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12-21-2018, 03:44 AM,
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Chiefs vs. Broncos: How the Chiefs offense beats Denver The Kansas City Chiefs’ offense could stop playing football at halftime and would still be tied for 12th in the NFL in terms of points per game. That’s just silly to digest.Everyone sees how great the Chiefs’ offense has been this year but to put it to numbers compared to the rest of the NFL is simply unbelievable. This week Womens Reggie Ragland Jersey , the common theme in the national and local media has been how to defend the Chiefs’ offense and Patrick Mahomes.The consensus is that no one really knows: there are theories out that are logically sound but no one has been able to implement them. Will the Denver Broncos be the team to finally find a blueprint to solve this mystery or will they be another 30-plus point sacrificial lamb? Craig and I (Kent is still watching Pat Mahomes’ throws from Week 1, or something) got down into The Laboratory and started digging through Denver Broncos film to determine who they are on both sides of the football.Denver Broncos defensePersonnel preferencesLike just about every NFL team in 2018, the Broncos spend most of their time in nickel or dime packages rather than a traditional/heavy/base defense. Against the Chiefs, assuming they follow their trends, the Broncos will continue to keep that as their base defense getting both their third cornerback (Adam Jones or Isaac Yiadom) and third safety (Will Parks) on the field often. Pass defenseThe Broncos present a unique and new challenge for the Chiefs this year as they are predominantly man-to-man team. Up to this point, the Pittsburgh Steelers played the most man coverage against the Chiefs, and that was more as a “change-up” to their zone defense to throw Mahomes off his game. The Broncos, on the other hand, are going to run a ton of man coverage and challenge the quarterback to throw into tighter windows. The shells behind the man coverage do change up from a single-deep safety to a split safety look, with the splits being a good chunk heavier to the former. In man coverage, the Broncos’ cornerbacks look more comfortable pressing at the line of scrimmage than mirroring and playing off-coverage, but they will mix up various techniques between press-man, press-mirror, press-bail and off-coverage. Unlike years past, the Broncos cornerbacks aren’t lockdown guys that don’t need help over the top and scare opposing quarterbacks. Chris Harris Jr. is still very good but is being forced into less favorable matchups compared to years past, Bradley Roby has been up and down all year and Jones or Yiadom haven’t been able to repeat Roby’s success at nickel cornerback. Outside of Justin Simmons, their safeties and inside linebackers struggle to run with athletes and are really hoping to deny the ball long enough for the pass rush to get home. Their pass rush is still very talented off the EDGE but may lack the inside threat they expected Derek Wolfe to turn into. They move their EDGE rushers around from play to play, but Von Miller spends most of his time on the offense’s right while Bradley Chubb gets most of his snaps on the left. Shane Ray has had a bit of resurgence this year but is still mostly used as a rotational rusher. Be on the lookout for some snaps with Chubb playing on the interior with Ray outside of him as the Chiefs try to spread the field. Run defenseThe Broncos play sound defense versus the run with their defensive line taking up blocks and space allowing their linebackers to flow towards the ball. Their linebackers are big and strong and are willing to meet blockers and fill gaps quickly but aren’t the rangiest bunch. Chubb and Miller do a good job keeping contain and there often isn’t huge running lanes available. The second level and oftentimes box safety play run-first, which has been a big change for the Broncos of two years ago when the run defense was a major weakness.How the Chiefs winBasic gameplanBeing the first team the Chiefs are facing with heavy man-to-man principles, this game is a wild card from a schematic standpoint. Rest assured, Andy Reid has quite the package of plays he hasn’t shown yet based on this. The expectation should still be for the Chiefs to spread the field, throw the ball early and often and attack all levels of the field. The horizontal passing game should play a slightly larger role this week as defenders have to cover the entire field rather than spaces.Look for route combinations and alignments that cause chaos, for the Chiefs to manipulate the second level and for matchups to be isolated when they favor the Chiefs. The Chiefs may not have a ton of running room early in the game but as it stretches into the second half, the lanes will open up as the box lightens. Clutter is your friendNormally, defenses would prefer multiple players being in the same space rather than offenses, but when done on purpose with a