KANSAS Town, Mo. — The Patriots-Chiefs activity has been postponed until finally Monday or Tuesday because of to positive coronavirus assessments.
Patriots quarterback Cam Newton and Chiefs follow squad quarterback Jordan Ta’amu are so considerably the only types to return optimistic tests, but equally teams are undertaking added screening. In the mean time, the Chiefs shut down their facility Saturday and are wanting forward to enjoying their showdown with the Patriots in a pair of days.
“It’s a pandemic, so things can transpire,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid mentioned this 7 days, when information emerged from Tennessee about an outbreak with the Titans, which has forced their video game from Pittsburgh to be postponed. “But you have acquired to consider as several precautionary measures as you can and try to adhere with them, and if a little something occurs like that, then you’ve bought to perform by way of that. We’ve all been coached up on it, and we’re all making an attempt to do the greatest we potentially can with it.”
The Patriots experienced prepared to stop by Arrowhead Stadium powering a quarterback who can run at any time and a backfield that ran roughshod in excess of the Raiders previous weekend. But now the Patriots will very likely go with Brian Hoyer or Jarrett Stidham, which really should be very good news to a Chiefs staff that has historically struggled versus the run.
The Patriots nevertheless have a great deal of threats in the backfield. Sony Michel required just 9 carries to pile up 117 yards, Rex Burkhead attained the conclude zone 3 situations and the Patriots totaled 250 yards speeding in their acquire about Las Vegas.
Now, the first get of company any week may possibly be to end the run — some thing the Chiefs (3-) did rather well from the Ravens on Monday night time. But the obstacle is even a lot more essential when the Patriots (2-1) have proven these kinds of a propensity for grinding out yards on the ground. They lead the league in dashing via the initially a few weeks.
The Chiefs are 27th at defending the operate.
The Patriots also hope their working recreation lets them to management the clock, shortening the match and thereby trying to keep report-setting quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the dynamic Chiefs offense off the field.
“Ball handle and points. You know that,” Patriots working backs coach Ivan Fears stated. “Let’s get the factors and let us management the ball I really don’t treatment how we do it. Dink-and-dunk, quarterback sneak, I do not give a (darn). Just get it done.”
They have a good deal of fellas who can get it done, also. Michel and Burkhead are a considerable backfield tandem, but undrafted rookie J.J. Taylor also has gotten into the mix. James White was again at exercise this week following the dying of his father in an vehicle accident, as was Damien Harris, who has been on injured reserve with a finger difficulty.
“We’re a bunch of competition,” Taylor explained, “but we also want to see every other realize success.”
The Patriots will require them to against the Chiefs.
CAM AND GET IT
Newton would have been the fourth straight quarterback the Chiefs have prepared for that can operate. They faced the Texans‘ Deshaun Watson in the opener, then organized for the Chargers‘ Tyrod Taylor in 7 days 2, while he was dominated out shortly before kickoff mainly because of a professional medical mishap. Then arrived the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson previous week.
But if Newton can’t perform, both the far more pro-design Hoyer or untested next-year QB (backslash)Stidham will go.
The Chiefs will be without having rookie cornerback L’Jarius Sneed, who has two picks by his to start with a few games, but who had operation this 7 days on the collarbone he broke Monday night time in Baltimore. They also could be without Chris Jones, who came into the week main the AFC with 3 1/2 sacks, due to the fact of a groin harm. Top cornerback Bashaud Breeland stays out when serving the final match of his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse coverage.
MAHOMES IN 2020
The reigning Super Bowl MVP continues to have an unforgettable a 12 months. He led the Chiefs to their 1st title in 50 a long time, signed a long-phrase offer that could shell out him a 50 %-billion bucks, obtained engaged to his lengthy-time girlfriend and this 7 days declared the couple is likely to have a newborn. Oh, and he’s also begun the year by throwing for virtually 300 yards for each game with nine touchdown passes, a different landing on the floor and no interceptions.
“I imply, all the superlatives that have been explained about him, I’d just be repeating them all,” Patriots coach Invoice Belichick said.
PASSING THE BUCK
Although the largest obstacle facing the Chiefs may be halting the operate, the most significant dealing with the Patriots will be masking their fleet of pass catchers. Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins are merely the start off of the complications — fellow large receivers Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson, restricted close Travis Kelce and operating back Clyde Edwards-Helaire are all threats.
“They have five superior receivers out there on nearly each individual play,” Belichick mentioned, “so it’s difficult to match up with two, 3 or 4 of them, but they’ve bought five and a good quarterback and a great offensive program. They increase the amount of pressure they place on you and they do a whole lot of distinct issues.”
The Chiefs will welcome about 17,000 enthusiasts to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. It’s the 22% of ability that they had been permitted for their 7 days 1 gain about Houston, but welcome news just after vacant stands on visits to the Chargers and Ravens.