Bengals outduel Chiefs
Joe Burrow passed for 286 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for a score to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to a 27-24 victory over the visiting Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.Chris Evans caught the go-ahead 8-yard touchdown pass with 8:54 remaining as Burrow outdueled Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes for the third time in 11-plus months. Cincinnati beat Kansas City 34-31 in the regular season last January and notched a 27-24 overtime victory in the AFC Championship Game four weeks later.Samaje Perine rushed for 106 yards while Tee Higgins also caught a touchdown pass for the Bengals (8-4), who won their fourth straight game and eighth in their past 10. Ja'Marr Chase had seven receptions for 97 yards after missing the previous four games due to a hip injury.Mahomes was 16-of-27 passing for 223 yards and one touchdown for the Chiefs (9-3), who had a five-game winning streak halted. Travis Kelce had just four receptions for 56 yards and lost a fumble prior to the Bengals' decisive score.Isiah Pacheco rushed for a touchdown and Jerick McKinnon had a scoring reception for Kansas City.Cincinnati has won seven of its past eight games against Kansas City, counting the postseason.Bengals running back Joe Mixon (concussion) missed his second straight game.Kansas City opened the second half with a seven-play, 77-yard drive to take the lead for the first time at 17-14. Pacheco ended the excursion with an 8-yard run.Evan McPherson booted a 36-yarder midway through the quarter to tie the score. But the Chiefs went back ahead at 24-17 on a 3-yard, fourth-down scamper by Mahomes with 3:49 left as the quarterback was ruled to have broken the plane of the goal line with the football before losing it due to a hit from Cam Taylor-Britt.
Chiefs DE Frank Clark (illness) questionable vs. Bengals
Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark was added to the injury report with an illness and is questionable to play in Sunday's game against the host Cincinnati Bengals.Clark joins safety Deon Bush (elbow) in being questionable for the Chiefs (9-2).Wide receiver Kadarius Toney has been ruled out for the game versus the Bengals (7-4) due to a hamstring injury.
Bengals take on Chiefs in AFC Championship rematch
The Cincinnati Bengals look to continue their recent domination of the visiting Kansas City Chiefs when the two AFC powerhouse teams meet in Sunday's showdown.The Bengals have won six of the past seven meetings between the teams. Of course, they prevailed in the most important clash when they recorded a 27-24 overtime win over the host Chiefs in last season's AFC Championship game.Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes hasn't forgotten the demoralizing feeling of falling short and watching the Bengals celebrate advancing to the Super Bowl."They beat us," Mahomes told reporters. "I played terrible in the second half. We lost at home (in a game) that could have sent us to the Super Bowl. We'll be ready to go for sure."The Chiefs (9-2) possess the best record in the AFC and have won five straight games entering the rematch.Cincinnati (7-4) has won three consecutive games and seven of nine following an 0-2 start.After engineering the Bengals' run to the Super Bowl last season, quarterback Joe Burrow is intent on posting another win over Kansas City."We're really confident in ourselves," Burrow said. "We feel like we can beat any team in the league, and we've proven that. We're not going to go out and be scared of anybody."Burrow has passed for 3,160 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season. Four of the picks came in the season-opening 23-20 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.Burrow will have top wideout Ja'Marr Chase (hip) back on the field but the availability of running back Joe Mixon (concussion) might not be known until late in the week. Mixon missed last Sunday's 20-16 road win over the Tennessee Titans.Chase has missed the past four games and said Wednesday that he held himself out against the Titans. He told coach Zac Taylor that he wanted to think long term about the injury."I told him I didn't feel too comfortable yet," Chase said. "I wanted to give myself another week of preparation for the next game if I had a chance to. I just want to get myself the right amount of time. I never really want to rush anything."Tee Higgins, who has team highs of 57 catches and 826 receiving yards, has stepped up with Chase out and has recorded back-to-back 100-yard outings.While the Bengals are tied for the AFC North lead with the Baltimore Ravens, the Chiefs own a three-game lead over the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC West.
