Chiefs activate LB Nick Bolton from IR
The Kansas City Chiefs activated linebacker Nick Bolton from injured reserve on Saturday and placed safety Bryan Cook on IR.The Chiefs opened the 21-day practice window on Nov. 29 for Bolton, who had been on injured reserve since Oct. 28 with a wrist injury.Bolton, 23, was injured while tackling Los Angeles Chargers receiver Keenan Allen in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs' 31-17 victory on Oct. 22.Bolton has 28 tackles and one interception in four games this season. He missed three games earlier this season with a high ankle sprain.He has 320 tackles, three interceptions and two sacks in 37 career games (33 starts) since the Chiefs drafted him in the second round in 2021.
Chiefs RB Isiah Pacheco still out with shoulder injury
Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco missed Thursday's practice and could be sidelined for the Week 14 game with the Buffalo Bills because of a shoulder injury.Pacheco and left tackle Donovan Smith (neck stinger) were not on the field Thursday, with Clyde Edwards-Helaire and rookie tackle Wanya Morris prepping to start against the Bills."We'll see," Chiefs offensive coordinator Matt Nagy said Thursday. "Pop (Pacheco) has been phenomenal for us all year. The other guys in that room have done a really good job of starting to complete that room. It's got to be a next-man-up mentality."Running back Jerick McKinnon has been dealing with a groin issue but was a full participant in practice Thursday.Pacheco is third in the AFC and fifth in the NFL in rushing with 779 yards.
Chiefs RB Isiah Pacheco ruled out vs. Bills
Kansas City Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the visiting Buffalo Bills due to a shoulder injury.Pacheco is third in the AFC and fifth in the NFL in rushing with 779 yards. He also has 33 receptions for 209 yards and seven total touchdowns (six rushing, one receiving) for the Chiefs (8-4).Pacheco had 18 carries for 110 yards at Green Bay last week, playing through the shoulder contusion suffered during the game.Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon are expected to step up in the absence of Pacheco.
Struggling Bills aim to get back on track in clash vs. Chiefs
The Buffalo Bills are making their fifth visit to Kansas City in 34-plus months but it certainly doesn't feel like a welcoming second home.The Bills are back in the Midwest on Sunday to face the defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs, and the contest has a must-win feel for a Buffalo squad that has lost four of its past six games.The Bills (6-6) are fresh off a bye but sit on the outside of the playoff race with five games remaining."We don't want to be in situations like this but we feel like we've been in this situation before, and it has produced some of our best football," Bills quarterback Josh Allen said.The Bills have performed well in recent regular-season visits to Kansas City, prevailing 38-20 in 2021 and 24-20 last season.Buffalo hasn't done well in the postseason during the recent flurry of visits, falling 38-24 in the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 24, 2021, and 42-36 in overtime in the AFC Divisional round on Jan. 23, 2022.Standout left tackle Dion Dawkins made it clear that Kansas City is not a second home to the Bills."Kansas City is always a nice rest stop," Dawkins said. "A lot of history, a lot of battles, a lot of emotion there. A home away from home? No. There is no home away from Buffalo, which is a full home. ..."Enemy territory. We're going to fight on a different battlefield."The Chiefs (8-4) have their own set of struggles with losses in three of their past five games.Last Sunday's 27-19 loss to the host Green Bay Packers marked the fourth time Kansas City scored 21 or fewer points during the five-game stretch.Patrick Mahomes, who threw for 424 yards in an October victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, has been held to 210 or fewer yards in three of the past four games.The Kansas City offense that usually is near the top of the league is tied for 11th in scoring at 22.9 points per game and ranks eighth in total offense at 362.6.But Mahomes said the dropoff in production has not sapped positive energy from the squad."We have confidence every week that we will find a way to win the football game," Mahomes said. "Obviously, these last few weeks we've lost a couple.
