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Check Out Some of the Huge Changes to the NFL Over the Last 100 Years

If you for some unknown reason have missed it throughout the preseason as well as the first week of the regular season, the NFL is in the midst of celebrating their 100th season of football.

The game is celebrated by millions of viewers each and every week, and thousands of fans go to stadiums all over the country to take in their favorite teams battles on the gridirons.

The league though has undergone tons of changes since it started 100 years ago, some of the changes small while others have been game changers.

Today we take a look back at some of those massive changes that has shaped the NFL into the game today that we all know and love.

The first thing that shaped the game is that of the Super Bowl, which will is played on the first Sunday in February between the champs of the AFC and NFC, and checking Betway you can see just where the odds leading up to the game sit at.

The Super Bowl is a global event watched every year by over 100 million fans. There’s also the fact that people have parties to celebrate the game, and there’s the economic impact on the city that gets the chance to host the game.

This year that city is Miami, which is a great place to have the annual game that every player dreams of one day getting to.

While the Super Bowl is massive, another change to the game is that of the NFL Draft.

The draft use to be held in a hotel conference room and was never on television or radio, and fans had to wait till the next day to find out what players from college their favorite team may have selected.

It use to be before 1936 that teams would bid on college players going usually into wars to try and get players to join their team.

Now the way the draft is run today is one of the most compelling events of the NFL calendar, and fans are excited to see what players are going to go to their favorite teams.

A last huge change to how the NFL is different over the last 100 years is that of the annual 16-game schedule for all 32 NFL teams.

The way teams use to do it back in the early years of the NFL was franchises played against anyone they could manage to arrange a fixture against, including teams from outside of the league.

Finally things got a little bit more under control, and teams started to get together with those that ran the league to try and figure out how to make it more even for teams to play each other.

Now as we sit in the 100th season of the league, the release of the schedule is yet another event that fans look forward to.

For more breakthrough things that have changed the game over the last century, check out the infographic below!

Chiefs Lose Wide Out Tyreek Hill for ‘a Few Weeks’ with Shoulder Injury

Chiefs standout receiver Tyreek Hill had to be transported to a local Jacksonville hospital and is expected to miss “a few weeks” after suffering a shoulder injury during Sunday’s 40-26 win over the Jaguars, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports via Grant Gordon of NFL.com.

Chiefs head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder updated reporters on Hill’s status following the win, detailing the precautions they took with the star wide receiver.

“[Hill] had a sternoclavicular joint injury which is where your clavicle comes into your sternum,” Burkholder said. “Those can be injured coming out the front, up top or in the back. If it goes posteriorly or back it becomes a medical issue for us so that we worry that there’s more problems. His came back posteriorly and he didn’t have any medical issues but we still transported him to Baptist Medical Center [Jacksonville] and we turned his care over to Brett Frykberg who is an ortho-trauma physician.”

Burkholder added that Hill is being treated to “reduce the dislocation or the injury” and the team didn’t have any more updates on Hill’s status beyond that.

Rapoport later reported that Hill is not expected to require surgery.

Hill was hit by Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey near the sideline. Following the hit, Hill was attended to by the training staff before he was carted off the field.

The Chiefs Open the 2019 Season in Jacksonville; Three Keys to a KC Opening Day Win

Last season did not end for the Kansas City Chiefs the way they or their fans wanted it to, as the club took the eventual Super Bowl champion New England Patriots to overtime in the AFC Title Game, only to lose at home.

Now they turn the page and get ready for the 2019 season, one full of promise and this time a chance to finish the job.

Many experts have picked the Chiefs to get to and even win the Super Bowl, and if you check the betting sites, you will see the team should be able to win the division once again and this time hopefully finish the job.

The first test starts in Jacksonville Sunday against a good Jags team that had a tough season in 2018 winning just five games.

Here’s some keys to getting a win for the Chiefs as they look to get to a fast start in the opener on Sunday in sunny Florida.

1. Start Fast

The Jags lost 11 games last season, and a quick way to make them remember how 2018 went is by getting on the board early and often.

Look for the passing game led by league MVP Pat Mahomes to come out throwing, and trying to test the Jags corners, who are the best players on the team led by loud mouth Jalen Ramsey. If Mahomes and the wide outs and tight end Travis Kelce can get in a groove early, the Chiefs should have a field day throwing the ball all over the field in Jacksonville.

2. Stay Focused

It’s opening day, the forecast for Jacksonville is calling for a hot day to the tune of 98 degrees, and if the Chiefs find themselves in a fight with the Jags, it could result in them losing focus and allowing mistakes to creep in.

One thing the team did well last season was stay focused on the task at hand, and even when things got tough during games, they seemed to be able to make plays and step up no matter the circumstances.

They have to make sure in those moments of testing to be the better more focused team.

