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NFL Week 6 Game Recap: Kansas City Chiefs 31, Washington Football Team 13

Landover, Maryland, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) passes the ball under pressure form Washington Football Team defensive tackle Daron Payne (94) and Washington Football Team linebacker Jamin Davis (52) during the first quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn't a pretty game from the Kansas City Chiefs, but the Patrick Mahomes-led offense limited mistakes in the second half and cruised to a 31-13 win over the Washington Football Team

The Chiefs committed three turnovers, but Washington wasn’t able to take advantage.

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Kansas City Chiefs


Patrick Mahomes moved the ball down the field consistently, but miscues on offense limited the Chiefs' scoring opportunities in the first half. The mistakes included a dropped interception in the red zone and an ill-advised throw that led to another interception right before halftime.

Mahomes threw for 397 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 8.4 yards per attempt, but his pending 50.9 passing grade and 90.5 passer rating don’t reflect highly on his performance.

Mahomes from a clean pocket

Comp/Att Yds TD:INT Passer Rating
26/35 294 2:1 106.1
Running back

Darrel Williams got the start at running back with Clyde Edwards-Helaire on injured reserve and made the most of his opportunities. Williams carried the ball 21 times for 62 yards and two touchdowns, with nearly 83% of his yards coming after contact. He also caught three passes out of the backfield for 27 yards.

Wide receiver/tight end

As usual, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce dominated down the field. The duo combined for 17 receptions and 175 yards, with Hill catching one of the team’s two touchdown passes.

It wasn’t just the two stars making all the plays, as three more pass-catchers each went for over 40 receiving yards. Demarcus Robinson caught three passes for 46 yards and a touchdown to help seal the win.

Player Receptions Yards aDOT YPRR
Travis Kelce 7 93 6.4 2.38
Tyreek Hill 8 70 7.0 2.50
Mecole Hardman 4 62 13.0 1.88
Byron Pringle 3 55 15.0 2.89
Offensive line

The Chiefs' offensive line allowed seven pressures and two sacks, but Mahomes maneuvered his way around the pressure to make plays. Joe Thuney was the only member of the unit to not allow a pressure, although he was beaten twice in pass protection and is set to earn a sub-60.0 pass-blocking grade, pending review.

Rookie Creed Humphrey, who entered Week 6 as the highest-graded center, allowed one pressure and received a 57.9 pass-blocking grade upon first review.

Defensive line

The unit combined to create 12 pressure despite none of the pass-rushers sacking Heinicke. Jarran Reed and Frank Clark combined for seven pressures, while Tershawn Wharton intercepted Heinicke late in the fourth quarter. None of the Chiefs' pass-rushers received a 70.0-plus pass-rush grade upon first review.


Ben Niemann played most of his snaps in coverage and allowed 67 yards and a touchdown. Nick Bolton surrendered six receptions for 34 yards and two first downs while forcing three defensive stops against the pass. Bolton finished the game with six total defensive stops and one tackle for loss.


After getting picked apart by Josh Allen last week, the Chiefs' secondary combined to allow only 72 yards in coverage. Rashad Fenton gave up team-highs in receptions allowed and yards allowed but also had the unit’s only forced incompletion in the game. Four members of the secondary received 70.0-plus coverage grades on first review in one of the team’s best coverage performances of the season.

Washington Football Team


Taylor Heinicke never got into a rhythm against the Chiefs and failed to take advantage of their turnovers. He finished the day completing 61.2% of his passes for 182 passing yards, one touchdown and one late interception. 

Heinicke completed just three passes beyond 10 yards, but one went for a 39-yard touchdown. He recorded no turnover-worthy plays and no big-time throws in a relatively conservative effort.

Taylor Heinicke passing by depth

Comp/Att Yards YPA Passer rating
9 yards or less 21/26 135 5.2 72.3
10+ downfield 3/11 47 4.3 75.2
Running back

Antonio Gibson was relatively efficient despite his day being cut short due to a nagging shin injury. Gibson averaged 4.4 yards per carry but also fumbled for the second time this season. 

J.D. McKissic played most of the snaps to finish the game off and totaled 110 scrimmage yards on 16 touches. McKissic was Heinicke’s favorite target, as he led the team in receiving yards (65). He also averaged 3.1 yards before contact per carry and tallied two explosive plays.

J.D. McKissic

Touches Rush Yds Yds/ Carry Rec. Yds Yds per Rec.
J.D. McKissic 16 45 5.6 65 8.1
Wide receiver/tight end

It was a tough day for any of Washington’s pass-catchers, as backup tight end Ricky Seals-Jones was the only receiver to go for over 50 receiving yards. Seals-Jones caught four passes for 58 yards and the lone touchdown of the day for Washington.

Terry McLaurin was not scary against the Chiefs, finishing the day with 28 receiving yards and a measly 0.74 yards per route run.

Offensive line

Washington’s offensive line kept a clean pocket for Heinicke throughout the game, as the unit allowed zero sacks and only four pressures in the game. Cornelius Lucas and Charles Leno Jr. didn't surrender any pressure in the game. Lucas, Leno and Ereck Flowers each earned 74.0-plus pass-blocking grades upon first review.

Defensive line

Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne combined for eight of the unit’s 13 total pressures despite neither getting to Mahomes once. Allen created pressure on 15.2% of his pass-rush snaps and is set to be Washington’s only pass-rusher to earn a 65.0-plus grade.

Chase Young generated one sack on two pressures and finished with a 54.5 pass-rush grade, pending review.


Cole Holcomb and Jamin Davis combined for five defensive stops, but both missed a tackle in coverage. They combined to allow five receptions for 72 yards and four first downs.


Despite notching two interceptions, Washington’s secondary struggled to contain the Chiefs' speedy wideouts in the open field, as the secondary allowed 251 yards in coverage. Four separate members of the secondary allowed over 40 yards in coverage. Landon Collins conceded five receptions for a team-high 78 yards and will likely receive the lowest coverage grade on the team.

Player Targets Rec. Yds FINC Passer Rtg Allowed
Kamren Curl 5 3 41 0 86.3
William Jackson III 5 3 71 0 104.2
Bobby McClain 2 1 2 0 56.3
Kendall Fuller 12 9 59 0 50.3
Landon Collins 8 5 78 0 94.8
Benjamin St-Juste 1 1 6 0 91.7
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