After Kansas City Chiefs’ loss to Packers, where are the reliable targets for Mahomes?

The Chiefs entered this season with a 16-game winning streak in regular-season games against NFC teams.

But with Sunday’s 27-19 road loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Chiefs fell to 2-3 against the NFC this season.

They beat the Vikings and Bears and lost to the Lions, Eagles and Packers.

Here is our assessment of a defeat that dropped the Chiefs’ overall record to 8-4:


Nobody plays harder than Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco. He rushed for 110 yards in Sunday’s Week 13 game, the second-best total of his two-year career, and was the best thing the Chiefs had going on offense.

But Pacheco hurt himself, and the Chiefs, when he was penalized and disqualified for throwing a punch with less than a minute to play.

Next: The Chiefs, who have played one home game since Oct. 22 — back in Week 7 — return to GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium to face the Buffalo Bills. The game kicks off at 3:25 p.m. and will be broadcast on CBS (Channel 5 in Kansas City).


Passing offense: D

Red zone offense, a problem earlier in the season, was abysmal in the first half because the Chiefs couldn’t finish with a touchdown.

The Chiefs reached the Packers 5- and 8-yard lines on their first two possessions. They came away with field goals because the offensive line couldn’t protect Mahomes. He took a total of three sacks on those two possessions.

Also, Creed Humphrey was called for holding on the second drive. And except for a kneel-down to end the half, that was it for Chiefs’ first-half possessions.

That fourth quarter misconnect between Mahomes and Marquez Valdes-Scantling was a head-scratcher. The Patrick Mahomes interception on the ball intended for Skyy Moore, where it appeared Moore stopped running on his route and the Packers defender made a great play on the ball in the air, was a killer.

Rushing offense: A

The Chiefs’ first drive of the second half looked doomed a couple of times, but one reason it continued was Pacheco’s effort. At one point, he left the game with what looked like a knee injury But he was back a couple of plays later and got the 1-yard touchdown run.

Pacheco and the running game are swinging the balance of the Chiefs’ offense. Should the Chiefs become more run-first?

Passing defense: D

Packers QB Jordan Love, making his 11th start, has had a hot hand recently, and that continued Sunday. He completed his first nine passes and tossed a touchdown to end the Packers’ first two drives. The Chiefs weren’t getting pressure and the secondary was getting torched.

His best completion came on a ball the Chiefs should have better defended. On a fourth-and-1 from the KC 44, a pressured Love lobbed a deep pass to the middle of the field against a zero blitz. Somehow, no Chiefs defender responded in time for the breakup, and the Packers were two plays away from Love tossing his third touchdown pass.

The Chiefs finally started to get some pressure in the second half and Mike Danna came up with a sack. But Love controlled the game enough to give the Packers, who had upset the Lions on Thanksgiving Day, their second straight signature victory.

Rushing defense: C

The Chiefs let Patrick Taylor get away for a 27-yard run but were solid here most of the game. AJ Dillon worked hard for his 73 yards and the Packers went for 129 yards as a team.

Special teams: A

Harrison Butker is special. The Chiefs placekicker’s two field goals and extra point Sunday night kept him perfect on the season — 51 kicks in all. In his only punt of the night, Tommy Townsend launched a 58-yard boomer that was wonderfully covered by Kansas City’s Charmarri Conner.