We’re now in the second half of the NFL season.
That means that teams that are in the middle of the pack of their respective conferences will need to mount a strong push in the final stretch to clinch playoff berths.
Sunday proved to be a get-right day for a few teams. The Dallas Cowboys rocked the Atlanta Falcons after a disappointing defeat against the Denver Broncos last week. The Buffalo Bills dominated the New York Jets after they lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars. And the Kansas City Chiefs look like the powerhouse offense that had made them so dangerous over the previous three seasons.
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Dak Prescott celebrates scoring a touchdown against the Falcons.
Here are the Week 10 winners and losers.
The Chiefs get right
The defense has been steadily improving over the past several weeks, but Kansas City’s offense finally came to life in a 41-14 victory against the Raiders. And in the process, the Chiefs reversed some issues that had plagued them.
They had gotten off to slow starts: The Chiefs raced out to a 17-7 lead against the Raiders.
The offensive line was a problem: They did not give up a single sack and gave quarterback Patrick Mahomes plenty of time to throw; the Raiders generated only three hurries.
Defenses had used two deep safeties to take away the deep ball: Mahomes didn’t try to force throws downfield and just distributed the ball to his targets in short-to-intermediate routes.
They stalled in the red zone: Kansas City entered Sunday tied for 18th in red zone efficiency (57.14%), but scored touchdowns on three of four attempts and also added another touchdown from just outside of the 20 late in the fourth quarter.
And now, the Chiefs (6-4) — rather than being in last in the AFC West had they lost the game — are in sole possession of first place in the division and looking like the old version of themselves. It’s just…