Chiefs, Bills look to bounce back on Monday Afternoon Football – The Denver Post



Game of the week

Kansas City at Buffalo

Before Kansas City travels to face the Broncos, it heads to Buffalo on Monday. Both teams are coming off poor losses — the Chiefs allowed 490 yards to Las Vegas and the Bills were blown out 42-16 at Tennessee.

Chiefs 38, Bills 27

Upset of the week

Arizona at Dallas

Losing quarterback Dak Prescott to a season-ending ankle injury has turned the Cowboys into a two-point home underdog. Quarterback Andy Dalton is in for Prescott and the Cowboys going the veteran backup route could pay off.

Cowboys 27, Cardinals 24

Lock of the week

Washington at N.Y. Giants

The Giants are 0-5, but are a 2 1/2-point home favorite because at least Big Blue has shown a pulse by losing a close game at Dallas. Don’t expect many points — Washington and the Giants are 30th and 32nd, respectively, in yards gained.

Giants 9, Washington 3

Around the NFC: Injuries, schedule could continue San Francisco’s downward spiral

Around the NFC

A first for Seattle. The Seahawks are 5-0 for the first time in franchise history (45th year). Since 1978, when the NFL went to a 16-game schedule, 62 of the 69 teams to start 5-0 have made the playoffs and 26 have reached the Super Bowl. The Seahawks should spend their bye weekend trying to figure out their defense, which is allowing 471.5 yards per game … and also thanking quarterback Russell Wilson for covering for them.

49ers in trouble. San Francisco’s season has cratered thanks to consecutive home losses to Philadelphia (which was 0-2-1) and Miami (which was 1-3). The 49ers have 13 players on injured reserve, including Nick Bosa, Solomon Thomas, Richard Sherman and Dee Ford. And things may get worse. The 49ers host the Rams on Sunday night, followed by games at New England, at Seattle, vs. Green Bay, at New Orleans, at the Rams and vs. Buffalo. Ouch.

Atlanta cleans house. Let’s put the Falcons, Giants and Jets as the front-runners for Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and it doesn’t matter that those teams currently employ Matt Ryan, Daniel Jones and Sam Darnold. Atlanta (0-5) fired general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn after its home loss to Carolina. Falcons owner Arthur Blank mistakenly punted on 2020 way back in January, when he didn’t make sweeping changes.

Rodgers vs. Brady. Quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay) and Tom Brady (Tampa Bay) face off for only the third time in their careers. Rodgers won in 2014 (26-21) and Brady won in 2018 (31-17). Rodgers has 13 touchdowns and no interceptions during the Packers’ 4-0 start.

Around the AFC: Measuring stick match-up for both Pittsburgh, Cleveland

Around the AFC

Measuring stick game. The AFC North has emerged as a three-team powerhouse with Pittsburgh at 4-0 and Baltimore and Cleveland both 4-1. The Steelers host the Browns on Sunday. For the Browns, it’s a chance to prove they’re for real with first-year coach Kevin Stefanski. For the Steelers, whose four opponents are a combined 3-15-1, it’s a chance to prove they’re for real, too.

Texans need help. Houston owner Cal McNair waved the white flag on leading a search for a general manager/coach last weekend by reportedly hiring Jed Hughes of Korn Ferry to run his search. We want to be like Hughes when we grow up — make thousands upon thousands of dollars for merely making recommendations. Back in January 2017, Jacksonville owner Shad Khan hired Hughes. Two weeks later, the Jaguars promoted interim coach Doug Marrone, signed general manager Dave Caldwell to an extension and brought back Tom Coughlin to run the football side. Owners hire guys like Hughes so they can blame somebody when the pick doesn’t pan out.

Bell deal backfires. The Jets gave up on running back Le’Veon Bell Tuesday, less than 1 1/2 seasons into a four-year, $52.5 million deal; he made $28 million for four touchdowns and signed with Kansas City upon his release. “For whatever reason, it didn’t work out,” said coach Adam Gase, who added when asked if Bell was used the right way, “It’s irrelevant at this point.” The Jets are 0-5 and will continue with quarterback Joe Flacco at Miami on Sunday. Ownership wanted to hire Gase immediately after he was fired by the Dolphins because they were enamored with his reputation for developing quarterbacks. Bad move … again.