1. Chiefs looked a bit out of sync, and still put up a ton of yards and points. In their first game since Friday’s release of Kareem Hunt, the Chiefs handed the ball to Spencer Ware 14 times for all of 47 yards and a touchdown, though Damien Williams gained 38 yards on just five carries. The lack of a backfield (and a return to defensive struggles that caused concern early in the season) forced the Chiefs to continue to throw the ball, which included a smattering of Patrick Mahomes missiles -- we’re talking long-range ballistic missiles -- to Tyreek Hill and others. But it also included the stunning fastballs fired into seemingly impossibly tight windows. One of those, to tight end Demetrius Harris, put the Chiefs ahead by 17 at the end of the third.
Kansas City 40-33 over Oakland | B-
In their first game without Kareem Hunt, the Chiefs decided to get a little crazy with their rushing attack. In a game where they totaled 174 yards on the ground, the Chiefs got more then 35 yards from four different players: Patrick Mahomes (52), Spencer Ware (47), Damien Williams (38) and Tyreek Hill (37).
“I saw the stuff that happened,’’ Mahomes said after Sunday’s 40-33 win over the Raiders. “We don’t do those things.’’
Tattoo artist Jeremy Taylor — stout at 35, and with his body fully inked to include a Kansas City Chiefs arrow on his left pinkie, an arrowhead on his right wrist and a tiny but faded Chiefs helmet beneath his left eye (He’s having that removed. “I don’t want to go to my kids’ schools with tattoos on my face,” he said) — had yet to break out his needles.
Not only is Kareem Hunt under NFL investigation for the incident that took place back in February, but it appears that the league is also looking into a second incident involving Hunt that took place during the offseason.
Around the league
The Packers fired the coach and promoted Joe Philbin to interim head coach following the team’s 20-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Team president and CEO Mark Murphy announced the decision no more than a few hours after the loss.
With starter Joe Flacco missing his third game with a hip injury, rookie first-round draft pick Lamar Jackson suffered a head injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons and was placed in the concussion protocol.
But Jackson returned to the game early in the fourth quarter after being cleared by the Ravens staff.
It’s the first time since 1979 that the Rams (11-1) have won the division in back-to-back seasons. The Rams are the first team since the San Francisco 49ers in 2011 to wrap up the NFC West by Week 13, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.
The Redskins were the only team to place a wavier claim, surprising even many close to the 2017 first-round pick, who expected he would be out of football until his legal matters were resolved.
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The Kansas City Chiefs hardly dominated the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, but they did hold on to beat their longtime division rivals 40-33, extending their record to 10-2 — and continuing their domination of the AFC.
A report on Sunday evening from ProFootballTalk says the Kansas City Chiefs are considering signing former Denver Broncos (and Carolina Panthers) running back C.J. Anderson — if he can pass a physical.
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