Sep 12, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) against the Cleveland Browns during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Adding WR Josh Gordon gets Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes giddy

Beyond admitted baggage and possible rust, here is what quarterback Patrick Mahomes knows about his newest wide receiver: Josh Gordon brings All-Pro credentials to the Kansas City Chiefs.

“Everywhere he’s been, he’s kind of dominated,” Mahomes said Wednesday, prior to his first practice with the former Browns, Patriots and Seahawks wide receiver. “He can make plays in one-on-one coverage. He’s a big receiver. Even if he’s covered, he’s not covered. You can kind of throw it up there and he can make plays.”

And, in Mahomes’ words from a few weeks ago talking about Tyreek Hill, “sometimes it be like that.” Gordon was an All-Pro in 2013, leading the NFL in receiving yards with the Cleveland Browns.

Years removed from his most dominant and productive seasons, Gordon could eventually help Mahomes and Co. He’s joining the practice squad, not the 53-man roster, and will be given extra time to re-acclimate to an NFL locker room, system and lifestyle. Head coach Andy Reid plans to be intentionally patient with Gordon, 30, who is back in the NFL for the first time since 2019.

“It’s going to take awhile,” said Reid, adding he doubted Gordon would be on the roster this week. “We’ll just see how it goes over the next week or two.”

Gordon has the size and speed to make an impact if all other variables fall into place.

The Chiefs are in need of a wide receiver to draw attention from the All-Pro Hill, who has 70 yards on eight receptions in the past two games.

“I’m sure they’ll incorporate him with a couple roles in the offense as the season goes on, as we get him up to speed, and we’ll see where that takes us,” Mahomes said. “He’ll have his role. He’s a great football player, but in this offense everybody gets a chance to make plays.”

In December 2019, Gordon was given an indefinite suspension for substance abuse and performance-enhancing substance violations.

It marked Gordon’s sixth suspension since the 2013 season. A subsequent reinstatement in December 2020 lasted only a month — with no on-field appearances — and was rescinded in January 2021.

ESPN’s report said Gordon had a setback in his recovery.

Gordon entered the league in the 2012 supplemental draft, selected in the second round by the Browns. He played in Cleveland until 2018 — he missed 2015-16 due to suspension — then played parts of 2018-19 with the New England Patriots before moving on to Seattle.

Gordon has 247 career receptions for 4,252 yards with 20 touchdowns in 63 games (56 starts).

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is tackled by Los Angeles Chargers defensive tackle Justin Jones (93) during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes’ MVP odds take hit; Josh Allen rises

Patrick Mahomes’ NFL MVP odds took a hit following his two-interception performance in Kansas City’s loss on Sunday that dropped the Chiefs to 1-2.

Mahomes was the +500 favorite entering Week 3 but saw those odds lengthen to +600 at PointsBet on Monday. They slipped even further later in the day, with the Chiefs’ quarterback now the co-favorite at +700 with Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady.

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray is now the +750 betting favorite at DraftKings, followed by Mahomes and Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford at +800.

Stafford also saw his MVP odds shorten from +1000 to +800 at PointsBet after guiding the Rams past the Bucs on Sunday and to a 3-0 record to start the season. He is the co-third favorite at the book along with Murray.

The biggest move of Week 3 belongs to Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen, who is now being offered at +900 by PointsBet after entering the weekend at +1400. The Bills are 2-1 following a rout of the Washington Football Team, and Allen has now pulled event at DraftKings at +1000 along with Brady and Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Mahomes entered the season as the MVP favorite and he remained in that role while throwing six touchdowns against one interception through Kansas City’s 1-1 start. However, he threw a pair of picks in Sunday’s 34-24 loss to the Chargers.

The Chiefs are still the AFC West favorites at PointsBet despite being 1-2, although their odds have moved from -225 before Sunday’s game to -125. The undefeated Denver Broncos are being offered at +350, followed by the Chargers (+500) and the Las Vegas Raiders (+525).

