Eric Bieniemy, OC - Chiefs
It’s past time for Bieniemy to get a shot at being head coach of an NFL team, and the Raiders would be foolish to not try and poach him away from their bitter division rivals — a Chiefs team that has also been the class of the AFC West for years under the tutelage of Bieniemy and Andy Reid. It would be a move that would instantly level up the Raiders while simultaneously striking a major blow to the Chiefs offense, making it the biggest no-brainer of any potential candidate to succeed Gruden in 2022, and it’s one that could make Las Vegas contenders almost instantly.
10. Kansas City Chiefs (2-3)
11. Cincinnati Bengals (3-2)
12. Chicago Bears (3-2)
13. New Orleans Saints (3-2)
4. Carolina Panthers (3-2)
15. Denver Broncos (3-2)
The Chiefs offense has zero margin for error.
The Chiefs’ inability to slow opposing offenses down puts pressure on the offense to play near-perfect football. They haven’t done that. Mahomes remains the league’s most dangerous passer, but he seems to be pressing more this season than he has in the past. Mahomes has thrown a league-best 16 touchdowns through five games, yes, but he has also tossed six picks—the same number of interceptions he threw in all of the 2020 season—with two more coming against the Bills on Sunday. Mahomes isn’t alone in the blame, though. One of his interceptions against Buffalo, a third-quarter pick-six, bounced right through Tyreek Hill’s hands to a waiting defender. And ball security has become a general problem for the rest of the team’s skill players. Kansas City is tied for the league lead in turnovers (11), with a combined five lost fumbles exacerbating Mahomes’s early-season problem with throwing the ball to the wrong team. For context, at this time last year, the 4-1 Chiefs had committed just three turnovers.
2 - Patrick Mahomes
Kansas City Chiefs · 26 years old
Mahomes hasn’t been as electric in 2021 as he was over the last few seasons. While those struggles have resulted in his exit from my rankings below, he’s still one of the league’s most gifted and dangerous quarterbacks. You don’t get your team to back-to-back Super Bowls without those traits. He can be inconsistent, but his big-play ability and knack for turning broken plays into positive gains are two huge reasons for Kansas City’s success since he became the starter in 2018. He is as good as they come in terms of quick decision-making and putting his playmakers in position to win their matchups. Simply put, you can never count the Chiefs out of a game with Mahomes under center.
Make way, make way, there’s a new king of NFL centers and his name is Creed Humphrey. At least for the moment, the rookie out of Oklahoma has claimed the top spot in the eyes of PFF.
Veach totally nailed this pick at number 63 of the second round. Humphrey currently holds an 87.1 grade as a rookie! — which is no easy feat believe me. Diving deeper, the first-year blocker has proven to be an absolute mauler in the run game, with 91.7 marks in that regard (second in the NFL). For those that aren’t familiar with the grading site, those numbers are elite.
Los Angeles Chargers (4-1)
Baltimore Ravens (4-1)
Buffalo Bills (4-1)
Tennessee Titans (3-2)
Cincinnati Bengals (3-2)
Las Vegas Raiders (3-2)
Denver Broncos (3-2)
On the bubble: Cleveland Browns (3-2), New England Patriots (2-3), Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3), Kansas City Chiefs (2-3), Miami Dolphins (1-4), Houston Texans (1-4), New York Jets (1-4), Indianapolis Colts (1-4), Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5)
Kansas City Chiefs: Michael Danna, DE
The Chiefs’ defense has been terrible early in the year, and injuries have been a big reason. Danna has played more than expected as a result of Frank Clark’s hamstring issues and recorded three sacks through the first five games.
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“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have advocated for purposeful change in the areas of race relations, gender equality, diversity and inclusion for many years,” the team statement read. “While we acknowledge Jon Gruden’s contributions on the field, his actions go against our core values as an organization. Therefore, he will no longer continue to be a member of the Buccaneers Ring of Honor.”
After an initial period in which expressions of interest were received from multiple cities, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich have been invited to proceed to the “candidate phase” of the process. Those cities will now participate in deeper conversations about staging games in Germany.
“Regular-season games are a key part of continuing the development of our German fan base by creating more excitement for the sport and more connectivity with fans and communities,” said Brett Gosper, NFL Head of Europe and UK.
The Eagles placed tight end Dallas Goedert on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday, putting his status for Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in doubt.
Per NFL protocol, players who are vaccinated and asymptomatic can return after providing two negative test results 24 hours apart.
Goedert was listed as a nonparticipant in practice on Monday because of an illness. He played Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, catching two passes for 28 yards on three targets.
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9. Cleveland Browns (9th)
Lost an instant classic.
10. Kansas City Chiefs (7th)
Very, very lucky to be in the top ten. Says more about the standard of the rest of the league than it does about Kansas City.
11. Cincinnati Bengals (15th)
So close to a statement win.
12. Carolina Panthers (11th)
All of a sudden, they are looking very ordinary.