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Kansas City Chiefs @ Cleveland Browns

Location

FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland

Time
1pm ET
6pm UK

Coverage
CBS
Game Pass
Chiefs Radio Network

Team records
Chiefs 7-1
Browns 2-5-1

Last 3 games
27th Dec 2015 Browns 13 @ Chiefs 17
27th Oct 2013 Browns 17 @ Chiefs 23
9th Dec 2012 Chiefs 7 @ Browns 30

The story so far
After finishing Denver’s season for them, the Chiefs need to stay professional and keep beating bad teams for the next 2 weeks. Another AFC game, another chance to build potential tie breakers for the playoffs. Cleveland started the season in interesting fashion, their opening games were all close and overtime has been a heavy feature for them so far. However they’ve reverted to form and struggled in recent weeks resulting in the sacking of Head Coach and OC. Browns gonna Brown.

Head to head
Chiefs lead 12-11-2

Team leaders

PASSING STATISTICS
Player Att Comp Yds Comp % Yds/Att TD TD % INT INT % Long Sck Sack/Lost Rating
Patrick Mahomes 285 187 2526 65.6 8.9 26 9.1 6 2.1 75 10 43 115.3
RUSHING STATISTICS
Player Att Yds Yds/Att Long TD
Kareem Hunt 134 592 4.4 45 5
Patrick Mahomes 30 119 4.0 23 2
Spencer Ware 18 106 5.9 34 0
Tyreek Hill 10 45 4.5 21 0
Sammy Watkins 4 50 12.5 31 0
Damien Williams 3 1 0.3 1 0
De’Anthony Thomas 1 6 6.0 6 0
RECEIVING STATISTICS
Player Rec Yds Yds/Rec Long TD
Tyreek Hill 44 705 16.0 75 7
Travis Kelce 44 642 14.6 43 4
Sammy Watkins 34 453 13.3 50 3
Kareem Hunt 20 262 13.1 67 5
Chris Conley 13 104 8.0 19 2
Spencer Ware 9 89 9.9 22 0
Demarcus Robinson 6 48 8.0 23 1

Ones to watch
The Inside Linebackers
The Chiefs have invested fairly significantly in the past year on the inside linebacker position. Trading away a 4th for Reggie Ragland, giving a big contract to Anthony Hitchens, the position seemed to be well set for the next couple of years at least. The reality has been, er, less than impressive. With Hitchens likely out with a rib injury could Ben Niemann, an undrafted rookie step up to fill the hole. Literally.

Key matchup

Myles Garrett v O Line.

Garrett is a beast.  8 sacks and 3 forced fumbles, he’s nearly as good as Dee Ford! The Chiefs line will have their hands full trying to keep Mahomes upright. No turnovers is a must this week. Don’t give the Browns any easy opportunities to score. Garrett can create those if the line isn’t fully on song.

 
Injuries

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

 
PLAYER POS. INJURY PART. WED. PART. THURS. PART. FRI. GAME STATUS
Justin Houston LB Hamstring DNP LP LP Questionable
Eric Berry S Heel DNP DNP DNP Doubtful
Anthony Hitchens LB Rib DNP LP LP Questionable
Mitch Morse C Concussion DNP DNP DNP Out
Frank Zombo LB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Cam Erving G Neck FP FP FP
Tyreek Hill WR Groin FP LP FP
Kareem Hunt RB Knee FP FP FP
Travis Kelce TE Shoulder FP FP FP
Tanoh Kpassagnon LB Ankle FP FP FP
Andrew Wylie G Back FP FP FP

CLEVELAND BROWNS

 
PLAYER POS. INJURY PART. WED. PART. THURS. PART. FRI. GAME STATUS
E.J. Gaines DB Concussion FP FP FP
Rashad Higgins WR Knee DNP LP LP Questionable
Chris Hubbard T Toe FP FP FP
Duke Johnson RB Back FP FP FP
David Njoku TE Knee LP LP FP
Damarious Randall DB Groin DNP DNP DNP Questionable
Joe Schobert LB Hamstring DNP DNP DNP Out
Da’Mari Scott WR Shoulder LP LP LP Questionable
Tavierre Thomas DB Abdomen LP LP LP Questionable
JC Tretter C Ankle DNP DNP LP Questionable
Antonio Callaway WR Ankle LP DNP Questionable
Austin Corbett OL Foot FP
Desmond Harrison LT Illness DNP Questionable

What they said

WILLIAMS: They have had a really good year. One of the things I have always tried to do is take a look at the division teams. It is not just the Chiefs, but if you take a look at the familiarity of teams within the division and how they are going about doing it because they get more opportunities each and every year and for a consistent basis in how they do that. We take everything. We take a look at every part of the schedule. Go back to last year to look at it. Think about certain things back when (Chiefs Head Coach) Andy (Reid) was at Philly, and I was at the Washington Redskins at that time. We take a look at those things, too. Try to mimic some of the really good things that have gone on some of the other teams of his and try to minimize some of the stuff that has been explosive to where they have exposed other teams. Our job as coaches is to look at every side of the film and build great videotape for our players to look at, too. It is not just the coaches; it is the players. It is not just going home and playing video games. It is going and studying the stuff that we prepare for them. That have done a really, really good job this week of that. I have been impressed with that. I have kind of walked around and tried to see it from the other sides of the ball and the other areas. I am always in contact with how that stuff is being done on defense. I just wanted to see it on the offense. It has been good.”

 

What we said

SUTTON: “ Ben did a really good job in preseason. That’s when we obviously saw him the most. Every time he’s gone in, whether in the preseason, a game or practice, he’s a very reliable, very dependable and tough-minded guy. He loves to compete, and he brings a lot of those attributes that I think are associated with the Iowa program of being tough and aggressive and all-out. I think that will serve him well. We feel pretty good about Ben.”

 

Odds
Chiefs -8

Bet of the week: Chiefs to win and over 50.5 points   11/10

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