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Tom Brady is a football robot here to take all our playoff records | SB Nation

Tom Brady has played in more postseason games than 18 NFL teams

Super Bowl 53 will mark Brady’s 40th playoff game. There are 18 franchises that haven’t played that many, including old-money teams and former champions like the Chicago Bears and Kansas City Chiefs. When he takes the field Feb. 3, he’ll have made at least twice as many postseason appearances than eight NFL clubs — the Saints, Lions, Bengals, Panthers, Cardinals, Buccaneers, Jaguars, and Texans.

NFL Hopes He’s the Next Pat Mahomes, but Drew Lock Is Just Trying to Be Himself | Bleacher Report

The comparisons are based on Lock’s Mahomes-esque tendency to extend plays, throw from odd angles and do what Lock called “funky stuff” in the pocket. So, there are some superficial similarities. Still, the comparisons are premature, misleading and a little unfair.

Dee Ford on franchise tag: ‘If it happens, it happens’ | NFL

Ford previously said he wouldn’t mind if the Chiefs took that route with him ahead of the league’s new calendar year, and he double downed on his stance.

”That’s out of my control,” Ford said. “If it happens, it happens, and I don’t mind it.”

Overhaul the NFL’s Pro Bowl selection process? Don’t count on it | ESPN

Fewer players have declined invites in each of the three seasons in Orlando. And this Sunday’s game (3 p.m. ET on ABC/ESPN) will include the league’s likely 2018 MVP, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Additionally, we will see some innovation this year. Efforts to quicken the pace will double as an experiment for potential NFL rule changes in the future. Officials will use a 35-second play clock, rather than 40 seconds, and the clock will run after incomplete passes except when there is less than two minutes remaining in either half.

Chiefs’ Travis Kelce giving Super Bowl tickets to Army veteran from Kansas City | Kansas City Star

USAA, a financial services company for military members and their families, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) are working with NFL players to give service members a chance to go to the Super Bowl.

Tight end Travis Kelce chose Army veteran Patrick Benson, a Chiefs fan from Kansas City, who is receiving two tickets to the game.

Around the league

NFL sees significant drop in concussions during 2018 season | NFL

The numbers, released by the league on Thursday, show a 24 percent decrease in concussions during the preseason and regular season, from 281 in 2017 to 214 this season. The drop was particularly noteworthy in the regular season, when the number of diagnosed concussions went from 190 in 2017 to 135 in 2018 -- a 29 percent decrease. That means the average team would suffer a concussion to a player once every fourth game, while in 2017, it was once every third game.

Football great Joe Montana joins investment in legal marijuana operator | ESPN

Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, looking to hit pay dirt in the legal marijuana industry, is part of a $75 million investment in a pot operator, it was announced Thursday.

Bill Belichick praises ‘explosive’ Rams specialists | NFL

“Every kicking play is an explosive play potentially for the Rams,” Belichick said. “Kickers have big legs, obviously [Greg] Zuerlein’s field goal difference in the championship game. [Johnny] Hekker is a tremendous player, great athlete. He’s a weapon.

Cam Newton has arthroscopic shoulder surgery, Panthers announce | Yahoo! Sports

Newton has arthroscopic surgery on his injured right throwing shoulder, the team announced on Thursday. The Panthers said the surgery was “successfully performed” by team physician Dr. Pat Connor. The team announced no timetable for his return.

Baltimore Ravens Sign John Harbaugh to Four-Year Contract Extension | Sports Illustrated

“I’m very excited with this contract, the opportunity to continue our work here, and I’m humbled by it,” Harbaugh said in a statement. “I am thankful for the support from the Ravens, especially Steve Bisciotti. We’re working hard to make the 2019 Ravens the best we can be. We have an excellent team foundation, and we have a great organization with smart, hard-working people.”

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

The 4-3 Under: How the Chiefs’ current personnel fits

Breeland Speaks is a big winner here, having a true position on the field. His ability to kick inside in the sub package and play the run in the base are hugely beneficial for the Chiefs. Dorian O’Daniel and Anthony Hitchens would be in significantly more comfortable roles for the style of play they are capable of, and that should only improve the Chiefs run defense and coverage ability. Chris Jones is also a big winner, seeing more one-on-ones in the base defense and he too could find snaps in Speaks’ strong-side defensive end role if the Chiefs wanted to develop a more penetrating front on some plays.

Patrick Mahomes named NFL 101 Awards AFC offensive player of the year

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been named the AFC offensive player of the year in the 49th annual NFL 101 Awards. The NFL 101 Awards is the nation’s oldest awards event dedicated exclusively to professional football.

Day two recap from down at the Senior Bowl in Mobile

TCU EDGE LJ Collier is a trash-talking, heavy-handed beast in one-on-one drills. He is everything the Chiefs wanted Breeland Speaks to be. He maximizes his length and shows impressive flexibility for a man his size.

Super Bowl ticket prices drop, and America is counting on the Chiefs to fix the problem

According to the article, ticket resellers were hoping for a matchup between the Chiefs and the New Orleans Saints. Their logic seems pretty solid: it would have been easy for Saints fans to drive to Atlanta to see the game in the city’s brand-new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and Chiefs fans... well, since they hadn’t seen their team in the Super Bowl since the 1969 season, they would have been willing to travel to the game via dogsled to get to a Super Bowl in Anchorage, Alaska; a 12-hour drive to Atlanta in the family sedan (with Chiefs flags flying) would have represented no challenge at all.

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