LOCATION: Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, MO
BETTING LINE: Chiefs (-7)
FINAL LINE SCORE
|New Orleans Saints||7||0||7||7||21|
|Kansas City Chiefs||14||7||3||3||27|
New Orleans Saints
37/48 367 yards 3 TDs 1 INT
16 rushes 62 yards
10 rec. 130 yards
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER:
8 Tot. Tackles 1 Pass Deflected
PLAYER OF THE GAME
PLAYER STATS: 7 Tot. Tackles 1 Forced Fumble
Kansas City controlled the tempo of the game and made less mistakes than the Saints in Arrowhead on Sunday. Although penalties hindered New Orleans’ ability to generate a consistent offense, the Chiefs’ defense rose to the challenge and contained the Saints’ playmakers. Ron Parker played huge in the secondary for Kansas City and forced a key fumble late in the fourth quarter to stop the Saints in the redzone that led to an eventual field goal to go up six. Without the heads up play, the momentum was favoring Sean Payton and his offense. Well deserving of player of the game, Ron Parker saved a possible comeback by New Orleans.
New Orleans Saints Key Position Ratings
TIGHT ENDS: (6 out of 10)
The Saints’ tight ends had a quiet day only recording three targets, but they did relieve some of the pressure off of Brees with their pass blocking. Although Coby Fleener and Josh Hill had a hard time getting open, they still caught all three of their targets and should be a big part of their offense moving forward.
DEFENSIVE LINE: (5 out of 10)
The Chiefs’ had more than enough time to run their offense on Sunday and the Saints failed to even record a sack. The biggest play of the game was not one that the Chiefs’ produced but in Saints’ fashion, a late penalty by the defensive line that proved costly. Nick Fairley cost New Orleans a possible game winning drive with an immature penalty and reassured the Saints’ organization why Sheldon Rankins is much needed in the lineup.
LINEBACKERS: (6.5 out of 10)
New Orleans has had an array of linebackers in and out of the lineup for weeks but still let Spencer Ware to roam the field. On a positive note, the linebacking core ran well from sideline to sideline and backup Nathan Stupar stepped into a starting role and led the Saints’ in tackles. Consistency is everything right now for the Saints’ defense and until they can play a consistent 11 players, the results will remain the same.
The Chiefs got out to an early 21-7 lead before the Saints’ stormed back and made things interesting at Arrowhead. Both teams came into the contest with “must win” mentalities as they tried to stay afloat in their division.
Andy Reid and the Chiefs’ coaching staff stayed true to their game plan and masked a “bend don’t break defense” perfectly. Forcing two turnovers, the Chiefs were able to succeed with slow moving offensive production and Alex Smith minimized his mistakes by only missing 7 throws to his receivers. Although the Chiefs are missing two of their best players from years past (Justin Houston and Jamaal Charles), new players have stepped up and performed in their absence. If Spencer Ware is able to continue his production, then the Chiefs will remain a contender this season.
On the opposing sideline the Saints looked as if training camp started yesterday but still found themselves in a position to tie the game with seconds left. New Orleans has a lot of potential on their roster but continues to hurt themselves through turnovers and penalties. The Saints were in contention for nearly all of the game but could not generate any momentum because of costly errors. Although the roster is lined with new bodies and injuries, there is no excuse for penalties time and time again. Look for Sean Payton to drill consistency in practice this week.
Kansas City Chiefs Key Position Ratings
QUARTERBACKS: (8.5 out of 10)
Alex Smith won in his true fashion by controlling the pace of the game and managing the ball with authority. Although he only threw for 214 yards, he got the ball in the endzone twice and only had to toss it 24 times for the Chiefs to score 27. The Chiefs win games behind their run game and defense; Alex Smith filled his role perfectly.
DEFENSIVE LINE: (7.5 out of 10)
The Chiefs’ defense got after Brees early and disrupted him from getting into a groove until the second half. The Saints’ really had no run game in this one, thanks to the defensive line as well. It is inviting to see Kansas City’s defense playing at a high level without their star Justin Houston healthy.
SECONDARY: (9 out of 10)
The Chiefs’ secondary came into the game featuring Marcus Peters, who has recorded five interceptions already this season. However, the two stars of the day were Daniel Sorenson, who picked Brees off, and Ron Parker, who forced a drive-stopping fumble late in the fourth. Although Brees went for 368 yards passing and 3 TDs, Kansas City’s defense played immaculate and forced two key turnovers hold on to a six-point victory.