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Chiefs move on with Moore while Mahomes rehabs injury | Yahoo Sports

‘’You saw production from him for a number of years. He was in those situations where people would debate he should be the starter or the other guy should be the starter, wherever he as,’’ Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. ‘’You saw that ability to start football games and win.’’

Now, his responsibility will be to keep the Chiefs (5-2) on the right track until Mahomes is able to return. An MRI taken Friday revealed no major damage to the ligaments in his right knee, and the team is hopeful that Mahomes could return in four to six weeks - roughly the amount of time until its bye.

Matt Moore goes from assistant coach at Hart to quarterback for Kansas City Chiefs | Los Angeles Times

Moore had been a scout for the Miami Dolphins and starting a stint as an assistant coach with Hart in August when the Chiefs called to seek his return, according to Hart coach Mike Herrington. Moore, 35, didn’t play in 2018. Moore told the Chiefs he needed to discuss it with his family. The next morning, at 5 a.m., Chiefs coach Andy Reid called Moore. The answer was yes.

Then Moore sent a text to Herrington telling him, “I got bad news. I can’t coach anymore. I’m signing with the Chiefs today.”

Rob Gronkowski Names His Top 5 Active TEs; Eagles’ Zach Ertz Snubbed | Bleacher Report

Gronkowski was asked to name his top five active tight ends on Fox NFL Sunday and went with the Kansas City Chiefs playmaker at No. 1:

”Makes the most plays. Always consistent,” Gronk said of Kelce. “No. 1 playmaker. He leads the Chiefs offense. He’s a great player.”

How the Kansas City Chiefs Can Make the Playoffs | New York Times

The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos on Thursday, raising their chances of making the playoffs to 83 percent from 71 percent.

Who are Denver’s options to replace the struggling Garett Bolles at left tackle? | Denver Post

Garett Bolles is still the Broncos’ starting left tackle, coach Vic Fangio said Friday, a day after he was called for three holding penalties (two enforced) and responsible for 1 ½ sacks in the loss to Kansas City.

“Right now he is,” Fangio responded when asked if Bolles would be quarterback Joe Flacco‘s blind-side protector moving forward.

Does Patrick Mahomes’ Injury Seal AFC Title For Patriots? Stephen A. Smith Weighs In | NESN

“Think back to when the Patriots played the Giants just last week or so ago,” Smith said Friday on ESPN’s “First Take. “What happened on that Thursday night? Now, the Giants come out and next thing you know the score is tied and the Patriots run away with it, but you get to (Tom) Brady, you cause a strip-sack fumble, you return it for a touchdown, etc. You see these kind of things. If it were against Deshaun Watson, what would that materialize into? If it were against the Colts with that offensive line, their ability to run the football and put you on the sideline because they’re chewing up the clock, what would that do to you? We’ve seen the Patriots lose in Foxboro before in the postseason even when their offense was considered potent. “So my mentality is, not so fast. Should they be the favorites? Of course, they should. We get all of that. The road to Foxboro, of course. But it is not as if there are not teams — and I said ‘teams’ as in plural — within the AFC that don’t have the necessary ingredients to knock them off. I’ll even go back to Lamar Jackson. Why? Because his ability to run the football from behind center, that is a problem for a team like the New England Patriots. Yes, they can pass cover, but if you’re one of those dudes that will sit up there and run and they got to use somebody to spy on you and he can juke the spy any time he wants to, that’s a problem as well.”

Around the league

NFL notebook: Bengals’ Green ‘still a ways to go’ | Yahoo Sports

Green has yet to play in a game this season since sustaining an ankle injury in July. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection was limited in practice last week before failing to participate in this week’s sessions.

”If I can go, I can go,” Green said, via the Dayton Daily News. “If I can’t, I can’t. It’s no big thing. Like I said from Day 1, if I’m healthy enough to play then I’m going to play. Right now, I still have a ways to go.”

Patrick Peterson forces fumble to help seal Cardinals win | Pro Football Talk

Peterson sacked Giants quarterback Daniel Jones and forced a fumble on a fourth-and-15 with just over two minutes left in the game. Haason Reddick recovered the ball and gave the Cardinals possession in Giants territory. They’d call on Zane Gonzalez to kick a field goal and then held off the Giants the rest of the way for a 27-21 win.

Devonta Freeman ejected for punching Aaron Donald | NFL.com

Running back Devonta Freeman was ejected in the third quarter of Sunday’s tilt versus the Los Angeles Rams for throwing a punch.

Freeman and Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald got into a scuffle after L.A. linebacker Cory Littleton intercepted a pass that bounced off the hands of receiver Mohamed Sanu.

Freeman and Donald grappled, with the massive defensive lineman putting the RB on skates. The frustrated running back then swung a fist. Freeman was eventually taken to the ground by a referee.

Aaron Rodgers throws 5 TDs, runs for another in win | ESPN

Six touchdowns later, Rodgers led the short-handed Packers to a 42-24 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday at Lambeau Field. Rodgers threw for five of them. His fourth touchdown was also the 350th of his career, the ninth quarterback in league history to reach that mark.

He also ran for one and unlike his counterpart on the Raiders’ Derek Carr, there was no pylon fumble to ruin the play.

In the process, Rodgers became the first NFL player with five touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in the same game since Mark Rypien in 1991.

Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa undergoes successful ankle surgery | Roll Tide Wire

“Our physicians performed a successful tight-rope procedure on his right ankle this morning. This is the same injury, but the opposite ankle that Tua injured last season. Tua will miss next week’s game against Arkansas, but we expect a full and speedy recovery.”

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

The Chiefs defense overcame adversity to make a big statement

This was supposed to be the year. Fans have suffered long enough. They finally had the franchise quarterback to mask the deficiencies from the other areas of the team — but there was no hiding the weaknesses now. The most obvious flaw was the defense — and there was little optimism about that unit being able to step up based on their performance so far this season.

Then, on the second play of the ensuing defensive possession, a statement was made. Linebacker Reggie Ragland blitzed on a pass play and was met by the running back in pass protection. His teammate, linebacker Anthony Hitchens, was coming right behind him. Ragland’s initial blitz opened up a free path to the quarterback for Hitchens. A chop to the thrower’s arm sent the ball flying backward — and Ragland was all by himself to return it the remaining five yards for a touchdown and extended the second-quarter lead to 20-6.

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