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01-17-2019, 09:35 AM,
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Chiefs vs. Broncos: How the Chiefs defense beats Denver It’s Saturday at Arrowhead Pride , so we’re moving on from the victory over the San Francisco 49ers and moving on to the Kansas City Chiefs’ matchup against the Denver Broncos in Week 4!This week, the Chiefs get their first matchup that isn’t against a supremely explosive or incredibly innovative offensive scheme. The Broncos are a good football team that moves the ball well on the ground but with less dynamic players and play-calls. They just line up and get the job done.This week, like every week, I’ll be heading down to the Laboratory to take a look at what the opposition’s offense looks like, some matchups and tendencies that they like to exploit and what the Chiefs defense can do to try to stop them this Sunday.The Broncos offenseTommy Gilligan-USA TODAY SportsThe Broncos went out this offseason and acquired free-agent quarterback Case Keenum, fresh off of a career year for the Minnesota Vikings in 2017. Keenum is an accurate quarterback who also attempts throws in tight windows, trying to throw players open. He’s still getting integrated with the rest of the players on this offense, with some up and down moments this season, but he’s done a good job managing the game and moving the ball.At running back, the Broncos are led by two rookies: Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay, with veteran Devontae Booker in the mix. Freeman has filled the traditional “lead back” role thus far after being picked in the third round. He’s a dangerous runner between the tackles and reads the gap well in their zone running schemes. Lindsay is more of the third-down back role, but his usage has increased on early downs, with great effect.The Broncos suffered a major blow at tight end this week, with Jake Butt suffering an ACL injury in walkthroughs. Jeff Heuerman, more of a blocking tight end, will try to pick up the slack, but the Denver offense utilized a fair bit of two-tight end sets that they’ll have to throw out until another tight end gets up to speed.Chiefs fans will be familiar with the Broncos wide receiver group, featuring Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. Both have been productive receivers for many years, and they continue to be quality receivers in 2018. Rookie addition Courtland Sutton has found a role already on the offense, and he’s used his big frame to make contested catches.The Broncos offensive line is an athletic group on the interior, led by left guard Ron Leary and center Matt Paradis. Right guard Connor McGovern is still a young player with not a ton of starting experience. Right tackle Jared Veldheer is a nine-year veteran, coming back to the AFC West from the Arizona Cardinals after years with the Oakland Raiders. 2017 first round draft pick Garett Bolles rounds out the offensive line at left tackle. This is a good run blocking group, helping Denver to the No. 3 rushing offense in the NFL in 2018. They have some struggles in pass blocking, and Bolles is coming off an especially poor game last week, racking up multiple costly penalties and allowing pressures.How to defendCounter runsWhile the Chiefs have had some success defending the run this year, they’ve had trouble against cutbacks and counters, losing backside contain. The Broncos like to use these counter runs to get the defense to flow to the play side, before cutting back and following a pulling blocker through an open gap.Shown above, the Broncos sell the run to the strong side with all of the offensive line blocking down Youth Travis Kelce Jersey , selling the look of a zone run. Thomas has motioned to the weak side of the formation, and the edge defender kicks out to read the pass off the snap. Freeman takes steps initially toward that side of the line, and the defense reads him and flows to the ball. Butt pulls across the backside of the formation, looking for work. However, the action was sold well enough that Freeman walks into the end zone untouched alongside Butt.The Chiefs have to make sure their backside defender stays active in the run game, and that their linebackers and safeties stay true in their run fits. Collapsing on the flow of the play is important against the Broncos zone run game, but having a weak-side defender flow through a backside gap can protect against cutbacks this week.Phillip LindsayWhile Freeman was drafted as the lead back this past year, Lindsay has the game-breaking ability that can really damage a defense.The above play is a busted coverage by the Seattle Seahawks, but it showcases Lindsay’s speed when he has the ball in his hands. It’s a simple flat route in which the coverage linebacker gets caught up in traffic inside, and that’s all the gap that Lindsay needs. He dashes up the sidelines, and the Seahawk defenders all either take poor angles or can’t catch Lindsay, who looks like he’s moving at twice the speed of the pursuit.While Lindsay shows good speed, he also shows fantastic balance. After hitting the hole with amazing speed from a delayed draw, he’s able to keep his balance with speed through the second-level tacklers, navigating a fine line through traffic. He sets up the safety from two steps out, then makes a jump cut to clear the third level and rips off a huge gain.Lindsay is a true talent with the ability to turn a single missed gap assignment or tackle into a major gain. He’s a one-cut-and-go style runner, while allows him to hit the hole at full speed and beat linebackers to the gap. If the Chiefs defensive line can help set the linebackers up to create a unified front this week, they can keep Lindsay corralled in the run game. In the passing game, they’ll need to make sure to key off of him and not allow easy completions in the flat that he can break open against the Chiefs slower inside linebackers.Keenum vs. pressureWhile Keenum typically reads a secondary well, he has made some very poor decisions this year under pressure. This is a simple four-man rush that gets pressure directly up the gut of the offense. Keenum has room to move out of the pocket, but instead opts to throw into the zone defense, trying to split the two linebackers. He doesn’t have the arm talent to zip it into that tight window off of his back foot, and the pass is intercepted by the underneath defender. Even if it wasn’t intercepted, the boundary hook defender would have laid a massive hit on the tight end. Keenum didn’t do his receiver any favors there, and he pays the price with a red-zone interception while trying to lead a comeback.Keenum has struggled to read and react to some of the looks teams have thrown at him this year. The Raiders show pressure from their inside linebackers on this play, and he shifts protection, with the running back covering the backside edge defender. The linebackers, showing blitz, drop into coverage Youth Mitch Morse Jersey , making it a four-man rush. Keenum still rushes the throw, even though the blitz isn’t coming, and he forces a ball into double coverage. The safety makes