At Kansas City
8:20 p.m. ET
58 degrees, clear
Key Decision #1: (CIN ball, trailing 7-0 / fourth-and-9, CIN 43 / 14:56 Q2)
• The Bengals attempt a fake punt, but the play doesn’t work. KC takes over at the CIN 33 and scores four plays later to take a 14-0 lead. They were never headed after that.
• CIN simply never seemed ready for the Chiefs’ offensive tempo, and they didn’t do anything to try to disrupt it — no early-down blitzes, etc.
• Early in the game, CIN was doing a good job working the middle of the field throwing the ball and exploiting KC’s backup safeties. Other than that, however, CIN never established any ground game early and they simply could not slow the game down on offense.
• On offense, KC opened with its quick passing game, and QB Patrick Mahomes really didn’t have to take any deep shots; instead, KC threw underneath and challenged the Bengals to tackle. KC’s quick game is especially dangerous because of Mahomes’ incredibly strong arm; the ball comes out fast and hard, and that gives the WRs and backs more time to gather and decide on a move.