Chiefs escape Monday Night Football with win over Giants

After a complete embarrassment in Tennessee last week, the Kansas City Chiefs returned to Arrowhead Stadium to host the New York Giants.

Going into this game, the Chiefs were focused on turning the tide on the season and getting back in the win column. Kansas City did get the win, 20-17, but they left fans with a lot of questions.

On the first drive of the game, quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw his tenth interception of the season. This one went off the facemask of running back Jerick McKinnon. Another INT that comes off of a mistake from a receiver.

Let’s talk about this. Mahomes has not been good this year. He has now thrown an interception in seven straight games. However, it extends beyond the turnovers.

Mahomes continues to bail on clean pockets that he is given. A prime example was the third-down sack before the game-winning field goal from Butker. He had a clean pocket and once he rolled out, he faced pressure and was brought down.

Moving on, the Chiefs’ defense stepped up following the pick. Willie Gay picked up his second interception in as many weeks to give the Chiefs the ball inside the red zone.

Mahomes connected with Tyreek Hill for a six-yard touchdown to give the Chiefs the lead. However, the Giants tied the game in the second quarter.

With Clyde Edwards-Helaire on injured reserve, the offense has relied on Darrel Williams. However, it was Derrick Gore who made an impact on Monday.

Later in the second quarter, Gore became the bell cow, collecting seven rushes for 41 yards and a touchdown, to regain the lead for Kansas City.

Back before the start of the season, I was in favor of him making the 53-man roster and he proved to be an impact guy out of the backfield.

Going into halftime, the Chiefs led 14-10. However, in the final minutes of the third quarter, Travis Kelce committed the second Chiefs turnover with a fumble.

On the ensuing drive, New York tight end scored a touchdown to give the Giants a 17-14 lead.

The Chiefs responded with a 36-yard field goal from Harrison Butker to tie the game at 17. It was up to the defense to get a stop; that’s what they did.

The defense forced a punt from the Giants, giving the offense an opportunity to win the game.

A holding penalty moved the Chiefs back on first down, but Kansas City got down the field with chunk plays of eight and nine yards. The Chiefs got to first and goal but were unable to find the endzone.

With 1:08 remaining, Butker hit the go-ahead and game-winning field goal to secure a Chiefs win.

Looking at the game, the Chiefs dominated upfront at the line of scrimmage. According to Pro Football Focus, three of the top-graded players were two offensive linemen and one defensive lineman for KC (Creed Humphrey, Frank Clark, and Trey Smith).

The defense looked better. They got pressure on Daniel Jones, recording three sacks and they were able to make the crucial stops for the team to get the win.

However, there are two glaring issues; turnovers (of course) and penalties.

The Chiefs have turned the ball over 19 times in eight games this season. That is the most turnovers in the league and in a season under Andy Ried since he joined the franchise in 2013. We have all said that this will fix itself, but it hasn’t.

Mahomes has honestly been an interception machine this year and his receivers haven’t helped him with tipped INTs and fumbles. It has to change. Take what the defense gives you and make the smart plays.

As for the penalties, it was horrible on MNF. The Chiefs were penalized 12 times for 103 yards. There is no excuse for being penalized like that. The discipline has continued to hurt the Chiefs with turnovers and it has expanded over to penalties.

Overall, the Chiefs get a much-needed win and improve to .500 on the season. Next week is their toughest test as the Green Bay Packers travel to GEHA field at Arrowhead Stadium. The Packers have won seven in a row and the Chiefs will have to play their best football to win.

Kickoff is set for 3:25 MST on Sunday.