Both players were standouts in college, playing for non-traditional powers to great fanfare. At Texas Tech, Mahomes led the NCAA in passing yards, total offense and total touchdowns in 2016. Curry’s Davidson teams were a staple of March Madness. Both had doubters who thought they were gimmicky players heading into their respective leagues, and they slid in the draft much further than they should have, with the Chiefs taking Mahomes 10th overall in 2017 and the Warriors snagging Curry seventh overall in 2009. Safe to say those notions have been put to rest.
3. Kansas City Chiefs (11-4)
Week 16 ranking: 3
Non-QB MVP: WR Tyreek Hill. He would be next in line behind QB Patrick Mahomes for Chiefs MVP. He’s Kansas City’s playmaker, with 27 scrimmage plays of 20 yards or more plus a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown. -- Adam Teicher
Patrick Mahomes May Already Be the Best QB in Football
Some believed Mahomes could succeed as the Kansas City Chiefs starter. To think that he would immediately become a front-runner for NFL MVP? That just isn’t something that unproven young quarterbacks do.
Kansas City Chiefs
An entire defense is too much to ask. We aren’t working miracles here. Instead, we would love to give the Chiefs a gift of an even serviceable pass defense. Or extra timeouts. Andy Reid always needs extra timeouts.
It may not be a smart move to call out one of the best teams in the NFL right now. Gruden’s gotten a bit overconfident after the Raiders defeated the Denver Broncos 27-14 Monday. While his statement may be a good way to pump up the fans, he may have also unintentionally given extra motivation to a Kansas City Chiefs team coming off back-to-back losses.
Around the league
The Denver Broncos running back potentially suffered a scaphoid fracture and ligament damage to his wrist during Monday’s loss to the Oakland Raiders and will miss Sunday’s season finale and the Pro Bowl, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
Even though Mayfield and the Browns were eliminated from playoff contention with two games left, the impact of the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma was profound. Think of what it says that the Browns stayed in the postseason chase coming off an 0-16 season, and despite a midseason coaching change.
The NFL and the NFL Players Association have requested a report from the independent administrator of their drug-testing program into the questions raised by Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid about the number of times he has been tested this season.
Playing in what might have been their final game at the Oakland Coliseum, the Raiders (4-11) delivered a gutsy performance against the Broncos (6-9) in a contest devoid of playoff implications. Here’s what we learned from the Raiders’ 27-14 win on Christmas Eve during the final “Monday Night Football” game of the season.
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has reported that McCarthy could hold out for the right opportunity, but he’s also been connected to the Browns. And now, NBC’s Peter King is reporting that McCarthy could be interested in the Cardinals.
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Patrick Mahomes is what pulled me into writing in the FanPosts for Arrowhead Pride. Once he was selected, I started putting more content up. I’m glad I did. He’s blessing us with us some of the rarest performances and moments you’ll ever see. I say this a lot, but he’s normalized the spectacular. This week wasn’t perfect, but he still gave us some MVP moments.
AP Lobbyist Peter Schrager comes through, defending the Chiefs and Arrowhead Stadium on Christmas.
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