Chiefs news for 18 December 2018
A bit of a wild weekend in the NFL as the playoffs nearing and the Kansas City Chiefs still are leading the AFC.
With the playoffs upon us, we are going to look at three teams that the Kansas City Chiefs don’t want to see in January—if at all possible. While any playoff matchup is going to be tough, team history tells us that we’d like some potential opponents more than others.
The Chiefs simultaneously own perhaps the best offense and worst defense in the NFL. Let’s get to know the Seahawks’ next opponent a little better.
2) Patrick Mahomes: QB, Kansas City Chiefs,
Mahomes’ current betting odds: 20/21
1) Drew Brees: QB, New Orleans Saints
Brees’ Current odds: 10/11
Five of the six highest-paid NFL quarterbacks based on average annual value – Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Jimmy Garoppolo, Matthew Stafford and Derek Carr – are in line to miss the playoffs. And Kirk Cousins, the other member of the top six, has Minnesota clinging to the second wild-card spot.
Rest of the West
Sitting at 6-6 and expected to be favored in their next three games, the Broncos had a shot at the playoffs. But losses to San Francisco and Cleveland ended those hopes and put them one defeat away from consecutive losing seasons for the first time in 46 years.
Now everything is up for discussion until Broncos president of football operations/general manager John Elway says it isn’t — Joseph’s future, the coaching staff’s future, Keenum’s future, the future of almost any player whose name isn’t Harris or Von Miller — because the Broncos haven’t had a postseason game on their docket since the Super Bowl 50 win.
The Raiders’ 2018 home finale, a Christmas Eve affair against the rival Denver Broncos, might be the final Raiders game ever played in Oakland after the city announced its plans last week to file a federal lawsuit against the team and league over the move to Las Vegas in 2020. A day later, the Raiders pulled their offer to pay $7.5 million in rent for one last season in 2019 at the Oakland Coliseum off the table.
Now, the fact remains, even if Derek Carr and Co., go out and handle business on Monday Night Football next week against the Denver Broncos, then wrap up the season with what would be an incredibly impressive road win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Raiders would still finish six games under .500, but in a league where chances to showcase your best come just once a week, a strong bookend to 2018 would be a most welcome sight.
We will see how mentally tough this team has become. The Baltimore Ravens are not a cake walk and it will require our team to get out of the gates quick.
Rest of the Rest
Giants, Cardinals, Jaguars, Raiders, and Jets look ahead to the moves they can make this spring to get back to contention next season.
Here’s the latest on all the major injuries from our NFL Nation reporters, including the prognosis on each player for the rest of the season.
As may be expected when a coach and his team are mired in a losing streak, speculation has reigned in the Carolinas concerning what the Panthers will do if Rivera and his team miss the playoffs. Such talk may very well be premature – According to a report by ESPN’s David Newton, sources have stated that Rivera’s job is likely safe.
Jared Allen played professional football for the Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers. One thing he never did, according to a new lawsuit, was seek treatment at the Troy-based Pain Free Life Centers of Michigan.
I’m sticking with Saints-Chiefs. Mainly because of how entertaining that game would be.