Here are the keys for a Chiefs victory as well as a scouting report on the Broncos’ coaching staff and scheme.
With the AFC West and their playoff seed clinched, the Kansas City Chiefs had the luxury of sitting starting quarterback Alex Smith and playing Mahomes in Week 17. With the score tied at 24 and 2:45 remaining on the clock, Mahomes got his first chance to shine.
The Kansas City Chiefs tight end caught up with Yahoo Sports’ Evan Doherty to look ahead to Monday night’s AFC West showdown in Denver.
The Broncos’ secondary may feel they’re in a good place, but they may also be facing the wrong team (Kansas City) at the wrong time (Monday night). Quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his fleet of weapons will test the defense’s resolve.
Tyreek Hill has emerged as the premier player under the NFL’s brightest lights with 11 touchdowns in 11 prime-time games.
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Coincidence? Not entirely. By no means does a Miller sack guarantee a victory, and, failing to record one doesn’t place a loss on Miller’s shoulder pads. But a once-in-a-generation talent like Miller prides himself on turning the game in Denver’s favor with a single pass rush. Actually, he demands it of himself.
Here’s what we’re talking about this Sunday — and probably Monday too:
Significant injuries marred what was an exciting week of NFL football. Here’s the latest on all the major injuries from our NFL Nation reporters, including the prognosis on each player for Week 5 and beyond:
The Indianapolis Colts kicker broke the NFL’s all-time record for field goals with his 42-yard field goal in the second quarter against the Houston Texans on Sunday to cut Indy’s defecit to 21-10. The Texanswent on to win 37-34 in overtime.
But with their holdouts and hold-ins, players like Earl Thomas and running back Le’Veon Bell are drawing attention to a gray area. Specifically, the space where the game’s inevitable damage to that body — from standard wear-and-tear to life-altering injuries — has long-term financial and personal consequences.
According to several sources, Koetter told his team that after Ryan Fitzpatrick’s third interception against the Steelers, Koetter nearly replaced him with backup Ryan Griffin. The coach told his team he was one or two plays away -- down 23-7 in the second quarter Monday night -- from giving the highly thought-of reserve Griffin his first opportunity to take the field in an NFL game.
Despite some speculation and scuttlebutt of a looming announcement that the league will exit the DirecTV deal early, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the decision isn’t final, and that the league ultimately may decide to stick with the current deal.
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Last week, the Arrowhead Pride staff went a perfect 12 out of 12 contributors picking the Chiefs over the 49ers. After Week 4, we will start to show the standings.
This provides a little more clarity than Berry’s injury simply being a “sore heel,” which is good, but what’s bad is there still seems to be no timetable. Remember, Berry missed nearly the entirety of the 2017 season due to a ruptured Achilles on the other leg.
We’re just a couple months away from former Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez’s induction into the team’s Hall of Fame and Ring of Honor—that will take place on December 13when the Chiefs host the Los Angeles Chargers. Gonzalez has more receiving yards and touchdowns than any other player in franchise history.
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