Chiefs news for 12 September 2020
“First carry, I kind of felt a lot of emotions,” Edwards-Helaire told reporters after the game. “After I got tackled that first time and rolled up, I just knew, ‘Alright, it’s football. Time to roll.’”
As the season goes on, we’re going to see more and more defensive coordinators faced with this impossible task. Do you leave everyone on an island against Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins to stuff up Edwards-Helaire? The rookie sensation has the potential to bring a type of balance to the Chiefs’ offense that they haven’t consistently seen since their record-breaking 2018 season. He’ll also only get better and more comfortable within the offensive scheme from here.
Last year, the Chiefs on average called 37.56 pass plays per game (attempts plus sacks), and they ran the ball 23.43 times per game. Last night, it was a far difference ratio.
The Chiefs ran the ball 34 times in their 34-20 win over the Texans, with 33 pass plays called (32 attempts and one sack). Of those 34 carries, rookie first-rounder Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran the ball 25 times for 138 yards and a touchdown.
This injury is ill-timed for Kansas City, as fellow starting corner Bashaud Breeland is currently in the midst of serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on substance abuse. L’Jarius Sneed, who was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 draft earlier this offseason, started in place of Breeland and performed well, picking off Deshaun Watson in the second half. He’ll likely see increased reps in Week 2 if Ward is sidelined. Meanwhile, Rashad Fenton would likely be Ward’s replacement opposite of Sneed if he isn’t able to play next week.
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire played in 67% of the Chiefs’ offensive snaps with Darrel Williams relieving him. No snaps for Darwin Thompson.
- L’Jarius Sneed played 93% of the Chiefs’ defensive snaps in his rookie debut.
- Tershawn Wharton only played 14 defensive snaps (24%) despite the injury to Khalen Saunders.
- Mike Danna played just under 50% of the Chiefs’ defensive snaps, coming in behind Tanoh Kpassagnon and Frank Clark.
- Tedric Thompson played 36% of the Chiefs’ defensive snaps, recording two tackles.
- Dorian O’Daniel, Armani Watts and Anthony Sherman led the way with special teams snaps with 19. Rookie Willie Gay Jr. had just 16 special teams snaps on the night.
“I’m pissed off,” Mathieu told reporters. “I feel like we played fairly decent up until probably that last couple stretches in the fourth quarter. We started giving up big plays, big chunks, things we weren’t necessarily doing throughout the game. So in my mind, we’ve got a lot more work to do.”
“I felt like if we would have held those guys to seven points, it would have been a much better feeling,” he said. “Those guys scoring 20 kind of leaves a bad taste in our mouth. We’ve got a lot of work to do. I’m looking forward to next week.”
“That was brutal,” Reid said. “I didn’t do very good with that thing. Listen, it will be better the next time. I appreciate you asking that, it was a bit of a mess.” The Chiefs have more than a week to prepare for Week Two against the Chargers and Reid’s face covering will go alongside offensive and defensive game plans as something the team has to consider.
“They changed it up a lot,” Mahomes said, via Adam Teicher of ESPN.com. “They did a lot of stuff at the line of scrimmage, they kept safeties back and they put a guy over [Tyreek Hill] pretty much the entire game.
“That’s what makes this offense so good is we can change within games. We can go throughout our game plan and find ways to score and find ways to move the ball down the field, and tonight it was taking the short passes. And I think whenever we get to the Chargers next week, we’ll be playing another great defense and we’ll have to find a way to move the ball and score that week as well.”
While that field goal seems meaningless, it ended up having massive gambling implications. The over/under for the Thursday night battle at William Hill Sportsbook and many other books closed at 53.5 points. So, that late field goal allowed the over to hit, resulting in a terrible bad beat for gamblers with the under.
According to Yahoo Sports, one BetMGM gambler placed $100,000 on the under for Thursday’s game, You’d have to imagine you’re having a better Friday than that individual.