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Chiefs defense rounding into form for trip to New England

Chiefs protection rounding into type for journey to New England

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The greatest perpetrator within the Kansas City Chiefs’ loss to the New England Patriots in final season’s AFC championship sport was their protection.

It didn’t cease Tom Brady and Co. down the stretch and in time beyond regulation in a crushing dwelling defeat.

So the Chiefs spent the offseason revamping it. They employed a brand new coordinator in Steve Spagnuolo, introduced in big-name free brokers and drafted a pair guys they thought might match proper in.

Things had been shaky for some time. They’re rock stable now.

The protection picked off Raiders quarterback Derek Carr twice Sunday, returning certainly one of them for a landing, and paced the Chiefs to a 40-9 rout of their division rival. They held sensational rookie working again Josh Jacobs in examine, shut down Oakland’s broad receivers, didn’t enable some extent till properly into the second half and a landing till the ultimate minute of the sport.

Everything was clicking, simply in time for a visit to New England subsequent Sunday.

“We have a big one next week. We’ve got to continue the process,” stated security Tyrann Mathieu, one of many marquee additions, who had one of many two interceptions towards Oakland.

“We’re able to play faster. The system isn’t new anymore,” he stated. “It’s December, so everybody has a good feel for what we need to do. We still have a long way to go, but I like where we are.”

So does Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who has been preaching persistence along with his protection all season. He made it clear from the primary day of coaching camp that there was going to be a studying curve with the swap to a 4-Three system and so many new faces, however that curve is lastly flattening out.

The go rush is best. The secondary has grow to be stingy. The run protection has solidified.

“I mean, I think Spags has done a nice job,” Reid stated. “The young guys are gaining experience as we go. We still have plenty of room to improve, but we’re seeing improvement every week, so that’s a plus. We have to keep our foot on the pedal here, keep pushing.”


Patrick Mahomes is beginning to appear like the reigning league MVP once more. He had been hobbled because the opener towards Jacksonville, when he sprained his ankle, then dislocated his kneecap towards Denver and missed a pair weeks. But having final week off was essential in getting nearer to 100 %.

Mahomes threw for under 175 yards and a landing, however his more healthy ankle and knee allowed him to scramble 13 yards for a landing when Tyreek Hill ran the flawed route.

“I definitely feel a lot better coming off that bye week, getting that rest,” Mahomes stated. “It definitely felt good being able to run, getting my knees up a little bit and getting to the end zone.”


The Chiefs struggled to run the ball a lot of the sport, although they had been lacking main rusher Damien Williams due to a rib damage. But even on the bottom, the Chiefs confirmed their chops when it mattered most by happening a 9 1/2-minute drive within the fourth quarter.

Rookie working again Darwin Thompson did a lot of the work earlier than scoring his first NFL landing.


Rookie security Juan Thornhill has grow to be a bona fide playmaker within the secondary, making a pair large stops within the working sport and returning an interception 46 yards for a landing.


Running again Darrel Williams managed 13 yards on six carries earlier than leaving with a hamstring damage. Thompson’s emergence might spell fewer reps for Williams when he is ready to return.


Defensive finish Frank Clark left with a shoulder damage and cornerback Rashad Fenton left with a hamstring damage. Reid stated he doesn’t imagine both is a long-term downside.


Zero – The variety of penalties the Chiefs dedicated towards Oakland. The solely different instances the Chiefs achieved the feat got here towards Buffalo on Oct. 2, 1966, and towards Oakland on Dec. 8, 1974. The Chiefs misplaced each of these video games.


The Chiefs have almost wrapped up the division and a playoff berth, however they nonetheless have an opportunity of incomes a first-round bye. They maintain a tiebreaker over the Ravens (10-2) after beating them earlier this 12 months, and will likewise have one over the Patriots with a victory on Sunday. But they nonetheless have to preserve profitable and get some assist from the remaining groups on their rivals’ schedules.


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