Chiefs news for 3 December 2019
The line isn’t able to create any lanes for Thompson to run through immediately here. Thompson strings the play out by moving horizontally and waits for a spot to open up. When it does, he shoots through it and picks up 5 yards quickly.
The Chiefs’ run game is generally predicated on a runner’s ability to identify whether to move outside or find a cutback lane to take advantage of. Those lanes have been closing quickly this season, partly due to injuries along the offensive line and partly due to the Chiefs missing center Mitch Morse. Thompson was able to find them and exploit them Sunday in a way other runners haven’t.
The defense picked off Raiders quarterback Derek Carr twice Sunday, returning one of them for a touchdown, and paced the Chiefs to a 40-9 rout of their division rival. It held sensational rookie running back Josh Jacobs in check, shut down Oakland’s wide receivers and did not allow a point until well into the second half and a touchdown until the final minute of the game.
Everything was clicking, just in time for a trip to New England on Sunday.
“We have a big one next week. We’ve got to continue the process,” said safety Tyrann Mathieu, one of the marquee additions, who had one of the two interceptions against Oakland.
6. The Chiefs always seem to take the ball away in divisional matchups.
With three on Sunday, Kansas City now has 10 takeaways against AFC West opponents on the season, which are the second-most for any team vs. their own division in the NFL. That’s been a trend for a while, too, as the Chiefs have forced a league-most 63 turnovers vs. divisional opponents since 2015. The next closest team, New England, is 10 takeaways behind.
“Darrel’s injury, he had a hamstring and that didn’t look very good,” Reid said Monday. “So, there’s probably a pretty good chance he doesn’t play.”
Williams was injured in the third quarter and did not finish the game against the Oakland Raiders, a 40-9 Chiefs victory.
He went down without any contact on a rushing attempt around the left end of the offensive line, and appeared in immediate pain while grabbing the back of his left leg.
The second-year running back eventually got up under his own power, but had a noticeable limp as he made his way to the tunnel behind the bench to the locker room.
The New England Patriots have already displayed a lackluster offense on several occasions this season, even against the shoddier teams in the league, but against the Kansas City Chiefs coming up in Week 14, they might be down even more talent from their offensive front if starting center Ted Karras cannot play.
NFL reporter Ian Rapoport says that Karras is believed to have sprained his MCL in the Pats’ loss to the Houston Texans in primetime on Sunday night in Week 13. If so, it’ll be hard for him to suit up and be ready to face the Chiefs defensive front in another primetime matchup among two of the Super Bowl hopeful teams in the AFC.
A better challenge for the Chiefs’ defense should come next Sunday against the Patriots in New England. While the Chargers and Raiders are near the bottom of the league in scoring, the Patriots were fifth heading into Week 13.
“This week of practice will really be about discipline, assignment discipline, technique discipline, because that’s what the Patriots are going to do,” Mathieu said. “They’re going to run the ball, they’re going to throw screens, they’re going to wait for you to get out of your gap, they’re going to wait for a deep safety to not be deep.
“It starts with me this week in practice, getting our guys ready, setting the tempo early in the week, letting them know we’ve got a big game this week.”
Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots (-3)
Like San Francisco, New England went into Week 13 with one loss and exited with two, losing its claim to the AFC’s No. 1 seed in the process. The Patriots (10-1 SU, 7-4 SU) were 3-point favorites at Houston, but got going too late in a 28-22 loss.
Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City got a much-needed bye in Week 12 and came out rolling in Week 13. The Chiefs (8-4 SU, 7-5 ATS) pounded Oakland 40-9 as 11-point home favorites Sunday to take a two-game lead in the AFC West.
“We opened Patriots -3 and took it off the board when the Sunday night game kicked,” Murray said. “I expect it to come lower when it reopens (Monday morning). The Patriots are smoke and mirrors, 10-2 because of a great coach and a super easy schedule.”
This past weekend’s raffle benefited City Year Kansas City – an organization that helps put local students in a position to succeed both academically and in life – raising a donation of $47,978 through ticket sales alone, but a local community member ensured that City Year received an even larger figure.
The Cocherl Family Foundation, founded by local businessman and philanthropist Patrick Cocherl, Jr. and his wife, Kathy, doubled the original donation for a grand total of $95,956 to support City Year and its life-changing programs in Kansas City.