The AFC West has begun the season a combined 9-3, with the Chiefs owning two of those losses and the Chargers one.

The Chiefs entered Sunday at +525 to win the Super Bowl and also saw those odds lengthen a bit to +600 on Monday.

“We are who we are right now because of the turnovers,” Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said Monday. “We’re a 1-2 team, and so we have to correct everything, make sure we get back on track and getting this thing going in the right direction moving forward.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 19, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks on against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady throws way toward top of MVP race

It only took one monster week for Tom Brady to insert his name back into the thick of the NFL MVP race.

Brady saw the gap between himself and Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes lengthen after the three-time MVP threw four touchdowns against a pair of interceptions in Tampa Bay’s Week 1 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

After following that up with five touchdowns without a pick in Sunday’s win over Atlanta, Brady now has 655 passing yards and nine touchdowns through two games.

The Buccaneers’ quarterback is now being offered at +550 at PointsBet, just behind Mahomes at +500. Brady was being offered at +1200 after Week 1 while Mahomes’ odds have lengthened a bit from +400.

The next-shortest odds at PointsBet belong to Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray (+750 from +1000). However, Murray is the current +550 favorite at BetMGM, followed by Mahomes (+600) and Brady (+700).

Matthew Stafford has the fourth-shortest odds at both sportsbooks: +1000 along with Seattle’s Russell Wilson at PointsBet and +1100 at BetMGM. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers saw his odds improve to +1200 and +1300, respectively, following Monday night’s convincing win over Detroit.

Las Vegas’ 2-0 start has also resulted in Derek Carr’s MVP odds being slashed to +2000 at both sportsbooks.

Going the opposite direction after a lopsided loss to Carolina is New Orleans’ Jameis Winston, whose odds doubled from +2000 to +4000 at PointsBet while lengthening further to +5000 at BetMGM.

The top non-quarterback remains Tennessee running back Derrick Henry, who is being offered at +5000 at BetMGM and +10000 at PointsBet.

Notable adjustments in other award winner futures at PointsBet include:

Defensive Player of the Year
–Nick Bosa (49ers) +1200 to +800
–Aaron Donald (Rams)/Myles Garrett (Browns) +600 to +700

Offensive Rookie of the Year
–Trevor Lawrence (Jaguars) +375 to +500
–Zach Wilson (Jets) +800 to +2000
–Mac Jones (Patriots) +250 to +190
–Kyle Pitts (Falcons) +1200 to +650

–Field Level Media

Aug 28, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) walks to the field prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

2021 NFL futures entering Week 1: Josh Allen for MVP?

Bettors are getting behind Bills quarterback Josh Allen for 2021 NFL MVP but almost all markets show Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes as the overwhelming favorite.

At BetMGM, Allen entered Week 1 at +1400 and is the book’s greatest liability among all futures bets with 13.7 percent of the total handle in the MVP betting market. A staggering 18.5 percent of futures tickets include Allen for MVP at the book.

PointsBet bumped Allen to +800 and set Mahomes at +450, and the Bills’ QB has 33.8 percent of the total handle on MVP bets.

Nearly 26.7 percent of the handle at BetMGM was on Tom Brady, who opened at +1400 and remained steady as the Buccaneers edged the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1.

Allen is the biggest liability for PointsBet and FanDuel at +1300 odds and nearly 20 percent of the total handle. The Bills’ QB is also third in FanDuel’s market for the NFL’s leader in passing TDs behind Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers.

Mahomes leads the MVP odds race across the board. BetMGM offers +600 odds on Mahomes winning MVP.

Their second-largest liability behind Allen is Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has 8.5 percent of tickets at +2000.

In terms of line movement, 49ers rookie Trey Lance has moved more than any player since MVP markets were released.

The opening-day backup for San Francisco is +10000 after opening at +30000 with BetMGM.