Reports: RB Melvin Gordon signing with Chiefs’ practice squad
The Kansas City Chiefs are signing running back Melvin Gordon to their practice squad, according to multiple reports on Monday.The Denver Broncos released the two-time Pro Bowler last week, and he became a free agent upon clearing waivers.Gordon, 29, had 318 rushing yards and two touchdowns along with 25 receptions for 223 yards over 10 games (six starts) this year. But he had fallen out of favor in Denver, as he's become known for issues with ball security. He's fumbled five times this season, losing two.Gordon has fumbled 26 times, losing 18, in his eight-year NFL career with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers (2015-19) and Broncos. The former first-round pick has amassed 6,462 rushing yards and 55 touchdowns along with 309 catches for 2,467 yards and 14 scores in 108 career games (94 starts).
Chiefs win 5th straight, coast past skidding Rams
Patrick Mahomes threw for a touchdown and rookie Isiah Pacheco rushed for another to fuel the host Kansas City Chiefs to a 26-10 victory over the injury-riddled Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.Mahomes connected on 27 of 42 of his passing attempts for 320 yards. He completed passes to 10 different receivers and Harrison Butker made four field goals to send the Chiefs (9-2) to their fifth straight win.Tight end Travis Kelce reeled in a 39-yard scoring pass in the first quarter for his 12th touchdown reception of the season. Kelce finished with four catches for 57 yards.Pacheco rushed up the middle for a 3-yard touchdown in the third quarter. The rushing touchdown was his second of the season and first since Kansas City's 44-21 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 11.Los Angeles' Bryce Perkins threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Van Jefferson and had a team-high 44 rushing yards while making his first career NFL start. Perkins was playing in place of the injured Matthew Stafford (neck, concussion) for the Rams (3-8), who mustered just 198 total yards of offense en route to losing their fifth straight game.To add injury to insult, Los Angeles coach Sean McVay absorbed an inadvertent shot to the jaw from the helmet of Roger Carter Jr. as the rookie tight end checked into the game.Kelce fended off would-be tacklers before crossing the goal line to open the scoring with 5:40 to play in the first quarter. His touchdown reception capped a nine-play, 90-yard drive.
Chiefs WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) returning vs. Rams
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has exited concussion protocol and will return from a one-game absence on Sunday when the Chiefs host the Los Angeles Rams.Smith-Schuster was a full participant in practice all week and was not given a game designation on the Chiefs' injury report Friday.The 26-year-old sustained the concussion during the Chiefs' Week 10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He missed last week's 30-27 primetime win over the Los Angeles Chargers.In his first season with the Chiefs, Smith-Schuster is second on the team in receptions (46) and receiving yards (615) while catching two touchdowns. He spent his first five NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.Fellow Chiefs receiver Kadarius Toney (hamstring) was ruled out for the Rams game. Toney, a midseason acquisition from the New York Giants, suffered the injury against the Chargers last week. Guard Joe Thuney (ankle), safety Juan Thornhill (calf) and cornerback Chris Lammons (concussion) were listed as questionable.