Chiefs rookie LT Wanya Morris likely to start vs. Bills
Chiefs rookie left tackle Wanya Morris worked with the first-team offense on Wednesday.He's in line to start for Sunday when the Buffalo Bills (6-6) come to Kansas City after a bye last week.Head coach Andy Reid said Morris, a third-round pick in 2023, was solid last Sunday night when forced to log a season-high 42 snaps in a loss to the Green Bay Packers. He played eight snaps at left tackle in the first 11 games combined.Starting left tackle Donovan Smith (neck stinger) could miss the matchup with the Bills, and a one-on-one confrontation with Buffalo pass rusher Leonard Floyd. Floyd leads Buffalo with 9.5 sacks this season.At Green Bay, Morris allowed one sack and four pressures of quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Jordan Love, Packers hold off Chiefs for 3rd straight win
Jordan Love completed 25 of 36 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns, and the Green Bay Packers held on for a 27-19 win over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday evening.Christian Watson caught seven passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns for Green Bay (6-6), which won its third game in a row. Ben Sims also had a receiving touchdown.Patrick Mahomes completed 21 of 33 passes for 210 yards, one touchdown and one interception for Kansas City (8-4). Noah Gray had a receiving touchdown and Isiah Pacheco had a rushing touchdown.The Chiefs cut their deficit to 21-19 with 14:51 to play in the fourth quarter. Mahomes fired a low pass to Gray, who secured the ball for a 2-yard touchdown reception.A 40-yard field goal by Anders Carlson increased Green Bay's lead to 24-19 with 6:03 remaining.Carlson then made it 27-19 when he booted a 48-yard field goal with 1:09 left.The Chiefs attempted to put together a game-winning drive, but Mahomes' final heave toward tight end Travis Kelce fell incomplete among a crowd of players to end the game.Kansas City pulled within 14-12 on a 1-yard touchdown run by Pacheco with 9:39 remaining in the third quarter. He took a handoff and sprinted left to score standing up for his sixth rushing touchdown of the season, topping his total of five from his rookie campaign in 2022.
Jordan Love, Packers face tall task vs. Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs would love to see history repeat itself when they visit Jordan Love and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.Love, however, is feeling much more confident these days. So, too, are the rejuvenated Packers (5-6) as they prepare to host the high-powered Chiefs (8-3).Love's first NFL start came against the Chiefs on Nov. 7, 2021. He posted a 69.5 passer rating as he threw for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception in a 13-7 setback to Kansas City."I've watched that tape plenty," Love said this week. "So I know the exact kind of looks that they gave us. I'm expecting that they'll have a new flavor of pressure this week."Kansas City has put plenty of pressure on opposing teams this season. The Chiefs, who lead the AFC West by two games over the Denver Broncos, are coming off a 31-17 win on the road against the Las Vegas Raiders last Sunday.Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 298 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Running back Isiah Pacheco scored twice on the ground, and Rashee Rice and Justin Watson notched one touchdown reception apiece.Meanwhile, tight end Travis Kelce has at least six catches in eight of his last nine games.The trip to northern Wisconsin will carry special meaning for Kansas City coach Andy Reid. He started his NFL coaching career in Green Bay, where he worked from 1992-98 as a tight ends coach, an assistant offensive line coach and eventually a quarterbacks coach.Brett Favre and the Packers won the Super Bowl during the 1996 season with Reid on the staff."It's a lot like Kansas City," Reid said. "They're passionate about football. It is a neat environment. We look forward to that challenge of going up there and playing. ..."I had a great time there. We won a world championship. My experience there was top notch."
Chiefs open practice window for LB Nick Bolton
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton returned to practice Wednesday with a heavy wrap on his surgically repaired left wrist.The Chiefs opened the 21-day practice window for the third-year player, who has been on injured reserve since Oct. 28.Bolton, 23, was injured while tackling Los Angeles Chargers receiver Keenan Allen in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs' 31-17 victory on Oct. 22.
