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The Hot Read, Week 16: How the Ravens Stopped the 49ers | The Ringer

One hundred ninth: That’s where this Patrick Mahomes game ranks by EPA per drive among all his career starts. (He’s started 109 games.)

The bells are ringing, the horns are blaring, and the Chiefs Offensive Consternation Train is leaving the station.

I’ve spent all season on Chiefs Are Gonna Be Fine Boat. I’ve acknowledged that this Chiefs offense is worse than it’s been in seasons past, and worse than it should be, given how good Mahomes is—but I’ve still believed that Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid can lift the unit come playoff time. This is my last chance to switch sides, but I think I’m gonna stay on this boat. I won’t be surprised at all by a competent Chiefs offense in the playoffs, as Reid pulls trick after trick out of his sleeve to keep this unit afloat.

But man, from my view on Chiefs Are Gonna Be Fine Boat (which is increasingly becoming Chiefs Are Gonna Be Fine Island), this is harrowing stuff. Mahomes is second-guessing reads and open receivers like I never thought he would, and the offensive line is a legitimate liability. Kansas City needs to rediscover its running game, badly.

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Latest First-Round Predictions After Week 16 | The 33rd Team

25. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Troy Frankllin, WR

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 187 pounds

Class: Junior

Fit: Another week, another disappointing outing for the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense. This unit lacks size, speed and reliability throughout the depth chart.

Troy Franklin brings reliability, college production and the ability to affect all three levels of the field for Mahomes.

NFL Week 17 playoff clinching scenarios: Bills, Seahawks, Bucs, more seeking berths | The Athletic

Kansas City Chiefs (9-6)

Week 17 opponent: vs. Cincinnati (8-7); Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

Kansas City clinches playoff berth and AFC West division title with:

KC win or tie OR

LV loss or tie + DEN loss or tie

One thing we learned about each NFL team in Week 16: Dolphins shed popular narrative, Ravens expose 49ers | CBS Sports

Kansas City Chiefs

The inconsistent offense is getting to Patrick Mahomes: This has been trending in that direction in recent weeks, but the problems came full circle for Mahomes in Monday’s loss. Mahomes was pressured on 22 dropbacks and went 5 of 13 for 31 yards with a touchdown (72.3 rating), also having a dropped interception. The Chiefs offensive line gave up 18 pressures and had Mahomes scrambling for his life, adding to his frustration. Receivers can’t get open and the turnovers are piling up, as Mahomes played a significant role in both the Raiders’ defensive touchdowns. Mahomes is trying to do way too much, but he may not have a choice.

Grading all 31 first-round picks after Week 16 of the 2023 NFL season | PFF

PICK NO. 31: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: EDGE FELIX ANUDIKE-UZOMAH

Overall Rookie Grade: 52.5 (Rank: N/A)

Principal Opponent: Jermaine Eluemunor

Week 16 Snaps: 4

Week 16 Grade: 56.0

Anudike-Uzomah didn’t record any pressure across four pass-rushing snaps in the Chiefs’ upset loss to the Raiders.

Around the NFL

Patriots’ Bill Belichick has expressed doubt about his future in New England to staff, per report | CBS Sports

Belichick has expressed doubt about his future in New England to his staff at various points over the last few weeks, according to the Boston Sports Journal. The report adds that the head coach has yet to sit down with ownership to discuss what the future may bring once the 2023 campaign officially comes to a close.

Publicly, Belichick has largely dismissed any questions regarding his future, but there has been plenty of smoke that Robert Kraft could part ways with the legendary head coach after this year. CBS Sports lead NFL insider Jonathan Jones reported earlier this month that people around the NFL believe Belichick is coaching in his final games with the Patriots, but the manner of his departure is the only true mystery yet to be revealed.

What we learned in NFL Week 16: Browns’ secret weapon; Bills’ bumpy ride | FOX Sports

8. Sam Howell’s slide is dragging Eric Bieniemy down with him

There was only one reason why Eric Bieniemy left his great situation in Kansas City for the chaos and uncertainty in Washington. He saw it as a necessary step on his long, tortured quest to become a head coach. He could run his own offense, develop his own quarterback and prove his worth outside of Andy Reid’s shadow.

It might have worked, too — if only his quarterback and offense hadn’t collapsed.

The 54-year-old Bieniemy will soon be out of a job, along with the rest of Ron Rivera’s staff, and with new owner Josh Harris apparently intent on a total housecleaning, he’s unlikely to be Rivera’s successor. And the way things have gone with quarterback Sam Howell and the Commanders over the past month or so, it’s hard to imagine many of the teams looking for a new head coach this offseason will be knocking on Bieniemy’s door.

That was always the risk when he chose to leave a Super Bowl contender for a Commanders team in transition. But Rivera promised him total control of the offense, an “assistant head coach” title and real responsibilities that would help prepare him for the top job.

In case you missed it on Arrowhead Pride

NFL Power Rankings Week 17: Chiefs plummet as Ravens reach the summit

11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (18th)

Remember when we were saying that the Buccaneers should trade Mike Evans to Kansas City because of how bad they were? What a time to be alive.

12. Seattle Seahawks (17th)

Still looks safe for a playoff spot.

13. Jacksonville Jaguars (10th)

Destined for a first-round exit in the playoffs.

14. Houston Texans (11th)

The CJ Stroud injury has ruined their season.

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