goal in mind, it can be a huge benefit for the offense. Seen on the slant touchdown above, the rub by the slot wide receiver gives Sammy Watkins extra space at the catch point to collect the ball and square upfield for extra yardage. When defenses go man to man with their coverage, they open themselves up to these rubs and pick type routes by the offense. Beyond simple picks and rubs, the Chiefs should utilize Reid’s background in the West Coast offense and spread the field horizontally and use a variety of mesh concepts to get that extra couple of steps. Another way to create that chaos is through alignment. When an offense goes with tight or stacked formations, there is a natural rub on the defensive backs off the line of scrimmage, as they have to fight through their own teammate/s and other receivers. To counter that, teams will either switch their assignments based on release and often have one defensive back playing in off-coverage, which allows good wide receivers to take advantage and manipulate their leverage. When working from such a tight split, there is a lot of field the off-cornerback has to cover, giving up a two-way go to the wide receiver rather easily.Make the second level moveNormally, RPOs are designed to beat zone defenses as they pull players who are watching the ball out of their assignments. To combat that, teams have shifted to man coverage against teams that favor RPOs, and in the cyclical world, offenses have not adjusted to man coverage vs RPOs. Tagging a slant onto the traditional bubble RPO when facing man coverage has been one of those adjustments. Rather than trying to read a second-level defender, against man, the goal is to manipulate a box defender (often inside linebacker) that must flow with the running back whether a run or pass is called. This player is then taken out of position to help any other cornerback that may have lost leverage which leads back to the slant. As a cornerback, a slant is an incredibly difficult play to defend in man coverage based on the amount of field there is to cover. When all inside help is lost, a cornerback has to be jumping the slant route to even have a chance. Look for the Chiefs to dial back up these man-beater routes attached to RPO looks that pull the help defenders out of the equation.Additionally, another ideology against man coverage when an RPO is called is to turn the play into pure play-action and attack over the top. A slant-and-go or any other double move will give the cornerback the idea of another quick pass out of the RPO when the goal in its entirety is to attack over the top. It’s hard to run a pure RPO offense against man coverage, but there are ways to still manipulate the defense. Exploit your matchupsThe matchups are easily determined against man coverage and when there is a WR-CB matchup that favors the offense Womens Xavier Williams Jersey , the Chiefs need to give their guys a chance.Whether attacking a safety tasked with man coverage or the nickel cornerback, there is going to be a clear mismatch on any given play that favors the offense. It won’t always result in a vertical win but when you have the speed and weapons the Chiefs do, this kind of play is possible or even likely every play. Anytime the Broncos decide to go middle of the field open (MOFO) and put a linebacker on coverage vs. either of Kansas City’s tight ends, that’s a massive mismatch right down the seams. After the Steelers game, this shouldn’t be something seen frequently. To avoid the one-on-one matchups on the outside, Denver will have to cycle to split safety looks as well.Attack even boxesAt some point, playing man coverage will result in more resources being poured into the pass coverage rather than run defense. Inside linebackers will stay home a little longer, defensive linemen will turn into safeties on the field who play deep/out of the box and split safety looks will be the norm. As the defense morphs into this more conservative, protect-over-the-top defense, the box gets lighter and the numbers become favorable for the offense.Even when the defense is clearly spinning a safety into the box late, the numbers still favor the offense and should present a pure one-on-one of running back vs. safety as long as blockers are executing. Whether the running back wins the matchup or not doesn’t matter when five-plus yards are regularly picked up before contact. To this point, teams have played zoned against the Chiefs, allowing them to keep numbers in the box while attempting to defend the pass. With man coverage preferred by the Broncos, they won’t have the same luxury. ExpectationsThe Denver Broncos defense presents a unique and new challenge to the Kansas City Chiefs offense, but it isn’t anything that should catch them by surprise. It’s a basic defense from a schematic perspective that asks for high levels of execution that haven’t been met on a consistent basis at this point. The game will challenge Mahomes‘ ball placement and decision-making but there