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Chiefs stock watch: Which players impressed during Week 8

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The Kansas City Chiefs hosted the New York Giants for a must-win showdown on Monday Night football. The Chiefs fought through various miscues to finish the game with a 20-17 victory in Week 8 of the 2021 NFL season.

The Chiefs struggled to get things going on offense, but a good defensive effort and solid special teams play helped the team to a win in the end. Here’s a look at how the stock is trending for some players after Week 8.

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Stock Up - RB Derrick Gore

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Gore hasn’t spent much time on the Chiefs’ 53-man roster but quickly made a name for himself in the first half on Monday. The former practice squad running back went had 11 carries for 48 rushing yards, the bulk of which came on two impressive second-quarter drives, capping it off with a 3-yard touchdown. The score marked Gore’s first in the NFL after entering the game without an attempt in his career.

Stock Up - WR Tyreek Hill

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One of the lone offensive threats in Monday’s victory was Hill, as he continues to give Giants defenders headaches throughout the game. The All-Pro wide receiver finished with 12 catches on 18 targets for 94 yards and a touchdown. In the first half, Hill’s touchdown reception helped propel Kansas City in the right direction after Mahomes’ opening drive interception.

Stock Up - LB Willie Gay Jr.

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Gay Jr. had a very productive game showing more leadership in his second season. On Monday night, the young linebacker led the team with five tackles and came away with the momentum-shifting interception in the first half. The turnover immediately led to Chiefs’ points and stalled the Giants’ initial confidence.

Stock Down - Daniel Sorensen

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Sorensen’s struggles in coverage this season have been very obvious to fans as he added more lowlights in Week 8. In the first half, the veteran defensive back was burned for a penalty and deep reception to Giants wide receiver John Ross. He followed that folly with a poor job of covering tight end Evan Engram one-on-one on his way to scoring New York’s go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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