Chiefs (9-1) at Buccaneers (7-3)
Opening line: Chiefs -3
This will be the 22nd road start of Patrick Mahomes’ career and if the past is any indication, it might be smart to bet on him. In the previous 21 games, Mahomes has gone15-6-1 ATS. On the other hand, one issue with betting the Chiefs in this spot is that they’re 3-7-1 ATS in their past 11 regular season games against teams from the NFC (6-5 straight-up). As for the Buccaneers, they’ve been absolutely disastrous as an underdog. In the past nine games where that has happened, Tampa has gone 2-7 straight-up and 2-6-1 ATS. That being said, one of those two wins came back in Week 6 when the Buccaneers beat the Packers 38-10 in a game where Green Bay was favored by three points.
This game will mark the fourth time that Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes have met on the field. In the previous three games, Brady has gone 2-1 both straight-up and ATS.
Patrick Mahomes is a freaking sorcerer. Imagine being a Las Vegas Raider this morning. You were right there, trying to complete a sweep of the world champion Chiefs. Jason Witten scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:53 left, to put you up 31–28. Your quarterback played spectacularly. You were at home. And Mahomes made sure that none of that would matter. And he did it in seven plays.
• Mahomes to Tyreek Hill over the middle, 10 yards.
• Mahomes throwaway.
• Mahomes to Hill on a comeback, nine yards.
• Mahomes to Mecole Hardman on a deep slant, 16 yards.
• Mahomes to Travis Kelce down the seam, 15 yards.
• Mahomes to Darrel Williams in the flat, three yards.
• Mahomes scrambles right, throws left to the post to Kelce, 22 yards, TD.
Patrick Mahomes a big favorite to win MVP
Mahomes woke up Monday morning as the overwhelming MVP favorite in the betting world.
Mahomes is -118 to win MVP at BetMGM. Next on the list is Wilson at +350. Aaron Rodgers is +550 and nobody else is less than 12-to-1.
Mahomes had already taken over as the favorite to win the award, but his odds hadn’t dipped to minus territory. He was +180 to win NFL MVP last week.
The Raiders game was a signature moment, not that Mahomes needed one. The Chiefs got the ball on their own 25 with 1:43 left, trailing 31-28. Mahomes completed 6-of-7 passes to drive the length of the field, hitting Travis Kelce for a game-winning touchdown in the final minute. The ease of the final drive was impressive, and hopefully that isn’t lost on everyone just because Mahomes makes everything look easy. And he did it as a huge “Sunday Night Football” audience watched a great game.
Kansas City Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill is turning an endorsement into a bigger business opportunity.
Hill is taking an unspecified stake in Grip Boost Inc., which he has endorsed since last year, according to a company release. The Florida-based maker of football gloves and grip gel said Hill also recently designed a signature glove.
The speedy receiver’s Yellow Peace Football Gloves feature a design that allows wearers to show Hill’s “peace sign” gesture on the palms. The company said the design lets him show the gesture while running down the field — without being penalized.
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An MRI showed Burrow tore his ACL and MCL and suffered other structural issues, sources said. Bengals coach Zac Taylor would not confirm the extent of the knee damage but said that Burrow will be out for the remainder of the 2020 season.
Taylor did not have a timetable for Burrow’s expected surgery or a rough estimate for Burrow’s return aside from some point during the 2021 season.
2) This is a mercurial band of Buccaneers with its aging all-star cast on offense particularly inconsistent. There have been times during this season in which Brady’s bunch has been brilliant and others when it’s been befuddling. Most of Monday night was the latter. Brady often looked confounded and out of sorts and at others just looked upset that Leonard Fournette or somebody else had bumbled an opportunity. But the Rams kept letting Brady and Co. hang around and get back in. After Sean McVay conservatively settled for a field goal to move ahead by the final score, Brady was given 2:32 to drive 81 yards to tie or win the game. This was set up for a Brady classic. Instead, Brady threw a jaw-dropping interception and the Bucs dropped to 7-4. It’s possible Brady and the offense are still finding themselves, settling in and that explains such mercurial play. Nonetheless, on this night, the Rams were infuriating in how they let the Bucs hang around, but Brady couldn’t make them pay in the end. When a moment was presented to the future Hall of Famer, he gave it right back. Once again, Tampa’s inconsistency seems to be the only aspect of certainty.
“I have a lot of love for Marquez,” Aaron Rodgers said after Green Bay’s 34-31 overtime loss to Indianapolis, via ESPN. “I see the guy every single day, see how much he cares about it. It happens, unfortunately. A lot of it is fundamentals, carrying the ball, but I’ve had my fair share of fumbles. It was just bad timing, obviously. ... But that stuff happens. He made a big play at the end of regulation to kind of get us going on third-and-10. Disappointed for him, disappointed for us.”
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New England already faced an uphill battle to make the playoffs in 2020, but losing on Sunday to the Texans more or less sealed their fate. It would take a small miracle, and a heck of a collapse by the Bills to change the course of the division at this point, and that’s not going to happen.
We now look ahead to one of the most fascinating offseasons in recent memory for a team. How long does Belichick keep going? Do the Patriots think Cam Newton showed enough to try this again? How do you revamp a roster, with holes everywhere, without the promise of dominating wins or the once-vaunted “Patriot way?” I’m anxiously awaiting it, because I have no real stakes in it and can enjoy it more without the stress of this being my team to worry about.
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Travis Kelce: It seems like Kelce is on this list every week, but it’s just that kind of season for the future Hall of Fame tight end (Yes, that’s weird to say). Eight for 127 and the game-winning touchdown against the Raiders. Nobody does it better than Kelce.
Tyreek Hill: We might be getting spoiled with Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Hill converted 14 targets into 11 catches, 102 yards and a touchdown. He’s as complete as any receiver in the league, as he showed off strong hands and crisp route running against the Raiders. It’s almost unfair to be as quick and fast as Hill and still be as technically sound.
Some are most certainly sweeter than others...— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) November 23, 2020
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