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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Kansas City chiefs have come up with defenses that no one has been able to avoid for years: They try to take away the speed receiver, wide-play Tyreek Hill or the cunning Travis Kelce, no less dangerous?

It’s like choosing between hitting yourself in the head with a mallet and hitting your toe with a hammer.

Either way, you will get hurt.

However, the Packers and Broncos are among the teams that have found the puzzle this season, taking away two of the top two goals from quarterback Patrick Mahomes and succeeding in slowing down Kansas City’s offense as a whole.

The Packers allowed Hill to catch four of his 11 goals in 37 yards, while Kelce had five of his eight with 68, as the Chiefs won 13-7 last month. Last Sunday, the Broncos held Hill to two five-goals from 22 yards, and Kelce three eight catches from 27 yards, as the Captain leaned back on his defense again. them in the 22-9 victory.

“I’ve learned as my career continues to grow that you can’t get caught up in hype and play,” Mahomes said earlier this week. “I was in a lot of games where we scored a lot of points and lost. But I promise you, when you win football matches like we did, it feels so much better.”

Kelce and Hill would be the first to say the same thing. The captain (8-4) won five games in a row to take a 1-game lead against the Chargers and a 2-game lead against the Broncos and Raiders – their opponents on Sunday – in the crowded AFC West.

But there’s no doubt Kelce and Hill want more impact on the game, too. It’s just their competitive nature.

When it comes to Kelce, the defense is using multiple defensive defenders to exhaust him. They make it difficult for him within scenario boundaries to eliminate some of the time lines that Troop Leaders like to run, and they continue to physically play him throughout each playthrough. Eventually, it becomes mentally uncomfortable as well as physically demanding.

Three times this season, Kelce has been held to 27 yards or less – three of the 13 lowest totals in 122 consecutive games he has caught. And the three catches he got against Denver last week are more than just eight other games in his career.

Then, with Hill, the defense adopted a double-secure look that the Buccaneers adopted for such success in closing Kansas City during the Super Bowl. They’re willing to forgo the short-lived benefits below the coverage, and make the Chiefs do 10- and 12-player drives, rather than allowing Hill to dig them deep for easy touch.

Only six times has Hill caught fewer than the two passes he won against Denver. And when he caught three passes in 14 yards against Baltimore, it was his lowest yard total since being shut down by the Chargers on November 18, 2019.

“It’s been a period of adjustment,” said captain Joe Bleymeier’s coach Joe Bleymeier. “As for Tyreek, he’s done a lot of plays on the field and he loves to do it. We still have to ask him to do it, but sometimes the guys at 12 yards or come back and face the midfielder – the kind of backline that’s open to him – that’s what we do. need.

“Not him in particular,” Bleymeier added. “I think it’s just an illustration of the whole defence.”

The fact that Kelce and Hill passed by at an alarming rate didn’t help anyone either. Kelce had the highest 10 passes of his career and the top of the league slipped through his fingers, including one into the Dallas net that was disqualified. Hill dropped seven of the pinnacle of his career, three of which fell to a defender.

As a team, the Captain has skipped the third most in the league this season.

“I mean, every route is different and everything has been on it,” head coach Andy Reid said. “Going back to the basics, I think is important. Some of these things happen in such a cycle, sometimes the ball looks big and sometimes it looks small, like hitters in baseball. So you just focus back to the fundamentals and get right back to it. See the top of the ball, squeeze it and snap, then do it at lightning speed and with any outside elements. “

Mahomes was the first to take some of the blame for these drops. He throws a number of balls high, low, and behind his target, and sometimes he throws an unnecessarily difficult pass and makes his receiver more difficult to catch.

“If you look back at the game against Travis, the Cowboys game, (if) I put the ball in front of him, he could catch it and break a ball and get extra yards,” Mahomes said. “I threw it on his back hip and it flipped up and stopped.

“Just because it hit them doesn’t necessarily mean it’s in the right place for them to catch.”

Everyone was confident that Kelce and Hill could come down. They have a track record of success that shows it’s only a matter of time. And aside from that, Mahomes said, the defense has been playing well enough lately that the Captain can win games even without his top two goals bringing up the big numbers.

Just imagine how dangerous they would be when the offense was synchronous.

“They don’t have to do anything more. They have talent, they have the ability to play. It’s just about continuing to go out there and be who they are,” Mahomes said. “I think we’re going to keep getting better and better.”

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