Speaking Tuesday on “The SiriusXM Blitz with Brett Favre and Bruce Murray,” Favre wondered if the potential upside was worth a potential downside.
“Well, they don’t need him. I don’t know Le’Veon personally. I don’t know what kind of guy he is. I do know what kind of player he has been, an incredible player. But they don’t need him,” Favre said. “And I love Andy Reid. I think the world of Patrick Mahomes. I think their football team is not, I mean, they are beatable obviously, but they’re pretty doggone good right now. And they’ve got a good thing going. And sometimes adding a player of Le’Veon’s caliber can do more harm than good. I’m not saying it will. But, you know, think about it this way: What can they do with Le’Veon that they’re not doing already? Other than feeling the need to give him the ball to please him, which is really all that you’re putting him in for.
1 – Patrick Mahomes
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS QB
The rightful king, back on top. Mahomes wasn’t over-the-moon spectacular in Monday’s win over the Bills, but he didn’t have to be. That speaks to his adaptability as the man that keeps everything together on Kansas City’s top-tier offense. If you need him to be ultra-efficient, he can be. If you need rocket-armed big plays, he’s your guy. Russell Wilson’s deep ball and 2020 numbers are still slightly prettier, but let’s not kid ourselves anymore: Mahomes is the QB you want if given the choice of all 32.
Kansas City Chiefs · Year 1
While the Chiefs’ rookie may not be as evidently scary as Henry at 5-foot-8 and 207 pounds, he is tough as nails to bring down. CEH ranks third in the NFL in missed tackles forced on runs (23), per PFF, with seven in both Week 1 vs. Houston and Week 6 vs. Buffalo. He’s able to slip so many tackles due to his compact physique, contact balance and short-area quickness. Monday’s rainy game against the Bills showcased his abilities more than any other this season as the centerpiece of the Chiefs’ offense; Edwards-Helaire logged season highs in touches (30), carries (26) and rush yards (161) against a good Sean McDermott-led Bills defense. CEH is a special back who is constantly falling forward for extra yardage (346 yards after contact) and looks to be a mainstay in Andy Reid’s system.
10 – Clyde Edwards-Helaire
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS RB
Monday night was a “Remember me?” game from Clyde Edwards-Helaire . He rushed for 161 yards and caught four passes in a win over the Buffalo Bills . He touched the ball on 30 of Kansas City’s 72 plays. It was his first 100+ yard rushing performance since opening night against Houston.
6. Chiefs -4 at Broncos
This is another line that isn’t a particularly good teaser number since we can’t get it through three, but the best team in the league should be able to beat a struggling Broncos offense by more than four points, so it’s going to make our cut despite the number.
They will start with 3,000 tickets being distributed to season-ticket holders for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers. Then if local health and safety guidelines remain in place and the number of COVID-19 cases remains stable, attendance will increase to 6,000 fans for November games against the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons, and 15,000 for December games against the Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings.
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Two: Nick Foles is as advertised; a talisman of otherworldly proportions. He simply radiates good fortune and, when properly incubated as a plucky mentor-type backup quarterback for an undefined period of time, begins to accumulate massive amounts of luck-causing powers that he proceeds to unleash on the field once given the opportunity to start.
While Harrison was not active for his first available game with the Seahawks, in Week 5, it appears the veteran defensive tackle remains happy with his decision. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on Tuesday that the Dolphins recently made an attempt to sign Harrison to their active roster but, like the Bucs, were turned down.
Though Harrison didn’t get to suit up in Seattle’s win over the Vikings, it is just a matter of time with the run-stopper first getting into game shape. Speaking to reporters on Monday, Pete Carroll seemed to indicate Harrison was close, describing Snacks as “svelte” before saying this would be the first week the team really has an opportunity to get a good look at him.
Jackson believes the decline in every passing category — from completion rate to passing yards to touchdowns — has nothing to do with his mechanics.
“I don’t think I’ve slipped,” Jackson said. “There are certain situations in the game where you have to throw in certain windows, with the guys putting their arms up trying to slap the ball. There were a lot of tipped passes during our games, and I’m trying to find angles. So, that’s why sometimes my elbow drops trying to get the ball out.”
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Outside of some penalties — we’ll get to that later — the Chiefs defense played very well on the day, with the exception of the Bills’ last touchdown drive. The Chiefs maintained a defensive success rate above 60% and less than four yards per play through the first three quarters of the game. While the offense had a costly turnover and a penalty to wipe a touchdown off the board, the defense was able to keep the Bills at a distance.
Then the fourth-quarter drive occurred. The Chiefs allowed 11 yards per play on the drive and had a 0% defensive success rate. They played a soft zone and allowed easy completions for the first time all night, making the score look closer than the game actually was. Part of that was due to just a single blitz on the drive, despite sending five or more rushers on 39% of the dropbacks this week.
Chris Jones led all pass rushers with a ridiculous 25.81% pressure rate on the day. Unlike some other higher numbers throughout the year, Jones had a high snap count — making that pressure rate all the more noteworthy. Of players that saw significant run snaps this week, Mike Pennel led the Chiefs defense with 2.75 yards per rush while he was on the field.
Another no-look pass from Mahomes to Demarcus Robinson. This off an RPO – DB bites on the motion into the box, Mahomes throws to the void.
The defensive end tries to contest a pass he thinks is going over his head. Eyes and platform selling wider throw. pic.twitter.com/ae12brf6rd
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