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Kansas City Chiefs favorites to be Cincinnati Bengals WR Tee Higgins’ next team | A to Z Sports

ESPN’s Dan Graziano suggested a week ago that the wide receiver market was going to put the kibosh on a deal getting done soon. The Athletic reported days ago that Higgins won’t negotiate during the season, and he’s expected to hit free agency in 2024 as a result.

According to the folks at, if Higgins doesn’t return to the Bengals, the Chiefs have the best odds to land him at 3/1. They’re followed closely by the Buffalo Bills (4/1) and the New England Patriots (5/1).

Week 2 NFL Picks Against the Spread | The Ringer

Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars (+3.5)

It’s hard—not impossible, but hard—for me to picture a scenario in which the Chiefs begin their season 0-2. They still have Patrick Mahomes. They still have a good offensive line. Defensive tackle Chris Jones is back. And maybe tight end Travis Kelce will play this week. The Jaguars defense did not impress me last week. I feel strongly that the Chiefs will be able to put up points here.

But I like this Jaguars offense. They quietly produced the third-highest success rate behind only the Chargers and Dolphins in Week 1, and Trevor Lawrence performed well. In the playoffs last season, the Jaguars played the Chiefs tough, and that was on the road.

My guess is the public will be all over the Chiefs, expecting them to bounce back, but I like this Jaguars team more than most. Give me the points.

The pick: Jaguars (+3.5)

Chiefs’ Kadarius Toney Rips Pat McAfee on IG: ‘Talkin’ Like He Really Know S—t’ | Bleacher Report

“Pat McAfee be talkin like he really know s—t,” Toney wrote on his Instagram story, calling the sports analyst “goofy.”

Toney’s post follows McAfee’s comments on the wide receiver’s “terrible night” in the Chiefs’ 21-20 loss to the Detroit Lions last Thursday.

“He’s a bum, that’s what everybody’s saying about this guy on the Internet,” McAfee said after the game. “I don’t agree with that. I don’t believe that. I think he had a terrible night. I think it’s going to be a wake-up call.”

Week 2 NFL picks: Eagles unanimously predicted to beat Vikings; who wins juicy Ravens-Bengals bout? |

Kansas City Chiefs 0-1 AT Jacksonville Jaguars 1-0

Why Brooke is taking the Chiefs: Kansas City just wasn’t the team we’re accustomed to seeing last week without superstars Travis Kelce and Chris Jones. Chiefs receivers totaled five drops(!) and the offense converted just 35.7 percent of its third-down attempts, while the defense logged only one sack. Both franchise cornerstones were back at practice Wednesday, as Jones ended his holdout and Kelce returned from injury for limited work. If these two are indeed back on the field Sunday, I have confidence the Chiefs will be better across the board, giving them a slight edge on the road over a more inconsistent Jaguars group. That said, Trevor Lawrence deserves a lot of credit for where the Jags have gotten to — a Divisional Round appearance last year and a 1-0 start in 2023 — and where they’re going. But if this contest gets close, I’m riding with No. 15.

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Around the NFL

NFL Rumors: JuJu Smith-Schuster Not Seen by Patriots as Top-5 Pass-Catcher on Roster | Bleacher Report

Per Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald, Smith-Schuster is on “increasingly shaky standing on the depth chart” with multiple team sources saying they believe he’s “not presently among the team’s five most effective pass-catchers.”

Callahan also noted the seventh-year wideout’s place on the offense is “complicated by a variety of factors.”

The Patriots signed Smith-Schuster to a three-year, $33 million deal in March. He was brought in as both a replacement for Jakobi Meyers, who signed with the Las Vegas Raiders, and to add a little more punch to a passing attack that struggled throughout the 2022 season.

Smith-Schuster wasn’t a big factor during the preseason with just one catch for one yard in three games.

Eagles sluggish, Vikings fumble as Philly hangs on to win | ESPN

Philadelphia Eagles

The one constant in an otherwise volatile game between the Eagles and Minnesota Vikings was Philly’s ground game.

The Eagles rushed for more than 250 yards with a pair of Jalen Hurts touchdowns, offsetting a passing attack that was uneven for a second straight week. One of the more promising developments was the performance of D’Andre Swift, who rushed for a career-high 175 yards. It was the most rushing yards by an Eagle since LeSean McCoy in 2013 (217 rush yards). He carried the load with Kenneth Gainwell (ribs) sidelined.

The most impressive sequence came in the first half when Philadelphia orchestrated a 16-play, 75-yard drive featuring 13 rushes. Hurts now has 28 career rushing touchdowns, tied with Cam Newton for the most through a QB’s first 50 career games.

The Eagles are 2-0, but it hasn’t always looked pretty. That’s particularly true of the passing game, which has sputtered for extended stretches. But the defense generated three takeaways and when it mattered, Philadelphia was able to lean back on the run — a luxury that will come in handy moving forward.

NFL plans multiple games per year at Tottenham stadium through ‘29 | ESPN

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has been granted status as the “Home of the NFL” in the United Kingdom in an expanded partnership that assures at least two regular-season games per year will be played at the facility.

“We are excited to extend our partnership with Tottenham Hotspur through the 2029-2030 season and look forward to hosting future NFL games in the world-class Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as the Official Home of the NFL in the UK,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement Thursday. “Growing the game globally is a major strategic priority for the League. Our commitment to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will allow us to continue to bring extraordinary NFL experiences to fans in London, while creating a positive social and economic impact on the local community.”

The agreement extends by two seasons a partnership that was due to run until 2028.

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Chiefs News: Kadarius Toney is ready to move on from Week 1 performance

Speaking to reporters before Wednesday’s practice, Toney said that he’s already accepted the responsibility for his performance with head coach Andy Reid, quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the rest of the team.

“At the end of the day,” he recalled, “they all counted on me and allowed me to make certain plays — and I’ve got to be able to do that. There really isn’t any excuse. There’s nothing else you could blame it on.”

Toney is putting in the work to ensure that such a performance will not happen again.

“I just told the other guys, [I] have to put the work in — a lot of work,” he explained. “[I can] spend 30 minutes after practice catching from the [Jugs machine], catching from the quarterback — whatever I have to do.

“I just have to make sure that I show up when it’s time.”

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