Toughest opposing defenses
The Patrick Mahomes-led Chiefs offense exploded for 66 touchdowns last season, but the combination of history and the league’s toughest fantasy schedule suggest a return to earth is on the horizon. Incredibly, 12 of the Chiefs’ 16 games will be against defenses projected to be better than average. Their toughest showdowns will come against the Bears, Vikings and Jaguars, but life won’t be much easier against the Chargers (twice), Broncos (twice), Titans, Texans, Colts, Patriots and Ravens. A pair of games against the Raiders are the only matchups that stand out as clear upgrades for this offense.
Kansas City Chiefs (-5.5, 52.5 O/U) at Jacksonville Jaguars
Full schedule | Predicted record: 11-5
The Chiefs need to get off to a strong start. Just one of their first four games is against a 2018 playoff team and that one opponent is Baltimore, which is in transition. Read the analysis from Adam Teicher.
1) Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 27 at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC
This is why you love football. This is why you love sports. Aaron Rodgers against Patrick Mahomes for the first time. Arguably the most talented quarterback ever against the quarterback who could eventually challenge him for that title. MVP past vs. MVP present.
Add in the insane energy of a night game in Arrowhead? Nothing more needs to be said about this game. Just get me to October 27th. NOW!
Patrick Mahomes threw several perfect, on-schedule completions every week last year, but the plays that viewers saw again and again were the ones when he ran around and made magic. That sort of playmaking is important too, but on a very ancillary level. Case in point: How many plays like that does Brady, the GOAT, make each season? Two? Three?
Brady rarely makes crazy off-schedule plays because he grades an A+ in the other vital NFL quarterbacking trait, which is the one that’s talked about even less frequently: pocket poise.
The Packers’ first-ever Super Bowlchampionship came against the Chiefs in Super Bowl 1. As for the present, this game also features a thrilling matchup between quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes.
The Chiefs’ new pass-rushing style won’t revolve around speed off the edge and collapsing the pocket. Instead, it will be based on a combination of shooting gaps, disguising where pressure is coming from, and power.
The new-look defensive line will be asked to play behind the line of scrimmage rather than merely holding it. With that in mind, here are some fits for the Chiefs...
Chase Litton may be two spots behind NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes on the Kansas City Chiefs depth chart, but this backup to the backup is still putting in the hard work this offseason.
“We are proud to continue our unique partnership with Patrick and his family,” Airshare’s chief marketing officer, Andy Tretiak, in a news release. “While his performance on the field has been incredible, his genuine and engaging personality is what really makes him a great ambassador for our brand. We are thrilled to play a role in helping him manage his demanding schedule, while providing more time for him to spend with friends and family.”
Around the league
Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz says there’s a difference between what the players look for, and what the fans do.
Although the NFL hasn’t previously scheduled a Thanksgiving night rematch, Saints-Falcons is an intriguing game that has a good chance to have implications for the NFC South race late in the season, so it’s unsurprising the NFL would want to give it a big platform.
In a video tweeted out by the New England Patriots on Wednesday, Gronkowski is seen showcasing his best batting stance with the Lombardi Trophy during the Red Sox’s Opening Day last week. Yes, that Lombardi Trophy.
Based on Wednesday’s filings to a Texas court, the league has about $48.4 million in liabilities—including about $9.6 million owed to creditors—but only about $11.4 million in assets.
“The next deal was going to be the place where, Hey, if we’re going to be in Seattle, wherever it’s going to be, I want to make sure that’s where I’m going to be for the next 10-12 years hopefully,” Wilson said Wednesday, a day after signing the $140 million, four-year contract extension that made him the highest-paid player in the NFL. “That was kind of my mindset, from (age) 30 to 40. And then you reassess, you add on, and everything else. But the reality was for the next 10 years.”
The idea to give players a few additional days to work on technique before full-contact practices begin in camp sprang from a meeting of coaches, league officials, game officials, current and former players and NFL Players Association officials that was focused on how to make the game safer for offensive and defensive linemen.
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
The Kansas City Chiefs’ 2019 NFL schedule has officially been released.
According to the article, Nelson said he felt support from inside the locker room, but with the team finishing 31st in yards allowed, fans felt differently. And to them, cornerbacks were an easy target.
“I kind of felt like I was shaded,” Nelson said about his time there. “I just felt like it was a slap in the face. A lot of people didn’t really know what was going on there. A lot of players took the heat.”
What if the Chiefs trade out of the first round?
Trading back seven spots gives the Chiefs an early fourth-round pick. The Chiefs could spread value across five picks in the top 105 and give themselves an additional chance to get a solid contributor. It also gives them flexibility to move up in the second or third round.
Follow Arrowhead Pride on Social Media
AP Facebook Page: Click here to like our page
AP Instagram: Follow @ArrowheadPride
AP Twitter: Follow @ArrowheadPride
AP Editor-in-Chief: Pete Sweeney: Follow @pgsween
610 Sports Twitter: Follow @610SportsKC