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NFL Week 11 Power Rankings: Season-defining stats for every defense | ESPN

2. Kansas City Chiefs (9-1)

Week 10 ranking: 2

Defining stat: 31. The Chiefs are tied for first with 31 sacks and a suddenly potent pass rush gives them reason for defensive optimism heading into Monday night’s showdown against the Rams in Mexico City.

NFL MVP Odds 2018: Patrick Mahomes, Drew Brees Top Betting Favorites | Bleacher Report

According to OddsShark, Mahomes leads the pack at -125 (bet $125 to win $100), while Brees sits at +150. Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley is third on the list at +600. The trio of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Saints running back Alvin Kamara and Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers are fourth, all the way back at +1600.

Andy Reid Is Creating Football’s Future, and Patrick Mahomes Is Living It | Sports Illustrated

It’s not far-fetched to say that Reid has spent much of the last decade preparing for Mahomes’s arrival. The marriage of QB and coach is such a perfect union, bubbling in offensive fertility, that Washington State coach Mike Leach, himself well-versed in the art of scoring points, muses, “There’s times you wonder if [their pairing] should even be legal.”

Week 11 Fantasy Tight End Rankings: Travis Kelce can take over | Yahoo! Sports

Travis Kelce may seem like just another cog in the Chiefs high-powered offensive engine, but we all know that he can take over a game at any moment. He is a true matchup nightmare, especially in a year where the fantasy tight end position has been tough to deal with.

In high-scoring NFL, it’s time for NFC North to stand up for itself | Star Tribune

At a time when Super Bowl contenders and pretenders are being separated by loud, forceful, high-scoring statement games, the NFC North is the shy kid in the corner looking down at his shoes.

The Chiefs (9-1) are 3-1 against teams that now have a winning record. Against Pittsburgh, they gave up 37 points. And won by five.

Around the league

The NFL’s Race to the Bottom Is Starting to Crystalize | The Ringer

So the teams racing to the bottom aren’t looking to grab the next Peyton Manning or John Elway. Instead, they’re hoping for the next Bruce Smith or Aaron Donald. The lack of QB talent and depth of defensive talent is oddly fitting: Almost every team currently at the bottom of the NFL standings doesn’t need a quarterback.

Tom Brady on critics: ‘I absolutely want to play better’ | NFL

“Everything is different from one year to the next,” TB12 said Monday when asked about critics who say he might be slipping. “I think you keep working at it the same way. Those things haven’t changed for me. I’m sure some of my statistics have changed. But I feel good out there. And I feel like do I want to play better? I absolutely want to play better. I want to play best as I possibly can for my team, and that’s what my job is to do...”

Eagles have most difficult finishing schedule in NFL | ESPN

Philly’s remaining opponents have a combined record of 40-23. That .635 win percentage is tops in the NFL, per ESPN Stats & Information research, ahead of the remaining schedule of the Raiders (.592) and Jets (.570).

Le’Veon Bell does not sign tag, will miss 2018 season | NFL

As anticipated, Bell did not sign his Steelers franchise tender by Tuesday’s deadline as stipulated under the collective bargaining agreement, meaning the prolific running back is no longer eligible to play this season. With Bell foregoing the $14.45 million he was slated to make under the tag, it’s unlikely the running back will ever play a down again with the Steelers.

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NFL announces it has moved Chiefs-Rams Monday night game to Los Angeles

The Kansas City Chiefs’ Week 11 game against the Los Angeles Rams has been relocated from Mexico City, Mexico, to Los Angeles, California.

Playoff picture: A look at the AFC from the Kansas City Chiefs’ point of view

Now 9-1 on the season, the Kansas City Chiefs are in an excellent playoff position in the AFC. The stat geeks over at FiveThirtyEight.com now give the Chiefs a greater than 99 percent chance to make the playoffs, an 84 percent probability to win the AFC West, and a 79 percent chance to get a first-round bye in the playoffs.

Patrick Mahomes to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated

Mahomes will appear on the cover of the publication’s FUTURE issue, which is fitting, as Mahomes is in the mix for NFL Most Valuable Player just 10 games into the second year of his career.

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