shouldn’t be too many looks or situations that he’s confused as to what he is seeing. The run game may start slow like weeks past but should have the opportunity to pick up in the second half.The key to the offense winning is going to be the ability to exploit one-on-one matchups, whether that be by design with rub/pick routes or by pure talent. The use of RPOs to manipulate the help defenders and the ability to attack the even-numbered boxes only assist in generating those favorable matchups. The Chiefs are one of the few teams in the NFL equipped to beat man coverage in every possible way at every position on the field, making this an extremely dangerous game for the Broncos defense. It’s finally Friday at Arrowhead Pride, so we’re leaving that abysmal performance against the New England Patriots in the rearview mirror and come back home for a big Sunday Night Football matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.The Bengals offense comes to Kansas City this week owning the sixth-best points-per-game mark in the NFL, and they’ve scored at least 21 points in every game this year. With a number of offensive weapons and a quarterback playing his best season in a couple of years, the Chiefs defense will once again have its hands full.So what do the Bengals do well, and what can the Chiefs do to stop them? Follow me down to The Laboratory and let’s take a deeper look at some of the Xs and Os behind the Cincinnati Bengals.The Bengals offenseAaron Doster-USA TODAY SportsAfter a down year last year, quarterback Andy Dalton has come out of the gate swinging in 2018. With 14 touchdowns and 1,600-plus yards, Dalton is having himself a nice little bounce back year. He does already have seven interceptions to his name this year—all but one of them coming in road games.At running back, the Bengals lean on second-year player Joe Mixon as a workhorse back. He’s got the size to run between the tackles and the speed to break open plays on the edge. The wide receiver group is led by one of the best in the league in A.J. Green. His catch radius means that he’s almost always open. This year, he’s not a one-man show, getting help from third-year receiver Tyler Boyd — who is targeted often — and John Ross. Ross, when healthy, is a speed demon on the outside.The Bengals tight ends are a mess of injuries right now with Tyler Eifert on IR, Tyler Kroft not practicing, and CJ Uzomah limited in practice with a shoulder injury. Cincinnati loves to use multiple tight end formations, so if Uzomah can’t go, their playbook will become limited.The Bengals offensive line is down injured rookie center Billy Price, starting swing interior lineman Trey Hopkins in his place. Left guard Clint Boling has been very good this season, but the rest of the line has had their struggles. Left tackle Cordy Glenn struggled early in pass protection, and right tackle Bobby Hart has allowed the most sacks of any of their offensive linemen. Finally, right guard Alex Redmond has really struggled, especially when pass blocking.How to defendAttacking the weak-side gapsThe Bengals are a good rush offense, despite their yards per game ranking. Tied for 11th in yards per carry, the Bengals have the fifth-least rushing attempts in the league. When they do run the ball, they’re effective out of their 11 and 12 personnel, especially with Mixon. A blend of size, speed, and agility, Mixon is great attacking the strong side of the offense, but he’s even better cutting back and running at the weak side of the formation.Shown above Womens Anthony Hitchens Jersey , Mixon’s ability to change direction and cut laterally to the backside B-gap is phenomenal. While the Steelers linebackers and defensive linemen are correctly keying off of the Bengals blocking schemes, Mixon’s agility puts the weak-side linebacker in a lose-lose situation. By attacking either the weak-side or strong-side A or B-gaps, the weak-side linebacker will be behind the play if the run flows to the opposite of the formation, as seen in the first example. If the weak-side linebacker hesitates to make sure the weak side is covered, Mixon is able to cut all the way to the open gap in across the backside of the formation, as seen in the second example.The Chiefs inside linebackers have been very hesitant this year, one of the major problems with the Chiefs run defense. If this continues this week, Mixon will surely do damage and get himself into space on the weak side of the formation. The Chiefs can help defend this by getting penetration from a 3-tech lined up on the weak side of the formation, even opposite of the running back. This is something Bob Sutton has shown a comfort level within the past, and with Hitchens’ current hesitation, I’d be comfortable with it for this week’s matchup.AJ Green in the middle of the fieldAJ Green is an elite receiver. He’s made many a cornerback look ridiculous with his route-running ability and fantastic hands, and he’s great with the ball in his hands and space to run. So