Chiefs news for 10 October 2020
Problem is, the Raiders don’t have nearly as much going for them on defense, where they’ve surrendered an average of 30 points per game. If that doesn’t sound like a match made in heaven for the Chiefs offense, which’ll assuredly be hungry to rebound in a big way after a slower start against New England, then what does? Mahomes should feast on the Raiders secondary, which is battling multiple injuries at cornerback, so it’s no wonder oddsmakers like the home team — which will also have in-person fans — to win big. Pick: Chiefs 34, Raiders 21
Final injury report for Chiefs vs. Raiders, Week 5 | ChiefsWire
Andy Reid said that Mike Danna would be ruled out for the game on Sunday and the injury report reflects that. Reid also would not commit to either Chris Jones and Bashaud Breeland playing in Week 5. Jones is coming off of a groin injury with two consecutive full practices, while Breeland is coming off of suspension and being eased back into the swing of things. Jones doesn’t carry a game status designation. Typically, for an Andy Reid-coached team, that means that he’ll be active on game day.
Las Vegas only ruled out one player this week in standout rookie WR Bryan Edwards. He won’t play in Kansas City in Week 5. Of the questionable players, Raiders DT Maliek Collins, who had a limited practice on Friday is the least likely to play. That’s not good news for a team that is already thin on DT depth with Maurice Hurst on the reserve/COVID-19 list. I get the impression that each of Trent Brown, Henry Ruggs III and Rico Gafford will all be available to play this week.
The Kansas City Chiefs have designated rookie defensive end Mike Danna as officially out two days before the team is scheduled to host the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 5 at Arrowhead Stadium. Danna first came up injured with a hamstring issue in Week 4 in the Chiefs’ win over the New England Patriots. He was unable to return to action in that game. From there, he’s missed Chiefs practice all this week so it’s not surprising to see him held out of his first game.
“The four weeks, it was a time for me to really work on myself, put the past behind me and really focus on what I can bring to this team this year to help us get back to the Super Bowl,” Breeland said of his time away from the team. “As far as getting in shape, it takes time to really get in football condition, but I’ve been working out throughout these four weeks, and I’m just ready to plug in wherever they’re ready for me to plug in.” “It was a bittersweet moment really not being able to be out there. I was disappointed in myself for allowing my team to be there without me, but really seeing what they were doing, it really cheered me up at the same time,” Breeland said.
At this point, Washington could be a potential replacement for Thompson and that’s where things get interesting. Thompson had some key miscues two weeks ago against the Baltimore Ravens—some of the only concerns from that entire performance as a team—and last week received zero snaps. Was it a punishment? Is Washington’s promotion also tied to things? Is Thompson really in the doghouse?
That said, it only takes a look back to last season to see two things. First, Thompson has had fumble issues before. Second, the Chiefs pulled the short leash of LeSean McCoy for the same reason. He was never given the same opportunities again despite being the most dynamic running back overall on the team.
“Each and every week is a growing point for me, from practices to games, to meetings,” Gay told reporters on Thursday. “Hopefully, the way I’m planning forward to go for myself with personal goals is every week just continue to build and get better, see more time as the season goes on. Those first three games were just time for me to learn more. Once again, just each and every week, just try to improve.”
“Well, you know, sometimes you’ve just got to wait your turn,” Gay said. “I’m coming onto a team where it’s loaded. It’s stacked, guys already in positions that have been here a while. You’ve got people playing the positions that have been here six or seven years, so I’m a rookie, I’m just waiting my turn. Hopefully, one day I can get the opportunity, I know I will, but I’m just playing my role for right now.”
The Chiefs are ninth in the NFL in points scored, with 117 through four weeks. That’s a drop from last week when they were ranked fourth, and behind their 2019 rank where they finished fifth. It’s amazing how scoring 26 points dropped them five ranks, but strangely enough, 26 points was the 16th-highest scoring output of the week.
The Chiefs are third in points allowed with 70, which is an improvement on their ranking of sixth through three weeks. They finished 2019 ranked seventh, so they are actually out-performing their 2019 defense in points so far. Only the Indianapolis Colts are allowing fewer points per game so far than Kansas City’s 17.5 points per game.
The Chiefs maintained their top ranking on third-down conversions despite going only 4-for-11 against New England, still ranking first in the NFL with a 53.8% conversion rate on the year. They finished last season in first place with a 47.6% conversion rate. Clearly, Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid have as good of a grip on third-down play-calling as anyone in football.