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5 things Colts fans should know about the Kansas City Chiefs | Indy Star

The Chiefs are second-to-last in the league in stopping the run, allowing 5.0 yards per rush, and Marlon Mack is coming off a Colts’ playoff record 148 rushing yards in Saturday’s 21-7 victory over Houston. Mack has rushed 219 times for 1,056 yards and 10 touchdowns in just 13 games this season.

Colts and Chiefs? Oh, they have a playoff history | FOX59

For a fifth time, the paths of the Indianapolis Colts and Chiefs cross in the playoffs. The ugly truth for Kansas City: it’s 0-4 against the Colts, including 0-2 in the friendly confines of Arrowhead Stadium.

Colts vs. Chiefs preview: Can Andrew Luck engineer upset against Patrick Mahomes? | USA Today

Elements of familiarity: Though Colts coach Frank Reich never served as an assistant under Chiefs coach Andy Reid, there should be plenty of overlap and familiarity between both staffs. That’s because Eagles coach Doug Pederson, whom Reid closely mentored both as a player and coach, was Reich’s boss in Philadelphia from 2016-17. Reich has indicated how influential Pederson has been in his own rise in becoming an NFL head coach, and Reid’s fingerprints are all over the scheme Pederson and Reich ran while both worked in Philly.

Frank Reich leads Colts to comprehensive beatdown of Texans | NFL

Chiefs in Kansas City -- his players were unabashedly pumped about the franchise’s first postseason victory in four years. And before leaving the area outside the locker room on a golf cart, Colts owner Jim Irsay was positively giddy.

Are the Colts Quietly the Best Team in the AFC? | Bleacher Report

The Chiefs, whom Indianapolis faces next weekend at Arrowhead Stadium, aren’t nearly as good on defense. Philip Rivers isn’t as mobile playing behind a more susceptible offensive front. The Ravens don’t have much of a downfield passing attack. The Patriots aren’t as explosive, either, after losing Josh Gordon to an indefinite suspension.

Tyreek Hill hit with $10k fine for taunting | Larry Brown Sports

Hill was hit with a fine of just over $10,000 for taunting during the regular season finale against the Oakland Raiders.

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Eagles come back to defeat Bears, will face Saints | NFL

Cody Parkey confidently split the uprights to give Chicago a 18-16 lead with just seconds remaining. The former Eagles special teamer would have been carried off the field as a conquering hero had Eagles coach Doug Pederson opted against “icing” a kicker who had already misfired on 10 different opportunities this season, including one game in which Parkey was rejected by the upright four times.

Bears K Cody Parkey on missed game-winning field goal attempt: ‘I feel terrible’ | Sporting News

“I feel terrible,” Parkey said, via NFL.com. ”There’s really no answer to it. I thought I hit a good ball.”

Report: Ravens Expected to Trade or Release Joe Flacco During Offseason | Sports Illustrated

The Super Bowl XLVII MVP is likely to land a starting role in 2019 outside of Baltimore, per Rapoport. Flacco went 4–5 as a starter this season, throwing for 2,465 yards and 12 touchdowns. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh complimented Flacco on Sunday, telling the media, “Joe’s going to have a market, a lot of teams are going to want Joe.

Here’s All You Need To Know About Los Angeles Chargers, The Patriots’ Next Opponent | CBS Boston

And that was just a continuation of their road excellence this season. Officially, they’re 7-1 on the road, but they’ve actually been better than that. That road loss came against the Rams … in Los Angeles. That was a 12-mile road trip up the 110.

2019 NFL Draft order: Raiders get No. 24 pick after Bears fall to Eagles, Cardinals set to pick No. 1 | CBS Sports

upgrade the offensive line after a season where Deshaun Watson was sacked an NFL-worst 62 times during the regular season and three more times in the playoff loss to the Colts. The Seahawks will have to decide if run, run, run is the most effective strategy when you have Russell Wilson, and they’ll also need to reinforce the defense. The Ravens will need to figure out the best way to build around their new franchise QB.

Allen Hurns: ‘I’ll be good to go’ by start of season | NFL

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters that Hurns suffered a dislocated left ankle in addition to fractures and underwent surgery following the win.

”I’ll be good to go by the beginning of the season,” the wideout told NFL Network’s Jane Slater post surgery on his broken fibula.

Eagles’ playoff win nets Nick Foles $1M incentive | NFL

When the quarterback restructured his contract this offseason it was laden with incentives. Foles earned $500,000 for playing 33 percent of the snaps in a playoff game and another $500,000 for the victory. Bang! $1 million.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Former Chiefs safety Johnny Robinson may join Tony Gonzalez in the Hall of Fame in 2019

Robinson was named to the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1974. Drafted in the first round by the AFL’s Dallas Texans and the NFL’s Detroit Lions in 1960, he decided to join the Chiefs, and played halfback for two seasons before switching to safety.

Patrick Mahomes Week 17 film review: something improved and something needing improvement

The vast majority of the deep ball struggles have been middle-field throws. For some reason, Mahomes hasn’t connected on many throws that are going over the top of the entire defense. It’s odd. While this throw wasn’t in the middle of the field, seeing him connect with Hill over the top was a positive sign. If the opportunity presents itself in the playoffs, the Chiefs can’t afford to miss these kinds of throws. The margin for error is about to become much slimmer.

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