Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 4 matchup between the New England Patriots and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Chiefs: QB Aaron Murray, WRs Albert Wilson and De’Anthony Thomas, RB Joe McKnight, OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, CB Jamell Fleming and DE Damion Square.
Broncos: WR Cody Latimer, CB Tony Carter, LB Danny Trevathan, guard Ben Garland, LB David Burton and tackle Michael Schofield
Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 1 matchup between the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs.
TENNESSEE TITANS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
|STREAKS||2 of past 3|
|COACHES VS. OPP.||Whisenhunt: 0-1||Reid: 1-4|
|LAST GAME||10/06/13: Chiefs 26 at Titans 17. Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles rushes for 108 yards & TD. Chiefs CB Marcus Cooper records INT & recovers fumbled punt return for TD.|
|LAST GAME AT SITE||12/26/10: Chiefs 34, Titans 14. Kansas City QB Matt Cassel completes 24 of 34 passes for 314 yards & 3 TDs (128.8 passer rating). Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles has 2 TD catches.|
|BROADCAST||CBS (2:15 PM MT): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 119 (Ten.), 127 (KC). XM: 225 (KC).|
|PASSING||Locker: 111-183-1,256-8-4-86.7||A. Smith: 308-508-3,313-23-7-89.1|
|RUSHING||Greene: 77-295-3.8-4||Charles: 259-1,287 (1C)- 5.0-12 (T1L)|
|RECEIVING||Wright: 94-1,079-11.5-2||Charles (RB): 70-693-9.9-7|
|SACKS||Casey: 10.5||Hali, Houston: 11|
|INTs||Pollard: 3||Berry, Cooper: 3|
|PUNTING||Kern: 43.4||Colquitt: 46.0|
|KICKING||Succop (KC): 118 (52/52 PAT; 22/28 FG)||Santos (Pre.): 14 (5/5 PAT; 3/3 FG)|
TITANS: QB JAKE LOCKER won 4 of 7 starts in 2013, passing for 1,256 yards & 8 TDs in those games with 86.7 rating. Has played 23 games in 1st 3 seasons, passing for 3,974 yards with 22 TDs. Has also rushed for 502 yards (6.9 avg.) on 73 att…In only career meeting (12/11/11 with NYJ), RB SHONN GREENE rushed for 129 yards on 29 att. (5.4 avg.) with TD. RB DEXTER MC CLUSTER spent 4 seasons with KC (2010-13), posting 662 rush yards, 1,500 rec. yards & 3 PR-TDs…WR KENDALL WRIGHT led team in catches (94) & receiving yards (1,079) in 2013, both career-highs. Since joining Titans in 2009, WR NATE WASHINGTON leads team in rec. (267), rec. yards (3,944) & rec. TDs (26). Needs 56 receiving yards to become 9th player in club history to reach 4,000. In last road game (12/22/13 vs. Jax.), had 6 catches for 117 yards (19.5 avg.), including 30-yard TD…DT JURRELL CASEY led team with 10.5 sacks in 2013, joining RAY CHILDRESS (13 in 1992) as 2nd DT in club history with 10+ sacks in single season. S BERNARD POLLARD had INT in last meeting…CHIEFS: 2013 Chiefs won 11 games, tied for most by team that won 2 or fewer in previous season (2008 Dolphins, 2012 Colts)…Since 2011, QB ALEX SMITH is 30-9-1 (.763) as starter & has passed for 8,194 yards with 53 TDs vs. 17 INTs for 92.5 rating. In 2013, set club single-season record for rushing yards by QB, with career-high 431 yards on 76 att. (5.7 avg.)…RB JAMAAL CHARLES led NFL with 19 total TDs in 2013 (12 rush, 7 receiving). In 2013, joined HOFer O.J. SIMPSON (1975) as only players ever with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD in each of 1st 7 games of season. Had 145 scrimmage yards (108 rush, 37 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. RB KNILE DAVIS has 4 rush TDs in past 4 games…In last meeting, WR DONNIE AVERY had 3 catches for 91 yards (30.3 avg.). TE ANTHONY FASANO has TD catch in 2 of past 3 vs. Ten…Since 2010, LB TAMBA HALI has 46.5 sacks, 2nd most in AFC (ROBERT MATHIS, 48). Has 8.5+ sacks in each of past 5 seasons. LB JUSTIN HOUSTON aims for 3rd season in row with 10+ sacks (10 in 2012, 11 in 2013). Had sack in last meeting. In last meeting, CB MARCUS COOPER notched 1st career INT.
