Chiefs vs. Dolphins: Andy Reid v. Mike McDaniel among key matchups in Week 9

The Kansas City Chiefs (6-2) are facing the Miami Dolphins (6-2) in Frankfurt, Germany for Week 9 of the 2023 NFL season.
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The NFL Frankfurt Games starts this Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs (6-2) face the Miami Dolphins (6-2) for Week 9 of the NFL season. The Chiefs are coming off of a 9-24 loss to the Denver Broncos. Miami is fresh off of a 31-17 victory over the New England Patriots.

In a highly anticipated game, the winner will have the tiebreaker for playoff seeding. Possible home-field advantage is on the line. The Chiefs will be facing an old friend. Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill will be extremely motivated to continue his season-long dominance while in Germany. Here we discuss three key matchups in this AFC battle.

1. The Chiefs secondary vs. Tyreek Hill

Tyreek Hill
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Let’s address the elephant, or "The Cheetah" in the room first and foremost. Usually, the matchups are player-player or unit-unit. Even sometimes coach-coach. It is impossible to address the Chiefs and Dolphins without bringing up the name Tyreek Hill.

Since being traded from Kansas City to Miami, Hill has arguably cemented himself as the top wide receiver in the NFL. His first season was electric, setting career-highs in receptions (119) and receiving yards (1,710 YDS). The start of this 2023 season might be even more impressive. Through eight games, Hill has amassed 61 receptions—tied for 2nd of all players in the NFL. He is leading the entire NFL with 1,014 receiving yards and 8 receiving touchdowns. His production on the field has propelled Miami to a 6-2 record on the season. 

The minute Tyreek Hill departed from Kansas City, he chose to make headlines for the manner he spoke about the Chiefs. Yes, he had a podcast to promote. Yes, he wanted to instill confidence in his new quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. This is understood by all Chiefs fans. Hill’s media persona has grown. His production on the field has also increased. One thing that Hill has not done since leaving is win a Super Bowl. The Chiefs have shown that they can win at the highest level with and without the superstar wide receiver. 

All eyes in the stadium and on the television screen will be on Tyreek Hill. How can the Chiefs defense limit his effectiveness in this game?