Scott Pioli: The Chiefs will find their stride in a BIG way this weekend at the Chargers. They have had extra time to rest and prepare for this divisional game, and Patrick Mahomes will pass for over 400 yards against a good Los Angeles defense. Joey Bosa’s health will be a key element in this game.
1 - Clyde Edwards-Helaire
Kansas City Chiefs · RB
WEEK 1 STATS: 25 carries, 138 yards, 1 TD, +38 RYOE.
Edwards-Helaire brought with him a worthy amount of hype so strong that it saw him selected in the first round of many fantasy drafts. While others scoffed, those risk-taking owners were immediately rewarded when CEH exploded for 138 rushing yards in the 2020 Kickoff Game. Kansas City was rewarded, too, watching its first-round pick exceed the standard by rushing for 38 yards over expectation. It’s been a couple of years since Kareem Hunt was lighting it up in Kansas City, but Edwards-Helaire provided his best Hunt impression, gaining the most rushing yards in an NFL debut since Hunt went for 148 in Week 1 of 2017. Edwards-Helaire was also the first player with 100-plus rushing yards and one or more rushing touchdowns in his NFL debut since Saquon Barkley’s 2018 debut against Jacksonville.
Bold prediction: The Chiefs, who intercepted 15 passes in their past six games against the Chargers, will get a couple of picks against Tyrod Taylor. The Chiefs got consistent pressure on the Texans’ Deshaun Watson last week, and look for them to have similar success against Taylor, who isn’t as prone to throwing interceptions as ex-Chargers QB Philip Rivers but will be forced into mistakes on Sunday. — Adam Teicher
9. Lavert Hill, CB, Chiefs
Hill’s press-man experience should get him on the field in his rookie season at some point, although he lacks imposing size and length at 5-10 and 190 pounds with short arms. He gets grabby when trying to run with speedsters down the field, and refs will have a field day with his over-aggressiveness. However, Hill’s feet hit the ground like lightning bolts, and his hips look like they disconnect from his lower half when he changes direction. Hill’s twitched up, so he can really mirror those intricate routes.
There were a hundred Patrick Mahomes 2017 Panini rated rookie personal edition cards, a rarity in the world of collectibles.
They are so scarce that Hayes didn’t know what he had found.
“I looked them up and couldn’t find anything on them, to be honest,” Hayes said. “Then I found some leads on what they were and I posted one (on Facebook Marketplace) just to see what it was going to be like on the market, and a guy came by that was a card collector that ... said he knew everything about these cards.
“When he looked at them he started asking me if I wanted to sell the whole box or if I just wanted to sell some of them, and before I knew it, he was offering me a significant amount of cash for something I probably paid a couple dollars for.”
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“I got to play in three [Super Bowls] and almost had a chance to win one two years ago, which is amazing,” Anderson said Friday, via DenverBroncos.com. “I think Super Bowl 50, even though I didn’t end it like Jerome Bettis did at home, but it was [near] home. I had a lot family and friends there. I had a lot of family and friends come up. To win, to play successfully in the game, to have 100 yards all-purpose, ... to have a bulk of the yards on the offense and being locked in, that was fun. And everything that came after it was even better.
“I think if it was just the normal person, we would have ruled him out earlier in the week, but we never do that with George because of what he’s shown us here over these three years with him,” Shanahan said. “We would have held out two more days to wait and see if it was a home game, but with us having to travel today we had to decide whether it was worth it to bring him.
“He was healthy and ready to go,” Jackson says of Tate, who was also limited to 15 snaps in the Bengals’ Week 1 loss. “If they don’t know how to use him, I’m sure there are plenty of other teams that would love to have a weapon like that offensively.”
Tate, 23, loves Cincinnati, has an affinity for new quarterback Joe Burrow and is “not gonna cause a disruption.” But Jackson, who also represents Bengals practice squad running back Jacques Patrick, says the third-year wideout, who was a seventh-round draft pick of the Bengals in 2018, has done more than enough to at least warrant a spot on Cincy’s game-day roster.
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3. Performance of Chiefs linebackers
The most noticeable flaw of the Chiefs defense continues to be the linebacker corps. Against the Texans’ running game, the defense surrendered 5.4 yards per carry — the second-highest rate in the NFL — and the linebackers’ inability to effectively fill running lanes looked like the main reason.
Per Pro Football Focus, the three linebackers who saw the field the most — Anthony Hitchens, Damien Wilson, and Ben Niemann — all finished among the 18 lowest-graded linebackers of Week 1. There were only two other teams with multiple players in that range; no other team had three.
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There are times when you don't need to overthink it. Take the Chiefs this weekend to cover. They've covered 10 straight. Andy Reid owns the Chargers...— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) September 18, 2020
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