There’s a major flaw for each of the AFC’s top 4 contenders | SB Nation
The Chiefs defense is still a mess
I know this is going to sound silly, but having such an amazing offense could be hurting the Chiefs’ defense. While Mahomes was out, the defense was outstanding. When Mahomes comes back, the defense went back to shit. I think mentally the Chiefs defense always knows they can rely on Mahomes to save them. Do I think they purposely play bad? Absolutely not, but I think subconsciously it does matter.
The Chiefs’ defense is a huge negative for their Super Bowl chances.
From Manziel to Mahomes: Ranking this decade’s first-round quarterbacks | Yahoo Sports
1. Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs, 2017, 10th pick): This list is littered with GMs who fell in love with a quarterback prospect and traded away a lot of draft capital to get him, only to be disappointed. It’s also littered with GMs who passed on guys like Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson because they couldn’t imagine how their unique skillsets would translate to the pro game. Luckily for Chiefs fans, GM John Dorsey doesn’t fall under either camp. His foresight of seeing what Mahomes could become and moving up from the 27th to pick him will go down as arguably the best draft day move in NFL history.
Super Bowl 54 odds: Chiefs title chances falling after upset loss to Tennessee, Packers on the rise | CBS Sports
The oddsmakers are not looking too kindly on the Kansas City Chiefs currently and it’s tough to blame them. With Patrick Mahomes back under center in Week 10, you’d think that their odds would be going in a different direction, but the latest Westgate Las Vegas Superbook odds has the AFC finalist from a year ago falling out of the top five and now own the seventh best odds to win Super Bowl LIV.
NFL México gave Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce a quick Spanish lesson | Belleville News-Democrat
NFL México shared a video of the tutorial, which appeared to be shot during training camp at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Missouri.
The pair was taught that Arrowhead Stadium translates to “Punta de flecha,” (actually Estadio Punta de flecha), Patrick Mahomes is “Patricio Mi compa” and Chiefs is “Jefes.”
Watson: ‘Very cool’ to be in next generation of QBs | NFL.com
It’s not lost on Watson that many of the most exciting QBs in today’s NFL -- himself, Mahomes, Jackson, Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott, Kyler Murray -- are African American. A position that was mostly closed to African Africans in the past is offering more opportunities, and it’s changing the context of QB play in the league.
”It’s good. Definitely not the norm, I guess you can say,” Watson said. “It’s awesome to be a part of it and be one of those guys. It’s something that we take pride in and continue to change that narrative and just continue to do it the right way. It really doesn’t matter what race you are, what color you are. If you can go play football, you can play football. If you’re smart, you’re smart, and if you have the right coaching you can go out there and perform, especially playing quarterback. Not something I get caught up into, but it’s definitely that’s the elephant in the room, pretty much.”
2019 NFL Playoff Picture: Here are the projected postseason chances for all 32 teams heading into Week 11 | CBS Sports
4. (AFC West champion) Chiefs
After Patrick Mahomes went down with an injury, the computer never really thought the Chiefs had a chance to earn a first-round bye in the AFC, so the loss to Tennessee on Sunday didn’t really end up hurting the Chiefs. Although Kansas City dropped from the third-seed to the fourth-seed, the computer loves their chances of making the playoffs as long as Mahomes stays healthy. The Chiefs currently have an 80.8% chance of getting in the postseason and 74.3% chance of winning the AFC West. According to the computer, the Chiefs’ only threat in the west is the Raiders, who have an 18.7% chance of winning the division.
QB Index, Week 11: Drew Brees slips, Jared Goff falls from top 20 | NFL.com
T-2 Patrick Mahomes
Individual Rank: Bhanpuri: 4 | Blair: 3 | Filice: 2 | Parr: 2 2019 stats: 8 games | 66.3 pct | 2,626 pass yds | 9.0 ypa | 18 pass TD | 1 INT | 82 rush yds | 0 rush TD | 2 fumbles lost Filice: Still clearly not 100 percent back from the kneecap dislocation that forced him to miss two games, Mahomes returned to action in Mahomesian fashion, throwing for a season-high 446 yards and completing a career-high 36 passes. Yeah, the Chiefs lost the game in Nashville, but don’t blame the reigning MVP, whose three touchdown passes and zero interceptions brought his season TD-to-INT ratio to a sparkling 18:1. The 24-year-old has now played in 25 career games, throwing a mind-bending 68 touchdown passes in the process. (Yep, that’s the highest total through a quarterback’s first 25 games, comfortably ahead of Dan Marino’s 60.) The fact that this generational talent leads the league in passing yards per game (328.3) and yards per attempt (9.0) and yet isn’t No. 1 on this list really speaks to how dynamic Russell Wilson has been this season.
Six pretenders entering the 2019 NFL home stretch | The Comeback
Kansas City Chiefs
They’ll still win the ugly AFC West, but this just isn’t Kansas City’s year. Too many injuries on both sides of the ball, and the defense remains a glaring vulnerability. Remember: They lost back-to-back games even before Patrick Mahomes went down with his recent knee injury. And while Mahomes looks stronger now, the Chiefs face a tremendous uphill battle to catch up with fellow AFC division leaders New England, Baltimore and Houston. Don’t be surprised if they’re a one-and-done playoff team.
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Three ejected after nasty brawl tarnishes end of Steelers-Browns | ESPN
“Absolutely, 100 percent,” he said. “We’ll see how serious the NFL is about their players. ... My man got hit in the head with a helmet.”
Pouncey said he was unconcerned with punishment he could face from the incident, telling reporters he “blacked out” and went into “protection mode” when the fight started.
”At that point, it’s bigger than football,” Pouncey said. “It’s protection. ... He could have killed him. What if he’d hit in him the temple?”
Man faces felony for vandalizing Joe Montana statue at Levi’s Stadium | ESPN
A man has been arrested and charged with felony vandalism for allegedly pulling the face mask off a Joe Montana statue outside Levi’s Stadium on Monday.
Santa Clara police announced in a statement Wednesday that Jorge Alberto Lopez allegedly vandalized the statue, which is part of a two-statue display that memorializes “The Catch” -- when Montana threw a touchdown to a leaping Dwight Clark in the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 10, 1982. The 350-pound statues of Montana and Clark are exactly 23 yards apart, the same distance as Montana’s throw to Clark in the San Francisco 49ers’ victory against the Dallas Cowboys.
Gardner Minshew: I proved I can be ‘a guy’ in NFL | NFL.com
“I think I proved I can be a guy in this league for a long, long time,” Minshew said Wednesday, via ESPN. “I think they believe that. And there’s other things we’re going to get better at so the next time I do get this opportunity, I’ll be ready and I’ll be better and we’re all going to progress together.”
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
Clark Hunt says he supports extending the NFL schedule to 17 games
“It’s something that we have discussed for probably 10 years, going back to the CBA negotiations in 2011, and it is part of the discussions in this current round of CBA talks,” said Hunt. “I do think that it is something that the league needs to seriously consider.”
Hunt said he supports extending the season — but also said he supports reducing the number of preseason games.
“I think reducing the preseason is something that everybody would be in favor of — replacing a game, perhaps two, with one regular-season game.”
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