The NFL has fought doggedly to preserve the six-game suspension Roger Goodell issued to Ezekiel Elliott. The latest step in that lengthy process is appealing the decision of a federal court in Texas to grant an injunction that will let Elliott play until his lawsuit against the NFL is completed. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the league took that step Monday morning.
And then Thursday night happened, when Kansas City hung 42 on New England.
That 42-27 win wasn’t driven by pick-sixes or fluky special teams plays that FPI sees as minimally predictive. No, it was a traditional offensive beatdown.
Quarterback Alex Smith chucked a couple deep touchdowns and was ruthlessly efficient with his usual short passes, altogether earning him a Total QBR of 91.8 for the game, second-best of Week 1. Passing plays that involved receiver Tyreek Hill were overwhelmingly positive. And while the ground attack didn’t add much from an expected points standpoint, rookie running back Kareem Hunt proved to be an asset in the passing game.
The Chiefs’ offense’s unit efficiency — a clutch-weighed version of expected points per play — was second-best in the league in Week 1, behind only the Vikings. That was pretty meaningful given that Cheap Jerseys China heading into the contest FPI considered the Kansas City to have the 10th-best offense compared to the Patriots’ second-best Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys defense in the NFL (although it downgraded the Patriots’ defense all the way to 16th after Week 1).
What’s more, Kansas City accomplished all that on the road.