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Cowboys-Chiefs has highest preseason over-under at 55 | PFT

We’ve looked at the full-season Westgate lines from the perspective of teams favored in the most games, and in the least games. We’ve taken another careful look at the lines based on the primary wager unrelated to who wins and by how many — the over-under.

Of all 272 regular-season games, the Week 11 game between the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs (who used to be the Dallas Texans) has the highest over-under at 55 points.

The Chiefs have the most games with over-under numbers currently at 50 points or more. Of the team’s 17 games, 14 have numbers set at half-a-hundred or higher.

How soon we forget: Randy Moss was the best deep threat in NFL history | Touchdown Wire

No offense to the good folks at PFF, whose data tools and overall analysis are quite useful, but there are sirens all over the place with this one. The reason? One Randy Gene Moss, whose Hall of Fame credentials were undisputed, and Moss made Canton in 2018. From 1998 through 2012, Moss caught 982 passes for 15.292 yards, and 156 touchdowns. He led the league in touchdown receptions five times from 1998 through 2009, and while we don’t have specific deep-ball numbers yet for greats from the earlier eras like Don Maynard and Cliff Branch, we do have air yards numbers for Moss going back to 2006, per the aforementioned Pro Football Focus.

1 Move Each NFL Super Bowl Contender Can Make to Push Them Over the Top in 2021 | Bleacher Report

Kansas City Chiefs: Sign DE Everson Griffen

Super Bowl odds: +525

The Kansas City Chiefs would have a glaring problem with their pass rush if Frank Clark goes down with an injury. Although the durable six-year veteran has missed only five career contests, the club needs a solid rotation of edge-rushers in preparation for a 17-game season.

Last offseason, Kansas City took a flier on Taco Charlton, but he recorded only two sacks in seven games.

According to Nate Taylor of The Athletic, the Chiefs hope to see rookie fourth-rounder Joshua Kaindoh contribute in a reliable role for the 2022 campaign. However, the Florida State product logged only one sack across his final two seasons in college.

In 2020, Everson Griffen split 14 appearances with the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions, finishing with 33 tackles, seven for loss and six sacks. The 33-year-old is past his prime, but he could push Charlton for the position opposite Clark after the Chiefs lost Tanoh Kpassagnon to the New Orleans Saints in free agency.

Kansas City Chiefs’ Travis Kelce, Mark Donovan among KC Sports Commission award winners | Kansas City Star

Record-setting Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and team president Mark Donovan are among this year’s award-winners, along with Negro Leagues Baseball Museum president Bob Kendrick, former Benedictine football coach Larry Wilcox, retired Bishop Miege girls basketball coach Terry English and Lee’s Summit North High softball player Kinsey Fiedler.

Kelce, who will be honored as this year’s Sportsman of the Year, set an NFL record for receiving yards by a tight end last season, with 1,416, and was named to his third NFL All-Pro team.

The most compelling game from each week of the 2021 NFL schedule | YardBarker

Week 11: Cowboys at Chiefs

Fans of scoring should see their fair share when the Cowboys and Chiefs square off in Week 11. Kansas City has been an elite offense since Mahomes’ arrival in 2018, while Dallas looked like an elite offense when Dak Prescott was healthy early last season.

Around the NFL

2021 NFL MVP dark horses: Don’t sleep on Justin Herbert, Carson Wentz, Jameis Winston | NFL.com

2 - Justin Herbert

Los Angeles Chargers · QB

It’s wild to jog the mental rolodex and recall that Anthony Lynn was riding with Tyrod Taylor before a freak accident pressed the rookie into service in Week 2. That medical misstep launched Herbert’s iconic rookie season, arguably the best ever at the quarterback position. So, yeah, while I’m aware the Chargers have a new head coach and offensive coordinator — changes that could impact a young quarterback’s development — I’m confident in Herbert’s adaptability. And let’s be honest: This coaching staff is an upgrade. As are multiple additions on the offensive line, including free-agent gem Corey Linsley and first-round pick Rashawn Slater. Herbert provided breathtaking play throughout his rookie season, and everything around him is better heading into Year 2.

Speaking of Year 2, we have two recent examples of sophomore signal-callers making the MVP jump: Patrick Mahomes in 2018 and Lamar Jackson in 2019. Don’t be surprised if Herbert joins the club after leading the Bolts to just their third playoff bid in a dozen years.

Antonio Brown undergoes knee surgery, Bucs GM ‘not concerned’ about WR’s health | NFL.com

Brown agreed to a new deal to stay with the Buccaneers earlier this offseason, but the contract has yet to become official because Brown must first pass a physical, coach Bruce Arians said during an appearance on The Pewter Report Podcast. The procedure will require a few weeks of recovery before Brown can return to football activities, per Rapoport.

Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht told JoeBucsFan.com’s Ira Kaufman he wasn’t worried about Brown’s status entering 2021, saying it’s simply a matter of time before Brown is under contract.

“No, not concerned,” Licht said. “The plan all along is to have him come in — I think he is coming in Monday to sign.”

Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Burrow on track to return for Week 1, Dr. Neal ElAttrache says | ESPN

“He’s on track for full go for start of the season,” ElAttrache, who operated on Burrow in December, wrote in a text. “He’s doing all the work. He’s worked his tail off and been an amazingly mature participant in his recovery. He’s focused and great to work with.”

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2 Chiefs players firmly on the 2021 roster bubble

Stags: Antonio Callaway

We usually think of players being on the bubble as a negative thing — but players on a reserve/future deal are aspiring to be on the bubble because it means they have a chance of making it onto the roster.

In a lot of ways, Callaway feels like a long shot — but he has recently received a little bit of love from the Chiefs’ coaching staff. In the past, Callaway has had production with other teams — and in Ron’s current 53-man roster projection, the sixth wide receiver spot is available. Until proven otherwise, Callaway could be the front-runner for the position.

Ron has pointed out Callaway’s lack of special-teams experience — but that might not be an issue. Other receivers like Demarcus Robinson, Byron Pringle — and potentially rookie Cornell Powell — could make up for what Callaway doesn’t contribute in that phase of the game.

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