Report: Chiefs expected to sign CB DeAndre Baker to practice squad

By Erin Walsh | Last updated 11/18/20

DeAndre Baker’s NFL career was derailed by robbery charges stemming from an incident in May. The charges against the former New York Giants cornerback have been dropped, and he’s free to join any club that wants him. 

It didn’t take long for an organization to take a chance on him, either. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Kansas City Chiefs are expected to sign Baker to their practice squad. Once he gets back in shape, the Chiefs will then promote him to the active roster. 

Baker was released by the Giants before the 2020 campaign due to the charges against him. When those charges were dropped this week, it was reported that New York had no interest in bringing him back.

“We know that (drafting him) was a mistake,” someone within the organization said, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. 

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Chiefs Super Bowl star Damien Williams opts out of 2020 NFL season

Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams has opted out of playing in the 2020 NFL season scheduled to occur amid the worsening coronavirus pandemic.

The Chiefs confirmed the news via social media, and general manager Brett Veach offered his support of Williams’ decision:

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By Zac Wassink | Last updated 7/29/20

Chiefs likely to sign Patrick Mahomes to record extension after NFL Draft?

Coming off a Super Bowl title, the Kansas City Chiefs have been pretty quiet this offseason with their spending. That is reportedly expected to change following the 2020 NFL Draft, when the Chiefs are expected to sign Patrick Mahomes to a record-breaking contract extension.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Chiefs are waiting until after the NFL Draft concludes before getting a deal done with Mahomes. The front office wants to see how the roster shakes out and how to best build a dynasty around the Super Bowl LIV MVP.

The Chiefs created cap room on Friday by restructuring Sammy Watkins’ contract. The 26-year-old receiver carried a $21 million cap hit entering the offseason, but the renegotiated deal will lower that to $16 million. Considering Mahomes’ remarkable success, the front office will need all the cap space it can create.

Since being selected with the 10th pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, the 24-year-old has emerged as the best player in the NFL. After winning the NFL MVP award in 2018 following a remarkable season with 50 touchdowns and 5,097 passing yards, Mahomes led the Chiefs to their first title in 50 years this past season.

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Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Matt Johnson | Last updated 4/3/20

Warning for rest of NFL: Chiefs, Mahomes set up for dynasty

Here’s a scary proposition for non-Kansas City Chiefs fans: Patrick Mahomes may regularly repeat his Groundhog Day Super Bowl triumph. 

If one of the best defenses in football can’t stop the Chiefs’ young gun, even with everything going its way, what chance does the rest of the NFL have?

Mahomes’ coronation was officially completed on a serendipitous Super Bowl Sunday as he led the Chiefs to a 31-20 come-from-behind win over the San Francisco 49ers and their relentless front seven.

The 49ers flummoxed the young star quarterback for three quarters, intercepting Mahomes twice while claiming a 20-10 lead. San Francisco didn’t just sack Mahomes four times, the vaunted defense made him look discombobulated.

Mahomes lacked a signature pass for more than three quarters. With 1 minute, 35 seconds left in the third quarter, he threw a duck to Sammy Watkins; eight plays later, a mis-timed pass to Tyreek Hill bounced off Hill’s arms and into the hands of 49ers safety Tarvarius Moore. That sequence came one drive after another botched attempt to Hill landed in the arms of San Francisco’s Fred Warner.

By Jon Gold | Last updated 2/3/20

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NFL Playoffs Divisional Round – Picks and Preview

Written by Pablo Figueroa at Sporting Charts

The Wild Card round left us with a couple of memorable games (with included gut-punch losses for tortured franchises), and also a couple of blowouts. It also left us with a profitable 3-1 record in last week’s picks, so let’s hope that trend continues as we tackle the Divisional games.

The first 25 years of this format have proven to be fairly consistent, with home teams going a whopping 73-27 straight up. This makes sense considering that home squads secured a bye by virtue of being better over the regular season, while the extra week of rest provides a boost that the visiting squads don’t enjoy.

Even as recent seasons have provided a number of Wild Card teams making runs to the Super Bowl, we can’t discount this 25-year trend as we approach a week full of exciting matchups. So, again, in chronological order, here are our picks for Saturday and Sunday.

Kansas City Chiefs (11-5) at New England Patriots (12-4)
Saturday, 4:35 ET CBS
Line: Patriots -5, O/U: 42

In what may be the most impressive stat of the Brady-Belichick era in New England, the Patriots have played 23 non-Super Bowl playoff games in their span, and only six of them have come on the road. Over the other 17 played at Foxborough, the Pats have gone an unparalleled 14-3. Now for the fifth year in a row, they’ve earned a bye week to start the postseason, a condition in which they’ve only lost once during this era (2010 vs Jets). This means that the Chiefs are in for a tall order, especially now that the Patriots appear to be healthy and loaded.

