Chiefs OL coach Andy Heck enters COVID protocols
Kansas City Chiefs offensive line coach Andy Heck entered COVID-19 protocols and will miss Sunday's game against the visiting Denver Broncos.Assistant offensive line coach Corey Matthaei will fill his role.The team also announced Saturday that defensive quality control coach Alex Whittingham is also out Sunday due to protocols. His role will be absorbed by multiple members of the defensive staff.
Chiefs seek fast fix to turnovers with Broncos visiting
Patrick Mahomes declines to attribute his 11 interceptions to a common thread. He also will not blame his targets.The truth, however, is several picks have come on catchable balls that bounded off receivers' hands. The issue will be one the Chiefs (7-4) again look to correct Sunday, while also attempting to maintain their AFC West lead against the Denver Broncos (6-5) at Kansas City, Mo."There's some (interceptions) where I'm pressing the issue a little bit more, some are just bad luck," Mahomes said. "So, I'll try to do whatever I can to try to limit those as much as possible, because we know turnovers are such a big deal in this league."Especially for the Chiefs, who rank 31st in the NFL with 22 giveaways.In Denver, they face an opponent geared toward pressuring quarterbacks and altering pass attempts. Kansas City coach Andy Reid even called out the Broncos' Shelby Harris as a defender adept at disrupting rhythm by deflecting passes."(Mahomes) owns everything, that's how he's wired," Reid said, defending his generational talent. "However, there are a lot of things that go into it, and we're playing a team that has been a leader at tipped balls. They had four tipped balls against us last year, so as an offense we've got to make sure we're aware of that and take care of business on that."In other words, don't provide additional help when receivers fail to latch on to good throws.Still, Mahomes accepts blame for that too, noticing that his deliveries have not always been in ideal spots."Just because it hits them," said Mahomes, "it doesn't necessarily mean it's in the spot for them to make the catch, so I got to make sure I'm putting it in the right spot every time."Even then, it could be difficult circumventing Patrick Surtain II, the reigning AFC defensive player of the week.Surtain snagged an interception in the end zone and returned another one 70 yards for a touchdown as the Broncos moved into a three-way tie for second in the balanced AFC West by beating the Los Angeles Chargers last week.Broncos coach Vic Fangio doesn't see Mahomes being easier to defend.
Chiefs-Broncos on Dec. 5 flexed to 'Sunday Night Football'
The NFL has flexed the Dec. 5 Kansas City Chiefs-Denver Broncos game to "Sunday Night Football," replacing the Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers.Seahawks-49ers moves to 4:25 p.m. ET.At 7-4, the Chiefs lead the AFC West. Denver (5-5) shares last place in the division with the Las Vegas Raiders (5-5).
Chris Jones, Chiefs' defense stifle Cowboys
Chris Jones recorded 3.5 sacks and forced a fumble Sunday as the Kansas City Chiefs limited the NFL's top-rated offense to 276 yards and no touchdowns, smothering the Dallas Cowboys 19-9 at Kansas City, Mo.The Chiefs (7-4) continued a defensive resurgence, winning their fourth straight by pressuring Dak Prescott and allowing him to gain just 216 yards on 28-of-43 passing with two interceptions. Prescott's last attempt was picked by L'Jarius Sneed off a deflection by Jones with 1:00 left.While the game was billed as a clash between two of the NFL's best quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes also did not throw for a TD. But the Chiefs rolled to a 13-point lead early in the second quarter before relying on their defense.Mahomes passed for 260 yards, completing 23 of 37 with one interception. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for five games, rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown. Tyreek Hill posted a game-high nine receptions for 77 yards.The Chiefs' only second-half score came with 2:36 left in the third quarter on a 53-yard field goal by Harrison Butker.The Cowboys (7-3) played without Amari Cooper, who was placed on the COVID-19 list after preparations for the Chiefs began. They also lost CeeDee Lamb late in the first half with a head injury. Dallas had four drops, while tight end Dalton Schultz led in receiving with six catches for 53 yards.The Cowboys settled for three field goals from Greg Zuerlein.Kansas City scored on each of its first three possessions, including touchdown runs by Travis Kelce off a direct snap and another by Edwards-Helaire.
Chiefs activate RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) from IR
The Kansas City Chiefs activated running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire off injured reserve on Saturday, one day prior to a home game against the Dallas Cowboys.Edwards-Helaire has missed the past five games with a left knee injury. He sustained a MCL sprain during a loss to the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 10.In five starts this year, the 22-year-old has rushed for 304 yards and no touchdowns and has eight receptions for 61 yards and two scores. The rushing yardage is second on the team behind Darrel Williams (343).
