Chiefs vs Bengals in the showdown of 2 of AFC’s top teams
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow admitted that this week that he heard the warning from Baltimore defensive coordinator Wink Martindale in opposition to placing him within the Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame so early in his younger NFL profession.
Burrow proceeded to shred the Ravens for 525 yards passing in a blowout of their AFC North rivals.
He simply might have to copy that efficiency on Sunday, when AFC West champion Kansas Metropolis involves city. In any case, the Chiefs have their very own quarterback — Patrick Mahomes — who seems destined to sooner or later land in Canton, Ohio.
“I feel whoever is lining up throughout from us, we’ll be excited to play,” Burrow stated in brushing apart any discussion of a showdown between quarterbacks.
“It is a huge alternative, whether or not it is the Chiefs or whoever we throw on the market in opposition to us. We have now a possibility to win and make the playoffs.”
Certainly, the Bengals (9-6) can clinch their division with a win over the Chiefs (11-4) on Sunday. That will take a complete lot of strain off their regular-season finale in Cleveland, and provide Bengals coach Zac Taylor the uncommon alternative to relaxation Burrow and a few of his different stars forward of a wild-card playoff recreation the next week.
However, beating the Chiefs proper now simply is likely to be the hardest process in soccer.
After an awful beginning left them with a shedding file seven video games into the season, Mahomes and the remainder of his cohorts have turned issues around in an exceptional manner. They’ve ripped off eight consecutive wins, together with final week’s 36-10 romp over Pittsburgh to clinch their sixth straight division title, and are again close to full energy after a COVID-19 outbreak.
“It is a huge recreation any manner you wish to phrase it,” Taylor stated. “You wish to win the division and go to the playoffs. The Chiefs occur to be the group that is proper in entrance of us that enables us to do this. It is a large soccer group. They’ve had a variety of successes over time. We perceive that. However, we do not put an excessive amount into that. That is about us.”
That is to not say the Chiefs haven’t got a lot to use on the result. They head into the weekend main Tennessee by one recreation for the No. 1 playoff seed, which implies the lone AFC bye and home-field benefit all through the playoffs.
“The job’s not completed,” Mahomes stated. “We wish to get the No. 1 seed.”
As for his showdown with Burrow on Sunday?
“Not solely is he an incredible soccer participant, I feel he is an incredible chief,” Mahomes stated. “He can lead anyone, irrespective of the place he is at. He can exit with swag, that mentality, ‘We’ll win it doesn’t matter what.’ It takes a variety of expertise and going on the market and doing it for folks to imagine it.”
TAKE AWAY THE HOUSE
Chiefs linebackers coach Matt Home was employed because of the defensive coordinator at LSU this week. However, Chiefs coach Andy Reid stated this week that Home will proceed to work in Kansas Metropolis so long as the group is alive within the playoffs.
“He’ll be large for the Tigers,” Reid stated. “We have now a bunch of them on our group. They’re fired up for him.”
Burrow wants 38 completions to interrupt Carson Palmer’s single-season franchise file of 373 set in 2007, and he wants 129 yards passing and 4 TD passes to interrupt Andy Dalton’s data of 4,293 yards and 33 TDs set in 2013.
He isn’t the one Bengals participant on file watch, although. Broad receiver Ja’Marr Chase wants 278 yards receiving to cross Chad Johnson (1,440) for probably the most in a single season, and operating again Joe Mixon’s 16 touchdowns general are one shy of Carl Pickens’ file set in 1995 and his 13 TD runs are two shy of Ickey Woods’ file set in 1988.
TAKE IT AWAY
The Chiefs have dominated the turnover battle in the latest weeks, a giant cause they’ve ripped off eight straight wins. The Chiefs have pressured 20 turnovers and dedicated six over the previous seven video games. The final week was a major instance: They picked off Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger while recovering two fumbles and not committing a turnover.
Wish to know the way a lot of offensive firepowers might be on the show Sunday? The AFC offensive participant of the week awards gives a reasonably good indication. Mahomes has gained it twice and tight finish Travis Kelce picked up the respect for Kansas Metropolis in Week 15. Burrow additionally has two awards, together with this previous week, whereas Chase gained it for Cincinnati in Week 7 and operating again Joe Mixon in Week 12. That is almost half of the honors given out this season.
Method groups have tried to decelerate Kansas Metropolis is by enjoying two safeties in a “shell” deep downfield, forcing them to dink-and-dunk their manner downfield on offense. However, there have been indicators the previous few weeks that Mahomes and Co. have found out that technique, and which means it won’t be so profitable for Cincinnati.
“Groups are mixing greater than what we expect,” Reid stated. “We’re seeing some shell, some single security, some man — they throw rather a lot at you and this crew is not any completely different. They have a complete package deal that they actually execute effectively.”
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