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  • Monday night football tailgate
    by Pete Sweeney on September 23, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images The Chiefs are 3-0! Let’s wrap up Week 3 with Bears-Redskins on Monday Night Football.

  • Andy Reid roundup: Five takeaways from the Chiefs head coach
    by Pete Sweeney on September 23, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Reid spoke to the media after the Chiefs’ 33-28 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke to media members on Monday following the team’s 33-28 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Here were some of the items that stood out: 1) Reid believes the Chiefs are “so close” when it comes to forcing turnovers on defense. “We’re so close on these turnovers, man,” he said of his Chiefs, who have three interceptions and four forced fumbles on the season. “We are right there. I think the more that we play in the defense, the more that those things will happen. They were attacking the football. I appreciate seeing that. That becomes important. Turnovers are a big thing in this league. Those things are going to start clicking, if you keep that mindset of attacking.” Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu came close to at least two interceptions on Sunday. “You saw Tyrann in a position to make a couple of interceptions,” Reid added. “Those things happen, though. The more familiar you become with a defense, then you’re not going to be off by just that tick any more. Then, you’re in an even better position. You just have to play. You have to keep going with it. Those things come up, but you have to keep attacking, or it doesn’t happen. I take that as a real positive coming out of the game.” 2) Reid commended veteran running back LeSean McCoy for finding a way into the lineup on Sunday despite his ankle injury. “It’s always a great example when guys fight through things that you don’t anticipate that they might be able to do,” Reid said. “You saw that with LeSean with his ankle. That’s a veteran player working through something. Not that it’s something that’s going to hinder him for the rest of his career or any of that, but something that you have to have a certain mindset on when you come into it. He did that. He just said, ‘I’m going to get myself right, I’m going to get into the training room and work with (head trainer and VP) Rick (Burkholder) and the trainers and I’m going to get this thing right.’ That’s a great example to the guys.” McCoy compiled 80 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns before eventually leaving the game. “It’s similar to what Patrick (Mahomes) has done with his ankle there. To have that and to have our guys to see that – and I’m cautious as I say that because of the fact that we don’t put guys out there that are going to hurt themselves, and that’s what I explained to really both of those two.” 3) Reid explained that second-year running back Darrel Williams’ offseason work led to success on Sunday. Williams led all running backs with 35 offensive snaps against the Ravens. “Darrel really had a good offseason, as far as getting himself into the shape that he thinks he needs to be in to play at this level,” Reid said. “I think yesterday was a nice cookie that he gave himself for saying, ‘Listen, I busted my tail, I dropped my weight down, increased my body mass muscle-wise and this is the result.’ That helps you keep pushing through all of that. He’s naturally a big guy. I thought he played physical. I thought he did well in the pass game. Some of his blitz pickups… top notch. He did a nice job.” Williams rushed nine times for 62 yards and caught five passes for 47 yards, which included the game-winning screen pass. 4) Reid said that he noticed defensive end Frank Clark getting “a lot of attention” upon rewatching the game. “He got a lot of attention [Sunday],” Reid said. “They doubled him [Sunday]. That’s what I look at. Both he and Chris Jones were trying to work through those guys. Are you going to keep battling or concede to that? Somewhere you’re going to have a single [offensive lineman], what are you going to do with it? You saw what he did.” Clark recorded his first sack of the season. “Chris had one that was called back that there was a penalty on, but you saw them battle. They didn’t just stop. Sometimes guys get defeated on that and they get more frustrated and then they just (sigh). But, I didn’t see that.” 5) Reid provided some vague updates on both Eric Fisher and Tyreek Hill. Fisher underwent sports hernia surgery last week. “We’ll just see how long that takes,” Reid said. “It went well.” Hill continues to recover from his sternoclavicular dislocation. “He’s doing good,” Reid said of Hill. “He’s hard to hold down. He’s wired different, not more than everybody in this building but everyone in this room right here, he’s different. He’s bouncing around and wants to go, but this one here, the doctors really have to keep checking on him. We’ll see how the time frame goes.” No exact updates on when Fisher and Hill will return to practice.