Chiefs to provide medical care, financial aid to injured girl
The Kansas City Chiefs have committed to providing lifetime medical care and financial assistance to the young girl critically injured earlier this year in a car crash involving former assistant coach Britt Reid.The team and the lawyer for the family of the girl, Ariel Young, issued a statement Friday that confirmed the Chiefs' participation but didn't provide specifics. Issued on behalf of the team and attorney Tom Porto, the statement said Ariel will have "world-class medical care and long-term financial stability."Reid is alleged to have been driving drunk on Feb. 4 when he hit two cars that were stopped on the side of an entrance ramp to Interstate 435, not far from Arrowhead Stadium. The wreck left Ariel, then 5, with a traumatic brain injury, and injured another child."Ariel's recovery is a long road, but she has made great strides and continues to improve every day," the statement said. "Earlier this fall, she attended her first day of school."Reid is facing a felony driving while intoxicated charge and is scheduled to go to trial on April 18.
Cowboys, Chiefs clash coming off blowout wins
By now, Patrick Mahomes knows exactly what he is going to see from NFL defenses.Two-high coverages have been common, disguised or not, in trying to diffuse Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs (6-4). That probably won't change Sunday when they play host to the Dallas Cowboys (7-2).Still, Mahomes knows his ability to solve defensive wrinkles is key."They're probably going to do some type of different two-high stuff. They're not going to sit back and give us the exact same coverage every single time," Mahomes said. "They're going to try to find ways to confuse me and confuse this offense. We've got to make in-game adjustments and take what's there."Kansas City did that with slick effectiveness last week when it attacked the Las Vegas Raiders for a whopping 516 yards, including 406 yards and five touchdowns through the air from Mahomes. The 41-14 romp thrust the Chiefs into first place in the AFC West."The run game helped that," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of the complimentary football Darrel Williams fueled with a mix of runs and receptions (20 touches) for 144 yards. "It's about being physical, and the better you are in the run game, the better you can be with play-action."Could the Chiefs be regaining the form that landed them in each of the past three AFC Championship Games and two straight Super Bowls?An answer to that question cannot be based solely on Mahomes' ability to finally exert patience and take shorter gains underneath with opponents guarding against the Chiefs' deep threats.The Kansas City defense plays into the equation, especially after allowing 12.7 points on average during the current three-game winning streak, though the Chiefs are tied for 31st in yards allowed per play (6.2). Dallas just happens to rank first offensively with a 6.3-yard average per play."They're the No. 1 offense in the league in a few different categories," Reid said before singling out Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. "They're both good, Pro Bowl football players, along with their cast there ... and their coordinator (Kellen Moore) and head coach (Mike McCarthy) are real good offensive minds."
HOF DL Curley Culp announces Stage 4 pancreatic cancer
Hall of Fame defensive tackle Curley Culp announced Tuesday that he has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.Culp, 75, anchored the Houston Oilers' defensive line under Bum Phillips in the 1970s, and amassed 68.5 career sacks, though sacks didn't become an official stat until 1982 after Culp's playing days were over.Culp played six-plus seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, six-plus with the Oilers and parts of two seasons with the Detroit Lions."To my followers, family and friends I have stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Do donate to your local cancer organizations so this dreaded disease is eradicated. Love life, family and friends," Culp posted to Twitter.Culp was a six-time Pro Bowl selection. He earned All-Pro honors in 1975 with the Oilers. He played in 179 games (156 starts). The Oilers moved to Tennessee in 1997 and starting going by Titans two years later.
Patrick Mahomes throws five TDs, Chiefs bury Raiders
Patrick Mahomes threw five touchdown passes and the Kansas City Chiefs dominated the Raiders, 41-14 on Sunday night in Las Vegas.Mahomes had 406 passing yards and the Chiefs (6-4) won their third consecutive game to climb into first place in the AFC West over the Raiders, who are even with the Los Angeles Chargers at 5-3.Mahomes completed 35 of 50 passes, relying on shorter patterns to produce time-consuming drives that solved the deep coverage schemes employed by the Raiders (5-4).Running back Darrel Williams proved to be the Chiefs' biggest weapon. His touches included 11 rushes for 43 yards and nine receptions for 101 yards. Running a wheel route, Williams made a leaping grab of a 38-yard touchdown bomb from Mahomes with 13:11 remaining to put Kansas City up 34-14.Travis Kelce added eight catches for 119 yards, while Tyreek Hill caught seven balls for 83 yards and two touchdowns. Noah Gray and Byron Pringle also snagged TD grabs as the Chiefs gained 516 yards and revived an offense that averaged just 13 points in the previous three games.Las Vegas committed turnovers on back-to-back third-quarter possessions after beginning the second half with a touchdown drive Derek Carr capped with a 37-yard pass to Bryan Edwards.
