Travis Kelce had just three catches for 31 yards last week, yet he had every bit the profound impact on the Kansas City Chiefs' blowout win over the Denver Broncos that he had the previous week in Buffalo. You see, the two-time All-Pro tight end is still defining himself eight years into a career that has already produced five trips to the Pro Bowl and a Super Bowl title. Once considered merely a pass-catching superstar in the mold of Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronkowski, the 31-year-old Kelce has emerged as a do-everything cog in the Chiefs' dynamic offense.
Can you play or not? Broncos tight end Noah Fant answered this query in the affirmative before the Chiefs game last Sunday and proceeded to take the field on an injured ankle in the freezing snow. The result was a sub-par statistical performance for Fant, but one that earned him praise for being “gutsy,” which goes a long way in establishing a locker room identity for a young player in search of one.
On the MHR Radio Podcast, Adam Malnati and I previewed Sunday against the Chargers with our players to watch and keys to the game. Offensive Rankings LA Chargers: Fourth in overall offense (405.8 yards per game), sixth in rushing (140.3), seventh in passing (276.7), ninth in scoring offense (29.2 points per game). Denver: Twenty-eighth in overall offense (322.8 yards per game), 16th in rushing (113.7), 26th in passing (209.2), 28th in scoring offense (19.3 points per game).