Andy Reid’s team is looking to reach a third straight Super Bowl. How healthy will the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense be on Sunday evening?
Reaching three consecutive Super Bowls is a rare feat. It’s been done only three times previously and all by teams in the AFC East. There were the Miami Dolphins from 1971-73, the Buffalo Bills with four straight trips from 1990-93 and more recently, the New England Patriots from 2016-19.
Now the Kansas City Chiefs look to immediately match the Pats. In 2019, Andy Reid’s team captured Super Bowl LIV over the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20. A year ago, they were throttled by the wild card Tampa Bay Buccaneers in LV, 31-9
As the AFC West champions embark on the 2021 NFL playoffs, they are the conference’s No. 2 seed. And two days before their Sunday night clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers at Arrowhead Stadium, there was somewhat promising news regarding their electrifying wide receiver (via NFL Network’s James Palmer).
The six-time Pro Bowler played in all 17 games (16 starts) and enjoyed a career-year in 2021 in terms of targets (159) and catches (111). He finished with 1,239 receiving yards and nine scores. But he suffered a heel injury in last Saturday night’s win at Denver and was in and out of practice this week.
On the other hand, Reid’s club will be without their hard-charging second-year running back (via ESPN’s Field Yates).
It’s been a rough year for Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The 2020 first-round pick was limited to only 10 outings this season. Ironically, his last appearance came in Kansas City’s 36-10 victory over the visiting Steelers in Week 16. He ran nine times for 27 yards and scored the opening touchdown of the game. He also caught one pass for four yards.
The Chiefs ran for 127 yards in the earlier win over Pittsburgh. Not having Edwards-Helaire probably won’t prevent Reid to take aim at the NFL’s bottom-ranked run defense. And it’s also worth noting that whether Hill plays or not, tight end Travis Kelce (who sat out the Week 16 contest) is very available.