This week was scheduled to be the culmination of the ReLIV campaign, the end of a journey we started in March celebrating our Super Bowl LIV championship run. We will continue to ReLIV the pinnacle of last year’s historic season soon, but we believe our collective attention should be focused on the important conversations that are happening in our country.
The senseless murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery are a grievous reminder of the inequality that exists in our nation. We all have an opportunity and a responsibility to advocate for change.
Part of the mission of the Chiefs is to “Unite Our Community,” and we need unity now more than ever. We will get back to bringing you updates and an inside look at your team in the days to come, but for now, we encourage you to listen to, learn from, and most importantly, love one another.
Kansas City Chiefs: 2017
The reasoning behind making this Chiefs’ draft class the best is pretty simple: Patrick Mahomes. While this was the draft that saw Kansas City land a future league and Super Bowl MVP, Kansas City also drafted running back Kareem Hunt, who led the league in rushing as a rookie before off-field issues led to his premature exit from Kansas City. Defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon started eight games last season while putting up career highs in sacks, total tackles and tackles for loss.
Reid explained how “Shift The Rose Parade Right” ended up in the Chiefs’ playbook.
“It’s crazy how that works,” Reid said. “Somehow in my file of tape I got that tape a while back, and I looked at it and I’m going, ‘This is unbelievable, some of the stuff they were doing.’ And then by chance this summer I went to a function with my old high school coaches back in Los Angeles.
“The offensive coordinator that we had in high school hands me a tape and he goes, ‘This is the ‘48 Rose Bowl (I had the ‘49 one) ... Coach, Dean Dill was the quarterback for (USC) in this game.’ I go, ‘Oh wow, that’s pretty amazing.’ So I went through it and looked at it, and it was the same plays, so I go, ‘This is going in, we have to put a couple of these plays in, these are incredible plays.’”
The Chiefs practiced “Shift The Rose Parade Right” during the season and waited for just the right time to use it.
Patrick Peterson appears to be among that faction. The 10th-year cornerback — an eight-time Pro Bowl pick and three-time All-Pro selection — spoke highly of Kingsbury, according to the Arizona Republic’s Bob McManaman, linking the offensive-minded Cardinals leader with Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.
“Going up against coach’s offense ever day in practice is intriguing,” Peterson said, “because coach has, in my mind and seeing some of the things he came up with last year, he’s definitely a mad scientist when it comes to making plays work.
“He has a lot of Andy Reid in him.”
2) Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs are the defending Super Bowl Champions. One look at their roster and you can clearly see the focus on athleticism they’ve shown in recent years. They have elite athletes all over the field on both sides of the ball. So it should come as no surprise that they rank as one of the top teams by RAS grade over the last two decades.
By percentage, the Chiefs had drafted the second-most “Elite” RAS-graded players since the 2001 NFL Draft. Over that period, they have drafted 127 players, with 66 achieving an “Elite” RAS grade of 8.0 or higher, just shy of 52%.
What may come as a surprise though, is just how measured the Chiefs have been in their pursuit of athleticism, particularly at the top of their drafts. Since the 2001 NFL Draft, the Chiefs have drafted 14 players in the first round who qualified for a RAS grade. Only seven of those 14 achieved an “Elite” grade, with four rating as “Good” and three designated with a “Poor” grade. Athleticism matters to the Chiefs, but they’re clearly valuing other factors as well.
Kansas City has won 159 games over the last 20 years. They have also made the playoffs nine times in that same time span, including the last five. In the past two decades, they have also come away with a Super Bowl – the first in what may be several for Patrick Mahomes and the high-flying Chiefs offense.
How many games will the Kansas City Chiefs win in 2020? Exact number
As noted above, a 12-win season has become fairly routine for coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs. As such, exactly 12 wins in 2020 is the betting favorite at +230. The next two favorites are 13 wins (+280) and 11 wins (+285).
The best value on the board is 9 WINS at +1000. A $10 bet will return a profit of $100. Look for the Chiefs to regress and go 4-2 or 3-3 in divisional play. They’ll also play difficult road games against the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints. They’ll host the Houston Texans in the season opener for their toughest non-divisional home game of the 2020.
