The Kansas City Chiefs signed RB Le’Veon Bell two days after he was released by the New York Jets. Photo from @BleacherReport (Twitter)
- The Kansas City Chiefs signed free agent running back Le’Veon Bell
- Bell was released by the New York Jets on Tuesday
- The Chiefs Super Bowl Odds improved slightly with the signing but could be on the move again after Monday’s game against Buffalo
Talk about moving from the outhouse to the penthouse.
Le’Veon Bell signed with Kansas City two days after being released by the New York Jets. The signing caused a slight improvement in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl odds.
Kansas City’s Odds to Win the Super Bowl
|Team||Odds Before Bell Signing||Current Odds|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+450||+430|
Odds taken Oct. 15th from FanDuel
Kansas City is averaging 29.8 points per game which is tied for seventh in the NFL. This signing has the potential to boost that number in a big way and here’s why.
Kansas City, #ChiefsKingdom, thank you for the opportunity 🙏🏾 let’s go! pic.twitter.com/6aEY9GaoA7
— Le’Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) October 15, 2020
Andy Reid Will Make Most Out of Bell’s Skill Set
While many believe Bell was being held back by the Jets coaching staff, he’s now in prime position to rack up stats. Playing under Andy Reid and Eric Bienemy will feel like a whole new world after struggling under Jets head coach Adam Gase.
Prior to signing in New York, Bell was one of the most efficient running backs in the league. In five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he totaled 7,996 yards and 42 touchdowns. A player capable of numbers like that doesn’t lose his talent overnight.
Fantasy managers with Clyde Edwards-Helaire after getting the notification that Le’Veon Bell has signed with the Chiefs. pic.twitter.com/qfPvlrVD9p
— Adam Rank (@adamrank) October 15, 2020
Breaking down Bell’s numbers further, of the nearly 8,000 yards he put up, 2,660 came in the passing game. Instead of catching passes from a struggling Sam Darnold, he’ll now be a feature in an offense led by Patrick Mahomes.
It’s not known how many snaps Bell will take on early downs but he’ll almost certainly be used in passing situations. His skill set is a perfect match for the Chiefs offense.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire Struggling in Certain Areas
The Chiefs burned a first-round pick on former LSU standout Clyde Edwards-Helaire. This is not an indication they don’t have faith in him in the long term. That said, there are certain areas of the game he has struggled with so far.
The 5’8, 209-pound running back has only found the end zone once through five games. He’s shown a constant inability to punch the ball into the end zone when Kansas City is deep in the red zone. A back like Bell who is listed at 6’1, 225 pounds could spell him in goal line situations.
Bell vs Edwards-Helaire in 2020
Comparing the numbers between the two isn’t necessarily fair. While Edwards-Helaire has outproduced Bell, he’s done so playing in the Chiefs offense. Had he been running for the Jets I imagine his stats would look much like Bell’s or maybe even worse.
Expect Edwards-Helaire to still get his fair share of carries early in possessions, but on third downs and inside the red zone, he’ll likely be watching Bell from the sidelines for at least the near future.
Consider Betting on the Chiefs Prior to Sunday
The Chiefs’ futures barely moved after what could turn out to be a pretty significant signing. Should the Chiefs rebound from their loss to the Las Vegas Raiders with a convincing win this Monday over the Buffalo Bills, the odds will come back closer to the +325 they were listed at prior to their first loss of the season.
If you’re a believer that this signing could help Kansas City repeat as champs, make your move sooner rather than later.
Ryan has been working at TSN for over eleven years, and is now a lead writer and content producer at That’s Hockey. Over the years, he’s launched and hosted TSN’s first NCAAF podcast, The College Football Show, and been featured on the likes of TSN 1050, Sportscentre, and That’s Hockey 2Nite.