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The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up their yearly mandatory minicamp last week with possibly more questions than answers heading into training camp that will begin on July 24, in St. Joseph, Missouri. While head coach Andy Reid is hopeful that the Chiefs will come off of an 11-win season (in 2013) to find success during the 2014 NFL Season, Kansas City was a cash-strapped team that saw several of their free agents go on the market leaving holes and question marks behind.
On Thursday, Reid told the media, “I was happy, happy with performance throughout the offseason program. Thought the guys came in good shape and they built off last season. We’ve got a lot of work to do. The guys understand that. They’re wired that way. They don’t shy away from work.”
In 2013, the Chiefs brought in a relatively unknown bunch of players to training camp in Reid’s second season with the franchise. It was a franchise that had seen the mid-2000s hand them disappointment – from players, from final scores and even from once-faithful fans. Reid was able to assemble the group into a competitive team with Alex Smith joining them from the San Francisco 49ers at quarterback. In one of the most-unexpected turns, Kansas City charged up and down the field to catch many NFL teams off-guard. Whether they will be able to repeat the performance in 2014 is a puzzle.
Several starters from 2013 departed and last week cornerback Brandon Flowers was waived to free up salary cap space in a system that is already strapped in the cash department. That left only 16 players, on an 88-man roster on Thursday, who had been with the team the past two seasons. The biggest questions now will be who will replace Flowers in the defensive backfield, whether quarterback Smith will garner a long-term contract to stay in KC and whether Pro Bowl linebacker Justin Houston will report to camp in July. Kansas City is also dreadfully thin on both the offensive and defensive lines.
Cornerback Sean Smith would have been the heir-apparent to Flowers had he not missed time due to illness. That leaves the door wide open in training camp for Marcus Cooper, Ron Parker and rookie Phillip Gaines the opportunity to find favor and step into Flowers’ position.
Houston, who completely skipped mandatory minicamp, is facing the real possibility of fines – ones that will only increase should he refuse to attend training camp. Houston is in his final year of his contract with the Chiefs, but the organization has expressed a desire to initiate a long-term deal. Negotiation details are unclear and while Houston stands to make nearly $1.4 million in 2014, his absence is speaking loud enough that many Chiefs faithfuls are wondering if they’ll see him in a Chiefs jersey this upcoming season or not.
Meanwhile, Smith has allowed his representatives to negotiate with Kansas City over a long-term contract, but while both sides are optimistic – nothing has come to fruition.
On the first day of free agency, Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert and defensive tackle Tyson Jackson signed with other teams, leaving gaping holes in the two lines. While the Chiefs look to Eric Fisher to replace Albert, Fisher has been rehabbing an injured shoulder. On the offensive line, the Chiefs do not have a starting right guard and nearly every other position along the offensive front is up for grabs.
Despite the difficult situation the team faces entering training camp, Reid feels that the team will find the answers they need.
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The Kansas City Chiefs went from taking the first overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft to turning into serious playoff contenders in just one year. Thanks to Andy Reid and Alex Smith, the Chiefs will be one good offseason from potentially an even better run.
For KC to take the leap, though, they’ll need to maneuver through a tough schedule, and it starts with taking care of business on their home field. They’ll be welcoming New England, the New York Jets, Tennessee, St. Louis and the Seattle Seahawks, and that’s not even including tough division battles with the Broncos and Chargers. The defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks is obviously their toughest get at home this year, but the Patriots and Jets won’t be easy wins, either.
The Kansas City Chiefs schedule on the road certainly isn’t much easier, as they travel to wage war with Buffalo, Miami, Pittsburgh, Arizona and San Francisco. While the Chiefs wild 9-0 run and trip to the playoffs was impressive in 2013, they’ll have their work cut out for them to improve in 2014.
All 2014 Opponents
Home: Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks
Away: Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers
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Safety Eric Berry, has slowly become one of the league’s best when he is healthy. In fact, Pro Football Focus has Berry listed as the No. 3 safety ranked in the NFL. Berry’s rookie contract has him signed through the 2015 season.
According to a report, Berry could be in line for a contract extension due to the issues the Chiefs are in with the cap. Berry’s base salary is currently $8.42 million and an extension could probably reduce that by roughly half.
Berry’s 2013 season ended with him recording 73 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, and two touchdowns. Berry became a first-time All-Pro and earned his third trip to the Pro Bowl in his four years in the league.
The Chiefs would like to lock Berry up for as long as financially possible, so an extension would be the answer before too long.