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2K20: Game #13 - Kansas City at Miami


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I looked up the weather for the Pittsburgh at Buffalo game--30s, windy, and rainy. The Chiefs get to go to south Florida.

Miami is a better team than in recent years. Most rankings put them in the #10-#15 range. The Chiefs are solidly top 5. However, this is a road game and the Dolphins apply excellent pressure on the QB. 

Since the Steelers lost, the Chiefs have a plausible path to #1 seed. It's also a good opportunity to look back on the previous last-undefeated teams. Miami is, of course, the only undefeated champion.
https://touchdownwire.usatoday.com/lists/every-last-undefeated-nfl-team-17-0-miami-dolphins/

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Injury reports. Both teams are showing the wear and tear. Tua's thumb injury did not prevent him from playing in week #13. The one to watch is Kyle van Noy. 

Player Injury Participation*
LB Damien Wilson Knee DNP
WR Tyreek Hill Illness DNP
OT Yasir Durant Illness DNP
CB Bashaud Breeland Shoulder FP
CB Antonio Hamilton Ankle FP
DE Tanoh Kpassagnon Hip FP
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire Illness FP
LB Willie Gay Jr. Groin FP
DT Derrick Nnadi Ankle FP
RT Mike Remmers Neck/Ribs FP
C Austin Reiter Knee FP
OL Martinas Rankin Knee FP

 

Player Injury Participation*
RB Salvon Ahmed Shoulder DNP
G Ereck Flowers Ankle DNP
LB Elandon Roberts Chest DNP
LB Kyle Van Noy Hip DNP
S Kavon Frazier Shoulder/Ankle LP
RB Myles Gaskin Knee LP
WR Jakeem Grant Back LP
CB Xavien Howard Shoulder LP
G Solomon Kindley Foot LP
RB/WR Malcolm Perry Chest LP
TE Adam Shaheen Foot LP
QB Tua Tagovailoa Thumb LP
LB Andrew Van Ginkel Wrist/Ankle LP
RB DeAndre Washington Hamstring LP
DE Shaq Lawson Shoulder FP
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Travis Kelce has been nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, the NFL's most prestigious honor. It's for excellence both on and off the field. He has also received a 99 score on Madden, along with PM II. 
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/30491767/man-year-nominee-99-rating-madden

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Great little side story. HC Reid sent HC Flores an order of rbs (or whatever) when the 'Phins beat the Pats last December, giving us home field.
https://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/articles/andy_reid_sent_brian_flores_barbecue_after_dolphins_beat_patriots_last_season/s1_8061_33531809

Something tells me, they are not taking this game lightly.

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Here's an update on DeAndre Baker. 
https://chiefswire.usatoday.com/2020/12/11/kansas-city-chiefs-deandre-baker-practice-squad-progress-through-week-14/

Mostly, it has been a matter of getting physically back up to speed. he also has to learn the Chiefs' system. To that end, he's getting practice time against Hill, Hardman, and Watkins and he's showing potential. He can be elevated from PS for a game at any time.

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36 minutes ago, onejayhawk said:

Here's an update on DeAndre Baker. 
https://chiefswire.usatoday.com/2020/12/11/kansas-city-chiefs-deandre-baker-practice-squad-progress-through-week-14/

Mostly, it has been a matter of getting physically back up to speed. he also has to learn the Chiefs' system. To that end, he's getting practice time against Hill, Hardman, and Watkins and he's showing potential. He can be elevated from PS for a game at any time.

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I don't think he plays this year unless there's an injury. The top four are set; Ward, Breeland, Sneed, Fenton. Hamilton sticks for special teams. They could cut Bopete Keyes, but I don't think they want to risk losing him. Maybe the use him in the last game or two as a practice squad gameday active.

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I agree they won't cut Keyes. Hamilton is another story. All he does is ST.

It's really three. Fenton has not been playing much, though I have seen no reason to justify that trend. Baker could easily push him. Lammons has been up. Armani Watts is not all that secure. Several of the CB have experience playin S and Sneed plays run support very well.

Regardless, they are talking about Baker as a first round talent. That being the case, I expect they will find a use for him before the regular season plays out and include him on the post season roster.

