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Kadarius Toney Costs Chiefs Win With Possibly The Worst Game Ever Played By A Wide Receiver

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Kadarius Toney Costs Chiefs Win With Possibly The Worst Game Ever Played By A Wide Receiver
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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Kadarius Toney had arguably the single worst game ever played by a receiver in NFL history.

The Chiefs, already without all-world tight end Travis Kelce, needed all the help they could get from their offensive playmakers. 

Unfortunately for quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Toney decided to wear bricks as gloves as he dropped pass after pass after pass.

It wasn’t just the sloppy nature of the drops that hurt – it was the crucial situations they came in – like this one that led to a Brian Branch pick-six that helped the Lions tie the game 14-14 in the third quarter.

The biggest of all came on a Mahomes pass with 2:25 left in the game and the Chiefs only down one.. Toney was wide open and had he caught it, the Chiefs would have been in field goal range and would have most likely been able to drain the clock and win the game.

But Toney had other ideas…

There’s plenty of reasons why the Chiefs lost the much-anticipated opener. Mahomes certainly could have been more accurate on several occasions. The play-calling was suspect at times. The defense failed at the end.

However, Toney’s miserable performance was the biggest reason why the Chiefs lost. Plain and simple. 

For someone who is trying to make the most of his fresh start in KC, the night couldn’t have gone worse for Toney.

There’s a reason why the New York Giants couldn’t wait to get rid of him. He comes with red-flags and character concerns. It also doesn’t help that he is injured 99% of the time.

Andy Reid thought joining a winning franchise with an excellent culture would help bring out the best in Toney – and maybe it might.

But last night was not a good sign, and the defending Super Bowl champions are 0-1 because of it. 

On a side note, is it just me or is Reid not getting nearly enough heat for his ridiculous decision to go for it on 4th-and-25 with 2:09 left and the Chiefs having all three timeouts remaining.

That made absolutely no sense whatsoever. Because of the two-minute warning, you basically have four timeouts and would have a great chance to get Mahomes the ball right back, only down one, assuming your defense could hold the fort. 

When asked about his inexplicable decision, Reid said: “I thought we needed to do that.”

I’m sorry, but in no world does that decision make sense. Maybe Kansas City’s defense wouldn’t have end up stopping Detroit anyways, but holy crap, at least give them a chance. 

It’s not like the Chiefs only had one timeout remaining – they had all three! Your chances are a hell of a lot higher of punting it away and playing defense rather than Mahomes jacking up a prayer on 4th and a mile (especially with no Kelce!)

Anyways, the one thing that shouldn’t be lost is the phenomenal job Dan Campbell and the Lions did marching on the road and coming away with a gritty, hard-fought win in a hostile environment. There’s a reason why so many people are high on Detroit this season.

MCDC put it best…

“I didn’t learn anything (from the game), I got verification on what I already knew, and this is a resilient team.. It already was a resilient team and we added pieces to that resilient team, so we’re built to handle some stuff and we did that today against a very good opponent,” Campbell said.

“We expected to win this game. We came in here and we knew what we needed to do, and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy and we did that.”

Despite all of this, the poor Lions still can’t get any respect…

What did you think about the game?

Who was the bigger loss for the chiefs – Kelce or Chris Jones? (Certainly seemed like Kelce.)

How do you think both of these teams will do going forward?

 

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