Kansas City Chiefs: Clyde Edwards-Helaire Makes the Offense More Dangerous
The Kansas City Chiefs hosted the Houston Texans in the season opener on Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Everyone would be talking about Deshaun Watson vs Patrick Mahomes, but Clyde Edwards-Helaire would steal the show for them in a 34-20 win over Houston.
Edwards-Helaire has backed up everything he was coming out of college at LSU. He can run with a bunch of wide-open holes. However, Clyde Edwards-Helaire doesn’t seem to be a goal-line tailback and Darrel Williams may have to use those duties.
In the game, Edwards-Helaire rushed for 138 yards on 25 carries and one touchdown. He didn’t have a catch in this game. However, Clyde Edwards-Helaire usually caught passes in college, and at some point maybe he well.
What is shocking and scary is that the Kansas City Chiefs actually have a legitimate running game. Even if the opposing defense tries to play and stop the run, Patrick Mahomes can still beat you over the top.
Mahomes completed 24-of-32 passes for 211 yards passing and three touchdowns.
Patrick Mahomes feels that he doesn’t have to do everything every week though.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire was the 32nd overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and he was the first running back of the board.
Damien Williams opted out of the season due to the coronavirus and he was the starting running back last season. LeSean McCoy was also on the team last year and he is now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers though.
Edwards-Helaire is the heartbeat and the heart and soul of this running back group. He has a lot of upside on this team.
The way he played, this was the first time a running back had over 100 yards and at least one touchdown in his NFL debut since Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants in 2018 against the Jacksonville Jaguars though.
If you think teams are going to be able to slow down the Kansas City Chiefs, you are completely out of your minds. However, running the ball often could be their downfall.
If team defenses are able to get them in second-and-long and third-and-long situations, then that could be troublesome despite the fact of how good Patrick Mahomes is.
He is sure happy that he doesn’t have to do everything despite being the best player in the world. Mahomes doesn’t care if he throws for 500 yards or hands it off 40 times to Edwards-Helaire and he rushes for 200-300 yards and gives it to him 40 times though.
The next game for the Houston Texans (0-1) will be next Sunday, September 20th against the Baltimore Ravens at 4:25 Eastern on CBS at NRG Stadium, in Houston, Texas.
The next game for the Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) will be next Sunday, September 20th against the Los Angeles Chargers at 4:05 p.m. Eastern on CBS at Sofi Stadium in Inglewood, California, though.
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