After a 2-0 get started — the place the Kansas City Chiefs seemed unbeatable in opposition to one presumed playoff staff and battled to a gritty win over some other — it’s simplest proper that we really feel constructive. But given all of the rhetoric in regards to the problem of the staff’s time table (and the department’s development), closing unbeaten (and within the AFC’s motive force’s seat) is a ways from a positive factor.
With their deficient get started (0-1-1) and damage hassle, going through the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday’s Week 3 matchup may just really feel like a entice sport. For all in their present issues, the Colts nonetheless boast the league’s highest operating again and a few different recognizable names at the offensive and defensive traces. The Chiefs can’t come up with the money for to take their foot off of the gasoline.
Here are a couple of avid gamers that may be trending this week:
Orlando Brown Jr.: Kansas City’s left take on got here into coaching camp past due — and can finish this season principally the place he started it: with a franchise tag and a long-term contract negotiation looming. So he must have the type of season that forces the Chiefs (or any other staff) to pay him what he thinks he’s value. The season opener wasn’t a lot of a check — however Week 2 in opposition to the likes of Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa in high time? That’s the kind of sport that may get guys paid. Brown replied beautiful smartly, permitting simplest two pressures, one quarterback hit and no sacks in opposition to the Los Angeles Chargers. In reality, over two video games, he hasn’t allowed a sack. Meanwhile, Kansas City’s operating backs are all discovering some stage of good fortune in the back of Brown and his fellow linemen. Against the Colts, they’ll face a few different big-name cross rushers (Yannick Ngakoue and DeForest Buckner), however neither are more likely to threaten Brown’s forged get started. While his PFF grades haven’t stuck up with him, a powerful appearing on Sunday will have to make us be ok with the place Brown is headed.
Nick Bolton: The second-year linebacker has gave the impression of a celeb, doing the whole thing he confirmed ultimate season — after which some. Over two video games, he’s racked up 20 tackles — 13 of them solo — striking him on tempo to be a few of the league’s leaders this season. But he’s additionally appearing progressed talents in area and in protection, permitting a of entirety fee of simply 62.5% on 8 goals to this point. Facing Indianapolis operating again Jonathan Taylor with out Willie Gay Jr. way he’ll be requested to hold extra of the burden — however to this point, Bolton seems to be up for the problem. He appears increasingly more just like the three-down linebacker the Chiefs had been hoping they’d get.
Jaylen Watson: It’s now not simply that he had a game-changing 99-yard pick-six on Thursday night time. Watson additionally earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors with a constant efficiency in protection, blank tackling and just right ball talents. He simply doesn’t glance (or sound) like a rookie seventh-round choose. His self assurance will have to keep growing as he faces a banged-up Colts receiving unit. Watson will have to have extra alternatives to make performs this week, preserving down the cornerback place whilst Trent McDuffie is at the staff’s Reserve/Injured (injured reserve) record.
Others trending in the fitting course: vast receiver Justin Watson, defensive ends George Karlaftis and Mike Danna, operating again Clyde Edwards-Helaire, defensive take on Chris Jones and punter Tommy Townsend.
Marquez Valdes-Scantling: Against the Arizona Cardinals, the previous Green Bay Packers wideout stuck all 4 goals — 3 of them for first downs — however in opposition to Los Angeles, the ones effects merely weren’t there. He stuck simplest two of his seven goals for a grand general of 13 yards. It used to be a irritating efficiency for a man who’s generally thought to be to be quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ No. 1 vast receiver. The Indianapolis protection isn’t moderately as loaded because the Chargers’ unit, so Valdes-Scantling can have a possibility to place a extra environment friendly efficiency at the books. If he doesn’t, how lengthy will it’s till some other receiver (like Justin Watson, Skyy Moore or Mecole Hardman) begins to peer extra of his quantity?
Andrew Wylie: At coaching camp, proper take on used to be a place the place we anticipated that pageant would deliver out the most productive — and with a bit of luck, a tender participant would step up and win a role. Instead, the Chiefs went with the flexible veteran who served them smartly ultimate 12 months. But after seeing him fight in opposition to Bosa and the Chargers, it’s transparent that Wylie will not be as much as the problem of the department’s best cross rushers. As lengthy as Wylie is beginning, Kansas City will wish to proceed giving him assist — and Mahomes must care for extra drive in his face. Since the Colts don’t provide the similar more or less pass-rushing issues, it’s most likely that Wylie appears a bit of higher on Sunday. But it’s truthful to marvel: as soon as he’s off of the Reserve/PUP (physically-unable-to-perform) record, may just Lucas Niang get a possibility to start out?
Others trending within the mistaken course: cornerback Rashad Fenton and protection Bryan Cook
Value (sleeper) alternatives: Two offensive playmakers
Jody Fortson and Skyy Moore: On Thursday night time, the Los Angeles protection made existence tough for the Kansas City offense, so the staff caught with its offensive veterans to tug out the victory. Lost within the shuffle had been two younger playmakers who noticed few alternatives. Both nonetheless have a lot of productive video games forward of them — most likely once Sunday. Tight finish Fortson noticed simply 10% of the snaps and just one goal: a poorly-thrown ball after all zone. Rookie wideout Moore used to be at the box for simply 4% of the offensive snaps and had no passes thrown his manner. But this season, the tales of the Chiefs’ pass-catchers may well be on a pendulum that swings in reverse instructions each and every week. In one sport, it might be JuJu Smith-Schuster and Valdes-Scantling — however the following one may just belong to the younger guys. Perhaps the Colts’ protection shall be extra hospitable towards those two younger playmakers. In Indianapolis, one (or each) may just to find room to run — and possibly hit some pay filth.