Morning Huddle: Chiefs return as Super Bowl favorite

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After a thrilling win, the Chiefs climb back to the top of the Super Bowl favorites. Largely due to Frank Clark’s relentless play. Get in your #MorningHuddle

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Frank Clark’s relentless play fuels Chiefs’ defense in comeback victory over Texans | The Athletic

Clark’s drive to get back up and charge once more into the fray over and over isn’t something that’s easy to quantify. It’s not like strength, speed and technique, all of which Clark is blessed with. But it matters, and that showed up repeatedly against Houston when Clark refused to let Watson get comfortable while trying to keep up with Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense. In a game also featuring defensive stars J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus, Clark was far and away the best pass rusher on the field. It was one of the major differences as the game unfolded, and helped prevent it from turning into a shootout.

Clark’s impact wasn’t limited to plays he brought Watson to the ground. He also pressured Watson off his spot and into hurried throws multiple times throughout the game in crucial spots, including a crucial 4th down with 11:45 left in the game (see the full video here).

Chiefs return as Super Bowl favorites with 49ers close second | ESPN

The Kansas City Chiefs are once again the favorites to win the Super Bowl, with the San Francisco 49ers right on their heels.

The Chiefs are the favorites at 11-10 as of Monday morning at Caesars Sportsbook. The 49ers are next at 7-5, followed by the Tennessee Titans at 15-2 and Green Bay Packers at 17-2.

Chiefs revenge tour begins with Houston, gets Tennessee next | USA Today

WHAT’S WORKING

Patrick Mahomes — big surprise there. The Chiefs quarterback is finally healthy after dealing with a sprained ankle and dislocated kneecap this season, and it showed in his performance against Houston. He became the first player in history to throw for at least 300 yards, run for at least 50 and throw five touchdown passes in a single playoff game.

Upon Further Review: 10 Quick Facts Following Sunday’s Thrilling Victory Over Houston | The Mothership

7. Blake Bell found the end zone for the first time this season

Mahomes found Bell for an 8-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to extend the Chiefs’ lead, marking Bell’s first touchdown of the season.

Bell was the third player to find the end zone in the game for Kansas City, joining Kelce and Williams.

Ian Rapoport: Kansas City Chiefs intend to make Patrick Mahomes highest paid QB with contract extension | Yahoo! Sports

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports the Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes will meet to negotiate a contract extension that will make him the highest paid quarterback in the league. (video)

Sando’s Pick Six: Insiders’ takes on Lamar Jackson after a disappointing divisional round exit | The Athletic

“We got ahead of him and that is what you really didn’t want to do,” Phillips said in that 2017 interview [Sporting Note: Phillips is referencing the Bills playing against Dan Marino in 1995]. “He threw it 64 times in the game! You talk about wringing your hands and so forth. He could throw it long, he could throw it short, he could just throw it. Maybe the most gifted quarterback we ever played against.”

Mahomes is in that category now. This season, the Chiefs were already the pass-happiest team in the NFL by several measures, including on early downs in the first 28 minutes of games, before clock and score differential typically influence play calling. When a series of unusual acts conspired to give Houston such a large lead, Kansas City was freed from any convention at all. Mahomes was going to throw the ball over and over and over.

Andy Reid stays the course, keeps his Chiefs on track for Super Bowl LIV | ESPN

Reid is one of eight coaches with 200 wins, seventh all-time and a bad season away from passing Paul Brown. But he has, famously, never won a Super Bowl, and that fact is repeated so frequently, and with such blunt force, that it began to feel vindictive years ago.

“I think everyone who has an understanding of him over the past 20 years understands there’s one thing he hasn’t done,” Schwartz said. “It would be really special to be able to do that.” Schwartz pointedly refused to identify “that,” before saying, “This team does a really good job of not looking too far ahead and just focusing on the moment. Obviously, being able to come back like we did today shows a resilience that speaks to that. And I think he [Reid] is a big part of that. I don’t think the plays he called got magically better in the second quarter. He just kept trusting us. You see coaches get conservative and shut it down but he always stays aggressive. We feed off his ability to be positive with that. He’s always on attack as a playcaller and a person — he just attacks everything. That definitely translates.”

