Chiefs news for 22 November 2020
- Chiefs vs. Raiders spread: Kansas City -8.5
- Chiefs vs. Raiders Over-Under: 57 points
- Chiefs vs. Raiders money line: Kansas City -370, Las Vegas +305
- KC: Patrick Mahomes ranks second in the NFL in passer rating (115.9)
- LV: Josh Jacobs is fourth in the league in rushing yards (700)
Why the Chiefs can cover Mahomes is having another MVP-caliber season. The Kansas City quarterback and 2018 MVP has 25 touchdown passes, which ranks third in the league. He also has thrown only one interception, while his 25-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio leads the league. His passer rating of 115.9 is the second best in the league.
In addition, the pass defense, which has been a liability in the past, has been solid for most of the season. The Chiefs allow opposing quarterbacks a passer rating of just 81.4, which is the fourth-best in the league. They also give up just 6.64 yards per attempt, which ranks third. Their nine interceptions are tied for fifth-most.
Why the Raiders can cover Las Vegas already has beaten Kansas City this season. On Oct. 11, the Raiders piled up 490 yards of total offense, including 346 through the air, in a 40-32 upset win at Kansas City. Vegas safety Jeff Heath made a key interception in the fourth quarter, setting up the Raiders’ game-sealing score.
In addition, Las Vegas’ running game is on a roll. Over the last three games, the Raiders have averaged 190.7 rushing yards despite playing with an offensive line that was without two starters against the Browns and three against the Chargers and Broncos. Vegas faces a Chiefs run defense that allows 138.4 rushing yards per game, fourth-most in the NFL.
It is a run-first offense that uses multiple tight end packages. They are also one of the few NFL teams who still utilize the services of a traditional fullback. They prefer speedy receivers to get a jump on play-action-biting defensive backs. They drafted Henry Ruggs in the first round to be a deep threat in the offense. They brought in veteran tight end Jason Witten to form a trio with Darren Waller and Foster Moreau. The star and most vital position in the offense is running back Josh Jacobs.
DE Maxx Crosby The Las Vegas pass rush has been spotty in 2020 but a bright spot has been defensive end Maxx Crosby who leads the team with six sacks while the next guy has 1.5 sacks. Crosby was drafted in the fourth round of 2019 and so far has turned out to be a more promising player than the 2019 first-round defensive end, Clelin Ferrell.
S Johnathan Abram Abram missed almost his entire rookie season after suffering a season-ending injury in Week 1 of his 2019-rookie campaign. He has come back and is playing a big role in the Raider defense. He plays with a confidence and a swagger that is fitting of the traditional Raiders defense. He plays fast and is due to his playing style he is always on the verge of an injury. He is a big name to watch out for.
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Edwards-Helaire has been every bit as dominant as experts predicted when the Chiefs drafted him, and though he’s only been in uniform for nine games, he’s become a mainstay of Kansas City’s offense. This week could be a good excuse to get a better look at Le’Veon Bell, but fans will certainly be clamoring to see Clyde Edwards-Helaire as the team mounts a revenge game against their most bitter rival. The gameplan could also favor the ground game, with receiver depth looking depleted heading into the matchup.
This really feels like it could be a difference-making move for the Kansas City defense as Sneed was already on injured reserve for the Week 5 matchup. He has the speed to match up against and take away one of Raiders’ Henry Ruggs III or Nelson Agholor. His ball-hawking also could help the Chiefs steal a possession from Las Vegas, something that would have helped them close the gap and perhaps force overtime in Week 5.
The Raiders would likely resort to kicking the ball out of bounds with Hill lined up to return punts. The speedster notched his first career punt return touchdown against the Raiders back in 2016, taking it 78 yards to the house in Week 14, to give the Chiefs a commanding lead in the game. If Hill were to return punts it could open up some opportunities for a player like Byron Pringle on offense, with the team already short-handed at the position.
Safety Johnathan Abram, defensive tackles Maliek Collins, Johnathan Hankins and Kendal Vickers, defensive end Arden Key and cornerback Isaiah Johnson are back on the 53-player roster. They were considered high-risk close contacts with defensive end Clelin Ferrell, who tested positive for COVID-19. Abram, Collins, Hankins, Vickers, Key and Johnson will play if their Saturday COVID-19 list comes back negative Sunday morning.
The Raiders also removed defensive lineman David Irving from the practice squad/COVID-19 list. He reverted to the practice squad before the Raiders elevated him to the active roster. On Friday, Las Vegas activated defensive back Lamarcus Joyner, who went on the COVID-19 list Tuesday.
Trent Brown, Cory Littleton and Ferrell remain on the COVID-19 reserve list. The Raiders added running back Theo Riddick to the COVID-19 reserve list Saturday. The Raiders also activated defensive end Chris Smith and linebacker Javin White from the practice squad to the 53-player roster.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Terez Paylor, the Chiefs intend to sign OL Stefen Wisniewski to the practice squad. Paylor’s report has since been confirmed by The Athletic and The Kansas City Star. Paylor says the team anticipates that Wisniewski will start on the practice squad, but is likely to be promoted to the 53-man roster for the stretch run.
That’s a familiar sentiment as Wisniewski provided crucial depth for Kansas City during the stretch run of last season, starting the final two games of the regular season and all three playoff games including the Super Bowl.
Wisniewski had his visit with the Chiefs today and is expected to sign to the practice squad once he clears his COVID-19 screening. That means he’ll be in the building next week if all goes well.
The Kansas City Chiefs made a flurry of roster moves on Saturday, placing right tackle Mitchell Schwartz and defensive end Taco Charlton on injured reserve, in addition to ruling wide receiver Sammy Watkins out for Sunday night’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Schwartz has been out with a back injury that knocked him out early in the Chiefs’ game against the Buffalo Bills in Week 6 after dealing with the issue previously. Now, Schwartz will miss at least the next three weeks as he attempts to get healthier.
Similar to Week 5, the Chiefs take the lead early on, leading 21-14 at the half. The Raiders close the gap in the fourth quarter, but can’t quite tie the Chiefs up in the final seconds of the game to send things into overtime.
Madden thinks that Mahomes will continue toward an MVP title, throwing five more touchdowns this week with Hill catching three of those five touchdowns. While Edwards-Helaire doesn’t find the end zone, he rushes for 77 yards and gives the rushing attack some life.
As for the Raiders, Carr has another impressive game against KC, but the interception is a costly one. Ruggs only has one grab, but it’s for a 60-yard touchdown, causing Chiefs fans to pull their hair out of frustration. Final Score: Chiefs 35, Raiders 28
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A day before the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Las Vegas Raiders in the desert, the team announced of number of roster moves, including activating wide receiver Mecole Hardman from the Reserve/COVID list and rookie L’Jarius Sneed from injured reserve.
Hardman’s return means that whispers of Tyreek Hill returning punts on Sunday night likely fade, but the offense does get a boost with the former Georgia Bulldog’s speed back in the fold. Hardman saw his highest usage Week 8 against the New York Jets where he caught seven of nine targets for 96 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up with three more catches against the Carolina Panthers for 48 yards, and will be leaned on absent Watkins in the lineup.