SD-KC Grades: Dontari Poe leads Chiefs in defensive battle
Here are the top takeaways and highest graded players from Kansas City’s 10-3 win against San Diego.
Kansas City Chiefs
– He only had eight rushing attempts, but RB Spencer Ware (+1.9) received the highest overall grade among the Chiefs’ offensive players yesterday. Ware gained 61 yards on those eight attempts, including 34 yards after contact and six forced misses tackles.
– On the defensive side of the ball, Kansas City was led by NT Dontari Poe (+5.1), who had his way with the interior of San Diego’s offensive line. The bulk of Poe’s overall grade is made up of a +4.2 pass rush grade, thanks to seven pressures. Poe has put together a nice three game stretch now after a slow start to the season, and now has an overall grade of +8.3 since Week 12.
– LB Dee Ford (+1.5) was much more impressive in his second career start than he was last week in his first (-4.7 vs Oakland). The second-year linebacker had six total pressures, including three sacks, and also led the team with six stops and a key pass defense in the end zone on the final play of the game.
NT Dontari Poe (+5.1)
LB Josh Mauga (+3.1)
DE Allen Bailey (+2.0)
RB Spencer Ware (+1.9)
FS Ron Parker (1.8)
San Diego Chargers
– Getting back to Dontari Poe dominating the interior of the Chargers offensive line, C Trevor Robinson (-5.6) and RG Kenny Wiggins (-4.7) had a combined -10.3 overall grade yesterday. They had a combined -3.9 run blocking grade, and together they allowed 12 total pressures (seven by Wiggins and five by Robinson).
– The offensive line struggles became even more pronounced when LT King Dunlap (+0.3) went down after just seven snaps. Chris Hairston (-4.3) filled in for him, and things did not go well. Hairston allowed four total pressures in pass protection, including one key sack by Dee Ford, where he was so late getting off the snap that Ford was already by him before he had even realized what happened.
– On the defensive side of the football, the Chargers can really be encouraged by continued strong play by LBs Melvin Ingram (+2.1) and Denzel Perryman (+2.3). Ingram now has a +9.6 overall grade for the season—including an overall grade of +14.4 since Week 8—and Perryman has a +10.9 overall grade since he started receiving regular playing time back in Week 11.
RT Joe Barksdale (+3.0)
LB Denzel Perryman (+2.3)
LB Melvin Ingram (+2.1)
FS Eric Weddle (+1.2)
CB Jason Verrett (+1.1)