Eagles QB Jalen Hurts charging toward first MVP award
Jalen Hurts' latest dramatic comeback victory has helped the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback put more distance between himself and his closest pursuers for the Most Valuable Player award.Hurts threw for three touchdowns and ran for the game-winning score in overtime in Philadelphia's 37-34 win over Buffalo on Sunday. With 3,107 total yards and 29 combined touchdowns in the Eagles' 10-1 start, Hurts is the +130 MVP favorite at DraftKings and is +140 at BetMGM.With 11 rushing touchdowns through 11 games, Hurts is on pace for 17 this season. That would smash the NFL record for a quarterback held by Cam Newton with 14 for the Carolina Panthers in 2011. Hurts already holds the second-highest mark with 13 last year.Hurts was the +250 MVP favorite at DraftKings entering last week, but saw those odds shorten following the game-winning drive to beat the Bills a week after leading a come-from-behind win at Kansas City. He has drawn the most MVP bets and total money at the book. Hurts is also the biggest liability at BetMGM, where he has been backed by 12.3 percent of the total bets.His closest pursuer continues to be reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes, who is being offered at +350 by both books. Third is Baltimore Ravens' quarterback Lamar Jackson, who is +400 at DraftKings and +500 at BetMGM.The top non-quarterback candidate is San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey. Offered at +1600 by DraftKings, McCaffrey has longer +2500 odds at BetMGM, where he is the biggest liability for Offensive Player of the Year honors while being backed by 21.0 percent of the money wagered thus far.AWARDS ODDS (BetMGM)NFL MVP--Highest Ticket%: Jalen Hurts 12.3%--Highest Handle%: Patrick Mahomes 12.2%--Biggest Liability: Jalen Hurts--Odds Leader: Jalen Hurts +140Offensive Player of the Year--Highest Ticket%: Christian McCaffrey 12.0%--Highest Handle%: Christian McCaffrey 21.0%--Biggest Liability: Christian McCaffrey--Odds Leader: Tyreek Hill -105Defensive Player of the Year--Highest Ticket%: Aidan Hutchinson 15.8%--Highest Handle%: Micah Parsons 22.8%--Biggest Liability: Aidan Hutchinson--Odds Leader: Myles Garrett +150Comeback Player of the Year--Highest Ticket%: Russell Wilson 12.7%--Highest Handle%: Damar Hamlin 47.2%--Biggest Liability: Russell Wilson
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs continue dominance over Raiders
Patrick Mahomes passed for 298 yards and two touchdowns and Isiah Pacheco ran for a pair of scores as the visiting Kansas City Chiefs topped the Las Vegas Raiders 31-17 on Sunday.Trailing 14-0 in the second quarter on the heels of Monday night's loss to Philadelphia, Kansas City responded with 21 straight points to regain the advantage.Daniel Carlson kicked a 34-yard field goal with 2:09 left in the third quarter to pull the Raiders to within 21-17, but the Chiefs answered with a 39-yard scoring pass from Mahomes to Rashee Rice on their next possession.Kansas City (8-3) covered at least 71 yards on each of its touchdown drives while sending Las Vegas (5-7) to its second straight defeat.The Chiefs improved to 10-1 against the Raiders since 2018, Mahomes' first full season. Kansas City has scored 28 or more points in each of those meetings, an NFL record for the most successive games scoring at least 28 points against one foe.Las Vegas appeared primed to reverse that trend from the outset. The Raiders covered 75 yards in nine plays and 5:28 on the game's opening drive, punctuating the possession with an 18-yard pass from Aidan O'Connell to Jakobi Meyers.Las Vegas forced a Kansas City punt on the ensuing possession and moved 69 yards after getting the ball back, but the drive ended with Carlson missing a field goal from 30 yards. The Raiders made it 14-0 on their next drive, however, as Josh Jacobs burst around the left end for a 63-yard touchdown run.Pacheco capped a 12-play, 71-yard drive with a 1-yard scoring run on the next possession, starting the Chiefs on a run of three touchdowns on as many drives.
Chiefs place WR Mecole Hardman (thumb) on IR
The Kansas City Chiefs placed receiver/returner Mecole Hardman on injured reserve on Saturday due to a sprained thumb.Hardman sustained the injury during Monday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.Hardman didn't practice all week and the team ruled him out of Sunday's game against the host Las Vegas Raiders on Friday.Hardman was acquired from the New York Jets in mid-October for his second stint with Kansas City.He has eight receptions for 41 yards in four games since returning to the Chiefs. He had one catch for 6 yards in five games with the Jets.Hardman has 160 receptions for 2,135 yards and 16 touchdowns in 66 career games (27 starts) in five seasons with the Chiefs and Jets.
