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Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Week #7 Preview

The Kansas City Chiefs lost their first game of the season last week. The New England Patriots beat the Chiefs 43-40 on a last second field goal. The loss moved their record to 5-1. The Chiefs remain at the top of the conference because they are the only team with fewer than two losses. It was a tough loss for the Chiefs but there were some good takeaways in the game.

The Chiefs offense struggled to start but had a good second half that put them back in the game. Patrick Mahomes threw four touchdowns in the second half after starting the game with two interceptions. He finished the game with 352 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Mahomes performance in the second half helped rally the Chiefs back from a 15-point deficit at halftime. Mahomes was tested by the Patriots defense but adjusted in the second half and put the Chiefs in position to potentially win the game.

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Last week the Chiefs defense struggled against the Patriots offense. They gave up 500 total yards to New England. The Patriots won the game on 65-yard drive in the final three minutes. Part of the reason for the poor performance were injuries to starters. Rookie safety Armani Watts was a big loss for the Chiefs. Watts was placed on injury reserve after undergoing core muscle surgery. He only had five tackles and one sack this season but he was starting to see more playing time because of the injuries at safety. Eric Berry and Eric Murray also missed the game because of injuries. The injuries on the defense played a big role in the loss last week.

The Chiefs week #7 game will be against the Cincinnati Bengals at home on Sunday night. It will be their third primetime game this season and their second straight on Sunday night. The Chiefs last played the Bengals in 2015. The Bengals won the game 36-21. The Chiefs have not beaten the Bengals since 2007. The Bengals are 4-2 this season and in first place in the AFC North. Both defenses have struggled this season and it should be a high scoring game. The Bengals and Chiefs are in the bottom five in the NFL in total yards per game and passing yards per game. The key for a Chiefs win will be putting up big numbers in the passing game. It should be a good match-up between two teams competing for a playoff spot.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Week #6 Preview

The Kansas City Chiefs had a big victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars. They won the game 30-14. It was only their second home game this season. The Chiefs got out to an early lead and were able to prevent a potential Jaguars comeback. The win puts their record at 5-0 this season. The victory could have big implications in the playoff race at the end of the season.

The Chiefs offense had another strong performance last week. Mahomes threw for 313 yards but had two interceptions in the game. It was his fourth straight game with 300+ passing yards. Travis Kelce played well with 100 receiving yards on eight targets. He led the team in receiving yards. The Chiefs offense only had two touchdowns but they played well enough to secure the win.

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The defense had an outstanding performance last week. They had four interceptions and one fumble recovery. The Chiefs defense had one touchdown off of a turnover. The defense was considered a weak spot on the roster but their performance last week was the main reason for the Chiefs win. Defensive end Chris Jones had a breakout performance. He had one sack and an interception that he returned for a touchdown. He was ejected in the third quarter after throwing a punch. If the Chiefs defense can keep playing at this level they will take a lot of pressure off of the offense.

The Chiefs will face the New England Patriots on the road in week #6. The game will be on Sunday night. Last year the Chiefs won in New England 42-27 in week #1. The Patriots will be an interesting match-up for the Chiefs. The Patriots defense allows 366 yards per game, which is considered average in the NFL this season. The Patriots defense was expected to struggle and has played poorly in some games. They gave up 376 yards and four touchdowns to Blake Bortles in their loss to the Jaguars in week #2. Mahomes could have a big game if he has success against the Patriots secondary. The Patriots offense has been strong again this season. Rookie running back Sony Michel adds a new dimension to their offense. He started the season slow after missing a lot of the preseason with a knee injury but has played well in the last few weeks. In his last two games he has averaged 105 yards rushing and one touchdown. The game against the Patriots will be a good match-up for the Chiefs and the winner should be the favorite to be a top seed in the AFC.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Week #5 Preview

Last week the Kansas Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos 27-23. It was their third road game this season. The Chiefs have not lost to the Broncos in Denver since 2014. The win put them at 4-0 this season and in the lead in the AFC West. They are 2-0 against division opponents. The Chiefs are the only remaining undefeated team in the AFC.

