Most of these players will likely play on Sunday, but were held out or limited as nothing more than precautions. But it should be noted that Ben Roethlisberger was a full participant at practice, something he hasn’t done on Wednesdays in the past few weeks. Nonetheless, with his play headed south, the team thought it might be best for him to get as many reps as possible heading into the biggest game of the season.
Houston had seen this look before. It’s on tape several times. They’d seen Hunt motion into the backfield and into that frequently used formation. They were ready for it. Except they assumed. As Hunt starts his motion, nose tackle DJ Reader and ILB Benardrick McKinney were communicating adjustments as the ball was being snapped.
As the only undefeated team left in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs are clearly the best in the west right now. However, the Denver Broncos are nipping no their heels after five weeks. It’s a two horse race.
Frankly, the Chiefs have a history of regular season prowess and then find ways to falter come January. The Broncos could be the spoiler that ruins their hopes and dreams, which would be glorious.
What sticks out here is that Smith’s best numbers come when the team is losing. You might not be fond of box score analysis when it comes to QBs—that’s totally fair—but the Chiefs are undefeated. This isn’t, for example, Deshaun Watson racking up garbage time yards at the end of Sunday night’s game.
“It’s kind of funny because everybody here is a big Chiefs fan,” Butker said in a phone interview Tuesday. “We’ll be talking, ‘Did you see the game last night?’ ‘Yeah, I did.’ ‘Were you at the game?’ I’m, like, ‘Yeah.’ ‘Oh, I wasn’t able to make it, but I heard it was awesome.’ Then they’ll be, like, ‘The kicker was great, the rookie kicker.’ I’ll have to say who I am. ‘You’re Harrison Butker?’”
In the second half of the show, David and I are joined once again by Adam Teicher, who covers the Chiefs for ESPN.com. As usual, we get the thoughts of our guest on the upcoming game and Adam gives his insights on the Chiefs offensive, defensive and special teams units along with what he things might happen Sunday in Kansas City.
Etta-Tawo, who rewrote the single-season receiving section of SU's record book in his lone season with the Orange, was cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars three weeks ago. He signed in Jacksonville shortly after going unselected in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Playing for Syracuse last season, Etta-Tawo caught 94 passes for 1,482 yards and 14 touchdowns. He arrived as a grad transfer from Maryland.
It’s not unusual, for instance, to see the two engage in a spirited game of 1-on-1 in the Chiefs’ locker room –– there’s a basketball hoop above one door –– or yell at each other during games for motivation.
“We get juice from each other when I’m not on the field and he’s on the field, or even when I’m doing special teams stuff and he’s not,” Robinson said. “We juice each other up.”
The Chiefs got one player back. Outside linebacker Dee Ford, who has missed the previous two games because of a back injury, was a full practice participant Wednesday.
Tight end Travis Kelce missed practice because of a concussion — he didn’t play in the second half against Houston — and he’s in the concussion protocol, according to Reid.
“He’s doing very well,” Reid said.
The Chiefs practice on Wednesday in preparation for the Steelers on Sunday.
But the Steelers (3-2) faced Kansas City twice last season and Roethlisberger threw for 554 yards, five touchdown passes and just one interception in 58 attempts, or just three more than he attempted Sunday in a 30-9 loss to Jacksonville.
“We’re getting ready to play a future Hall of Fame player,” said Kansas City head coach Andy Reid. “We don’t care what anybody says. That’s what we’re getting ready for.”
Kareem Hunt and Le'veon Bell will be crucial to Chiefs vs. Steelers Week 6 matchup.
"I think you have to enjoy the wins," Smith said. "If you're not enjoying the process, there's a problem. You're not doing it for all the right reasons. You invest so much with your teammates and your guys and everybody here that when you do have success, you do need to enjoy it and certainly this team does that.