Through the season’s first 12 weeks, NFL teams scored 24.1 points per game, which put the league on pace to smash the all-time record. Immediately after Rams-Chiefs, scoring dropped. In the season’s final five weeks — the final Thursday night of November and all of December — teams scored 21.6 points per game.
RANKING THE PLAYOFF QUARTERBACKS: Foles over Brady
6) Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs: The MVP favorite has to overcome inexperience and the Chiefs’ porous defense to lead Andy Reid’s squad on an extended playoff run. He’s certainly talented enough to carry the Chiefs as a LeBron James-type playmaker, but he will need to conquer his butterflies to make it happen. With plenty of angst and anxiety running rampant in Arrowhead Stadium after the team’s recent playoff failures, Mahomes will need to be on his game to help the AFC’s No. 1 seed maximize its potential.
Right Tackle: Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City Chiefs
Duh ... My brother Mitch allowed 20 total pressures this season, according to Pro Football Focus. He had only allowed more than two pressures in a game twice this season. That’s not much more to say. He was outstanding this season
The point spread and the previous win over the Texans indicate that a win is clearly within the realm of possibility, if not probability. That would send the Colts to Kansas City, and the Chiefs have regularly struggled at home in the postseason. The Chiefs have brilliant young quarterback Patrick Mahomes and a ferocious offense, but perhaps the worst defense in the league.
It had seemed to be a two-man race between Mahomes and Saints quarterback Drew Brees, but support for Brees appears to be waning.
The Rochester Press-Radio Club announced Thursday that the quarterback, who is the front-runner to be named the NFL’s MVP, will receive the Coca-Cola Sports Personality of the Year Award. He also will be the featured speaker at the club’s annual fundraising charity dinner at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.
Joshua Veach is from Independence, but he now lives in Vancouver, Washington. Veach is so excited about the Chiefs, he wrote a song and posted it on YouTube and Facebook Tuesday.
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“They tell us to tune out the outside, you know, media, stuff like that, but you can’t tune out your family,” Kyle Long told NFL Network’s Stacey Dales on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, I’m playing against my family this week. You’ve got to look at it as just another dude out there. He kind of looks like me, possibly, but on Sunday, we’re not related, so I’ve got to focus on my job.”
The fact he will be the first quarterback to start a playoff game before his 22nd birthday has seemed to impress everyone except Jackson himself.
”I’m here to play football. I was 21 all year,” Jackson said. “So, it’s another game for me.”
It makes sense for the Ravens to move Flacco and his affordable contract rather than outright releasing him. The Jaguars, who dealt with a struggling Blake Bortles all season, make a ton of sense as a trade partner.
Cornerback Jalen Collins, who has previously spent time on the team’s practice squad and active roster this season, takes Winbush’s place. Collins is a former second round pick of the 2015 NFL Draft who played 24 career games for the Atlanta Falcons from 2015-17.
Teams in need of a starting quarterback are going to have some tough decisions to make. The 2019 NFL Draft class wasn’t deep on passing talent even before Oregon QB Justin Herbertdecided to remain in school for his senior season. Players like Duke’s Daniel Jones, Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, Missouri’s Drew Lock, and West Virginia’s Will Grier all have the potential to be legitimate building blocks, but none look like sure-thing Day 1 starters as a pro.
Prosecutors in Florida dismissed a misdemeanor domestic violence battery charge against Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster stemming from an alleged altercation he had with his former girlfriend in a Tampa hotel in November.
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Elo ratings published by FiveThirtyEight.com say that by their calculations, the Colts have a 44 percent probability to defeat the Texans — which means that there is a 56 percent chance that the winner of the Chargers-Ravens game will be traveling to Arrowhead the following week. The Elo ratings say that the Ravens have a 60 percent chance to win that game, so the Chargers have a 40 percent chance to win.
Should things not go as they should at the NFL Honors event on February 2, consider this announcement to be what you base your reality in. Yes, we are going full UCF if the 50 voters for the highest individual honor in football are to make a giant mistake. I’m printing T-shirts commemorating this achievement regardless of what the other AP says.
PFF: Ford finished his season adding two more total pressures to his season total, including one sack and one quarterback hurry against the Raiders. As an edge rusher, Ford finishes with 77 total pressures, including 13 sacks, 17 quarterback hits and 45 quarterback hurries. The 77 total pressures are the most in the NFL among all edge rushers.
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