KANSAS Metropolis, Mo. — Travis Kelce seemed ready for a week at the beach front soon after the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs claimed an additional slim victory on Sunday, this a person versus the Atlanta Falcons. He was nursing the typical bumps and bruises that arrive from obtaining to perform a complete sixty minutes.
He won’t get that holiday, at least not until eventually the Chiefs’ time is concluded. But soon after the 14-1 Chiefs secured the AFC’s best playoff seed and only to start with-round postseason bye, Kelce has some downtime in advance.
He sounded like an individual hunting ahead to the prospect.
“To be capable to get a week off or a week of planning, a week of actually locking in and finding the body proper that late in the time is so critical and it’s considerably required if you want to actually make that playoff push and that is what you get the job done your tail off for all time,” Kelce said. “I am just happy to be a section of this staff, to be capable to do it however once again this year.”
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The Chiefs complete the standard time on Sunday versus the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium (four:25 p.m. ET, Fox), and Kelce, quarterback Patrick Mahomes and a few of the Chiefs’ other best gamers may well get a bye in advance of their bye.
The match is meaningless — the Chiefs have clinched a fifth straight AFC West championship in addition to the best seed — so there’s no incentive for them to set best gamers in harm’s way versus the Chargers.
Mentor Andy Reid said some starters would sit, but he was not precise other than to say there was a fantastic opportunity Chad Henne would exchange Mahomes at some level through the match, perhaps at its start.
The Chiefs had a related problem formerly in two various seasons under Reid. In 2013 and 2017, they went into their ultimate standard-time video games obtaining clinched a playoff spot but unable to enhance their seed by winning.
So Reid made the decision to relaxation some of the Chiefs’ best gamers in each individual of these video games. The distinction is that this year, the Chiefs have a to start with-round playoff bye. They failed to in 2013 and 2017, so that could give Reid extra pause in resting gamers like Mahomes and Kelce.
“I am just likely to arrive in on Wednesday and get ready to get the job done,” Kelce said. “If I conclude up suiting up and I get a opportunity to perform versus the Chargers, then you are going to see me out there giving it my all. And if not, then I will be out there cheering on my guys and seeking to be each individual bit a section of the match that I can be for the guys.”
If Mahomes, Kelce and other main gamers are performed for the standard time, the Chiefs are not heading into the postseason at their best. They have received 10 straight video games, but each individual of the previous 7 video games by 6 points or much less. That is an NFL history.
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The Chiefs had their lowest scoring match of the year in beating the Falcons seventeen-14 on Sunday. The Chiefs dedicated five turnovers in their to start with 8 video games, but 10 in the previous 7.
So even if Mahomes, Kelce and other best gamers are not in the lineup versus the Chargers, the Chiefs have some factors to get the job done on through exercise.
“I’ve bought to target on fixing the factors I designed issues on through the match,” said Mahomes, who threw an interception versus the Falcons, his fourth in the previous 3 video games. “There was a good deal of reads, a good deal of defense calls, a good deal of adjustments at the line of scrimmage that I designed incorrect or that I failed to make the proper way that set us in poor positions and so I’ve bought to target on finding myself better to assistance out the staff.
“[The Falcons] have a good deal of good gamers in excess of there. They have a ton of expertise. They have been in shut video games each individual single match this year, quite considerably. Undoubtedly they did some stuff that was some fantastic stuff, but there was stuff that I failed to see that I commonly do and so there was some occasions that I was [under pressure] in the match for the reason that I failed to slide the line the proper way. There were some occasions I checked to sure performs and they were not open up and so you bought to be better if you want to acquire soccer video games in this league.”