Chiefs news for 1 December 2019
In fact, since Head Coach Andy Reid arrived in Kansas City seven years ago, the Chiefs have averaged 30.3 points-per-game against Oakland while amassing the second-most points (394) of any team in that span against a single opponent. Even in the Chiefs’ two losses during that period, Kansas City fell by a combined five points.
It’s been a dominant stretch by the Chiefs over perhaps their greatest rival, and it’s a trend they’ll look to continue this weekend as Kansas City hosts the Raiders at Arrowhead with plenty on the line.
The Chiefs have found plenty of success doing just that lately, racking up 21 sacks – the fourth-most in the NFL – since Week 7, but it won’t be easy. Oakland has yielded the fewest sacks in the NFL this season (16), providing the pass-rush with an intriguing challenge on Sunday.
Mahomes, Hill and company will line up against an Oakland defense that features several young playmakers, including rookie pass-rushers Maxx Crosby (7.5 sacks) and Clelin Ferrell (3.5 sacks), making for a potentially thrilling game with first place in the division up for grabs.
For the first time this season, Baltimore has overtaken the Patriots as the AFC favorites in many of the Las Vegas sportsbooks. In other words, the long-anticipated AFC Championship Game matchup of Chiefs-Patriots is no longer quite as presumed.
The exact numbers on it: The Ravens are 3-to-2 to win the AFC title, according to the sportsbook BetOnline. The Patriots follow close behind at 8-to-5. The Chiefs are a relatively distant third at 5-to-1.
Currently sitting behind the top two teams in the conference standings, the Chiefs might have to march through both of them in order to advance to a Super Bowl. Which explains their taller odds.
The Chiefs are favored by 10 points against the Oakland Raiders Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium. The battle for first place in the AFC West division holds the largest line of any NFL game this week.
When the Kansas City Chiefs get their offense rolling like they did in a Week 2 win over the Oakland Raiders — four touchdown throws and 278 passing yards from Patrick Mahomes in the second quarter alone — it’s an impressive sight. The problem for the Chiefs as they prepare for a rematch with the Raiders on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS) is that they have rarely showed that kind of offensive might since. The Chiefs, who had four offensive touchdowns in each of their first three games, including the win over the Raiders, haven’t scored more than three in a game since.
It’s been far from a miserable offensive season for the Chiefs, who are third in yards and fourth in scoring. But a season after leading the NFL in yards and scoring they have seldom hit their full potential. The question, with first place in the AFC West on the line Sunday, is: Can they get it back?
The Chiefs will be getting good news on the injury side of things, as they will only be without running back Damien Williams on Sunday. Though wide receiver Tyreek Hill left the Chargers game with a minor hamstring injury, the bye week was enough time for him to recover and he was able to fully practice all week.
For the Raiders, they will be without Hunter Renfrow, who sustained a rib injury last week against the Jets. Renfrow is a rookie who quickly developed a connection with Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to become a go-to option. Playing without Renfrow is a huge loss for the Raiders.
The Chiefs will make it harder than they should. But with Mahomes and the defense showing it can make an impact, the Chiefs will win.
The cold-weather factor is a narrative for Carr this week. He’s 0-4 with a 51 percent completion percentage and four interceptions when temperatures dip below 40 degrees. That was the case in New Jersey last weekend. The forecast for Sunday in Kansas City calls for highs in the mid-30s.
These teams will avoid snow for their highly anticipated matchup. Forecasts from Weather.com, AccuWeather and the National Weather Service call for cloudy skies and cold temperatures, but very little chance of precipitation. It’s an afternoon kickoff and it’s expected to be around 36 degrees when the teams begin playing. If you’re planning on attending the game be sure to wear layers and plan for the cold.
Winds could play a significant factor in this game. Gusts of up to 40 mph are expected with a steady northwest-facing 18 mph wind throughout the game. Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker has been quite steady at some points this season, but he’s not incapable of missing with some of the swirling wind inside Arrowhead. Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson has also seen struggles as of late, missing three field goals on attempts over the last four weeks.
Well, so much for having a fully healthy offense. Damien Williams has been listed as OUT for Sunday’s game against the Raiders, meaning the Kansas City Chiefs will turn to the rest of their back field to make a splash in the run game.
We all know that LeSean McCoy will get a decent amount of carries, but his fumbling issues might cause Andy Reid to go away from him a little bit. That paves the way for second year running back Darrel Williams to make some noise and the Chiefs desperately need their run game to step it up in week 13.
While Damien Williams was good for the Chiefs last year, he hasn’t been effective this year, and it’ll be nice to see what Darrel Williams can do in a bigger role. He had to step up in the later minutes of the Chargers game due to both Damien and McCoy going down, carrying the ball 11 times for 35 yards and a touchdown.
The crossover that Kansas City Chiefs fans never knew they needed is finally here. Everyone knows that Andy Reid loves a good cheeseburger and there’s probably only one person on this planet that shares that same type of passion. That person is none other than the Mayor of Flavortown, USA — Guy Fieri.
Reid met up with Fieri at some point to film an episode of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” During the episode, the two took a visit to a Kansas City restaurant called Pigwich which is located in City Market. There’s a section of the business that’s actually a butcher shop where you can get all of your cuts of meats to bring home. Together the two went to the restaurant side of the business feasted on a “Big Pig” sandwich and a Short-Rib patty sandwich.
For the rest of this article, I’ll be taking a look at four such running backs: two from the draft, one who’ll be an unrestricted free agent after this season ends, and one guy who’s essentially been benched by his current team and who may end up getting cut.
Travis Etienne‘s had quite the collegiate career with Clemson. To this point, his Tigers have gone 38-2 in the running back’s three seasons with the teams, including going 15-0 last season en route to a National Championship.
Over at The Draft Network, Joe Marino also ranks Etienne as the No. 4 running back prospect. One of the cons that Marino notes about Etiene is about his receiving skills, writing “he admittedly lacks confidence with his hands. Has to develop comfort catching the football to take full advantage of his skill set.” Pass-protection is also an area for improvement.
Editor’s note: Also discussed: Melvin Gordon, David Johnson, and Utah RB Zach Moss.