Kansas City Chiefs
Jaylene Watson It seemed like an afterthought when the Chiefs made him the third-choice corner-back after taking him in the seventh round this year. Watson has already become a crucial player in the game of presidents.
Playing because of the beginning Trent McDuffy Watson went into injured reserve this week, throwing the Chiefs’ biggest play in what could ultimately prove to be their biggest win of the season. Watson intercepts a pass from the Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert in the fourth quarter and returned it 99 yards to get the green light. The Chiefs went on to beat rival AFC West 27-24.
When the Charger cut the ball off the 3 Chiefs, they had a 73% winning probability, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. That probability swung to 81% for the chiefs after selecting six Watsons.
big win: The Chiefs (2-0) are the only team that has not lost a single, which gives them an early advantage in the standings.
Buy/Sell Breakout Performance: wide future Justin Watson Caught a 41-yard touchdown pass and another shot as he passed the rookie Sky More On the depth chart based on the number of surprises versus chargers. Watson did well with Patrick Mahomes During training camp, so his play is no surprise. He was most effective during camp in the red, putting his size to good use at 6ft 215lbs. Watson should have plenty of playing time as long as he’s the fourth wide receiver, which was clearly a Thursday night.
worrying trend: Fight the short-term leader’s crime. They were 1 of 5 in a third and 3 or less. These difficulties prompted coach Andy Reed to request a fourth-place field goal and a 1-1 goal in the fourth quarter with the chief trailing 17-14. – Adam Teacher
Statistics not estimated to find out: Eight different Chiefs players have had at least two catches, and tied the most in a single match in Patrick Mahomes Era (since 2018). It’s the second time Kansas City has done so during that time. The first also came against the Charger, in the third week of last season in Kansas City.
Next match: At the Colts (1:00 p.m. ET, Sept. 25)
Los Angeles Chargers
Inside the raucous Arrowhead Stadium, where the week two game was marked by a watershed atmosphere, the Chargers were reminded that despite their off-season possession of superstars, there was still work to be done to snatch AFC West from the six-time title holders. The Chiefs eliminated a 10-point deficit to come from behind and defeat the Chargers 27-24 Thursday night.
Entering season chargers have learned that their upgraded roster, which now includes the All-Pro edge rusher Khalil Mac The Pro Bowl cornerback JC Jacksonwill be tested early, playing back-to-back division games against the Las Vegas Raiders and Chiefs in a five-day period.
They went 1-1, and now they have an early gauge of what needs to be improved to win a league title, or at least get out of West Asia.
pivotal play: With 10:43 remaining, the score tied 17-17 and led the Charger to the 3-yard line from the Chiefs, quarterback Justin Herbert Shoot a pass dedicated to the narrow end Gerald Everett That was picked up by the rookie corner Jaylene Watson. Watson returned the intercept 99 yards for the touchdown to give the Chiefs their first lead of the game, 24-17. In the previous play, Everett earned 26 yards on a shot and ran to set first and target. But the six contestants explained the growing pains Herbert and Everett felt during training camp. Bolts signed Everett over two years for a $12 million deal.
Promising direction: receiver Mike WilliamsProductivity. Coming up with a quiet performance in the first week (hunts for 10 yards), and with Kenan Allen Inactive due to a hamstring injury, Williams stepped up in a big way. In the first half, Williams had a pass from 39 yards to form a touchdown that gave the Chargers a 10-0 lead. From the break, Williams made a circus-like play for the touchdown, bobbing and rolling in a one-handed grab for a 15-yard score to lift the Charger 17-7. The touchdown receiver had only a 31% completion probability, according to NFL Next Gen Stats, and it was the second one-handed touchdown in Williams’ six-year career. Williams finished eight grabs for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Eye-catching stats: non-veteran Xander Horvath I caught a 1-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to raise the bolt 10-0. A seventh-round pick from Purdue, Horvath also earned a 1-yard touchdown reception in the first week of a 24-19 win over the Raiders. Horvath became the first seventh-rounder to receive a touchdown pass in each of his first two career games since Chancy Stoke with the Jets in 2008. Stoke earned a touchdown pass in three consecutive games to start his career. – Lindsey Terry
Statistics not estimated to find out: Justin HerbertPicking six was a rarity. It’s the only big 6 game of the century to come into the red in the final quarter of a tie.
Next match: Opposite Jaguar (4:05 p.m. ET, Sept 25)