I’m a fan of international games. I think it adds to the excitement to see the same 32 teams that we watch every year play in different environments. Plus, the more fans that there are from all over the globe means more fantasy football players. It’s just math (dark magic). That being said, this idea of playing at this underprepared Mexico City stadium needs to be shot into the sun. I was getting frustrated seeing divots fly up into the air and seeing players struggle to get their footing, so I can’t imagine how the actual players felt.
But the football must go on and it was a pretty competitive game. At least it seemed like it. I watched this one on mute on my laptop. I wasn’t in a Booger mood and I had my DVR to catch up on. Priorities, right? Here’s what I saw from a fantasy football perspective while I gripped my Chiefs -5 ticket very tightly.
– Tyreek Hill left with some hamstring tightness. Whoa buddy, I hate those hamstring injuries, but this one seemed pretty minor. I mean, the hobble didn’t look great but he watched the rest of the game in uniform from the sidelines. A lot of people took brutal losses from the Tyreek Hill donut on MNF. Football can be gut-wrenching.
– Sammy Watkins filled in nicely with…..2 catches for 26 yards…
– Well, if Watkins didn’t do anything than It sure that Mecole Hardman went off… for 2 catches and 13 yards.
– Travis Kelce managed to have a good game at least with 7 catches over 90 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets.
– Mahomes honestly made more plays scrambling than through the air outside of the touchdown pass to Kelce. I grimace ever time he takes off on that bad knee but he seems to know what he’s doing. Weirdly low passing yard total because nothing was going right in the first half, but 59 yards on the ground for Mahomes.
– It seems like once Philip Rivers is frustrated, the turnovers start piling up. Rivers threw 4 interceptions on the evening including 2 pretty bad ones when the Chargers were trying to mount a comeback. Rivers was just getting too much air under these passes.
– Melvin Gordon started strong but ended the night with only 90 all-purpose yards.
– Austin Ekeler isn’t going to give up the running back receiving yards title this week. Ekeler caught 8 passes for 108 yards. This offense is at it’s best when Ekeler is on the field.
– Keenan Allen has been on the verge of a bounce back and it finally happened last night. He was heavily targeted by Rivers and caught 8 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown.
– Hunter Henry and Mike Williams were pretty average with Henry catching 6 balls for 69 yards and a 2 point conversion. Williams’ silence was deafening until he caught a 50 yard pass in the 4th quarter.