Early line: Packers (minus-4.5 points). Total: (48)
GB 11TH OFF; KC 25TH DEF
GB 20TH RUN; KC 29TH vs. RUN
GB 8TH PASS; KC 9TH vs. PASS
GB 10TH PTS; KC 13TH PTS ALLOWED
KC 3RD OFF; GB 26TH DEF
KC 25TH RUN; GB 24TH vs. RUN
KC 1ST PASS; GB 21ST vs. PASS
KC 3RD PTS; GB 9TH PTS ALLOWED
GB T3RD TO/TA; KC T5TH TO-TA
Chiefs lead all-time series 7-4-1, but Packers have won 2 of last 3 games in series, including 38-28 win at Green Bay in most recent game Sept. 28, 2015. This Week 8 Sunday-nighter loses a lot of its prime-time appeal with Chiefs’ reigning league MVP QB Patrick Mahomes going down for the count with a dislocated kneecap in Week 7.
Any doubts about the relationship between Aaron Rodgers and new head coach Matt LaFleur were definitively put to rest in PACKERS’ 42-24 Week 7 home victory over the Raiders.
LaFleur presented Rodgers with the game ball after PACKERS’ victory after Rodgers threw for 5 TDs and ran for another and set a single-game franchise record with a perfect 158.3 QB rating. Rodgers completed 25-of-31 passes for 429 yards and no INTs, all while his top target, WR Davante Adams, remained on sidelines with turf toe (check status).
PACKERS’ Rodgers became the ninth player in NFL history to throw 350 touchdown passes. He’s the fastest to reach the milestone (172 games), surpassing Drew Brees (180 games).
PACKERS’ Rodgers also threw TD passes to two different running backs (Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams) in a game for the first time in his career. If Rodgers has finally hit his stride in LaFleur’s offense, the rest of the league is in trouble.
The Adams watch continues for PACKERS, as the two-time Pro Bowler continues to work back from his toe injury. But there’s no rush to get him back on the field, especially while other guys are filling the void.
PACKERS offense gained 481 total yards and converted 6-of-10 3rd downs in Week 7 win over Raiders.
PACKERS’ other TD recipients in Week 7 win were: WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (2-133-1 receiving on 3 targets with a long of 74), TE Jimmy Graham (4-65-1 receiving on 4 targets and a long of 29) and WR Josh Kumerow (2-54-1 receiving on 2 targets and a long of 7).
PACKERS made game-time decision to play Valdes-Scantling after the 2nd year receiver suffered knee and ankle injuries the previous week. He played sparingly but finished with two of the game’s biggest plays — a 59-yard reception and a 74-yard score.
The speedy 6-foot-4 Valdes-Scantling set a single-game PACKERS franchise record for the most receiving yards (133) in a game with two or fewer catches and is morphing into the perfect complementary option to Adams.
On the downside, PACKERS had problems in the rushing department on both sides of ball in Week 7 win. While RBs Jones and Williams both caught TD passes, Packers managed only 23-60-1 rushing total in game. The defense, meanwhile, allowed 31-155 rushing and is ranked 24th in league (128.9 ypg).
PACKERS defense allowed Raiders 484 total yards (3 more than what GB gained) and 7-of-11 3rd-down conversions in Week 7 win. ILB Blake Martinez, who leads league in tackles with 76, led GB’s Week 7 defense with a team-high 16 tackles and a FF.
In addition to Adams, check status of PACKERS S Darnell Savage (ankle; DNP in Week 7); and TE Robert Tonyan (hip; DNP in Week 7).
Mahomes’ injury is a much bigger story than CHIEFS’ easy 30-6 prime-time road win over Broncos in Week 7 Thursday-nighter that snapped 2-game losing streak.
CHIEFS’ Mahomes escaped significant ligament damage when he dislocated his right kneecap in the first half of Week 7 win, and there is optimism the reigning NFL MVP could be back on the field in about a month.
Mahomes was hurt during CHIEFS’ 30-6 win in Denver while sneaking for first down on fourth-and-short deep in Broncos territory. Everyone jumped up from the pile but Mahomes, who quickly reached for his right knee as trainers rushed onto the field.
Mahomes was effectively replaced in Week 7 by CHIEFS backup Matt Moore, who wound up going 10-of-19 for 117 yards, a good chunk of it coming on a 57-yard scoring strike to WR Tyreek Hill.
CHIEFS head coach Andy Reid indicated that Moore would be the starter going forward, and that rookie Kyle Shurmur — the son of longtime NFL coach Pat Shurmur — could be elevated from the practice squad as the backup.
CHIEFS defense dominated weak Broncos offense in Week 7 win, collecting nine sacks and giving up season-low 71 yards rushing after allowing an average of 190 over their previous four games. Broncos managed only 205 total yards and one-of-13 3rd-down conversions.
Broncos QB Joe Flacco, who was sacked five times and knocked down eight more times in 15 first-half drop-backs by CHIEFS defense, was sack-stripped by KC LB Anthony Hutchins, and LB Reggie Ragland scooped up the loose ball at the 5 and rumbled into the end zone for a 20-6 halftime lead.
Hitchens led CHIEFS defense with 2 sacks, a FF and team-high 6 tackles, while DEs Frank Clark and Alex Okafor also each registered 2 sacks in Week 7 win.
CHIEFS offense that gained only 271 total yards in Week 7 was led by Hill, who had 3-74-1 receiving on 5 targets and a long of 57 (TD); and RB LeSean McCoy, who had 12-64 rushing (5.3 ypc) and a long of 22.
His balky left ankle heavily taped, CHIEFS’ Mahomes completed 10-of-11 passes for 76 yards and a TD before getting injured. Mahomes put KC ahead on his first drive, somehow escaping Broncos OLB Von Miller to fire a pass that was tipped but reigned in anyway by WR Mecole Hardman for a 21-yard score.
Check status of CHIEFS WR Sammy Watkins, who has missed last 2 games with hamstring injury; DT Chris Jones and OLT Eric Fisher, who both missed Week 7 game due to core-muscle injuries; CB Kendall Fuller (DNP in Week 7; broken thumb); and OLG Andrew Wylie (DNP in Week 7; ankle).
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