No Patriots, better ratings? Chiefs-Texans draws huge numbers for CBS | Yahoo! Sports

On Monday, CBS Sports’ PR arm tweeted out viewership numbers from Sunday’s Houston Texans-Kansas City Chiefs game on its network.

According to CBS, the AFC game had 35.396 million viewers, up 21 percent from last year’s Los Angeles Chargers-Patriots game, which New England won, 41-28.

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He is the left tackle but great tweet anyway.

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A legendary playoffs run. A legendary moment.

Congrats to @Big_Fish79 and the @Chiefs on the AFC Championship and the #BudLightCelly of the week. @budweiserusa

This will be the eighth Super Bowl since 1985 where a top 3 DVOA offense will face a top 3 DVOA defense.

1991 BUF-WAS*
1997 DEN-GB
1999 TEN-STL**
2002 OAK-TB
2005 SEA-PIT
2006 IND-CHI
2013 DEN-SEA
2019 KC-SF

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Mahomes motions Kelce to hopefully give him or Hill an opening on opposite sides of the field. Mahomes wants to Chuck this deep to Hill but he is accounted for. So Hill breaks off his route and comes back to his quarterback. #JacobsEyeInTheSky #Chiefs

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If Mahomes throws 3 TD passes in SB 54, he'll be one of 11 QBs to do that four times in the postseason.

Brady - 11
Montana - 9
Rodgers - 7
Favre - 6
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Brees - 5
Marino - 5
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Seth Keysor@RealMNchiefsfan

Clark backed up his words Sunday. He was strong on the edge and solid squeezing and in pursuit. Nice play by Wilson here to get into the gap, but there's nowhere to go for Henry because Clark stonewalls the RT.

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Seth Keysor@RealMNchiefsfan

Clark backed up his words Sunday. He was strong on the edge and solid squeezing and in pursuit. Nice play by Wilson here to get into the gap, but there's nowhere to go for Henry because Clark stonewalls the RT.

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SuperMegaChief
SuperMegaChief

While it was awesome what happened this weekend, it’s business time again. The Titans are a boogeyman to this team and it’s time to go to work. I know Mahomes has moved on, I hope the rest of the team is on the same page.

Tarkus

Fortunately, Mahomes doesn’t believe in the boogeyman.

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

Anyone else notice T sizzle looking a little sluggish out there?

TX_CHIEFSfan
TX_CHIEFSfan

If I recall from Seths breakdowns he was more than likely sealing the edge to keep DW contained. While Franky could feast like a shark…
I could be wrong he could be gassed a bit. But he seams to keep an eye out for the runner and the edge very well.

tsv0728
tsv0728

Shefter and Petro don’t think he’ll play FWIW.

BleedingRedAndGold

Seth also mentioned that the pass rush had to hold up a touch to prevent getting behind Watson and letting him run free, so I don’t think this game’s a good benchmark for evaluating Suggs. He may not be as fast as he used to be, but kinda like Hali he uses his experience and savvy to compensate, and he still can set a pretty good edge and put some pressure on the QB. Why he wouldn’t play next Sunday is beyond me, but there are all kinds of opinions out there.

I do hope that Jones’ leg heals up by Sunday. While I don’t think that he’s absolutely essential to winning that game, he’s a difference-maker out there, and extra help never hurts.

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed

T Sizzle looked a little Suggsish to me.

NovaChiefs
NovaChiefs

The more I re-watch that TD to Kelce where Mahomes was near the LOS, the more impressed I am. There are so many things happening that he processes, all at one.
Finding a potential receiver in all that mess. Most QBs try to run it in.
Knowing he can’t throw it too hard. Many would zip it in, possibly causing a drop. He floats it.
Getting in in between 3 defenders around him. That alone would have scared off most QBs.
And, while doing all that, knowing EXACTLY where he was on the field and dragging that left foot to stay behind the line.
IF we can get him even 2 SB wins, I think the consensus greatest QB of all time very well may be on our roster right now.
What a time to be a Chiefs fan.

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

It really was an amazing pitch, seeing that replay. He didnt even look open.

