Chiefs news for 28 November 2020
“Fifty touchdowns is pretty hard to do—there’s not many guys who have done that. To continue that last year with the Super Bowl championship and playing at an extremely high level this year—he’s just getting more and more comfortable. So much about playing quarterback is having experience, learning from year-to-year [and] improving your routine. He’s just doing a tremendous job.
“They’ve got their offense rolling—they’ve got, obviously, a lot of talented players. On defense they have some talented players too that make a lot of plays. It’s a really well-balanced team. We know we’re going to have to play really well to beat them. It’s going to be a big challenge for us. Watching the last time he was out there playing, you give him a chance to win and he takes advantage of it and leads the team down there. He does a tremendous job.”
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”He’s unbelievable. He’s a great player, a Hall of Fame player. We’re lucky enough to have a chance to be in this era where we get to play him,” Reid said.
”He’s old, and it’s hard to tell he’s old,” Reid added. ”And that’s a tribute to how he takes care of himself, and the care and living he does all the way around, from diet to workout to everything.”
The Chiefs are set to get wide receiver Sammy Watkins back in the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers. Watkins has not played since Week 5 because of a hamstring injury, but he was a full participant in practice all week and did not receive an injury designation on the team’s final injury report of the week. Watkins had 21 catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns in the first five weeks of the year.
|LT Eric Fisher||Ankle/Shoulder||FP||–|
|LB Willie Gay Jr.||Shoulder||FP||–|
|TE Travis Kelce||Pec||FP||–|
|WR Sammy Watkins||Hamstring/Calf||FP||–|
|DT Derrick Nnadi||Ankle||FP||–|
|RT Mike Remmers||Ribs||FP||–|
|DT Chris Jones||Groin||FP||–|
|C Austin Reiter||Knee||FP||–|
|DT Khalen Saunders||Elbow||FP||–|
|CB L’Jarius Sneed||Collarbone||FP||–|
|CB BoPete Keyes||Ankle||FP||–|
|LT Donovan Smith||Ankle||DNP||Questionable|
|LG Ali Marpet||Concussion||FP||Questionable|
|CB Jamel Dean||Concussion||DNP||OUT|
|TE Tanner Hudson||NIR||DNP||OUT|
|WR Chris Godwin||Finger||FP||–|
|C A.Q. Shipley||Neck||DNP||OUT|
|CB Ryan Smith||Ankle||FP||–|
|OLB Jason Pierre-Paul||Knee||DNP||–|
|DT Ndamukong Suh||NIR||DNP||–|
“Bruce Arians is a straight shooter,” Mathieu said. “I love him. You know, he was actually the guy that took a chance on me and drafted me and really believe in me from Day 1. He’ll always be one of my favorite coaches and I think Todd Bowles helped me out so much. He’s so smart and I think me coming into the NFL, being able to play multiple positions, I really feel like he helped me out a lot early on in my career.”
Such chaos on the roster might cause some NFL offenses to collapse under their own weight, but the Chiefs are not the average team. Kansas City’s elite passing offense affords the Chiefs a fair amount of space in the ground game. Reserve offensive linemen Mike Remmers and Nick Allegretti have held their own in 2020, and one more lineman is coming to the rescue, as tackle/guard Martinas Rankin has been activated and will be ready to make his season debut this Sunday.
The Chiefs face a formidable opponent in Week 12 at Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers are tops in the NFL at defending the run, allowing just 3.2 yards per carry. In fact, the Bucs rank No. 2 in the league in total yards allowed on the ground in spite of the fact that they are one of just two teams that has not yet had their bye week.
“Mentally, we’re kind of upset with the last two outings we’ve had,” Mathieu said. “I wouldn’t say that we’re down, we’ve kind of been in these situations before, the kind of situations where you have to lean on each other, take the coaching and you’ve got to find a way to get better. I think we have the right kind of guys in our room.”
“Obviously, I didn’t think we did a great job tackling early on in the game. It was a lot of third downs where we couldn’t get off the field, missed tackles, miscommunication. It’s little things but they’re important things. If we can continue to harp on those things and continue to make those things important, I think we’ll be fine.”