Even with Patrick Mahomes back in the lineup and on top of his game, the Chiefs won’t be able to outscore every opponents. If they don’t clean up their sloppiness on special teams and improve on defending the run, they won’t win the AFC West title for the fourth consecutive season. The Chiefs can be get caught by the 5-4 Raiders, who are a half-game behind and come to Arrowhead Stadium in Week 13.
After additional resources were put into improving those conditions at Estadio Azteca, this year’s Monday night game in Mexico City between the Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers will go on as scheduled on Nov. 18, according to officials familiar with the situation.
This is due, at least in part, to a concerted effort from the NFL to improve the field conditions.
This is a story about a Chiefs player who once played all the basketball, enough that he was — yes, this exists — the No. 1-ranked seventh grader in the country.
“Man, I could do everything,” Reggie Ragland said. “I could shoot, pass, dribble, everything.”
Ragland even remembers making SLAM magazine once — “I was their Big Baller of the month,” he said — but it should not surprise you that Ragland’s hoop dreams quite literally stopped growing.
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I can’t say I blame the fans that sold their tickets to Chiefs fans necessarily. This game was always going to be the matchup that netted the biggest returns for season ticket holders and with the prices of seats lots of people wouldn’t be able to afford the tickets if they didn’t sell a few of the higher profile games off for profit. That being said, it is getting old seeing Nissan Stadium bathed in the opponent’s colors every time a “national” team comes into town.
Creed Humphrey, OL, Oklahoma, 6’5” 316 lbs
Kansas City has some deficiencies along their offensive line, specifically up the middle. Humphrey is a brick wall.
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A Super Bowl participant just three years ago, Atlanta has since fallen on hard times, shuffling around the coaching staff in recent days -- a move akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic -- in an effort to save Dan Quinn’s hide. At 1-7, the Falcons’ season appeared lost, while in New Orleans, the 7-1 Saints, with Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara back in the saddle, appeared rejuvenated.
And yet, when the field-turf equivalent of dust settled inside the Superdome on Sunday afternoon, Atlanta was victorious -- and in a landslide. The Falcons crushed the Saints, 26-9, becoming the first team to hold New Orleans under 10 points in its building during the Drew Brees era.
Following the loss, which dropped Dallas to 5-4 and a tie atop the NFC East, there was little second-guessing about the late-game play-calling from the Cowboys’ sideline.
”You’ve got to go back and look at the situation, right?” Prescott explained to the press. “You don’t want to leave too much time on the clock for them. I’m not going to question the play-calling. There were opportunities. We’ve just got to do better and execute those plays, simple as that. Every guy in that locker room would say that.”
On the day Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson delivered the longest touchdown run of his career, he joined elite company with his arm, as well.
In Sunday’s 49-13 rout of the winless Cincinnati Bengals, Jackson became the second player in NFL history to produce a perfect passer rating (158.3) in multiple games in a single season. The only other player to do so was Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who had two in 2007.
Florida State currently is in the midst of a coaching search after firing coach Willie Taggart less than two seasons atop the program. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported Thursday that Sanders had emerged as a candidate for the FSU head coaching job.
”I have not spoken to anyone from Florida State regarding this,” Sanders said on his weekly NFL GameDay Prime show. “But let me assure you, I am 100 percent -- 100 percent -- desiring to coach at the next level. And I will.”
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And the defense has improved in certain ways. But improving from 22nd in points allowed last season to 18th going into Sunday’s game — or even 31st in yards allowed to 22nd — probably isn’t enough to really move the needle. That’s the same as going from a D- to a C- in total yards allowed, but only from a C- to a C in the more relevant points allowed.
Travis Kelce (winner) had seven catches for 75 yards and a touchdown — and he could have had more. The Chiefs tight end had another touchdown reception called back on a penalty and yet another sail just out of his reach. There’s a reason he’s considered the best in the league — and he showed it again on Sunday.
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