The Chiefs’ finally ended their two-game losing streak against the Eagles yesterday after an emphatic 42-30 win. The offense was as explosive as everyone wanted to be; moreover, while the defense was sloppy, it had its moments and was able to keep the Eagles from running up the score. All in all, it was an excellent motivational win for all of Chiefs nation.
While saying that, many players shined in this Sunday matchup, while others fell flat or happened to outshine other players in their respective groups. Here are three players that trended up and down for the Chiefs in Week Four:
Trended Up: Tyreek Hill, WR
To say Tyreek Hill went off today would be underplaying what he did today. The stat sheet alone tells the whole story; on 12 targets, he had 11 catches for 189 yards along with three touchdowns. He made the entire Eagles’ secondary look like a Division-II defense. One of those touchdowns was a 44-yard bomb from Patrick Mahomes shown below:
Some people, mainly casual fans, say he’s good because of his speed. Well, while he has elite speed, he has a lot more in the toolshed. He also has crisp route running, good upper-body adjustment, excellent hands, and so on. If he’s one of the best receivers in the league because of his speed, then John Ross III should be a top WR right now; but, I don’t see him in any top five or even top-20 considerations.
Hill will look to continue his explosive season next week against the Bills on Sunday Night Football. He will either have a 20-yard game or a 100+-yard game with multiple TDs; there’s no in-between with him.
Trended Down: Noah Gray, TE
Gray didn’t perform as many have thought he would through these first four weeks. He has only had one catch for five yards through four weeks; he had only one target on Sunday and couldn’t secure the catch. Jody Fortson has been outperforming him with four catches for 20 yards and two touchdowns in four weeks.
I understand that backup tight ends aren’t heavily utilized in the Chiefs’ system, but he has to create more opportunities. I can honestly see him slipping down the depth chart next week in light of Fortson’s improvement. It’ll be interesting to see what the Chiefs do next week.
Trended Up: Mike Danna, DE
Danna was an absolute monster yesterday against the Eagles. He had four total tackles (three solo tackles) and led the Chiefs’ with two sacks on Jalen Hurts; this attributed to two tackles-for-a-loss and two QB hits. Danna was the best defensive lineman this game, applying pressure while also getting stops when necessary. I wouldn’t be surprised if he earns more reps next week against the Bills.
He also has three sacks this season; he now leads the Chiefs this season. Danna SZN better start trending somewhere, or else I’ll be heated.
Trended Down: Chris Jones, DE/DT
Jones was one of the more disappointing players in yesterday’s game. While Jones had a late QB hit in the fourth quarter, that was pretty much it rather than applying some pressure; he had zero tackles. Jones should move back to the inside because being a DE isn’t working out aside from the Browns game. This isn’t a knock on his skill; he’s still a fantastic pass rusher/defensive lineman. But, I feel his skills are more suited as a DT than anything else.
Trended Up: Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB
It looks like the rushing attack is secure after a firm showing in yesterday’s game. While Helaire didn’t punch one into the endzone on the ground, he had 14 carries for 102 yards, averaging 7.3 yards per rush. It seemed like the Eagles’ defense had no answers against Helaire as he was breaking tackles like nothing. He also had two catches on three targets for 12 yards and a touchdown where he paid homage to LeSean McCoy after scoring:
This is Helaire’s second-straight 100+ yard rushing game this season. It looks like the run blocking is finally clicking, and it seems Helaire is running more aggressively than before. Honestly, I love seeing it as it adds another layer to this highly explosive Chiefs’ offense. If this trend continues, I could see more 40+ point games in the future or the Chiefs.
Trended Down: Demarcus Robinson, WR
Absent would be the one word to describe Robinson’s game yesterday. He had no targets whatsoever, and I know he was on the field. I saw him blocking on a few plays. He did do decent in the blocking aspect, but almost every Chiefs’ WR outshined him against the Eagles. Hopefully, Mahomes gives him a few targets next week; while his running style needs to change, he can catch the ball when thrown his way.
Which Chiefs’ players do you think trended up and down in yesterday’s win against the Eagles? Leave a comment down below to join the discussion.
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