Lynch or Mahomes, who ya got?
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"We simply want to see this guy play,” head coach Vance Joseph said of Lynch. “He's had one start this year where he played two-and-a-half, almost three quarters. So we want to see him play. He hasn't played much as a Bronco. It's simple: We want to see him play. Very simple."
"My knowledge of the game I feel like has taken tremendous leaps," Mahomes said after the Chiefs clinched the AFC West by beating the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. "Just having a full season, getting to watch [starting quarterback Alex Smith] having a successful year, watching how he studies and how he game-plans and does those things, I feel like it's helped my game a ton."
Fulton had a few showdowns against Suh, who didn’t record a stat in the loss for Miami. But most of the Suh duty fell on right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who let Suh know what kind of day it would be early when he kept driving him to the ground –– through the whistle –– on one play early in the first quarter. Suh responded by flipping over and taking a few shots at him after the play.
Other personnel moves helped write the story of 2017, none more so than the Chiefs’ abrupt firing of general manager John Dorsey in June. The news hit some 45 minutes after the team announced a contract extension for head coach Andy Reid.
Additionally, the Patriots' coaches took note of the Fisher hold and used that play — with the same officiating crew as the Chiefs-Steelers playoff game — to exploit Falcons left tackle Jake Matthews at the end of Super Bowl LI. Surely, the Patriots know all about Harrison, who has faced the Patriots 10 times in the Belichick-Tom Brady era. But that matchup with Fisher had to be fresh in their minds.
"I ain't playing. Might as well," Charles told The Denver Post. "No reason for me to just sit around and look at people play."
The Saints are penciled in at No. 5 on NFL.com's power rankings, but the Eagles slipped to No. 6. The Kansas City Chiefs and Ravens are back in the top 10. On the other hand, the Panthers catapulted up to the No. 5 spot on CBS Sports' power rankings list, and the Vikings and Rams slipped out of the top five.
This appears to be the most likely outcome from Sunday’s games. Baltimore will clinch the No. 5 seed with a home victory over the 6-9 Bengals. With a win, the Ravens will improve to 10-6, and the other teams battling for a wild-card spot — Titans, Bills and Chargers — all have eight wins heading into Sunday’s games. Baltimore would also get the fifth seed with a tie. The Ravens have another path to the fifth seed if they lose and the Titans and Bills also lose or tie.
The Chiefs have Smith under contract through 2018. Keeping him would make sense, but dealing him this offseason might as well. Trading him out of conference seems a decent option, given K.C’s infatuation with Mahomes, who stands to play in the finale. A trade would recoup some draft capital and create salary dollars for other positions.
So that settles it. The Chiefs will face either the Ravens, Bills or Titans in round one of the playoffs. Given the scenarios, the odds are that Baltimore will be the team taking on K.C. This is the NFL, though, so don’t rule out anything (even the crazy tie scenarios).
And the Broncos' defense, which has spent much of the season at, or near, the top of the league’s total defense rankings, has struggled to break a habit that really began with last year's loss to the Chiefs. In that game, Kansas City had a 13-play drive to tie game in late regulation and put together a game-winning drive in overtime. Sunday, against the Redskins, the defense surrendered the 27th, 28th and 29th touchdown passes of the season. Heading into Monday’s games, only the New York Giants had surrendered more.