Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

8 things we learned in Cardinals' 26-14 loss to Chiefs

8 things we learned in Cardinals' 26-14 loss to Chiefs

Every morning following a Chiefs win or loss, our writers here at Chiefs Wire will provide their post-game thoughts and quips.

With the offense lacking some of its usual explosiveness, the defense came through big time. Rosen led touchdown drives on the team's first possession of each half but couldn't sustain any march down field longer than 46 yards afterwards. Rookie quarterback Josh Rosen executed a almost flawless game-winning drive to securing the victory late in the fourth quarter. The good news was the Cardinals scored on their first offensive drive in both halves.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks is not one for moral victories, but his team provided reasons to at least be optimistic about the future following a 24-16 loss to the 9-1 Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

It was reported yesterday that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes left the stadium after the win over the Arizona Cardinals to deal with a family emergency. "I've seen it", Reid said, "but I think the National Football League is on top of it".

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The Rams are second in yards-per-game and the Chiefs are third, and those rankings are flipped when it comes to scoring with Kansas City second and Los Angeles third. Though Hitchens was active, he was held out of the game as he continues to work through severely bruised ribs.

Though despite the efforts of Hunt, Hill and Mahomes, the Cardinals still managed to stay within striking distance until linebacker Justin Houston - playing in his first game in over a month - recorded his first interception since the 2015 season deep in Arizona territory early in the fourth quarter. He finished with four tackles.

Hill celebrated the touchdown by leaping into the camera bay in the stands behind the end zone, briefly taking control of the camera.

Johnson, who had been bottled up through the first half of the season as part of the worst-ranked offense in the National Football League, accumulated 183 yards from scrimmage — 98 yards rushing (in 21 carries) and 85 yards receiving (on seven catches). That score put the Chiefs ahead 20-7 heading to halftime.

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The Chiefs' pass rush affected a lot more plays than just the ones that ended in a sack.

MAKE WAY, LEN: Mahomes already has thrown 29 touchdown passes, which means he needs just two more to pass Len Dawson's franchise record.

For as strong as the offensive line has been through injury-forced turnover, the unit faltered on Sunday. A fierce pass rush on both defenses resulted in a ton of quarterback hits for both young quarterbacks in the game, and showed just how devastating a good blitz can be against inexperienced quarterbacks. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes also has trouble finding open receivers at times. But the Cardinals were tough after that, sacking Mahomes five times — two by Chandler Jones.

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