Chiefs Stock Report: Whose stock is rising — or falling — after the win against the Jaguars  


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The most difficult thing to do in stock investing is to call the top (or the bottom) Authentic Kareem Hunt Jersey , both in terms of the market, and the price of an individual security. Typically, you can’t see the peak until after it passes, and the trend heads south. For the Kansas City Chiefs, many fans are waiting for the drop. We hold our breath with each difficult matchup, wondering if this is the week that the team comes back to earth. Against a tough Jacksonville Jaguars defense, would the offense fail? If so, would the defense have any chance of picking them up? The Chiefs provided resounding answers, by both putting up 30 points against Jacksonville, and responding with game-changing defensive play. Perhaps more importantly, the Chiefs asserted themselves as a team that won’t be pushed around. Be bullish on the Chiefs, as they are not going to be bullied.Stock UPPhoto by Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesSafety, Jordan Lucas: In a game where Chiefs defenders were dropping like flies, Lucas stepped in like a boss. His interception and the return that followed was a massive play in this game. We’re bullish on Lucas because of his confidence and steady play at free safety beyond just this snap. Watch for more from our own Matt Lane on Lucas, this guy has a shot to be part of the solution at safety.Chiefs pass rush: I couldn’t just recognize one guy here (Dee Ford), because for one rare, glorious day, the Chiefs had a very effective pass rush from inside and out. This week, Bob Sutton’s crew logged five sacks, including one each from Xavier Williams, Chris Jones, Allen Bailey, Terrance Smith, along with consistent pressure from Tanoh Kpassagnon. The Chiefs don’t need an elite defense, but if they have one that can consistently get to the QB, they’ll be very difficult to beat.Cornerbacks, Kendall Fuller, Orlando Scandrick, Steven Nelson: Call these three Young, Scrappy and Hungry (respectively). The Chiefs corners are proving doubters wrong each week. They’ve often been invisible Authentic Mitch Morse Jersey , which is typically very good news for corners. You only notice them if they are getting beat or getting turnovers. Against Jacksonville, they contributed to the five-turnover performance, as Scandrick and Nelson each came up with a Bortles pick. The team may still be looking for the right combination of depth behind these three, but they are not throwing away their shot. Defensive lineman, Chris Jones: It was stupid of Jones and fortunate for the Jaguars that he was ejected. No. 95 had some dominant moments this week, including a sack and the pick-six that essentially put the game out of reach. Jones is the man on the Chiefs front.Kicker, Harrison Butker: Lost in the excitement of the Mahomes-led offense and the 5-0 record, has been perfect this season on field goals and extra points. Having a reliable kicker is critical for a playoff contender, and the Chiefs have one that you feel like could be automatic.Anthony Sherman: Not enough people are talking about the elite throw-and-catch to convert on a big third-down play. Is Sherman an under-utilized weapon on this Chiefs offense? He delivers when called upon, running the ball against Denver last season, and has become a featured receiver in 2018. We’re all witnesses of the Mahomes-to-Sherman connection.The Chiefs: Another week, another test passed. We’ve now seen this team light up the scoreboard on offense, come from behind, win on the road, win at home, dominate on special teams. They won against Denver when everything went against them, they won this week with turnovers and big stops on defense. They’ve overcome injuries, penalties, ejections, and this week... interceptions. The arrow is pointing up, mostly because of the quarterback. But, these Chiefs have shown toughness, confidence and balance in recent weeks, which bodes very well for the rest of the season and postseason.Others trending in the right direction: Pat Mahomes, Charvarius Ward, Travis Kelce, Dustin Colquitt, Allen BaileyStock DOWNDenny Medley-USA TODAY SportsRon Parker: The late addition of Ron Parker this season has helped bring some continuity to the Chiefs defense from last season. Unfortunately, that means the good and the bad has continued. Parker still doesn’t really tackle well and is largely responsible for frequent coverage lapses in the secondary. Maybe he was a bridge to Armani Watts, but now that Watts is on injured reserve  , we’re likely to see more of the same from Parker, and that may be part of the problem.Breeland Speaks: I really hate to be piling on the Chiefs rookie, but he doesn’t appear to be turning the corner yet (pun intended). It’s fair to question the decision to draft Speaks over other players that could have been making an impact at this point. It’s also fair to wonder whether it was a mistake to try and move him to the outside. With injuries abound for the Chiefs outside linebackers, Speaks will continue to see plenty of snaps. So, we’ll have to continue to hope he shows tangible progress in them.The inside linebackers: We’re full-on bearish on Reggie Ragland, who is seeing less of the field, only 29 percent this week. Anthony Hitchens is left chasing running backs and watching opposing quarterbacks pick on him and Terrance Smith in coverage. Something has to give here, as what should have been a strength is now the clear weakness on this defense. Demarcus Robinson: Out-snapped by DeAnthony Thomas this week, No. 11 hasn’t been a big factor. Many thought he could breakout with Mahomes, and they’ve had their moments, but it’s now three of the first five weeks that Robinson didn’t record a catch. Others trending in the wrong direction: Damien Williams, Tremon SmithStock FLATMark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsLB/S Dorian O’Daniel: I believe the plan was to bring O’Daniel along slowly. The Chiefs desperately need an inside linebacker that can cover and a safety that can be an enforcer. O’Daniel was drafted to fill both roles. He was on the field for seven defensive snaps this week (which is actually an increase from previous weeks), and the majority of the special teams. He’s got a chance to be a