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Tomahawks and Touchdowns: Week #8 Preview

The Kansas City Chiefs picked up another victory last week against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Chiefs won the game 45-10 and moved their record to 6-1. The Chiefs remain at the top of the AFC. The Bengals have started the season strong and it was a big win for the Chiefs.

Patrick Mahomes had another outstanding game. He threw for 385 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Mahomes has now thrown for 22 touchdowns this season, which leads the NFL. He could challenge Peyton Manning’s 2013 record of 55 touchdowns in a season. The improvement of Mahomes this season has been a big reason for the Chiefs great performance on offense.

Travis Kelce is also putting up big numbers this season. Through seven weeks he has 563 receiving yards and three touchdowns. It is the second most receiving yards among tight ends and 13th most overall in the NFL. Kelce has established himself as one of the best tight ends in the league. If he continues to be one of Mahomes favorite targets he could have another huge season.

The Chiefs defense had a great performance against the Bengals. They held them to 10 points and 239 yards. The Bengals are averaging 26.3 points per game this season, 11th best in the NFL. Safety Ron Parker had another big game for the Chiefs. He had a pick six in the third quarter that put the Chiefs ahead 38-10. The Chiefs defense struggled to start the season but after the performance last week it appears that they can compete with good offenses.

The Denver Broncos will be the Chiefs week #8 opponent. The Chiefs already beat the Broncos 27-23 in Denver in week #4. The Broncos are in third place in the AFC West with a record of 3-4. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has played well this season despite the team’s struggles. He has 603 receiving yards, eighth most in the NFL. In his matchup with the Chiefs earlier this season he had 45 yards on seven targets. The Chiefs defense appears to be better than they were to start the season and their matchup with Sanders will be interesting to watch. The Chiefs offense could have another big day. In week four they had 446 total yards against the Broncos. The game this week will be another important divisional matchup for the Chiefs against a talented Broncos roster.

Broncos Battle Chiefs

 

It feels like an eternity since the Broncos locked up their third win of the season in Arizona, a 45-10 thrashing last Thursday night. They were able to enjoy a comfortable weekend and coach Vance Joseph was able to avoid any awkward questions.Image result for chad kelly broncos

Well, until Tuesday morning anyway. It wouldn’t be the Broncos if it was smooth sailing between games. Instead, the players held their annual Halloween Party Monday night, backup quarterback Chad Kelly went off the rails and was arrested. Wednesday morning, the Broncos cut ties with Kelly. Now there are rumors Paxton Lynch might be re-signed. Ah, the Broncos, turning victory into defeat (at least in terms of PR). That’s a perfect metaphor for this 2018 season so far.

And these distractions certainly aren’t helping what looked to be a win followed by a mini bye before their second meeting with the red hot Chiefs, this time in Kansas City. When they first met in Denver on October 1, a herculean effort to contain Patrick Mahomes led to the Broncos boasting a 23-13 lead in the fourth quarter. That, instead, turned into a 27-23 loss.

But the Broncos seemed to find themselves on both offense and defense in Arizona, forcing five turnovers and seeing both Von Miller and Bradley Chubb come to life in the pass rush. If they can carry that into Kansas City, and wreak havoc on the Chiefs’ offense, they might have a chance.

That 27 points on October 1 remains the Chiefs’ low water mark for the season, too. At this point, the Broncos are looking for any reasons for optimism, as a win would not only move them to .500 on the season but pull them within two games of the Chiefs in the AFC West, while a loss would all but end their division chances at three games back having been swept by Kansas City.

Health is also an issue Denver will monitor closely. As of mid-week, linebacker Shane Ray, safety Darian Stewart, offensive lineman Jared Veldheer, rookie WR DaeSean Hamilton and rookie RB Royce Freeman were all still dealing with injuries and not practicing, which could leave Denver short-handed on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

Case Keenum has some new found job security thanks to Wednesdays move with Kelly. He has had some decent games, and with bye weeks you might be feeling desperate. I’m still not starting him. But in the passing game, Emmanuel Sanders does everything (including running and throwing for TDs) and is a WR2. Demaryius Thomas is a Flex, especially against a middling KC defense, and Courtland Sutton is a boom-or-bust deep league Flex. If he gets a TD, you’re golden. If not, it could be a shallow return.

Phillip Lindsay has been a star, and is an RB2. He’s got incredible upside in this matchup, especially if Freeman sits or is limited. I wouldn’t start the Broncos D/ST, but in IDP I feel like Miller and Chubb are hitting their stride and could provide nice sack numbers. Freeman is a stay away, even if he suits up, thanks to a gimpy ankle and his lack of production this season.

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.

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