WR Byron Pringle - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-2, 205||Born: 11-17-1993||College: Kansas State||Drafted: ---|
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Week 7: vs Cincinnati Bengals
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FBG says: Great matchup. There hasn't yet been an antidote produced for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs' dazzling pass game. The robust numbers are becoming commonplace: he's averaging 311 yards per game and has topped 300 in 5 straight. Along the way, he's completed 65% of his passes and thrown 14 touchdowns. The creative, cannon-armed Mahomes could hardly be matched with a more dynamic receiving corps. Tyreek Hill's blazing, versatile game was on full display last week, scorching the Patriots for three touchdowns of varying types and lengths. Travis Kelce is a walking mismatch in the slot and down the seams, far too powerful for defensive backs to shield from the ball. And Sammy Watkins is displaying the speed and elusiveness he once flashed in Buffalo. It's certainly possible to goad Mahomes into mistakes - he's thrown two interceptions in each of the last two games and had another dropped last Sunday night. But Andy Reid will take those miscues while his young passer is generating such dynamite. Mahomes is athletic, powerful, and ruthlessly aggressive, yet generally poised as he attacks tight defensive gaps. There's too much explosiveness in this unit to just project regression for the sake of it.
The Bengals' defensive shortcomings have absolutely spread to their pass defense here in 2018. Through 6 games, they're allowing quarterbacks to complete over 66% of their throws and average 303 yards. Four of their opponents have notched 319 or more, and 3 have thrown multiple touchdowns. There's a dynamic pass rush in place here, as well as talented cover men, but the cohesiveness just hasn't been there. That has never been more apparent than on last week's final Steelers possession, on which JuJu Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown traded off chances to squeeze between the Bengals' poorly-patrolled zones for big plays. Even with cornerback William Jackson III blossoming into a star, unacceptable splash plays are becoming commonplace for this disappointing unit.
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