The Chiefs defense had a strong performance last week. They held the Broncos offense to 226 passing yards, no touchdowns, and one interception. It was an improvement from their average of 328.5 passing yards against per game. The Chiefs defense has been a liability for the team but is improving as the season progresses. Eric Murray caught the first interception of his career in the game. The defense was a big part of the Chiefs success in the game last week.

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Travis Kelce had an explosive performance in the second half. He had 78 yards receiving and one touchdown on seven receptions in the game. Kelce led the team in receiving. He is tied for the lead in touchdowns and is in the top five in yardage among tight ends. Kelce has established himself as one of the top tight ends in the NFL and appears to be one of Patrick Mahomes favorite targets.

The Chiefs week #5 opponent will be the Jacksonville Jaguars. They are 3-1 this season. Last week they beat the New York Jets 31-12. The Jaguars have one of the best defenses in the NFL. The Jaguars give up an average of 259.3 yards per game, which is the fewest in the NFL. They are led on defense by cornerback Jalen Ramsey. He will likely cover Tyreek Hill for much of the game. On offense they will be without their best player, running back Leonard Fournette. He reinjured his hamstring last week and will not play in the game. T.J. Yeldon will replace Fournette. Yeldon had 58 yards rushing in his one start this season against the New England Patriots. The Jaguars offense relied on passing without Fournette. Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles threw for 376 yards four touchdowns and one interception. The Chiefs could face the Jaguars again this season if both teams return to the playoffs. Last season the Jaguars reached the AFC Championship. The Jaguars should be the biggest test for the Chiefs so far this season.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Week #4 Preview

Last week the Kansas City Chiefs had their first home game of the 2018 season. The Chiefs won the game 38-27. The Chiefs scored 35 points in the first half to put them comfortably ahead throughout the game. The Chiefs offense and defense had a strong performance in the game.

Kareem Hunt had a good performance last week after a slow start to the season. He rushed for 44 yards and two touchdowns. They were his first rushing touchdowns this season. Hunt has 168 total yards in the first three games. Hunt is averaging about the same amount of attempts as he did last season. The Chiefs offense is passing focused but Hunt could see increased production as the season progresses.

The pass defense improved last week. They only gave up 251 yards and one touchdown to Jimmy Garoppolo. The Chiefs secondary was one of the biggest areas of concern entering the season. If the Chiefs can keep improving on defense it will take pressure off the offense to put up big numbers.

The Chiefs have shown interest in Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas. He has played in every game for the Seahawks this season but has had contract disputes and is a big trade target around the league. Thomas has expressed interest in playing with the Dallas Cowboys but the Seahawks rejected a trade including a second round pick earlier this year. He has played well this season with eighteen tackles and three interceptions. If the Chiefs acquire Thomas he would dramatically improve the Chiefs secondary but they would likely have to give up a high draft pick. He would be a big addition to the Chiefs defense but the trade could hurt the Chiefs in the long run.

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The Chiefs week #4 opponent will be against the Broncos in Denver on Monday night. It will be their first primetime game of the season. Last year Patrick Mahomes made his first NFL start in week #17 in Denver. He threw for 284 yards and had one interception. The Chiefs won the game 27-24. He will face the Broncos elite pass rush this week. Von Miller has already had a strong start to the season for the Broncos. He has 11 total tackles and four sacks. Miller only played in 50% of the defensive snaps in the week #17 match-up last season. The Chiefs offense will have a test against the Broncos defense this week.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Week #3 Preview

The Kansas City Chiefs won last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers 42-37 on the road. It was their first win in Pittsburgh since 1986. The Chiefs are 2-0 to start the season. They are tied with the Denver Broncos at the top of the AFC West. The Chiefs were led to victory by a strong offensive performance.

