The Chiefs committed three turnovers, but Washington wasn’t able to take advantage.
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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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
|9 yards or less||21/26||135||5.2||72.3|
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.
|Touches||Rush Yds||Yds/ Carry||Rec. Yds||Yds per Rec.|
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.
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.
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.
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|
|William Jackson III||5||3||71||0||104.2|