Chiefs news for 7 January 2020
Here’s a Look at the Chiefs’ 2021 Opponents | Chiefs.com
The Kansas City Chiefs still have some unfinished business this season, but with the 2020 campaign officially in the books, we now know all of the Chiefs’ opponents for next year.
In addition to AFC West divisional opponents, the Chiefs will take on the AFC North, NFC East and the first-place finishers from the AFC South (Tennessee Titans) and AFC East (Buffalo Bills). The latter two games were determined because of Kansas City’s first place standing in the AFC West.
According to the NFL’s official transaction report, the Chiefs placed rookie DE Mike Danna on the reserve/COVID-19 list. If you’ll recall, players that are placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list do not have to test positive for the virus, they can simply be deemed high-risk close contacts to someone who tested positive. If Danna is a high-risk close contact, he has to spend five days on the list without a positive test before he’s able to be removed from the list.
We’d already learned that Bieniemy completed interviews with both the Atlanta Falcons and the Detroit Lions on Monday. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Bieniemy also completed an interview with the Los Angeles Chargers on Tuesday and wrapped up interviews with the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars today.
Bieniemy has now interviewed with five of the six teams that have head-coaching vacancies this offseason. The only team that has surprisingly did not request a head-coaching interview with Bieniemy is the Houston Texans. They appeared to be a prime landing spot for Bieniemy, but they seem to have different plans, at least for now.
Anthony Hitchens sounds like he’s back. The exhale you’re likely also hearing is that of the Kansas City Chiefs coaches who are glad to see him back at work at Arrowhead to help bolster a defense that’s missing key places in the heart of it all.
Hitchens landed on the COVID-19/reserve list two weeks ago which kept him out of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 17 as well as the previous win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16. The team’s linebacking corps has stepped up in the wake of missing players, but it’s the sort of defensive tension that likely would not hold for another week or two.
On New Year’s Day, bookmaker William Hill U.S. took a six-figure bet on the Kansas City Chiefs to win the Super Bowl, but the defending champions are not the sportsbook’s biggest concern heading into the playoffs.
The Chiefs are the consensus Super Bowl favorite, listed at +190 at Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill. The Green Bay Packers are next at +450, followed by the Buffalo Bills (+700) and New Orleans Saints (+750). The Buccaneers are +1,000.
The Chiefs have attracted the most bets and most money in William Hill’s Super Bowl futures market. The Packers have the second-most Super Bowl bets, followed by the Buccaneers, Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers.
It’s easy to identify the dominant teams in this year’s playoffs, studs like the Chiefs, Packers, Saints and Bills. It’s harder to pick out who’s going to be the next version of the 2007 and 2011 Giants, the 2010 Packers, the 2012 Ravens or the 2015 Broncos — surprising champions of the last 15 years that found a way to weather adversity and ultimately turn hard times into helpful motivation.
If there’s anybody in the NFL who knows a thing or two about such postseason magic, it’s Brady. He won his first championship, in 2001, after an official used the “Tuck Rule” to overturn a game-wrecking fumble in a Divisional playoff win over the Raiders. Brady’s last championship, in 2018, had plenty to do with Chiefs outside linebacker Dee Ford lining up offsides when Brady tossed what would’ve been a game-ending interception late in the Patriots’ AFC Championship win. As brilliant as Brady has been throughout his career, he knows a break or two doesn’t hurt along the way.
[Chiefs – 1] The Kansas City Chiefs entered Week 17 in the most enviable of positions. At 14-1, what happened Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers didn’t matter. Regardless of the outcome, the defending Super Bowl champions were the AFC’s No. 1 seed and would be watching the Wild Card Round from home.
“Maybe the extra rest will come back and bite them in the butt,” he said. “Maybe all the close calls as of late are a harbinger of doom. Or maybe the Chiefs will play up to their potential in two weeks and cruise into the AFC Championship Game. I’m not betting against a team led by Patrick Mahomes.”