  • LeSean McCoy: “Football is fun again”
    by Pete Sweeney on September 23, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports The Chiefs running back played through an ankle injury and is already enjoying his time in Kansas City. LeSean McCoy had his best game as a Kansas City Chief Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens at a time the team needed it the most—with starter Damien Williams out of the lineup as he nursed a knee injury. What perhaps made it even more impressive was that McCoy was himself questionable and still played through a lingering ankle injury. He accumulated 80 yards from scrimmage and got into the end zone twice in the Chiefs’ 33-28 win. The 11-year veteran was thus a topic of conversation in the locker room after the game. “LeSean is a great guy with a ton of experience,” right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif said. “What strikes me the most from him was, the first thing he did when he walked in the locker room was introduce himself to the O-line. He said we are going to roll together and get this thing done. I really respect that, and you want to block for a guy like that. He’s a great teammate, a great leader and he got a couple of good runs tonight and that makes us happy for sure. “Coming out of last week it was one of our key points of emphasis to be able to run the ball against a pretty good run defense. We were able to do that today and we are pretty happy about it.” The former Buffalo Bills running back had to leave the game in the third quarter when his ankle flared up. “It just wasn’t right,” he said before assuring reporters he’d be ready to go next Sunday against the Detroit Lions. “As a competitor, most guys lie to try not to get off the field. I have another week to prepare for it, rehab and get better. This offense is amazing. I’m anxious to get back and play with them. It’s fun; football is fun again.” McCoy said he had “no fear” that he’d miss Sunday’s game. “Just rehab it up, get ready for next week.” Watch McCoy’s two scores The first of many for Shady (via @NFL) pic.twitter.com/b0hKKNHPsV— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) September 22, 2019 Party like it’s 2009. Shady again pic.twitter.com/4gBRWtDj1g— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) September 22, 2019

  • Is the Ravens’ offensive aggression the new way to play the Chiefs?
    by John Dixon on September 23, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images Baltimore was playing the percentages, but more teams could follow suit after one-score game. NFL teams build their identities over periods of years. Sometimes it takes a while for changes they make in their approach to be recognized as part of that identity. So for those watching the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the Baltimore Ravens 33-28 on Sunday, the Ravens’ aggressiveness on offense might have seemed out of character. In four different situations, the Ravens opted to go for it on fourth down. Two of those were in the second quarter when the Ravens were on their own side of the field and trailing 7-6 — not the kind of situation where NFL coaches would typically take that risk. The Ravens also attempted three two-point conversions — all of which were blunted by the Chiefs defense. