Chiefs news for 19 December 2018
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been named a starter for the game along with wide receiver Tyreek Hill, fullback Anthony Sherman, tight end Travis Kelce, tackle Eric Fisher and offensive linebacker Dee Ford. This is the first nomination for Mahomes, Fisher, Ford and Sherman, the third nomination for Hill, and the fourth for Kelce.
Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller tells reporters that a miscommunication led to the Los Angeles Chargers scoring a two-point conversion last Thursday.
Russell Wilson is a tough dude, but he’s still getting sacked and pressured way too much in 2018. Apparently it’s just more of the same from the last five seasons. Consider the fact that Patrick Mahomes has only been sacked only 25 times (5th fewest in NFL) in 2018 and he looks like he’s been under constant duress. This is something the Chiefs can take advantage of on Sunday.
Kansas City is tied for the top record in the AFC through 14 games this year, and from national broadcasts to noon kickoffs, the television ratings this season are pacing to be the Chiefs’ best since the team began tracking ratings data back in 2009.
Next year’s schedule is shaping up to be an exciting one, with several games against teams that could be among the league’s best. The AFC South and the NFC North are on the schedule, which means there should be a heavy amount of competition for the Chiefs throughout the 2019 season.
Rest of the West
Is Vance Joseph going to be fired? What are they waiting for?
There are mitigating circumstances, but Denver has had 4 coaches in 6 years if they go to hire a new one next year. That combined with a number of openings around the league means that Elway could have a hard time picking up his top choice.
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden offered a vote of confidence in quarterback Derek Carr amid a disappointing season from the three-time Pro Bowler. “We are very pleased and proud of what he has done,” Gruden said, per Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We know we got to get better around him, and that we will.”
Expect even more Raiders’ roster chaos in 2019. When Gruden was hired by Mark Davis in January, he talked about quickly winning championships. But once he traded Khalil Mack on September 1 because of a contract squabble, Gruden started deconstructing the roster. Gruden has no pressure or urgency because of his contract. He can take his time rebuilding his roster. But there will be a lot of heavy lifting in 2019.
The Ravens are 4½-point road underdogs against the Los Angeles Chargers ahead of their vital Week 16 matchup Sunday, according to most Las Vegas betting lines. The Chargers (11-3) opened as six-point favorites in some sportsbooks, but the line has come down in recent days.
Anthony Lynn’s Coach of the Year candidacy is enjoying a strong couple of weeks. Within the span of 11 days, his Los Angeles Chargers came back from 16 points down to beat the first-place Steelers in Pittsburgh and from 14 points down to beat the first-place Chiefs in Kansas City. They’re 11-3 and locked into a playoff spot with a chance to earn the AFC’s top seed if the next two weeks go well.
Rest of the Rest
The veteran is signing with the Los Angeles Rams to help bolster the team’s running back corps heading into the postseason, a source told NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
Brady joined Peyton Manning, Tony Gonzalez, Bruce Matthews and Merlin Olsen as the only five players with 14 Pro Bowl selections, according to ESPN Stats & Information. But the Patriots only had two players selected to the Jan. 27 game in Orlando, with cornerback Stephon Gilmore joining Brady.
Ohio State pumps talent into the NFL every year. Many of those Buckeyes go on to have very productive careers as professional football players. This year was no different.
So it is with the 5-9 Atlanta Falcons. Coach Dan Quinn’s job is safe, but the rest of his staff could be in jeopardy of losing jobs. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Tuesday on Up To The Minute Live that Quinn is expected to make significant changes to the Falcons coaching staff.