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“It’s Their Super Bowl”- Travis Kelce Takes a Dig at Las Vegas Raiders ahead of Sunday’s Meeting | Essentially Sports

The reigning Super Bowl champions are slated to go up against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, and Kelce’s thirsting for retribution. “A lot of people care about this game. Like it is their Super Bowl.

“I’m not gonna say that on a pair. That’s how they acted by doing two laps around the stadium when they want it. Personally, I take pride in, in every single division game that we play knowing that the fans you know, it’s everything to get those division wins.

“On top of that it’s the goal if the goal is the first step in getting into the playoffs, winning the division, but you got to get excited week-in week-out. But especially in the division, you got to take care of this. This week against the Raiders,” Kelce said on the show.

Pro Bowl will be held virtually on ‘Madden NFL 21’ following cancellation of in-person event | CBS Sports

Instead of taking place in Las Vegas at the new Allegiant Stadium on Jan.31, 2021, this year’s Pro Bowl will be held virtually and played on “Madden NFL 21.” In October, the league canceled the in-person event due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“Even amidst unparalleled change across the sports industry, we are excited to transition many of the signature components of the Pro Bowl — which will go virtual in ‘Madden NFL 21’ — into a new innovative experience for our players and fans,” Peter O’Reilly, executive vice president of club business and league events at the NFL, told the Associated Press.

While the actual Pro Bowl date has not yet been determined, it will still feature some of the best players in the league controlling themselves on the video game.

“You can imagine Patrick Mahomes playing as himself as an AFC quarterback against Aaron Donald on the NFC side,” O’Reilly said. “So bring those type players to the game and allow celebrities and others to be part of that virtual game and obviously allow fans to see that and be part of it.”

RB Index, Week 11: Why Alvin Kamara should be MVP front-runner | NFL.com

6 - Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Kansas City Chiefs · Year 1

2020 stats: 9 games | 126 att | 586 rush yds | 4.65 ypc | 2 rush TDs | 28 rec | 224 rec yds | 1 rec TD

The Chiefs have had this Week 11 game vs. the Raiders circled on the calendar since losing to the division foe in Week 5. The Raiders held Kansas City to just 80 rush yards (CEH had 40 yards on 10 carries) in that game. That must improve if the Chiefs want a different result this time around.

Pete Prisco’s NFL Week 11 picks: Packers and Eagles among underdogs to win, Dolphins keep rolling and more | CBS Sports

Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders

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Chiefs -7

The Raiders beat the Chiefs earlier this season in a high-scoring game. The Chiefs seemed to have righted things since then, but the Las Vegas defense has made strides as well. The Raiders won’t win this time, but they will keep it close. Patrick Mahomes will continue his MVP push with a big game.

Pick: Chiefs 31, Raiders 27

Report: Cowboys sign defensive lineman Breeland Speaks to practice squad | Blogging the Boys (Dallas Mavericks SB Nation site)

The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly signed defensive lineman Breeland Speaks to the practice squad

As noted, there are spots on the defensive line these days, especially in the aftermath of the Everson Griffen trade and with the season looking a bit lost, where it doesn’t hurt to see a rotation of guys and experiment a little. We have known the Cowboys to kick the tires on players that were once viewed as prominent but were out of the game (see Aldon Smith as an example) and it appears that they are doing that again as they have reportedly signed Breeland Speaks to their practice squad.

Week 11 QB Power Rankings: Kyler Murray leapfrogs Russell Wilson as Tom Brady, Tua Tagovailoa also move up | CBS Sports

1 - Patrick Mahomes

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS QB

The best QB in the NFL, not only in 2020 but in general. The Chiefs are Super Bowl favorites (again) primarily because of him. And to think he’s seemingly barely had to try for much of this year? Yeah, No. 15 remains otherworldly.

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Emmanuel Ogbah hopes to stick in Miami after breakout campaign | NFL.com

“I’m tired of moving,” Ogbah said this week, via the Palm Beach Post. “I don’t want to move no more. So God willing, if it be Miami, then I’ll be thankful for it. I’ll be happy for it.”

Added Ogbah: “Every time you get drafted by a team, you want that team to be your home. You want to stay with that team for life. But everything happens for a reason. It’s just been a journey. I’ve had my ups and downs.”

The former first-round pick is currently on a big up. His career-high 8.0 sacks are tied for fourth overall in the NFL through nine games (Myles Garrett, 9.5; T.J. Watt, 9.0; Aaron Donald, 9.0; Za’Darius Smith, 8.0).

Second opinions confirm injuries for New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, source says | ESPN

Doctors have not yet determined a time frame for Brees’ return, according to the source, and Saints coach Sean Payton declined to offer any updates on the quarterback position on Wednesday morning.

“No update,” Payton said on his teleconference with the media before joking, “I’m eating a bagel. I was hoping to be chewing it when you asked.”

Payton told reporters on Monday that it wouldn’t benefit the Saints to announce their starting quarterback early in the week — though he did suggest on his weekly WWL Radio show on Monday night that both Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill would be part of the plan if Brees were unavailable.

The NFC West Will Come Down to the Wire | The Ringer

Since the 2002-03 season, when the NFL expanded to four divisions per conference and began allotting two wild-card playoff spots per conference, there have been seven instances when three teams from the same division advanced to the postseason. The last occurrence was after the 2017 season, when the NFC South sent the Saints, Panthers, and Falcons; New Orleans (division winner) and Carolina both finished 11-5, and Atlanta went 10-6. This season marks the first in which the NFL expanded the playoffs to 14 teams, which means a division sending three representatives is likely to occur again in the future. What makes this year’s NFC West race special, however, is that each of its best squads are within reach of the conference’s no. 1 seed, which the 7-2 Saints and Packers are currently tied for. Thursday night’s rematch between the Cardinals and Seahawks, therefore, will not only have massive implications on the NFC West, but the entire conference’s playoff picture. Which club has the most viable path toward winning the division? Here’s how each team stacks up the rest of the way.

In case you missed it on Arrowhead Pride

Ferrell didn’t seem to think he would be playing in Sunday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs, per his official Instagram story on Tuesday.

Ferrell’s presumed upcoming absence against the Chiefs is significant based upon his performance in Las Vegas’ 40-32 win over Kansas City back in Week 5. It could be argued that Ferrell was the Raiders’ best player in that game, as he picked up nine pressures of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. He also registered three tackles and a pass defensed in the game.

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