And yet, Kansas City remains the hottest team in the league, with a 10-game winning streak to close the season that was accentuated by a 30-0 road playoff win over the lowly Texans that now means that the Chiefs haven’t lost in three months. It is also important to remember that just last season, the same Chiefs team was able to demolish the Patriots to the tune of a 41-14 thrashing that had many wondering if the end was near for Tom Brady. While that particular game was probably a worst-case scenario for the Patriots, it could also suggest that this upcoming game could be closer than it is widely assumed.

The likely loss of Jeremy Maclin deprives the Chiefs from their biggest downfield threat, but they can instead opt to go for their usual array of short passes mixed with power rushing, a formula that has taken them far in 2015. The Patriots are welcoming back Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman, but their contributions are in question considering their long absences. If Kansas City finds a way to shut down Rob Gronkoski (a big if, of course), Tom Brady‘s targets may need to be more precise than usual. Even for a QB that thrives on a lack of turnovers, the Kansas City defense shall be hunting for interceptions and the chance of shortening up the game.

The Patriots stumbled a bit down the stretch and actually went a middling 7-7-2 against the spread for the season, while the Chiefs were one of the league´s best road underdogs. While I still see the Patriots as the better team, and one that should ultimately win, the spread seems a couple of points too large. It should be a close, entertaining game from the start.

The Pick: Chiefs +5

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Chiefs Road Success Poses as Major Threat Going Into Playoffs

Written by Farzin Vousoughian at No Coast Bias

The Chiefs concluded the NFL season as one of the better road teams in the NFL and are entering the playoffs with the hot hand.

Through eight road games, plus a neutral site game played at Wembley Stadium in London, Kansas City’s offense averaged 29 points per game. On the defensive side of the ball, the Chiefs surrendered just 18.8 points per game in those nine games games, nearly matching the team’s overall season total through 16 games of 17.9 points allowed per game.

In nine games away from Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs finished with a 6-3 record.

With possession of the No. 5 seed, it is unlikely the Chiefs play at Arrowhead Stadium again this season. If the Chiefs make it all the way, it is plausible they play all three AFC games on the road, then face the NFC champions in neutral site for the Super Bowl.

It is the perfect storm for the Chiefs, a wild-card team looking to carry its road success to the playoffs.

Some Chiefs fans may be bummed out over the fact that there may not be a playoff game in Kansas City. But the Chiefs have proven to be more dominant while playing away from Arrowhead Stadium, which they did nine times this season.

Through those nine games, the Chiefs have a +91 point differential, as opposed to just a +27 differential at home.

The Chiefs are perfectly equipped to come away with multiple playoff wins, even if it means doing so on the road.

The Chiefs will visit the Houston Texans and open up as three-point favorites. Kansas City’s defense has been the biggest difference maker throughout the team’s 10-game surge.

Head coach Andy Reid and defensive coordinator Bob Sutton have guided this defense to success, coaching it to its potential.

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Kansas City Chiefs: 8 Things You Must Know About KC’s Turnaround

Written by Farzin Vousoughian at No Coast Bias

The Kansas City Chiefs started the season 1-0, but dropped their next five games. Despite a 1-5 record and losing Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs have done a complete 180.

The Chiefs were the worst team in the league after Week 6 and would have owned the No. 1 overall draft pick had the season ended at the time. Now, the Chiefs own the No. 5 seed in the AFC.

Kansas City has won six straight games, improving to 7-5 and has not lost since October 18. But the Chiefs are doing more than just winning—they’re leaving a mark and have become one of the hottest teams in the NFL.

Here are eight things you need to know about the Chiefs’ during their turnaround.

 

  1.  Alex Smith has not thrown an interception in nine games

Alex Smith isn’t known for long-range passes, though he has showcased that recently. The most impressive part about Smith during Kansas City’s shift is his 305 consecutive passes without a pick.

Smith, who has just three interceptions this season, needs four passes to pass Bernie Kosar and 54 passes to surpass Tom Brady to shatter the NFL record for most consecutive passes without an interception.

The biggest thing coaches can ask from their quarterbacks is to take care of the football, which Alex Smith has done a great job of, and is a big reason why the Chiefs currently hold a wild-card spot.

  1. Three different Chiefs have rushed for 100+ yards in a game this year

Losing Jamaal Charles was a big blow. At 1-5, there was little optimism after the Chiefs lost their biggest weapon.

But Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware have both stepped up in Charles’ absence.

During Kansas City’s current six-game winning streak, West has rushed for 520 yards and four touchdowns. With West dealing with a hamstring injury last week, Ware has managed to muster 265 yards and four touchdowns while getting more playing time lately.

Now, the Chiefs are using both running backs to help the offense.

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