The Star’s Terez Paylor answers five postgame Twitter questions from Chiefs fans.
1. How bad is Maclin hurt?? — @Countryboi567
It is unclear. After the game, Chiefs coach Andy Reid called Jeremy Maclin’s knee injury a strain, and noted that he will have an MRI soon. He was carted off the field, but was spotted walking in the locker room under his own power, albeit with a slight limp. It’s not an ideal situation, but more will be known in coming days.
2. Can our passing attack “put the hammer down” consistently without Maclin? — @KCroyalty25
The offense certainly would not be as good without Maclin, a physically gifted player who also serves as an emotional leader. He’s opened up the Chiefs’ offense with his speed and hands, and might be the team’s offensive MVP. That’s difficult to replace, but third-round pick Chris Conley fared well Saturday, catching a touchdown, and he’s a physically gifted player with a chance to give the Chiefs some of the production they’d be missing without Maclin.
3. The O-line’s (job) ... on Watt. Did you see that coming? — @GunnNorman
No, because in the Texans’ first game against the Chiefs, Watt had nine tackles and two sacks. On Saturday, he finished with one tackle. That’s it. Some of that was due to the groin injury he sustained in the second half, but give the Chiefs — who repeatedly threw multiple bodies at Watt — credit for standing up to one of the league’s elite defensive players.
4. Patriots or Broncos, who should (the Chiefs) want to play more?? — @__Blankkk__
The safest way to predict a playoff game is to go with the team with the best coach and quarterback. That said, New England’s Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are as elite as it gets. You definitely would rather take your chances against Gary Kubiak and a banged-up Peyton Manning in Denver, where the Chiefs have already proven they can win.
5. With the way (the Chiefs) won this game, is it realistic to think this team could be Super Bowl contenders and get more respect?
If the Chiefs don’t have Maclin, the odds of that happening decrease, obviously. But you never know in the NFL. The Chiefs are red-hot, winners of 11 straight, and they couldn’t be playing this well at a better time.
22 The Chiefs won a playoff game for the first time in 22 years on Saturday. What other number can there be?