Andy Reid: Defense buckled down and took challenge of stopping Dalvin Cook

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In a Week Eight loss to the Packers, the Chiefs defense allowed running back Aaron Jones to rack up 226 yards of offense and two touchdowns.

The Chiefs also had a run of four straight games earlier this season that saw them give up at least 180 rushing yards in each game, so it seemed like Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was set up for a good day in Week Nine. Things worked out differently on the field than on paper, however.

The NFL’s leading rusher was held to 71 yards on 21 carries and four catches for 45 yards. He never got into the end zone during the 26-23 Chiefs win and that effort earned the defense a compliment from head coach Andy Reid.

“He’s a great running back, the best right now going,” Reid said, via the Associated Press. “Our guys buckled down. They took that challenge. They worked hard this week and they started with that.”

Defensive tackle Chris Jones said that “preparation was key” for a defense that also held Stefon Diggs to one catch for four yards after the Vikings wideout had put up 453 yards in his previous three games. It was a welcome effort for a Chiefs team that remained without Patrick Mahomes and more of the same would be a step in the right direction even after Mahomes is back in action.

28 responses to “Andy Reid: Defense buckled down and took challenge of stopping Dalvin Cook

  1. All NFC North teams lost, so no change in the standings. Big games next weekend will probably go a long way in determining the final standings.

  2. The Chiefs are going to be a real nightmare when Mahomes comes back. Glad we got them when we did. Was kind of surprised MN didn’t win that game….although not as surprised as I was by the Pack’s terrible performance. Bad week in the north.

  3. Kansas City is starting to get healthy, the defense is beginning to come together and gel within Spags new system, and the bye week coming up after the next 2 games.
    For the Chiefs, it all is starting to peak at just the right time

  4. I was at that game and Diggs was open a bunch of times, but Cousins didn’t look at him because he constantly checked down with his passes, and even then he couldn’t hit his RBs and WRs. At least he’s using the $84 million for his foundation, because he’s stealing from the Vikings!

  5. One of those games where leading in the opposing defense was getting sick of being told how bad they are against the run and how much better the other team is. They made more big plays and got the win. Pretty simple.

  6. KC’s coaching staff did a better job than the Vikings. Which is really disappointing with the Vikings coming off a long week to prepare. And the defense of KC deserves all the credit that they are getting.

  7. Maybe it took Spags 5 or 6 weeks to figure out what personel he can trust on his defensive schemes. Ward is turning into our best corner, still has room for a lot of improvement but looks like Chiefs are getting a bargain for the next few years. Can’t wait for Fisher to get back on the field, hopefully the running game can continue to improve. I really believe after the bye week the Chiefs should be totally healthy and could easily run the table for the regular season.

  8. Cousins played awful. FACT. Can’t beat a winning team. FACT. Always turns into a bowl of jelly when there really isn’t even pressure on him, he puts the pressure on himself in his minds eye & collapses himself. FACT. Can’t be relied on if there is any hint of adversity. FACT

    The Vikings can’t beat Matt Moore FACT

    Mike Zimmer, despite Cousins terrible game, lost this game for the Vikings. With a little over 6 minutes left the Vikings had the ball. Just need to have a FG to ice the game. Instead, ZIM does what he always does & the 3 straight runs into the line to run out the clock. Took up maybe 49 seconds. Then they got the ball back & he basically did the same thing. Also on 3rd down right before the final FG the Vikings had Moore sacked. What does Zim do?! He calls a timeout,negating the sack & giving the Chiefs the opportunity to regroup, easily get the first & kick the game winning FG.

    I hate Zim so much. He’s the reason they lost. Him & Cousins reverting back to the awful player he always is whenever things aren’t 100% perfect for him. He’s a choke artist. The Vikings have no chance when Kirk goes all yellow belly when any adversity strikes. HE HAS ZERO HEART.

  9. The Vikings were out of sync all day. Cousins was inaccurate from the beginning and the running game could never get going. The offensive line took a big step back in this game, the defense looked like a high school team on that 91-yard run, even the punter shanked a 27-yarder when they needed a good punt. I give the Chiefs a lot of credit but the Vikings deserve a lot of blame for unforced errors, too.

  10. tokyosandblaster says:
    November 4, 2019 at 11:25 am

    I mean, it was just the Vikings. They don’t beat good teams, Andy.
    _________

    They beat the Eagles. How did the Packers do against the Eagles?

    And I bet they beat the Chargers.

  11. It’s easy to stop Cook when the Vikings never gave him the ball! How many runs in that first half? Seven?

  12. Vike fans, as bad as you think your O-line looked against KC, their level of incompetence was minor league compared to my Pack’s level of incompetence.

    Mind you, I love the big uglies up front. Always have… Your big uglies at least looked like professional football players.

  13. If Zim is such a bad coach and this organization is so bad with all of its decsions go be another team, its that simple. Here’s an idea root for the team that wins a Super Bowl this year.

  14. Here’s an idea. Stop being such a d-bag and learn to spell.

    mrdarkness13 says:
    November 4, 2019 at 10:52 pm
    If Zim is such a bad coach and this organization is so bad with all of its decsions go be another team, its that simple. Here’s an idea root for the team that wins a Super Bowl this year.

  15. toddc612 says:
    November 4, 2019 at 12:15 pm
    It’s easy to stop Cook when the Vikings never gave him the ball! How many runs in that first half? Seven?
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    Actually he had 21 Carries for the game for 3.2 yard average, so yeah he got stuffed. So did your leading reciever, Diggs had one catch for 4 yards.

  16. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    November 4, 2019 at 11:55 am

    They beat the Eagles. How did the Packers do against the Eagles?

    And I bet they beat the Chargers

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    You seriously want to go there?

    Packers beat Bears. Bears beat Vikings.

    Packers beat Chiefs. Chiefs beat Vikings.

    Packers 3-0 division record. Vikings 1-2 division record.

    And, oh yeah, Packers beat Vikings.

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