Patrick Mahomes had a big game against the Steelers. He went 23/28 for 326 yards and six touchdowns. He threw touchdowns to five different receivers in the game. So far this season Mahomes has 582 passing yards and 10 touchdowns. He broke the record for the most touchdown passes in the first three games of a career. He started in week #17 against the Denver Broncos last season and did not have a touchdown in the game. Mahomes leads the NFL in touchdowns and is in the top 10 in passing yards. Patrick Mahomes has had a great start to his role as the starting quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs.

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The Chiefs defense has struggled in the first two games of the season. They rank last in the NFL with an average of 508 total yards against. They have also given up 32.5 points per game, which is the third most. The poor defensive performance has been a big reason for the huge offensive numbers. The defense has not been able to put games away despite the great offensive performance.

This week the Chiefs will play their first home game of the season against the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers are 1-1 to start the season. Last week they won a close game against the Detroit Lions 30-27. The 49ers will be a big test for the Chiefs defense. They are led on offense by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The Chiefs last faced Garoppolo in 2014 when he came off the bench to replace Tom Brady in the blowout win for the Chiefs. During the off-season he signed a five-year $137.5 million dollar contract, which made him at the time the highest paid player in the NFL. He is still adjusting to being the starter in the NFL with only 9 career starts. Garoppolo has 467 passing yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions this season. The 49ers also have a good rushing attack. Matt Breida leads the NFL with 184 rushing yards. They also have running back Alfred Morris who is a power style back. Morris has 84 rushing yards this season. The match-up between the 49ers offense and Chiefs defense could decide the outcome of the game.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Week #2 Preview

The Kansas City Chiefs won their first game of the season 38-28 against the Los Angeles Chargers. It was the Chiefs ninth consecutive win against the Chargers. It was a big division victory for the Chiefs that could have a big impact on the playoff race at the end of the season. The Chiefs had a well-rounded performance by the offense, defense and special teams.

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill had big performance in the game. He had seven receptions for 169 yards and two receiving touchdowns. He also contributed on special teams with a punt return touchdown. Hill appears to be one of Patrick Mahomes favorite receiving targets. If Tyreek Hill continues to play well he could be one of the best receivers in the league again this season.

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Safety Ron Parker played well after signing with the Chiefs earlier in the week. He had eight tackles and one interception against the Chargers. Parker could see a lot of playing time early in the season because of injuries to Eric Berry and Daniel Sorenson. Ron Parker has already made a big impact in his return to the Chiefs.

The Chiefs special teams made a big difference in the game. Hill had a first quarter punt return that put the Chiefs ahead early. Harrison Butker also had a strong performance with five extra points and one field goal from 46 yards. Special Teams accounted for 14 of the Chiefs 38 points.

The Chiefs will face the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road in week #2. The Steelers are 0-0-1 after tying with the Cleveland Browns in week #1. The Chiefs played the Steelers in Pittsburgh last year in week #6. The loss ended the Chiefs five game win streak to start the season. The Chiefs have not won a game in Pittsburgh since 1986 and have never won at Heinz Field.

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The Chiefs defense will have a big test against the Steelers offense. The Steelers have one of the most talented offenses in the NFL. Last season Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown led the NFL with 1,533 receiving yards. The Steelers also have wide receiver JuJu Smith-Shuster who could make a big impact in the passing game. Star running back Le’Veon Bell is not expected to be back with the team in time to play the game. He will be replaced by second year running back James Conner. Last week Conner had 135 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns. The Steelers should still have a potent rushing attack even without Bell. The game against the Steelers this week could be important at the end of the season for playoff seeding or the wild card race.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Week #1 Preview

The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up the preseason last week against the Green Bay Packers. The Chiefs won the game 33-21. The starters rested in the game and it was mostly used as the last chance for players to make the roster. After the game the Chiefs finalized their 53-man roster. The Chiefs first game of the season will be on Sunday on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Safety Eric Berry could return to the Chiefs starting defense on Sunday. Berry missed last season after rupturing his Achilles in week one. He did not play during the preseason and will likely see limited snaps if he plays in week #1. If he cannot play the Chiefs will be without both of their expected starting safeties entering the season. Daniel Sorenson was placed on IR with a knee injury. Sorenson could return later in the season. The Chiefs secondary is an area of concern and it could be even worse if Eric Berry is held out to start the season.Image result for Cam Erving chiefs

