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Chiefs Film Review: How Steve Spagnuolo limited the Bengals’ Ja’Marr Chase

Over the past four years — a time when the league has arguably never been as talented and deep at wide receiver — the Kansas City Chiefs have faced a lot of elite wideouts. It seems that each week, there’s at least one receiver who can wreck what the Kansas City defense is doing.

While the Chiefs have tended to defend elite wide receivers pretty well, there has been one exception: the Cincinnati Bengals’ Ja’Marr Chase.

Chase blends a rare balance of speed, size, coordination and strength. He’s given Kansas City trouble more than once — but his 11-catch, 266-yard performance in Week 17 of the 2021 season was a bitter pill for the Chiefs’ defense to swallow.