Chiefs news for 20 September 2019
Is it reasonable to think Mahomes can get to 6,000 yards and 60 touchdowns? The NFL records of 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns were set by Denver’s Peyton Manning in 2013. That was the only other time a player reached 5,000 and 50. Mahomes would need to average 370 yards and 3.79 TDs over the final 14 games to reach 6,000 and 60.
But he could get there with games like the one he had Sunday in Oakland, throwing for 278 yards and four touchdowns — in the second quarter. He finished with 443 yards overall.
The Chiefs are unsure yet who they will have available in the backfield Sunday, when they play host to the Baltimore Ravens in their home opener. Starter Damien Williams missed practice against Thursday with a bone bruise on his knee. After not practicing Wednesday, LeSean McCoy was a limited participant Thursday.
Regardless of who is back there, the blocking can be better, particularly on the left side, though tackle Eric Fisher will miss considerable time after core muscle surgery. The Chiefs were good in pass protection last week, less effective in creating avenues for the running backs.
“When it’s all said and done, we’ll fix it,” Bieniemy said. “We will fix it.”
Hitchens hopes the rest of the Chiefs’ games this season are similar to last week. If such happens, Hitchens knows he won’t be asked to play a combined 155 defensive snaps in an eight-day stretch, which occurred in the Chiefs’ first two games last season against the Los Angeles Chargers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Through two games this season, Hitchens has played 108 snaps.
“It’s good because at the end of the year I’m still going to be rolling,” Hitchens said. “I’m at the point where I’m just trying to win. I just think it’s smart. This is a good plan and I trust the coaches. That’s the first key: I just had to trust it. I’m all for it.”
The Chiefs rallied downfield in the final minute of regulation, Mahomes converting a fourth down with an audacious throw to Tyreek Hill before finding Damien Williams for the tying touchdown. Harrison Butker added the winning field goal in overtime in a crucial December matchup.
”Of course we’ll watch last year’s game,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said, ”but teams change so much, and they watch the game, too. So it’s always a new game. … You try to predict something and all of a sudden it gets blown up in your face. That, to me, is the beauty of this league.”
Mahomes started 19 games in the regular season before turning 24. In those 19 games, he has thrown for 6,202, averaging 326 yards per game. He’s completed 57 touchdown passes, ran for 2 and has committed just 16 turnovers, 13 of them from interceptions. In his 19 career regular season starts, Mahomes has compiled a 114.5 passer rating.
Mahomes was third in the NFL in 2018 with 15 completions of 40 or more yards, finishing behind Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger as they tied first with 16. This year, Mahomes already has 7 completions of 40 yards or more, almost half of his 2018 total in two games. He leads the NFL in that category, with Kyler Murray being second with 4.
Last year the Chiefs allowed 65 points in their first two games, though that was to more challenging opponents — the playoff-bound Los Angeles Chargers and a Pittsburgh Steelers team that still had Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown.
This season the defense has allowed just 36 points.
The defense has intercepted three passes through two games and had three sacks against Oakland, which is noteworthy, considering the Raiders’ mammoth offensive line is the strength of the team and didn’t allow a sack in Week 1.
Chiefs (-6) vs. Ravens
We’ve got our game of the week featuring two of the most exciting quarterbacks in the NFL. Through two weeks, 20.9 percent of Mahomes’ qualifying dropbacks have resulted in explosive plays. That’s the most for any QB in the NFL. Guess who’s second? That’s right, Lamar Jackson at 20.34 percent. Something to keep an eye on when the Chiefs have the ball is how well they can protect Mahomes. The Ravens’ pass rush was a question coming into the season, but they’ve produced a sack or QB hit on 32.5 percent of their opponents’ dropbacks, which is the third-best mark for any defense. Matt Judon, specifically, has been impressive with a sack or hit on 15.22 percent of his chances — the fourth-best mark in the league. The Ravens keep it close, but the Chiefs cover on a late TD.
The pick: Chiefs (-6)
5. Finally, Sunday’s game will be a special one for Colquitt as he passes Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive guard Will Shields for the most games played in franchise history (225).
Colquitt spoke about the milestone and what it means to him on Wednesday.
