octobre 7, 2022

Chiefs a good bet to improve on 5-5 ‘mini-bye’ record

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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has had great success after bye weeks, winning 20 of 23 games, but when the Chiefs have « mini byes, » a couple extra days off following a Thursday night game, they are only 5-5 since Reid took over in 2013. 

The Chiefs have a good chance to climb above .500 in those games on Sunday when they play at the winless Indianapolis Colts (0-1-1), who are coming off a 24-0 loss to Jacksonville. On Thursday night in Week 2, Kansas City (2-0) edged the Chargers, 27-24.

The Chiefs defense, tasked with stopping Colts do-it-all back Jonathan Taylor, will be shorthanded. Earlier this week, starting linebacker Willie Gay Jr. was suspended for four games for his arrest in January on a charge of misdemeanor property damage.

« Next man up. That’s kind of the mindset we have right now, » fellow linebacker Nick Bolton said during a news conference Wednesday. 

Taylor led the NFL in rushing yards last season with 1,811 and scored 20 touchdowns. He also caught 40 passes for 360 yards.

« When the ball is in his hands, he can get north and south quick, and in a hurry, and break tackles in the second and third levels, » Bolton said of Taylor. « So, we’ve got to make sure that we set a front with our seven guys and attack the hip and make sure we make tackles in space. »

The Chiefs, a 5.5-point favorite, also placed cornerback Trent McDuffie on injured reserve after Week 1. It’s not ideal to be missing two starters this early in the season, but with a tame opponent, it may not matter.

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