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Three Under-The-Radar KC Chiefs To Watch In Week 18

Which under-the-radar KC Chiefs players will you be watching for in Week 18?

The last regular-season game is finally upon us. After 17 weeks of intense football action, the Kansas City Chiefs are set to take on the Broncos at Mile High Stadium. While the KC Chiefs are in the playoffs, this game is essential for seeding purposes. A KC Chiefs’ win would lock them into the #2 seed of the AFC, while the #1 seed would still be up for grabs if the Titans drop their game against the Texans.

With this final regular-season game, we must rely on our non-superstar players to make plays and contribute to come out with a win. Here are three under-the-radar Chiefs players to watch in Week 17:

Darrel Williams, RB

With Clyde Edwards-Helaire out this Saturday, Darrel Williams will be leading the charge in the rushing attack. The last time Williams faced the Broncos, he didn’t have a lot of carries, only having five for 20 yards. However, he was lethal in the passing attack against them; Williams had three catches on all three targets for 60 yards, with his longest reception being 38 yards. Furthermore, he was the Chiefs’ leading receiver for the day, with Helaire placing second with 28 yards.

Williams will be a primary ball-handler in this upcoming matchup. While he is averaging 3.9 yards per run on the season, he has improved over his last two games. Against the Bengals, he tallied 88 rushing yards on 14 carries, averaging 6.29 per run; moreover, against the Steelers, Williams tallied 55 rushing yards on 11 carries, averaging five yards per rush. He has also always been lethal in the receiving attack, ranking seventh in receiving yards among other NFL running backs (422).

Williams only needs 37 more yards to hit 1,000 scrimmage yards on the season, a massive milestone for his career. Without a doubt, the Chiefs will be feeding him the ball for him to be able to hit that mark. Williams isn’t under-the-radar for us Chiefs’ fans, but for the rest of the fanbases, he’ll certainly be someone to watch this Saturday.

Jarran Reed, DT

With the pass rush looking as good as ever against the Cincinnati Bengals, Jarran Reed is a player to watch for in this Chiefs’ defensive line. The season started roughly for Reed, but he has improved over the year; last Sunday, he netted a sack and had two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery during the previous five games. Additionally, Reed has had six QB pressures over the past five games, and he has done well in stuffing up gaps in the run defense.

The last time he faced the Broncos, Reed dominated, netting five total tackles and three QB pressures. With Dalton Risner now on IR, Reed could have a much stronger game against this Broncos’ offensive line. Aside from Jones, this interior defensive line for the Chiefs will be something to watch as they try and pressure Drew Lock a multitude of times.

Daniel Sorensen, S

I don’t know what it is about him and the Broncos, but Daniel Sorensen always seems to shine against them. The last time these two faced, Sorensen had a 75-yard pick-six along with two tackles. While Drew Lock is now the starting QB for the Broncos, Sorensen still has a solid track record against him. Lock has also thrown Sorensen a pick-six back in Week Seven of 2020 for 50 yards.

Now, Sorensen won’t be getting a lot of snaps as he did earlier in the year; however, I expect him to make a play or two this Saturday. He always seems to shine against them over these past two seasons, so I won’t be surprised if he has a good game here.


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