinson for a 24-yard touchdown in the fourth.

Williams added a second touchdown on the ground as well. With starting running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire on injured reserve, Williams took the starting role and he had a huge impact. He had 89 total yards (62 rushing, 27 receiving) and two rushing touchdowns.

The defensive effort was greatly improved this week. Going into the game, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo made some changes. Juan Thornhill replaced Daniel Sorensen as the starting safety alongside Tyrann Mathieu.

At the linebacker position, the starting trio was Anthony Hitchens, Willie Gay Jr., and Nick Bolton. Ben Niemann has started every game before this week.

The defense allowed the least amount of points and yards on Sunday. It was the first time a team has scored less than 29 points and gained less than 300 yards of total offense this season.

Additionally, the Chiefs defensive unit forced two turnovers. Mike Danna forced a fumble from Antonio Gibson with L’Jarius Sneed recovering it and Tershawn Wharton put the game on ice with a one-handed interception off of Heinicke.

Despite a crucial win, the Chiefs continued to be hit with injuries. Tight end Jody Fortson tore his Achilles and will miss the rest of the season. Early in the game, he made a tremendous catch over Landon Collins.

Along with Fortson, Hitchens left injured and it is believed to be a hyperextended elbow, but further tests will determine the full severity. Travis Kelce was banged up but returned to the game and Hill, who came into the game with a quad injury, left the game and later returned.

After powering their way through the second half, Kansas City is back to .500 with a 3-3 record. The Chiefs will look to continue that performance and further build upon it as they travel to Tennessee to take on the Titans next week.