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Patrick Mahomes’ sophomore season on pace to rank among best in NFL history | Kansas City Star

Before this season, Chiefs quarterbacks had thrown at least four touchdown passes in a game six times. Mahomes has done that five times this season alone, including three straight games heading into Sunday’s contest at Cleveland.

Here’s why a flawed Super Bowl contender stood pat at the trade deadline | Yahoo! Sports (Terez Paylor)

But the Chiefs held firm, and while it may still come back to bite them in a few months, it wasn’t for a lack of effort. The Chiefs expressed interest in Collins, but the Giants weren’t interested in trading him, Yahoo Sports has learned. Same goes for Peterson, who the Cardinals also weren’t open to trading. A source with knowledge of the club’s thinking also told Yahoo Sports that the Chiefs were not interested in Jenkins, an expensive, 30-year-old corner with uneven tape this season.

NFL Power Rankings, Week 9: Panthers, Seahawks on the rise | NFL

3. CHIEFS (7-1)

The Chiefs aren’t slowing down, and it’s not just all about Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City’s pass rush took Sunday’s game back to 1995, forcing two turnovers from Case Keenum while flattening the Broncos’ quarterback five times. Three of those sacks came from Dee Ford, with Breeland Speaks picking up the first full sack of his career. That gives Speaks 1.5 on the season (plus a sack that never was). Ford now boasts a staggering eight on the year. And to think: Justin Houston isn’t even healthy right now. Kicker Harrison Butker did miss an extra-point try, yet he and punter Dustin Colquitt have been outstanding this season. OK, enough stalling already ... Mahomes tossed four more touchdown passes.

NFL Week 8 wrap-up: How can Mitch Trubisky compete with Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson? | Chicago Tribune

How can Trubisky compete with his draft classmates? Well, Mahomes is having a historic season, but Trubisky’s numbers are very similar to Watson’s this season.

10/30 - Dee Ford MVP? | 610 Sports Radio

Dee Ford has a case for Defensive Player of the Year but he won’t win because of this defense as a whole.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes makes fan’s day at ‘Cue for a Cause event | The Wichita Eagle

When he got to the end of the line, Colin spotted Patrick Mahomes sitting at a table just behind the buffet, quickly eating a plate of food.

Colin, who communicates mainly through his hand gestures, waved exuberantly in Mahomes’ direction, hoping to catch the quarterback’s attention in the middle of the crowded, noisy room.

Kareem Hunt buys tickets for Willoughby South football team to see Browns-Chiefs | FOX 8 Cleveland

The Kansas City running back and his mother bought 110 tickets for the Willoughby South High School football team to watch the Browns and Chiefs, Rebels head coach Matt Duffy told FOX 8 News.

6-year-old Patrick Mahomes mini-me turning heads | KESQ

A 6-year-old Patrick Mahomes mini-me is turning heads in the Kansas City area with an adorable Halloween costume.

Just How Red-Hot Are Those Patrick Mahomes Chiefs Jerseys? | Forbes

Fanatics reports that Mahomes gear sold in the last weekend of October at five times the rate that it did in the opening weekend of the season. Kansas City is the top market, but his merchandise is also selling well in Dallas (Mahomes grew up in Texas) and Chicago.

The Story Behind the Play That’s Defined the 2018 NFL Season | The Ringer

Just before Cooks crossed his line of vision, Goff took the snap, and with barely any movement, flipped the ball forward to his sprinting wideout. Cooks tore around the right side for a 15-yard gain. Just like that, the Rams were threatening.

This jet-motion play design — and subtle variations of it — have been a staple of the league’s most creative offenses this season. Kansas City scored two red-zone touchdowns off a similar action in Week 1. The Patriots used it to get James White into the end zone in Week 7 against Chicago, perhaps a small form of payback for how effectively the Bears have implemented the concept against other teams.

Around the league

NFL seeking to align player-safety rules with high school, collegiate levels | ESPN

The NFL has embarked on a new initiative to align its player safety rules with the college and high school levels, hoping that the collaboration will help sustain the game and minimize confusion as players advance in the sport.

Winners and losers from the 2018 NFL trade deadline | NFL

Howie Roseman and the Philadelphia Eagles front office were into veteran trades before all the cool kids. Sitting at 4-4 with a talented yet incomplete roster, Roseman couldn’t help but jump into the action on NFL trade deadline day.

NFL to split four London games between venues in ‘19 | ESPN

The NFL says it will play four regular-season games in London next year, two at Wembley Stadium and two at the new stadium being built for Premier League team Tottenham.

Packers trade running back Ty Montgomery to Ravens | NFL

Ty Montgomery’s final act in a Green Bay Packers uniform was a fumble that cost Aaron Rodgers a shot at a comeback win against the undefeated Los Angeles Rams.

Can these 5 disappointing NFL teams still save their season? | SB Nation

So what’s been the problem ailing these teams whose lofty preseason hopes have been torn apart and left to be reassembled like jigsaw puzzles with varying degrees of difficulty? Let’s take a look at five teams who’ve disappointed to start 2018 and where their postseason chances currently stand — starting with the Jaguars.

Packers S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix traded to Redskins | NFL

The Green Bay Packers traded veteran safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Redskins, both teams confirmed on Tuesday.

Rams acquire Jags DE Dante Fowler for draft picks | ESPN

The Los Angeles Rams acquired defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday for a third-round draft pick in 2019 and a fifth-round selection in 2020.

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From big ego to big playmaker: Sammy Watkins is finding his rhythm with the Chiefs offense

Watkins is not only coming off his best game of the season following the Chiefs’ 30-23 victory over the Denver Broncos in Week 8 — in which Watkins set season-highs with eight catches, 107 yards and two touchdowns — but he’s also quintupled his career rushing yard totals. Watkins had just nine yards rushing over his first four years in the league. In Kansas City, all but one of his attempts has gone for nine or more yards.

Kansas City Chiefs defensive trends and tabulation for Week 8

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