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Ten Takeaways From the NFL’s Pro Bowl Rosters | The Ringer

2. Chris Jones Was Robbed

Complaining about Pro Bowl snubs is tired. The voting process is basically broken, and some omissions are inevitable. But I can’t let this one go: Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones has 14.0 sacks this season, the fifth most in the NFL, and has recorded at least one sack in 10 straight games. He’s also seventh in QB hits and is tied for fourth in tackles for a loss. There are plenty of other snubs on this list, including two of the best offensive tackles in the league (we’ll get to them), Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. Watt, Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans, and many others. But even in a sea of misfires, Jones’s omission seems notable.

KC is 5-2 on road, but the defense is even worse away from Arrowhead | SB Nation (Seahawks)

The Kansas City Chiefs are headed to Seattle this weekend to face the Seahawks on Sunday night football. The Chiefs need to win to assure they stay ahead of the LA Chargers in the AFC West and playoff picture, while the Seahawks could lock in their wild card berth, as long as Washington loses earlier in the day. (And even if they don’t, Seattle is virtually assured a spot if they beat KC.) The Chiefs are 11-3 this season and have the best offense in the NFL by almost every measure, but their defense has been notably bad, especially away from the home crowd.

Mellinger Minutes: dumb media debates, a Chiefs freakout and a (still) bright future | The Kansas City Star

The Chargers have led the Chiefs for 4 seconds out of 120 minutes this season, and we all get it: they’re hot, they have the AFC’s second best defense, fronted by a ridiculous pair of pass rushers. But they’re also two miracle comebacks away from being 9-5 and surrounded by the annual label of Exactly Good Enough To Lose.

Five things you need to know about this week’s opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs | The News Tribune

Hello, old friend

Before the NFL’s realignment in 2002, the Chiefs and Seahawks were part of the ever-entertaining AFC West. The two teams went to battle every year from 1977 to 2002, and the Chiefs currently hold a 33-18 edge over the Seahawks all-time.

Week 16 Fantasy football picks: Streaming defense/special teams options | PFF Fantasy

Kansas City Chiefs defense

We love to stream DST units with something on the line at this critical point in the season and the Chiefs are in a dogfight with the Chargers to win the AFC West. Kansas City is also battling for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs and have been a hot DST option of late. Last week in their last-second loss to the Chargers, the Chiefs did manage to post five sacks and two interceptions. In their last five games the Chiefs have 21 sacks, 10 turnovers, and a defensive score. The Seahawks allowed three sacks and a kickoff return for a touchdown in their surprising Week 15 loss to the 49ers.

Chiefs’ Chris Conley, cheerleader use video chat to connect with kids at metro schools | Fox 4 KC

“Have patience, and rely on those people you trust,” Conley advised, as classrooms filled with students took in the Chiefs’ message from a television screen.

Patrick Mahomes is coming to Springfield to raise money for Boys & Girls Clubs | Springfield News

Patrick Mahomes, the quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs and the most talked about young player in the NFL, will be in Springfield this spring.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield announced Tuesday that Mahomes will speak at the 23rd annual Steak & Steak Dinner and Charity Auction on April 9. Tickets are now on sale.

Why Colin Cowherd Thinks Andrew Luck Deserves MVP Over Patrick Mahomes | NESN

The FOX Sports 1 host claimed that as it stands, quarterbacks Phillip Rivers, Andrew Luck and Patrick Mahomes are the standouts. All three signal-callers all are having exceptional seasons, but his answer may come as a bit of a shock.

Chiefs Post a 50.5 Rating, Matching a Franchise Record 11-Straight Games with a 40.0+ Rating | Chiefs dot com

The Chiefs own a 43.4 television rating through 14 games this season, which is the franchise’s best mark on record. It translates into almost 400,000 households tuning in per game.

Around the league

NFL reveals rosters for 2019 Pro Bowl in Orlando | NFL

Patrick Mahomes’ MVP-caliber season is getting the Pro Bowl treatment.

The Kansas City Chiefs’ second-year wunderkind is among the starters for the 2019 Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida. Mahomes leads a contingent of six Pro Bowl selections for the Chiefs, whose representatives in the January classic include wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce.

2019 NFL Pro Bowl snubs: Leighton Vander Esch tops the list | NFL

The 2019 Pro Bowl rosters were revealed Tuesday night on NFL Network. Congratulations to the players who received the honor! As for those who didn’t? Well, certain omissions appear particularly unfortunate. Nick Shook identifies 13 Pro Bowl snubs.

DeAndre Hopkins in the most valuable non-quarterback in the NFL | Pro Football Focus

There’s something under the radar going on in Houston, however. The Texans are 10-4 and are currently the two seed in the AFC, despite having an offensive line that is surrendering pressure at a rate surpassed only by the Buffalo Bills, a defense that is fending off injuries and Deshaun Watson’s penchant for producing as many turnover-worthy plays as big-time throws. Watson has been very encouraging in his first full season as a starter, especially given the aforementioned pressure rate and the fact that he is coming off of a torn ACL. However, the offense is being driven by one of the most valuable players in the NFL that is not a quarterback, and that player is wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

Panthers’ Eric Reid has one option to fight NFL’s ‘random’ drug tests | Yahoo! Sports

Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid is going to have to sue the NFL. Again.

If anyone is really going to get to the bottom of what is going on with the league’s drug-testing program – if there is anything fishy happening – the only legitimate recourse is to force the NFL’s handling of drug testing into the light. And like most things in the league that lack transparency, light is found only through the doors of a courtroom. And even then, rarely is anything meaningful achieved.

In an NFL Season When No Team Is Unbeatable, Every Team Has a Shot | Bleacher Report (NFL)

Everything was so simple just a few weeks ago.

The Chiefs, Rams and Saints were unstoppable forces of nature. The Patriots, as they often do, overcame early-season stumbles and shifted into dynasty mode.

C.J. Anderson signing with Los Angeles Rams | NFL

C.J. Anderson could see his 2018 season end with a playoff run.

The veteran is signing with the Los Angeles Rams to help bolster the team’s running back corps heading into the postseason, a source told NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo

Ray Rice says NFL is ‘trying to do the right thing’ with domestic violence, would speak with Kareem Hunt | USA Today

“I would love to help anyone that’s willing to go the long haul,” Rice said of a potential conversation with Hunt.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Six Chiefs named to 2019 Pro Bowl

Mahomes, Hill, Kelce and Sherman were voted starters for the AFC. The obvious snubs for the Chiefs are Chris Jones and right tackle Mitch Schwartz.

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