The Buffalo Bills beat the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday but, with wins from the Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans, the Bills didn’t really gain a whole lot of ground in the AFC Playoff Picture. They are still hoping the Dallas Cowboys can put a dent in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ perfect season, but that would only give Buffalo an eventual path to improvement.
Here are the playoff standings:
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-0)
2. Kansas City Chiefs (8-1)
3. Buffalo Bills (7-2)
4. Tennessee Titans (6-2, 4-2 AFC)
5. Baltimore Ravens (6-2, 4-2 AFC)
6. Las Vegas Raiders (5-3, 3-2 AFC)
7. Cleveland Browns (5-3, 3-3 AFC)
8. Miami Dolphins (5-3, 2-2 AFC)
9. Indianapolis Colts (5-3, 2-3 AFC)
“He’s still fired up at 30-plus,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said, “and wants to be better every day.”
The numbers show that the 31-year-old Kelce is indeed better than ever.
He is on pace to have the most yards of any season in his NFL career. And at his current rate, the number of receptions and touchdowns would at least tie his all-time bests.
Already the only tight end in NFL history with four straight 1,000-yard seasons, he’s on pace for 103.1 catches, 1,376.1 yards and 10.6 touchdowns. The best he’s had in each category is 103, 1,336 and 10, respectively.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
1 -Russell Wilson
Seattle Seahawks · QB
(14 votes: Bhanpuri, Blair, Brandt, Casserly, Chadiha, Filice, Hall, Jones-Drew, Mariucci, Pioli, Rank, Ross, Shook, Thomas)
2. Patrick Mahomes (13 votes: Baldinger, Battista, Bergman, Cersosimo, Goodbread, Grant, Lewis, Parr, Patra, Rosenthal, Sessler, Trotter, Zierlein)
3. Derek Carr (1 vote: Carr)
Round 1 - Pick 30
Trey Smith OL
The Chiefs have very few holes on offense but Kelechi Osemele is an unrestricted free agent after the season and Andrew Wylie will be a restricted free agent. Smith, who played tackle earlier in his career, is a road grader on the interior.
Who’s in play for the open head-coaching jobs?
Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, whose contract expires at the end of this season, is considered the slam-dunk candidate given his experience running Kansas City’s offense as well as the success of Andy Reid’s coaching tree. It’s easy to see Bieniemy taking over the Texans and working with another excellent young quarterback in Deshaun Watson, but he should draw interest across the league. Other names that should be in play are Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. McDaniels has been linked to Houston because of his relationship with Texans personnel executive Jack Easterby, who spent six years in New England. The Texans have also expressed their interest in Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio.
Around the NFL
As high-risk contacts, Roethlisberger, OL Jerald Hawkins, RB Jaylen Samuels and LB Vince Williams must isolate for five days after their last contact with McDonald, and they cannot return to the UPMC Rooney practice facility for at least those five days. They are allowed to participate in team meetings virtually.
All four will be tested throughout the week before possibly being eligible to play Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
While Roethlisberger is said to have “been diligent” with his behavior around others in regards to the pandemic, he has been seen on the sidelines talking to McDonald without wearing a mask. The two are friends and have lockers close to each other. Roethlisberger, however, has not tested positive.
NFL owners unanimously approved a contingency plan to expand the playoff field from 14 to 16 teams if meaningful games cannot be played due to COVID-19, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. In the event the league is forced to take such action, it will not re-seed teams, according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
This proposed scenario would only become a reality if the league cannot first complete the meaningful games rescheduled in a possible Week 18. Essentially, playoff expansion will only come about as a third option in the event the league cannot complete the 256-game season as scheduled within 17 weeks or within 18 weeks, with the 18th week added solely to complete the 256-game schedule prior to postseason play.
In case you missed it on Arrowhead Pride
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4th) | This week’s big faller
The Saints are the first divisional opponent to ever sweep Tom Brady. That is crazy.
10. Miami Dolphins (13th) | This week’s high riser
After an underwhelming performance last week, Tua was excellent with his arm and his legs against the Cardinals. Old friend Emmaunel Ogbah is balling right now.
11. Arizona Cardinals (10th)
You simply cannot sell kicks short from 48 yards.
12. Las Vegas Raiders (12th)
I think the Raiders are good? (In my best ‘I’m Ron Burgundy?’ voice)
The NFL passed a measure that will reward teams for developing minority executives and coaches. So if one team hires a diversity HC or GM, the team that developed them will get comp picks.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) November 10, 2020
That means a team like Kansas City, which has Eric Bieniemy on staff, stands to benefit.