Leaf
Leaf

But but, Mahomes only looks good because his receivers are always open. Twitter and Skip told me so, and they never lie

NovaChiefs
NovaChiefs

There was Mahomes, Kelce, and SIX Texans around the ball. Every time I watch that play, I see something else.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief

I think Belichick showed the blueprint to beat Tennessee. Let Henry get his (no HUGE runs) and lock down the pass game. As dominant as Tennessee looked, they only managed two offensive scores. That will not beat KC.

If Mahomes gets KC in the endzone 5 times, KC wins.

irafreak
irafreak

And wasn’t the hype before that game about how the patriots dline was undersized and would struggle against the run?

Leaf
Leaf

I agree here. That’s how we played them last time too. If not for some fluky shit and us not being 100% that’s a different game

Tarkus

Name-calling seems unnecessary.

KCChef
KCChef

Z , You’re much more rational when discussing a Chiefs Win … You get all “Internet Thuggy ” when trying to defend your negative slants in a Chiefs loss & it’s bitten you in the Ass before as well … It kinda erodes your credibility IMO … I usually enjoy your GIF submissions though …
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Thuggy — I like that

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Tony Sommer

I’m curious what that Athletic article says about Lamar Jackson. The current idea seems to be that the Ravens should have ran it more, which seems to contradict the hype around him from a week ago. If Lamar Jackson is really an elite MVP quarterback you should want to put it in his hands as often as possible, right?

Spider
Spider

Apparently “elite” now includes the league’s 31st QB in passing yards per game.

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

Chris Jones has to be ready to go this weekend. And we need to sell out to stop the run.

irafreak
irafreak

Agreed. We can win a shootout. Don’t let the game come down to henry wearing out the defense by the 4th

QuackTastic
QuackTastic

Crazy that all we need to do is stop the run and not chief it up and we’re in the superbowl.

Eze chief kingdom
Eze chief kingdom

and the titans did give up plenty of yards last week. if the ravens didn’t turn it over it could’ve been a different game

TX_CHIEFSfan
TX_CHIEFSfan

I honestly don’t think Chris will be ready. I he heard a pop in his calf. He’s probably got a partial tear and that may takes weeks to heal… just a speculation on my part.

SCKSChief
SCKSChief

Suffered that one myself fairly recently (about a year and a half back). Granted, I’m 40+ and far beyond my peak athletic ability and lack the treatment options/availability of a professional athlete. That said, I bet it took a month before I felt like I was ready to run on it. Now, I did fight it for a month or so before I finally heard the pop and ended up in a boot for a few days.

I hope he’s ready. They need him.

StramtoReid
StramtoReid

I remember the experts saying a couple weeks ago, that with this Chief’s defense the offense doesnt need to score alot. That last year’s offense needed to score alot because the defense was bad. I believe the complete opposite. I believe with a bad defense you have to give them time to rest and keep the other teams offense off the field. Maybe the D can hold the other teams offense to a FG.

If this Chief’s defense can get the other team’s offense off the field, it’s ok to score in 3 minutes. Last year the Chiefs offense couldn’t break a teams soul because they were always in the game. On Sunday the Chiefs broke the Texan’s spirits and they gave up.

This week if the Titans have a 7 minute drive, I believe we need to methodically move the ball downfield. I almost want to get the ball first to start the game and try to score quick and put pressure on the Titans. Our ultimate goal is to get a big lead and have the Titans abandon the run.

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed

I prefer to look at the situation. I want us to score fast to put pressure on the Titans O. Henry has been rode hard for several weeks now, they might have to sub him out if we score fast and often.

Plus as we all now from years past. All it takes is one offensive holding penalty to cripple a drive for a methodical ground game. We need to force the refs to to call it. Flail, scream, talk to refs after the play, if we can get two holding penalties called during the course of the game it is almost the same as a turnover.

irafreak
irafreak

This right here. Play your game. Unleash the offense and play aggressive D. If the get beat over the top a couple times, just answer. But make them have to pass. Trust the defense to get a stop here and there and force the titans to keep pace. Put all the pressure on them to throw and score. I trust spats to have a solid gameplan. He’s already faced them once. The titans defense does not worry me.

Warpath
Warpath

Huddle up boys, this shits gettin real.

vvet818

Hey Titans…….
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