Myles Garrett vs. Eric Fisher
It seems evident at this point the Mitchell Schwartz will not be returning to the lineup this season and, in fact, may have played his last snap in Kansas City (if not in the NFL all together). While we all hope that Schwartz is able to continue playing and finish his career in good health, we have to look at this matchup assuming he will not be there.
That leaves Kansas City starting Mike Remmers at right tackle. Remmers has been dealing with a back injury the last few weeks but appears healthy now and ready to return to full game action. Hopefully the back won’t be a problem again.
Opposite him, however, is another issue for the Chiefs as long-term left tackle Eric Fisher must face off with Cleveland’s star edge rusher, Myles Garrett.
Garrett has posted his his third consecutive double digit sack season in 2020, amassing 12 of them in 14 games this year. He’s not only the best player on the Browns’ defense, but he’s also one of the top eight or so pass rushers in all of the NFL.
If there is one thing that can throw the Chiefs offense off in the Divisional Round, it will be Cleveland’s ability to get into the backfield and disrupt the timing of routes down the field. That means that a central focal point of the game will be in watching to see if Fisher can slow down Garrett coming around the edge.
If Fisher can succeed, or if Kansas City can otherwise find a way to neutralize Garrett, it should be smooth sailing for the team’s high-flying offense.