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In facing Chiefs, Lamar Jackson is No. 1 defense’s best friend | ESPN

Playing keep-away with a Chiefs offense that averages 37 points per game has to be a priority. The Kansas City run defense, which ranks No. 22 in the NFL, is vulnerable. The Raiders ran for a season-best 171 yards against the Chiefs on Sunday. Plus, the Ravens don’t utilize typical run plays. The run-option scheme with Jackson is a wrinkle that teams have struggled to shut down.

Chiefs not worried about Patrick Mahomes running | NBC Sports

“They were good adjustments, and he’s not taking big hits on those. He’s getting down, and we’re getting out of bounds — which is important. I’m not too worried about that. There are going to be games when you’ve got to do that. That’s what’s available, and you’ve got to take advantage of that. I’ve got confidence in the other guys, the other two running backs, that they can play. I don’t have a problem there.”

Chris Jones is no joke as Chiefs’ pass-rusher | ESPN

Jones has also learned a sack isn’t the only positive thing about a strong pass rush. The quarterback can be disrupted in other ways.

”That’s the biggest thing, getting pressure to the quarterback, making him move off his spot, throw off his back leg. ... There are different ways to affect the quarterback other than getting the sacks,” Jones said. “It kind of took me three years to realize that.”

Best and worst QBs of Week 13: Replacements spectacularly ineffective | ESPN

Top three

2. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

Total QBR: 93.3

Mahomes got to the top three this week by laughing in the face of pressure against the Raiders. He set season highs in completions, yards and first downs while pressured Sunday, going 8-of-14 for 151 yards with seven first downs and a touchdown. -- Gargiulo

Chiefs Spanish broadcasters excite and entertain fanbase in Hispanic community | Fox 4 Kansas City

If you’ve watched the Chiefs this season, you know their success and fun on the field translates in any language. In the video, FOX4’s Jason Lamb takes you inside the Tico Sports broadcast booth where Spanish play-by-play announcer Kike Morales and color commentator Leo Prieto describe bringing the excitement of the Chiefs to the Hispanic community.

Why Mike McCarthy and Josh McDaniels Are Still In Demand | Sports Illustrated

I look at the situation a couple years ago with Andy Reid in Philadelphia.”

After 14 seasons leading the Eagles, Reid was let go at the end of the 2012 season. The Eagles’ next coach, Chip Kelly, didn’t stick, but five seasons later, under Doug Pederson, they won a Super Bowl. Reid, meanwhile, landed the job in Kansas City four days after he was fired; he has a 63-29 record and is on track for his fifth playoff appearance in six seasons there.

Raiders’ Jon Gruden says his illegal challenge flag was message to NFL | ESPN

While it might have appeared that Jon Gruden did not know the rule for challenging a play late in the first half of the Oakland Raiders’ 40-33 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Gruden insisted he knew what he was doing when he threw the red flag on the field.

Call it a flag of dissent, then.

Ray Rice speaks on Kareem Hunt, reflects on own actions | NFL

“You look back at it and obviously you see some similarities between what happened in my situation,” Rice said Saturday in an exclusive interview with NFL.com. “I’m never going to call myself an expert. I’ve [publicly] discussed the remorse I have for survivors of domestic violence, but knowing what I know now the top priority is learning that it comes down to those split-second decisions, which come at the most hostile times. And that’s where this could be a teaching tool.”

Around the league

Phillip Lindsay nominated for two NFL awards after Week 13 performance | Denver Broncos

Lindsay shattered his previous single-game rushing total as he carried the ball 19 times for 157 yards and two touchdowns in Denver’s 24-10 win over the Bengals.

The undrafted rookie scored the Broncos’ first touchdown — which put them up 7-0 late in the first half — and then broke the game open with a 65-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

James Conner (ankle) ruled out for Steelers-Raiders | NFL

James Conner’s injury is probably a little more significant than we initially thought,” Tomlin told reporters. “I don’t know if you would describe it as a high-ankle sprain. It is an ankle sprain, much more than a contusion initially thought to be.”

NFL seeks to make changes to punt plays by crowdsourcing ideas | ESPN

The NFL plans to make material changes to its punt play, possibly as early as the 2019 season, league officials confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday. The exercise includes a twist: the NFL will crowdsource ideas from the analytics community.

Bills part ways with receiver Kelvin Benjamin | NFL

The Kelvin Benjamin era in Buffalo has ended in unceremonious fashion.

The Bills announced Tuesday they released Benjamin -- along with wide receiver Andre Holmes -- after just 18 games with the team.

Buffalo traded a third- and seventh-round pick to the Carolina Panthers at last season’s trade deadline to acquire the big-bodied receiver in hopes he could become a No. 1 target, but Benjamin struggled to adapt to his new AFC East team and on multiple occasions found himself in the headlines for reasons other than his play on the field.

Hot Seat Watch: What other NFL coaches might be in trouble of losing their job? | Yahoo! Sports

Vance Joseph, Denver Broncos

A month ago, Joseph’s seat was seemingly on fire. They lost six of seven games, the exception being a Thursday night win over the Arizona Cardinals. But since their Week 10 bye, the Broncos have been on a hot streak, winning three straight, including over the Chargers and Steelers, both of whom are currently in position to make the playoffs. Who else is on the hot seat? Here are some possibilities.

Chicago Bears expect playoff atmosphere vs. 11-1 Rams | News-Press NOW

“They’re a great team; they’re a great playoff team, and we know that this is going to be that type of atmosphere, and we’re excited about it,” Amukamara said. “They’re explosive. They have a great running game, and because the running game is so great, the passing game is great also. (QB) Jared Goff is playing like an MVP candidate. He’s night and day where he was his rookie year, and they also have a young coach (32-year-old Sean McVay) who’s doing a great job and knows how to handle their players.”

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Week 14 NFL Pundit Power Rankings: Chiefs drop to fourth

The Kansas City Chiefs returned to their winning ways on Sunday, defeating the Oakland Raiders 40-33 on the road. Meanwhile, the New Orleans Saints scored just 10 points against the Dallas Cowboys — 11 points less than their previous low for the season — and lost the game 13-10. Using logic that escapes me, the pundits have decided this means the Saints should fall to second, the Patriots — with less win than the Chiefs — should rise to third, and the Chiefs should fall to fourth.

The Re-Up: The most important moment for the Chiefs franchise happened off the field Sunday

“I’ve talked to him,” Mahomes said. “I’ll keep it between me and him. We had a close relationship. I saw the stuff that happened and we don’t do those things. At the same time, I just focused on our organization, the Chiefs. I know we have to move forward and keep going out there to win football games if we want to have success this season.”

Kansas City Chiefs defensive trends and tabulation for Week 13

Another week, another poor performance out of the Chiefs two-down linemen, four-linebacker nickel defense, and an even worse one out of the Chiefs’ “base” 3-4 defense. Over two-thirds of the game, the Chiefs defense lined up in a formation that averaged over 7.1 yards per play and found defensive success on less than half of the snaps it saw. While these numbers could be characteristic of a bend-but-don’t-break defense, the 100 percent red zone touchdown conversion rate tells a different story.

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