3. Turnovers

The Chiefs are the better team taking the field Sunday, but one very easy way to allow the Jags to stick around is by giving them short fields with turnvoers.

The Jaguars will look to confuse Pat Mahomes and look to get him to try to force the ball and get a couple picks, a sure way to allow Jacksonville to stick around.

If the Chiefs play mistake, turnover free football, they should walk out of Jacksonville with a win.

Andy Reid Excited to See What McCoy Adds to the Chiefs Run Game

Andy Reid said it didn’t take long for the Chiefs to make the decision to sign running back LeSean McCoy once he became a free agent over the weekend.

Reid and general manager Brett Veach watched some recent videotape of McCoy’s play, and that was enough, Adam Teicher of ESPN reports.

“There are not a lot of 31-year-old running backs running around out there,” Reid said. “But he still has the great feet and the vision.”

McCoy had the least productive season of his 10-year NFL career in 2018 for the Buffalo Bills, rushing for 514 yards and scoring three touchdowns. But in Kansas City he will be reunited with Reid, whom he played under for four successful seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

McCoy agreed with Reid, saying that losing three starting offensive linemen and going through four starting quarterbacks, including rookie Josh Allen, made things difficult for himself and the Buffalo offense.

“[The Bills lost] three Pro Bowlers on the line, and we had guys kind of filling in at the last minute,” McCoy said. “Give them credit. They did [well] to the best of their abilities. We had a young quarterback and a lot of [times] he was coming in and out of games with injuries and different things like that . . . That was a tough year. Mentally, physically, it was definitely tough.”

McCoy said he picked the Chiefs over other offers, most notably one from the Los Angeles Chargers, so he could reunite with Reid.

“The best part about it is Andy Reid,” McCoy said. “There are so many different answers [why]. I love coach Reid. The biggest thing for me is he’s always been honest since day one. He shoots you straight. His family is the same way. As a coach, I’ve learned so much from him. Now coming here, I’m sure he’ll teach me different things. I’m an older player, and I want to stretch my career out as long as possible. I want to be productive as well. I think just playing with him … when you watch tape of the offense and how they go up and down the field, small plays to big shots, to utilizing all the open space for his players, when you see that, you fall in love with that.”

Damien Williams will start at running back for the Chiefs on Sunday, when they begin the regular season against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville.

“He knows what to expect,” Reid said of McCoy. “I’ve been very honest with him about Damien and how good of a football player he is. I think it’s a great situation for both of them and for the team. For where he’s at in his career, you’re talking about potentially a future Hall of Famer with the numbers and stats he’s put together here. Here he has an opportunity to come to what potentially is a good football team as we go forward and be a part of that.”

Reid said the Chiefs plan to have McCoy available against the Jaguars.

“We’ll see what he can pick up in a short period of time here, how comfortable he is with it, and then we’ll go from there,” Reid said. “He’s a pretty sharp kid so I think we’ll be OK. He’s been practicing and playing in these preseason games so the conditioning part is not an issue. It’s just becoming familiar with the protections and the run game part.

“This is different than what we did in Philadelphia. There will be some familiar things, but it’s quite a bit different. He’s going to have to get in and learn [the offense] and then we’ll just see how that goes. They both have an opportunity to play. I’m not going to put him out there in a bad situation without knowing the plays. I would never do that.”

Chiefs Re-Sign Kick Returner De’Anthony Thomas

The Chiefs have re-signed kick returner De’Anthony Thomas according to the team’s official website.

Thomas’s 2018 season was limited to five games due to a broken leg but he is healthy now and has a legitimate shot to make the final 53-man roster.

Originally a fourth-round pick out of Oregon in 2014, the 26-year-old Thomas is a player Andy Reid trusts. Reid appreciates his ability in the return game and also sprinkles him in on offense.

Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Chiefs Fall?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the AFC West.

The longtime company picks the Chiefs to runaway with the division, going 14-2 and taking home the AFC Title, though they have them losing to the Cowboys in the Super Bowl.

The Chargers are next in the West at 11-5, and then the Raiders and Broncos are both tied for 3rd and 4th at 5-11.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.

Video: Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce Excited About the Chiefs’ Offense

Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce discuss the Chiefs’ offense and how they can get a big play at any time. They also talk about the teams comradery and how that translates to the field.

Chiefs Shift Second-Year CB Tremon Smith to Running Back

The Chiefs have moved second-year cornerback Tremon Smith to running back according to BJ Kissel of kcchiefs.com.

A sixth-round pick out of Central Arkansas in 2018, Smith played 82 snaps on defense as a rookie but was an FCS All-American in college with 15 career interceptions.

He is also fast, having run 4.32 on his Pro Day last spring. He adds a speed element to the Chiefs’ backfield where Smith will compete with Darrel Williams and rookie Darwin Thompson behind Damien Williams and Carlos Hyde.

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