Chiefs visit Las Vegas striving for new streak
Costly penalties and drops from the receiving corps added up to defeat for the Kansas City Chiefs in their Super Bowl LVII rematch with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.At 7-3, the Chiefs nonetheless lead the AFC West by two games and remain in position for home-field advantage as the regular-season stretch run nears.The coaching staff and quarterback Patrick Mahomes are encouraging the team to stay positive as the Chiefs prepare for Sunday's visit to the Las Vegas Raiders. That includes a young receivers' room the organization knew would have growing pains in 2023."In the end, we have a lot of trust in these guys and we believe in them. And I think that's very, very important," Kansas City offensive coordinator Matt Nagy said. "And you hear that and you see that from Pat and it's something that we just continue to stick together and keep working through."Kansas City was held scoreless in the second half of its 21-17 defeat on Monday and surrendered two quick touchdown drives after halftime. Both covered seven plays and at least 61 yards in under three minutes."This is a growing moment for us as a team, overall," Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones said.Las Vegas (5-6) enters play in a jumble of contenders for the final two playoff spots after losing 20-13 at Miami last week. Rookie quarterback Aidan O'Connell passed for a career-best 271 yards and a touchdown but also threw three interceptions.Sunday begins a stretch of three straight home games for the Raiders, who carry a four-game winning streak at Allegiant Stadium since losing to Pittsburgh in their home opener in Week 3. Las Vegas knows maintaining that trend that could go a long way toward keeping its postseason chances afloat."I came here with the intentions of making it tough on teams coming in this building and not making it a friendly place to play," wide receiver Davante Adams said. "We're starting to feel that from our fans now, so we just gotta continue to do our part, team-wise, to make sure we apply that pressure and make it a not fun place to come here and play."
Eagles rally past Chiefs to improve to 9-1
Jalen Hurts rushed for two touchdowns and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to beat the host Kansas City Chiefs 21-17 on Monday night in a Super Bowl rematch.D'Andre Swift rushed for a touchdown and had 107 scrimmage yards (76 rushing, 31 receiving) as the Eagles, who own the best record in the NFL at 9-1, won their fourth straight game. DeVonta Smith caught six passes for 99 yards, including a long one that set up the winning score.Patrick Mahomes threw two touchdowns but also threw two interceptions and finished with just 177 passing yards. He completed 24 of 43 passes for the Chiefs. Travis Kelce and Justin Watson had touchdown receptions for Kansas City (7-3).The Week 11 showdown was a rematch of the highly competitive Super Bowl LVII. The Chiefs won the game 38-35 thanks to Harrison Butker's game-winning 27-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining.Hurts was 14-of-22 passing for 150 yards and one interception on Monday. He was harassed repeatedly in the first half when he was sacked five times. But the Eagles didn't allow one in the second half.Chris Jones and Trent McDuffie each had two sacks for the Chiefs. Kelce had seven receptions but just 44 yards.Philadelphia moved ahead for the first time at 21-17 with 6:20 remaining.The touchdown was set up by Hurts' 41-yard pass to Smith to the Kansas City 1-yard line. The Eagles then called for the 'Tush Push' and Hurts received the usual extra help while plunging in for the score.The Chiefs later took over from their 9-yard line with 2:49 remaining. Kansas City had second down from its 49-yard line when Mahomes threw deep but Marquez Valdes-Scantling dropped the pass despite being open inside the Philadelphia 5.
Eagles new SB favorites as Jalen Hurts' MVP odds shorten
The Philadelphia Eagles left Kansas City with a statement victory on Monday night that impacted both the Super Bowl and Most Valuable Player odds.The most highly anticipated regular-season game on the 2023 schedule lived up to the hype, with the Eagles overcoming a 10-point halftime deficit to stun the Chiefs, 21-17.Philadelphia improved to 9-1 and enters Week 12 with a one-game cushion over the Detroit Lions in the race for home-field advantage in the NFC.That contributed to the Eagles' Super Bowl odds shortening from +550 to +450 at DraftKings, where they are now the title favorites ahead of the Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers at +475. Meanwhile, the same three teams are co-favorites at +450 at BetMGM, where Philadelphia also shifted from +550.Kansas City (7-3) is now second in the AFC standings, a half-game behind the Baltimore Ravens (8-3) and equal with Jacksonville, Miami and Cleveland. The Ravens saw their Super Bowl odds trimmed from +950 to +850 at DraftKings, while the Browns' victory over Pittsburgh led to their title odds shortening from +5000 to +3500.Monday night's game also had an impact on the MVP odds.Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts managed only 150 passing yards and threw an interception, but he did rush for a pair of touchdowns on 12 carries. He remained the MVP favorite at DraftKings, with his odds shortening from +280 to +250.The Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes and the Ravens' Lamar Jackson were both +300 last week, but Jackson's shifted to +350 while Mahomes moved to +400 following the loss.Mahomes threw a pair of interceptions against Philadelphia and was plagued by numerous drops by his receivers, including three on the final drive that ended with Justin Watson unable to haul in a fourth-and-25 pass.Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has the fourth-shortest odds at +500, followed by the 49ers' Brock Purdy and the Cowboys' Dak Prescott at +1500. Houston Texans rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud moved from +2500 to +1800.Hurts also leads the way at BetMGM, where he is +250, followed by Jackson (+400), Mahomes (+450) and Tagovailoa (+500). No other player has shorter than Purdy's at +1600.The book reported that Hurts is its biggest MVP liability as he has been backed by the most total bets at 12.3 percent. Mahomes has drawn the most money at 12.9 percent.NFL AWARDS ODDS (BetMGM)NFL MVP--Highest Ticket %: Jalen Hurts 12.3%--Highest Handle %: Patrick Mahomes 12.9%--Biggest Liability: Jalen Hurts--Odds Leader: Jalen Hurts +250Offensive Player of the Year--Highest Ticket %: Christian McCaffrey 11.8%--Highest Handle %: Christian McCaffrey 21.0%--Biggest Liability: Christian McCaffrey--Odds Leader: Tyreek Hill +110Defensive Player of the Year--Highest Ticket %: Aidan Hutchinson 16.1%--Highest Handle %: Micah Parsons 23.6%--Biggest Liability: Aidan Hutchinson--Odds Leader: Myles Garrett +100Comeback Player of the Year
MNF Week 11: Eagles-Chiefs Preview, Props, Prediction
Whether you call it the Andy Reid Bowl, the Kelce Clash or perhaps Super Bowl 57.5, fireworks are expected when the Kansas City Chiefs play host to the Philadelphia Eagles in a Monday night showdown.Both teams are coming off bye weeks. The Eagles (8-1) sport the best record in the NFL. The Chiefs (7-2) have the best record in the AFC and have swept the last four meetings, including 38-35 in Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12.It has been one of the season's most anticipated matchups since schedules were released in May, and neither side has done anything to dampen the enthusiasm.QUICK PICKChiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been sacked only 12 times through nine games and should have ample time to pick apart the Eagles' 29th-ranked secondary. The Eagles do have the ability to control time of possession and stay within striking distance, but the absence of tight end Dallas Goedert to a fractured forearm is also a concern.Prediction: Chiefs 27, Eagles 23TRENDINGKansas City has held steady as a 2.5-point favorite at BetMGM, where it has been backed by 60 percent of the spread-line bets and 70 percent of the money. Meanwhile, Philadelphia's moneyline has moved from +110 to +125, which has drawn 70 and 64 percent of the action, respectively.The Over/Under market opened at 48.5 but has dropped three points to 45.5 with the public backing the Over with 59 percent of the bets and 72 percent of the handle.PROP PICKTravis Kelce Anytime TD Score (-115 at BetMGM): This has been the most popular player prop at the book, and for good reason. Kelce has scored in four of his first eight games this season, and Monday night is another clash against his brother, Eagles center Jason Kelce. Travis Kelce caught all six passes targeted to him for 81 yards and a touchdown in Super Bowl LVII.THE NEWSBoth quarterbacks shined when these teams clashed in the Super Bowl nine months ago in Glendale, Ariz. Mahomes, playing on an injured ankle, threw two of his three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and set up the winning field goal with a gutsy 26-yard scramble. He won his second Super Bowl MVP award.Jalen Hurts was just as effective. He completed 27 of 38 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown and rushed 70 yards for three touchdowns. He used his legs to pick up the game-tying score -- and the two-point conversion -- with 5:15 remaining.Both are in the MVP conversation again this season. Hurts has completed a career-high 68.9 percent of his passes for 2,347 yards with 15 touchdowns but also eight interceptions. He has seven rushing scores, most courtesy of the much discussed "Brotherly Shove.""I'm a big fan of his," Reid said Thursday about Hurts. "He's a really good football player. He can throw the ball. He can run the ball. ... He always seems to be in control."Philadelphia's biggest weakness is a spotty secondary that likely has Mahomes licking his chops. Only the Chicago Bears (20) and Washington Commanders (21) have allowed more touchdown passes than the Eagles with 19. The team ranks 28th in the NFL against the pass, allowing 257.0 yards per game.
