Kansas City Chiefs (9-1) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4)
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Opening point spread: Chiefs -3
Tom Brady is the Greatest Quarterback of All Time, but Patrick Mahomes is on his way there. No, it is not too early to talk about it. Mahomes is already one of the greatest athletes we have ever seen in American sports. He came up short in his first two meetings with Brady, including the post-2018 season AFC championship game that was an inflection point for the league, then won the third. The fourth will be Mahomes’s chance to even things up. And unless Brady switches conferences again, plays four more seasons, or meets the Chiefs in the Super Bowl, this will be the last time Brady and Mahomes face off in a game.
Kansas City Chiefs at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs have to shake off the poor offensive showing versus the Rams Monday night against a Kansas City team that is cooking on offense. Can Tom Brady keep up with Patrick Mahomes? Jared Goff carved up Tampa Bay’s defense. Mahomes will do the same. The Chiefs will win a second straight road game.
Pick: Chiefs 30, Bucs 24
Now Baker joins the Chiefs, who have had their players see similar brushes with the law, with differing responses. When Kareem Hunt was caught on video physically assaulting a woman, the Chiefs cut him immediately. In contrast, when disturbing audio of Tyreek Hill threatening the mother of his children surfaced, the Chiefs waited out the social media firestorm that included many predicting Hill would never play in the NFL, let alone for the Chiefs, again. Hill was not only kept on the roster but soon thereafter rewarded with a top-of-market contract extension.
I get it; it is hard to stay the course when the pitchforks are out demanding blood, and the Giants succumbed with Baker. Now Baker, after significant reputational and financial damage, has been cleared of the alleged behavior that led to his release and has found refuge with the Chiefs. But it is fair to wonder how many similar cases, in this 24/7 world of social media, have led to players being released never to meaningfully return to NFL work again. As we approach Thanksgiving, some food for thought.
According to the Chiefs’ roster on their media portal, DeAndre Baker will wear the No. 30 with Kansas City. Baker previously wore No. 27 with his old NFL team, the New York Giants. That number is currently occupied by Rashad Fenton. Baker’s college number, 18, isn’t an eligible number for a defensive back in the NFL. He also wore No. 2 in high school, which isn’t eligible. There’s really no telling if there is any significance to his choice here.
Adrian Colbert was technically the last player to wear No. 30 for the Chiefs. Before that, it was second-year CB Alex Brown, who is currently on injured reserve after injuring suffering a knee injury this offseason.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS QB
If you need a last-second comeback — or, frankly, anything — then there’s no one else you’d rather have. It’s so easy to take him for granted because he’s just so dynamic all the time. He’s squarely in the MVP race (again).
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2. (AFC West Champion)
The Chiefs didn’t officially clinch the division by beating the Raiders on Sunday, but they might as well have. According to the computer, the Chiefs now have a 97.2% chance of winning the AFC West. This is usually the part where I’d tell Chiefs fans that it’s safe to start saving for playoff tickets, but I’m not actually sure if anyone is going to be allowed to attend the playoffs this year.
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The game originally scheduled for Thanksgiving night on NBC does not yet have a time or channel for its move to Sunday. The NFL will now have a traditional two-game Turkey Day slate with Detroit hosting Houston in the early game and Washington visiting Dallas in the afternoon match.
“We appreciate the NFL for its diligence in working closely with us to ensure the well-being of players, coaches and staff from both the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers organizations,” The Ravens said in a statement. “Protecting the health and safety of each team, in addition to our communities at large, is of utmost importance. We will continue to follow guidance from the NFL and its medical experts, as we focus on safely resuming preparations for Sunday’s game.”
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Wednesday morning that the Bengals are planning to start Brandon Allen on Sunday against the New York Giants, per a source informed of the situation.
Ryan Finley, who entered the game when Burrow went down last week against Washington, will remain in the backup spot. Finley completed 3 of 10 passes for 30 yards and an INT for a 0.0 passer rating in five drives after Burrow left the game. A 2019 fourth-round pick, Finley went 0-3 in his career as a starter last year.
Glennon’s last appearance came Nov. 24, 2019, when he completed 4 of 7 passes in the Raiders’ 34-3 loss to the New York Jets.
“I think [Glennon] gives us the best chance to win,” Marrone said. “Like I said before, Jake’s going to take a step back, Gardner’s still limited without a full-week workload on. I don’t want to put anyone out there that I haven’t seen do a full workweek. Mike’s experienced, and that’s why we brought him in here, to be able to fill in whenever we need him. So he’ll get his opportunity.”
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C Austin Reiter
Daniel Kilgore stepped in for a few games this season to replace Reiter. It went great the first week against Buffalo and then deteriorated to the point that another change was made. Reiter had one of — if not his best — game as a Chief in the Super Bowl. Hopefully he plays to that level at the end of the year.
RG Stefen Wisniewski
This is an indictment on Andrew Wylie rather than a vote of confidence in Wisniewski. That’s not to say signing the veteran guard won’t pan out — just that we can’t equate everything to what we saw from him last year. Wisniewski is only a few weeks removed from being waived by the Steelers due to an injury. There are so many unknowns with how he’s healed from his pectoral injury and whether he’ll be able to replicate his performance after aging another year. However, the interior offensive line has stayed a mess, and it can’t get worse.