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Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 23-20 in over time during an NFL game. Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images

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Chiefs rookie defensive back L’Jarius Sneed is playing like the steal of the 2020 NFL Draft | NFL Draft Diamonds

I know it has only been two games, but right now he has two interceptions and just three pass break ups. He also has 9 tackles. It may not be that impressive but when you get your offense the ball back that is how you win.

Sneed knows how to read a ball and knows the wide receiver position better than many defenders. That is because he was a wide receiver when he landed at Louisiana Tech. Sneed converted to cornerback as a true freshman and he would go on to have a pick six against Western Kentucky during the Conference USA Championship Game.

Sneed is a physical freak too. He ran a 4.,37 forty yard dash, and stands 6010. He had a 41 inch vertical, and 10 foot 11 broad jump. He is a physical specimen, He has recorded an interception against the Houston Texans and the Los Angeles Chargers. The interception on Justin Herbert was huge because it led to the Chiefs tying the game. They were down 9-17 when he picked off the deep ball intended for Keenan Allen.

Right now, the kid looks like the steal of the draft. He has been ballin out!

3 Baltimore Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs stats that could tell the story of Monday’s game | Penn Live

2) Two of Ravens QB Lamar Jackson’s three lowest single-game completion percentage rates have come against the Chiefs

In his first game against the Chiefs in 2018, Jackson completed just 54.1% of his passes, the worst rate of any of his regular-season starts as a rookie. Last year, Jackson went 22 of 43 (51.1%) through the air in a Week 3 loss to Chiefs, and he only had a worse completion percentage in one game, a 9-of-20 (45%) performance during a win over the Seahawks.

Maybe the Chiefs, with their athletic pass rush led by Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones, simply have a defense suited to give Jackson fits. Or perhaps Baltimore’s MVP signal-caller posted shabby completion rates against Kansas City because his team faced deficits in both games and he felt pressed to keep up the pace of Mahomes’ high-flying offense.

Whatever the case, Jackson’s accuracy in two losses to the Chiefs haven’t matched his typical standards.

NFL’s top 10 backfields: Browns, Packers rank among best | NFL.com

8 - Kansas City Chiefs

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darwin Thompson

In his NFL debut, Edwards-Helaire logged the best RYOE/ATT mark in the entire NFL in Week 1, and that performance has powered Kansas City’s output through two weeks. The Chiefs have gained +0.35 RYOE/ATT, the eighth-best rate in the league, thanks to Edwards-Helaire’s +38 RYOE in Week 1. He came back to Earth in Week 2, finishing with -14 RYOE as the Chiefs worked to erase their deficit against the Chargers, but his total is still above expectation (+24) after two contests.

Thompson, meanwhile, gained all of his RYOE in Week 2, exceeding the expectation of 12 rushing yards by gaining 9 more for a total of 21 in the win over Los Angeles. This is still a backfield led by Edwards-Helaire, but it’s nice to know Thompson can make an impact in the small spaces between Edwards-Helaire’s lead share of the carries. Darrel Williams, who suffered an ankle injury in Week 2, is on the wrong side of the RYOE/ATT balance sheet (-1.01).

NFL Week 3 game picks: Jaguars outscore Dolphins; Ravens nip Chiefs | NFL.com

Baltimore Ravens 35, Kansas City Chiefs 30

8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN) |M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore)

Tough game to pick. Patrick Mahomes as an underdog feels like a crime against humanity, yet there’s no question the Ravens have looked like the NFL’s best team early. They pass the numbers test and the eye test. The Chiefs are 2-0 without having their offense in gear.

Thirty quarterbacks have more completions of 20-plus yards than Mahomes (3), including Jeff Driskel. The Chiefs rank 17th in yards per play (5.7) and their offensive line has looked ordinary. I have no question Kansas City will snap out of it, but it’s facing a Ravens team that looks faster on offense (Devin Duvernay! Miles Boykin! J.K. Dobbins!) and tougher on defense (Calais Campbell! Derek Wolfe!). This shapes up as the early-season message from the Ravens that the Chiefs will have to respond to in January, probably back in Baltimore.

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What we learned from Dolphins’ 31-13 win over Jaguars | NFL.com

2) Gardner Minshew certainly wasn’t the only reason for the Jaguars’ offensive tribulations in the loss. Alas, there was but one game on Thursday night and it was a perfect opportunity for the second-season signal-caller to shine on center stage. He brought in a hot hand (three touchdowns in each of his previous two games) and was facing a winless Dolphins squad. Instead, Minshew looked uncomfortable, missed throws he usually makes and looked out of sorts with any ball-catcher that wasn’t James Robinson. On a forgettable evening he had two turnovers, threw for 275 yards on 42 attempts, captained an awful three-of-10 showing on third down and was without a touchdown. Minshew showed over the first two games of the year why he should be the Jags’ franchise quarterback going forward. Against the Fins, he showed why there’s still some doubt.

Trevor Lawrence Watch: What Every 0–2 Team Would Do With the No. 1 Pick | SI

If the Jets, Giants or Dolphins get the No. 1 pick, they’d enter into one of the most picked-apart decision-making processes in recent history. The Giants and Dolphins, especially, would face the prospect of moving on from a quarterback they barely have an evaluation on, forcing them, like the Cardinals in 2019, to cover their intentions while secretly shopping their incumbent quarterback in the background. Or, like the Bengals would do, they could dig in on their selection from 2018, 2019 or 2020, insisting that the pick haul is more valuable. Dave Gettleman could even take another first-round running back.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden calls Patriots’ Cam ‘Slam’ Newton a power forward playing quarterback | ESPN

“I haven’t seen many guys walk through my doors that look like Cam. I call him ‘Slam.’ Slam Newton. That was the nickname I gave him. He is a power forward playing quarterback,” Gruden told Patriots reporters on a conference call.

Now Gruden’s 2-0 Raiders must slow down the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Newton, who has been a dual threat in the Patriots’ 1-1 start. Newton is 45-of-63 for 552 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, while adding 122 yards on 26 carries and four touchdowns.

“Cam looks like he’s the usual Cam. He’s a threat to do a lot of different things,” said Gruden, whose team is coming off an impressive 34-24 home win over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

In case you missed it on Arrowhead Pride

Chiefs need to clean up their play if they want to beat the Ravens

They may have bucked that narrative for the opener, but it caught up with the Chiefs when they traveled to face the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 2. The Chiefs could only score nine points in the first three quarters, committed 11 penalties throughout the game and showed bad, sloppy play on both sides of the ball.

I looked at negative themes from the Week 2 win and explained how they could be exploited even more by the Ravens.

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