naturally, it just makes sense that the Bengals would try to find ways to get him in the middle of the field against safeties and coverage linebackers.The Bengals draw up several plays a game designed to stress the opposition’s safeties and get Green in an advantageous matchup. In the first example, Cincinnati is in a 3x1 formation out of 11 personnel. Green lines up as the strong 2 and runs a post while the strong 3 crosses behind to force a switch with the Steelers blitzing. The tight end on the opposite side of the formation runs an out route, occupying the safety to that side of the field. The strong safety has to respect the strong 1 vertical, and Green is left covered by a linebacker on a post route with no safety around. A better throw results in a touchdown.The second example has Green line up as the strong 3 with the Bengals in an empty set. The Steelers are in Cover 2, and the strong 1 and 2’s vertical routes force the safety to sit outside while Green runs a post attacking the seam between the two safety zones and over the top of the coverage linebacker.The Chiefs run split safety looks just over 15 percent of the time, and they’ve shown them more on first downs than any other down. By limiting their usage in this week’s game and avoiding blitzes from the secondary while Green in the slot, the Chiefs can try to play top-down with Jordan Lucas and tighten the windows that Green and Dalton can work with over the middle.CJ Uzomah on the out routeUzomah started this season as the third tight end behind Eifert and Kroft but has now been thrust into a starting role should he be healthy enough to be cleared this weekend. If he is, the Chiefs will see a very physical tight end with good hands and awareness.Uzomah doesn’t have a large route tree, but his most effective usage last week was on out routes, particularly against press coverage. Shown above, the Steelers tried to use a cornerback — Cameron Sutton — to press Uzomah and try to throw off his route. Uzomah, in both examples, is able to fight through the press and gain separation using his size coming out of his break on the out route. Dalton leaned on this last week, particularly on second or third and medium yardage.Although he’s not the same level of tight end that the Chiefs saw this past week, Uzomah is not to be taken lightly, especially with their propensity to give up catches to tight ends from the safety position. The Chiefs have surely identified this tendency, so look for the safeties to try to allow for a free release on the line and undercut the route off the break.The bottom lineWhile the Chiefs defense doesn’t face the same test that it did last weekend, this Bengals offense is not to be taken lightly.Cincinnati has shown the ability to put big points on the board, heavily targeting Green, Boyd and Mixon. Dalton has taken a fair number of sacks and thrown his share of interceptions so far but looking at their points per game just illustrates their ability to throw themselves back into a positive result if things turn south on early downs and quarters.With the speed and ability of the Bengals outside receivers, the Chiefs may lean heavier on their Cover 3 zone, which keeps the middle of the field closed and doesn’t rely on Steven Nelson or Orlando Scandrick to have to track Green and Boyd all over the field all night. The Chiefs struggled in the first two weeks of the season with their zone defense — success rates of 44 percent and 28 percent — but have improved over the past three weeks, posting success rates of 90 percent, 53 percent and 66 percent.In the run game, having the extra safety in the box will be paramount this week to help with run fits against Mixon and Bernard while the game is close. The Chiefs interior defensive line should see some success against the right side of the Bengals line, and winning up front on first down — where the Chiefs are giving up 7.07 yards per play, the most of any down — can help keep the Bengals running backs a non-factor on the ground.Finally, Dee Ford is in line for a big day against a poor pass protector in Hart this week. Dalton has taken a lot of sacks this year due to some longer developing routes and an iffy offensive line. He’s also thrown multiple interceptions when climbing the pocket due to pressure — specifically from the right side of the line. Ford is on a heater right now, and this matchup is tailor-made for a big day from the Chiefs best pass rusher this season.If the Chiefs defense can start like they have for the majority of the season — getting a couple stops early — the Bengals may be forced to abandon the run game and start throwing to catch up. With a backup tight end and a shaky offensive line against Ford, Chris Jones, and Allen Bailey, this game might feature a little more of the Chiefs defense we came to know and love.Love the Nerd Squad Breakdowns? Check out 45 Seconds with Kent Swanson. Never miss an episode by subscribing here.

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