What To Watch For Ahead Of Chiefs Versus Browns

What To Watch For Ahead Of Chiefs Versus Browns

Tomorrow, Kansas City Chiefs’ regular-season action finally falls upon us. With Week One being one of the most highly anticipated games of the Chiefs’ season, there is a great deal to watch for once the game begins.

The Chiefs and Browns are ready for a playoff run this year with hopes of a Superbowl; moreover, they will fight to see who is the strongest amongst the others. Here are a few things to watch for ahead of the Chiefs versus Browns:

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Mahomes Versus Mayfield

We’ll be seeing an air show tomorrow afternoon with Mahomes and Mayfield slinging it like it’s nothing. Both teams have emphatic receiving cores, which tack onto the show that they’ll perform with the aid from Tyreek Hill with Travis Kelce for the Chiefs and Odell Beckham Jr. with Jarvis Landry for the Browns. Both Mahomes and Mayfield are slated to both hit at least 250-300+ passing yards this week.

We know who the better QB in this game is already (*cough* Mahomes *cough*). However, with what happened in the divisional round in the 2021 playoffs, this could be the start of a fun inner-conference rivalry outside of their respective divisions. It’ll be riveting to watch as the game moves along.

Chiefs’ Offensive Line

All of us are aware of the Chiefs’ o-line debacle in the last Super Bowl. To say they revamped is an understatement as they brought a bunch of fresh faces; this includes Orlando Brown Jr, Joe Thuney, Trey Smith, and Creed Humphrey. They did fairly well in the preseason, particularly Humphrey, who in 44 pass blocks, didn’t allow a single QB pressure. It is just the preseason, but this could highlight future success from him at the center position.

All of these new offensive linemen have a tall order, to face off against one of the best d-lines in the league. Cleveland is ramped up there, with the edge being the most deadly with DPOTY runner-up and All-Pro Myles Garrett, who had 12 sacks in 2020, and pass-rush monster Jadeveon Clowney. The interior line will have a field day too with former Pro Bowler Malik Jackson and rising run-stuffer Andrew Billings.

If the o-line hold their own against these d-linemen, then this could be one of the best Chiefs’ o-lines we’ve had in a while. The main battles to look out for is, of course, Brown versus Garrett, and Niang versus Clowney.

Chris Jones Back On The Edge

I hope you’re excited to see this as Chris Jones is back on the edge starting this week. While he is an Edge/NT hybrid this year, his primary focus will be on the edge. If you don’t recall, the last time Jones was a starter as a right defensive end, he had 15.5 sacks along with 40 total tackles and 29 QB hits; he also had 49 QB pressures, averaging over two per game.

Jones will likely be facing off against Jedrick Wills Jr, and while a solid pass blocker, he allowed four sacks last year (T-19th amongst all other NFL tackles). It’ll be interesting to see this fight in the trenches. In my opinion, I believe Jones will get him more and win the one-versus-one; this is due to his very good pass rush technique and his good strength off the snap.

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Hunter Stanton

KC Chiefs Reporter and Editor-in-Chief for Border Fuel Sports / Site Writer and Content Director for Arrowhead Live / Attending Florida Atlantic in pursuit of a sports management degree / Metal and Anime enthusiast Follow me on Twitter @HunterStanton8

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