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports CBS commentators speculated that Ravens head coach John Harbaugh made those decisions not only because he was facing the Chiefs’ high-powered offense, but also because forecasters were expecting rain to return to Arrowhead Stadium at the beginning of the second half. When the rain did return after halftime — and the Ravens’ first drive consisted almost entirely of running plays — the commentators sounded smart. Against another opponent, they might have been exactly right. But after the game, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said that the Ravens’ aggressiveness was exactly what the Chiefs expected. “I know you study this,” Reid said, “but they are third in the NFL on going for it on fourth downs. This isn’t something that caught us by surprise. And they have the fire power to do it. You have to be on your toes right there.” “I know you study this,” Reid said, “but they are third in the NFL on going for it on fourth downs. This isn’t something that caught us by surprise. And they have the fire power to do it. You have to be on your toes right there.” Harbaugh wasn’t about to apologize for his decisions on fourth down. “I can just tell you analytically — like when you look at the numbers — it is not even close,” he told the media. “So you understand that in terms of percentages in terms of winning the game. I am just telling you that is what the analytics are. “We believe in our offense and we are going to try to make as many first downs as we can,” he continued. “I think it led to a touchdown the very first time, did it not? We will keep doing that probably if it suits us. Whatever makes the most sense. We are not going into it blind. We got the numbers. We know what we are doing and that was the plan.” The Baltimore media wanted to ask about about the points left on the field with the failed two-point conversions. But Harbaugh wasn’t having any of it. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports “The point was to score as many points as we could,” he said. “Let me just tell you: I do not remember the situation, which one was what. Every one of those [were] clear analytic decisions to go for two. We had a mindset that we would come in and score as many points as we could. That is what we tried to do. “I know we all felt the same way. I know Lamar [Jackson] felt the same way,” he added. “We all did. We are going to keep playing that way for the record. When you write your articles, just understand that. We will disagree with your criticism. You know we are going after it. That is the way we are going to play all year.” Ravens running back Mark Ingram approved. “I love it,” he told reporters. “Come here into a hostile environment… one of the better teams in the league, everyone says, and we went toe-to-toe with them. We played aggressive. We have to make sure we execute so that we have our coaches’ back for believing in us. I love the aggressive mindset.” While this way of playing is common for the Ravens, it might be reasonable to expect that teams may begin to play a little out of character when playing the Chiefs. The Ravens no doubt had some things sway their way, but their approach got them within one score of winning at Arrowhead Stadium.

  • Chiefs-Ravens: Mecole Hardman took advantage of limited time