The Chiefs re-signed safety Ron Parker after he spent the preseason with the Atlanta Falcons. Parker previously played with the Chiefs from 2013-2017. The signing is important because of the injuries at the position. Last season Parker had 67 combined tackles and two interceptions. Parker could see a lot of playing time because of the injuries to Berry and Sorenson.

The offensive line saw some changes before the start of the season. The Chiefs traded offensive guard Parker Ehinger to the Dallas Cowboys. The Chiefs acquired rookie cornerback Charvarius Ward in the trade. Ehinger started one game with the Chiefs last season but was expected to be a depth player this season. The Chiefs also made a move this week to extend offensive tackle Cam Erving’s contract. Cam Erving joined the Chiefs last season in a trade with the Browns. Erving started in four games last season. The Chiefs starting offensive line is expected to be Eric Fisher at left tackle, Andrew Wylie at left guard, Mitch Morse at center, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif at right guard, and Mitchell Schwartz at right tackle.

The Los Angeles Chargers will be a tough opponent for the Chiefs in week #1. The Chiefs won both of their meetings with the Chargers last season. They won the game in Carson last season 24-10. The Chargers are the favorites by many to win the division. Last season the Chargers finished with a 9-7 record but missed the playoffs. The Chargers wide receiver corps could be a problem for the Chiefs secondary. Second-year wide receiver Mike Williams could make a big impact in the game. He was limited last season because of injuries. The former seventh overall pick could see a lot of red zone targets from Phillip Rivers. The Chargers offense will be a big test for the Chiefs defense.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Preseason Week #3 Review

The Kansas City Chiefs played their third preseason game against the Chicago Bears last week. It was their second road game this preseason. The Chiefs lost the game 27-20. Chiefs starters played the first half and it was their last playing time before the regular season. There were some positive takeaways and some concerns from the game.

The Chiefs starting offense started the game strong. Patrick Mahomes went 18/24 for 196 yards and one touchdown. He also had 11 yards rushing. Tyreek Hill had 88 yards receiving. Kareem Hunt struggled on the ground with only seven yards on three caries. He did much better as a receiver with one touchdown for 19 yards. Overall the Chiefs had a well-rounded performance from their starting offense.

The starting defense struggled against the second string offense for the Bears. The Bears decided to sit their starters for the game. Second-string quarterback Chase Daniel went 15/18 for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Wide receiver Kevin White had a good performance. He had two receptions for 33 yards and one touchdown. It was the former seventh overall pick’s first touchdown in a preseason or regular season game in his four seasons in the NFL. Seventh round rookie wide receiver Javon Wims also had a big game. He had four receptions for 114 yards and one touchdown. The Chiefs starting defense played poorly against the Bears backup and depth players.

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The Chiefs backups played well in the second half. They outscored the Bears 10-3 in the final two quarters. Wide receiver Marcus Kemp played well with a 55-yard reception for a touchdown. Kemp is expected to compete for a spot on the roster. Rookie quarterback Chase Litton also made strong statement to make the roster by going 4/7 for 67 yards and one touchdown. He will compete with Matt McGloin for the third quarterback spot.

The final preseason game will be at home against the Green Bay Packers. The starters are not expected to see playing time and the focus will be on players competing to make the roster. The Packers have three rookie wide receivers, J’Mon Moore, Equanimeous St. Brown, and Marquez Valdez-Scantling, that are competing for spots on the roster. They will probably see a lot of playing time and it could be a big test for the Chiefs secondary. The fourth preseason game will be the last chance for the Chiefs to finalize their roster before the regular season.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Preseason Week #2 Review

The Kansas City Chiefs played their second preseason game on the road against the Atlanta Falcons. The Chiefs won the game 28-14. It was their first preseason victory. The Chiefs starters started the first half of the game. The Falcons led 14-10 at half time. There were some positive and negative takeaways from the game.

