NFL Snap Reactions (2022): Week One

I’m retiring the Check-down Check-up’s Confidence Index. Don’t get me wrong, I love being long-winded and in-depth with my football analysis, but it’s just not viable for today’s gotta-have-it-now world. For all that happens in the NFL, you just can’t keep up with everything. You shouldn’t be expected to have to wade through all the muck of the NFL season to figure out what’s really important. So, I’ve taken the liberty of doing that sifting work for you. These are my five most knee-jerkish snap reactions (get it, like how you snap a football? I’m hilarious) from week one of the 2022 NFL season.

NOTE: I write this column during Sunday Night Football every week. Thus, anything during Monday Night Football will not be covered.

The Chiefs Are Still The Chiefs

People seriously thought the Kansas City Chiefs were going to sputter without Tyreek Hill, and I have never understood this. Tyreek Hill is like a really good pizza topping. He’s a super high quality pepperoni, or some freshly sun-dried tomatoes. He’s awesome, and you’d love to have him (at least on the field, but we won’t get into that right now), and he really does elevate the ceiling of this particular pizza due to his exceptionally tasty field-stretching abilities. But the pizza can exist, even succeed, without his services.

Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes are the dough. The pizza does not exist without them, and they showed that for the whole sixty minutes on Sunday afternoon during their trip to State Farm Stadium. The Chiefs laid waste to Arizona to the tune of a 44-21 win that wasn’t nearly as close as that final score says. The defense held their own, but five touchdowns from Mahomes was the high-quality dough that the entire affair was built on. Same as it ever was, really. Now I want some pizza.

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