–Mahomes’ Chiefs are also the favorite to win Super Bowl LVI at +500 (PointsBet) and +600 (DraftKings). The next-closest AFC team on the board is the Buffalo Bills at +1200 (PointsBet, DraftKings). The Buccaneers are at +600.

More than 17 percent of the Super Bowl market handle rests on the Chiefs.

The biggest mover since the market opened in February is the Green Bay Packers, who went from +1700 at PointsBet to +1000.

–Browns defensive end Myles Garrett heads Defensive Player of the Year odds at +450 at PointsBet with Aaron Donald on his heels but the most tickets are on Washington Football Team pass rusher Chase Young. At +1000, more than half of DPOY tickets are on Young.

–Patriots quarterback Mac Jones climbed to the top of the Offensive Rookie of the Year market at +450, ahead of Lance (+750) and Bears rookie quarterback Justin Fields (+750).

–Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (+600) is splitting most of the Defensive Rookie of the Year handle with longshots: Gregory Rousseau (+2000), Joe Tryon (+2500) and Patrick Surtain II (+1100) all have at least 10 percent of the handle at PointsBet and DraftKings.

–Field Level Media

Aug 28, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) returns to the locker room following warmups before a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Wilson: 5 bold predictions for 2021

Be bold, be bullish, be all-in when it comes to ultra-big, ultra-athletic and ultra-skilled Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf.

Metcalf is an extremely reliable breakout candidate and my prediction for huge NFL numbers in his third NFL season.

Here’s why:

At a sculpted 6-foot-4, 235 pounds with 4.33 speed in the 40-yard dash, Metcalf has freakish size and speed and knows how to use his superior traits to full advantage.

He had at least 100 yards or one touchdown in 10 of 16 games last season, finishing with 83 receptions for 1,303 yards (seventh in the NFL) and 10 touchdowns. He was targeted at least four times every game.

In two NFL seasons, he has 141 career catches for 2,203 yards and 17 touchdowns.

In his third NFL season, look for even greater production from Metcalf. He could emerge as the top wide receiver in the game.

Russell Wilson has built a strong chemistry with Metcalf and will make it a point to throw him the football frequently. That conclusion doesn’t require sources. It’s just a matter of fact and practicality.

The game is slowing down for Metcalf and he’s gained greater knowledge of the Seahawks’ offense and excellent timing with how Wilson likes to play.

As they say, “Let Russ cook.” How about, “Let Russ and Metcalf collaborate as co-chefs to cook a delicious meal of touchdowns.”

The Seahawks hired Shane Waldron as offensive coordinator, which could help Metcalf maximize his talents. Look at how much production the Los Angeles Rams, Waldron’s old team, have had at wide receiver and the diversity of their schemes under Sean McVay.

There could be extra pockets for Metcalf to operate.

Metcalf should also benefit from the presence of rookie D’Wayne Eskridge, who’s capable of being an effective weapon in the slot and as an outside receiver.

Metcalf lined up in the slot 16.6 percent of the time last season. That number could increase under Waldron’s direction. Plus, Metcalf has upgraded his route-running skills.

Under Waldron, the Seahawks are expected to increase their tempo with quick passing game strategies.

Metcalf is also an imposing red-zone target, where he scored five times last season.

And Metcalf has the requisite attitude for the job.

“Hungry,” he said. “Still hungry. Be better than last year, that’s always the goal.”

Here are four more bold predictions for the 2021 season:

Chiefs win it all

Yes, Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers have the talent to repeat. And they looked good in a dramatic season-opening win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Here’s saying they won’t repeat. And it’s not because of any obvious deficiencies with the Buccaneers.

The Kansas City Chiefs are just that good.

Between a fully healthy Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and an upgraded offensive line led by Joe Thuney and Orlando Brown, the Chiefs are primed to win a Super Bowl rematch over the Buccaneers.

Bills are in the mix

The Buffalo Bills are a sleeper Super Bowl candidate around the league.

