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NFL Team Needs: Prioritizing Every Roster’s Biggest Weaknesses Entering Week 16 | Bleacher Report

Add Now: TE Zach Ertz

Zach Ertz has been looking for a team for a while now. The 33-year-old isn’t the dynamic pass-catcher that he once was, but he’s a veteran with consistent hands. The Chiefs have been desperate for receivers to step up all season. While Ertz isn’t a receiver in the traditional sense, he would at least give the Chiefs another pass-catcher to work with. Andy Reid is creative enough to get both him and Travis Kelce involved.

Jordan Schultz of Bleacher Report reported that the Chiefs were one of the four teams that were “most in the mix” on him. Maybe it’s time to get a deal done with the playoffs a few weeks away.

NFL top-10 rankings: 49ers hold top spot; Ravens, Lions climb; Cowboys slide | FOX Sports

7. Kansas City Chiefs

Record: 9-5; Last Week: 6

The offense continues to sputter despite Andy Reid’s desperate attempts to tweak and adjust the game plan to accentuate the unit’s strengths. Though the Chiefs put up 27 points against a rock-solid Patriots defense, the offense’s inconsistencies and sloppy play put a lot of pressure on Steve Spagnuolo’s defense to come up with game-changing plays and crucial stops.

Tickets for Potential 2023 AFC Divisional Game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium Set to go On Sale this Week | The Mothership

Single-game tickets for a potential AFC Divisional home game will go on sale to the public at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 20. Single-game tickets for a potential AFC Wild Card home game are currently on sale. All tickets will be sold online at www.chiefs.com/tickets/.

In continuation of the club’s long-standing policy that honors the commitment of the residents of Jackson County, Missouri, Jackson County taxpayers will have a presale opportunity to purchase single-game postseason tickets from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 20. The Jackson County taxpayer presale will take place online only and purchasers must use a credit card with a billing zip code within Jackson County to participate.

NFL Week 15 Hot Read: The Buffalo Bills Are Back | The Ringer

GOOFY red zone plays

There is something to be said for the Chiefs, who have suffered some of the worst breaks with skill position players this season, continuing to come up with red zone designs at the optimal intersection of goofy and effective.

The Chiefs’ first score in their 27-17 win over the Patriots today came via direct snap to RB Jerick McKinnon (with QB Patrick Mahomes beside him in a 3-point stance), who flipped it to WR Rashee Rice on the shovel.

KC Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes Joins Logan Paul, KSI’s Prime Endorsement Team | Arrowhead Report

In an exclusive story from the Hollywood Reporter, it’s revealed that Mahomes will work with Prime on “social media, special events, charitable activations and more, including Mahomes’ charity 15 and the Mahomies Foundation.” The article also reveals that Prime has donated $100,000 to the foundation. Here’s more directly from Mahomes, per Hollywood Reporter:

“Prime is a disruptive brand that has taken over the beverage industry since it first launched. They are gamechangers, and that’s exactly what I strive to be on the field,” said Mahomes in a statement. “Our partnership is a winning play, merging innovation and excellence, setting a new standard both on and off the field.”

Many wondered what Paul, KSI and company were up to when Paul recently posted a picture of himself and KSI at a Chiefs game on his X account. Kansas City hosted the Buffalo Bills on the same day the picture was posted (Dec. 10), leaving the door open for an imminent development to take place. The announcement of signing Mahomes is just that, adding more fuel to the fire that Prime has been spreading throughout the globe since it launched. Prime’s first product, PRIME Hydration, was released in 2022 as a proposed alternative to other sports-type drinks on the market.

Around the NFL

Seahawks QB Drew Lock on game-winning drive over Eagles: ‘Amazing won’t do it justice’ | NFL.com

Having never held a lead and trailing Philadelphia, 17-13, with 1:52 remaining, Lock ran a flawless two-minute drive, throwing on every snap of a 10-play march that went 92 yards for the game-winning score.

