Chiefs news for 21 December 2018
“Like I said, there’s a lot of guys around the league that probably should be in but didn’t (make it),” Watt said. “I think (T.J.’s) one of them. I think he’s extremely deserving with what he’s done all year. You look at Chris Jones from the Chiefs. I mean he’s a defensive tackle with 14 sacks. How you don’t make the Pro Bowl with that, I mean that kind of right there tells you all you need to know about the weight you should put into that.”
Last Sunday, the Seahawks laid an egg against the San Francisco 49ers—a team they’d not only beaten two weeks prior by 27 points but also a team expected to vie for an early draft pick next April. Before that, however, the Seahawks had reeled off 8 wins in 11 games, a streak that flummoxed experts who assumed that Pete Carroll’s team was too inexperienced to cause any real damage in 2018.
Take a drive down Gateway Avenue in Riverside, and it’s hard to miss the 20-foot-tall painting of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes in Jeff Parson’s front yard. “I was like, ‘Am I going to do something for Christmas? But you know what? It’s fun being a Chiefs fan now,” Parson said. “There’s an excitement in the air that hasn’t been around in a long time. I mean, you can just feel it talking to people.”
Jones hasn’t changed gloves since and has at least one sack in 10 straight games, which ties an NFL record. He’ll go for the solo record Sunday night at the Seattle Seahawks. “My gloves smell like a dead animal, but I won’t change them up because I’m very superstitious,” Jones said. “I won’t change the gloves at all. My teammates hate them. You can smell me coming.”
Former Ravens coach Brian Billick believes the Chargers’ blueprint could be duplicated this Sunday by the Seahawks.
Unless the Chiefs shift their approach to the position, it’s unlikely the team adds a high-priced free-agent.
Rest of the West
At 1,716 career completions, Carr can surpass Peyton Manning for the distinction with 34 over the Raiders’ final two games. Carr has already joined Manning as the only two quarterbacks to begin their NFL careers with five straight seasons of 300 or more completions, albeit during a season in which the Raiders are 3-11 heading into Monday’s home finale against the Broncos.
It’s going to be a rough few years for Oakland sports. The Golden State Warriors are leaving Oracle Arena for the Chase Center in San Francisco across the bay in 2019, while the Oakland Raiders will be heading to Las Vegas. The Oakland Athletics have released a plan for a new stadium to replace the dilapidated Oakland Coliseum, but there’s still a lot of red tape to cross.
In what will be welcome news to most Denver Broncos fans, a league source has let Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk know that John Elway intends to fire head coach Vance Joseph at the end of the season.
Former second-round pick Adam Gotsis has been fantastic for the Denver Broncos two years in a row. He is getting it done in a variety of ways.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen, who left last Thursday night’s game against the Chiefs with a hip pointer, is now expected to play Saturday night against the Ravens, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday.
The two longtime teammates and all-time friends will battle as opponents, something they’ve done plenty of times in the past but never outside of practice. The two were teammates for nine seasons starting in 2007, after the Chargers drafted Weddle in the second round.
Rest of the Rest
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that Gordon is facing another indefinite suspension for violating terms of his reinstatement under the substance abuse policy, according to a source informed his status.
Outspoken New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan argued against Ben Roethlisberger’s case as a future Hall of Famer on Wednesday, saying he wouldn’t rank the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback among the top five of his generation.
While Eric Reid is “not surprised” he’s been drug tested by the NFL six times in the past 11 weeks, his Panthers teammates and coaches are growing increasingly annoyed at the frequency of the league’s “random” drug testing policy.
For a Steelers team already dealing with an injury to running back James Conner, this is potentially a big blow as Pittsburgh is striving for a playoff berth as it tackles NFC South champion the New Orleans Saints on the road Sunday.
It turns out, the Patriots tried to prepare for this outcome. According to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe, the Patriots “recognized” that there was a chance Gordon wouldn’t play the entire season, which is why they tried to make a move for Demaryius Thomas before the trade deadline and refused to move Phillip Dorsett.
Long is trying to keep the good vibes going via a Nick Foles shrine that he assembled on his locker shelf Thursday. There is a framed picture of Foles from his days with the St. Louis Rams, a personalized copy of Foles’ book, “Believe It,” and some religious candles to complete the effect.
Here are the MVP standings for this week:
1. Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes