At Kansas City
1:00 p.m. ET
42 degrees/ clear
• After the Chiefs scored easily on the first drive against the Cardinals defense, the Cardinals tied the game with a lengthy 12-play, 75-yard drive. Arizona, a heavy underdog, has momentum on its side. Veteran kicker Phil Dawson attempts an onside kick that only goes three yards before going out of bounds. The Chiefs take over at the Arizona 38-yard line and the ensuing drive results in a 45-yard field goal to go up 10-7.
• The Cardinals were aggressive, on the road and against one of the better opponents in the NFL. However, Arizona’s defense played well throughout the game. Had they kicked off in this spot and stopped KC, it could have added to the Cardinals’ momentum and might have resulted in good field position for them or perhaps even a turnover. Rather, the Cardinals gave the Chiefs a short field and the lead. The Chiefs will never trailed in the game.
• It’s worth noting the Chiefs appeared to have defended this onside kick well. It seems they are prepared by special teams coach Dave Toub to expect teams to want to steal possessions from them.
• Tyreek Hill was targeted early. He was big on the opening drive. In fact, on the opening drive he was responsible for all 75 yards and the touchdown on the drive. Hill caught two passes, one for 38 and the other a 37-yard touchdown pass.
• Right tackle Andre Smith was tortured all game by Chiefs rush end Dee Ford. The entire Cardinals offensive line struggled greatly. The Chiefs sacked rookie quarterback Josh Rosen five times and hit him an additional 13 times.
• The Cardinals’ leading pass catcher was running back David Johnson, who finished with seven catches for 85 yards and a touchdown. As the Chiefs blitzes were reaching Rosen, the Cardinals had to throw to Johnson out of the backfield. Johnson also carried the ball 21 times for 98 yards and a score.
• The Cardinals defense played the Chiefs offense well. They sacked Patrick Mahomes five times. Also the Cardinals held the Chiefs to 10 points below their season-average and 330 total yards, a season low. We would expect future Chiefs opponents to copy what the Cardinals did against the Chiefs on Sunday.