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Chiefs headlines for Friday, October 19.

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Predicting the NFL’s next record-breakers: Who will top Drew Brees? | ESPN

As for the guys who are less experienced than Goff and Wentz? It’s way too early to say anything about quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson.

Chiefs defense continues to hold back electrifying offense | Fox Sports

The latest glaring letdown came last Sunday night in New England, when the Chiefs had just forged a 40-all tie with 3 minutes left on Mahomes’ 75-yard touchdown toss to Tyreek Hill. Their defense proceeded to allow Tom Brady and Co. to march the length of the field, getting within range for Stephen Gostkowski to drill a point-blank field goal and give the Patriots the win.

Inside linebackers’ play isn’t Chiefs’ only issue on defense, but it’s a big one | The Wichita Eagle

The Chiefs’ defense hasn’t stopped much of anything this season. Entering another nationally televised Sunday Night Football game, this time against the Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs rank in the bottom five of many major defensive categories: yards allowed (last), yards per play, points, rushing and passing yards.

Which receiver would you rather build around: Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green or Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill? | Yahoo! Sports

The “Good Morning Football” crew debates which player they would rather build a team around between Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green and Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

Seven questions for NFL Week 7: Will Adam Vinateri become NFL’s all-time leading scorer? | USA Today

Which aspiring AFC contender bounces back in prime time?

With the Bengals and Chiefs flexed into the spot, the evening will be capped by a meeting between two teams atop their respective divisions (the Bengals are tied with the Ravens in the AFC North but won their earlier clash) looking to get back on track after a disappointing loss to a league power (Kansas City to New England, Cincinnati to Pittsburgh) last week.

After their pass rush disappeared against the Steelers, the Bengals will need Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap to dial up more pressure against Patrick Mahomes to help cover for the 29th-ranked defense. But the Chiefs have given up the most passing yards (2,042) through six games of any team since 1940.

Week 7 Favorable Slot Matchups | NFL

Tyler Boyd may seem like an obvious start to many, but those in 10-team leagues may be questioning if they should use Boyd or another stud WR this week. Boyd is in a very favorable position facing the Chiefs. What you may not realize is the Chiefs allow 6.0 receptions per game to slot WRs, the seventh-most in the NFL.

NFL Week 7 odds, picks: Keep believing in the Chiefs despite first loss, plus more best bets | CBS Sports

The Chiefs lost a pivotal game that might be instrumental in determining home-field advantage in the AFC, but their stock has never been higher.

Can the Cincinnati Bengals finally pull it together in prime time? | WLWT5

The game matches two of the NFL’s worst defenses. The Bengals rank 29th overall in yards allowed, and the Chiefs are last .

Around the league

Raiders fined $20K for Osemele injury report violation | NFL

The 2018 season has not gone according to plan for Jon Gruden and the Raiders, and now an injury report violation can be added to the list of issues in Oakland.

Chargers reportedly not allowed to leave Los Angeles for at least 20 years | CBS Sports

The Chargers might be struggling to make fans in Los Angeles, but there’s a reason that the NFL isn’t panicking yet, and that’s mainly because the team is apparently going to have a lot of time to develop a fan base in their new city.

The Do-Nothing Approach That Resolved the NFL’s Anthem Crisis | Sports Illustrated

Has the NFL been perfect on the anthem? No. Far from it. But for now, the league is riding a two-pronged solution that was so simple and grounded in common sense that … somehow it worked. And those two prongs can be laid out in nine words.

NFL Backups Who Deserve More Playing Time | Bleacher Report

Organizations shouldn’t hold these individuals back for whatever reason even though they continue to do so. The following 10 players are in a position to contribute and deserve far more playing time.

Scoring is up in the NFL, and so are its ratings | CNN Business

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said at a press conference on Thursday that he believes that the quality of the games are “a big driver” of the ratings rebound.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Film Review: inside linebacker play vs. New England

For the most part, the Chiefs are looking to run a one-gap system with their front — meaning that each defender in the box is in control of a single gap. Only rarely will both ILBs actually end up in the gap to which they are assigned pre-snap, but that’s just due to reading blocks and flowing with the RB; it becomes a process of elimination for at least one ILB on any given play.

The 2019 franchise tag estimation for Dee Ford is out

Should Ford continue to play at a high level through this season, will the Chiefs be able to sign him to a long-term contract? Or will they — like the Cowboys — be forced to use the franchise tag to keep Ford on the roster?

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