Kansas City Chiefs
All-Time Record: 5-7
Seemingly always putting up high-scoring affairs, the Kansas City Chiefs offer up an image of what the Texans wish they looked like, at least on offense, And while Watson is no Patrick Mahomes, their styles of play can translate between the both of them to the point where they start to blur the lines of what it takes to be a star QB and a star franchise leader.
The Chiefs spotted the Texans 21 points in the first quarter of their AFC Divisional Game in January. Yet, they came storming back to take a 28-24 lead at half, never looking back and won handily 51-31. Speaking to the consistent downfalls that head coach Bill O’Brien brings to the table, the Texans fell apart after their onslaught of a first quarter, and that game was the most recent installment in what has blossomed into a rivalry filled with players of current star power and potential star status.
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The question can be asked in two ways. One: Imagine if Kaepernick had kept playing football and kept standing for the anthem for the 2016, ’17, ’18 and ’19 seasons, and then, after seeing the brutal killing of Floyd, decided to take a knee?
Would he still lose his career over that? Doubtful. Kaepernick would have a much larger and more visible group of supporters, even in football. Think of how many white coaches (even if, largely, they are not the ultimate decision makers) spoke up in the last week, including college coaches, most of whom don’t pick a toothpaste without considering how it will affect recruiting. Think of how few of those coaches voiced support for Kaepernick in ’16 and ’17. If Kaepernick were still an NFL quarterback and started his protests today, he would probably have a lot more company, and many of those who didn’t join him would be more vocal in supporting him.
Packers | 13-3 in 2019
Identifying the Packers as a regression candidate is easy. Their point differential — plus-63 — was more in line with a 10-6 or 9-7 record, per Pro Football Reference’s expected win-loss metric, as opposed to the 13-3 mark they posted. They beat the Chiefs when Kansas City did not have Patrick Mahomes, scraped by woeful Detroit twice by a combined four points and overall won eight of their 13 games by one score or less. The Packers were surprisingly good on defense — ninth in points per game allowed — but middling on offense, ranking just 15th in the league in points per game. Aaron Rodgers played conservatively in his first year under new head coach Matt LaFleur, and had only one great receiving threat in Davante Adams.
“I think they should [mike up players]. They should give fans the [insight] to see what really goes on between the white lines,” Jackson said on teammate Lane Johnson’s “Outside the Lane” podcast. “It gets crazy, bro. I know in the trenches it gets crazy. And I know on the outside it gets crazy, too, the conversations we go back and forth on.”
Ruggs’ father spoke to AL.com on Monday and said Ruggs suffered a thigh injury and currently is using crutches to avoid putting pressure on his injured leg.
“He was trying to move a trailer or something — move furniture or something — and the trailer just kind of pinned him against a car or a wall or something,” Henry Ruggs Jr. said. “He’s pretty much OK, I’m about to go out there and see him in a little bit. It was just like a little open wound on his leg, a little incision. Like something had stuck him right there on his thigh a little bit.”
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Divisional Round - Tyreek Hill’s muffed punt return
Things couldn’t have started out any worse for the second-seeded Chiefs against the Houston Texans in the Divisional Round playoff game. A 14-0 deficit late in the first quarter was bad — especially when one of those scores came from a blocked punt. For longtime Chiefs fans, the eerie, familiar feeling was strong.
A big play was needed — and that’s what Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark delivered with a third-down sack to force a punt. With electric playmaker Tyreek Hill back to return, there was every reason to feel confident.
The punt fell and through Hill’s arms — and Houston recovered. A few plays later, the score was 21-0. Even the most optimistic Chiefs fan had to have started getting emotional; it really felt like the team was unraveling. Longtime fans were beginning to tell themselves, “It’s the same old Chiefs” as they fought back a tear or two.
The Chiefs would go on to outscore Houston 51-10 for the remainder of the game — and this play was seldom mentioned again.
A tweet to make you think
A message to my fellow white people about this weekend & our responsibility in this moment. pic.twitter.com/wfS3cFIPCk— nick wright (@getnickwright) June 1, 2020
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