The latest glaring letdown came last Sunday night in New England, when the Chiefs had just forged a 40-all tie with 3 minutes left on Mahomes’ 75-yard touchdown toss to Tyreek Hill. Their defense proceeded to allow Tom Brady and Co. to march the length of the field, getting within range for Stephen Gostkowski to drill a point-blank field goal and give the Patriots the win.
The Chiefs’ defense hasn’t stopped much of anything this season. Entering another nationally televised Sunday Night Football game, this time against the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs rank in the bottom five of many major defensive categories: yards allowed (last), yards per play, points, rushing and passing yards.
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With the Bengals and Chiefs flexed into the spot, the evening will be capped by a meeting between two teams atop their respective divisions (the Bengals are tied with the Ravens in the AFC North but won their earlier clash) looking to get back on track after a disappointing loss to a league power (Kansas City to New England, Cincinnati to Pittsburgh) last week.
After their pass rush disappeared against the Steelers, the Bengals will need Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap to dial up more pressure against Patrick Mahomes to help cover for the 29th-ranked defense. But the Chiefs have given up the most passing yards (2,042) through six games of any team since 1940.
Tyler Boyd may seem like an obvious start to many, but those in 10-team leagues may be questioning if they should use Boyd or another stud WR this week. Boyd is in a very favorable position facing the Chiefs. What you may not realize is the Chiefs allow 6.0 receptions per game to slot WRs, the seventh-most in the NFL.
The Chiefs lost a pivotal game that might be instrumental in determining home-field advantage in the AFC, but their stock has never been higher.
The game matches two of the NFL’s worst defenses. The Bengals rank 29th overall in yards allowed, and the Chiefs are last .
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For the most part, the Chiefs are looking to run a one-gap system with their front — meaning that each defender in the box is in control of a single gap. Only rarely will both ILBs actually end up in the gap to which they are assigned pre-snap, but that’s just due to reading blocks and flowing with the RB; it becomes a process of elimination for at least one ILB on any given play.
Should Ford continue to play at a high level through this season, will the Chiefs be able to sign him to a long-term contract? Or will they — like the Cowboys — be forced to use the franchise tag to keep Ford on the roster?
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