“Amazing won’t do it justice,” Lock told ESPN’s Lisa Salters directly after the game about orchestrating the drive. “But amazing also doesn’t do justice what the O-line, what DK (Metcalf) did on that catch, what the receivers did, what Ken Walker, Zach Charbonnet, all game long. The tight ends. It takes a special group to rally around a guy that’s coming into his second game of the year, right? Used to the same thing all year long. Same cadence. Same spin on the ball. Everything. A team like that — not just the offense — the defense to rally around me tonight. That was amazing.”

More amazing still is the flip Lock switched after a somewhat dim performance for the previous 58 minutes. Going into that narrative-turning drive, Lock was accurate, with a 73.9 completion percentage, but it had resulted in just 116 passing yards, and running back Kenneth Walker turning potential losses into big gains had been Seattle’s best hope for production.

Buccaneers’ Baker Mayfield becomes first opposing QB to post perfect passer rating at Lambeau Field | NFL.com

After the win that kept the 7-7 Bucs atop the NFC South, Mayfield downplayed the perfect passer rating accomplishment.

“I’ll be honest. December games are all important,” Mayfield said, via ESPN’s Jenna Laine. “This one was very important, but this one won’t matter unless we hit the reset button and move on to next week. It can’t be more special than any other. It is the most important one now, but enjoy it, and then we will move on to next week. That is the mentality we have to have as a unit.”

Sunday marked Mayfield’s fourth career game with four-plus TD passes and third with a quartet of TD tosses without an INT. It was the first perfect passer rating of his career and the first 158.3 passer rating allowed by Green Bay since 1980 — first at home — per NFL Research.

NFL Week 15 overreactions, reality checks: Are Cowboys a product of schedule? Should Falcons axe Arthur Smith? | CBS Sports

Bills are the most dangerous team in AFC

Overreaction or reality: Overreaction

The Bills have been very impressive over the past few weeks, dropping a close game against the Eagles on the road (they had a 10-point second half lead) followed by a strong win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium and a blowout victory over the Cowboys at home. The Bills are 8-6 and still outside of the AFC playoff picture, but have the look of a team that will be a problem for anyone they face if they make the playoffs.

Are they the most dangerous team in the AFC? The Baltimore Ravens are very good and have tough tests against the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers over the next two games, so time will tell. Buffalo deserves credit for turning its season around where they played three teams with a combined record of 29-13 over a three-game stretch and went 2-1.

The Bills appear primed to make the playoffs in the AFC and will be a problem for anyone they face. But until Baltimore slips up, the Ravens get that “most dangerous team” nod.

Skidding Steelers plan to start Mason Rudolph at QB vs. Bengals | ESPN

The Pittsburgh Steelers plan to start Mason Rudolph at quarterback on Saturday against the Cincinnati Bengals but are leaving “the door ajar” for Kenny Pickett in case he is able to return from a high ankle sprain, coach Mike Tomlin announced Monday.

The Steelers have lost two straight games with Mitch Trubisky starting in place of the injured Pickett and fallen to 7-7. Rudolph replaced Trubisky in the fourth quarter of the Steelers’ 30-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts this past Saturday.

They have lost three straight overall, starting with a loss to the Arizona Cardinals. During that game, Pickett suffered the high ankle sprain for which he later underwent surgery.

Tomlin said Pickett’s rehab is going well, but as of Monday, “Mason Rudolph is the guy with the ball.” Tomlin said Pickett would be limited in practice this week.

In case you missed it on Arrowhead Pride

Chiefs-Patriots: 5 things we learned in Week 15’s victory

2. The team would be better off just cutting its losses

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

The Chiefs can’t keep putting receivers Marquez Valdes Scantling, Skyy Moore, and Kadarius Toney on the field and expect positive things to happen. It’s madness.

Couldn’t just about any combination of players muster the 22 combined yards of offense these guys gave us on Sunday?

We have 14 games of experiential data. It says that when these guys are on the field, negative things happen. If we replaced Valdes-Scantling, Toney and Moore with practice squad receivers Cornell Powell, Montrell Washington and Daniel Arias, would there actually be any drop-off in production? Or would it be just a drop-off in turnovers?

At some point, you have to amputate the gangrenous leg, so that it doesn’t infect the entire body.

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