factor later in the season.Depth: On one hand, the Chiefs persevered this week and were victorious despite losing their starting right guard (LDT-broken leg), both starting outside linebackers (Houston-hamstring, Ford-ejected), a defensive lineman (Jones-ejected) and two safeties (Murray-ankle, Watts-groin).On the other hand, they’ll really miss some of these guys against the Patriots this week, and beyond. The Chiefs have proven they had improved depth to start this season—will they be able to keep winning the war of attrition?The offensive line: I think it’s time to recognize that this offensive line unit has established an identity. They have been really good in pass protection...with the assist from Mahomes, who is remarkably elusive. They can run-block when it matters most, even if the box score doesn’t show it. The Chiefs offensive line hasn’t backed down against very good defenses with elite pass rushers. We’ll now see if they have the depth to make up for the loss of arguably their best player. Others who are who we thought they were: Spencer Ware, Demetrius HarrisFive things to watch as the Chiefs host the Jaguars The last time the Kansas City Chiefs played the Jacksonville Jaguars — just the season before last — the Jaguars were 2-6, and the Chiefs were 6-2.The Chiefs had an average offense and a stout defense.The Jaguars had a below-average offense and defense.Things have changed quite a bit since then.Here are five things to keep an eye on during the game:1. To blitz, or not to blitz?David Butler II-USA TODAY SportsOn Monday, the Denver Broncos blitzed Patrick Mahomes quite a bit, hoping to shake him up and render him ineffective.According to Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, the Broncos were running some blitz packages the Chiefs had not seen on film.It worked for a while — that is, until the Chiefs had time to figure out what the Broncos were doing, and Mahomes got himself settled down.Could this be a formula the Jaguars might attempt?It’s possible.The Jaguars don’t tend to blitz a lot Authentic Chris Conley Jersey , so they could see this as a way to catch the Chiefs off-guard and rattle Mahomes the same way the Broncos did.But if we believe what the Chiefs constantly say — that Mahomes is a super-quick study and doesn’t tend to make the same mistakes twice — whether or not it would work is open to question.Either way, one battle to watch will be between Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. — their best pass rusher — and Chiefs right tackle Mitchell Schwartz.2. To Tyreek, or not to Tyreek?Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY SportsNow that Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey — like San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin before him — has decided to make Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill an object of trash talk this week, you have to wonder if the Chiefs will take advantage of this situation.It would be pretty tempting for chess-master Andy Reid to simply use Tyreek Hill as a decoy to keep Ramsey — easily the best cornerback the Jaguars have — out of the picture, which would provide openings for other Chiefs receivers.It’s not as if the Chiefs don’t have some other ones that are pretty good, too.On the other hand... Ramsey isn’t quite all that, either.And Ramsey is clearly under-informed about Hill’s ability as a wide receiver.We could easily see Reid decide to just let them settle this matter between themselves.if you don’t see Hill getting a lot of targets early in the game, Reid has probably decided to make his chess move.But if that happens, you should still expect Hill to get a big catch late in the game.After all... it’s no fun to use Hill as a decoy if you can’t spring him as a surprise later.3. To tackle, or not to tackle?Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY SportsYou don’t need me to tell you the Chiefs need to improve their tackling.We’ve all been talking about it all week.Especially against Denver on Monday night, the Chiefs defense seemed to be unable to get anybody wrapped up and on the ground.Do they need to get this cleaned up?Absolutely.It would go a long way towards improving the Chiefs run defense.But we should remember that it’s pretty easy to lose sight of the fact that the other team gets paid to play, too.Players like Royce Freeman of the Broncos, Austin Ekeler of the Los Angeles Chargers and James Conner of the Pittsburgh Steelers tend to break a lot of tackles when they’re playing teams besides the Chiefs, too.Here you might be tempted to point out that since Leonard Fournette has been ruled out of Sunday’s game, we might not see as much of this problem against the Jaguars.But don’t kid yourself:T.J. Yeldon is no slouch.The Chiefs need to pay attention to that guy.And wrap him up.4. Can Eric Murray continue to improve?Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsThis season hasn’t played out quite like we expected.Back in June, the Nerd Squad’s Matt Lane wrote that Eric Murray could be a player to watch at safety this season. But back in June, we all thought he’d be trying to take a spot alongside the All-World Eric Berry, instead of Ron Parker — a player the Chiefs released after last season.Still, slowly but steadily, Murray has begun finding his way — and against the Broncos, had his best game of the season, with five tackles and an athletic interception.If he can continue to improve, it’s possible that he could keep the job when — and if — Berry returns to the field.Let’s keep an eye on this young man.5. How will the weather affect this game?Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesAt this writing on Friday morning, forecasters expect rain at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday afternoon — not just rain, but thunderstorms.And there’s likely to be a lot of rain in Kansas City before Sunday even arrives, making the condition of Arrowhead’s natural-grass surface even more of a concern.How will this affect the passing game on which the Chiefs have depended thus far this season? How will it affect the size and enthusiasm of the home crowd, on which the Chiefs defense so often depends?Much will depend on the amount of rainfall — and right now, it’s looking like there will be a lot.

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