It was the story of two halves here. In the first half, we were looking good, leading the score 13-10 and even getting turnovers, forcing Mahomes to throw 2 picks.
But the second half was another story; it was a story of ineptitude on all sides of the ball.
The defense committed multiple penalties that Kansas city capitalized on; It allowed 21 points in the second half of the game, which is tough for a Washington offense not currently set up to come from behind, especially under high deficits.
Dustin Hopkins kicking struggles are officially a problem. The amount of missed Field Goals and extra points is piling up, taking away momentum from the team.
The offense was expected to have a better game against a suspect Kansas City defense. Taylor Heinicke had a rough game; he looked static and lacked the fire we have seen in previous games. Again, we got away from the run with a combined 18 carries between McKissic and Gibson for 89 yards. We only gave Jaret Patterson 1 carry for 5 yards. Washington has to commit harder to the run game and take some of the pressure off Heinicke.
Ricky Seals-Jones continues to impress me; He ended with 58 yards receiving with 1 T.D. I’m looking forward to having him paired with Logan Thomas after week 8 or 9.
Adam Humphries on the slot should be a more consistent option, and this is not the case. Targeting Humphries more often as a slot option will open things up for Terry McLaurin and Dyami Brown.
Rookie linebacker Jamin Davis had a breakout game — He showed some pretty good speed, and you can see why he was drafted high, but he needs more time to develop.
I get the sense that the defense is slowly beginning to get more comfortable with each other and with the new players added in free agency and through the 2021 draft. Admittedly, they have not played as a cohesive unit in this first 6 weeks of the season like they did last year, but I did notice a slight improvement in their chemistry, well, at least in the first two-quarters of this Chiefs game.
Next week, Washington takes on another elite Q.B. in Aaron Rodgers and his high-powered Green Bay offense. We have got to throw everything we got into this game and figure out ways to contain Rodgers. We cannot continue to fall behind in games. This team is best suited to play with a lead. Advantage, Washington pulls the upset.
WFT 13 — CHIEFS 31
EAGLES 22 — BUCCANEERS 28
Injury-riddled Tampa Bay continues to find ways to win tight games. It was great seeing how O.J. Howard is back in the mix and getting some targets. The Buccaneers still have an explosive offense to keep them in close games, and their upcoming schedule looks pretty winnable. Next week, Tampa Bay hosts 3-3 Chicago. Advantage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Jalen Hurts starting to show me some flashes of just how dynamic he can become. But, unfortunately, Philly lacks the weapons around him to take this team to the next level this season. Next week, Philadelphia visits an inspired and re-energized 4-2 Raiders team. Advantage, Las Vegas Raiders.
NY GIANTS 11 — LA RAMS 38
The Rams scored 38 unanswered points, which says it all. It was complete and total domination from L.A. The Rams are now 5-1 and looking forward to their week 13 rematch with Arizona. Next, up, L.A. welcomes back Jared Goff. Advantage, LA Rams.
The Giants are beginning to unravel before our eyes. This was an embarrassing loss for N.Y., especially for what was supposed to be a strong defense. Next up, N.Y. Giants hosts a scrappy Carolina 3-3 team. Advantage, Carolina Panthers.
COWBOYS 35 — PATRIOTS 29
The Cowboys beat a bad team that cannot win games at home. This overtime victory is another mirage; Dallas is not a good team and will crumble soon enough. Next week, Dallas has a bye week. Their return game will be against Minnesota. Advantage, Minnesota Vikings.
New England seems to be all in on Mac Jones and willing to sacrifice this 2021 season to get him some NFL experience. Cam Newton would have won close games like this one. Next week, New England rematches the 1-4 N.Y. Jets. Advantage, New England Patriots.
TITANS 34 — BILLS 31
Derrick Henry continues to be the driving force behind Tennessee’s offensive success, rushing for 143 yards and 3 TDs. Finding ways to slow Derrick Henry down is going to be the key to beating Tennessee. Ryan Tannehill’s stats may not look too impressive; however, he was effective when it mattered, even scoring a TD on a 4-yard run. Next up, Tennessee host Kansas City. Advantage, Tennessee Titans.
The Bills were supposed to have a solid defense, but they could not contain Derrick Henry. It all came down to a 4th and 1 play at the goal line, which Josh Allen failed to gain enough penetration on the QB sneak for the 1st down. Head coach Sean McDermott should have gone for the field goal attempt and taken this game into overtime. Buffalo has their bye week next. And following their week 7 break, they will have an easy road ahead against Miami, Jacksonville, and N.Y. Jets
CARDINALS 37 — BROWNS 14
The Cardinals are officially the best team in the NFL and the only undefeated team at 5-0. Kyler Murray now has 3 excellent receiving weapons in Deandre Hopkins, Christian Kirk, and a resurgent A.J. Green. Next up, Arizona hosts a struggling Houston team. Advantage, Arizona Cardinals.
