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2K20: Game #15 - Atlanta at Kansas City


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The Chiefs play two at home to wrap the season. The win against New Orleans finished a perfect 8-0 road record. Unfortunately, we appear likely to play all the playoff games at home. ;)

The 8-0 road record is the first ever in franchise history, as is the 13-1 record (so was 12-1). There are a number of other franchise firsts. Kelce now holds the record for most 2-pt conversions (4, beraking a tie with tony Gonzalez). Tyreek Hill tied Dwayne Bowe for most receiving TD in a season. Travis Kelce expanded on his franchise receiving-yardage record for TE. He is currently 2nd in the league with 1318 yards (DeAndre Hopkins 1324). No TE has ever led the league in receiving yardage.
https://chiefswire.usatoday.com/lists/kansas-city-chiefs-franchise-history-travis-kelce-tyreek-hill-13-1/

Atlanta comes off a bad loss at home to Tampa Bay. They had the lead 17-0 at halftime, before a 10-31second half against them. For the Chiefs, the win in New Orleans was a tough physical game. 

If the Chiefs win the game next week against the Chargers, they own homefield. If the Steelers lose any game, then the Chiefs own homefield. 

Game weather is predicted cloudy and chill, but not snowy or freezing.

J

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Not relevant to the game, but seven chiefs are named to the Pro Bowl--Frank Clark, Eric Fisher, Tyreek Hill, Chris Jones, Travis Kelce, Patrick Mahomes II, and Tyrann Mathieu. All but Clark are starters and all are return nominations. Kelce has the most nominations with six. Baltimore, Green Bay and Seattle also had seven players named.
https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2020/12/21/chiefs-ravens-packers-seahawks-each-have-seven-pro-bowlers/

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I was just going to post that. The Chiefs get a bye and homefield through the playoffs.

Kelce is on pace for 1500 yards, which would place top 50 in history, by any position. There are only five TE seasons with more than 1300 yards, one of which is Kelce in 2018. The record is Kittle in 2018 with 1377. 

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1 hour ago, onejayhawk said:

They have the homefield now. Only two teams can tie, Buffalo and Pittsburgh, and we own the tiebreaker.

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If we lose out AND the Bills and Steelers both win out, we'd all be 13-3. We don't own any tiebreaker there.

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  1. Apply division tie breaker to eliminate all but the highest ranked club in each division prior to proceeding to step
  2. The original seeding within a division upon application of the division tie breaker remains the same for all subsequent applications of the procedure that are necessary to identify the two Wild-Card participants.
  3. Head-to-head sweep. (Applicable only if one club has defeated each of the others or if one club has lost to each of the others.)
  4. Best won-lost-tied percentage in games played within the conference.
  5. Best won-lost-tied percentage in common games, minimum of four.
  6. Strength of victory.
  7. Strength of schedule.
  8. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.
  9. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.
  10. Best net points in conference games.
  11. Best net points in all games.
  12. Best net touchdowns in all games.
  13. Coin toss

 

  1. All three are division winners with same record 13-3
  2. Does not apply here
  3. Does not apply. Bills beat Steelers and we beat the Bills. But we didn't play/beat the Steelers.
  4. In this scenario all three teams are tied with 2 AFC and 1 NFC loss
  5. No four common games among all three teams
  6. Bills win the tie breaker here as it stands today. With two weeks to go, this can go move more or less in our favor.
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Would be AWFULLY nice to give this OL a 2 week break heading into the first playoff game.  
 

Plug in Henne,  let Fisher and Remmers rest.     Fully okay with going Rankin-Allegretti-Reiter-Wisniewski-Durant  week 17 just for the extra rest.    Heck maybe give Schwartz a couple series just to shake off some rust (if he’s even close).   

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2 hours ago, samsel23 said:

Would be AWFULLY nice to give this OL a 2 week break heading into the first playoff game.  
 

Plug in Henne,  let Fisher and Remmers rest.     Fully okay with going Rankin-Allegretti-Reiter-Wisniewski-Durant  week 17 just for the extra rest.    Heck maybe give Schwartz a couple series just to shake off some rust (if he’s even close).   

Was just thinking this. Fisher was terrible last week but didn't practice leading up to it due to back problems. Would be great to at least rest him in the final week.

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It's interesting that Anthony Hitchens is on COVID protocols, because we used the base 4-3 defense only 5% of the plays against New Orleans. We sat in nickel defense almost the whole game. In spite of that, we handled a good rushing attack with points for style. 
https://www.arrowheadpride.com/2020/12/22/22194541/chiefs-week-15-defensive-film-review-taking-care-of-a-good-saints-offense

While it would be nice to rest some starters, that is not the way this is usually done. Game 17, maybe. 

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23 hours ago, kingseanjohn said:

If the Chiefs beat Atlanta and secure the bye, it's almost a guarantee that starters sit most or all of week 17. Almost no way Kelce leads the league if that's the case.

I dunno. Could see Andy Reid let Kelce decide if he wants to play. He's worked hard this season to put himself in this position.

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Game 17 is the final game. I expect some preseason-like aspects at that point. Game 16 is more regular season. There may be an effort to get bench players more involved, but not like the final game. I expect the OL to play every snap, Mahomes to be behind center, and Kelce to get double digit targets. If they are up two TD in the second half, that may change.

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L'Jarius Sneed is getting more recognition. He was named one of TouchdownWire's Secret Superstars. From the article:

[W]hen he’s been healthy, he’s had a transformative effect on Kansas City’s defense with his precise and aggressive playing style. 

ChiefsWire had this to say:

It appears that the Chiefs managed to snag one of the most dominant defensive backs in the NFL this season in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL draft. 

Here is a line from the Draft Network. They named him AFC Defensive Rookie of the Week for the New Orleans game.

What’s so impressive about Sneed is that corner is one of the hardest positions for rookies to succeed at, and he has done so now at multiple positions....Sneed truly has a chance to be one of the best corners in his rookie class, which is saying something as there were six corners taken in the first round alone.

https://touchdownwire.usatoday.com/lists/the-nfls-secret-superstars-of-week-15-jalen-hurts-marcus-maye-ljarius-sneed/
https://chiefswire.usatoday.com/2020/12/23/kansas-city-chiefs-ljarius-sneed-week-15-secret-superstar/
https://thedraftnetwork.com/articles/ljarius-sneed-chiefs-steals-2020-nfl-draft

We have already heard from Tyrann Mathieu that Sneed is making his (Mathieu's) job easier. Sneed played over 90% of the snaps against the Saints.

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