Arrowhead Pride Watch Party (Chiefs-Rams)
The Kansas City Chiefs will face their toughest opponent of the year next week in the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football. Our last watch party went so nice that we have decided to do it twice.
Talib on Marcus Peters: ‘He is good, he’s perfectly fine’ | NFL
Peters will need to employ that short memory Monday against the Kansas City Chiefs, his former team.
K.C. traded the dynamic corner in the offseason after several non-performance related issues. During his years with the Chiefs, Peters was a big-play cyborg. From 2015-2017, the corner ranked first in interceptions (19), first in total takeaways (24), first in passes defended (55), tied for second in fumble recoveries (5) and tied for third in defensive TDs (3).
NFL Week 11 questions: Is Monday night’s Chiefs-Rams game a preview of Super Bowl LIII? | USA Today
One fascinating matchup highlights Week 11, but there are plenty of storylines to sort through — including first place in a division totally up for grabs.
Here are the key questions for Week 11.
How Andy Reid stole a play from Carson Wentz | NBC Sports
The Chiefs ran a play on opening day last year that helped them to a 42-27 upset win over the Patriots in Foxboro, and it’s a play that would look very familiar to Carson Wentz.
Heinz offers Patrick Mahomes free ketchup for life if he throws 57 touchdown passes | CBS Sports
Of course, Mahomes should feel free to be himself in public and ask for ketchup if he wants it. But he may not have to for much longer. That’s because Heinz took to Twitter on Thursday and made Mahomes the offer of a lifetime: free ketchup, forever, if Mahomes throws 57 touchdown passes this season.
Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt’s hurdle over Broncos player immortalized on new t-shirt | Fox 4 Kansas City
After Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt leaped over a Denver Broncos defender in Week 8 of the NFL season, he landed not just as a football player but also as an icon.
”After he did it, it was in news papers all over the country and all over the world. I thought it would be a good idea to put on a shirt,” said Fred Fillah, owner of Fans Only.
Which NFL team has the best tailgating? | Yahoo! Sports
So with these points of judgment, I come up with three strong NFL tailgating options:
Kansas City: Astonishing barbecue, strong team fueling fan optimism
Green Bay: Cheese for days, longstanding tradition, literally nothing else to do
Buffalo: Lunatic fanbase, quality meats, a thrill-ride of desperation
Where Have All the NFL’s Great Defenses Gone? | Bleacher Report
The first defensive coach to figure out how to make the Chiefs, Rams and Saints offenses look silly is likely to win a Super Bowl (and his pick of head coaching jobs if he is a coordinator), so the incentive is there to become as creative on defense as McVay, Nagy and others have become on the other side of the ball.
Aaron Donald, ‘285 pounds of dynamite,’ is NFL’s ultimate outlier in an offense-heavy season | The Washington Post
Monday night in Los Angeles, Donald’s Rams will face the Kansas City Chiefs in a showdown that both exemplifies the NFL’s offense-mad present and hints at the sport’s scoring-crazed future. Patrick Mahomes’s right arm is part magic, part howitzer. Tyreek Hill is so fast he makes you wonder if the TV is broken. Todd Gurley can punish tacklers, sprint past them or leap over them. Coaches Andy Reid and Sean McVay have expanded and redefined professional football playbooks.
Dee Ford is coming to Auburn | Alabama.com
Around the league
Packers’ season on brink after another loss in Seattle | ESPN
If the Packers end up missing the playoffs, they might view Thursday’s 27-24 loss to the Seahawks as one of the reasons. Green Bay entered the game with a 43 percent chance to make the playoffs, according to ESPN’s FPI. At 4-5-1 with six games to play, that dropped to 31 percent. Considering they play at Minnesota a week from Sunday night, they’re streaking toward postseason elimination.
The 10 greatest long-term dynasties in NFL history | SB Nation
A couple of weeks ago, prompted by the ongoing state of the Cleveland Browns, we took a look at the 10 most consistently miserable franchises the NFL has ever produced. It’s only fair, then, if we balance things out and take a look at a much happier list.
The NFL’s rule tweaks are saving the kickoff from extinction | ESPN
Let’s take a closer look at why the league already considers the kickoff safer in 2018 and related fallout of the kickoff rule changes.
NFL awards Boston Children’s Hospital $14.7m to study brain injury | Boston Globe
The grant to Children’s is the largest of five awards totaling $35 million that the NFL announcedThursday, as part of its commitment to support medical research. The grants included $1.5 million for a project of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Harvard Medical School to study the short- and long-term effects of concussions on high school athletes.
Race for 2019 NFL Draft No. 1 pick: Here are players the Raiders could target in the draft if Derek Carr returns | CBS Sports
It’s unclear what the Raiders’ short-term plan is in Jon Gruden’s first season, but there’s a chance to fix this mess in relatively short order. Owner Mark Davis hinted at a blue print last week, after the team’s latest defeat.
NFL’s Cleveland Browns could hire female head coach, executive says | Fox Business
Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey said the franchise would consider all qualified candidates – including women – to fill its vacant head coach position.
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
Chiefs’ Thursday injury report vs. Rams: Patrick Mahomes listed with foot injury
Each practice day, the Kansas City Chiefs will release an official injury report leading up to the next game. The Chiefs travel to face the Los Angeles Rams at the Los Angeles Coliseum this Monday night.
Here is the Chiefs’ first official injury report of the week:
Patrick Mahomes film review: something improved and something that needs improvement
He’s had to try hard to manage the juice at times, but we’ve gradually seen him develop more comfort and respond relatively quickly when he doesn’t. I feel like those experiences will help immensely. I expect to see the best Mahomes we’ve seen him all year. Hopefully, he continues to build off the growth and eliminate the mistakes we talk about in part three of this week’s review.
Surprise! The Chiefs cornerbacks are even better than you think
Out of the 32 teams in the NFL, the Chiefs hold three PFF-ranked top 35 cornerbacks. Steven Nelson (11), Kendall Fuller (23), and Orlando Scandrick (33) are all PFF darlings, and have played well in Bob Sutton’s diverse coverage schemes this year.
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