Sunday Night wrap-up: Kareem Hunt leads Chiefs to rout

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It’s hard for the league’s leading rusher from last season to get overlooked.

Somehow, that happens with the Chiefs.

Sunday night against the Bengals, however, Kareem Hunt made sure everybody knew his name during a 45-10 win over the Bengals.

Hunt scored three touchdowns and had 141 yards from scrimmage during the rout, exerting his own influence on the box score.

He’s surrounded by skill-position talent there, which isn’t his fault. But after what he did last year, you’d think he’d be higher on the list of things people rave about when discussing their offense.

Hunt has 542 rushing yards this season, and his 77.4 yards per game average isn’t far off last year’s numbers. He ran for 1,327 yards as a rookie, or 82.9 yards per game.

He’s not catching passes at the same rate (53 receptions last season, 15 so far this year), but they don’t always need him to. But Sunday was a reminder that he can make plays on his own, making tacklers miss in the open field, hurdling others, and getting himself into scoring position.

Often.

Here are five more things we learned during Sunday Night Football:

1. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw an incomplete pass. With his left hand. He’s now 1-of-2 with his non-dominant hand this season, making it just about the only thing he’s not perfect at.

Mahomes finished the night 28-of-39 for 358 yards and four touchdowns.

He threw an interception into triple coverage in the third quarter, but it was just his fifth of the season. He has 22 touchdowns now, so I think they’ll take it.

2. The Chiefs aren’t exactly what you’d call great at defense. Or even good.

But at least one of their players on that side is probably looking at a considerable payday this offseason.

Outside linebacker Dee Ford picked up his fifth sack of the season in the first half, and is entering his free agent year on a bit of a roll.

Ford had 10.0 sacks in 2016, before injuries cost him most of last season. Any time a pass-rusher of any grade gets close to the market, the numbers get big in a hurry. He’s playing out his fifth-year option and making $8.718 million this year, but should do far better than that in 2019.

3. Maybe Vontaze Burfict was worried about getting fined.

Or maybe he was just struggling against the Chiefs.

Burfict didn’t have a chance to unnecessarily rough anyone, because he was missing tackles far too often.

Again, the Chiefs deserve credit for a lot of that, as they make plenty of people miss. But Burfict’s night was embarrassing, after he was fined over $112,000 for last week’s shenanigans against the Steelers.

He limped off in the third quarter with a hip injury, and didn’t return.

4. The Chiefs piled up 319 yards and 24 points in the first half, which isn’t necessarily unusual.

What was interesting was how diverse the stat sheet was. With Hunt scoring twice and tight end Demetrius Harris getting the other touchdown, it was a continuation of the kind of fantasy football they’ve been playing all year.

But being able to be that productive with only moderate production from Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce (nine catches for 125 yards between them in the first half) was impressive.

5. You knew things were out of hand when the Chiefs defense began scoring points.

Safety Ron Parker‘s interception return from a score effectively ended this one, and was the kind of play they’ll need occasionally.

Parker has filled in well for their injury-stricken secondary. Of course, he’s a known commodity for their staff, as he had spent the previous five seasons with the Chiefs. They let him go for cap reasons this offseason, but were happy to bring him back after the Falcons released him at final cuts.

40 responses to “Sunday Night wrap-up: Kareem Hunt leads Chiefs to rout

  1. Thankfully that massacre is over. Pretty clear that it’s New England and Kansas City in the AFC. I don’t see any other team that challenges those two teams from playing each other in the AFC title game.

  2. It came as no surprise KC’s offense continued to impress, what was surprising was just how inept Cincy’s offense looked. The NFL scheduled a Sunday night track meet and the Bungles showed up in cement shoes.

  3. Not a Chiefs fan but the Mahomes kid is a very talented young man with great weapons around him.I also like Andy Reid but always have the feeling he will once again fail to win the big game come playoff time.Prove me wrong Andy because you deserve a ring.

  4. I don’t know about you all, but the NFL is getting to be boring as hell. I know, I know offense is exciting and supposedly is good for ratings, but for the most part games begin to look like an NBA All Star game. There is just no exciting drama in a 45 to 10 game

  5. KC was supposed to have a tough schedule this season..in their last 9 remaining games they play Oakland(twice), Donkeys, Cardinals, and Browns. Plus a home game against the Chargers, who have a really tough time against the Chefs. It’s very possible this kid Mahomes will break almost every single season QB record on the books!

