Over the last few years, the Chiefs have had either a really bad defense or a league-average defense. This year, they may end up being one of the laughing stocks of the NFL in terms of their defense.
So far this year, they have looked worse than the defense did in 2018, and that was bad. I mean, Kansas City really gave up 30 points to a bad Eagles team.
Overall, the team’s defense did not play well. They allowed the opposing team’s quarterback, Jalen Hurts, to throw for 378 yards, something he does not normally do. However, there were some players on defense that stepped up for the Chiefs en route to the win.
Chiefs defensive players who stepped up
The former Viking just joined the Chiefs this offseason via trade. While many did not make much noise about the trade at the time, it has definitely helped out Kansas City. Mike Hughes has made huge plays throughout the season thus far, including the game-winning interception against the Cleveland Browns.
In the game against the Eagles, Hughes stepped up his play when others did not. He led the team in total tackles, finding himself near the ball time and time again, while also deflecting a pass. Hughes has filled a role that Breeland left, and it seems to be working well.
Tyrann Mathieu, DB:
Of course, the leader of this defense rarely has bad games. Tyrann Mathieu has played great so far this season, leading the defense as best he can given the circumstances. While he has only played three games, Mathieu has already registered two interceptions, one of them for a touchdown.
In this one, he did not get an interception. However, Mathieu did defend passes well, while also putting pressure on the quarterback. The Honey badger finished with five tackles, one for a loss, and a pass deflection. Hey Kansas City, pay this man.
Mike Danna, DE:
The fifth-round pick of the 2020 NFL draft has produced way more than anyone thought he would. He is putting the league on notice, and all while doing it behind Chris Jones and Frank Clark, which is pretty impressive. So far in his career, he has made major improvements, and that showed on Sunday.
In Philadelphia, Mike Danna tallied more quarterback pressures than any other defender. Not only that, but he also got to the quarterback, sacking Jalen Hurts twice. Pass rush is not the only thing he did though, as he was able to stop the run a bit too, finishing with four tackles.
The Chiefs have the pieces on their defense, with big names. They made a coaching change, but something else needs to change as well. Hopefully, Mike Danna can help this team get to where it needs to be.
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