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Week 12 NFL picks: Eagles unanimously predicted to beat Bills; who wins Jaguars-Texans AFC South gem? | NFL.com

Why Gennaro is taking the Chiefs: One of the biggest surprises of the 2023 season: Kansas City’s offense ISN’T extraordinary. Shoot, lately, it isn’t even ordinary. The Chiefs haven’t scored a single point after halftime in a month. That’s right: Three straight second-half shutouts. In related news, reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes has looked remarkably unremarkable in Year 7, posting the worst numbers of his starting career and failing to even reach 200 yards passing in either of the past two games. What better way to break out of a rut than a weekend in Vegas? No, seriously! In his career, Mahomes is 9-1 against the Raiders with a sparkling 112.5 passer rating. Now, I don’t expect an earth-scorching effort from Kansas City, as this receiving corps isn’t going to resolve its shortcoming overnight. But the offense will indeed hold up its end of the bargain — in both halves — while Steve Spagnuolo’s unit continues to operate as one of the best defenses in football.

Prisco’s Week 12 NFL picks: Jaguars beat Texans in AFC South battle, Saints get key divisional win vs. Falcons | CBS Sports

Kansas City Chiefs (-9) at Las Vegas Raiders

The Chiefs are coming off a tough Monday night loss and now must travel on a short week. The Raiders have looked so much better the past three games, but this is a tough test against a wounded Super Bowl champ. The Chiefs get back on track here.

Pick: Chiefs 27, Raiders 17

A reason for every NFL fanbase to be thankful this Thanksgiving | SB Nation

Kansas City Chiefs: Taylor Swift

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49ers vs. Seahawks score, takeaways: Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel feast on Seattle’s defense in blowout | CBS Sports

Why the 49ers won

San Francisco came out like gangbusters, scoring touchdowns on three of its first five drives. The most notable thing during that stretch was how effortless the 49ers’ offense looked while tallying nine plays of over 10 yards. McCaffrey and Samuel did most of the damage, including some big runs behind left tackle Trent Williams.

The 49ers then slammed the door shut in the second half after the Seahawks made things somewhat interesting. Ahead 24-13, the 49ers’ defense forced a critical punt that set up the offense’s game-clinching drive. San Francisco’s pass rush (led by Nick Bosa’s two sacks) and Charvarious Ward’s sticky coverage of DK Metcalf (who caught just 3 of 9 passes for 32 yards) were two big reasons for the 49ers’ success on defense.

Packers coach nearly nixed Love-Watson play that started big day | ESPN

Jordan Love and Christian Watson went to sleep Wednesday night with the perfect visualization: The Green Bay Packers quarterback and receiver were going to start the Thanksgiving game against the Detroit Lions with something big.

And then coach Matt LaFleur had second thoughts.

“Matter of fact, I almost changed that first play call,” LaFleur admitted after Thursday’s 29-22 upset win at Ford Field. “I was kind of mulling it over quite a bit, and I texted Jordan this morning and told him I was going to change it to something else.”

Love, however, pushed back. LaFleur decided to trust his first-year starting quarterback and his speedy receiver who has, at times, struggled to come down with those plays.

Good thing, because on the first play from scrimmage, Watson played perfectly the deep ball that Love put up for grabs, and it turned into a 53-yard gain. It set up the game’s first touchdown — the third in as many games for rookie receiver Jayden Reed — and the Packers (5-6) never looked back in beating the NFC North-leading Lions (8-3), who came in as 8.5-point favorites.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott feasts on Commanders, turkey legs after four-TD outing on Thanksgiving Day | NFL.com

Following his fourth touchdown pass of the night — a 34-yarder to KaVontae Turpin in the fourth quarter — Prescott and his Cowboys teammates huddled around the Salvation Army kettle near the end zone and pulled out several turkey legs to celebrate the game-sealing score.

The Cowboys’ star quarterback could be seen taking a big bite as he walked back to the sidelines.

“Team effort. Team idea,” Prescott said of the planned celebration after Thursday’s 45-10 victory. “We talked about it, it was probably a two-, three-daylong process. Whether it’d be a 15-yard (penalty), whether coach (Mike McCarthy) would accept it. I actually go talk to coach before every game, and sure enough I caught him as he was talking to Jerry (Jones). So, I mentioned it. Of course Jerry liked it.

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Chiefs-Raiders preview: Patrick Mahomes weighs in on Maxx Crosby

The Raiders are 2-1 since firing former head coach Josh McDaniels. Interim head coach Antonio Pierce stepped into his place and has done a nice job of rallying the team around him. Reid says he’s not surprised by Pierce’s early success, revealing he actually wanted him to be part of his own coaching staff at one point during his Chiefs’ tenure.

“I actually talked to him about coming here one time as a coach,” Reid revealed. “He’s a good communicator, smart, he was a middle linebacker there at the Giants, had a chance to compete against him quite a bit and he ran the show. I figured he’d be probably a good coach if that was the direction he wanted to go; then (Defensive Coordinator Steve) Spags had an opportunity obviously to work with him too, and he felt the same way.”

If the Chiefs weren’t already motivated to get back on track after last week’s debacle, then a rivalry game against the Raiders will do just that. In their matchup last season, Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes got into it with Raiders’ pass rusher Maxx Crosby. The incident went viral after being featured in the Netflix seriess “Quarterback.”

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