Rivals Chiefs-Raiders meet amid logjam in AFC West
Every team in the AFC West has won five games, so a divisional clash at the midway point of the season brings about a potential tipping point.A logjam heading into Week 10 is not a customary position for the Kansas City Chiefs (5-4), a winner of five straight division titles and host to the last three AFC championship games. Nonetheless, the Las Vegas Raiders (5-3) have a chance to exert their authority Sunday when they play host to the Chiefs.Patrick Mahomes enters averaging fewer passing yards than Derek Carr, with questions swirling about the drop-off that has made the Chiefs quarterback look like a mere mortal. His 20 touchdown passes are offset by 10 interceptions, second most in the NFL. And he is coming off a mediocre 4.5 yards per attempt in a 13-7 win over a Green Bay Packers team missing Aaron Rodgers.Each week becomes more confounding as Mahomes makes uncharacteristically poor choices, struggles with his accuracy and becomes more impatient attacking deep shell schemes that limit opportunities to connect downfield. To his credit, he vows to keep airing it out."Taking those shots during the game, even if they're not connecting, kind of puts a little bit of a fear into the defense to know they can't start jumping some of our routes," Mahomes said.The Chiefs have relied on touch passes, screens and short slants, while showing some reluctance to pound opponents with their run game, which ranks a serviceable 15th in the NFL at 4.6 yards per attempt.At least the Kansas City defense looked much better in consecutive wins against the New York Giants and the Packers."It's all about consistency," said Chiefs defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi. "As long as we keep stacking good plays and have consistent effort, we'll be fine."The Raiders can strike quickly through the air while featuring tight end Darren Waller, though Carr must regroup coming off a 23-16 loss to the Giants in which he committed three turnovers.Carr ranks second in the NFL with a 320.6 passing yards per game and has 13 touchdowns against seven interceptions. He has not been prone to turnovers considering the Raiders have committed just eight giveaways compared to a league-high 19 by the Chiefs.
Chiefs end Packers' seven-game winning streak
Patrick Mahomes overcame a rocky performance, passing for just 166 yards and one touchdown, but the host Kansas City Chiefs still edged the Green Bay Packers 13-7 on Sunday.The loss of quarterback Aaron Rodgers after he tested positive for COVID-19 proved costly for the Packers (7-2), who lacked offensive consistency and had their seven-game winning streak snapped.Packers QB Jordan Love, making his first NFL start, often got saddled with poor field position as the Chiefs (5-4) overcame their offensive ineffectiveness with well-placed punts by Tommy Townsend.Love passed for 190 yards, going 19 of 34, though the Packers went only 2-for-12 on third-down plays. Love completed his first nine attempts of the second half, and after an interception by the Chiefs' L'Jarius Sneed, he connected with Allen Lazard for a 20-yard touchdown pass with 4:54 remaining to make it 13-7.The Packers could not get the ball back, however, exhausting their timeouts before Mahomes fired a 13-yard strike to Tyreek Hill on third-and-10 from the Green Bay 48 to seal the outcome.Mahomes went just 20 of 37 as Kansas City seemed reluctant to rely on a decent run game in an effort to thaw out their passer. The Chiefs logged four three-and-outs, exceeding their season total (three).Darrel Williams rushed for 70 yards on 19 carries. After coming in with a league-high 19 giveaways, the Chiefs committed no turnovers while totaling only 237 yards.
