Why is Landon Collins still being played in coverage?: It’s been clear for a while that Collins can’t be trusted in coverage, and yet, Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio continue to deploy him in such situations.
On the opening drive of the game, Collins was tasked with covering Chiefs’ 6-foot-6 tight end Jody Fortson. The veteran safety did well to avoid the pick play and he held up even better in coverage on Fortson’s deep route.
However, Collins was unable to locate the ball — perhaps his most damning trait — and Fortson hauled in the pass, albeit in acrobataic fashion. A few plays later, Darrell Williams scored from two yards out to give KC an early lead.
If Collins turns around, that’s an easy interception.
Chase Young is officially back: Remember when folks were concerned that Chase Young hadn’t recorded a sack over the first four games? We were, too. However, it was only a matter of time until No. 99 started to find his groove.
After breaking out in Week 5, Young came up with a pair of big plays to open the second half and keep the wind in Washington’s sails. He recorded a shared sack before generating his own sack of Patrick Mahomes that forced a Chiefs punt.
Young is back, folks. The budding superstar also paid an awesome tribute to Sean Taylor on his jersey retirement day by taping his facemask just the way Taylor used to do during his playing days.
Washington’s DBs can’t tackle: Washington’s secondary has been getting shredded all season, and, despite not breaking in coverage against Patrick Mahomes (go figure, right?), its inability to tackle loomed large.
Landon Collins whiffed big time on a Travis Kelce catch in the first half. Kendall Fuller missed a key tackle on 3rd and 4 in the red zone in the first half. We have to go back and watch the film to pinpoint more misses, but Chiefs receivers routinely made the first man miss in space after catching the ball.
Back-to-back offsides in third quarter: If there’s one thing you CAN’T do when Mahomes and the Chiefs are reeling, it’s give them life. That’s exactly what Montez Sweat did by lining up offsides on a key third down late in the third quarter. Though it was much less significant, Young lined up offsides just seconds later, too.
A couple of plays later, Kansas City reclaimed the lead 17-13 after Mahomes connected with Tyreek Hill for a short touchdown.
Sweat has to be better there. Plain and simple.