Beat-up Rams prepare for AFC-best Chiefs without top QB
The Kansas City Chiefs' Week 12 home game against the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams likely made fans' mouths water when the NFL released its schedule months ago.Now, those same mouths may be offering a collective yawn when pondering Sunday afternoon's game in Kansas City.While Patrick Mahomes has the Chiefs (8-2) atop the AFC standings, the Rams (3-7) have been an unmitigated disaster. Oddsmakers weren't shy about showing the difference between the teams considering Kansas City is a whopping 14.5-point favorite at Caesars Sportsbook."They've had changes to the team and injuries, those things happen -- but it's not something they planned on happening," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of the Rams."At the same time, 99 (Aaron Donald), 54 (Leonard Floyd) and 5 (Jalen Ramsey) -- these guys haven't changed. ... You have to get yourself ready."Kansas City has been ready from the get-go this season. The team leads the NFL in average points per game (30.0) and total offense (429.3 yards), while Mahomes is atop the league in passing yards (3,265) and passing touchdowns (28).And who could forget the teams' electric matchup nearly four years ago? Mahomes passed for a career-high 478 yards and six touchdowns in the Chiefs' 54-51 loss to the Rams.Last Sunday, Mahomes connected on three touchdown passes to tight end Travis Kelce to lead Kansas City to a 30-27 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Kelce had six receptions for 115 yards en route to be named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week.Rookie Isiah Pacheco, who rolled up a season-best 107 yards last Sunday, could see even more playing time with fellow running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire placed on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain. Ronald Jones could be in line to make his season debut with the Chiefs and join Jerick McKinnon in backing up Pacheco.Kansas City may welcome back wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since landing in the concussion protocol two weeks ago."Hopefully everything goes well with the protocol and stuff like that, (and) he's ready to go," Mahomes said of Smith-Schuster, who leads the team's wide receivers in both catches (46) and receiving yards (615). "To have that energy on the sideline -- he's a great player and a great teammate, and you always want to have those guys back in the huddle."While the Chiefs have won four in a row, the reeling Rams have lost four straight games to plummet to the bottom of the NFC West. To boot, Los Angeles ranks fourth-worst in NFL in average points per game (16.8) and third-worst in total offense (288.0 yards).
Chiefs place RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) on IR
The Kansas City Chiefs placed running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire on injured reserve Wednesday with a high ankle sprain.The 23-year-old veteran will miss at least the next four games, with his earliest return coming against the visiting Seattle Seahawks on Christmas Eve.Edwards-Helaire has rushed for 302 yards and three touchdowns and has 17 catches for 151 yards and three TDs in 10 games (six starts) this season.While Edwards-Helaire will miss Sunday's game between the Chiefs (8-2) and visiting Los Angeles Rams (3-7), wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster could make his return.Smith-Schuster, 26, missed Sunday night's 30-27 victory against the Los Angeles Chargers with a concussion. Head coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that Smith-Schuster will return to practice this week.
Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce combine for 3 TDs as Chiefs rally past Chargers
Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce connected for three touchdowns as the Kansas City Chiefs won their fourth straight game, beating the host Los Angeles Chargers 30-27 on Sunday night.Mahomes completed 20 of 34 passes for 329 yards, and he also rushed four times for 23 yards for the Chiefs (8-2). Kelce hauled in a total of six catches for 115 yards and all three of Mahomes' touchdown passes.Isiah Pacheco led the Chiefs' rushing attack with a season-best 107 yards on 15 carries.Justin Herbert led the Chargers (5-5) by completing 23 of 30 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns. Both of Herbert's touchdown passes were caught by Joshua Palmer, who finished with eight catches for 106 yards.The game featured six lead changes. Kansas City pieced together its game-winning drive with under two minutes to play, as 1:46 remained on the clock after Herbert found Palmer for a 6-yard score. The Chiefs then covered 75 yards with a six-play drive that lasted just 75 seconds. Kelce hauled in a 17-yard catch for the game-winning touchdown.Los Angeles got the chance to respond with 31 seconds to play, but Herbert was picked off by Kansas City linebacker Nick Bolton on the second play of the drive.
Chiefs WR JuJu Smith-Schuster ruled out vs. Chargers
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has been ruled out for this weekend's game against the host Los Angeles Chargers, coach Andy Reid announced Friday.Smith-Schuster sustained a concussion when he was hit in the third quarter of the Chiefs' 27-17 victory over the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday.Kansas City (7-2) also will be without wide receiver Mecole Hardman (abdominal), who was placed on injured reserve Thursday, against the Chargers on Sunday night.Smith-Schuster, 25, has 46 catches for 615 yards and no touchdowns in nine games during his first season with the Chiefs.He has 369 receptions for 4,470 yards and 28 touchdowns in 72 career games with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2017-21) and Chiefs.