Packers QB Jordan Love takes center stage against Chiefs
Just when a matchup between two of the NFL's best quarterbacks provided additional intrigue because of the disparate circumstances they face with their respective teams, a bombshell ruined the billing.Aaron Rodgers is sidelined after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and an anticipated showdown against Patrick Mahomes will not materialize Sunday.Nonetheless, the red-hot Green Bay Packers (7-1) will carry a seven-game winning streak against the uneven Kansas City Chiefs (4-4) at Kansas City, Mo.Stating that "nobody is going to feel sorry for us," Packers coach Matt LaFleur would not reveal whether Rodgers was vaccinated but expressed confidence Green Bay had followed protocols established by the NFL.Second-year quarterback Jordan Love will start in place of Rodgers."We have a game to play," LaFleur said "It's the next-man-up mentality and that's how we've operated for everybody. I think our guys will rally around Jordan. We've got a lot of confidence in him, and what a great opportunity for him to showcase what he can do."Davante Adams remained out due to COVID protocols Wednesday, along with defensive coordinator Joe Barry. However, LaFleur hopes to have both back Thursday.During Green Bay's preseason action, Love took the majority of snaps in two games as Rodgers' frosty offseason relationship with Green Bay management continued. The only extended action for the 2020 first-round pick from Utah State came during a blowout loss at New Orleans in the season opener. He went 5-for-7 passing.Without Rodgers' savvy leadership, the Packers could rely more on Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon, who have combined for 772 rushing yards."It's not all on me and A.J., but I do feel we have to step up a bit," Jones said.The Packers are tied with the Cardinals and Rams for the NFL's best record.Meanwhile, the Chiefs have struggled, committing a league-high 19 turnovers as the two-time reigning AFC champions. Mahomes ranks third in the NFL with 2,368 yards passing but has thrown a league-high 10 interceptions against 19 touchdowns.
Oddsmakers show no Love for Aaron Rodgers' backup
From the tightest line of Week 9 to a touchdown boost for the Kansas City Chiefs, the Green Bay Packers' loss of Aaron Rodgers had a massive impact on the line from oddsmakers Wednesday.Rodgers tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the gameFanDuel moved the line from Kansas City -0.5 points to Chiefs -7.5 points almost immediately after news broke that Rodgers was out for the gameBetMGM and DraftKings pulled the game off the board as of 11:15 a.m. ET.Rodgers, who reportedly is unvaccinated and would be uncertain for next week's game against the Seattle Seahawks, will be replaced by former first-round pick Jordan Love.The Chiefs (4-4) needed a late score to knock off the New York Giants on Monday night.
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs slip past Giants on late FG
Patrick Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs to two fourth-quarter field goals Monday, overcoming an uneven performance to help deliver a 20-17 home victory over the New York Giants.Unable to connect on deep routes against the Giants' two-deep safeties, Mahomes often settled for shorter options but proved inconsistent, passing for 275 yards while going 29-for-48 with one touchdown and one interception.He eventually engineered a 55-yard march capped by a 34-yard field goal by Harrison Butker with 1:07 remaining. The Giants (2-6) went nowhere on their final series, which included sacks by the Chiefs' Chris Jones and Frank Clark.The hard-fought win enabled Kansas City to balance its record at 4-4 after coming into the season as the favorite to capture a third consecutive AFC title. The Chiefs committed two turnovers to raise their league-leading total to 19, and they also committed 12 penalties.An interception by Mahomes was wiped out on the game-winning drive by an offside call against the Giants, who then got flagged for a facemask on a 14-yard completion to Travis Kelce on the following play. A 24-yard touch pass to Mecole Hardman put the Chiefs in a goal-to-go situation. It was Kansas City's longest play of the game.Playing without several offensive threats, Daniel Jones passed for 222 yards and two touchdowns, but the Giants lacked the firepower to pull off the upset.
