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Tyreek Hill and quarterback Patrick MahomesLet’s get the obvious out of the way. Hill scored twice in the first quarter and again in the fourth. Mahomes threw four touchdowns www.authenticskansascitychiefs.com , and appeared in full command of the game. These two might just be the most dynamic and exciting duo in the NFL... maybe even in NFL history before they’re done. That may sound like hyperbole, but there’s literally no ceiling on what these guys can do. Enjoy it.Linebacker Dee FordA sack and four quarterback hits for No. 55 show that Ford is healthy again. The plays he made in pursuit — both against the run and chasing the the quarterback — remind us of the unique speed he brings to the position. He’s still not stout enough against the run, but he was productive and disruptive against the Chargers. That’s a very good thing for the Chiefs defense.The Chiefs run defenseIt wasn’t a perfect game for the revamped front seven of the Chiefs, but they generally were very solid against the run. In 74 defensive snaps, they held Melvin Gordon to 64 yards rushing. Everyone got into the act, including Ford, Ron Parker, Derrick Nnadi, Chris Jones, Anthony Hitchens and Justin Houston. At least on the ground, the offseason focus on defense seems to be paying off.Wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas and fullback Anthony ShermanOn a team loaded with playmakers Kansas City Chiefs T-Shirt , advantages often come to guys that the opposing defense least expects to see touches. The misdirection on the goal line left DAT waltzing into the end zone, and one of the real highlights of the day was the beautiful pass from Mahomes to Sherman. Mahomes showed great faith in his fullback beating a linebacker down the field — even though Sherman was covered at the time he released it. Great offenses are able to spread the ball around. Role players like DAT and Sherman have to capitalize — and in week one, they did.Head coach Andy ReidThe head coach’s creativity was on full display. “Playing to the strengths of your players” sounds like a cliche, but it was clear that Reid had a great game plan for the Chargers, and the Bolts had no clue how to stop it.Formations like the play below — and the touchdowns to Thomas and Hill at the goal line — were works of art.Others trending in the right directionSteven Nelson, Derrick Nnadi, Dustin Colquitt, Spencer Ware, Ron Parker, Marcus Kemp and Chris JonesSTOCK DOWNLinebacker Terrance SmithMany were surprised that he was still on the roster, but he has some obvious value on special teams. However Kansas City Chiefs Hats , the fact that he’s in there on defense — and just running into blockers — is frustrating. I hope we see more of Dorian O’Daniel in the very near future when the Chiefs need an inside linebacker not named Ragland or Hitchens on the field.Running back Pat MahomesYes, you read that right - running back Patrick Mahomes.There’s no question the Chiefs have their game-changing franchise quarterback. At this point, the only thing that could derail his career would be getting hurt. Mahomes took some hits in this game — some of which were unnecessary. We love his aggression and willingness to move the chains. But he’s got to be more careful about sliding, pitching the ball on the option, and getting out of bounds when he should. The Chiefs versus running backs in the passing gameChargers running backs accounted for nearly half of Philip Rivers’ passing yards. The Chiefs aggression on defense hurt them on a number of screen passes. Rivers was also able to get the matchups he wanted down the field — like Austin Ekeler against Hitchens.Anyone trying to cover Keenan AllenAllen had a big game, catching eught passes on 11 targets for 108 yards and a touchdown. Most often, it was because Orlando Scandrick was either biting on the route for the touchdown, or just getting outplayed; Allen beat Fuller for the catch that set up the Chargers’ final touchdown. I actually think Scandrick (and Kendall Fuller, too) did some good things against the Chargers, but sometimes the guy lined up across from you is just better on that play. Others trending in the wrong directionDemarcus Robinson, Alex Ellis and the Chiefs’ tackling.STOCK FLATLinebacker Anthony HitchensHitchens was in on 15 tackles — two for a loss — against the Chargers. I saw a lot of fans on Twitter disparaging his coverage ability after giving up a touchdown to a running back. He also missed a couple tackles Kansas City Chiefs Hoodie , as did the rest of the defense. But its plays like this one that re-affirmed Hitchens is who we thought he was: a real steadying force at the inside linebacker position. He’s got great instincts, can close, and loves to hit people. Anything he can do in coverage is gravy.Tight end Travis KelceI nearly put Kelce on the STOCK UP list, because this week, he showed signs of being a real, complete tight end; his blocking was on full display for many of the big offensive plays. But he only had one catch on six targets, and he was remarkably far short of the consistent production we’ve come to expect. It’s a safe assumption that the Chiefs might only be able to feature one or two of their playmakers each week. Kelce’s day is coming.Others who are who we thought they wereKareem Hunt, Sammy Watkins, Justin Houston The Kansas City Chiefs have nominated wide receiver Sammy Watkins for the Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award, per an official release from the NFL.The award, created in 2014 to honor the late founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers Youth Customized Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys , recognizes players around the league who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship on the field (including fair play, respect for the game and opponents and integrity in competition).The award is voted upon by the league’s players.The past recipients of the award are: Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (2014), Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson (2015), Colts running back Frank Gore (2016) and Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (2017).The winner will be announced at the NFL Honors the night before the Super Bowl in early February. The winner receives a $25,000 donation from the NFL Foundation to a charity of his choice, as well as a trophy.Here is the full list of nominees for the award.

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