Chiefs go for division KO punch at second-place Chargers
The Kansas City Chiefs are in the driver's seat to win the AFC West. Their chance to buckle the second-place Los Angeles Chargers into the second row comes in primetime on Sunday night in Inglewood, Calif.After losing to the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 16, the Chiefs (7-2) have won three straight games. Most recently, Kansas City topped the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars this past weekend behind a signature performance from Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs quarterback completed 26 of 35 passes for 331 yards and four touchdowns, and he also rushed seven times for 39 yards.The performance pushed Mahomes into the top 100 among NFL quarterbacks for career passing yards, reaching the milestone in just 72 career games.But the buzz in Kansas City was all about Mahomes' new offensive weapon, wideout Kadarius Toney. The Chiefs acquired the second-year player in a trade last month, sending a third- and sixth-round pick to the New York Giants. In just two games with the Chiefs, Toney has 102 yards from scrimmage on eight touches.He scored on Kansas City's second possession of the game, via a 6-yard strike from Mahomes."He's a smart kid and he picks it up easy. Always willing to spend time at it, too," head coach Andy Reid said of Toney. "We're trying to give him some things that he's done before, and then adding one or two things the last couple of weeks that he's not used to doing so that he can continue to grow. (Mahomes) has trust in him because of the feel that he has."Toney could be called upon to step up for the Chiefs this week if JuJu Smith-Schuster is unable to play. The wide receiver was knocked out of the Jaguars game in the second quarter after being hit by Jacksonville safety Andre Cisco. Reid confirmed after the game that Smith-Schuster suffered a concussion.Smith-Schuster did not practice Wednesday, and neither did fellow wideout Marquez Valdes-Scantling, due to an illness. Corner Chris Lammons (concussion) and wideout Mecole Hardman (abdomen) also missed practice, while running back Jerick McKinnon (shoulder, hamstring) was limited.The Chargers (5-4) are coming off a loss to the San Francisco 49ers and could use a win to boost their hopes of making the playoffs after missing out on the postseason with a Week 18 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders last season.It was a quiet game for Chargers' star running back Austin Ekeler, who finished with just 24 rushing yards on six carries. He also had seven catches for 39 yards.Still, on the season, the Chargers are 0-3 when Ekeler has less than 10 rushing attempts.
Patrick Mahomes' 4 TD passes lead Chiefs past Jaguars
Patrick Mahomes threw four touchdown passes to four different receivers as the Kansas City Chiefs captured a 27-17 win over the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.Mahomes completed 26 of 35 passes for 331 yards, finding Travis Kelce, Kadarius Toney, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Noah Gray in the end zone. Mahomes also threw one interception as Kansas City (7-2) won its third straight game.Kelce had six receptions for 81 yards, and Isiah Pacheco rushed for 82 yards on 16 carries.Trevor Lawrence threw for 259 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Christian Kirk on 29-for-40 passing for the Jaguars (3-7), who have lost six of their past seven.Travis Etienne was held to 45 yards on 11 carries, and Kirk nabbed nine catches for 105 yards.Lawrence threw a 4-yard touchdown to Evan Engram on Jacksonville's first drive of the third quarter, but the score was nullified due to an ineligible man downfield. The Jaguars settled for Riley Patterson's 35-yard field goal, punctuating a march that ate 9:14 of the clock.But Kansas City later went up by 17 as Mahomes and Kelce teamed for a 7-yard touchdown near the end of the third. Kirk's 19-yard TD catch cut Jacksonville's deficit to 27-17 with 5:26 remaining, but that was the closest the Jags came.In the first half, Mahomes' 13-yard TD strike to Gray gave the Chiefs a 20-point lead with 46 seconds left, but Jacksonville responded with a vengeance.
