Travis Kelce: We have to man up

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The Chiefs lost 12-9 in overtime to the Giants on Sunday afternoon to move to 6-4 on the season and continue a run of disappointing play after their 5-0 start to the year.

Any loss that sees an offense go without a touchdown is painful and that’s especially true when the opponents came into the game with a 1-8 record and 82 points allowed in the last two weeks. Tight end Travis Kelce said after the game that he could see the Giants’ increased effort “coming a mile away” after they spent the week being roasted in New York and that the Chiefs failed to match it as they came off their bye week.

“We have to man up,” Kelce said, via the Kansas City Star. “Nobody is pointing fingers but guys have to get called out and be more accountable, and that starts with myself.”

Kelce made a big play with a 32-yard grab to set up the game-tying field goal, but had a hand in two of the Chiefs’ three turnovers. He had a shovel pass bounce out of his grasp and into Giants defensive tackle Damon Harrison‘s hands to set up the lone touchdown of the day. The one-time quarterback was also tapped to throw a pass after a backward toss from Alex Smith, but it was intercepted by Landon Collins.

The trick play failed to spark the Chiefs offense and there’s been little to like about the unit over the last six weeks as they’ve lost the groove they were in to start the year. If they can’t change that quickly, there will likely be increased noise about bigger changes concerning both the guys calling the plays and those executing them.

 

10 responses to “Travis Kelce: We have to man up

  1. It’s time for Mahomes, Smith might get you to the playoffs but he won’t win. Mahomes had as many TD’s against the Giants as the Chiefs led Smith did. There’s no reason to hope smith plays well enough to trade him for a second round draft pick. The team is full of talent, but held back by a checkdown QB.

  2. I don’t think any of the good young QB’s we’re seeing these days is as good as Patrick Mahomes. I thought he was clearly the number one player in the draft. Should have been the first pick. Goff and Dak Prescott are good, and Wentz is looking great, but wait until you see Mahomes. You might not have to wait too long.

  3. Too many gimmick plays in this offense & the league seems to know them all now. Hunt is 1 of the best young backs in the League, averaged 4ypc today & Andy only gave him the 18 times in 5 quarters???? Quit being cute, line up and play some good ole smash-mouth football! That’s probably wishful thinking with Andy calling the plays…..

  4. Remember when the Chefs were the Super Bowl favorites? Or the AFCW was the best division in football?

  5. Too many missed tackles on the defense, it makes no sense. Guys come in with a full sense of steam and completely whiff on the tackle. Cause they’re running at them rather than running to meet them.

  6. Andy! Look in the freaking mirror, dude! You are NOT cute! One or two cute plays here and there have probably cost the Chiefs at least one and maybe two games. Dang.

  7. It’s not time for Mahomes because Smith isn’t the problem. The Chiefs offense has totally gotten away from what was working at the beginning of the season. That part is totally on Andy. They need to quit experimenting and go with what has worked.

    Defensively, they don’t have enough horsepower to effectively stop the run or the pass on a consistent basis. Opponents are having great success throwing at any CB not named Peters. With the pass working that well, the run is set up to work equally well.

    On both sides of the ball, this team has seemingly no passion. Add all of this up and it’s a recipe for several more losses if they can’t get it under control.

    Lots of stuff that needs fixing and it’s easy to say that a QB change will make it better, but it won’t.

  8. statman25 says:
    November 19, 2017 at 8:05 pm
    Too many gimmick plays in this offense & the league seems to know them all now. Hunt is 1 of the best young backs in the League, averaged 4ypc today & Andy only gave him the 18 times in 5 quarters???? Quit being cute, line up and play some good ole smash-mouth football! That’s probably wishful thinking with Andy calling the plays…

    Except the Chiefs o line isn’t good enough for that. Alex played bad today but so did the rest of the team. And play calling on both sides was atrocious. The only games the Chiefs had good offensive production was NE Hou and Oak. Go back and look at the film. Except for a late run against the Chargers that game wasn’t great. Skins game was close, as was Eagles, and Broncos.
    Same problems they’ve had since Reid/smith/Sutton came to town: FGs instead of TDs, defense that only works with turnovers or sacks, stupid gimmick plays that backfire way more often than not.

  9. Gimmick plays cover up Alex’s inabilities.

    If Alex hands the ball off to hill instead of shoveling to Kelce it’s a 1st down, bad read Alex.

    His badly missed passes, twice to Kelce, one to the 3rd string TE, and that AWFUL INT over the middle were not gimmick plays. They were as basic as it gets.

    Alex checks down on 3rd and 6 for a 1 yard pass ALL the time.

    They gave the ball to Hunt 15 times in the second half, so that got corrected. It was the QB who failed yesterday against the Steelers, no wait, that was the Giants…

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