Chiefs Stock Report: Whose stock is rising — or falling — after the win against the Broncos

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The Kansas City Chiefs are still undefeated after an epic battle with a division rival on the road. I’ve often said that division games are ones where you can throw the stats and expected scoring out the window. The Monday night game looked nothing like Weeks 1-3. It was a struggle throughout , big plays were (relatively) limited. It’s the kind of game we may look back on and see it as the first week when the Chiefs (and the QB) were truly tested and passed with flying colors. In the end, they got the win, which is all that really matters, but we’ll still look at some trends anyway.STOCK UPPhoto by Matthew Stockman/Getty ImagesThe man, the myth, the legend, Patrick Mahomes: Mahomes traded in flashy stats and big plays for resilience, grit and calm in the clutch. He willed, dragged and carried his team to victory when it seemed like it “just wasn’t their day.” This is what makes the Mahomes era different from all that preceded it. The difference between a good quarterback that you can win with and an elite franchise quarterback is not defined in the box score. It becomes clear when the game is on the line and the game plan isn’t working. Mahomes would not be denied in this game, and his teammates could see it. Next time they struggle, they’ll be that much more confident that they have a leader that won’t allow them to lose.Kareem Hunt: Speaking of determination and a will to win, the Chiefs running back reasserted himself this week. It wasn’t just that Hunt put up 121 yards or that his average yards per carry was 6.4 or that he scored a touchdown. It was how he did it that was most impressive. Running over, through and past a tough Broncos defense, breaking tackles and the backs of his opponents along the way. Hunt got the Chiefs moving on their first drive of the game with a tough 27-yard catch-and-run, and he scored to complete the comeback. This team is electric with Mahomes, but they are most effective when Hunt brings balance and toughness.Tanoh Kpassagnon: Kpassagnon is showing tremendous progress. He led the team in quarterback hurries, and certainly looks like he belongs on the field. With Dee Ford battling through a groin injury, the Chiefs need Kpassagnon in the rotation. Armani Watts: The rookie recorded his first career sack on Monday night, showing off his closing speed to get to Case Keenum. He’s still only playing 20 percent of the defensive snaps, but he has a real opportunity to increase his role as the season goes on.Others trending in the right direction: Travis Kelce, Mitchell Schwartz Authentic Chris Conley Jersey , Eric Murray, Chris Jones, Orlando Scandrick, Dee Ford, Allen BaileySTOCK DOWNIsaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY SportsAll the flags: 10 penalties this week, many at critical moments, including nine on offense. Two holding calls on Eric Fisher, illegal use of hands on Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, holding on Cam Erving and Mitch Morse and a pick-play on Kelce all threatened to derail drives and dig a hole that only Mahomes could get the offense out of. This week, he was able to do just that. But, there may come a time that Mahomes isn’t able to overcome sloppy offensive play.The dynamic duo, Anthony Hitchens and Reggie Ragland: Both of these guys have made some plays downhill in the run game. But, that’s about where the positive impact on defense has ended thus far. Neither has been very good in zone or man coverage, and Ragland’s snaps have started to decline due to health and limitations. Ron Parker: I’m sure you’ll hear more about Parker from the Nerd Squad this week, so I’ll just leave this here as a teaser.Breeland Speaks: Kpassagnon finally out-snapped Speaks 18 to 16 this week, and based on what we’ve seen on the field, that gap should only widen in the coming weeks. Speaks still looks like a defensive lineman trying to learn how to play the EDGE, he’s just not an effective linebacker at this point.Damien Williams: Granted, this was a week in which Kareem Hunt did Kareem Hunt things. But, I expected Williams to be a bigger part of the Chiefs offense at this point. He was only on the field for three snaps this week. He’s got one rushing attempt this season for zero yards, and three catches for 18 yards. A complete non-factor Womens Terrance Smith Jersey , buried behind Hunt and Ware.Others trending in the wrong direction: Marcus Kemp, Tremon Smith, tacklingSTOCK FLATJason Getz-USA TODAY SportsKendall Fuller: Fuller has been very good overall this season, but man, it would have been nice to see him hold on for a game-sealing interception against Denver. Nonetheless, he’s more of a solution than problem for the Chiefs secondary.Sammy Watkins: Watkins is going to have to prove that the injury-prone label isn’t accurate. A hamstring injury early this week didn’t help. He has shown he can be a difference maker when on the field.Others who are who we thought they were: Steven Nelson, Tyreek Hill, Justin HoustonPatrick Mahomes was six years old when Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl The most enduring reference from John Ford’s classic 1962 Western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance — a story about a young lawyer named Ransom Stoddard, who is mistakenly credited by the townspeople as the man who killed the outlaw who had been terrorizing them — was spoken by reporter Maxwell Scott, who was interviewing Stoddard many years later to get the facts of the story.After Stoddard (played by Jimmy Stewart) explains that it was Tom Doniphon (played by John Wayne) who had actually killed Liberty Valance, Stoddard asks Scott if he’s going to use the story he’s just been told.“This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”There was a bit of that going on during Wednesday’s media session at Arrowhead, in advance of Sunday’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots.Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was six years old on February 3, 2002, when New England quarterback Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl against the St. Louis Rams.So it was only natural for reporters to ask Mahomes — now 23 — about playing against the 41-year-old Brady.Mahomes was asked where he was and what he was doing when Tom Brady “stepped in for Drew Bledsoe to beat the Rams” — a reference to Brady’s first Super Bowl win.Except that’s not what actually happened.Brady replaced Bledsoe earlier that season, when he was injured in the fourth quarter of a Week 2 loss to the New York Jets.Brady started every game thereafter.But you can’t expect Mahomes to correct a reporter about something that happened when he was six.So he gamely answered the question.“I was very young,” Mahomes said. “I don’t remember those first few Super Bowls he won. I remember the Super Bowl snow game where they kicked the field goal for the win. Seeing his successes year-in and year-out as I’ve gotten older is truly special — to see all of that hard work pay off.”If you haven’t yet seen it, the video of this response is priceless.Except... Mahomes didn’t get his facts straight, either.The Patriots have never won a Super Bowl by kicking a field goal in the snow.Mahomes was apparently referring to the 2001 divisional playoff game between the Patriots and the Oakland Raiders, which was played two weeks before Brady’s first Super Bowl win.In that game — better known as the Tuck Rule Game — Patriots placekicker Adam Vinatieri kicked a 45-yard field goal from a snow-covered field to send the game into overtime Womens Reggie Ragland Jersey , and another 23-yard field goal to win the game.But I’m not here to poke Mahomes for not remembering that he’s likely only seen the Tuck Rule Game years later on tape.I just like making fun of reporters who get their facts wrong.Besides, without realizing it, Mahomes explained how he probably came to see film of this famous game.It happened when he was asked if he had spent time studying Brady.“Yes, I definitely watched a good amount of him in college,” he said. “Coach Kingsbury actually played with Tom at one point. He liked to show me some things that he did where he was in the pocket, his pocket movements and things like that. I have definitely taken some things from him. He does it at such a high level, it’s something you have to strive to be like.”When asked, Mahomes said he was looking forward to the opportunity to play “against” Brady, and took the opportunity to remind reporters the two of them wouldn’t be on the field at the same time.Mahomes in New England as the Chiefs’ backup prior to the game last season. Alex Smith was the starter.Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images“It is going to be a great opportunity. He is one of the greatest quarterbacks — if not the greatest — to ever play. I am going against their defense, but as a team we are going to go in and try to compete. They are a good team in the AFC every single year. Just to compete against one of the best teams in the league is going to be an awesome opportunity.”Still, Mahomes remains fairly matter-of-fact about what the Chiefs will face against New England.“First off, they are going to have a game plan on trying to stop some of your better guys. With us, I feel like the mentality we’ve had this entire season is that whoever is open, give them the ball and let them make the play is going to help us out a ton. They are going to do some stuff to try to confuse me, but I am going to try to maintain our game plan and keep working.”Mahomes — who is currently exceeding Brady in almost all NFL passing statistics — was asked if he considers Brady to be the best of all time.“That’s a hard question. It kind of depends on what you like. I don’t necessarily know if I have just one that I would say is the best. He’s the one who won all the championships. That’s one of the biggest parts about it.”Mahomes is exactly right about that.Brady now has five Super Bowl rings — more than any other quarterback.That would be a worthy goal for Mahomes to achieve — so that in 2035, another young quarterback can be asked about where they were and what they were doing when Patrick Mahomes won his first Super Bowl.Hopefully, he’ll mistake a dramatic Mahomes highlight he’s seen from this Sunday’s game as something that happened in a Super Bowl.Because this is the NFL.When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.