Chiefs’ Marquez Valdes-Scantling says having to travel to Germany for Week 9 game vs. Dolphins ‘sucks’

Instead of playing Miami Dolphins at home, Chiefs of Kansas City will face them across the pond in Frankfurt, Germany on Sunday as part of the NFL Annual International Series.

Many they asked themselves openly because such a big matchup will be played overseas. Regardless of the reason why, the veteran receiver chiefs Marquez Valdes-Scantling not a fan of the travel associated with playing an international game.

“Yeah, it sucks,” he said during a one-on-one interview with CBS Sports. “I mean, obviously we have to travel nine hours for a home game when Arrowhead is right down the road. But obviously we have other fans that are all over the world, not just in the United States. So give it to them. chance to see some of their favorite players play.

“We know that we have a lot of fans in Germany, so I am grateful that we will give the opportunity. But it is removed that the players have to be away from their families, or (I) have to find a babysitter for my dogs to a couple of days. Things we have to take into account. But past that, it is what it is.”

While the game gives fans in Frankfurt the opportunity to see a NFL game in person, it doesn’t look like the Chiefs will get much of a chance to experience Frankfurt.

“I think it will be mostly business,” Valdes-Scantling said of the trip. “We’re leaving Thursday after practice. We’ll probably get there Friday morning, and then we’ll probably have practice when we land. The only free time will probably be Friday after I’m done with work. Obviously, Saturday is the day before game, so we are making all our final preparations for the game.”

The Dolphins seem to be taking a different approach. While the Chiefs left for Germany on Thursday, Miami arrived in Frankfurt on Tuesday morning. The reason for the Dolphins’ early arrival was Miami coach Mike McDaniel’s desire to have his players spend some time not thinking about football.

Location aside, Sunday is a big game for both teams. Miami (6-2) is currently just behind Kansas City (6-2) in the AFC standings after the Dolphins’ win over the Patriots last Sunday and the Chiefs’ surprising loss to the Bronchi in Denver.

No one should be surprised if Valdes-Scantling makes his presence felt in a big way on Sunday. Some of the six-year veteran’s best games have come on the NFL’s brightest stages. As a member of the PackersValdes-Scantling recorded 115 receiving yards and a score in the 2020 NFC title game. Last January, he caught a critical touchdown pass in the Chiefs’ AFC Championship game win Bengali.

“It’s just opportunity,” Valdes-Scantling said of his ability to step up in big moments. “I don’t take anything for granted. With football, we’ve been doing this thing for a long time. I know I’ve been playing since I was a kid. So it’s not different, no matter what the stage is. It doesn’t look different… I look at all those games the same, I never get too high, never get too low.

“I think it’s been a kind of motto with life, and that’s how I’ve been the keel. … One of my college coaches told me this saying and it’s kind of stuck with me: “It’s never as good as it is. and it is never as bad as it seems.’ That’s how I’ve always operated my life, it’s helped me be where I am now.”

Valdes-Scantling and his teammates take home comfort with them in Germany. Charmin recently sent the team their new toilet paper, Ultra soft and smooth tearsahead of this weekend’s next game.

“Charmin is doing me well for my trip to Germany,” Valdes-Scantling said. “Just keep my routine the same with their Ultra Soft Smooth Tear toilet paper. Going to a different part of the world that you’ve never seen before, you never know what to expect. May Charmin bless me with this. and keeping my routine the same, I’m grateful that we got together and I’m excited about it.”

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