The emergence of strong-armed mobile quarterback Josh Allen makes them a legitimate contender.

The addition of Stefon Diggs last season and general manager Brandon Beane’s steady roster moves to improve a loaded defense makes the Bills Mafia extremely happy.

This team is on the cusp of accomplishing big things.

Browns take over AFC North

The way the Baltimore Ravens’ running back situation has been decimated by injuries — including the losses of J.K. Dobbins, Gus Edwards and Justice Hill for the season — could prevent them from remaining ahead of the pack in the division.

Lamar Jackson is a dynamic presence, but can only do so much given the injury situation in the backfield.

The Cleveland Browns are poised to ascend.

A two-running back system with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, a playmaking quarterback in Baker Mayfield, the return of Odell Beckham Jr. from an ACL injury and a defense that has Myles Garrett makes the Browns the heavy favorite in this division.

Colts take a step back

It’s hard to believe in Carson Wentz resurrecting his career with the Indianapolis Colts.

Wentz’s confidence and mechanics were shot in Philadelphia. Even having Frank Reich around to coach him up again won’t be enough to get Wentz back to where he began his career.

Look for the Tennessee Titans to rule the AFC South because of powerhouse running back Derrick Henry, the addition of Julio Jones and the play-action skills of quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The defense, led by Jeffery Simmons, is improving.

–Field Level Media

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) greets Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) after Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady, Patrick Mahomes share Madden ’22 cover

After fighting it out in the Super Bowl, Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes are sharing the cover for Madden ’22.

The video game released in August is one of the most popular sports titles with a segment of fans who admittedly take a day off for the on-sale date.

“Whenever you first get on the cover, that’s a special moment,” Mahomes told ESPN. “So to be on it again, twice, with an all-time great like Tom Brady, it’s a special moment that I’m glad that I’m able to do so soon after I had done it the first time.

“I’ll be able to have it for the rest of my life and be able to show my kids and my kids’ kids that I was on it two times.”

Brady and Mahomes are each on the cover for the second time, with Brady (then with the New England Patriots) gracing Madden ’18 and Mahomes on Madden ’20.

Brady was MVP of Super Bowl LV as his Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in February. Mahomes led the Chiefs to a win in the NFL title game the previous season and won MVP honors.

The last time two players shared the cover was Madden ’10 with Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.

Brady debuted in Madden ’01 with a player rating of 57, but not by name. He was listed as QB No. 12 and fourth-string with the Patriots.

Mahomes was a member of the “99 Club” last year, a nod to the near-perfect rating given to only a select class of NFL players. He has been the top-rated quarterback in Madden the past two years.

–Field Level Media

Feb 4, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chiefs hope to restructure Patrick Mahomes’ contract

The Kansas City Chiefs apparently hope to become the latest NFL team to restructure the contract of a high-priced quarterback to save salary-cap space.

ESPN reported Friday that the Chiefs hope to change Mahomes’ $21.7 million roster bonus to a signing bonus, a maneuver that would result in $17 million of cap savings for the 2021 season.

The accounting shift would allow the team to spread out the cap cost of the bonus money over multiple years.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and quarterback Tom Brady similarly agreed to a contract extension Friday that provides the club with additional salary-cap flexibility.

The Chiefs’ tight salary-cap situation was highlighted earlier this week when the team parted ways with starting tackles Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher on the same day.

Mahomes is under contract with the Chiefs through 2031 on a 10-year, $450 million contract he agreed to last summer. He reportedly was guaranteed $103.5 million through this month, including a $63 million bonus paid when he signed. His total injury guarantee was $141 million.

Mahomes, 25, was the 2018 NFL Most Valuable Player, and he led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl championship after the 2019 season. Kansas City got back to the Super Bowl following the 2020 season but fell to Brady and the Buccaneers in the title game last month.

