Morning Huddle: Game Day Edition!

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It’s finally here. Welcome to Game Day, Chiefs Kingdom. Grab yourself a cup o’ joe and get in the Huddle!

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Chiefs to Open 2020 Season Against Texans in NFL Kickoff Game | Important Reminders | Chiefs.com

During pregame, the Kansas City Chiefs will celebrate the franchise’s second Super Bowl title with a short on-field ceremony that concludes with the unveiling of a new championship banner inside the stadium. “Voice of the Chiefs” Mitch Holthus will lead the ceremony, which will feature Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt and a special message from Norma Hunt.

Early in pregame, a video showing the traditional Blessing of the Drum and the Blessing of the Four Directions will be played inside the stadium. Due to COVID restrictions, the Blessing was previously recorded at the stadium. Alan Redbird, a member of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, the spiritual leader of the Kansas Native American Color Guard and a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam, performed the blessing.

Fans who are unable to attend Thursday’s game can tune into WDAF-FM (106.5 The Wolf), the Home of the Chiefs Radio Network, as “Voice of the Chiefs” Mitch Holthus, former Chiefs WR Danan Hughes and sideline reporter Josh Klingler call the action. Thursday’s game will air on NBC (KSHB), with the Sunday Night Football crew of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya on the call. Tico Sports will produce a Spanish broadcast on Real Country 1030 AM (KCWJ) featuring Enrique Morales, Oscar Monterroso and sideline reporter Hannah Bassham.

Chiefs rookies Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Willie Gay Jr. ready for NFL debut | ChiefsWire

“As far as visualizing, ultimately my first snap, I’m going to be nervous,” Edwards-Helaire told reporters on Tuesday. “That’s just what it is. That goes to show that I’m a human and this is my first NFL game. I really don’t know what to expect. Twenty-two percent of the fans are going to be there, so it’s not going to be a full stadium. Everything is kind of up in the air for everybody. Ultimately, my job is to put my helmet on and whenever they call a play, do my job.”

“You know, just to be on the field is a big blessing for me,” Gay Jr. said. “So defense, offense, special teams man, they’re all important. So, to be able to say I’m going to be a big player, big-time player on special teams, it’s great and I’m excited for that.”

Texans-Chiefs Preview | SI.com

”You have to expect the unexpected,” Mahomes said, ”and that’s what we’re trying to do. We’re going to have a game plan for everything, and I’m going to make adjustments as quickly as possible so we can get off to a fast start. Hopefully.”

”These two guys are just great players. Very, very dynamic players,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said. ”It’s always interesting how the schedules are made that this is the game that opens up the season, especially with what’s gone on. What’s gone on the last six months, it’s unprecedented. Now you have this game with these two quarterbacks who have done so much early in their careers, its’ a great night for the league and a great night for football.”

4 major X-Factors to watch from the Texans vs. Chiefs matchup in Week 1 | 247Sports

Next up for the Chiefs is second-year cornerback Rashad Fenton. He was selected with the No. 201 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but is projected to be the No. 2 cornerback for Kansas City. One of the only weaknesses on the roster comes at the cornerback position. In Week 1 against the Texans and Deshaun Watson, the Chiefs cannot afford to play poorly in the secondary. Fenton will be the guy that needs to step up.

Last season with the Chiefs, Fenton ended up playing in 12 games. He recorded 15 total tackles to go along with one forced fumble, one interception, and four defended passes. Fenton does not have much experience, which is something to keep a close eye on. Houston will look to expose him and the Chiefs need to hope that he is ready for the storm that is coming his way.

Brandin Cooks questionable for the opener | PFT

Per the Texans, wide receiver Brandin Cooks is questionable for Thursday’s opener against the Chiefs after taking a hypothetically limited part in Wednesday’s hypothetical practice. The Texans didn’t actually practice, and estimated the level of participation of those on the report.

The questionable designation translates to a 50-50 chance he’ll play, and the fact he did anything (hypothetically or otherwise) was a sign of progress after he was held out of practice Tuesday with a quad injury.

NFL DFS for Chiefs vs. Texans, Week 1: Optimal DraftKings, FanDuel daily Fantasy football picks, stacks | NFL.com

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was unstoppable in their playoff rematch with 10 catches for 134 yards and three touchdowns, but who should be on your radar in Thursday’s NFL DFS player pool, and what’s the best NFL DFS strategy with plenty on the line in NFL DFS tournaments, cash games and 50-50s on sites like FanDuel and DraftKings? Before setting any Thursday Night Football DFS lineups for Texans vs. Chiefs, be sure to see the latest NFL DFS advice from SportsLine’s Mike McClure. He’s won almost $2 million as a daily Fantasy pro, and his top NFL DFS picks, stacks and player pool can help you separate from the pack in Week 1.

McClure’s optimal NFL DFS strategy for Thursday Night Football also includes rostering Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill. Despite playing just 51 percent of the offensive snaps, Hill had five catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns during the Week 6 regular-season matchup with the Texans.

How the Kansas City Chiefs Built the 2020 | SI.com

Player Summary: Frank Clark is back for his second season with the Chiefs, hoping to improve on his 2019 season, which was hampered by injuries and stomach bugs. As the Chiefs’ primary edge rusher, Clark will need to provide much-needed edge pressure to compliment the inside pressure of Chris Jones. Clark is being paid big bucks to perform at the high level he did in the 2019 postseason, so it’s now time to see if he can build on that stellar postseason performance.