  6. The Monday night game on November 19th in Mexico City between the Chiefs and Rams might just save ESPN.

  7. Football is becoming a sport designed by lawyers, managed by marketing executives, and played by people who hate the country where it’s played. So exciting.

  8. Yo
    The Chiefs look like the best Team in the league. By a considerable amount even. Including the Rams.

    And it doesn’t matter. At all.
    This league is about Super Bowls.

    Life long Eagles fan here…

    Dandy Andy will always blow it in the playoffs.

    Love ya Andy. Thanks for the memories.
    Enjoy the regular season, Chiefs fans.

  9. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    October 21, 2018 at 11:37 pm
    It came as no surprise KC’s offense continued to impress, what was surprising was just how inept Cincy’s offense looked. The NFL scheduled a Sunday night track meet and the Bungles showed up in cement shoes.
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    What is even worse is it was a flex game over Rams/9ers. 6 of one, half dozen of another.

  10. The chiefs kept rolling like the loss last week didn’t even happen. That’s gotta worry a lot of people out there. This was supposed to be the slide back to reality. If the Chiefs can keep up a moderate defense like they did last night it’s hard to speculate who outside of maybe the Rams can beat them.

  11. “If the Chiefs can keep up a moderate defense like they did last night it’s hard to speculate who outside of maybe the Rams can beat them.”

    Also, the team that already beat them.

  12. All a team has to do is be good offensively and not completely suck defensively and they will win more than they lose.

    I get it about roughing the QB. They are the money makers. Lay off them (but if they get an inadvertant swat to the helmet – don’t flag it.

    But the players who have the rules most in their favor? It’s not the QB’s. It is the receivers. The illegal contact, no matter how minor, the hand to the face, no matter how minor, the offensive PI that does not get called.

  13. What is even worse is it was a flex game over Rams/9ers. 6 of one, half dozen of another.
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    It was flexed because it was a matchup of two winning teams rather than a 6-0 team v 1-5 matchup.
    In other words, the Bengals were supposed to be good but the Bungles showed up instead.

    Additionally, it seems like Vontaze always gets “injured” when his defense is getting torched.

  14. I just want to get on here again and sing the praises of Andy Reid who is possibly the most underrated coach of my lifetime. Hopefully if he wins a superbowl he can get his proper reward. But think about how he built up both Philly and KC. He didn’t walk into either franchises with ready made star QBs like some coaches who’ve won super bowls, ahem. Tomlin, McCarthy.

    His system is the true QB whisperer system. He got the most out of McNabb. He resurrected Buck’s career briefly and had him looking like a great pocket QB for the first time in his career. He got a career passing year out of Alex Smith who had been a high level game manager his entire career. He developed quarterbacks like AJ Feely and Kevin Kolb in his system so much he was able to trade them for 2nd round picks. Turns out they only looked competent in Reid’s system but whetever . He even recognized when McNabb was done and swindled a 2nd and 4th rounder from my Redskins.

    Now let’s get into the skills position talent he was able to help put together. Desean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Lesean McCoy, Michael Vick were as lethal as they came for two seasons. Now he’s in KC and has Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt, Spencer Ware, Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins…..its just rediculous.

    Reid is a top 5 coach in today’s NFL and if I’m building my team from scratch it’s him and Belichek I’m going with. Pederson may be in there but I don’t know how much of the building is his vs their GM.

  15. rageviral says:
    October 22, 2018 at 4:33 am

    Can’t wait for the Chiefs to do the inevitable yearly crash and burn on the playoffs. You still got Reid as your coach.
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    Yeah, but we no longer have Alex Smith as our quarterback. If this team underachieves in the playoffs, it will be due to injuries and/or the defense.

  16. Mahomet and the chiefs are truly a special offence. The best I’ve ever seen. They score at will. They’re relentless and unstoppable. The chiefs will play either the chargers, ravens or Patriots in the afc Title game and move on to beat the rams in the superbowl. Andy reid has his elite qb, elite rb, elite wrs, elite te, elite oline that will carry the defense to a superbowl win and a dynasty in the making. Gotta win the next few years before all their weapons seek their megadeal.

  17. The league will figure out how to defense sandlot football before the season is over! Probably starting with Bum Jr. In Mexico City!

  18. thefiesty1 says:
    October 22, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    The league will figure out how to defense sandlot football before the season is over! Probably starting with Bum Jr. In Mexico City!
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    That one will be a shootout as well.

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