SD-KC Grades: Dontari Poe leads Chiefs in defensive battle

The top takeaways and highest graded players from Kansas City’s 10-3 win against San Diego.

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(AP Foto/Lenny Ignelzi)

(AP Foto/Lenny Ignelzi)

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.

Top Performers:

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.

Top Performers:

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)

  • Brandon

    Poe should have a great game vs Baltimore as well considering there center isn’t very good. Stupid penalties against kelce kept the chargers in it. That’s two weeks now he’s almost cost us the game. That TD wouldn’t of been called back if Kelce knew how to turn around sit on the pick instead of initiating contact. That Pick that ended Alex smiths streak was also horrible. When you have two running backs that averaged 6(ware) & 5 (west) why would you throw it on first down? That was just a horrible throw by smith.

  • bobsaget

    +1.5 for all that Dee ford did is a joke.

    • Chris

      He seemed to play better, but he was completely unblocked at times, I wonder if that’s more of a fault of a backup LT than it is something he did particularly well. That may have factored into scoring.

      • Brandon

        Crowe noise also plays a factor it seemed like the back up LT didn’t hear rivers hike it. He has a.nasty first step so you have to get off the ball quick.

    • Brandon

      They grade by for each play. Tho he did make an impact with 7 tackles 3 sacks and a game winning pass deflection he was stone walled a lot especially when he was on the right. It wasn’t till Dunlap went down that our D seen a noticeable hole to attack. That’s when ford switced to give him the more favorable match up.

      • JudoPrince

        Ford also had several clear pressures forcing hurried throws from Rivers. The +1.5 certainly looked low to me. If his last name were Watt, with the same performance, he would have a +5.0 for sure.

        • Brandon

          Lol very true