Patrick Mahomes had mixed results in his second start as the Chiefs full time starting quarterback. He had 183 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception. The touchdown was on a 69-yard pass to Tyreek Hill. It was a great example of how dangerous the Mahomes-Hill combination could be this season. Mahomes also made some questionable decisions with one interception and one incompletion that should have been picked off in the end zone. The second preseason game showed Mahomes potential ups and downs as quarterback.

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The Chiefs starting defense struggled to start the game. They gave up 165 yards and two touchdowns to the Falcons first and second string quarterbacks. The Chiefs signed cornerback Orlando Scandrick earlier this week after he was released from the Washington Redskins. Scandrick spent his first 10 seasons in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys. Last season Scandrick started in 11 games for the Cowboys and had 38 combined tackles. Scandrick should compete for a starting cornerback spot.

On Wednesday the Chiefs cut their 2015 leading rusher Charcandrick West. He was expected to compete for the third running back spot on the roster but missed most of training camp and preseason with a concussion. The Chiefs still have four running backs competing for the third running back role. Damien Williams appears to be the favorite to win the job. Last season Williams was the Miami Dolphins starting running back after they traded Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles. Williams injured his shoulder in week 12 and missed the remainder of the season. The Chiefs running back battle is still competitive but it is starting to be clear who will make the roster.

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The Chiefs third preseason game will be on the road against the Chicago Bears. The Bears first year head coach Matt Nagy was the Chiefs offensive coordinator for the last two seasons. The Bears offensive play calling could look very similar to the Chiefs last season because Nagy called the Chiefs plays for the final five weeks. The third preseason game will be the closest game to the regular season. Starters should see a lot of playing time. The fourth preseason game is mostly focused on players trying to make the team so the third preseason game will be the last chance to see starters play for an extended time.

Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Preseason Week #1 Recap

The Kansas City Chiefs played their first game of the season last week. They faced the Houston Texans at home. The Chiefs lost the game 17-10 after coming up short on a last minute drive. Chiefs starters only played in a couple of series before giving more playing time to backup players and players trying to make the roster. Despite the loss the Chiefs played well and had strong performances by players throughout the depth chart.

Patrick Mahomes started the game at quarterback for the Chiefs. He only played in two series in the game. He went 5/7 for 33 yards. He did not play a lot of time in the game because he is the expected starter and did not need the injury risk in the first preseason game. He will likely see more playing time in the second preseason game. Mahomes played well against the Texans and did not make any big errors in the game.

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Chase Litton is another quarterback that had a strong performance. Litton is an undrafted rookie from Marshall. He went 7/13 for 66 yards in the game. He led the Chiefs on a last minute drive but came up short on forth down. Litton is expected to compete with Matt McGloin for the third quarterback spot. Chad Henne appears to be a lock for the backup role behind Mahomes. The competition could be tight between the two quarterbacks. McGloin is a five-year veteran but Litton has shown good arm strength and could win a spot on the 53-man roster.Image result for ben niemann chiefs

Another rookie that had a good performance is linebacker Ben Niemann. He is an undrafted rookie from Iowa. Niemann led the Chiefs with five tackles against the Texans. He is expected to be on the roster bubble and could make the final roster with some more strong performances. Raymond Davison, Ukeme Eligwe, Ben Niemann, and Terrance Smith will likely compete for two linebacker depth spots on the roster.

The Chiefs second preseason game will be on the road against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons lost their first preseason game 17-0 to the New York Jets. Chiefs starters are expected to play the entire first half in the game. It will be the first chance to see the Chiefs starters for an extended time. Mahomes performance against Falcons starters will give a good indication of his progress. Last season the Falcons had a top 10 defense in yards per game. The second preseason game will be a better representation of what the Chiefs will look like in the regular season.


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