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Ravens defensive coordinator calls Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes the new Bill Walsh and Joe Montana | CBS Sports

“I think Mahomes is [Joe] Montana -- I’m taking about the San Francisco Montana and not the Kansas City Montana,” Martindale said, per ESPN. “I think how everything is cyclical and history repeats itself. I think you’re seeing that combination between Andy [Reid] and Mahomes of Montana and Bill Walsh. I really do.”

Three NFL teams are dominating Pro Bowl vote, Tom Brady not in top-3 at quarterback | CBS Sports

For the Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes (QB), Anthony Sherman (FB), Travis Kelce (TE) and Tyreek Hill (RS) all lead at their respective positions, and yes, Jalen Ramsey will probably get a kick out of the fact that Hill is a leading the vote as a return specialist and not a wide receiver.

John Harbaugh still carries two-word message from Andy Reid | ESPN

Harbaugh, a longtime special-teams coach with the Eagles, remembers walking into Reid’s office in their first year together and always seeing a 3-by-5-inch card right behind his desk. It had two words written on it: “Don’t Judge.”

Aly joins 610 Sports | 610 Sports

We are very happy to be joined by Ashley Scoby freelance writer, Aly Trost of Arrowhead Pride, and Leigh McNabb of 99.7 the Point to discuss Kareem Hunt. All we’re really after here is sitting back and listening and we hope you will as well.

Chiefs Keys to a Win | 610 Sports Radio

Lamar Jackson at quarterback changes a lot of things for both the Chiefs and the Ravens. If KC wants to grab their 11th win of the year and clinch that playoff spot, here is what they are going to have to do on Sunday

Chiefs Toub not worried about Butker after missed PATs | The Wichita Eagle

Kansas City Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub isn’t worried yet about kicker Harrison Butker and missed points after touchdown this year. “We want to 100% on those, but the numbers do catch up with you,” Toub said.

2018 NFL All-Rookie Team, offense: Saquon at RB | NFL

Returner: Tremon Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

The sixth-round draft pick has pulled off a convincing Tyreek Hill impersonation on kickoffs, averaging 27.9 yards per return. Jets veteran Andre Roberts (665) is the only player with more kickoff-return yards than Smith’s 642 this season.

Will Travis Kelce break Gronk’s record? | PROPS | Yahoo! Sports

Travis Kelce needs 246 yards to break Gronk’s all-time single season receiving record for a tight end. Sarh and Santino debate OVER of UNDER 246 yards for Kelce the rest of the season.

Do any of NFL’s seven 6-6 teams have real hope? Ranking their playoff viability | USA Today

1. Denver Broncos

After a Rocky Mountain start, QB Case Keenum is turnover-free the past four games, helped largely by the performance of rookie Phillip Lindsay, now the AFC’s No. 1 rusher. And there’s certainly a solid opportunity to catch the Ravens (7-5), who currently hold the AFC’s second wild card but also have upcoming road trips to Kansas City and Los Angeles to face the Chargers.

Around the league

Derrick Henry ties Tony Dorsett’s NFL record with 99-yard TD run vs. Jaguars | USA Today

Henry burst through the left side of the line of scrimmage, gave a soul-crushing stiff arm to A.J. Bouye, then tossed aside Leon Jacobs and finally out ran Myles Jack for the record-tying 99-yard touchdown run.

Alex Smith dealing with infection from initial leg surgery | Hogs Haven

People have been very curious about the lack of updates on Alex Smith and his surgery for his broken tibia and fibula on November 18th. The Redskins QB needed immediate surgery for the open fracture to try to prevent infection. The Redskins original timeframe for his recovery was 6-8 months. Jay Glazer reported the spiral fracture would take closer to 8-10 months.

NFL’s most-needed honor: Why Man of Year Award is so crucial | NFL

“It gives you an enormous amount of credibility,” Esiason said. “Everybody figures if you’re the man of the year at the NFL, the NFL has done its due diligence. They knew who you are. They’re not just picking anybody. I owe a debt of gratitude to the NFL for their platform. There is nothing like it. I can get into any boardroom and get any meeting I’d like.”

Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott surprised NFL fined him for Salvation Army celebration: ‘That’s on them’ | CBS Sports

“I mean, I didn’t really expect a fine,” Elliott said, per The Dallas Morning News. “Really don’t care about the fine. It’s all for a good cause. We’re trying to bring awareness to the Salvation Army. If the NFL doesn’t like that, then, that’s on them. I’ll pay their little fine.”

Christmas Music, Twizzlers and Long Walks: The N.F.L.’s Obsession With Superstition | The New York Times

Some players openly acknowledge their devotion to elaborate pregame rituals, including the time-consuming, pedantic left sock/right sock progression that is apparently still in vogue.

Richard Sherman slams Redskins for not calling on Colin Kaepernick | Yahoo! Sports

Kaepernick has filed a collusion grievance against the NFL for this very reason: it seems like a coordinated effort to keep him out of the NFL. The excuses keep getting less believable, too. Redskins coach Jay Gruden recently said that they decided to pass over Kaepernick because there was no time to get a new QB caught up on their system, or to install both a new QB and a new system.

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Chiefs sign WR Kelvin Benjamin to a one-year deal, per report

Benjamin, 27, originally entered the NFL as the 28th overall pick made by the Carolina Panthers in the 2014 NFL Draft. Benjamin stayed with the Panthers until they traded him to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for a third-round pick back in late October 2017.

In 18 games over the past two seasons with the Bills, Benjamin caught 39 passes for 571 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The Bills released both Benjamin and Andre Holmes earlier this week.

Chiefs backup center Austin Reiter signed to contract extension (updated with contract details)

Reiter, 27, was a seventh-round pick of the Washington Redskins in 2015. He spent a year on the Redskins practice squad and was then signed by the Cleveland Browns.

Reiter spent two seasons with the Browns, appearing in 17 games and starting just one before tearing his ACL in the game.

Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes see Ravens as big test for Chiefs

“They do a lot of things,” Reid said. “They have been doing that system for a long time, so they are good at it. They are smart players. They added [defensive back] Eric Weddle into the mix, [whom] we [have] seen for a number of years when he was in San Diego. He’s a smart player, and he’s helped in that area. They all play extremely hard. They have a wide variety of pressures they can throw at you. They’re strong up front. They are a deserving number one defense.”

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