Eagles rolling, served shot at revenge vs. Chiefs in SB rematch
Whether you call it the Andy Reid Bowl, the Kelce Clash or perhaps Super Bowl 57.5, fireworks are expected when the Kansas City Chiefs host the Philadelphia Eagles in a Monday night showdown.Both teams are coming off bye weeks. The Eagles (8-1) sport the best record in the NFL. The Chiefs (7-2) have the best record in the AFC and have swept the last four meetings, including 38-35 in Super Bowl LVII on Feb. 12.It has been one of the season's most anticipated matchups since schedules were released in May, and neither side has done anything to dampen the enthusiasm.Reid is the winningest head coach in the history of both franchises, logging 140 victories (including playoffs) for the Eagles from 1999-2012 and 136 since taking over the Chiefs in 2013.Both quarterbacks shined when these teams clashed in the Super Bowl nine months ago in Glendale, Ariz. Patrick Mahomes, playing on an injured ankle, threw two of his three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and set up the winning field goal with a gutsy 26-yard scramble. He won his second Super Bowl MVP award.Jalen Hurts was just as effective. He completed 27 of 38 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown and rushed 70 yards for three touchdowns. He used his legs to pick up the game-tying score -- and the two-point conversion -- with 5:15 remaining.Both are in the MVP conversation again this season. Hurts has completed a career-high 68.9 percent of his passes for 2,347 yards with 15 touchdowns but also eight interceptions. He has seven rushing scores, most courtesy of the much discussed "Brotherly Shove.""I'm a big fan of his," Reid said Thursday about Hurts. "He's a really good football player. He can throw the ball. He can run the ball. .... He always seems to be in control."Philadelphia's biggest weakness is a spotty secondary that likely has Mahomes licking his chops. Only the Chicago Bears (20) and Washington Commanders (21) have allowed more touchdown passes than the Eagles with 19. The team ranks 28th in the NFL against the pass, allowing 257.0 yards per game.Mahomes is on pace for another strong year with 2,442 yards and 17 touchdowns but has also thrown eight picks. He bounced back from a Week 8 loss at Denver when he was under the weather to take down the Miami Dolphins in Week 9, tossing two TD passes in the first half and hanging on for a 21-14 win.
Chiefs stifle Dolphins' offense, grab key AFC win
Patrick Mahomes threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns and the Kansas City Chiefs held off the Miami Dolphins 21-14 Sunday in the first NFL game played in Frankfurt, Germany.Bryan Cook's fumble return for a touchdown just before halftime proved to be the game-winning score for the Chiefs (7-2), who earned what may prove to be a crucial win for playoff seeding tiebreakers with the Dolphins (6-3).The Dolphins trailed 21-0 at halftime but scored twice late in the third quarter. Their nearly 8-minute drive in the fourth quarter yielded zero points when it was thwarted by a 6-yard tackle for loss by Willie Gay and an 11-yard sack by Tershawn Wharton.Miami forced a three-and-out and got one more chance with the ball and 2:28 left. But on fourth-and-10 at the Chiefs' 31, an errant snap glanced off Tua Tagovailoa's fingertips and he could only fall on the ball.Mahomes completed 20 of 30 passes, including touchdowns to Rashee Rice and Jerick McKinnon. Isiah Pacheco rushed 16 times for 66 yards.For Miami, Tagovailoa went 21-of-34 passing for 193 yards and a touchdown. Raheem Mostert took 12 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown, and Tyreek Hill caught eight passes for 62 yards in his first game against his former team.The Chiefs rolled 75 yards in seven plays on their opening drive, culminating in Mahomes' 11-yard touchdown pass to Rice.The teams combined to punt on their next seven drives before Kansas City forged a 13 play, 95-yard drive that ate up 8:28 of game time. McKinnon caught a pass in open space and carried it in for a 17-yard touchdown with 2:31 left in the half.
