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GM says Bills to let Von Miller ‘legal process play out’ | ESPN

Von Miller is at the Bills’ facility and will be available for Sunday’s game at the Chiefs amid an investigation into the alleged assault of a pregnant woman last week, general manager Brandon Beane said Wednesday.

“We weren’t there. We’re not the investigators,” Beane said. “We don’t, obviously, you know, we had our conversations with Von and understood what he believes happened and so, from that standpoint we can’t get into it. It’s an open investigation, and so we’ll just, we’ll let the legal process play out, and he’ll participate like normal in practice.”

Beane also said that the team has been in “constant communication” with the NFL and that the Bills do not anticipate that Miller will be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list. He said that they would allow the investigation to play out and would follow the lead of the NFL.

Colin Cowherd: Kansas City Chiefs will represent AFC in Super Bowl | FOX Sports

Cowherd believes those same stars will align for the Chiefs, as they face an inconsistent Buffalo Bills team in Week 14, followed by matchups against career backup quarterbacks such as Bailey Zappe, Aidan O’Connell and Jake Browning.

“It’s [been] sort of bumpy [with the Chiefs], and then [they will] start putting W, after W, after W,” Colin said. “I think the Chiefs will win this weekend [against the Bills], my money [is] on the 8–4 Chiefs to win the AFC.”

Prisco’s Week 14 NFL picks: Chiefs, Bills get in wild shootout, Cowboys overtake Eagles in NFC East | CBS Sports

Buffalo Bills (+2.5) at Kansas City Chiefs

The Bills come off the bye, while the Chiefs come off a tough loss to the Packers on the road. The Bills need this in the worst way for their playoff hopes, while the Chiefs need it for seeding. This will be a high-scoring game, which will be won by the Chiefs late. It will be a classic.

Pick: Chiefs 34, Bills 33

NFL Week 14 latest buzz, fantasy tips and upset predictions | ESPN

Graziano: Bills (+2.5) over Chiefs. The teams in front of Buffalo in the AFC playoff race are all skidding for one reason or another, and it’s time for the 6-6 Bills to hit the gas. They are coming off a bye week and facing a Chiefs team that just can’t seem to get things together on offense. They went into Kansas City in the regular season last season and came away with a win, so they know they can do it. I think the Chiefs are in a zone right now where they’re looking for answers, and now they have to face a Buffalo team that, frankly, given the standings, needs this game a lot more than they do.

NFL RB Index, Week 14: Top three running back duos right now | NFL.com

9 - Isiah Pacheco

Kansas City Chiefs · Year 2

2023 stats: 12 games | 176 att | 779 rush yds | 4.4 ypc | 6 rush TD | 33 rec | 209 rec yds | 1 rec TD | 0 fumbles lost

In Sunday’s heartbreaker in Green Bay, Isiah Pacheco had his best outing since Week 4, putting up 110 rush yards and a touchdown on 18 carries for an impressive 6.1 yards per attempt. With the Chiefs’ passing attack leaving much to be desired of late, Pacheco has become a focal point. His ejection in the fourth quarter for throwing a punch wasn’t ideal for a team playing catch-up. Here’s hoping he can control his emotions moving forward.

Worst Fits for Top 2024 NFL Free Agents Most Likely to Change Teams After 2023 Season | Bleacher Report

DT Chris Jones: Chicago Bears

B/R Free-Agent Big Board Ranking: No. 1

Chris Jones tops the free-agent Big Board as one of the most dominant interior pass-rushers in the game. He also makes this list as one of the few elite players who feels primed to actually leave his team.

The 29-year-old means a lot to the Chiefs, but they’ve also shown a willingness to let good players go. Last season, they traded away Tyreek Hill before going on to win another Super Bowl.

Jones staged a lengthy holdout at the beginning of the season that resulted in him missing the first game against the Detroit Lions. The Chiefs didn’t end the holdout by extending him, they simply added incentives to the final year of his current deal.

The Mississippi State product recently told media that he understands this could be his final year in Kansas City. After eight seasons with the Chiefs, it’s hard to see him on a rebuilding team.

The Chicago Bears would be contenders. Matt Eberflus’ defense has a 4-3 base, like the Chiefs. Trading for Montez Sweat gives them a pass-rushing foundation that would be enhanced by Jones.

However, it’s still fair to question whether the timelines match up for Jones and Chicago. The Bears are still unsettled at quarterback with the potential to have the No. 1 pick in the 2024 draft, and the jury is still out on Eberflus.

Jones will be looking for a multi-year deal just as he turns 30. He makes a lot of sense for a team competing in 2024, but it isn’t clear the Bears will be that kind of team.

Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa leads 2024 Pro Bowl Games voting by fans | NFL.com

Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, with 59,680 votes, leads all players in balloting for the 2024 Pro Bowl Games Vote presented by Verizon.

Houston rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud (44,095 votes) ranks second overall, while San Francisco running back Christian McCaffrey (43,331), Miami wide receiver Tyreek Hill (39,928) and Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce (38,720) round out the top five.

The San Francisco 49ers lead all clubs in total votes received, followed by the Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore ravens and Philadelphia Eagles.

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Jets head coach Robert Saleh announces QB Zach Wilson will start Sunday vs. Texans | NFL.com

Zach Wilson will get the ball for the New York Jets again.

Head coach Robert Saleh announced Wednesday that Wilson will start Sunday’s home game against the Houston Texans.

“Zach gives us our best chance to win,” Saleh said. “Giving him another opportunity to go prove that.”

The move back to Wilson comes two weeks after the Jets benched the former first-round pick in favor of Tim Boyle. Gang Green demoted Wilson to third-string QB the past two games, with Boyle getting the start and veteran Trevor Siemian as the backup.

After the Boyle experiment failed miserably, leading to the QB’s release on Tuesday, and Siemian showed no better in a relief appearance, the Jets will give Wilson another shot at redemption.

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Chiefs News: Before Bills, rookie Wanya Morris focused on fundamentals

“[I’m] just preparing the same way,” the 23-year-old offensive tackle told a gaggle of reporters in the locker room Wednesday — and sounded like someone who had been playing in Kansas City for a long time.

“Your preparation should never change week-in and week-out… [you have to] keep a routine,” he explained. “That’s all I’m going to do. I’m trying to keep the same routine and prepare the same way… and just make sure I’m hyping in on the little details.”

After Smith left with his injury, Morris played 69% of the team’s offensive snaps against the Green Bay Packers on “Sunday Night Football.”

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