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Winners and Losers from Week 4

Pacheco went off!

Mahomes slides inside the five-yard line ahead of Jets cornerback DJ Reed (4) for a first down. (Photo by: Adam Hunger/AP)


Isiah Pacheco, RB, #10:

Pacheco had a career night on Sunday finishing 20 carries for 115 yards and a touchdown while adding 43 receiving yards on three receptions (158 total yards) in Sunday’s 23-20 win over the Jets. Pacheco did most of his damage on a perfectly executed counter-play call in which he followed pulling guard Trey Smith through a sizeable hole that the speedy back took from midfield to the house. It was the 24-year-old’s second rushing touchdown in as many weeks, and it came on a season-high 23 touches. Pacheco has become the clear top option out of Kansas City’s backfield. Pacheco was utilized in the passing game finishing behind Kelce with the second-most yards receiving. Pacheco will lead the Chiefs’ ground attack in a plus matchup against the Vikings next Sunday.

Patrick Mahomes, QB, #15 and Travis Kelce, TE, #87:

Of course, the attention around Taylor Swift carried over to Week 4 with the pop star in attendance for Sunday’s matchup. Mahomes was not in sync with his top receiving option on a couple of miscues, one of which resulted in an interception. Mahomes completed 18 of 30 passes for 203 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Travis Kelce was again his favorite target, as he caught six passes for 60 yards.  Early on, Mahomes converted a third-and-13 with his legs, only to have the play called back due to a Jawaan Taylor holding call. Then, on the ensuing third-and-long, Mahomes again relied on his legs running right up the middle for a gain of 25 yards while the Jets defense was nowhere to be found. With a fresh set of downs after the Sauce Gardner penalty, the Chiefs began on their mission to run out the clock. In the end, it was again Mahomes with his legs that officially sealed the deal. This play was the third third down Kansas City converted on the game-clinching possession. The Chiefs’ superstar duo will look to get back on track in a favorable matchup against the Vikings next Sunday.

Leo Chenal, LB, #54 and Mike Edwards, S, #21:

Chenal is one of the most underrated linebackers in the NFL and Sunday showed that when recorded 4 tackles and had the second-most run stops behind Drue Tranquill with 3. Chenal is unleashing his inner Micah Parsons lining up in the box or on the edge in a wide-9 alignment, Chenal has gotten the job done with Nick Bolton being out.

Edwards, who spent his entire career in Tampa Bay before coming to Kansas City this offseason on a one-year deal, was everywhere on Sunday. He finished with four tackles, a sack, and a pass deflection while making timely plays all night to help the Chiefs to victory.


Jawaan Taylor, RT, #74:

The harassment of Jawaan Taylor continues. After garnering national attention in the season opener while appearing to line up off the line of scrimmage multiple times, he was benched briefly during Week 2 after being penalized five times. In Week 4, Taylor cost his team some points. In the second quarter of Kansas City’s Sunday night matchup against the Jets, Taylor was penalized for a face mask penalty while blocking for his QB Patrick Mahomes in their own end zone. Taylor signed an $80 million contract this offseason with the Chiefs after spending his first four seasons with the Jaguars. Taylor has registered nine accepted penalties, per PFF, which ranks highest in the league. The penalties will stop when Taylor works on those miscues and the NFL relaxes on Taylor.

The entire receiver group:

Leading up to this game, I knew the receivers not getting open would result in Mahomes making mistakes and it led to Pacheco being the second-leading receiver behind Kelce. Rashee Rice has stepped up by finishing as the third-best pass catcher with 3 catches for 32 yards on the night. Skyy Moore failed to replicate his two-week performances with no catches but 2 carries for 19 yards on jet sweeps. Toney did well in limited capacity but the Chiefs receiving group needs someone to step up to the plate. Right now, that guy looks like Rashee Rice.

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