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Chiefs headlines for Friday, November 23.

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2018 NFL playcaller ranking | Pro Football Focus

ANDY REID, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Long lauded for his ability as a playcaller, Reid has really shined over the last two seasons in Kansas City. Despite a quarterback with deep limitations in Alex Smith, the Chiefs finished sixth in the NFL in points scored in 2017 and have simply exploded this season, with second-year signal caller Patrick Mahomes generating the second-most points per game through the league’s first 11 weeks. Injuries to key players like Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Mitch Morse and Sammy Watkins have not slowed this team a bit, in large part due to Reid’s ability to limit the high-variance Mahomes to a turnover-worthy play rate of just 2.5% of his dropbacks.

Saints vs. Falcons final score, takeaways: Drew Brees on an MVP level, Saints defense rising quickly | CBS Sports

Even if Brees and Mahomes ended up in what would basically amount to an MVP tie, Brees would have the “lifetime achievement” factor working for him. I’m not sure that’s going to matter, and would absolutely expect the Saints quarterback to end up winning this thing if the Saints don’t fall apart down the stretch.

Young Chiefs fan with type 1 diabetes gets surprise of a lifetime | FOX2 St. Louis

Once Landon, his brother and his parents sat down for dinner, Walters walked over to their table, introduced himself and described what was inside the gift basket he was carrying.

“Two tickets, airfare and a hotel stay,” he explained to the Beards.

Around the league

Bears feast on Matthew Stafford, Lions on short rest | NFL

The Chicago Bears (8-3) overcame a slow start on short rest and came roaring back to beat the Detroit Lions (4-7) for the second time in three weeks.

After Another Blatant Helmet Hit Goes Unpenalized, Here’s What the NFL Should Do | Sports Illustrated

The points of emphasis in the preseason were meant to protect players like Reed, who said two years ago he’s suffered at least six concussions playing football. On Thursday there was an official standing mere feet away when Woods delivered the shot, and for some reason that official stood silent. An indignant Reed later chucked his helmet to the ground in protest, and it’s hard to blame him.

Jerry Jones: Amari Cooper ‘making bid for some cash’ | NFL

Basking in the glory of a Thanksgiving victory over a division rival, Jerry Jones is already thinking about handing out his money.

“Amari [Cooper] looks like he’s making a bid for his cash,’’ the Dallas Cowboys owner said after Thursday’s 31-23 win over the Washington Redskins, via the Dallas Morning News.

Saints ground Falcons’ attack to earn 10th straight win | NFL

The New Orleans Saints (10-1) tightened their grip on the NFC South by picking up their 10th straight win in a 31-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons (4-7) on Thanksgiving Night.

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Let’s not call Chiefs-Rams a sign of a new era in the NFL just yet

We could go on, but you get the point: the NFL will never look the same.

Or will it?

I’m not prepared to say that all of the articles I’ve referenced here are wrong. Any of them — or all of them — could be exactly right. We could very easily be seeing the birth of a new NFL — one that might be more exciting and fan-friendly.

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