Chiefs WR JuJu Smith-Schuster injured, out vs. Jaguars
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has been ruled out of Sunday's game against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars with an apparent head injury.Smith-Schuster was running a crossing route in the middle of the field before being hit by Jaguars safety Andre Cisco with 6:40 remaining in the second quarter. Cisco made contact with Smith-Schuster's head but was not penalized since it appeared he had led with his shoulder.Smith-Schuster wasn't able to secure the ball and fell to the ground immediately. He was taken to the locker room with the help of the training staff.
Doug Pederson guides Jags vs. former mentor Andy Reid's Chiefs
There often comes a day when the student becomes the master. Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid is just hoping that day doesn't come any time soon.Reid will be pitted against one of his former disciples Sunday when the Chiefs take on the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars in an AFC showdown.Doug Pederson is in his first year as coach of the Jaguars (3-6) but knows a thing or two about Reid after serving on his coaching staff in Kansas City and Philadelphia after also playing for him in 1999.Reid knows Pederson will have his team ready to go."They look organized, and they have good energy," Reid said of Jacksonville. "When you watch enough tape, there's a certain trust that you can see through the players to the coaches indirectly."Pederson values the lessons he's learned from Reid, but come game day, winning takes precedence."He's taught me a lot about this game. It's always fun to go against him and his teams because you know they're going to be well coached and well disciplined," Pederson said. "But once we tee it up, we're focused on the game."In an attempt to oust his former mentor, Pederson will likely heavily utilize running back Travis Etienne, who blossomed midway through the season despite not starting the first five games.Etienne, who missed last season due to a foot injury, has officially taken over as Jacksonville's lead back after James Robinson was traded to the New York Jets. He's rushed for over 100 yards in each of the last three games while recording all four of his touchdowns during that span.Due to his increased workload, Etienne has also climbed his way up the leaderboards and now has the fifth-most rushing yards in the league (680).
NFL flexes Chiefs-Chargers to ‘SNF’ in Week 11
The NFL on Tuesday flexed in the Kansas City Chiefs-Los Angeles Chargers contest for the Sunday night game in Week 11.The Pittsburgh Steelers-Cincinnati Bengals game got flexed out of that spot, sliding to a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff slot on CBS.NBC owns the "Sunday Night Football" package with a recurring kickoff at 8:20 p.m. ET.The Chiefs travel to Los Angeles for the second meeting of the season between the teams. The Chiefs defeated the Chargers in Week 2, 27-24.
Chiefs prevail in OT, snap losing streak vs. Titans
Harrison Butker kicked a 28-yard field goal with 4:04 left in overtime and Patrick Mahomes passed for 446 yards as the Kansas City Chiefs recorded a 20-17 overtime victory over the visiting Tennessee Titans on Sunday night.Mahomes established career highs of 43 completions and 68 attempts to help the Chiefs (6-2) end their four-game losing streak versus the Titans. He passed for one touchdown and one interception and also rushed for a career-best 63 yards while scoring once on the ground.After taking the lead, the Chiefs twice sacked rookie Malik Willis while finishing off the victory over the Titans (5-3) and tying the Buffalo Bills for the AFC's top record.Derrick Henry rushed for 115 yards and two touchdowns for Tennessee, which had a five-game winning streak halted.Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill missed his second straight game due to an ankle injury.Willis completed just 5 of 16 passes for 80 yards in his second career start. Denico Autry had two sacks and Roger McCreary had an interception.Travis Kelce had 10 receptions for 106 yards and JuJu Smith-Schuster caught 10 passes for 88 yards for the Chiefs. Mecole Hardman caught a touchdown pass.Kansas City used a 13-play, 93-yard drive to tie the score at 17 with 2:56 remaining in regulation.Mahomes kept the drive going with a 20-yard scramble on third-and-17 and later scored the touchdown on a 14-yard run. Then he ran in the two-point conversion to knot the score.