an easy interception, keeping the Broncos from putting points on the board in this red zone trip.The Chiefs can force poor decision making by Keenum simply by showing pressure and dropping defenders in their pass rush, alongside the positive results from pressure through the middle of the defense. Keenum has forced the ball across the middle of the field into tight coverage, both in man and zone coverages, especially in the red zone. Having Ron Parker, Anthony Hitchens and Eric Murray tight against middle of the field routes can result in some much-needed turnovers for the Chiefs defense this week against a quarterback that’s willing to give the ball away.The bottom lineThe Broncos are a fine offense, but they’re not quite to the level of the teams that the Chiefs defense have faced off to this point in the 2018 season. They run the ball well and can take the air out of the game by pounding the rock and chewing up clock.However, the Chiefs spent the 2018 offseason completely revamping their run defense for games such as this. A stouter, faster front than in previous years matches up well with the Broncos offense. While they’ll allow some yards around the edges of the defense, the Chiefs defense in the early stages of the game will be very strong in its interior.Keenum won’t test the defense vertically in the same way that they’ve seen out of several offenses this year, and that should help for a defense that has had some struggles keeping a lid on the top of the secondary. While Keenum has done well picking apart some zone defenses, the Chiefs can definitely lean on their man defense this week to shut down the Broncos wide receivers, as the tight end position won’t offer the same threat as the previous three weeks.This game screams the ability to be controlled by the Chiefs four-man rush. The Broncos are 25th in the league in pressure rate, per Football Outsiders, with a pressure allowed on 32.8 percent of the passing snaps this season. Even though the Chiefs weren’t able to find much pressure in the first two weeks, last week showed the ability to get home with their front four. I’d expect pressure from Dee Ford, Justin Houston, and a big game from Chris Jones this week.I feel like the game script will start very similar to the rest of this year, with the defense holding early, the offense getting up big and the opposition having to play catch up. The Broncos haven’t proven to have the same ability to move the ball and put points on the board this season, so this week looks like a much more comfortable game for the Chiefs defense. Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and his quarterback Patrick Mahomes met with the media on Wednesday, and here are some of the key takeaways: Reid and Mahomes were both asked about the this week’s matchup with the division rival Denver Broncos.Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty ImagesReid said the familiarity with the opponent was one of the biggest challenges.“They’re a good football team,” he said. “They know us, and we know them. Both sides will have their wrinkles that they put in, so there will be adjustments that will be made there. The fact that you know each other is the biggest challenge. You’ve got to be sharp. You have to have a good scheme, and execute well.”Mahomes said in their last meeting, the Broncos defense went out of its way to be different than the Chiefs expected.“In the last game Youth Kareem Hunt Jersey , they threw a ton of stuff at me — a ton of different blitzes and coverages — and being able to look at that tape and see what mistakes I made as well as the things I did well, is going to be something I can take into this next game.”Mahomes said that despite the challenges of the last game, the win gave him confidence.“Any time you can come back and get a win against a team of that caliber, it’s going to help your confidence going into the next game. But you still have to go out there and play the game. They’ll have unscouted stuff — a lot of different stuff they’ll throw out there — and you have to find ways to combat that and score points.”Both Reid and Mahomes expressed admiration for the play of Kareem Hunt after his game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty ImagesHunt scored three touchdowns and gained 141 yards from scrimmage against the Bengals, and peppered his performance with multiple Wow! moments.“He’s running hard and aggressively,” said Reid. “Kareem enjoys playing the game, and takes great pride in his job, and details everything to a T. He spends a lot of time making sure he studies the defense, and that he understands the blocking schemes that we’re using. He does a nice job of setting his linemen up.He’s very patient. And he’s having a good season.”“He brings a ton of toughness,” said Mahomes. “I talk to Chad Henne about it all the time — ‘I wouldn’t want to be the guy tackling that guy!’ He runs hard — but at the same time, he’s fast and agile, and he can make people miss. We do all this RPO stuff, and sometimes I just hand it off and that dude work.”Reporters again asked about the touchdown celebration on Sunday — the one where Mahomes appeared to be out-of-sync with his teammates.Reid said he often doesn’t see the celebrations in the heat of the game.“I go back to my game plan sheet or make sure the kickoff team or the extra point team is numbered out right,” he explained. “So I’m not getting to see everything until afterwards. There is some creativity. As long as they stay within the rules, I’m all right with it.”“I didn’t get a ton of practice time,” Mahomes said. “Then I kind of came in late — you know what I’m saying? So I had to kind of try to find the rhythm as we were going. I felt like I was getting right on it, and they all took off on me. If you watched the end, I was kind of figuring it out there.”Other notes from Wednesday’s media availabilityReid was asked about Broncos backup quarterback Chad Kelly, and whether that situation represented an evolution of thinking in the league about off-the-field activity.Kelly — the nephew of NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly — was cut by the Broncos on Wednesday after a bizarre incident in which he arrested for criminal trespass after leaving a party hosted by Broncos linebacker Von Miller.“With media, cameras and iPhones, there’s not a lot that’s missed,” Reid said. “In the old days, there were things that were missed. But not today. There’s no better time to keep your nose clean than right now. There’s pressure on all of us — everyone in this room included. If you step out of line, someone’s going to bring you back into line.”Reid expressed confidence in the offensive line, despite the rash of injuries they’ve experienced.Reid said that Brett Veach has done a good job of having backups available, and that Andy Heck has been careful to rotate the offensive linemen in practice sessions so they’d be ready to play when called upon.Mahomes had some advice for anyone who is considering dressing like him for Halloween.“It’s all about the headband and the hair,” he said.

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