Chiefs news for October 12, 2021
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Chiefs’ defense allowing 7.1 yards per play, worst in NFL history | NBCsports
When you have Patrick Mahomes and you still have a losing record, your defense must be playing poorly. And the Chiefs’ defense is playing as poorly as any team ever has.
Kansas City is allowing a stunning 7.1 yards per play this season. That’s not just the worst average this year, it’s the worst average in NFL history.
4 takeaways from Chiefs’ Week 5 loss to Bills | usatoday
It’s always tough to see a team fall from grace the way Kansas City has this year, but a change of the guard atop the conference could give the Chiefs a chip on their shoulders that carries them to success as the schedule progresses. Losses like this are all about the bounce-back, so if they can get it together defensively and find their offensive rhythm, things might not be as bad as they seem right now.
Patrick Mahomes says there’s one thing causing Chiefs’ woes, vows to correct mistakes and turn season around | cbssports
“It’s just we’re seeing different defenses that we’ve seen in the past,” Mahomes said after Sunday’s loss. “We have a lot of stuff, we read coverages and run routes to different spots and we’re just not on that same page. I have to trust in these guys that we’ll figure that out if that’s me knowing what they’re thinking and them knowing what I’m thinking and that’s what makes our offense so good.
“The guys are seeing coverages differently than I am. They’re different coverages — I don’t think anyone has faced coverages like we’ve faced over these last few games. Once we get on the same page and get that thing rolling, I think we’ll be back to where we’re at.”
Tyrann Mathieu on Chiefs’ Defensive Woes: ‘I Think We’re Beating Ourselves | si.com
“To be honest with you, I think we are beating ourselves,” Mathieu said. “If you look back on it, go back to the Ravens game, it was missed communication, blown coverages. In the Chargers game, it was kind of the same thing. Tonight, I think most of their explosive pass plays were guys running wide open down the field. Obviously, we don’t practice that. Our coaches don’t teach that. You’ve got to find a way to dig deep, man. Every team we play wants to beat us. They want to beat us bad. I think we have to understand that coming into these kinds of games.”
Chiefs snap counts: Josh Gordon plays nine snaps in debut | usatoday
The Kansas City Chiefs played a disproportionate amount of offensive and defensive snaps in Week 5 against the Buffalo Bills. The offense had nearly 30 more snaps compared to the defense. This speaks a bit to the defense’s early-game struggles, but also their ability to get several stops in the third quarter. It also speaks to the offense putting together long drives compared to big explosive chunk plays they’re typically known for.
Injury Update: First Report on Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s Knee Injury | si.com
“Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire suffered an MCL sprain and is out for a few weeks, sources say,” Rapoport tweeted. “While he’ll miss time, not quite as bad as it appeared last night.”