Arrowhead Pride Watch Party (Chiefs-Rams)
1. Kansas City Chiefs: (13.2 wins) AFC West Champs
With a two-game lead over the Patriots for the top seed in the AFC, the computer thinks that Kansas City’s biggest threat might end up being the Chargers.
“Have you ever had to think about throwing?”
Mahomes normally talks fast, and sounds rehearsed, praising his coaches and teammates, but he pauses now, as if this is the first time he’s thought about thinking about how much he thinks about his gifts, and says:
”Not a lot.”
I don’t recall who first raised Andy’s name to us. What I do remember is panning coaches and players and agents, and laying out our criteria for the job, and asking, “Give me the name of someone, regardless of job or title, whom you’ve met and immediately thought, ‘This guy is a great leader.’” And Andy’s name kept coming up.
Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs have a deep appreciation for Reid’s creativity. He draws up the offense for one the NFL’s hottest teams; finds new ways to harness the spectacular talent of quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Even now, in his 20th season as an NFL head coach, Reid remains a pigskin Picasso.
While Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes is the consensus favorite to win the NFL MVP, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady are the most critical quarterbacks to a point spread. That is the opinion of one respected Las Vegas oddsmaker.
Although the Chiefs are dynamic and unpredictable, they and most other offenses aren’t going to re-invent themselves at this point of the season. Rather, offenses will now expand their systems, add wrinkles into formations or give different looks. To keep up, defenses must have above-average talent across the board -- a plethora of pass rushers, linebackers who can cover and stop the run and stellar DB play. It’s not just about personnel, though, but also understanding and executing a good game plan that takes away star players.
In the video below you can hear Mahomes telling Tyreek Hill “Let’s dominate today.” He asked Dee Ford to get a couple of sacks.
My two favorite parts: Dustin Colquitt “thanking” Mahomes for giving him an opportunity to punt, and Mahomes saying “dime” each time he threw a pass while warming up before the game.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo discuss how the relocation of the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams Week 11 matchup will affect the players conditioning.
ESPN’s equipment trucks already were headed for Mexico when the network found out next Monday night’s mega-matchup between the Chiefs and Rams was being switched to Los Angeles.
And the scramble was on.
Around the league
One of the best players in the world just kissed off his age-26 season because he thought it was the smart long-term financial move. An employee used the maximum extent of his own leverage to try to gain ground in a system designed almost entirely for the benefit of the employer. If that doesn’t make us question what we thought we knew about how all of this works, that’s a missed opportunity on our part.
The 2017 NFL season was unfortunately marred by a litany of injuries to established superstars and promising newcomers, too often leaving viewers pining for excitement and excellence. Now that the majority of those players are not only healthy but also thriving, we have experienced a more entertaining, higher caliber of football in 2018.
Second jobs. Sleeping in cars. Leaning on family. It’s easy to assume that everyone in the NFL is raking in money, but that’s far from reality for practice squad players.
It’s going to be a long time before we see another offseason of unbridled quarterback activity like we did in 2018. In fact, we might never see it again, when you account for all of the trades and signings (including a bevy of recent playoff starting QBs), and then the record-tying five passers who were selected in the first round as well.
To understand the war on defense, though, one must first understand the ways in which football has changed, on multiple fronts: physically, emotionally and legislatively. According to coaches across all levels, these are the rocks that have accumulated to form an avalanche:
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The Kansas City Chiefs game against the Los Angeles Rams — originally scheduled to be played in Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca this Monday night — has been moved the Rams home field: the Los Angeles Coliseum.
We thought of five reasons why this is a good thing:
We may have seen things shift just a bit Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. The Chiefs allowed just 3.8 yards per rush — well below the NFL season average of 4.4, and way below the Chiefs average of 5.1 through Week 9.
Sometimes corporations take defensive positions when there is a downside risk that exceeds the potential upside. Coming in as an 8-1 team, the Chiefs didn’t have much to gain by beating the Cardinals — but there was plenty to lose. So in a sense, they managed risk by playing defense aggressively. The outcome was a good one, and there’s plenty of optimism that the Chiefs have built a winner in Kansas City.
Hunt seemed disappointed the game had to be moved to Los Angeles, losing out on a golden opportunity in his mind.
“Well, I certainly don’t think it’s a positive for the league,” Hunt said. “Mexico’s been a central piece to our efforts to grow the game internationally.
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