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Patrick Mahomes is king of the deep ball | ESPN

Mahomes has subsequently taken over the sideline-angle throne. He hasn’t thrown another 60-yard air strike for a touchdown, but the second-year passer has completed 48 “deep” passes (through Week 13), the NFL’s descriptor for throws that travel 16 yards or more in the air, tops in the league. Mahomes has 10 touchdowns on those throws, tied for third most in the NFL. Of course, he’s also tied for second among passers with six interceptions on those bombs. Good or bad, when Mahomes goes deep, something exciting usually happens.

Can Andy Reid finally win a Super Bowl? His Chiefs play Chargers on Yahoo Sports app

Among the 12 winningest coaches in NFL history, seven won at least one championship. Six are in the Hall of Fame, and the seventh is Bill Belichick. Of the five who never won a ring, none are in the Hall of Fame. One of them is Andy Reid.

Odds Chris Jones Records a Sack in Week 15 (10th Straight Game): Bovada Says Yes | Sports Betting Dime

The Chiefs’ solid record of getting to opposing quarterbacks when playing in prime time should also work to Jones’ advantage, as he looks to extend his newly established NFL record.

‘Elite’ football IQ allows hybrid safety Adrian Phillips to thrive on Chargers | ESPN

On a star-studded defense that includes the likes of Joey Bosa, Derwin James, Melvin Ingram and Casey Hayward, a little-known safety for the Los Angeles Chargers could be the key cog that helps slow down an explosive Kansas City Chiefs offense led by Patrick Mahomes.

Versatile safety Adrian Phillips’ unique skill set allows the Chargers to play a smaller, speedier personnel group that helps contain potent passing games, yet still holds up against the run.

Kansas City police cut deep with jab at Los Angeles Chargers | Yahoo! Sports

“While our football team doesn’t have to move cities to get fans, we’d like to keep our city’s traffic (both fans & commuters) moving during tomorrow’s Chiefs vs Chargers game. Stadium full of people will be going to Arrowhead during rush hour. Plan alt. routes or extra time.”

Agent’s Take: Here are the NFL’s real highest-paid players after taxes and salary deferrals are considered | CBS Sports

Several players who signed contracts in 2018 got large signing bonuses. These are usually broken into two to four installments rather than paid in a lump sum, regardless of whether all of the money is received in the same calendar year the deal was made. The overwhelming majority of these players will be receiving payments from their signing bonuses in 2019. The biggest deferrals and payment dates are in the following chart.

Sammy Watkins, Chiefs

Total signing bonus: $21,000,000

Deferred amount: $10,000,000

Payment date: 4/5/2019

NFL defends its Kareem Hunt investigation, says it won’t start paying for video | The Washington Post

B. Todd Jones, the NFL’s special counsel for conduct, said the league wanted to have a more complete understanding of the case before interviewing Hunt about a February incident in which video showed him shoving and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel.

Around the league

Las Vegas officially named host for 2020 NFL Draft, beating out three other contenders | CBS Sports

“The Raiders are very excited for Las Vegas and are proud to help host the 2020 NFL Draft,” Davis said in a statement. “Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world and will provide a tremendous experience for the NFL and its fans.”

NFL creates list to strengthen Rooney Rule | ESPN

Under the revised Rooney Rule, owners seeking to interview candidates from outside their organizations will be able to pick from the NFL’s career development advisory panel list as well as a list of black assistant coaches who should be considered to move up each hiring cycle that is compiled by the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which helps oversee compliance of the rule.

Potentially homeless Raiders one of five teams to host London, Mexico City NFL games in 2019 | CBS Sports

The NFL continues to broaden its international horizons, having announced a whopping four games in London for the 2019 season as well as a game in Mexico City. We now know the teams who will be involved in those games, as the league announced on Wednesday the Raiders, Chargers, Rams, Jaguars and Buccaneerswould host the five international series games next year.

Mychal Kendricks lost for season with broken tibia | ESPN

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks broke his tibia Monday night and is out for the season.

Coach Pete Carroll said he will need surgery for leg and knee issues and will be placed on injured reserve.

Raiders owner Mark Davis critical of Oakland’s lawsuit against team and NFL | ESPN

“My feeling is we’re 3-10 and we’re still relevant,” Davis said. “It’s a legal issue, and I’ll let the attorneys make any further comment.”

Carson Wentz (back) not expected to play vs. Rams | NFL

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that Wentz is not expected to play Sunday versus the Los Angeles Rams, per a source informed of the decision. Rapoport adds that given the timing of the back issue, Wentz might not play again in 2018. The Eagles are still gathering information on his health.

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Five things to watch as the Chiefs host the Chargers on Thursday Night Football

With a win, the Chiefs clinch the AFC West. Then, with a little help from the Pittsburgh Steelers when they play the New England Patriots on Sunday, the Chiefs will have the number one seed in hand. That would give them two weeks to play what will amount to preseason games to close out the season — and then a week off before another team comes to Arrowhead.

With a win, the Chargers also have a shot at the division title and the number one seed.

Chiefs’ final injury report vs. Chargers: Eric Berry, Tyreek Hill expected to play

Three key players won’t play for the Chiefs—left guard Cam Erving and running back Spencer Ware are doubtful and wide receiver Sammy Watkins is out. The expectation is that Jeff Allen will fill in at left guard and Damien Williams will get the start at running back. Darrel Williams will be behind Damien and Charcandrick West should be active.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers: Game and score predictions

The kicking game can be the difference. The “Butt Kicker” against “Shaky” Michael Bagley. Chargers are on their third placekicker of the season.

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