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Seahawks-Chiefs: 5 winners, 2 losers

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This week’s Kansas City Chiefs game was a nice Christmas present for Chiefs fans. They got an early lead and the game was never in doubt. The defense managed to stall an inferior offense, keeping them to 10 points. The Chiefs’ offense wasn’t good, but it did enough to keep this one comfortably in the win column, and they got away with no major injuries.

At this point in the season, it’s a pretty good day at the office. Here are a few that stood out during Saturday’s 24-10 win over the Seattle Seahawks:

Observation: Applying the labels “winers” and “losers” is not intended to be a judgment on the talent or character of any of these players. It’s just a simple way to gauge your performance in a single game. No disrespect is intended.

winners

NFL: Seattle Seahawks v Kansas City Chiefs

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Tight end Travis Kelce: It’s almost every week. Each season, Kelce has more than 100 receiving yards. Against Seattle, most of them came on a drive in the fourth quarter, when the Chiefs essentially put the game out of reach with a touchdown. Of course, Kelce had an early catch that left the field and seemed to blame himself, but that was quickly forgotten as Kelce led all receivers this game.

Wide receiver Kadarius Toney: The stats weren’t impressive, but Toney’s presence was felt on the pitch this week. The running route and quickness were evidence of a player who could be a big factor down the stretch. He scored the first touchdown of the game this week on the short “pop pass” as he weaved through traffic on his way to the end zone. That’s an element the Chiefs are missing.

Chris Jones defensive tackle: Looking like himself after a quiet Week 15, Jones was again the best defensive player on the field. He was nearly unblockable with four quarterback hits on the day, and once again excelled in clutch situations. Seattle had the ball late in the fourth quarter with the clock ticking, and Jones sent everyone home with his eleventh sack of the season.

Linebacker Nick Bolton: This week Bolton was snubbed for the Pro Bowl, and some thought that would see him play with an extra edge this week. Well, that may have been the case as the Chiefs linebacker was all over the place on Saturday, amassing 17 total tackles. It was Bolton’s open field tackle that stopped Seattle’s initial drive, and it didn’t stop there. Bolton also nearly connected with a bounced pass during the drive that ended in the Seahawks’ only touchdown. When he is attacking and closing in, this defensive unit is able to successfully break out of the field.

EDGE George Karlaftis: The rookie added to his NFL-leading pass clearance total when he helped shut out the Seahawks on fourth down in the first half. Then he fired Geno Smith to end another onslaught. If he manages to play solid football (as he has all season) and make some great plays like this, it will turn out to be an excellent rookie season for Karlaftis.

Losers

NFL: Los Angeles Rams v Kansas City Chiefs

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Wide receiver Justin Watson: The Chiefs’ passing game was a little out of sync today, and many of us have noticed many times when the problem seemed to be at least partially with Watson. Watson failed to catch any of his four targets, which was… less than ideal🇧🇷 Every one of his incompletions was on a drive that ended in a punt or turnover on downs. Watson has been a valuable depth player this season, but on this day he was a passing killer for the Chiefs offense.

Cornerback Joshua Williams: Williams has had errors on each of Seattle’s scoring attempts this week. At the end of the first half, Williams had not one, but two penalties that extended the bid. His holding call nullified a Mike Danna sack on third down, and his pass interference put them in field goal range. Then, he gave up the fourth-down pass to Treadwell, marking the Seahawks’ only touchdown. This was definitely a teaching moment for the novice, who was solid but not spectacular rooftop. If he can correct the mistakes that lead to big finishes and costly penalties, he has a bright future ahead of him.

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