Player Summary: Fan-favorite Dirty Dan is back again. The man who made the tackle to spark the comeback against the Texans might be entering his final year with the Chiefs as he is 30 and has never been an overwhelming player. However, Sorensen still has a role in the Chiefs’ defense as the third safety and will possibly take snaps at free safety while Thornhill eases back into the swing of things.

Four reasons the Chiefs will repeat as Super Bowl champions: Andy Reid set to coach most stacked roster yet | NFL.com

The best NFL offenses convert on third down by avoiding third down in the first place, and how they choose to approach that challenge when the result is up in the air tells you a lot about what they want their identity to be. This season, no NFL team called for a pass in those situations more often than the Kansas City Chiefs, who did so 65 percent of the time on first or second down in the first three quarters of a game that was within two scores at the time. That 65 percent pass rate was not just the highest in the NFL this year, but the highest of any team in the past four years.  

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former ap lurker
former ap lurker
09/10/2020 10:05 am

GO CHIEFS!! Let’s start running it back this year with a sprint. Chiefs 38 Texans 14

Darth Caedus
Darth Caedus
09/10/2020 9:51 am

I’m good for one or two comments a year here…

IT’S GAMEDAY!

I said it when I first woke up, I said it on my morning team Scrum call at work, I’ve screamed it on Twitter and Facebook. LET’S GO!!!!

pompano
pompano
09/10/2020 9:25 am

Looks like the 1st 4 weeks will be broadcast down here. Already showing KC@LAC on the program guide.

slackator
slackator
Reply to  pompano
09/10/2020 1:25 pm

Week 2 is the only week thats questionable to be shown in the OKC market until week 17, It shouldnt be because Super Bowl Champs and large fanbase but for some reason CBS doesnt want to believe so and I can see them showing Baltimore and Houston just to piss us off, and week 17 is somehow the only week that KC and Cleveland play at the same time on the same network and because of Baker OKC is still supposedly Cleveland territory

pompano
pompano
Reply to  slackator
09/10/2020 1:37 pm

fuckers..

bighoss34
bighoss34
09/10/2020 8:52 am

Hello breakaway Chief’s blog. Here’s to a good game tonight by both teams. Pop in some time to say hello at Texanschat.com. You’d need to register with Hyvor in the bottom of our daily thread to talk some friendly trash: https://texanschat.com/daily-thread-9-10-2020-its-game-day-yall/

Leaf
Reply to  bighoss34
09/10/2020 9:57 am

Thanks for the invite. Here’s to a good game, with no injuries, and a chiefs victory 😜

pompano
pompano
09/10/2020 8:41 am

GAMEDAY!!
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FVCK YEAH!!

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
Reply to  pompano
09/10/2020 8:44 am

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Nasrani
Nasrani
09/10/2020 8:31 am

Game day!!!

You better believe I’ve got my red on to support our WORLD CHAMPION Chiefs as we go out and defend our title!

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Leaf
09/10/2020 8:30 am

Damn, @ $150 id go to the game if I lived in the area.

rip58lovealways
rip58lovealways
09/10/2020 8:15 am

GAME DAY!!!!!!! It’s the best day of the year…. go Chiefs…..

Warpath
Warpath
09/10/2020 8:10 am

“WORLD CHAMPIONS”

Panzer85
Panzer85
09/10/2020 8:08 am

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Leaf
09/10/2020 8:07 am

I wonder what that embarrassing tweet said

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
09/10/2020 7:34 am

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
09/10/2020 7:23 am

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workingmansdead
09/10/2020 7:08 am

Ready to see that championship banner!

ChiefDog
09/10/2020 6:57 am

MERRY CHIEFSMAS!!!

Maw423
Maw423
09/10/2020 6:19 am

Should have started out with

WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!

And, it’s GAMEDAY!!!

lol

Maw423
Maw423
09/10/2020 6:18 am

While I believe that the NFL’s stance on additions to the uniform have been ridiculously wishy-washy, I could get behind something like ‘It takes all of us’, which seems to be about the closest thing to promoting unity that I have seen so far.

Nasrani
Nasrani
Reply to  Maw423
09/10/2020 8:32 am

The old FC Barcelona jerseys used to have “More than a club” (in Catalan) written on the inside of them, I believe just below the collar on the back. Maybe the NFL (or individual teams) could get behind doing something like that.

If it’s on the inside of the jersey it wouldn’t be a distraction.

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  Nasrani
09/10/2020 9:54 am

The other side of that coin (no pun intended) is that would merely be a token action, not a statement.

I don’t need (yet) another statement. Talk is cheap IMHO. But intelligent minds can -and do- disagree.

Nasrani
Nasrani
Reply to  Team Player
09/10/2020 10:04 am

I could understand that side of it too. I wonder if someone could make a banner that says “United We Stand” and has everyone – from both teams – regardless of their color/race/religious identity/political beliefs/whatever else we use to identify people standing under it.

Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat
Reply to  Nasrani
09/10/2020 10:20 am

Good idea. I’d prefer standing to kneeling for sure.

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