In 2020, Mahomes completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 4,740 yards with 38 touchdown passes and just six interceptions. A three-time Pro Bowl honoree, Mahomes has a 38-8 career regular-season record as a starter, and he has completed 66 percent of his passes for 14,152 yards with 114 TD tosses and 24 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Feb 4, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes early favorite to win 2021 NFL MVP award

The dust has barely settled from Super Bowl LV and all eyes have turned back to Patrick Mahomes.

Despite seeing his Kansas City Chiefs come up short in the big game last week, Mahomes has been installed as the early favorite to win NFL Most Valuable Player honors for the 2021 season.

Mahomes, who won the award in 2018, is listed at +500 by DraftKings.

Mahomes, 25, is expected to be motivated after throwing for 4,740 yards and 38 touchdowns during the regular season before enduring one of the worst games of his NFL career in last Sunday’s 31-9 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He completed 26 of 49 passes for 270 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in Super Bowl LV.

Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers resides at +800 to capture his fourth such award.

Rodgers received 44 votes to earn his third career MVP award (2011, 2014) on Feb. 6. Rodgers led the league with 48 touchdown passes, a 70.7 percent completion rate and a 121.5 rating.

Fellow quarterbacks Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills) and Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks) are both listed at +1300 to win the 2021 NFL MVP.

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford is fifth on the list at +1500 following his trade from the Detroit Lions.

Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady of the Buccaneers sits at +1600 to win his fourth NFL MVP honor, while Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has the same odds to capture his second in three years.

The first non-quarterbacks on the list are Tennessee Titans bulldozer Derrick Henry and fellow running back Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers. Both are at +3300.

–Field Level Media

Feb 6, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; A general view of the Super Bowl LV logo projected on the Sykes tower in downtown Tampa prior to the game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers playing against the Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

NHL, NBA stars offer predictions on Super Bowl LV

Several high-profile NHL and NBA players and coaches weighed in with their predictions on which team will win Super Bowl LV.

Pittsburgh Penguins superstar captain Sidney Crosby expects the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs.

Why?

“That’s a tough one. It’s hard to bet against Tom Brady for the amount of times he’s been there,” Crosby said in a survey conducted among NHL players and coaches.

Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie acknowledged Brady’s decorated career but feels that Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will repeat as Super Bowl champions.

“It’s hard to go against Tom, obviously, but I’m going to go with K.C.,” Oshie said. “I just like the way they play. Their offense is fun to watch. Either way, I hope it comes down to the last play.”

Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw offered a different take on why Brady will win.

“Tom Brady (will win) because he’s got the refs on his side,” Shaw said.

Shifting from the ice to the hardwood, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr revealed why he believes the Chiefs will come out on top.

“A good friend of mine sent me a text last week and it just said very simply, ‘Mahomes, (Travis) Kelce and (Tyreek) Hill equals (Kevin Durant), Klay (Thompson) and Steph (Curry),’” Kerr said on ESPN Radio.

“I thought, ‘That’s a pretty good analogy.’ Those guys are so explosive, and they’re incredible to watch.”

And then there’s LeBron James, who walked a fine line with his prediction considering he has friends on both teams.

“I just want to see a great game,” the Los Angeles Lakers star said.

–Field Level Media

Feb 1, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; In this still image from video provided by the NFL, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, left, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady speak during Opening Night for the NFL Super Bowl 55 football game Monday, Feb. 1, 2021.  Mandatory Credit: NFL via USA TODAY Sports

QB battle for ages takes center stage at Super Bowl LV

Just two years ago, Tom Brady sought out Patrick Mahomes after the AFC Championship Game to console the youngster and provide encouragement.

Mahomes hasn’t lost a playoff game since that conversation, and he will look to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to their second straight title when they face Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV on Sunday in Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium.

The Buccaneers will be the first team in Super Bowl history to play in their home stadium, while the Chiefs are looking to become the first repeat Super Bowl champs since Brady’s New England Patriots were the victors after the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

Kansas City defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in last season’s Super Bowl for the franchise’s second-ever title. That victory came just more than 12 months after Brady entered the Chiefs’ locker room in search of Mahomes.