    by Pete Sweeney on September 23, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images Rookie wide receiver Mecole Hardman took advantage of his limited snaps against the Baltimore Ravens. The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Baltimore Ravens 33-28 on Sunday. Let’s take a look at how Chiefs players contributed to the victory. Starters (offensive): WR Demarcus Robinson, LT Cameron Erving, LG Andrew Wylie, C Austin Reiter, RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, RT Mitchell Schwartz, TE Travis Kelce, WR Sammy Watkins, QB Patrick Mahomes, RB LeSean McCoy and TE Blake Bell. Starters (defensive): LDE Alex Okafor, RDT Chris Jones, LDT Derrick Nnadi, RDE Frank Clark, LB Anthony Hitchens, LB Damien Wilson, RCB Charvarius Ward, LCB Bashaud Breeland, CB Kendall Fuller, FS Juan Thornhill and SS Tyrann Mathieu. Did not play: QB Matt Moore. Inactive: WR Tyreek Hill, RB Damien Williams, T Greg Senat, T Eric Fisher, G Nick Allegretti, T Martinas Rankin and DT Khalen Saunders. Editor’s Note: Arrowhead Pride obtains snap count data from the NFL’s game stats and information system, which allows us to break out snap counts by run or pass on offensive and defensive plays. Because GSIS data ignores plays that were nullified by penalties, total offensive and defensive snap counts will vary from other sources, which get their data from NFL Gamebooks Offense All Pass Run Total 64(100%) 38(100%) 26(100%) Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 64(100%) 38(100%) 26(100%) Cameron Erving 64(100%) 38(100%) 26(100%) Patrick Mahomes 64(100%) 38(100%) 26(100%) Austin Reiter 64(100%) 38(100%) 26(100%) Mitchell Schwartz 64(100%) 38(100%) 26(100%) Andrew Wylie 62(97%) 38(100%) 24(92%) Sammy Watkins 61(95%) 37(97%) 24(92%) Travis Kelce 59(92%) 35(92%) 24(92%) Demarcus Robinson 58(91%) 35(92%) 23(88%) Mecole Hardman 39(61%) 26(68%) 13(50%) Darrel Williams 35(55%) 22(58%) 13(50%) Blake Bell 31(48%) 16(42%) 15(58%) LeSean McCoy 24(38%) 15(39%) 9(35%) Darwin Thompson 5(8%) 1(3%) 4(15%) Anthony Sherman 3(5%) 0(0%) 3(12%) Jeff Allen 2(3%) 0(0%) 2(8%) Byron Pringle 2(3%) 2(5%) 0(0%) Deon Yelder 2(3%) 0(0%) 2(8%) De'Anthony Thomas 1(2%) 1(3%) 0(0%) Offensive takeaways Rookie WR Mecole Hardman was fourth in offensive snaps for skill-position players (39), but he made the most of his limited time, leading the Chiefs in receiving yards with 97. A similar result for RB LeSean McCoy, who left the game early when his ankle flared up and was out-snapped by RB Darrel Williams, 35-24. Rookie RB Darwin Thompson came on for five offensive plays. LG Andrew Wylie needed only two plays off when he injured himself near the end of the first quarter — those plays went to Jeff Allen at left guard. Defense All Pass Run Total 81(100%) 46(100%) 35(100%) Tyrann Mathieu 81(100%) 46(100%) 35(100%) Bashaud Breeland 79(98%) 46(100%) 33(94%) Juan Thornhill 78(96%) 46(100%) 32(91%) Charvarius Ward 78(96%) 46(100%) 32(91%) Anthony Hitchens 66(81%) 34(74%) 32(91%) Kendall Fuller 64(79%) 38(83%) 26(74%) Damien Wilson 63(78%) 31(67%) 32(91%) Frank Clark 62(77%) 32(70%) 30(86%) Chris Jones 61(75%) 34(74%) 27(77%) Alex Okafor 55(68%) 24(52%) 31(89%) Derrick Nnadi 42(52%) 19(41%) 23(66%) Emmanuel Ogbah 36(44%) 28(61%) 8(23%) Xavier Williams 36(44%) 17(37%) 19(54%) Tanoh Kpassagnon 34(42%) 27(59%) 7(20%) Daniel Sorensen 21(26%) 16(35%) 5(14%) Darron Lee 15(19%) 8(17%) 7(20%) Ben Niemann 15(19%) 12(26%) 3(9%) Reggie Ragland 3(4%) 1(2%) 2(6%) Jordan Lucas 2(2%) 1(2%) 1(3%) Defensive takeaways Only one iron man this week — S Tyrann Mathieu, who was on the field for 100 percent of the team’s defensive plays (81). CB Bashaud Breeland, CB Charvarius Ward and S Juan Thornhill all were on the field for more than 90 percent of the time. DL Emmanuel Ogbah needed only 36 defensive plays to