After defeating the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football in Week 3, the Kansas City Chiefs were looking to improve to a 4-0 record against the New England Patriots. Although it was not easy, Kansas City got the job done defeating New England 26-10.
Stepping in for Cam Newton due to him dealing with COVID-19, Brian Hoyer threw for 130 yards and 1 interception while completing 15 out of 24 passes. In the first half, Hoyer was extremely disappointing despite having a low ceiling leading up to this game. Hoyer struggled in several drives in moving New England downfield for a touchdown. In the second half Hoyer started strong, helping the team drive down the field in an attempt to score a touchdown only to throw an Interception and get benched for Jarrett Stidham.
Coming in relief of Brian Hoyer in the middle of the 3rd quarter, Jarrett Stidham threw for 60 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions while completing 5 out of 13 passes. In his first drive, Stidham led New England down the field and threw his 1st career NFL Touchdown and the only touchdown New England would score on the night. After the first drive, it all went downhill for Stidham who threw 2 Interceptions.
Leading up to the game, the New England Patriots placed Sony Michael on Injured Reserve with a quad injury. Even though Michael was out with an injury, the running game did not miss a beat. Damian Harris coming off Injured Reserve with a hand injury led the way for New England running for 100 yards on 17 carries. Rex Burkhead after a phenomenal game against the Las Vegas Raiders pitched in as well running for 45 yards on 11 carries. Although the team ran for more yards than Kansas City, it was not enough to help New England pick up the win over Kansas City.
Even though the team could only score one touchdown, Damiere Byrd led the way in receiving with 5 receptions for 80 yards. Although Byrd led the way for the Wide Receivers, he is not the one that caught the lone touchdown for New England, that went to N’Keal Harry. Harry ended the game with 3 receptions for 21 yards and a touchdown. Although the team only scored one touchdown, it did not help that neither Brian Hoyer nor Jarrett Stidham had success moving the ball downfield.
On the Kansas City side, Patrick Mahomes threw for 236 yards, 2 touchdowns while completing 19 out of 29 passes. In the first half, Kansas City was limited to 6 points despite having several huge plays. In the second half, Mahomes led Kansas City to two scoring drives resulting in touchdown passes to Tyreak Hill and Mecole Hardman.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire led the way for the running backs, running for 64 yards on 16 carries. Even though New England had more rushing yards than Kansas City, Helaire was crucial in helping Kansas City pick up the win over New England.
In a game where Kansas City was leading 13-3 heading into halftime in a low scoring game, Tyreak Hill and Mecole Hardman were crucial in the second half for Kansas City. Hill ended the game with 4 receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown. Hardman ended the game with 4 receptions for 27 yards and a touchdown. Even though Hardman and Hill came up big in the second half, Travis Kelce chipped in as well with 3 receptions for 70 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball for New England, despite having a missed interception on the first drive of the game by Devin McCourty the team held Kansas City to just 6 points in the first half only to have the offense struggle moving the ball downfield and score only 3 points in the first half. In the second half, the defense allowed Kansas City to get on the board with 2 touchdowns.
Even though the offense did not play as they did against Baltimore, the defense of the Kansas City Chiefs kept the team in the game the entire game holding New England to only 3 points in the first half and 13 points at the end of the game. In the second half, the offense supported the defense by scoring 2 touchdowns but the defense was the main reason Kansas City won the game.
After losing against Kansas City, New England is hosting the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium in the last game before a bye week next week. Denver is coming off winning their first game of the season last week against the New York Jets on Thursday Night Football 37-28.
After winning against New England, Kansas City is hosting the Las Vegas Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium. Las Vegas is coming off a 30-23 loss against the undefeated Buffalo Bills.
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