Recapping The Week 1 Chiefs-Cardinals Game: Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season is in the books. The Kansas City Bosses made a trip to confront the Arizona Cardinals. The Bosses emerged with a sure thing triumph, beating the Cardinals 44-21. The following are three focus points from the Cardinals versus Bosses game:
#1. The Main’s offense looked fine without Tyreek Slope
There’s truly not much to say regarding Kansas City’s 2022 introduction, other than alluding to the detail sheet. Patrick Mahomes played like a man on a mission, tossing for 334 yards and five scores through the initial 41 minutes of play. This put his group up 37-7. The most out-of-control measurement, in any case, is that of their 66 absolute plays, they acquired 33 first downs. The Bosses essentially ran anything they desired.
They had the option to spread the protection out, with Mahomes averaging 13 air yards for every endeavor out of void (four yards more than some other QB in the association last season) however at that point they additionally ran 13 or 22 staff on more than 40% of snaps on Sunday (multiple times of what they found the middle value of in 2021). They went under focus and got moving downhill in the run game, which is where Clyde Edwards-Helaire succeeds (as opposed to making him work along the side out of the shotgun continually) and he looked more powerful than he at any point has since coming into the association. He burst through the line of scrimmage with an incredible need to keep moving and was a delight to watch.
Off that, they ran more conventional play-activity, alongside RPOs and a few fast games. While having Tyreek Slope most likely could not have possibly harmed, we saw Mahomes spread the ball around much more, with six players getting no less than three (of 39) passes. I adored seeing greater intricacy in the play plan and a portion of the little kinks they added to the run game particularly.
#2. With practically no pass-rush and this sort of corner play, being a difficult year for the Cardinal’s defense is going
Glancing back at the Cardinals’ prosperity on guard over the most recent few years (while I preferred a portion of the strain looks by Vance Joseph and believe he’s to a great extent expanded the pieces he’s had), I generally felt like the numbers may not be feasible. They completed 10th and 6th separately in guarded DVOA in 2020 and 2021, with the fourth-most noteworthy rush rate association wide in both of those years. Considering their “karma” in free ball circumstances and their tension rates without sending the fifth safeguard, I anticipated a relapse.
Nonetheless, with Chandler Jones gone and J.J. Watt out for this game, no one could give any authentic strain. The numbers might recommend in any case since they blitzed Mahomes on a staggering 68.3% of dropbacks, yet they got no sacks on him and hit him only multiple times. As speculated before the season began, their assortment of unpracticed players in the optional is truly harming them, especially with their propensity to send additional bodies in the hurry.
I realize inclusion numbers can be deluding on occasion, yet out of the nine protectors in the back-seven that played no less than 20% of snaps, everything except two of them gave up a passer rating of somewhere in the range of 95.8 and 158.3 (great) – and those other two weren’t vastly improved.
#3. This was a finished instructing bungle
Since we were simply discussing them, we should take a gander at the Cardinal’s guard against Kansas City’s offense here first. In last season, Patrick Mahomes had by a long shot the most terrible eight-game stretch of his vocation. Everybody countered the Bosses’ dangerous aeronautical assault by sitting back in delicate inclusion shells and compelling the hotshot quarterback to precisely dissect them. Mahomes was blitzed on only 14.8% of dropbacks (the least imprint since PFF began following this in 2010) and he confronted two-high inclusions on more than 40% in everything except two games (their season series with the Bandits).
On Sunday at Arizona, notwithstanding, the Cardinals welcomed additional tension on a spectacular 68.3% and the proof is in the pudding, taking a gander at how they got destroyed. Flipping things over to Arizona’s offense, beyond their one score drive (when they got the ball for the second time on the day), they didn’t run in excess of five plays on some other belonging until the final quarter, when they decorated the last score in trash time.
The play-calling looked dull. The two running backs who dealt with conveys acquired only 54 hurrying yards on 14 endeavors and found the middle value of an infinitesimal 4.4 yards for each pass endeavor collectively. The Kansas City safeguard constrained Kyler Murray on more than 70% of dropbacks, in spite of completing tied for thirteenth in rush rate. However long DeAndre Hopkins isn’t there as the rear caution, they need to unpleasantly make more schematic successes.