The AFC got back into the swing of things near the turn of the century when they won eight out of 10 from Super Bowl XXXII to XLI. This was largely due to the emergence of the Patriots dynasty who joined the Cowboys as the second team ever to win three Super Bowls in four years (2000, 2002, and 2003).
And finally, we are currently sitting in a period where the AFC has won five of the last six Super Bowls. Again, the Patriots had a big hand in that as three titles are courtesy of the Bill Belichick/Tom Brady reign. Many Cowboys fans would probably wish it was six straight for the AFC as that lone outlier in the group belongs to Nick Foles’ Philadelphia Eagles as the green birds won their first and only Super Bowl title.
Looking ahead to this season, it may not appear that the worm is going to turn as the top two teams with the best Super Bowl odds are the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the Baltimore Ravens, who are coming off a 14-2 season with last year’s most valuable player Lamar Jackson.
Patrick Mahomes, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs
The best QB in the NFL and the first running back draft this year. The Chiefs are an exciting passing team but they had another dimension with Kareem Hunt in 2018. Edwards-Helaire can’t get much of an endorsement from me because he’s never played in the NFL, but I have no problem hyping the potential.
LT Eric Fisher
The Broncos have a need at left tackle going forward. The team declined Garett Bolles’ fifth-year option, making him a free agent following the 2020 season.
Bolles had been struggling throughout his career, generating penalty after penalty. Despite his growth over the course of the 2019 season, the team still will move on from him.
Their current backup plan is Elijah Wilkinson, who would compete with Bolles for the starting job if training camp started on time.
Adding Eric Fisher from the Chiefs would give the team the best left tackle in the division. It would ensure that the team was set at the position for many years to come, even if they had to take in the contract the Chiefs gave him.
Fisher has made great strides ever since the Chiefs made him the first-overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
It would also be huge to take away one of the most important players that is tasked with protecting the Chiefs’ Super Bowl-winning and MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Tre’Davious White vs Tyreek Hill
The fastest player in the game has a matchup against an All-Pro, on the rise corner. Hill provides extreme speed after catch and can beat any corner at any time he desires. The Bills secondary plays more zone than man to man coverage, but that will have to change for Tre’Davious White when he faces Tyreek Hill.
When Hill gets two steps on a defender, he’s gone. With his blazing quickness, Hill can reck havoc against the Bills secondary. White faces a tough matchup, maybe even toughest of his career, as Hill should be heavily involved in all four quarters.
29 Kansas City Chiefs — Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue (28)
2019 season stats: 29 receptions, 387 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs
With Patrick Mahomes angling for the richest contract in NFL history, the Chiefs will have to make some sacrifices. Probably at receiver. So they’ll just draft another speed merchant.
Kansas City Chiefs: Tony Gonzalez
Yards: 10,940 (76 TDs)
Others: Otis Taylor (7,306 yards), Dwayne Bowe (7,155), Henry Marshall (6,545), Travis Kelce (6,465)
When he is healthy, there might not be a more electrifying NFL star than Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill. During Hill’s highlight-reel 2018 season, he caught 87 passes for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns. And even last year, when he was hobbled with a shoulder injury, he still hauled in 58 passes for 860 yards and seven TDs in just 12 games. Hill’s speed and big-play ability mean he’s sky-high in the 2020 Fantasy football best ball rankings.
But can Hill make it through a full season in 2020, or will nagging injuries curtail his potential for a second straight year? And is the risk of injury worth reaching for during your 2020 Fantasy football draft prep? Before you make any decisions about your 2020 Fantasy football best ball picks, see what SportsLine’s Scott Engel has to say. His 2020 Fantasy football best ball rankings can help make sure you get maximum value out of every pick.
Around the NFL
In response to commissioner Roger Goodell’s video last week in which he said the NFL erred in how it dealt with player protests of police brutality and systemic racism, President Donald Trump tweeted late Sunday night, reopening the national anthem debate with the league.
“Could it be even remotely possible that in Roger Goodell’s rather interesting statement of peace and reconciliation, he was intimating that it would now be O.K. for the players to KNEEL, or not to stand, for the National Anthem, thereby disrespecting our Country & our Flag?,” Trump tweeted.
“Just four years ago, you’re seeing Kaepernick taking a knee, and now we’re all getting ready to take a knee together going into this season, without a doubt,” Peterson told the Chronicle from his gym in Houston.
Kittle is more of a wide-receiver-offensive-tackle hybrid than a mere tight end. Since 2018, Kittle has 2,430 receiving yards—more than all but four wide receivers in the NFL during that time. More than Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper, who makes $20 million per season. Meaning Kittle could ask for $21 million per season.
Kittle also blocks like an offensive tackle. When he was on the field last season, the 49ers averaged 5.0 yards per carry and scored 20 rushing touchdowns. When he wasn’t on the field, they averaged just 3.5 yards per carry and scored only three rushing touchdowns. Kittle is the 49ers’ most valuable player, and absolutely deserves to earn more than Dee Ford and Arik Armstead, each of whom makes $17 million per season.
Conley’s speed and size at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds should make him a big target in Jay Gruden’s passing game. Don’t count him out of becoming the team’s No. 2 option in the passing game is he and quarterback Gardner Minshew continue to develop chemistry in training camp and in the preseason.
Gruden, as he said last week, is still learning where everyone plays and how he can shuffle things up to make the passing game more exciting.
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You would think I’d be too hurt to be intrigued by another undersized (but smart) defensive back. But now that the Chiefs have able to snatch up Michigan’s Lavert Hill as an undrafted free agent, I am ready to be hurt again.
If Hill is to make the Chiefs’ 53 man roster, he’ll do so as a 21-year-old. While he is still young, that doesn’t mean his projection is as picturesque as it is for others. His upside is probably limited by his underwhelming athletic profile; at 5 feet 10 inches, he won’t be the biggest (or even the fastest) player on the field.
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