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Chiefs headlines for Wednesday, September 5.

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Chiefs at Chargers Betting Preview: Chargers Hype Has Gone Too Far | Sports Illustrated

In the eight consecutive games the Chiefs have played and won against their division rival since then, they’ve outscored the Chargers by an average margin of more than 12 points per game. Each of the past three games Kansas City has played and won against the Chargers on the road have been decided by 10 or more points, with the Chiefs winning by an average of 18 points per game. And if you need a betting system to convince you to back the Chiefs here, consider that in the first two weeks of a season, teams that closed the prior season with back-to-back wins but failed to make the playoffs are 4-23-2 ATS since the start of 2009.

Without this mentor, Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill wonders if he might have been ‘another lost piece’ | The Wichita Eagle

Jerry Hill is “the why” because he counseled Tyreek when he was a teen seeking direction and helped him believe in himself and realize he could — and should — venture out from his home in Pearson, a 3.4-square mile town of just over 2,000 people about 220 miles southeast of Atlanta.

It’s a place with what might be called a gravitational hold. “Crabs in the barrel,” Tyreek Hill’s father, Derrick Shaw, told The Star in a 2016 interview, alluding to the notion of people there trying to pull back anyone who tries to climb out.

It’s a place that now bears a sign touting it as HOME OF TYREEK HILL #10 NFL KANSAS CITY CHIEFS.

Chiefs players visit KC’s Ronald McDonald House to team up for day of fun | Fox 4 Kansas City

On Tuesday, Chiefs players spent their day off meeting children and their families at the Ronald McDonald House. Five players became coaches for the day and teamed up with kids to participate in a relay race, water balloon toss and pie eating contest. See more of the fun in the video player above.

A-Z For This Year’s Chiefs | 610 Sports Radio

Training camp is over, the regular season starts on Sunday. Fescoe in the Morning gives you the primer on the 2018 Chiefs from A-Z.

Runs in the Family | ESPN

Kansas City Chiefs running backs coach Deland McCullough went searching for his biological parents. He found them where he never would have expected.

Recently signed Ron Parker appears poised to start season opener for the Chiefs | Kansas City Star

Parker, who the Chiefs released in March, rejoined the team on Sunday after having signed with Atlanta this offseason. Atlanta cut Parker on Friday after trading to acquire veteran safety Jordan Richards in a trade.

Good and lucky: How Patrick Mahomes wound up in Kansas City, quarterbacking the Chiefs | Kansas City Chiefs

It’s an absurd weight. So far, Mahomes’ life has been a string of lucky breaks made good through supernatural talent and confidence and work. That’s been enough to get him here, but he’s never gone against something like this.

“He was meant to do this,” said Pat Mahomes, Patrick’s father. “You’re going to see some stuff this year you’ve never seen before.”

2018 NFL Predictions: MVP and all the award winners, with a surprising breakout player, team | CBS Sports

2018 playoff team that could struggle

Kansas City Chiefs – I love Patrick Mahomes and think he will be a star. But there will be growing pains and the defense isn’t good enough.

NFL Power Rankings, Week 1: Khalil Mack trade boosts Bears | NFL

RANK 17: CHIEFS

Previous rank: No. 17

So, you might have heard that the offense is going to be high-flyin’ and the defense is going to suck. I am not here to dispel that notion. The secondary needed more time to play together in the preseason. Maybe not in the Bears game, though. Whoa, that was ugly. Nothing about Patrick Mahomes is. He will suffer through a few hiccups, but these Chiefs should move the ball like the Green-Priest-Gonzalez group from the early 2000s.

Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings: Position-by-Position Outlook for Season Opener | Bleacher Report

Standard League, Top-10 Rankings and Projections

Quarterback

3. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers, vs. Kansas City Chiefs: 285 yards, 3 TDs

Running Back

5. Melvin Gordon, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs: 115 rushing yards, 1 TD

6. Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers: 91 rushing yards, 1 TD

Wide Receiver

7. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs: 6 catches, 90 yards, 1 TD

Tight Ends

2. Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers: 7 catches, 105 yards, 1 TD

Placekickers

7. Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs

Prescott, Kupp among top current value picks in fantasy football drafts | ESPN

Trey Burton, TE, Chicago Bears (WR11)

I assume that Burton’s ADP remains low because he is best known for throwing (not catching) a touchdown in the Super Bowl, and he joins a Bears offense that was an unabashed mess last season. Forget about that. He’s a good athlete, the Bears paid him $22 million guaranteed to be their top pass-catching tight end, and their offense is now run by Travis Kelce’s former offensive coordinator. Furthermore, he and second-year QB Mitchell Trubisky seem to have developed some early chemistry. Didn’t go for Kelce early? Take a flier on Burton later on.

Apparel guide: Top NFL players on new teams in 2018 | SB Nation

Sammy Watkins: Kansas City Chiefs

After spending just one season with the Rams, Watkins signed a three-year, $48 million deal with the Chiefs. If the 25-year-old stays healthy, he could play a big role in the Chiefs’ offense and be a huge asset to Patrick Mahomes in his first season as a starting quarterback.

Around the league

NFL issues statement on Colin Kaepernick, says the issues raised deserve ‘attention and action’ | CBS Sports

Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have an NFL team, but his name is still a hotbed of conversation. Kaepernick -- who will have his collusion grievance against NFL ownersfor allegedly blackballing him from the NFL go to court -- was added to Nike’s “Just Do It” campaign on Monday, eliciting strong reactions. On Tuesday, the NFL released a statement on Kaepernick.

Pizza Hut is trying to cash in on NFL fans by taking the opposite approach of Papa John’s and Nike | Business Insider

Pizza Hut’s game plan involves a new NFL-centric rewards program and themed pizza boxes. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster are starring in Pizza Hut’s first national NFL television campaign.

Abandoned On The Street As A Child, Player Makes NFL Final Roster | NPR

It’s a long shot for most any football player to make a final NFL roster. But Efe Obada, who found out Saturday that he made the Carolina Panthers’ 53-man roster, has been through more obstacles than most.

As he has recounted, the Nigerian-born defensive end was 10 when he was brought to London “by a stranger that was supposed to look after me and my sister” – then, the children were almost immediately abandoned and left to take care of themselves.

Why Giants will open season as one of NFL’s mystery teams | NY Post

When the move that sends the strongest reverberations through the organization is the discarding of a 23-year old quarterback who has never played in an NFL game, and whose presence on the field this season, via a Manning injury, would have been met with doomsday projections, the ensuing tremors are real, but not seismic.

Steelers players not worried about Le’Veon’s absence | NFL

“It won’t be a distraction. We’re seasoned for that, I think. I just think where we want to get to, the goals we have in mind, that stuff will be under the rug. If he comes on this journey, he comes on this journey. We put him in the backseat, strap him in and be ready to go.”

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Chiefs sign swing tackle Cam Erving to contract extension

The Kansas City Chiefs unofficially demoted offensive lineman Cam Erving to a backup swing-tackle role when they released their depth chart on Monday night; on Tuesday, they extended his contract.

How Patrick Mahomes can make up for the extra turnovers that will come with his style of play

The questions: If Mahomes is going to throw more interceptions than Smith, what must the team do to counter the negative effects? How many more touchdowns will the Chiefs offense need to produce to counter the negative effects? Is it even feasible for Mahomes to accomplish such a task?

I’ve scoured the internet for answers to these questions, and none were found, so I went looking on my own.

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