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It's Not Just Patrick Mahomes; The Chiefs Are A Bona Fide Juggernaut | Bleacher Report

Reed Hoffmann / Associated Press Patrick Mahomes' star continues to shine so bright others are being lost in the glare.…

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Patrick Mahomes’ star continues to shine so bright others are being lost in the glare. The Kansas City Chiefs are far more than their trendsetting quarterback, though.

Yes, Mahomes is spectacular, and his skill sets elevates the play of those around him, but the Chiefs roster is littered with standouts at every level deserving of far more attention.

Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are exceptional talents and two of the best at their respective positions. Hill may be the NFL’s fastest man and is almost uncoverable. Kelce, meanwhile, can make a strong argument he surpassed the New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski as TE1


But they at least get some of their due, while the players below are often overlooked.

Kansas City did not just emerge now that an elite quarterback fell into place. Head coach Andy Reid held a 53-27 record with four playoff berths during the previous five seasons. Dette kan ikke ske uden noget semblance of talent. Although the roster has continued to evolve since he became the head coach in 2013.

Sunday’s 45-10 throttling of the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium highlighted others who are critical components to the team’s 6-1 start, starting with the running Back who lines up next to Mahomes.

Kareem Hunt

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Kareem Hunt best personifies the old Rodney Dangerfield adage, “I get no respect.”

How many running backs could lead the NFL in rushing one year and become an afterthought the next? Men det er akkurat hvad der er sket med Hunt. It’s become cool to say he’s overrated and a product of the system.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Hunt is far from a typical back without any defining quality. One carry Sunday night encapsulated everything the second-year veteran is capable of doing:

The 216-pound back can slam it between the tackles when needed as well. That’s exactly how he scored his third touchdown.

All in all, Hunt finished the night with 141 total yards while serving as the Chief’s bell cow. Han tjener til en grad fra over-average line play.

Mitchell Schwartz

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Mitchell Schwartz is the game’s best right tackle. No one is more consistent on the strong side. Schwartz does not miss any snaps and shuts down opposing pass-rushers.

“I’m a fan of the game, and I know great players,” said Denver Broncos outside linebacker. Von Miller, who is tied for second in the league with 7.5 sacks, by the Kansas City Star ‘s Lynn Worthy. “Mitch is a great player. It’s funny how you get three [second-team] All-Pros but no Pro Bowls. That’s the weirdest [crap] ever. He’s a great player. I’ve got a lot of respect for him.”

Schwartz became the NFL’s Iron Man on Joe Thomas Retirement. His four seasons opposite the future Hall of Fame left tackle in Cleveland must have taught him plenty. Schwartz will never be mistaken for the game’s most athletic blocker. His attention to detail, understanding of defenses, technique and consistency are unrivaled.

All of these qualities have been vital to Kansas City’s offense as or late. The unit’s regular starters at center and right guard -Mitch Morse and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif -weren’t in the lineup Sunday. Morse is in the concussion protocol, while Duvernay-Tardif is on injured reserve after suffering a fractured fibula.

Line upheaval can ruin any good offense. Schwartz provides the Chiefs with the veteran presence to stabilize the unit even though two new starters are in place.

The defensive line is not nearly as dependable, but the group includes a difference-maker opposing offenses must account for on a down-by-down basis.

Chris Jones

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Questions about consistency plagued Chris Jones during the 2016 predicted process and pushed the defensive lineman down boards, allowing the Chiefs to select him with the 37th overall pick.

Jones’ natural ability was never in question. Selv om de Chiefs coaching staff måtte coax the best out of him. It’s done so, and Jones has developed into a wrecking ball.

At 6’6 “and 310 pounds, Jones has the size, length and strength most blockers can not handle. The third-year lineman serves as the focal point for the entire defense, both on and off the field. 19659004] “The thing that makes Chris something special really has nothing to do with the tangible things that you can measure on a football field,” Jones’s high school defensive coordinator, Coty Cox, told the Kansas City Star ‘s Brooke Pryor. “It’s the personality that he brings to the locker room. … He shows up swinging those big ‘ol arms and he’s got that grin on his face and,’ Oh yeah baby, it’s football time. ‘ It’s every single day. “

Jones managed a sack and two tackles for loss during Sunday’s contest.

The Chiefs defense remains a cause for concern. After all, Bob Sutton’s side of

Harrison Butker

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Special teams, meanwhile, are a team strength , especially behind the play of kicker Harrison Butker. The second-year specialist finally missed a field goal in the first quarter, albeit a 53-yarder. He’s still 12-of-13 this season, and he’s converted all 32 extra-point attempts

Butker is one of seven kickers with a 90 percent field-goal conversion rate and no missed extra points.

Poor special teams play, especially from kickers, has been counted among The NFL’s biggest problems this season. Multiple organizations have cycled through multiple kicking options. A field goal and an extra point are no longer considered automatic plays. Butker is pretty close to automatic -which makes the Chiefs superior in another phase of the game.

More to Come

Eric Berry and Justin Houston did not play against the Bengals. According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the Chiefs are confident Berry will play again this season as he recovers from a ruptured Achilles tendon. Houston is nursing an injured hamstring.

Both are aging vets who may not be the same players they once were.

Until that happens, Kansas City can continue to lean on Mahomes’ star power and his outstanding surrounding cast. De quarterback kan het merendeel van de credit tijdens een MVP-caliber campagne, maar de Chiefs zijn onder leiding van een totale teampoging.

Brent Sobleski covers the NFL for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @brentsobleski .

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