Cleveland had a rough Sunday, and the hype train is starting to derail right before our eyes. The Browns at 3-3 are beginning to fall behind in the extremely tight AFC NORTH. Next up, Cleveland hosts an inconsistent Denver team. Advantage, Cleveland Browns.
RAIDERS 34 — BRONCOS 24
Rich Bisaccia got it done in his debut as Raiders interim head coach. All of the top offensive weapons for Vegas stepped up and had solid performances, especially Derek Carr, Josh Jacobs, Darren Waller, and Henry Ruggs III. Next week, Vegas hosts a struggling Philadelphia team. Advantage, Las Vegas Raiders.
The Broncos are now on a three-game losing streak and starting to fall in their division. Next week, Denver visits a wounded Cleveland team hungry for a win. Advantage, Cleveland Browns.
VIKINGS 34 — PANTHERS 28
Anti-vaxxer Kirk Cousins is getting it done for Minnesota, throwing for 373 yards with 3 T.Ds and zero picks. Dalvin Cook had a monster game with 29 carries for 140 yards and a score. The Vikings have now won two games in a row and building some momentum heading towards a tough stretch in the schedule. Next week, Minnesota has a bye week.
The Panthers, without Christian McCaffrey, continue to struggle, losing three straight games. The silver lining is that all those losses have been close games. Next week, Carolina visits a disappointing 1-5 N.Y. Giants team. Advantage, Carolina Panthers.
RAVENS 34 — CHARGERS 6
Baltimore launched a ground attack that L.A. had no idea how to slow down. The rushing combination of Devonta Freeman, Latavius Murray, Le’Veon Bell, and Lamar Jackson combined for 166 yards and 3 TDs. The Ravens are now 5-1 and looking like an early Super Bowl favorite. Next week, Baltimore has a huge divisional game against the 4-2 Cincinnati Bengals. Advantage, Baltimore Ravens.
The Chargers got spanked badly here. This was the most shocking result of week 6. The good thing is that L.A. has a bye week to reflect on this game and get some much-needed rest.
STEELERS 23 — SEAHAWKS 20
The Steelers finally got Najee Harris involved, who rushed and received a combined total of 146 yards and a score. And T.J. watt, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Cameron Heyward were dsiruptive on defense. Pittsburgh needs to build on games like this one to challenge Baltimore and Cleveland for their division. Next up, Pittsburgh has their bye week.
The Seahawks without Russell Wilson took Pittsburgh to overtime, and Geno Smith looked pretty good, but Wilson’s dynamic play was missed. Alex Collins had an excellent game, rushing for 101 yards and a score. Next week, Seattle hosts an up and down New Orleans 3-2 team. Advantage, Seattle Seahawks.
JAGUARS 23 — DOLPHINS 20
Trevor Lawrence and Urban Meyer got their first career NFL victory in London. However, it will probably be long until they win another game. Next week, Jacksonville has their bye week.
The Dolphins benched Jacoby Brissett over Tua for this game. Brissett has looked better moving Miami’s offense, but Brian Flores continues to push for Tua despite his struggles. Next week, Miami hosts a dangerous Atlanta team. Advantage, Atlanta Falcons.
PACKERS 24 — BEARS 14
Aaron Rodgers struggled to get the ball through the air, but elite QBs find ways to get it done. The Packers are now 5-1 and about to start a murderous row of tough teams in the schedule. Next week, Green Bay takes on a Washington team desperate to make a statement. Advantage, Washington Football Team.
The Bears kept Aaron Rodgers in check for most of the game, but Chicago is still a rebuilding team, and ultimately, they could not hang in with one of the best teams in the league. Justin Fields will be elite soon enough. Next week, Chicago takes on Tampa Bay and another elite QB in Tom Brady. Advantage, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
COLTS 31 — TEXANS 3
The Colts keep their season alive with this win. Carson Wentz got in sync with T.Y. Hilton and Jonathan Taylor, showing flashes of how good this offense can eventually become. Next week, Indianapolis visits a rested 2-3 San Francisco team. Advantage, San Francisco 49ers.
The Texans are just a lousy team, and their only win came in week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, another lousy team. Davis Mills continues to struggle, and the whole team will struggle to get another win this season. Next week, Houston visits the seemingly unstoppable Arizona cardinals. Advantage, Arizona Cardinals.
BENGALS 34 — LIONS 11
in the battle of former number 1 overall picks, Joe Burrow out-dueled Jared Goff. The Bengals showed they have the makings of a well-balanced dangerous playoff team. Next week, Cincinnati visits division-leading Baltimore Ravens. Advantage, Baltimore Ravens.
Detroit is now in danger of completing another winless season, like the 2008 season. Next week, Detroit has a tough, awkward, and miserable game in L.A. Advantage, LA Rams.