Chiefs land LB Melvin Ingram in swap with Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers traded pass rusher Melvin Ingram to the Kansas City Chiefs hours before the trade deadline Tuesday, the 32-year-old linebacker told multiple outlets.NFL Network reports the Steelers will receive a 2022 sixth-round draft pick for Ingram, who is being acquired to boost the pass rush for Kansas City.Ingram signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Steelers at the start of training camp. The Chiefs hosting Ingram on a springtime free agency visit but he did not receive a contract offer. The Miami Dolphins also expressed interest in Ingram during free agency.But Ingram reportedly had been disgruntled with his role on the team and asked for a trade. The 32-year-old appeared in six games (one start) with Pittsburgh and played on 62 percent of the team's defensive snaps - a drop from 82 percent last season in his final year with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Report: Jets trade TE Daniel Brown for Chiefs G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
The New York Jets are trading tight end Daniel Brown to the Kansas City Chiefs for guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, according to multiple reports ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline.Brown, 29, has mostly played special teams this season and has no catches in seven games.He has 44 receptions for 420 yards and two touchdowns in 81 games (12 starts) with the Baltimore Ravens (2015-16), Chicago Bears (2016-18) and Jets.Duvernay-Tardif, 30, has not played since the 2019 season. A physician, he opted out of the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chiefs heavily backed as 10-point favorites over visiting Giants
Patience is not so much a virtue for Patrick Mahomes when he fails to read big-play opportunities.The Kansas City quarterback admits he has overlooked some chances at chuck yardage as opponents use Cover-2 schemes and force the Chiefs (3-4) to settle for shorter gains.On Monday, Kansas City will again try to regroup against the New York Giants (2-5) at Kansas City, Mo."When you have some big-play opportunities down the field, you've got to go for it," Mahomes said, noting that back-end coverage has prompted him to mistakenly "eliminate something before even seeing it."Kansas City's defensive shortcomings have led to Mahomes pressing sometimes to make plays. The Chiefs rank last in the NFL in yards allowed per play (6.6) and find it difficult to get off the field.They blanked opponents in the second half of their last two games, rallying past Washington before falling 27-3 in a mismatch last week at Tennessee.Rookie Nick Bolton recorded 15 tackles in the loss to the Titans and is emerging as a run-stopper, though veterans Frank Clark, Chris Jones and Tyrann Mathieu have rarely flexed their playmaking capability.Chiefs coach Andy Reid insists the locker room is strong and capable of correcting fundamental flaws. Yet time is fading fast if Kansas City is to position itself as the AFC contender most predicted."We just need to do it. I've done a lot of talking," Reid said. "We just need the results. There's not a lot I can say that hasn't been said. ... We've been giving away some things free and we've got to take care of that."As an example, the Chiefs have already committed 17 turnovers, a mark that ranks last in the NFL and exceeds their total (16) in 2020. Their minus-10 turnover differential is tied for last in the league.Mahomes, who took a crunching hit to the head in the fourth quarter of the Titans defeat but passed concussion protocol, has been especially careless, throwing a league-high nine interceptions against 18 touchdowns. He still ranks fourth in passing yards (2,093) and sixth in quarterback rating.Uncustomary drops, inexplicable fumbles and blown protection have contributed to Mahomes' problems, though he is quick to accept blame and even owned up to his mistakes while meeting this week with teammates."To see our main leader take responsibility and not point the finger, it sets a precedent for us," said Alex Okafor.It could be that a blueprint for defending the Chiefs' explosive offense has been established, though Giants coach Joe Judge called that a "foolish narrative" to accept.
Tyrann Mathieu: Chiefs have 'toxic' fan base
Safety Tyrann Mathieu came to the defense of teammate Anthony Hitchens on social media, and levied a shot at the Kansas City Chiefs' fan base in the process.The Chiefs posted a 38-10 record over the three previous seasons (2018-20) before limping to a 3-4 mark in 2021. The fans' frustration appears to be escalating, however, with some providing pointed answers to a question posed on a Chiefs-focused Instagram account on Friday.Arrowhead.nation followers were asked to rank recent moves by general manager Brett Veach in relation to how bad they were: Signing edge rusher Frank Clark to a five-year, $105 million contract; signing Hitchens to a five-year, $45 million contract; or passing on Jonathan Taylor, D'Andre Swift, Cam Akers, J.K. Dobbins and Antonio Gibson to select Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.Hitchens elected to chime in on the comments section."All we did was go to 3 AFC championship games and 2 Super Bowls and 1 SB win in my first 3 years here so far," Hitchens wrote. "y'all fans will never be satisfied it's sad!"
Report: Chiefs made offer for Steelers LB Melvin Ingram
The Kansas City Chiefs reportedly made a trade offer to the Pittsburgh Steelers for linebacker Melvin Ingram.NFL Network said Thursday that the Steelers declined the offer because they don't want to trade the three-time Pro Bowler to another AFC team.Ingram, 32, is reportedly seeking a trade to get more playing time. He has played 62 percent of the defensive snaps for Pittsburgh (3-3) through six games this season, tallying 10 tackles, six quarterback hits and one sack.
Patrick Mahomes clears concussion protocol after knee to head
Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes left Sunday's 27-3 loss to the Tennessee Titans with a head injury, but coach Andy Reid said afterward that Mahomes cleared concussion protocol.On a fourth-and-18 midway through the fourth quarter, Mahomes took a defender's knee to the front of his helmet during a sack. He needed help off the field.With the game out of reach for Kansas City, backup quarterback Chad Henne took over for the Chiefs' final drive. Reid said it was his decision not to let Mahomes back into the game despite passing concussion tests.