In Week 3, a record 20 of the 32 starting quarterbacks were 27 or younger. Draft classes after Brady, Brees and Rivers may not have produced players able to emulate their peers’ achievements but playoff-bound QBs Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson have provided plenty of early encouragement.
Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.
Mahomes won the MVP in his second year in the league for Kansas City in 2018, and Jackson could accomplish that feat this season after leading Baltimore to the NFL’s best record at 14-2.
10 percent chance (implied money line: +850, implied odds: 9-1)
The Chiefs finished the regular season with a six-game winning streak, earning the No. 2 seed in the AFC and a first-round bye in the playoffs. Give most of the credit to the defense. A liability for most of the season, Kansas City stood tall in December, holding opponents to six points per game fewer than expected after accounting for the down, distance and field position of each play. The Chiefs had allowed between two and three points per game more than expected in the three months before that.
28. Kansas City Chiefs: Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin
Protecting Patrick Mahomes needs to be the chief priority for Kansas City. A player like Biadasz can play all three interior positions, but he’s best at center.
Earlier this year, Whitney Wells, an elementary school student, was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
While undergoing treatment this summer, she had a special opportunity to meet with members of the Kansas City Chiefs, including quarterback Patrick Mahomes, during the team’s training camp in St. Joseph.
It was there that the star quarterback picked up a very special light blue-colored bracelet as part of Whitney’s battle.
It was a bracelet that Mahomes continued to wear throughout the season on his left arm.
To reach Super Bowl 54: +200
To win Super Bowl 54: +450
If not for the Ravens, the Chiefs would likely be Super Bowl favorites. They are third on this list behind the Ravens and 49ers, but it’s simply because they likely have to get through Lamar Jackson and company to reach Super Bowl 54.
Overall, Hardman is averaging 55.9 yards on his seven touchdowns this season when combining his offensive and special teams scores.
Hardman already earned himself a trip to the Pro Bowl as a return specialist prior to his touchdown on Sunday, and now with some additional hardware on the mantle, the 21-year-old Hardman continues to put together an impressive rookie campaign.
“We’ve got a lot of confidence, man. Defense is balling and our offense is getting things rolling,” Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill said. “We’re the hottest team. We have the most swag in the AFC.”
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“Yes, we do [feel comfortable with Trubisky as the starter],” Pace said. “I think with Mitch, as we go through it, we need more time in the coming months to evaluate everything, but the first thing that comes to mind for me is just consistency. You see moments, you see games, but for him [the issue is] stringing together better consistency. So you have the peaks and valleys. We just need to flatten that out.
“We came out of our AFC Championship Game season of 2017 by making a four-year commitment to the collective leadership of our football operations,” Khan said. “Only two seasons have passed and one change from that leadership team has already been made. I want to see what we produce under a new organizational structure in 2020. Goals have been established. Accountability will be paramount.”
According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is practicing today, and will play in Saturday’s wild card game against the Bills.
Watt was designated to return from IR last week, with the hope that he’d be ready to go in the postseason.
Rivera’s hire supplies Washington with an experienced head coach for a team dotted with young talent, starting with its quarterback, Dwayne Haskins. The Redskins will also have the No. 2 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to spend on whatever need it deems most important. With Rivera’s defensive background considered, perhaps Washington selects Ohio State havoc-wreaker Chase Young to add an injection of pass-rushing power to its bottom-10 defense.
“I know he’s due for an update around the first of February that will be significant in terms of mapping out what’s next,” Tomlin said.
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Like GM Scott Pioli four years ago, Reid was the biggest name on the market (with a nod to Chip Kelly). Reid was said to have been “95 percent” sure to be heading to Arizona at one point but he never got on the plane to Arizona. The Cardinals later asked for permission to interview Todd Haley, a sign that they moved away from Reid.
Reid was connected to other jobs, like San Diego, where he has a home, but those rumors never got as serious as the ones with the Chiefs did. — Joel Thorman
“We’ll actually put the pads on and work fundamentals,” said Reid. “It gives us an opportunity for the ones to work against the ones and get some work there. Short and sweet, but it gives the guys the opportunity to get some good fundamental work in, which you need to kind of re-tool as you get to the end here. We’ll do that.”
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