The loss quite possibly happened because every team that plays the Chiefs treats the game like a measuring stick, bringing the best they have to show that they can compete with the best in the business. It causes the Chiefs to sometimes struggle against lesser teams.
“We haven’t necessarily shown that we’re the big bad wolf, for whatever reason,” Kelce said. “Close games, little things that hurt you I mean in terms of like penalties and missed assignments and things like that. We just gotta keep capitalizing on it. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. We knew coming into this that we were gonna have to build an entire team all over again. We couldn’t hang our hat on what we did last year at all we’re gonna have to work for this.”
They get a chance to avenge the only loss of the last calendar year when they head to Las Vegas next Sunday night. Kelce is confident.
“I always kind of split up the first and the second half by the bye week,” Kelce said. “We got here with one loss and I don’t plan on losing any time soon.”
Boomer Esiason: Chiefs over Saints
No team has ever hosted a Super Bowl in their own stadium, so no Tampa Bay. Mahomes and Reid are virtually unstoppable. Saints have hung tough without Michael Thomas. I can see a Tampa Bay-New Orleans NFC Championship game.
Phil Simms: Chiefs over Seahawks
Russell Wilson and the Seattle offense are playing as well as anybody in the NFL. Kansas City has Patrick Mahomes and a defense that seems to come through in big moments.
Trent Green: Chiefs over Packers
Rematch of Super Bowl I. This time Kansas City wins.
Melanie Collins: Chiefs over Saints
Two words: Patrick. Mahomes. He makes the game look so effortless, and after adding sensational rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, the Chiefs have all the weapons in place to repeat.
“I learned a lot from him, on and off the field,” said McDermott, who like Harbaugh lost to his mentor earlier this season. “You go back to a lot of the things we do, I learned from Andy. That’s not going to change. He made the blueprint for me and that’s why he is where he is, in terms of the all-time wins list. That doesn’t happen by mistake or accident.”
Where that is: the top five. Reid won his 230th career game when the Chiefs improved to 8-1 with a 33-31 victory over the Panthers on Sunday, breaking a tie with Hall of Fame coach Curly Lambeau. The only coaches ahead of him on the list are Don Shula, George Halas, Bill Belichick and Tom Landry.
Reid’s vast coaching tree is actually a mere branch — albeit a big one — that traces itself through Bill Walsh and all the way back to Sid Gilman of the Chargers and Paul Brown of the Bengals and Browns. All Hall of Fame coaches.
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Creed Humphrey OL
Kansas City could stand to upgrade their interior offensive line. The cornerback group is another that needs an infusion of talent.
This is the most interesting of the three options. While Matthews went unsigned this offseason, he has made it clear he still wants to play. In his first year away from Green Bay last season, Matthews recorded 37 tackles, 11 quarterback hits, nine tackles for loss, eight sacks and forced two fumbles for the Los Angeles Rams in 13 games. Matthews is in a similar boat as Wake is. At 34-years-old, he’s nearing the end of his phenomenal career and may want to add another trophy to the case. His talent would benefit the Chiefs and could provide them enough production to weather the injury storm.
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Needing just three yards to move into fifth place on the NFL’s all-time passing yards list, Rivers completed his first pass of the game — an 11-yard strike to rookie Jonathan Taylor — to pass Hall of Famer (and childhood hero) Dan Marino’s 61,361 yards. He finished with 308 yards and one touchdown in the Colts’ 34-17 win over the Titans.
“It’s special, it’s special,” Rivers said of the accomplishment. “Those guys up there on that list, I don’t know that I’m in their category and that’s OK, but Dan Marino was on my wall. He was a poster on my wall as a young boy in Decatur and Athens, Alabama, so it’s special.
“Thankful that I’ve been able to play long enough. Thankful that I’ve been healthy enough to play over 230 in a row now and watching Dan Marino, meeting Dan Marino at the Senior Bowl, playing against his teams, it’s all special. It’s all just special and thankful that here, at 38, I’m still getting out here and competing and playing the game I love.”
The NFL is going to finish the season—the playoffs and Super Bowl will happen. It’s how the league is wired. It should, however, investigate a playoff bubble. A player missing a week of practice before playing in the regular season is deemed acceptable. In Roethlisberger’s case, he won’t practice while self-isolating before possibly playing this Sunday. Tomlin said he’s “not overly concerned about it. This guy has been doing his job for 17 years.” I do not believe this Super Bowl will or should have an imaginary asterisk when we talk about it in the future: On the field, it’s basically been a normal season. It would head to asterisk territory if a star quarterback can’t play in a conference championship game, which is why a short-term bubble scenario for the playoffs might be necessary. Sills said last month that bubbles are not foolproof, as we saw in MLB playoffs. We will probably know more about this virus in a month than we do now. According to The Wall Street Journal, players eating together has been the cause of a handful of football COVID-19 outbreaks.
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Pittsburgh almost lost to the Dallas Cowboys’ third-string QB last week. If Buffalo wants to pass them in the standings, the Steelers need to lose at least one more game. Why not a division contest against a rookie QB?
Marking the second year of this collaboration, Pepsi, the NFL and Roc Nation are excited to bring The Weeknd to the world’s biggest stage for what is sure to be a transcendent performance.
The Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show telecast will be produced by DPS with Roc Nation and Jesse Collins serving as executive producers, and Hamish Hamilton serving as director. Roc Nation is also serving as the strategic entertainment advisors of the live performance.
“We all grow up watching the world’s biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position. I’m humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage this year,” The Weeknd said.
“The Weeknd has introduced a sound all his own. His soulful uniqueness has defined a new generation of greatness in music and artistry,” said Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter. “This is an extraordinary moment in time and the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show is going to be an extraordinary experience with an extraordinary performer.”
“They’re calling out our plays, stuff like that,” Jackson said. “They know what we’re doing. Sometimes stuff won’t go our way if they’re beating us to the punch.”
Is Jackson really hearing the defense call out the Ravens’ plays?
“Yeah, they definitely do,” Jackson said. “Like, ‘run’ and stuff like that. ‘Watch out for this, watch out for that.’ Sometimes that’s what’s going on.”
In case you missed it on Arrowhead Pride
Defensive Rookie of the Year
Defensive tackle Tershawn Wharton
Undrafted rookie Turk Wharton received six votes to claim the award — while injured rookie L’Jarius Sneed earned two votes for his three-game stretch at the beginning of the year.
Wharton has played a role all season — but recently, he has become one of the biggest contributors on the defensive line. He’s played the fourth-most snaps among Chiefs defensive linemen in the past four games. Of that group, he has the third-most pressures and the second-most run stops in that span, per PFF. He’s also the only defensive lineman to force a fumble in that stretch.
He seems to make at least one big play a game, and that has translated into having one of the most impressive defensive rookie seasons in the NFL this year.
How many points will the Chiefs be winning by when The Weeknd hits the stage? https://t.co/jE9I3NdSqx— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) November 12, 2020