“It was important because it showed I was doing things the right way,” Mahomes said while reflecting on the conversation. “As a young quarterback in this league, you show up early and you try to put in the time and put in the work. …

“Him saying that he respected what I was doing and how I was playing on the field and the type of person I was, it kind of put a stamp on me that I needed to go in and even be better in order to get to the Super Bowl.”

Now Mahomes stands in the way of Brady’s hunt for his seventh Super Bowl ring. Sunday will mark Brady’s record 10th appearance in the big game.

Brady won six Super Bowl crowns with the Patriots but departed after last season as a free agent and signed with the Buccaneers.

The 43-year-old enjoyed a big season as he passed for 4,633 yards and set a franchise record with 40 touchdown passes in the regular season. And his motivation level is high as he looks to help Tampa Bay win its second Super Bowl title.

“My life has taken certainly a lot of different directions,” Brady said. “I’m obviously older now. I’ve got a family. A lot of incredible blessings in my life. Fast-forward 21 years, sitting in Tampa and trying to win a Super Bowl in our own home stadium would be pretty sweet.”

Mahomes, 25, passed for 4,740 yards and 38 touchdowns this season. His top yardage total was the 462 he piled up in Kansas City’s 27-24 road win over the Buccaneers in Week 12.

Brady passed for 345 yards and attempted to lead his team back from a 17-point, fourth-quarter deficit in that contest.

Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill had a game for the ages with career bests of 269 receiving yards on 13 catches. He also matched his high of three touchdown receptions.

Hill had an astounding 203 yards in the first quarter as Tampa Bay cornerback Carlton Davis struggled to cover him.

Davis expects to fare much better in the high-stakes rematch.

“I’m going to bring the same mentality,” Davis said. “I’m always going to be myself. It didn’t work out the first game as far as what we did and our game plan, but we’ve corrected it and we’ve got a great game plan going in. But I’m going in with the same mentality and that’s to dominate.”

Davis, who had four regular-season interceptions this year, is one of the better players on a defensive unit that features linebackers Devin White (140 tackles, nine sacks) and Lavonte David (117 stops), elite pass rushers Jason Pierre-Paul (9.5 sacks) and Shaquil Barrett (eight sacks) and long-time run stuffer Ndamukong Suh (10.5 tackles for loss).

Brady also has talent to work with on offense, especially wide receivers Mike Evans (1,006 receiving yards) and Chris Godwin (840) and tight end Rob Gronkowski (623).

Pierre-Paul (knee) missed practice Wednesday while David (hamstring), safeties Jordan Whitehead (shoulder/knee) and Antoine Winfield Jr. (ankle) and receiver Antonio Brown (knee) were limited.

Kansas City running backs Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle/hip) and Le’Veon Bell (knee) were limited as were receiver Sammy Watkins (calf) and cornerback Rashad Fenton (foot). Linebacker Willie Gay (ankle) sat out.

The Chiefs will be without left tackle Eric Fisher (Achilles) after he sustained a serious injury during the AFC title game against the Buffalo Bills. Mike Remmers will move from guard to start in place of Fisher.

Among other Kansas City standouts are Travis Kelce — who set a record for tight ends with 1,416 yards in the regular season — safety Tyrann Mathieu (six interceptions) and defensive end Chris Jones (7.5 sacks).

Meanwhile, Chiefs coach Andy Reid (age 62) is looking to become the oldest coach to win back-to-back Super Bowls while the 68-year-old Bruce Arians is looking to become the oldest to win a Super Bowl. New England’s Bill Belichick (66, two years ago) set that mark.

“I’m still part of the ‘Geritol Crew’ and we are a little bit older, and there is experience that comes with that and I guess they say wisdom with age,” Reid said this week. “By chance, a few of the older guys have gotten to this point. I attribute that to good players and then a little bit of experience there.”

–Field Level Media