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Mellinger Minutes: Chiefs hit the fun part, and a theme of expectations and perspective | The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs clinched a sixth consecutive postseason, but their seasons long ago stopped being about the first 16 games. This was true for Smith’s last year or two, and it’s obviously true now.

The regular season matters a lot less than the Chiefs’ ability to create the best version of themselves for the playoffs.

Kansas City Chiefs’ Travis Kelce first TE with five 1,000-yard seasons | ESPN

Travis Kelce became the first tight end in NFL history to have a fifth 1,000-yard season on Sunday night in the Kansas City Chiefs’ 22-16 victory over the Denver Broncos.

Brian Flores, Dolphins turn page from Bengals dustup to next game against the Kansas City Chiefs | The South Florida Sun Senitel

The family-first moment of solidarity has the potential to galvanize the 8-4 Dolphins, who have seen their eight wins come in the past 10 games and will face their toughest test of the season when the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs return to Hard Rock Stadium next Sunday.

Five things to know about the Chiefs’ next opponent: Miami Dolphins | The Kansas City Star

Rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa returned from a left thumb injury on Sunday and completed 66.7% of his passes for 296 yards and a touchdown in a 19-7 win against Cincinnati. That was Miami’s seventh win in their last eight games.

Tagovailoa, who throws left-handed, took over the starting job in Week 8. He has thrown for 898 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions. He has completed 86 of 136 passes (63.2%).

Brittany Matthews, Patrick Mahomes’ Fiancée, Among Owners of Kansas City NWSL Expansion Team | People

“As a former collegiate and professional soccer player, I have a true level of appreciation for what these incredible women do on a daily basis,” says Matthews, who played soccer at the University of Texas-Tyler and professionally with Iceland’s UMF Afturelding, in a press release.

Chiefs Marching to The Super Bowl as Sportsbooks Price Them Big Favorites | NFL Draft Diamonds

The Kansas City Chiefs are the big favorites with the sportsbooks and coach Andy Reid has really got his stars firing on all cylinders.

The likes of Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce have become phenomena in the NFL and a huge part of their success. They are the reigning NFL Champions, and they’re looking good for retaining that with a record of 10-1 going into the final few weeks before the postseason.

They’re priced at +125 to win the AFC Championship and +275 for the Super Bowl, while Mahomes is also the favorite to win MVP priced at -400, way ahead of Aaron Rodgers who is backed second with the sportsbooks at +550.

Overland Park will review Whataburger restaurant plans later this month | Kansas City Business Journal

The Whataburger restaurant that city staff currently are reviewing would replace a closed Salty Iguana restaurant within the Overland Pointe Marketplace shopping center in Overland Park.

Around the NFL

It’s obvious that there is only one really good team in the NFL | USA Today’s For the Win

The Pittsburgh Steelers entered Monday night’s game with the Washington Football Team as the only unbeaten team in the NFL. A few hours later they were handed their first loss of the season and one thing was made very clear – there’s only one really good team in the NFL and that is the defending-champion Kansas City Chiefs.’

Pittsburgh Steelers no longer undefeated after blowing 14-point lead to Washington Football Team | ESPN

The Pittsburgh Steelers dropped a lot of things Monday night at Heinz Field, culminating with the biggest drop of all: their undefeated season and an opportunity to clinch their first playoff berth since 2017.

The Steelers fell to the Washington Football Team 23-17, blowing a 14-point lead that was the second-largest blown lead at home in franchise history.

‘My Cause My Cleats’ campaign has taken a foothold in NFL | USA Today

Five years ago, about 500 players participated in the inaugural campaign, marking the first time players could wear custom cleats during games without facing fines.

This year, more than 1,000 players took part, wearing their calico cleats during Week 13 games to raise awareness and funds for various causes. Some players whose teams were on the road last week can wear their cleats at home this weekend. Afterward, they’ll be auctioned off to benefit those causes.

What we learned from Washington, Bills wins on Monday | NFL.com

Have we seen a presumptive No. 1 seed with this much uncertainty and — dare I say it — doubt? Pittsburgh has virtually no rushing attack when James Conner isn’t available, and the aforementioned rushing total proved it Monday night. The Steelers have joined the Chiefs as the top two AFC teams that are absolutely frightened by short-yardage scenarios, as evidenced by a crucial fourth-and-one decision to go for it. Pittsburgh inexplicably motioned its running back out of a shotgun set with two tight ends and an eligible tackle in line, only to throw an ill-fated fade to said running back, Anthony McFarland.

Fantasy football waiver wire targets for Week 14 of 2020 NFL season | NFL.com

“Yesterday” and “today” don’t exist if you never go to sleep. Weeks 12, 13, and 14 have melded together in one long day’s journey into more day. The markers that separate game days from waiver wire days have been stripped away. The lines have been blurred. The season doesn’t stop. The rosters must be filled. The matchups must be examined.

What time is the NFL game tonight? TV schedule, channel for Tuesday night football game | Sporting News

Date: Tuesday, Dec. 8

Matchup: Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens

Location: M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland

Start time: 7:05 p.m. CT

Jets fire DC Gregg Williams in aftermath of last-second loss to Raiders | NFL.com

“I just felt like that was the best thing for our team moving forward,” Jets coach Adam Gase told reporters Monday on a conference call. “Organizationally, we had a discussion this morning and we felt like that was the best move for us to make.”

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Andy Reid roundup: Four takeaways from the Chiefs head coach

“Well he’s doing pretty good, I think. Every week you guys ask me about a record here or there, so I think he’s cooking pretty good. I’d like to eat some of the stuff that he’s cooking if we’re going analogies here because it looks like it’s pretty good. I think he’s OK; I mean we got enough going here it think and it is the NFL and there’s great competition.”

5 winners and 5 losers from the Chiefs’ win against the Broncos

Harrison Butker: We all would have liked to see him kick less, but we should give credit where it’s due: when every point was necessary, Butker went 6/6. The Chiefs’ failures in the red zone turned into automatic points for Butker — even when a phantom penalty set them back another five yards. Sometimes teams will lean on their kicker — and for the second time this season, Butker effectively delivered the win.

With playoff berth, Chiefs tie franchise record

Furthermore, during his first eight seasons in Kansas City, Schottenheimer made the playoffs in only those six years. During those seasons, the Chiefs were 3-6 in the playoffs. In contrast, Reid is already 5-5 (with a Super Bowl victory). He’ll finish the postseason with a record no worse than 4-5, but might complete it with a record as good as 9-5 — and another Lombardi Trophy.

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