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NFL Preseason Week 2 Game Recap: Kansas City Chiefs 24, Washington Commanders 14

Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass against the Washington Commanders during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs held off the Washington Commanders to win their first preseason game of 2022, 24-14, at Arrowhead Stadium.

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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

QUARTERBACK

Player YPA ADOT Touchdown Passes Passing Grade
Patrick Mahomes 8.1 12.4 2 78.5
  • Mahomes led the Chiefs' starting offense on two consecutive scoring drives in a solid preseason showing. He completed 60% of his 20 passes and finished with no turnover-worthy plays alongside his lone big-time throw.
RUNNING BACK
  • No Chiefs running back posted a 60.0-plus rushing grade north aside from fullback Michael Burton.
  • Rookie Tayon Fleet-Davis registered the team's lone rushing touchdown and finished with a 53.9 rushing grade on first review.

RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

Player Targets Receptions First Downs Touchdown Receptions
Joe Fortson 5 4 2 2
Justin Watson 3 2 2 0
  • Tight end Joe Fortson made the most of his five targets. Both of his touchdowns were from passes thrown by Patrick Mahomes, and one was a contested catch.
  • Justin Watson continued his excellent preseason with a 74.9 receiving grade and an explosive (15-plus yards) reception.

OFFENSIVE LINE

  • The Kansas City offensive line allowed only eight total pressures across the team's 44 pass-blocking snaps.
  • Starting left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. finished with just one total pressure allowed and a pending 81.5 pass-blocking grade on 19 such snaps.

DEFENSIVE LINE

  • Rookie George Karlaftis played 18 pass-rushing snaps and tallied a clean-up sack.
  • Edge defender Malik Henry secured a hit and a hurry to complete his  67.0 pass-rushing grade

LINEBACKER

SECONDARY

  • Across six coverage reps, L'Jarius Sneed forced an incompletion and allowed one catch on two targets. He finished his afternoon with a 70.1 coverage grade.
  • Chris Lammons forced an incompletion and had a game-changing interception late in the fourth quarter on 22 snaps.

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS

QUARTERBACK

  • Carson Wentz put up a conservative outing on 10 total dropbacks, throwing just 6.6 yards downfield on average per attempt.
  • Mid-round selection Sam Howell had a solid 9.4-yard average target depth and threw for five first downs. Yet, he also tossed a game-sealing interception late in the fourth quarter and finished with just a 60.1 passing grade.
RUNNING BACK
  • Brian Robinson Jr. continued his RB1 pursuit by having a team-best 77.4 rushing grade on the afternoon. The performance included three rushing first downs and 27 yards after contact on eight rushing attempts.
  • Jonathan Williams finished with a 66.5 rushing grade with the second-most rush attempts (4) by a Commanders tailback.

RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

  • Alex Erickson had a team-high 75.5 receiving grade highlighted by two first-down snags, an explosive reception play and 33 yards after catch.
  • Rookie Jahan Dotson turned his 20 receiving snaps into two first-down snags on his lone two targets.

OFFENSIVE LINE

  • Washington's line gave up seven total pressures — two sacks, two hurries and three quarterback hits — on 46 pass-blocking snaps.
  • Guard Saahdiq Charles had a more productive outing as a run blocker (73.9) than a pass-blocker (47.7) on 30 total snaps.

DEFENSIVE LINE

  • Montez Sweat registered three hurries and a sack on 16 pass-rushing snaps.
  • Two sacks on nine pass-rushing snaps helped second-year edge rusher Shaka Toney finish with a 74.4 pass-rushing grade .

LINEBACKER

  • David Mayo played just three run-defense snaps but tallied a run stop.
  • Cole Holcomb allowed catches on all four targets into his coverage, leading to 40 yards and two first downs.

SECONDARY

  • Kendall Fuller was targeted six times, and while he did give up a touchdown, he allowed just two catches for nine yards and forced three incompletions.
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