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Posted On 04/29/2019 22:58:01 by chenyan94
How the Steelers’ offense can exploit the Chiefs’ defense in Week 2 The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the Kansas City Chiefs to come to Heinz Field in Week 2 action Stephon Tuitt Jersey , and there are a lot of talking points heading into this game. Will Patrick Mahomes and the high-flying Chiefs’ offense be able to keep up their 38-point pace this week? Is Ben Roethlisberger due for a bounce back? What are Kansas City fans predicting in this game?To get these answers I went behind enemy lines and asked Pete Sweeney, editor of Arrowhead Pride, some questions about the upcoming game. Take a look at what the other side of the fence is thinking about the upcoming game, as well as a prediction!For the best Steelers - Chiefs analysis, from the Kansas City side of the things, be sure to check out Arrowhead Pride.What should Steelers fans expect when it comes to the Chiefs’ offense? Always this high powered, or will they come back to earth in Week 2?This is a tough question. Answering very literally, yes, this offense is always high-powered. But the problem with that answer is we have only seen it so far for one real week, ever (Remember, Patrick Mahomes took over for Alex Smith this year). If last week combined with the preseason is any indication, we should expect big things from Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill all season. How Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce (27 combined yards in Week 1) fit into that mix remains to be seen. Along those same lines, the Chiefs’ defense isn’t what it once was. What are the strengths and weaknesses of this group?The Chiefs’ front seven, in my opinion, is a strength. The defensive line, led by Chris Jones, is stout, and the Chiefs’ GM, Brett Veach, brought Anthony Hitchens on board this offseason in order to fix the run defense. On the outside, Justin Houston and Dee Ford lead the way as the Chiefs rotate in their top draft pick in Breeland Speaks. Where they struggle is in the secondary. The Chiefs’ top cornerbacks are Kendall Fuller and Steve Nelson Jesse James Jersey , but there appears what could be a big drop-off with their nickel cornerback in No. 22 Orlando Scandrick. Scandrick may be in for a tough day Sunday with the Steelers’ elite receivers.Patrick Mahomes is exciting to watch, but has he shown any “young QB” mistakes early on? Mahomes looked very good on Sunday, and he did have some interceptions during training camp and the preseason. Through Week 1, there were a few reads he said he could have made better, but no careless mistakes that you’ll sometimes see from young quarterbacks. I think determining this one way or another is too early to tell, and Week 2 should provide some more clarity. The Steelers have done very well against Kansas City over the years. How to Chiefs fans view the Steelers? A non-divisional rival?I don’t know if I’d call it a rivalry, but it’s certainly a hump Chiefs fans are aware of. I don’t think this exists so much with the players. Talking with them, especially their new quarterback and so many new defensive players, they really weren’t here in recent years for the Steelers’ dominance. The fans feel this game matters more, but for these Chiefs, I really think it’s just another Sunday.If you were a defensive coordinator, how would you slow down this Chiefs offense?This is a tall task. In previous years, I’d say find a way to stop Travis Kelce and then go from there. But I think, in 2018, Tyreek Hill could eclipse even Kelce for the team’s most dangerous weapon. And that fact is what makes the Chiefs so hard to deal with as a team. If opposing defenses eliminate the threat of one weapon, the Chiefs have another. Hill, Kelce, Kareem Hunt and Sammy Watkins, probably in that order. The answer probably involves getting to Patrick Mahomes as fast as you can by attacking the Chiefs’ weakest part of their offensive line at left guard.PredictionI took some heat last week for picking the Chargers over the Chiefs in the season opener. I was wrong, and I heard about it. But I think we learned a lot about the Chiefs in the game. For one, their offense can be very Bud Dupree Jersey , very good this year. Not at the middle, or the end—right now. And two, the Chiefs secondary is probably as questionable as we thought it to be (the Chargers dropped two wide-open touchdowns in the first half or they might have been right there). Once again, I think the Chiefs are in for a shootout. It’s just a matter of whether or not they can manage to muster a stop or two, or simply score last. I give the Steelers the slight edge at home. Steelers 35, Chiefs 31 The proposed onside kick alternative didn’t pass last week at the annual owners meeting. But maybe a tweak here and there will make it appealing enough for the NFL to adopt in the not so distant future."Normally, when I hear the plethora of new rule proposals the NFL is considering each and every offseason, I roll my eyes and sometimes even say to myself or out loud, “Come on, Coach T (Mike Tomlin is a member of the NFL’s competition committee that meets each spring in conjunction with the annual owners’ meeting), give these officials a break! Don’t they already have literally too much to focus on every regular season/postseason?” However, the AAF (the Alliance of American Football), a new football league that began play immediately after the Super Bowl, adopted an alternative to the onside kick, where, instead of using the unpredictable bounce of a kicked football, a team would have one crack to convert on “fourth and 12” in-order to retain possession. When I heard that rule, I was not only intrigued, I was hoping the NFL would consider adopting it for the 2019 season at its aforementioned annual meeting that took place last week in Phoenix, Arizona. The NFL's version of this rule, one that was heavily championed by the Denver Broncos and would have granted a team that was trailing late in a game a shot at converting on “fourth and 15 David DeCastro Jersey ,” was unfortunately voted down by the owners. Why? Maybe most of them were ofthe same opinion as Giants co-owner John Mara, who considered it ‘Too gimmicky,’ in a quote courtesy of NFL.com. I guess I can see that. However, weren’t they saying similar things about the AFL way back in the 1960s? And didn’t many of the “gimmicks” utilized by that league ultimately shape the future of the NFL? I know an alternative to the onside kick could have breathed some new life into something that is now in very critical condition following the many rules changes aimed at player safety in recent years. According to NFL.com’s Jeremy Bergman, from 1992-2017, onside kicks were recovered at a rate of 21.2 percent. But in 2018, the rate was a very sparse 7.7 percent. Maybe in its proposed form, the new onside kick alternative would have put way too much pressure on defenses whose job in the modern NFL is already difficult enough. If you’re a head coach who just saw his team’s lead shrink thanks to a three-play, 80-yard drive by Aaron Rodgers, would you want to give him one more play to pick up another 15 yards? I’d much rather take my chances with my “hands team” trying to recover one of those unpredictable bounces. In today’s NFL, your average franchise quarterback can pick up 15 yards in his sleep—or at least at a much higher rate than your average kicker can actually perform a decent enough onside kick so as to give his guys a chance to recover it. Therefore, the burden on opposing defenses would just be too great. However, if you increased the yardage to gain to 25, now you’ve got yourself a rule that would be perfect in my opinion. Yeah, sure, 25 yards seems almost impossible to pick up in most cases, but not likely as impossible as trying to gain possession via an onside kick. The defense would still be at a huge advantage, but a team trailing late in a game would at least have apuncher’s chance of maintaining possession after a score. According to the Jeremy Bergman article I’ve referenced a few times, the competition committee was very much in-favor of this onside kick alternative. Therefore, maybe they can work out the bugsbetween now and next spring.And maybe the NFL can pass a new rule that won’t have me ruling my eyes or talking out loud to myself.


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