Dynamic offenses clash when Dolphins battle Chiefs in Germany
The NFL made sure to save an attractive matchup for its first game in Frankfurt, Germany.German fans will be treated to a showdown between two of the most explosive offenses in the league when the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs meet Sunday.The Dolphins (6-2) are an offensive juggernaut, leading the NFL in passing (301.5 yards per game), rushing (151.8 per game) and scoring (33.9 ppg). They have weapons fast enough for Germany's Autobahn, and thanks to three wins in their past four games, they've driven past the Buffalo Bills for first place in the AFC East.Miami joins Kansas City (6-2), the Baltimore Ravens and the Jacksonville Jaguars atop the conference standings. How the Dolphins fare against Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champions could have a big impact on the playoff race in the second half of the season."For our team to have this opportunity to go against a Pat Mahomes team, it'll be fun and it'll give us a chance to see where we're at going into this bye week as a team," Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said.The Dolphins spent most of the week in Germany, having flown out Monday night and landed early Tuesday. Coach Mike McDaniel has chosen film study and meetings over sightseeing, but he complimented the city and his staff for setting up the accommodations."I know that really from all the feedback I've gotten that it's been a fantastic experience for a lot of our locker room," McDaniel said.The Chiefs are taking a much different approach. They're preparing for the game at home before flying out Thursday afternoon. Given the six-hour time difference between Kansas City and Frankfurt, it raises the question of whether one team will look fresher than the other come Sunday.But longtime Chiefs coach Andy Reid already has two international games under his belt. The Chiefs blasted the Detroit Lions in London in 2015 and beat the Los Angeles Chargers in 2019 in Mexico City."Everybody kind of does it a little different," Reid said. "We did this a couple years ago when we went to London. I've done it before with other teams. (Leaving late in the week) worked, so I kind of stuck by it. We will see how it goes."The Chiefs are coming off a 24-9 loss to the Denver Broncos that snapped a six-game winning streak. Mahomes threw two interceptions and no touchdowns while fighting the flu. He participated fully in practice Wednesday despite a left hand injury that left him bleeding during the Denver game.
Would Broncos deal WR Jerry Jeudy to bitter rival?
Jerry Jeudy has been one of the most talked-about names ahead of Tuesday's NFL trade deadline.The Denver Broncos' embattled fourth-year receiver has only 27 catches for 336 yards through the first seven games of the season, but could be an interesting target for a playoff contender in need of an offensive spark.Could that include one of Denver's most bitter rivals?The Kansas City Chiefs got a first-hand look at Jeudy's current form in their 24-9 loss at Denver on Sunday.The 2020 first-round pick out of Alabama caught just two of six targets, but he did haul in his first touchdown of the season -- an 11-yard pass from Russell Wilson in the second quarter to extend Denver's lead to 14-3. Meanwhile, the Chiefs' wide receivers combined for 12 receptions for 150 yards -- a 12.5-yard average -- without reaching the end zone.Kansas City's leading receiver by a long shot this season is tight end Travis Kelce, whose 54 receptions are tied with the Chiefs' three leading wideouts -- combined.The Chiefs are the +450 favorite to be Jeudy's next team by SportsBetting.ag. The next shortest odds belong Carolina (+600) and Detroit (+625), with Buffalo and San Francisco both at +650.JERRY JEUDY NEXT TEAM ODDSChiefs (+450)Panthers (+600)Lions (+625)49ers (+650)Bills (+650)Colts (+675)Patriots (+700)Texans (+750)Titans (+850)Giants (+900)
Broncos halt 16-game losing streak vs. Chiefs, 24-9
Russell Wilson became the first Broncos quarterback since Peyton Manning to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs as Denver claimed a 24-9 home victory on Sunday.The Chiefs had won 16 straight games against Denver, dating back to 2015.Wilson was 12-of-19 passing for 114 yards with three touchdowns. The Denver defense forced five Kansas City turnovers.Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes fell to 29-4 vs. the AFC West in his career. This was his first loss in a division road game. He finished 24-of-38 for 241 yards with two interceptions and a lost fumble. It also was Mahomes' first loss to the Broncos in 13 career starts.Chiefs coach Andy Reid remains one regular-season victory shy of Hank Stram (124) for the franchise record for head coaches.Following a muffed punt by Mecole Hardman on his own 5-yard line that was recovered on the 10 -- the Chiefs' fourth turnover of the game -- Wilson found Cortland Sutton in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown.The Broncos rushed for a season-high 153 yards. They had more than twice as many rushing attempts as passing attempts (40 to 19).The Broncos never trailed. They became the first team to score an opening drive touchdown against the Chiefs defense in the last 13 games. Following a three-and-out by the Chiefs, the Broncos took over on the Kansas City 39. It took 11 plays, but Wilson found Javonte Williams on a 4-yard touchdown pass.