Titans hit road looking to extend winning streak vs. Chiefs
The Tennessee Titans aim for their fifth consecutive regular-season victory over the host Kansas City Chiefs when the teams battle Sunday night in an AFC showdown.Counting the postseason, Tennessee has won five of the past six meetings. But the Chiefs were victorious in the most important tussle when they beat the Titans 35-24 in the 2019 AFC Championship Game.Both teams are 5-2 this time around, with Tennessee being the hotter squad following five consecutive wins after a slow start. Kansas City is coming off a bye and routed the host San Francisco 49ers 44-23 in its last outing.But still fresh on the mind of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is last season's one-sided 27-3 loss to the Titans in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee led 27-0 at the half in the convincing victory."You've got to be ready to play football," Mahomes said on Wednesday. "Last year, we weren't ready and they beat our (expletive). It's going to be a physical matchup and we need to go out there and play our best football. ... We know this is a great football team coming to town."Mahomes is enjoying a solid season with an NFL-best 20 touchdown passes to go with 2,159 yards and five interceptions.But perhaps the most pivotal player on the field will be Titans running back Derrick Henry.Henry rushed for 219 yards and two touchdowns in last week's 17-10 road win over the Houston Texans. The 200-yard outing was the sixth of his career, tying the NFL record shared by O.J. Simpson and Adrian Peterson.Henry has topped 100 rushing yards in four straight games and ranks third in the NFL with 755. He has scored seven touchdowns.As he typically does, Henry credited the offensive line for his big day."They were the ones that made it happen," Henry said. "Without them, I wouldn't have half the success that I've had."Henry was limited in practice Wednesday with a sore foot. He is expected to be fine by kickoff.A bigger question is the health of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who missed the game against the Texans due to an ankle injury that ended his streak of 49 consecutive starts.Tannehill was a limited practice participant on Wednesday and a decision on his availability will come later in the week.
Reports: Falcons acquire Chiefs CB Rashad Fenton
The Kansas City Chiefs sent cornerback Rashad Fenton to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2023, ESPN and NFL Network reported ahead of Tuesday's trade deadline.Atlanta also traded safety Dean Marlowe to the Buffalo Bills for a seventh-round pick in 2023.The Falcons have dealt with multiple injuries in the secondary. Starting cornerback Casey Hayward (shoulder) is out indefinitely on injured reserve, and fellow starter A.J. Terrell (hamstring) missed last week's win over the Carolina Panthers but could return this week.Fenton has started all five games he's played for the Chiefs this season, his fourth in the NFL (all with Kansas City). He has totaled 24 tackles and two pass breakups. Fenton missed the Chiefs' past two games with a hamstring injury.For his career, the former sixth-round draft pick has two interceptions, two forced fumbles, 20 passes defensed and 123 tackles in 47 career games (16 starts).
Britt Reid gets 3-year prison sentence for DWI crash
Ex-Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday in relation to a drunk-driving crash that seriously injured a young girl.Reid, the son of head coach Andy Reid, was sentenced by Circuit Judge Charles H. McKenzie in Kansas City, Mo.Reid had pleaded guilty in September to a felony charge of driving while intoxicated and causing serious physical injury. The prosecution sought a four-year prison term, below the maximum limit of seven years for the crime, as part of the plea agreement. The defense asked for probation.Attorney Tom Porto, who represents the girl injured in the incident, said in a statement, "The victims of this crime are outraged the Defendant was not sentenced to the maximum sentence allowable by law."No amount of prison time will ever be enough to punish the Defendant for the pain and suffering he caused this family and the ongoing difficulties that (the girl) will continue to endure for the rest of her life."Reid, 37, admitted he was intoxicated on the night of Feb. 4, 2021, when the car he was driving struck two cars stopped on the side of an interstate entrance ramp. The accident left 5-year-old Ariel Young with a traumatic brain injury and five other people, including Reid.
Chiefs RB Ronald Jones wants to be released
Running back Ronald Jones took to social media to apparently ask for his release from the Kansas City Chiefs.Jones, 25, has been listed as inactive for every regular-season game with the Chiefs since signing a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the team in the offseason."Sure would like a RELEASE right about now," Jones wrote Friday night on Twitter.The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday.