The Chiefs’ game against the Cardinals is devoid of the juicy storylines that we’ve seen the last couple of weeks, but there are still a couple players who are worth watching a little closer than others.
No. 3 Josh Rosen, QB
21 years old, 6-4, 218 pounds, 1st season
For the second week in a row, the Chiefs are facing a rookie quarterback playing for a new offensive coordinator. This time around, they’ll take on Josh Rosen, who’s been working with Byron Leftwich since Mike McCoy was relieved of his OC duties a month ago. Leftwich, who was Rosen’s quarterback coach, energized Rosen and the offense in the Cards’ last game before the bye. Rosen had two fourth-quarter touchdowns in their comeback win against the 49ers, showing some improvement. For the season, he has six interceptions and five touchdown throws.
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No. 21 Patrick Peterson, CB
28 years old, 6-1, 203 pounds, 8th season
The good news: Patrick Peterson is finally making it to Kansas City. The bad news: He’s doing it in a Cardinals uniform. Peterson, who requested a trade before the deadline and whipped up a frenzy in KC, ultimately chose to remain in Arizona. Now he’s having to settle back into his role as a leader on the defense after that tumultuous stretch. The seven-time Pro Bowler has two interceptions this season, including one two weeks ago against the Broncos. He’s also ranked as Pro Football Focus’ No. 7 corner this season. He’ll likely be lined up against Sammy Watkins, if Watkins plays on Sunday.
No. 49 Daniel Sorensen, S
28 years old, 6-2, 208 pounds, 5th season
This is primed to be Sorensen’s first game active this season. Sorensen officially came off the injured reserve list at the beginning of the week. He’s been on it since training camp, when he sustained a left tibia plateau fracture. After Friday’s practice, he was listed as questionable to play against the Cardinals. But all signs point to him playing Sunday on a limited snap count. Keep an eye on his amount of playing time and how it impacts the safety rotation. Earlier this week, defensive coordinator Bob Sutton seemed to indicate that Sorensen’s return may result in a reduced role for Jordan Lucas.
No. 15 Patrick Mahomes, QB
23 years old, 6-3, 230 pounds, 2nd season
Mahomes is on the cusp of playing in his 10th game this season, and he’s only two touchdown passes away from breaking Len Dawson’s single-season Chiefs touchdown record, set in 1964 . Seriously. Mahomes comes into Sunday’s game with 29 touchdown passes through the first 10 weeks of the season. He’s one away from tying the record and two from breaking it, and he’ll be going against a defense that’s allowed nine passing touchdowns this season.