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Chiefs headlines for Wednesday, October 17.

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Bengals game might be the most important of Chiefs’ season | ESPN

So the Chiefs are familiar with prolonged slumps. That’s why next Sunday night’s game against the 4-2 Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium might be the most important of the season for the Chiefs.

Chiefs film review: What we learned from Patrick Mahomes vs. Bill Belichick’s defense | Kansas City Star

We’ll dive into the Jekyll and Hyde performance in his first meeting with the NFL’s evil genius.

Fan who threw beer on Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill should be prosecuted, agent says | Fox News

Drew Rosenhaus, who represents dozens of NFL players, told ESPN on Monday he was talking to league officials and the players union about legal options after the beer brouhaha during the Chiefs 43-40 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The man who tossed the beverage was identified by Gillette Stadium authorities.

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill Has 2 Fastest Touchdowns in 2018-19 Season | Bleacher Report NFL

Following Sunday night’s 43-40 loss to the New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill has the two fastest touchdowns in the NFL this season.

NFL Analyst: Defenses Must Challenge Mahomes | CBS Sports Radio

Patrick Mahomes has had a historic start to the 2018 season, accounting for 20 touchdowns (18 pass, 2 rush) in six games and leading the Chiefs (5-1) to the best record in the AFC.

Chiefs’ Sammy Watkins: Receives just four targets | CBS Sports

Although Watkins played all 54 offensive snaps on the night, he drew very little attention from quarterback Patrick Mahomes, posting a season-low in all statistical categories for games he played the majority of snaps.

Week 7 fantasy streamers: Baker Mayfield tops list | NFL

Tight Ends

Floor: C.J. Uzomah, TE, Cincinnati Bengals (98 percent available) vs. Kansas City Chiefs

With Tyler Eifert (ankle) done for the year and Tyler Kroft (foot) facing possible season-ending surgery, Uzomah has a bankable, every-down role in the Bengals suddenly solid attack. In Week 6 without both Eifert and Kroft in the lineup, Uzomah set season highs in snaps (92 percent), routes run (39), and targets (7). Uzomah is seriously on the low-end TE1 radar in Week 7 against the Chiefs shaky secondary -- especially with Jimmy Graham, Jared Cook, and Vance McDonald all out on their bye. Kansas City has allowed 70 or more yards to tight ends in five-straight games (Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Denver, Jacksonville, and New England).

Around the league

Ex-Patriots are struggling, and other observations around the NFL | The Boston Globe

The Patriots’ offseason roster moves were put under a microscope during the first four weeks of the season, when the team’s offense looked undermanned and out of synch. Surely, the Patriots could have used at least one among Dion Lewis, Danny Amendola, Nate Solder, and Brandin Cooks, who all were jettisoned. Malcolm Butler was allowed to walk away, too, finding his riches in Tennessee.

Albert Wilson: ‘I’m the best YAC receiver in the league’ | NFL

“I’m the best YAC receiver in the league, for sure,” Wilson told ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe. “Team is looking for me to make those plays. That’s what I’m here for.”

Troy Vincent’s advice to NFL defenders on roughing the passer rulings: ‘You’ve just got to play’ | USA Today

“You’ve just got to play,” Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations and a former all-pro defensive back, said Tuesday at the league meeting. “You hope that no player is thinking about a rule. You want to play with a free mind.”

NFL Ratings Were Never a Problem—But There Is One Major Threat to the League’s Media Dominance | Sports Illustrated

As it turned out, however, there was no “Trump effect” on 2017 NFL ratings. USA Today explored ratings in red states, blue states and everywhere in between. I interviewed the author of the report, Matt Wynn, on my “Business of Sports” podcast, who noted the following findings:

NFL: ‘Lot of work to do’ despite drop in preseason concussions | ESPN

At the owners meetings in New York on Tuesday, Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, said the league identified seven teams in 2017 that had a higher incidence of preseason concussions than the others and “did a targeted intervention with those clubs.”

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Raiders cut Derrick Johnson

Johnson, 35, is still the all-time leading tackler for the Chiefs franchise. His production fell off during the 2017 season, and he was released in February after 13 seasons with the team. The Raiders signed him in May.

Update: It’s official! Chiefs bring back Jeff Allen

The Chiefs make it official, via their official Twitter account. S Leon McQuay, who was brought up to the active roster due to the safety shortage, has been waived once again.

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