Chiefs news for 18 October 2020
Heading into Week 5, the Kansas City Chiefs were already two games up on every other team in their division. At 4-0, the defending Super Bowl champions were winners of13 games in a row, loaded with the promise of a “Run It Back” campaign that looked legitimate. The AFC West already seemed locked up, and the league’s best offense looked unstoppable.
Much of the same could be said for the Buffalo Bills. In the AFC East, the Bills, at that same time stamp, were sitting pretty in their own division, two games ahead of the New England Patriots for the lead in the AFC East. Their quarterback, Josh Allen, looked like an early MVP candidate. The biggest offseason addition, Stefon Diggs, looked like the ideal import. The defense looked stacked on all three levels. Then came Week 5.
The Bills have to be hurting after a devastating 42-16 defeat at the hands of the Tennessee Titans this past Tuesday. RB T.J. Yeldon put forth a good effort for the losing side as he snatched one receiving TD.
Meanwhile, Kansas City came up short against the Las Vegas Raiders this past Sunday, falling 40-32. This was hardly the result the Chiefs or its fans were betting on, as they were favored by 10.5 points over Las Vegas heading into this game. The losing side was boosted by QB Patrick Mahomes, who passed for two TDs and 340 yards on 43 attempts in addition to punching in one rushing touchdown. Mahomes ended up with a passer rating of 128.30.
The losses bumped both teams down to an identical 4-1. Two numbers to keep in mind before kickoff: Buffalo comes into the matchup boasting the fourth fewest thrown interceptions in the NFL at one. But Kansas City is even better: they have yet to throw a single interception. So expect both teams to feel comfortable airing the ball out.
“I was told that it was Andy’s offensive mind. It’s no secret coming out of New York, there’s been talk about friction between Lev Bell and Adam Gase in terms of how Le’Veon was used. With Andy Reid, one thing we know about him, he knows offense and he knows how to put his players in positions to succeed. He will do that with Lev.”
Reid has been hailed as a creative genius for years and has an extensive body of work after decades as a head coach in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs. However, it’s only been in the last few years in Alex Smith’s final season and Patrick Mahomes’ first few years in the league that Reid has enjoyed more success—and a higher profile—than ever before. It’s a run capped by his first Super Bowl win and the chase for another in 2020.
You could say Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is excited about his new running back, Le’Veon Bell. “He’s been a heck of a player,” Reid told reporters Saturday. “I wouldn’t expect anything else here.” It’s fair to argue that Bell has not, in fact, been a heck of a player the past two seasons, averaging just 3.2 yards per carry last year. In 17 games for the Jets, Bell rushed for 863 yards and three touchdowns. Not exactly inspiring numbers.
Bell is one of the most prolific running backs of the last decade. The 28-year-old Bell has made a name for himself as one of the top stars in the game since entering the league in 2013. In that time, despite sitting out the entire 2018 season, Bell ranks third in the NFL in rushing yards (6,199), sixth in 100-yard games (18) and 12th in rushing touchdowns (38). He’s averaged 4.2 rushing yards-per-attempt during his career, earning three Pro Bowl nods (2014, ’16, ’17) and three All-Pro selections – including First-Team honors in 2014 and 2017. As those accolades indicate, Bell was particularly effective from 2014-17 while with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In those four seasons, Bell led the NFL with 6,737 yards from scrimmage and found the end zone 34 times.
“I will answer this like this—first of all, we drafted Clyde (Edwards-Helaire) for a reason,” Bieniemy told reporters on Friday. “Clyde is doing a heck of a job. The rest of that, I’m going to allow Coach to address that because he is the Head Coach for a reason and Brett Veach is the General Manager for a reason. Then after they address all that, I’ll make sure that I jump in. But Clyde is doing a heck of a job. We have been very proud of what our guys have put on tape.”
“Well, I know when I played you could never have enough good players,” Bieniemy said. “So, you want to make sure that you have great depth at every particular position because you never know when the next man is going to be called upon to play that role. So, whether it’s two playing that throughout the course of the game, sometimes three with a third-down back included, the thing you want to do is make sure that you have the right amount of ammo to go out there and help you be as prolific as you can be. It doesn’t matter, talent is talent. You want to make sure, regardless of position, that you’re ready to go.”
Final injury report for Chiefs vs. Bills, Week 6 | ChiefsWire
|WR Sammy Watkins||Hamstring||DNP||OUT|
|LB Anthony Hitchens||Illness||FP||–|
|OG Kelechi Osemele||Knees||DNP||OUT|
|CB Rashad Fenton||Shoulder||FP||–|
|OT Eric Fisher||Shoulder||FP||–|
|WR Mecole Hardman||Ankle||FP||–|
|WR Tyreek Hill||Heel||FP||–|
|DT Chris Jones||Groin||FP||–|
|TE Nick Keizer||Shoulder||FP||–|
|DT Derrick Nnadi||Ankle||FP||–|
|C Austin Reiter||Knee||FP||–|
|CB Charvarius Ward||Hand||FP||–|
|RT Mitchell Schwartz||Back||FP||Questionable|
|TE Dawson Knox||Calf||DNP||OUT|
|LB Matt Milano||Pectoral||LP||Questionable|
|CB Tre’Davious White||Back||FP||Questionable|
|LB Tremaine Edmunds||Shoulder||FP||–|
|QB Josh Allen||Shoulder||FP||–|
|WR John Brown||Knee||LP||Questionable|
|RB Zack Moss||Toe||FP||–|
|OG Quinton Spain||Foot||DNP||Questionable|
Running back Le’Veon Bell is officially a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. The team announced his signing on Saturday afternoon and that he’ll be wearing his familiar No. 26 while with the team. Left guard Kelechi Osemele was placed on injured reserve in a corresponding move. Osemele tore tendons in both knees during last Sunday’s loss to the Raiders.
The club announced that Watkins will not play in Week 6 after he didn’t practice all week because of a hamstring injury. Watkins has put together some monster performances for the Chiefs, highlighted by a 198-yard, three-touchdown outing in Week 1 of the 2019 campaign, but he’s lacked consistency across three seasons with K.C. It’s much the same story as his stints with the Bills and Los Angeles Rams.
He’s recorded 21 receptions for 222 yards and two touchdowns in five games in 2020. Nagging injuries have been a factor in his up-and-down production. He’s played all 16 regular-season games just once, which came in his rookie campaign with Buffalo in 2014.