Don’t sleep on This Year’s Rookie Running Back Class | The Ringer
In any case, Edwards-Helaire’s career has gotten off to a quick start. He’s currently second to Derrick Henry in rushing yards (505) on the year, and leads the entire NFL in yards from scrimmage (682) through six weeks. Both Henry (134.4) and Alvin Kamara (135.2) have averaged more scrimmage yards per game, but each has played only five games to CEH’s six. The only thing that’s really been missing from Edwards-Helaire’s performance is his ability to get into the end zone. He’s notched just one touchdown in six games―a number that’s likely due more to variance than anything else: He had a handful of TDs called back to penalty and has been stuffed at the goal line a few times, too.
I expect that despite the Chiefs signing Le’Veon Bell, CEH will remain the lead back for the team going forward. Even if he’s forced to share more of the workload (Bell could cut into some of Edward-Helaire’s passing down and goal-line work), the touchdowns are coming―and don’t be surprised if they come in bunches.
Can Drew Lock and the Broncos keep pace with the Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs? | Mile High Report (Denver Broncos SB Nation site)
1st and 10
The Chiefs’ defense will always play second fiddle to Mahomes’ aerial circus, but they are really good this year. The pass defense in particular has me worried. How have they done so well with the issues at cornerback to start the season?
Stout: Steve Spagnuolo has typically done more with less at the cornerback position than most defensive coaches, and that’s because it’s a very friendly scheme to the boundary defenders.
Tyrann Mathieu, Juan Thornhill, and Dan Sorensen clog the middle zones, and Mathieu in particular is scary in a “robber” role for most quarterbacks. That helps to take away the middle of the field and force more throws to the boundary or short of the sticks. When offenses become more one-dimensional in where they’re willing to attack, it makes cornerback leverage easier on the outside and forces more timing-based throws, rather than relying on longer-developing route concepts.
The Chiefs just got Bashaud Breeland back in the lineup, and look to have athletic rookie L’Jarius Sneed — who started Weeks 1-3 and looked terrific — back soon off of IR. With the Chiefs pass-rush looking spry thus far this season, we might actually see the Chiefs get better than their currently-third-ranked pass defense.
Register for Tyrann Mathieu speaking series to curb violence in Louisiana youth | KALB
The former LSU standout and current Kansas City Chiefs safety is teaming up with TRUCE, a Baton Rouge-based non-profit, to launch a bi-weekly speaking series called The Shift. The series is aimed at helping at-risk youth towards a positive and productive lifestyle.
The Honey Badger holds Zoom-based events with children from all over to establish meaningful connections and deep conversations.
Chiefs vs Broncos Point Spread, Over/Under, Moneyline and Betting Trends for NFL Week 7 | Sports Grid
Chiefs vs Broncos Point Spread
The Broncos are 9.5-point home underdogs. The Chiefs are 9.5-point road favorites, with -114 odds to cover the spread. Denver has -106 odds to cover.
Chiefs vs Broncos Over/Under
The over/under for the Chiefs vs Broncos Week 7 matchup is set at 45.5 total points, with even -110 odds on both sides. Notably, the potential for snow could have a huge impact on the total in this one.
QB Index, Week 7: Change at No. 1; Tom Brady rises into top 10 | NFL.com
3 - Patrick Mahomes
Kansas City Chiefs · Year 4
2020 stats: 6 games | 65.8 pct | 1,699 pass yds | 7.8 ypa | 15 pass TD | 1 INT | 165 rush yds | 2 rush TD | 0 fumbles lost
Already the most gifted passer, Mahomes has been rounding out his game by timing his scrambling forays for maximum effect. He’s building layer upon layer into his game. One week after outplaying Josh Allen in Buffalo’s rain, he’s giddy about the prospect of teaching Denver’s Drew Lock a few lessons about slinging it in Sunday’s snow.
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Buccaneers expected to sign WR Antonio Brown to one-year deal | NFL.com
A.B. can thank his new and previous quarterback, Tom Brady, for this opportunity. Brady has been campaigning for the Bucs to pursue Brown since his own signing in March, per Rapoport and NFL Network’s Michael Giardi. Coach Bruce Arians, Brown’s offensive coordinator for his first two years with the Steelers, was adamant during free agency that Tampa Bay wasn’t interested. That changed recently, with wideouts Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Scott Miller all battling injuries. Brown and the Bucs have been quietly working on a deal, and they’re on the verge of inking a short-term one that includes significant upside for the seven-time Pro Bowler, per Rapoport.
NFL bad beat: Eagles gambler loses out on nearly $240,000 due to a missed 29-yard field goal | CBS Sports
As the Giants drove down the field, something crazy happened: Dion Lewis lost a fumble and the Eagles recovered. At that point, all the bettor needed was a field goal from the Eagles to earn his $238,095.25 payday. In a span of three plays, the Eagles drove from the Giants’ 42-yard line to their 11, which set Philly up for a 29-yard field goal attempt.
Imagine watching a 29-yard field goal knowing that you win $238,000 if the kicker makes it. Kickers NEVER miss from that close. The money is as good as yours. Unfortunately for our bettor though, Eagles kicker Jake Elliott could not put the ball through the uprights.
Jon Gruden says Las Vegas Raiders ready to play after several players put on reserve/COVID-19 list | ESPN
“We’re going to play Sunday at 1 o’clock they tell me, and we’ll be ready to go,” Gruden said Friday during his Zoom media availability.
It has been a “weird” week for the Raiders, quarterback Derek Carr acknowledged, after right tackle Trent Brown tested positive for the coronavirus. Because, sources have confirmed, Brown was not wearing his tracer at the team facility before testing positive, the other four starting offensive linemen — left tackle Kolton Miller, left guard Denzelle Good, center Rodney Hudson and right guard Gabe Jackson — all had to join Brown on the reserve/COVID-19 list as high-risk close contacts, despite all of them testing negative thus far. Same with safety Johnathan Abram.
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Chiefs secondary rebounded nicely vs. Bills after tough Raiders outing
Against the Buffalo Bills, who offer formidable weapons like Stefon Diggs, John Brown and Cole Beasley, the Chiefs allowed 66 passing yards through three quarters and 122 for the game. That is about as good as a rebound game as you can dial up.
Cornerback Charvarius Ward, who struggled against the Raiders, gave up just three receptions for 18 yards on six targets.
“I’ve told C-Dub this before,” Spagnuolo recalled. “I got all the confidence in the world in him. I still had it even after the Raiders game where part of it was my fault. We bounced back. We bounced back as a group. He bounced back. He’s a good football player for us. We need both him and Breezy (Bashaud Breeland) out there on the corners doing what they do — and if we can continue to do that, I think it will make the defense better.”
A tweet to make you think
So after weeks of playing somewhat shorthanded, the Broncos will get A.J. Bouye, Noah Fant, Melvin Gordon, KJ Hamler and Dre'Mont Jones back against the Chiefs.— Aric DiLalla (@AricDiLalla) October 23, 2020
Could potentially have Dalton Risner, as well.
Particularly on offense, the Broncos will get an influx of speed.
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