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Upon Further Review: 10 Quick Facts Following Monday Night’s Victory Over Los Angeles | The Mothership

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes amassed a career-best day on the ground

Mahomes scrambled for 59 yards on Monday night, setting a career-high. He tallied the bulk of that production on three third-down runs, evading the Chargers’ vaunted pass-rush to move the chains with his legs on rushes of 24, 20 and 15 yards.

The reigning league MVP has a reputation for what he can do with his arm, but he kept Los Angeles honest with his running ability on Monday night.

Mahomes: Chiefs’ defense ‘won the game for us’ | NFL.com

After allowing a season-high 35 points in a loss to Tennessee last week, Sorensen’s big INT against Austin Ekeler in the end zone to seal the win has the Chiefs’ defense believing they can build on Monday’s performance.

”We knew he was a threat,” Sorensen said of Ekeler. “We’re going to see that again. This isn’t the last time we’re going to see a good running back come out of the backfield that can catch. It’s good for our defense. You can look back on this game and build confidence.”

Patrick Mahomes Net Worth: How Much Is Kansas City Chiefs QB Earning? | International Business Times

Aside from the guaranteed salary worth $16.4 million he signed in 2017, Mahomes is generating revenue via an endorsement deal. Patrick Mahomes’ net worth and his endorsement deals are estimated to be at least around $26 million, with his guaranteed salary and a handsome $10,086,152 as a signing bonus.

The NFL’s Chargers-Chiefs game in Mexico City has a turf problem, again | SB Nation

While would say the field is not fit for an NFL game, fans in Mexico City generally agree that it’s barely fit for a soccer game, either. Because the stadium is a cultural centerpiece for the city and the country as a whole, it regularly hosts concerts and other non-sporting events that are hard on the turf. Couple that with such a large field needing time to set when new turf is put in, and it’s not a surprise it’s been such a mess.

Colin Cowherd: Kansas City Chiefs Destined to Become Era’s Fakest Contender | Fox Sports Radio

Colin Cowherd: “Every couple years we find a new team that we’re ABSOLUTELY SURE is going to unseat the Patriots. There were LT’s Chargers, the Killer ‘B’ Steelers, Andrew Luck’s Colts, the Texans and their letterman jackets, the Jaguars had a couple cracks, and now it’s Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City… NO. These Chiefs teams are not unseating the New England Patriots. The Chiefs are just a little better than the Raiders. They’re way too reliant on Patrick Mahomes, and they remind me of those Peyton Manning Colts teams which left a lot of Super Bowl championships on the table. Tell me what they do they well?? They design plays brilliantly and Mahomes is great -- I already saw that with Manning in Indy and Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. You’re going to leave a lot of Super Bowls on the table doing that.”

Rob Gronkowski Picks Between George Kittle and Travis Kelce on ‘The Lefkoe Show’ | USA Today

“I like to go with George Kittle,” Gronkowski said. “His game...I just like his game. I said it before: He just kind of reminds me of myself. When he gets the ball, man, he just wants to keep going. Just doesn’t care who’s coming at him...just wants to break through all the tackles.”

Raiders control destiny in path to (gulp) playoffs | ESPN

As it stands now, the New England Patriots (9-1) would be the top seed, followed by the Baltimore Ravens (8-2). The Indianapolis Colts (6-4) would be the No. 3 seed as the AFC South champs and would play host to the No. 6 Texans (6-4) in the wild-card round. The No. 4 Chiefs (6-4) would be the AFC West champs and would host the No. 5 Buffalo Bills (7-3).

All of that means that if Oakland loses at Kansas City (Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is 0-5 at Arrowhead, after all), the Raiders will need some help. But it is too soon to start thinking of such things -- things such as a “trap game” at the Jets.

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Matt Nagy not planning to give up play-calling duties | NFL.com

“What I would say is this,” Nagy said, via NBC Sports Chicago, acknowledging that if he felt he was the problem, “I’ll be the first to tell you, then we need to be better or if there’s a rhythm to something. I have zero ego and I have zero care of giving play-call duties to somebody else. I really do not care about that, and if that’s what we feel like from going through it that that’s what we need to do, then I would do that, I really would.

Antonio Brown posts apology to Patriots owner Robert Kraft | ESPN

Brown wrote: “Mr. Kraft I apologize sincerely to you and your organization! All I wanted to be was an asset to the organization; sorry for the bad media and the drama ! Thank you sincerely AB”

NFL Week 12 Power Rankings: Raiders have legitimate shot at playoffs, not much movement at top | CBS Sports

1 Ravens

They have clearly established themselves as a Super Bowl contender. Lamar Jackson is the main story, but that defense is improving by the week.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Five things we learned as the Chiefs beat the Chargers

It’s time to get off the secondary’s back

On Monday night, the secondary collected three interceptions (defensive lineman Derrick Nnadi got the other one) and eight passes defensed, holding Philip Rivers to a passer rating of just 49.6.

The new safeties are playing a big part. Acquiring Tyrann Mathieu from the Houston Texans and getting rookie Juan Thornhill in the draft has definitely helped. But as our Matt Stagner noted on Monday night, Charvarius Ward has slowly (and quietly) been “proving he’s not the cornerback to be picked on anymore.” Bashaud Breeland has been a solid player, too. And while it took an injury to Kendall Fuller for him to see the field, the play of sixth-round rookie cornerback Rashad Fenton has been a very nice surprise.

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