Chiefs’ fan confidence
Unsurprisingly, the Chiefs’ 31-17 road victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday improved their fans’ confidence in the franchise. Even so, it’s kind of amazing that the team now controls the race for the AFC’s No. 1 postseason seed — and yet, about one in six fans aren’t confident in its direction. It would seem that the standards of Kansas City fans have become very high.
Justyn Ross in 2024
More than two-thirds of the Chiefs’ fans believe that the former Clemson wideout deserves another chance. That seems reasonable. While he didn’t show us much in 2023, he had few opportunities to do so — although he didn’t help his chances to get them by getting involved in an off-the-field incident. Just the same, he clearly has some talent. Next season, we’ll see if the Chiefs agree with their fans.
A rookie milestone for Rashee Rice?
A majority of Kansas City fans believe that the team’s second-round rookie will clear 1,000 yards this season. That would be a tall order, as it would require Rice to average at least 79 yards per game in the season’s final six matchups. But if he pulls it off, he would become a member of an exclusive club of just 27 wideouts with 1,000-yard rookie seasons — and be the first Kansas City player to join. (Dwayne Bowe had just 995 yards in his rookie season).
Still, Rice is on pace for 80 targets in 2023 — and if his very good success rate of 58.9% holds up (which seems likely), he’ll have had a terrific rookie season. Stats for targets and receiving success rate only go back into the 90s, but just 19 rookies have managed 80 targets and a success rate above 55% since then.
Week 12’s biggest surprise
NFL fans all over the country thought that the Green Bay Packers’ 29-22 victory over the Detroit Lions was the biggest surprise of the week. It was actually the second straight week that Green Bay had defeated a favored opponent by close to its point spread. The public, however, doesn’t seem to think that the Packers will do it again against the Chiefs on “Sunday Night Football.” Kansas City is still favored by six points.
Next coach out?
Around the country, NFL fans think the Los Angeles Chargers’ head coach Brandon Staley will be the head coach to hit the road. The Chargers now stand 4-7, but have a 23-22 record during his three seasons.
Still, NFL fans think the Chargers will defeat the New England Patriots in Week 13. (And why not? The Patriots have been playing poorly enough to get Kansas City flexed out of their Week 15 “Monday Night Football” game). They also think that the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars will stay in the race for the No. 1 seed by winning against the Washington Commanders and Cincinnati Bengals — and that the Houston Texans will knock off the Denver Broncos. (The Raiders and Baltimore Ravens have the week off).
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