“It’s exciting that I got to sit across the locker room from No. 68, Will Shields, for two seasons and got to pick his brain and see how he worked. It’s interesting, he would be sitting in his game locker with his glasses on like he was asleep before a game – not asleep – but just in his zone. I remember watching him on the field in training camp and stuff like that and then you see him on a game day and it’s like a calm before the coolest kind of storm you could see,” Colquitt said. “For us to be tied right now, it’s exciting for my family and me. It’s cool that I can share this with him. I remember asking for his jersey in 2005 and he said, ‘I don’t do jerseys until I’m done, that’s bad luck,’ and sure enough as soon as he retired, he showed up and gave me his jersey, signed and everything and I have it in my basement. I remember I didn’t have to ask again either, he’s that kind of guy. It’s fun seeing how he did it and [I’ve been] trying to replicate that kind of career. Obviously, he was [playing] every down except fourth and I’m a fourth-down guy, so he was in the trenches.”
”Brett (Veach) does all of that. He allows me to concentrate on the football part of it,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, neatly punting to his general manager on a question about the club’s interest in acquiring another cornerback.
”The speculation?” Reid said. ”I don’t go there with all that.”
Leave it to everyone else.
Fitzpatrick would have been an ideal fit in Kansas City, with his combination of age, ability and disposition making him the perfect addition to the locker room. But he’s no longer available, so Ramsey has become a favorite topic of armchair GMs chasing a Super Bowl championship.
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Seth Keysor (columns), @RealMNchiefsfan
Q: Darwin Thompson was a hot fantasy add this week. What’s the latest on Damien Williams?
A: Damien Williams didn’t practice Wednesday, which is always a shaky sign. LeSean McCoy didn’t either, meaning the Chiefs may turn to Thompson with both members of their one-two punch hobbled. Unless something changes drastically by Friday/Saturday, Williams is a huge risk. McCoy might be less so, but he’ll probably be a game time decision at best.
The problem with taking any Chiefs RB right now is that they’re barely running the ball, choosing instead to air it out. So even if Thompson gets the lion’s share of the snaps, he may not see the ball as much as other running backs involved in a time share.
The Chiefs and the Kansas City community raised more than $500,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City (RMHC-KC) through flag sales during the 28th edition of Red Friday on Friday, Sept. 6. Over the past six years, Red Friday flag sales have raised more than $1.7 million to help RMHC-KC continue its mission of keeping families close in times of sickness and need.
Through a partnership with McDonald’s, the specially designed 60th season edition of the flag was sold in all Kansas City- and St. Joseph-area McDonald’s locations, as well as Kansas City Hy-Vee stores and CommunityAmerica Credit Union branches for a minimum donation of $5. For the third year in a row, the flags were also sold online, with this year’s online sales more than tripling last years. The half-million-dollar donation marks the highest Red Friday flag sales contribution since the club began selling them prior to the start of the 2014 season.
Kansas City Chiefs 33, Baltimore Ravens 30
1 p.m. ET (CBS) | Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Mo.)
It’s not hyperbole to say this is the best Week 3 quarterback matchup of all time. Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson are the first two QBs in the Super Bowl era to complete over 70 percent of their passes with seven touchdowns and no picks in the first two weeks, and now they face each other. The Ravens and Chiefs lead the NFL in passing plays over 20 yards, and both of their defenses rank in the top 10 in big plays allowed, so don’t expect the fireworks to stop now.
Like a young Michael Jordan, Mahomes focused on improving a specific part of his game this offseason. His ability to create extra time to throw with his movement inside and outside the pocket has helped the 24-year-old MVP look better than a year ago. Jackson is more obviously improved, although folks are a little too surprised that a wildly talented 22-year-old quarterback took big strides when the signs were all there. Lamar’s run to the edge on a read-option remains the easiest 8-yard gain in football, and the types of dimes he threw against Arizona were eye-opening — to the boundary into tight coverage and delicately over the top of zone defenses. The overtime matchup between these two teams last year was an instant classic and provided Mahomes’ MVP moment. Expect more of the same Sunday — and for the rest of the 2020s — while pitying the viewers stuck with local game coverage of mere mortals.
Kansas City Chiefs:
|PLAYER||POS.||INJURY||PART. WED.||PART. THURS.||PART. FRI.||GAME STATUS|
|PLAYER||POS.||INJURY||PART. WED.||PART. THURS.||PART. FRI.||GAME STATUS|
|Earl Thomas||S||Not Injury Related||DNP||FP||FP||--|
|Marquise Brown||WR||Not Injury Related||--||--||DNP||--|
|Brandon Carr||CB||Not Injury Related||--||--||DNP||--|
|Pernell McPhee||LB||Not Injury Related||--||--||DNP||--|