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Chiefs headlines for Wednesday, October 24.

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QB Confidence Index: Ranking NFL depth charts 1-32 | ESPN

5. Kansas City Chiefs

Based on this season alone, the Chiefs would deserve the No. 1 spot. Patrick Mahomes is playing at an unprecedented level, with a record 22 touchdown passes in his first seven games and a league-leading 2,223 yards and 84.9 Total QBR. The backup is Chad Henne, who is experienced, but it’s hard to imagine the offense running like this without Mahomes.

The Chiefs defense might be getting better, and that’s scary for the rest of the NFL | SB Nation

The danger is that a prolific offense puts a lot of pressure on a defense. And if the avalanche of points doesn’t bury an opponent, things could get bad. That’s been the concern for the Chiefs with a defense that has looked suspect all year ... except in Week 7.

Chiefs film review: Will NFL defenses catch up to Patrick Mahomes and Co.? | Kansas City Star

Let’s take a look at some examples of how the offense did it last Sunday against the Bengals. We’ll also see how the defense improved its play against the run.

Bengals’ 2017 first-round pick continues to struggle in NFL, reportedly sidelined with injury for several weeks | CBS Sports

But a disappointing-to-date NFL career continued on Tuesday; according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Ross is expected to miss several weeks with a groin injury he aggravated in last Sunday’s blowout loss to the Chiefs. The good news is that the Bengals have their bye after their Week 8 matchup against the Buccaneers and perhaps he can return in Week 10.

Case Keenum has struggled being ‘The Man’ in Denver so far | ESPN

The Broncos now approach the halfway mark of their season Sunday -- in Kansas City -- at 3-4, chasing the 6-1 Chiefs and the 5-2 Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC West race. And Keenum has had big-play moments -- three of his eight touchdown passes have gone for 40 or more yards -- but he also has head-shaking moments, as he is second in the league with nine interceptions.

GIFs that help explain Week 7: Patrick Mahomes’ kryptonite?? | NFL

Well, we found it. The one thing Patrick Mahomes isn’t good at -- coordinated dance. In fairness to the MVP front-runner, the entire Chiefs offense could benefit from more practice reps in advance of their weekly avalanche of touchdowns, but Mahomes reminds me of my 2-year-old son when he tries to mimic the dancing of his 4-year-old brother. He’s got the basic gist of it down, but it’s all just a little bit ... off.

Drew Lock grew up watching the Chiefs. Here’s what he thinks of Patrick Mahomes | Kansas City Star

“Patrick’s playing his butt off,” said Lock, a Lee’s Summit native. “Being from KC, it’s all Chiefs Kingdom and you love the success that they’re having if you’re a Kansas City fan.”

Chiefs players join TeamSmile to provide children with free dental care | 41 Action News

Some beautiful smiles filled Arrowhead Stadium as the Kansas City Chiefs and TeamSmile joined forces to provide free dental care.

The event was held on Tuesday as part of the 12th annual Kansas City Oral Health Care Day. About 300 area kids participated in the event.

Around the league

Eric Reid grievance against Bengals denied by arbitrator

A grievance the NFL Players Association filed on behalf of Panthers safety Eric Reid after his free-agent visit to the Bengals this spring has been denied by an arbitrator, according to sources informed of the decision.

NFL players with brain trauma receive notice of settlements stripped to nothing | USA Today

For debilitated and often-broke former football players and their families, the National Football League’s agreement to pay more than $1 billion in a settlement for victims of chronic brain trauma appeared to be the end of the battle that had consumed them for years.

John Harbaugh: Challenge rule ‘should be changed’ | NFL

The Baltimore Ravens head coach advocated Monday for changes to the rule, saying coaches shouldn’t have to win both challenges in order to get a challenge back. Harbaugh made two early-game challenges against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday and lost one of them, preventing him from challenging another call for the rest of the game.

Broncos QB Chad Kelly arrested for trespassing | NFL

According to a press release from the Englewood (Colo.) Police Department, Kelly illegally entered a home and was later chased out by the resident. When searching the area, officers spotted a man matching the description inside a black SUV. The man, identified as Kelly, was then placed under arrest. He is no longer in police custody.

Everson Griffen to Rejoin Vikings After Treatment Following Hotel Incident | Bleacher Report

The 30-year-old was noticeable by his absence in the team’s 27-6 Week 3 defeat to the Buffalo Bills. Head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters after the game that Griffen was “having a personal matter” and declined to go into specifics.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Week 8 Pundit Power Rankings: Chiefs return to second place

Following their 45-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. the Kansas City Chiefs were rewarded with a slight uptick in our aggregated Pundit Power Rankings for Week 8 — moving back into second place. Here’s how the NFL shook out once all of Tuesday’s pundit rankings were tabulated.

Surprise! Chiefs place OL Jordan Devey and LB Terrance Smith on IR

Offensive lineman Jordan Devey, who started for the Chiefs at right guard and then center, the past two weeks, respectively, heads to injured reserve. Linebacker Terrance Smith, who injured his knee against the Bengals, is also headed to injured reserve. Devey has a pec injury, per old friend BJ Kissel of Chiefs dot com.

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