Last week, Dream Foundation made Felipe’s dream come true. For the first time, he boarded a plane and arrived at Arrowhead Stadium Saturday night. Steve was with him the entire time.
“Getting to Arrowhead was a sight amongst itself,” he said. "When we were on the field before the game, Alex Smith pointed to us. He was just so happy. He had the biggest smile on his face and that made his trip.”
But the next morning, after watching his Chiefs dominate the Los Angeles Charges, Felipe passed away in the hotel room.
Jenkins was impressed by Nunez-Roches’ spirit and wide grin, which was only reinforced by the max effort Jenkins soon after watched Nunez-Roches give on the practice field. That’s when Jenkins realized he was watching a special person.
“You can tell the guy loves football –– that really sets the tone for a D-line,” Jenkins said. “It’s a mentality. Everybody in the league can play, but you’ve got to have at least one guy that gives you a little bit of motivation. That’s one thing he brings to the team and that’s why he’s so valuable.”
If he reaches both 40 yards receiving and 104 yards rushing on Sunday, he’d become just the second running back in NFL history to have 1,305+ yards rushing and 480+ yards receiving in their rookie season.
Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry for the third year in a row visited the cancer treatment area of the hospital, where thousands of gifts were unloaded for children.
“When I was born, fireworks were popping and everything,” he said, with his nearly perpetual look of bemusement and adding, “It was a day of independence, and this beautiful spirit came into the world to not only change this world but do it in such a way that he brightens things around him.”
"They're always kind of the underappreciated group on offense," Smith said. "Those guys work really hard and take a lot of pride in what they do. They're a tight-knit group. Just a small token here this time of year, just try to let them know how much I appreciate him."
“Probably 36, 38,” Butker said when asked the coldest conditions in which he kicked. “I heard it’s going to be in the 20s but it shouldn’t be an issue.”
The coldest game in which Butker kick in college might be a few degrees colder than he remembers. His Georgia Tech team played Mississippi in the Music City Bowl in Nashville during his freshman season in 2013. The temperature peaked at 32 degrees at kickoff. Butker hit a field goal from 38 yards along with two extra points in a 25-17 loss.
"We just want to win a game. That's what we're looking forward to," said Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake, who has flourished down the stretch. "We're trying to go up to play a great Kansas City team in a great environment with great fans, so we're just trying to go get a tough win."
T Sam Young vs. Edge Justin Houston – Houston has been great once again in 2017, ranking 12th out of 115 qualified edge defenders with an overall grade of 88.2. He has 48 total pressures from the left side, which is the third-most among 49 qualified 3-4 outside linebackers. He will go up against Sam Young, who is coming off a phenomenal performance against Buffalo, allowing only one hurry in 55 pass-blocking snaps for an overall game grade of 82.0.
The next question is which of those two teams would the Ravens rather play? The inexperienced Jaguars or playoff tested Chiefs?
Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium is one of the toughest — and loudest — venues to play in when it comes to NFL stadiums. That’s not a hostile environment that you’d want to step into, nor one you'd expect to be an ideal launching point for a deep playoff run.
Nagy, on the other hand, will be new to the process but, because of his responsibilities in Kansas City and the success that Los Angeles Rams rookie Head Coach Sean McVay has had this year, Nagy could very well be a head coach within the next six weeks. I use McVay as an example because he is young and relatively inexperienced as far as years in the league, yet he has been able to turn the Rams around in one season.
“I’m a big fan of his so I would tell you, sure, I thought he should have been in," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “But that’s neither here nor there. It doesn’t matter what I say. But he sure has had a great year."
The one thing I would change is Eric Berry’s injury. I just wrote about him yesterday and two have two posts in two days on a player that was put on IR months ago really says it all. I can’t help but think what this season would be like if Berry were here. Do the Chiefs go on that losing streak? Does the defense give up 38 points to Josh “Tom Brady” McCown?