Kansas City Chiefs: DL Leonard Williams
The Chiefs frontline resembled a brick wall against the Broncos ground attack, but one solid performance isn’t a long-term cure for the team’s poor run defense. Before Thursday’s outing, Kansas City allowed at least 180 rushing yards in four consecutive contests.
For the long term, Veach must acquire another component to the defensive front to complement Frank Clark and Chris Jones, specifically on run downs. Williams can line up in multiple spots, and he’s physical at the point of attack in short-yardage situations.
Alongside Clark and Jones, Williams could win his one-on-one matchups and give opponents headaches in the trenches. He has the ability to add brute force and power on the interior.
“The biggest thing is making sure we don’t act uncharacteristically here going forward,” Kelce said. “Everyone just does their job and we keep trying to win football games.”
Kelce also credited the team’s confidence that backup quarterback Matt Moore “could come in and win game for us.” He shared what sparks that confidence.
“His experience,” Kelce said. “Believe it or not, at the quarterback position that means a lot. Especially in this offense where we’re asking the quarterback to do a lot of things.”
The Chiefs will survive Mahomes’ absence
The verdict: NOT AN OVERREACTION. Look, it absolutely stinks Mahomes has to miss any amount of time at all. He’s breathtaking to watch -- the game and the league are better when he’s on the field -- and no matter whom you root for, you can’t be happy he is hurt. But look at what has happened around the injury. The Chiefs finished the game that very night and beat the division-rival Broncos. The Raiders’ and Chargers’ losses Sunday left 5-2 Kansas City as the only AFC West team with a winning record.
Pederson harkened back to the 2015 season when he was the offensive coordinator for Andy Reid’s Kansas City Chiefs to prove that there is still hope in a season that has quickly gone off he rails. The Chiefs won 10 straight after that disastrous start.
“I see a lot of the same similarities where we are,” said Pederson less than 24 hours after the Eagles lost 37-10 in a primetime game. “We’re only 3-4 and we’re still a game out of first place in our division here with a lot of football left.
“Obviously the sense of urgency has to pick up from the standpoint of each week becomes a little more important, but we have the guys in the locker room, I got the coaches on this staff to get it done and that’s what well do.”
“I didn’t let my early-season struggles get to me,” Ragland said. “I knew just had to keep going and be the best version of myself.”
That was evident on social media, where Ragland kept on posting upbeat messages.
“Better days are ahead,” Ragland tweeted from his account on Sept. 14 after not playing in the Chiefs’ opener at Jacksonville.
The Chicago Bears cannot succeed with Mitch Trubisky.
This is an absolute fact. And the fact is, I predicted the Saints, even without Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara, would march into Chicago and win this game because they have the better coach and the better quarterback. Trubisky was terrible yet again in Chicago’s 36-25 loss, a game that wasn’t even as close as the final score might indicate. The third-year quarterback consistently misses makeable throws. Forget about comparing Mitch to 2017 draft classmates Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson, both of whom were selected after Trubisky. Teddy Bridgewater was the best quarterback on the field Sunday. And honestly, Chase Daniel looks like the best Bears gunslinger at the moment.
1. Marcus Peters, who got quite the INTroduction* to Baltimore, and the rest of the Ravens suddenly-scary defense
Russell Wilson hadn’t thrown an interception since December 2018 until Peters jumped this floater of an out route and turned it into an easy six points. A consistent performance from a notably inconsistent cover corner would be a major boon for the Ravens. They came into Week 7 allowing 8.1 yards per pass — 26th in the league. On Sunday, they held an MVP frontrunner to a season-low 5.9 yards per attempt.
Peters was from the only person responsible for Baltimore’s leveled-up performance. Earl Thomas, facing his former team for the first time, didn’t get many opportunities to strike back at Wilson Sunday but still came up with five tackles, despite a Seattle offense that tended to push plays away from him. Multiple teammates would later cite the safety as their extra motivation behind Sunday’s upset win.
The running back has been permitted by the NFL to rejoin the team and begin practicing with them Monday. Hunt will be allowed to return to game action in Week 10, when the Browns host the Buffalo Bills.
Hunt has spent the first half of the season recovering from sports hernia surgery, which he underwent near the end of the preseason, while also serving an eight-game suspension imposed on him by the NFL due to his off-field incidents committed while he was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.
But his rushing workload has to be a concern. He has 83 carries over seven games, not far behind team leader Mark Ingram, who has 99. He’s everything for the Ravens, and they need him healthy in the playoffs.
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When accounting for Moore starting on Sunday night against the Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, the Elo model pretty much agrees with the bookmakers, saying Green Bay should be a 5.5 point favorite — compared to the Chiefs being favored by 2.5 under the traditional Elo model. In fact, the quarterback-adjusted model predicts the Chiefs would be 3-point underdogs against the Minnesota Vikings the following week and 1.5-point ‘dogs against the Tennessee Titans in Week 10. The Chiefs, however, would be favored by six points against the Los Angeles Chargers in Mexico City.