hit QB Lamar Jackson three times. DL Derrick Nnadi (42) continues to share time with DL Xavier Williams (36). The Chiefs can’t control what the Ravens call on offense, but it is notable that Nnadi and Williams were in for more run plays than pass plays, while DL Tanoh Kpassagnon and Ogbah were the opposite. LB Reggie Ragland, active for the first game this season, only saw three plays. Special Teams Snaps Total 27(100%) Ben Niemann 21(78%) Dorian O'Daniel 21(78%) Anthony Sherman 21(78%) Daniel Sorensen 21(78%) Jordan Lucas 19(70%) Armani Watts 18(67%) Byron Pringle 16(59%) De'Anthony Thomas 15(56%) Harrison Butker 13(48%) Darwin Thompson 13(48%) Blake Bell 12(44%) Darron Lee 11(41%) Dustin Colquitt 8(30%) James Winchester 8(30%) Reggie Ragland 7(26%) Jeff Allen 6(22%) Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 6(22%) Ryan Hunter 6(22%) Tanoh Kpassagnon 6(22%) Austin Reiter 6(22%) Mitchell Schwartz 6(22%) Charvarius Ward 6(22%) Andrew Wylie 6(22%) Rashad Fenton 4(15%) Anthony Hitchens 3(11%) Chris Jones 3(11%) Derrick Nnadi 3(11%) Alex Okafor 3(11%) Juan Thornhill 3(11%) Mecole Hardman 2(7%) Demarcus Robinson 2(7%) Darrel Williams 2(7%) Special teams takeaways The special-teams aces for the Chiefs were LB Ben Niemann, LB Dorian O’Daniel, FB Anthony Sherman and S Daniel Sorensen — all were on the field for 21 special-teams plays (78 percent). Ragland played seven special-teams snaps in his return to the lineup. All Snaps Off Def ST Total Total 64(100%) 81(100%) 27(100%) 172(100%) Jeff Allen 2(3%) 0(0%) 6(22%) 8(5%) Blake Bell 31(48%) 0(0%) 12(44%) 43(25%) Bashaud Breeland 0(0%) 79(98%) 0(0%) 79(46%) Harrison Butker 0(0%) 0(0%) 13(48%) 13(8%) Frank Clark 0(0%) 62(77%) 0(0%) 62(36%) Dustin Colquitt 0(0%) 0(0%) 8(30%) 8(5%) Laurent Duvernay-Tardif 64(100%) 0(0%) 6(22%) 70(41%) Cameron Erving 64(100%) 0(0%) 0(0%) 64(37%) Rashad Fenton 0(0%) 0(0%) 4(15%) 4(2%) Kendall Fuller 0(0%) 64(79%) 0(0%) 64(37%) Mecole Hardman 39(61%) 0(0%) 2(7%) 41(24%) Anthony Hitchens 0(0%) 66(81%) 3(11%) 69(40%) Ryan Hunter 0(0%) 0(0%) 6(22%) 6(3%) Chris Jones 0(0%) 61(75%) 3(11%) 64(37%) Travis Kelce 59(92%) 0(0%) 0(0%) 59(34%) Tanoh Kpassagnon 0(0%) 34(42%) 6(22%) 40(23%) Darron Lee 0(0%) 15(19%) 11(41%) 26(15%) Jordan Lucas 0(0%) 2(2%) 19(70%) 21(12%) Patrick Mahomes 64(100%) 0(0%) 0(0%) 64(37%) Tyrann Mathieu 0(0%) 81(100%) 0(0%) 81(47%) LeSean McCoy 24(38%) 0(0%) 0(0%) 24(14%) Ben Niemann 0(0%) 15(19%) 21(78%) 36(21%) Derrick Nnadi 0(0%) 42(52%) 3(11%) 45(26%) Dorian O'Daniel 0(0%) 0(0%) 21(78%) 21(12%) Emmanuel Ogbah 0(0%) 36(44%) 0(0%) 36(21%) Alex Okafor 0(0%) 55(68%) 3(11%) 58(34%) Byron Pringle 2(3%) 0(0%) 16(59%) 18(10%) Reggie Ragland 0(0%) 3(4%) 7(26%) 10(6%) Austin Reiter 64(100%) 0(0%) 6(22%) 70(41%) Demarcus Robinson 58(91%) 0(0%) 2(7%) 60(35%) Mitchell Schwartz 64(100%) 0(0%) 6(22%) 70(41%) Anthony Sherman 3(5%) 0(0%) 21(78%) 24(14%) Daniel Sorensen 0(0%) 21(26%) 21(78%) 42(24%) De'Anthony Thomas 1(2%) 0(0%) 15(56%) 16(9%) Darwin Thompson 5(8%) 0(0%) 13(48%) 18(10%) Juan Thornhill 0(0%) 78(96%) 3(11%) 81(47%) Charvarius Ward 0(0%) 78(96%) 6(22%) 84(49%) Sammy Watkins 61(95%) 0(0%) 0(0%) 61(35%) Armani Watts 0(0%) 0(0%) 18(67%) 18(10%) Darrel Williams 35(55%) 0(0%) 2(7%) 37(22%) Xavier Williams 0(0%) 36(44%) 0(0%) 36(21%) Damien Wilson 0(0%) 63(78%) 0(0%) 63(37%) James Winchester 0(0%) 0(0%) 8(30%) 8(5%) Andrew Wylie 62(97%) 0(0%) 6(22%) 68(40%) Deon Yelder 2(3%) 0(0%) 0(0%) 2(1%)

 

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