Chiefs +500 to win Super Bowl (bet $10 to win $60 total)
You might remember this pick from back in April, immediately after the NFL Draft. Kansas City was +550 to win the whole enchilada back then (bet $10 to win $65 total), so the price has shortened a little bit. And that’s OK.
I’ve made this bet two years in a row because it has a way of putting you in great position to make a profit. The Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV, and they were three-point favorites in Super Bowl LV against Tampa Bay. Anybody holding a preseason Chiefs ticket could’ve taken the Buccaneers +3 or the moneyline and guaranteed a profit. Odds are good you’ll be in a similar position this postseason in either the AFC Championship Game or the Super Bowl.
As long as Patrick Mahomes stays healthy, the Chiefs are going to be surefire Super Bowl contenders, and they’ll likely finish with a No. 1 or 2 seed in the AFC. If that comes to fruition, Kansas City will be around +200 to win it all, and from there, you can do what you have to do.
Steven Nelson, CB
A solid number two cornerback is still available in Nelson, whose free agent status will probably end soon. He’s aggressive, can play both in man or zone coverage and his ball skills are fine, seven interceptions and 32 passes defended over the last three seasons.
Many fans are asking his teams to sign Nelson on Twitter. With his quality, somebody will attend their wishes, sign the free agent and get a great defensive back for a reasonable price.
When you step back and examine the rosters in the AFC, the Chiefs do not have the best roster in the conference. They do however have the best quarterback in Patrick Mahomes and he is good enough to make up the difference and then some. The offensive line appeared to be a potential issue, but they were able to rebuild that group rather admirably, adding Orlando Browns Jr, Joe Thuney and bringing Kyle Long out of retirement. The Chiefs defense is average but that has been good enough and there is no reason to think they cannot maintain that level of play in 2021. Expect to see the Chiefs at the top of most rankings all season long as they try to make it three trips in a row to the Super Bowl.
What is the fantasy football ceiling for Clyde Edwards-Helaire?
Edwards-Helaire accounted for 803 rushing yards and 4 rushing scores and 297 receiving yards and 1 touchdown through the air. After the season opener when Edwards-Helaire rushed for 138 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries, it looked like Kansas City found its next superstar at running back.
However, the rookie back would struggle in a number of games, only rushing for over 70 yards in two games the rest of the season. Those came against Buffalo in week 6 where he rushed for 161 yards on 26 carries and New Orleans in week 13, rushing for 79 yards on 14 carries before going down with injuries late in the game. Now, these numbers were very concerning if you were a CEH owner last season.
So far, it seems that this is an anti-CEH argument, but the 22-year-old running back should have the opportunity to take a leap in his second season in the NFL. Last season, Edwards-Helaire finished as RB22, and depending where you took him in your drafts, he probably disappointed you, especially if you used a first-round pick on the running back. Nonetheless, there are many reasons to believe that this could be Edwards-Helaire’s breakout season.
Currently, CEH is being drafted as the RB19, pick 30 in half-PPR (points per reception) leagues. In non-PPR leagues, CEH will present less value in most people’s eyes because of what he did last season in the passing game. Edwards-Helaire finished the season with 36 receptions, 297 yards and 1 touchdown, but look for the Chiefs to change that this upcoming season.
Mahomes’ surgically repaired toe made it through OTAs and mandatory minicamp with flying colors, and he said recently that he doesn’t “see any problems moving forward.”
He’s even hit some golf courses lately. Barring a setback, the star quarterback should be a full-go participant in St. Joe.
The same can’t be projected for a trio of teammates, however.
Veteran guard Kyle Long, who suffered a knee injury during OTAs, might not be ready for the start of camp.
Cornerback Deandre Baker is coming off a gruesome leg injury suffered during the regular-season finale, and he wasn’t observed participating during OTAs. Rookie defensive end Malik Herring, who continues to recover from an ACL injury suffered at the Senior Bowl, also didn’t participate in on-field work during OTAs.
Depending on where they are in their respective recovery processes, Long, Baker and Herring could be candidates to start training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
He’s also been a weapon the Chiefs have used out of the backfield and in the return game, making him player teams need to track at all times.
Leading the league in scrimmage yards per touch in two out of the last three seasons makes that very clear.
There are few other players who are as creative and dangerous when the ball is in their hands.
The Raiders saw this themselves last year when Hill had 11 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown in their second meeting with the Chiefs in Vegas, where Kansas City won.
Around the NFL
This season’s RB situation feels unique in that it includes an exciting group of young, emerging backs, but it’s also similar to past years in that (a) they ain’t cheap, and (b) it gets ugly when they’re gone. Put it this way: If you spend only one of your first four picks on a RB, you’re likely going to enter the season with an uneasy feeling at the RB2 spot. And, honestly, that’s OK. With the well-documented high injury rate at the position, it’s more likely than not that you’ll be able to fill that spot with a mid-round pick in the short term and a bench stash or waiver add later in the year.
I already talked about the top seven RBs (from CMC as the clear No. 1 to Taylor and Elliott later in the round), but the RB tier that covers late Round 1 and early Round 2 is also very intriguing. It includes Austin Ekeler, Aaron Jones, Nick Chubb and Cam Akers, all of whom are viable RB1 plays. The next tier isn’t much worse honestly, with Joe Mixon, Antonio Gibson (who I personally think has as high a ceiling as any RB in the league and — bold prediction alert — is a sleeper to lead the position in fantasy points in 2021), Najee Harris, D’Andre Swift, Miles Sanders, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, J.K. Dobbins, Josh Jacobs, Chris Carson and David Montgomery. That’s 21 backs, 16 of whom were already top-26 fantasy RBs in 2020. It’s a lot of talent and should help you understand why drafters are struggling to pass on the position in the first two-to-three rounds.
“He’s done a lot of things for this organization,” prefaced Cowart on the Patriots Way of Life podcast before drawing a definitive line in the sand. “He’s coming back, but he’s coming back as an opponent, so I’m going to treat it like any opponent. We ain’t welcoming him, we just got to play him. There ain’t going to be no damn ceremony for him or nothing like that.
“They might clap for him, but there’s not going to be no — bro, this is our opponent. Bro, what? We like to win.”
President Joe Biden will celebrate the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Super Bowl title when the team visits the White House on Tuesday.
No other details about the visit were provided by a White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the event has not been formally announced.
NFL players report to training camp for the 2021 season later in July.
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So existing records for many counting stats will soon fall. Will we care? Should we care?
If history is any guide, we will care — but just for a while. In the years after the NFL changed to a 16-game schedule, many such records were broken. During the first few years, journalists did their jobs — dutifully noting that previous records had been set in seasons with only 14 games.
But as time passed, it seemed less and less important to do so. It’s now been more than two generations since the NFL lengthened its regular season — meaning that a large number of fans weren’t even alive when things were different. Today, it’s common for journalists to simply ignore the fact that pro football even existed for the five decades before the first Super Bowl. It’s just a lot easier to refer to the “modern era,” in which statistics were kept better — and over the Internet, are available (not to mention searchable) to even casual fans.
A tweet to make you think
Football is coming real, REAL soon pic.twitter.com/dxyl4JEyQR— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) July 17, 2021
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