Chiefs’ JuJu Smith-Schuster credits team chemistry to Call of Duty session: ‘Kinda just showed on the field’
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster credited Sunday’s win over the San Francisco 49ers to the team’s “chemistry” and “energy” on the field but where that was all built might surprise fans.
During his postgame presser, Smith-Schuster repeatedly praised the Chiefs’ ability to connect as a unit and the trust Patrick Mahomes is building with the offense that allowed him to spread the ball out in the Chiefs’ 43-23 rout of the Niners.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster makes a catch against the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 23, 2022, at Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
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Smith-Schuster, who has had over 100 receiving yards and a touchdown in each of the last two games, said what he believes made it all click together on Sunday was a gaming session on Friday night with Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
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“You want to talk about chemistry and trust? We started in Dallas (in offseason) and worked out there. “We came here and worked out at camp, built that chemistry… but now I’m going tell you what gave us the chemistry we needed for this game,” he said.
“I think it was Friday night, it was me, Pat, Travis, and MVS – we were playing Call of Duty together. We were playing Warzone, and we played three games. We won three consecutive games… It’s very difficult to win a game of Warzone or Call of Duty. You could see the communication and chemistry between us all, it was almost like playing a game.
Kansas City Chiefs’ Justin Watson, right, celebrates with JuJu Smith-Schuster after catching a touchdown pass against the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 23, 2022.
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He continued: “It kind of just led into this game. It just kinda showed on the field.
Mahomes threw for 423 yards and three touchdowns to rally Kansas City back from an early double-digit deficit. Kelce was 6-of-8 for 98 yards and Valdes-Scantling had his best performance of the season so far, going 3-of-4 for 111 yards. Smith-Schuster stated that it was simply the hard work they’re putting into it. “I believe it’s the chemistry, Pat getting to trust us all and to get the ball where it needs and for us to make the play,” Smith-Schuster said.
Mecole Hardman celebrates with Patrick Mahomes of the Chiefs after catching a touchdown pass against the 49ers on Oct. 23, 2022.
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The Chiefs averaged 10. 17 yards per play and had eight gains of at least 20 yards on eight drives with Mahomes in the game.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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