Chiefs news for 10 September 2020
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.
“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.”
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”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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.