The Kansas City Chiefs hosted the San Francisco 49ers in a preseason game at Arrowhead on Saturday night, with the Chiefs falling by a score of 27-17.
As with all preseason games, the final score does not hold much weight but there were plenty of bright spots for the Chiefs and we seemed to learn a lot about where some players stand within the organization.
5 Biggest Takeaways
1. Patrick Mahomes was sharp in his final tune-up
The Chiefs starting quarterback and reigning league MVP looked great on Saturday night, connecting on 8-of-10 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. Mahomes led the Chiefs on a 3-play, 69-yard scoring drive on the team’s first possession, connecting with Damien Williams on an wheel route for a 62 yards.
2. Damien Williams solidified his RB1 status
There has been a lot of talk among Chiefs fans about if Damien Williams is a legitimate starting running back in the NFL. Williams showed why he has that spot locked up on Saturday night. Williams had 8 touches for 93 yards and a score on Saturday, playing in the first two drives.
3. Chris Jones & Frank Clark look SCARY
Frank Clark was back in action on Saturday and made his presence felt in front of the Arrowhead faithful. Chris Jones also came up big in his time on the field, showing he’s poised for another big year. The duo played together on the first three drives of the game. Jones got the defense off the field with a big deflection on fourth down on the first drive. Clark made a big tackle on the second drive and finished his night with a big sack on the third drive, his first as a Chief.
4. Darwin Thompson continued to impress
We stated earlier that Damien Williams solidified his RB1 status, but Darwin Thompson is proving to be a force to be reckoned with. Thompson has arguably had the best preseason of any Chief, rookie or veteran. The rookie was the second running back used by Andy Reid and finished his night with 17 yards on five touches. Thompson looks by all accounts to be the RB2 in Reid’s offense heading into the regular season.
5. Tanoh Kpassagnon looks impressive, too
Kpassagnon was viewed by many this preseason to be one of the biggest surprise standouts in training camp. Well, Kpassagnon has continued to impress in game action as well. He finished with a pair of tackles on Saturday night against the 49ers, including his second sack of the preseason. Kpassagnon may not come into the season as a starter for the Chiefs defense, but he’s got a chance to make a big impact in 2019.
Saturday was likely the final time fans will see the main starters for the Kansas City Chiefs in action until the regular season opener on September 8th in Jacksonville. Overall, this Chiefs team is set up to be one of the top teams not just in the AFC, but in the entire league. (Read our 5 Bold Predictions for the 2019 Chiefs)
The Chiefs have the MVP at quarterback, the top tight end and arguably the fastest wide receiver core in the league. Pair that with a backfield of power and speed and the offense could go down as one of the scariest of all time.
Defensively, the Chiefs still have a lot of question marks. The cornerback position is one of the weakest in the league, but the defensive line is one of the strongest. It will be interesting to see how the defense looks with a new coaching staff and scheme, but all signs point to it improving immensely.
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