Chiefs news for 1 January 2020
Patrick Mahomes, the Super Bowl LIV MVP, went 24-of-32 for 211 yards and three touchdowns. Sammy Watkins made seven catches for 82 yards and a touchdown, while Travis Kelce caught six passes for 50 yards and a score and Tyreek Hill added five receptions for 46 and a touchdown.
Rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for 138 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries, and another rookie, cornerback L’Jarius Sneed, had three tackles, two pass breakups and an interception he returned 39 yards to set up a touchdown.
Texans vs. Chiefs game recap: Everything we know | ChiefsWire
Dollars vs. Cents: Both teams locked up their quarterbacks to huge extensions this offseason, but it was clear by the end of the third quarter, the value of the weapons the Chiefs have surrounded Mahomes with are of a considerable higher quality than the ones Houston has given Deshaun Watson — at least the ones who are still on the team. At different times, Travis Kelce (a great route on this touchdown catch) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire were the most dominating players on the field, all as Mahomes maintained an excellent, if quiet, performance. . . . Bringing the pain: Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones and defensive end Frank Clark made life miserable for Watson. The pair highlighted a nasty Chiefs’ pass rush with 2.5 sacks between them. . . . What’s up, rook: Safety Tyrann Mathieu’s pressure forced an interception by rookie L’Jarius Sneed, who had a solid night in coverage despite being tested often early. Two strong performances from two Chiefs rookies should have an impact as the season continues.
Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire dominated in his debut with 138rushing yards and one touchdown on 25 carries. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes went 24-of-32 for 211 yards and three scores.
The Chiefs offense has been nearly unstoppable over the past two seasons with Mahomes at quarterback, but the addition of Edwards-Helaire has taken the team to even greater heights.
[Video] Another Up Close Look at Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s First Touchdown in the NFL | Chiefs.com
That didn’t take long. Clyde Edwards-Helaire was the 32nd overall choice in the draft this spring, but he likely didn’t last that long in many (if any) fantasy drafts. Everyone knew he was going to be good in the Chiefs’ offense
Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson have the utmost respect for each other as football players and competitors, keeping a lasting friendship since their college days when they were two of college football‘s best quarterbacks. During Thursday’s season opener, Watson shared a moment with Mahomes, heading over to the Chiefs bench and sitting next to Mahomes during the second quarter of the NFL Kickoff Game. The Texans quarterback had some fun seeing his friend — all part of what makes Mahomes and Watson so likable.
“I think I said something to him last year at the end of the (AFC divisional playoff) game, that we’re going to have these battles for a long time,” Mahomes said earlier this week. “We’re two opponents in the same conference in the AFC, so I’m sure I’ll see a lot of games against him.”
Chiefs’ Players of the Game in Week 1 vs. Texans | ChiefsWire
The first-round rookie was carrying a lot of hype with him into his first career game and he was able to handle it. He was fed early and obviously was a big part of the Chiefs’ game plan. His first career touchdown came in the third quarter on a 27-yard scamper that involved a couple few broken tackles. He finished the game with 25 carries, 138 rushing yards, and one touchdown.
Another rookie starter made a great start to his NFL career but on the opposite side of the ball. Cornerback L’Jarius Sneed made his first career start and impressed the entire contest. Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson tried to take advantage of the rookie multiple times but Sneed continuously denied completed passes. On a pass that was thrown early due to Tyrann Mathieu pressure, he hauled in his first career interception. The Chiefs seem to have a future star in the secondary.
The third rookie on the list perhaps had the biggest shoes to fill. The rookie punter was tasked with replacing Dustin Colquitt who had been with the Chiefs since 2005. He did not disappoint. His first punt hit inside the five but the coverage team failed to down it before bouncing into the endzone. After that, Townsend continuously pinned the Texans offense deep and helping the defense holding the visitors to only 20 points.
Admit it. You went into your fantasy draft thinking you were the only one who was on Edwards-Helaire, a multi-talented running back that the Chiefs made their first-round draft pick.
The only surprise Thursday night was that the Chiefs employed him mostly as a runner and targeted him only two times in the passing game. Behind some strong blocking from new guard Kelechi Osemele, Edwards-Helaire ran for 138 yards and a touchdown. Here’s a statistic you probably didn’t know existed: He reached 100 rushing yards in his first game quicker than any rookie in the past 13 seasons. Edwards-Helaire crossed that threshold in 34 minutes of game time, according to ESPN Stats & Information research, the fastest in a debut since Matt Forte in 2008.