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Final injury update. Both teams will be limited in major players of their defense. Tyrann Mathieu is questionable for the Chiefs, Kyle van Noy for the Dolphins.

Player Injury Participation* Designation
LB Damien Wilson Knee DNP OUT
WR Tyreek Hill Illness FP
OT Yasir Durant Illness FP
CB Bashaud Breeland Shoulder FP
CB Antonio Hamilton Ankle FP
DE Tanoh Kpassagnon Hip FP  
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire Illness FP
LB Willie Gay Jr. Groin FP
DT Derrick Nnadi Ankle FP
RT Mike Remmers Neck/Ribs FP
C Austin Reiter Knee FP
OL Martinas Rankin Knee FP
DB Tyrann Mathieu Hip LP

Questionable

 

 

Player Injury Participation* Designation
RB Salvon Ahmed Shoulder DNP OUT
G Ereck Flowers Ankle DNP OUT
LB Elandon Roberts Chest LP Questionable
LB Kyle Van Noy Hip LP Questionable
S Kavon Frazier Shoulder/Ankle FP
RB Myles Gaskin Knee FP
WR Jakeem Grant Back FP
CB Xavien Howard Shoulder FP
G Solomon Kindley Foot FP
RB/WR Malcolm Perry Chest FP
TE Adam Shaheen Foot FP
QB Tua Tagovailoa Thumb FP
LB Andrew Van Ginkel Wrist/Ankle FP
RB DeAndre Washington Hamstring FP
DE Shaq Lawson Shoulder FP
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The Landlord is gimpy, so what are the Chiefs to do. Tyrann Mathieu is questionable for Sunday. Here are some thoughts about how the chiefs can handle the situation.
https://www.arrowheadpride.com/2020/12/11/22170411/three-options-for-the-chiefs-defense-if-tyrann-mathieu-is-limited-on-sunday

First option is using Sneed. The article's other two options are not good. Basically, Thornhill and Watts could buy a few plays. Sneed played S in college and we have Keyes to cover the slot. The Dolphin are not an explosive offense. Real first option is for the offense to make a good Miami defense look bad. 

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The two PS upgrades are Lammons and Wisniewski. It's worth noting that Rodney Clemons, who regularly plays S in practice, was available. 
https://chiefswire.usatoday.com/2020/12/12/kansas-city-chiefs-week-14-chris-lammons-stefen-wisniewski-roster-moves/  

The Dolphins place starting RB Myles Gaskin on the COVID list. He's out for this week.

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17 hours ago, onejayhawk said:

The Landlord is gimpy, so what are the Chiefs to do. Tyrann Mathieu is questionable for Sunday. Here are some thoughts about how the chiefs can handle the situation.
https://www.arrowheadpride.com/2020/12/11/22170411/three-options-for-the-chiefs-defense-if-tyrann-mathieu-is-limited-on-sunday

First option is using Sneed. The article's other two options are not good. Basically, Thornhill and Watts could buy a few plays. Sneed played S in college and we have Keyes to cover the slot. The Dolphin are not an explosive offense. Real first option is for the offense to make a good Miami defense look bad. 

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Armani Watts definitely is not an option. Could be a mix of Thornhill and Sneed, depending on situation. And they still have Fenton as a fourth CB available, who ain't that shabby. And ultimately - we'll still have to see whether Mathieu isn't available after all. However, if he's got some issues I'd prefer to rest him wiith a look to the playoffs.

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9 hours ago, onejayhawk said:

The two PS upgrades are Lammons and Wisniewski. It's worth noting that Rodney Clemons, who regularly plays S in practice, was available. 
https://chiefswire.usatoday.com/2020/12/12/kansas-city-chiefs-week-14-chris-lammons-stefen-wisniewski-roster-moves/  

The Dolphins place starting RB Myles Gaskin on the COVID list. He's out for this week.

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Last time they can promote those two on a single game basis.

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It is true that Lammons and Wisniewski are out of, call them options for lack of a better word.

As noted above, the team could have promoted Rodney Clemons instead of Lammons. Clemons plays ST obviously, but he also regularly practices at S. Since he was not the choice, it led me to believe Mathieu was able to play. Sure enough:
https://www.arrowheadpride.com/2020/12/13/22172403/report-tyrann-mathieu-expected-to-play-vs-dolphins

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