Jan 17, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is brought down by Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Mack Wilson (51) during the second half in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mahomes would suffer an injury on the play.  Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs underdogs if Patrick Mahomes unable to face Bills

The Kansas City Chiefs will be underdogs in the AFC Championship Game if quarterback Patrick Mahomes isn’t available to face the Buffalo Bills next Sunday.

Mahomes will have to pass through the league’s concussion protocol after being knocked out of Sunday’s 22-17 win over the Cleveland Browns.

SportsBetting.com said the Chiefs were listed as four-point favorites in a projected matchup against the Bills before Mahomes was injured. If Mahomes is not able to play, the sportsbook said Buffalo would be a 2-point favorite. Mahomes’ status also affects the Over/Under, which would be set at 56 points if he’s able to play and 51 points if he’s not.

Mahomes exited at the 7:47 mark of the third quarter after being tackled on an option keeper. He was first evaluated on the sideline before heading to the locker room for further tests and was later ruled out for the remainder of the game.

“He got hit in the back of the head and kind of knocked the wind out of him,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said after the game. “He’s doing great right now, which is a real positive, passed all the deals that he needed to pass so we’ll see where it goes from here.”

Mahomes passed for 255 yards and one touchdown before the injury.

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws a pass in the second quarter during the game against the Carolina Panthers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Packers’ Aaron Rodgers puts vice-grip on MVP race

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has taken a commanding lead in the race for NFL MVP following his sixth four-touchdown game of the season in the Packers’ 40-14 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday night.

The two-time MVP is now the -295 favorite to win a third by PointsBet and is being offered at -150 by BetMGM.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the frontrunner last month, has seen his odds lengthen to +250 and +160 by the two sportsbooks. Mahomes has thrown for 4,740 yards and 38 touchdowns against just six interceptions, but three of those came against the Dolphins earlier this month and Mahomes threw another in Sunday’s narrow 17-14 win over the 4-11 Atlanta Falcons.

Meanwhile, Rodgers has the Packers soaring towards the No. 1 seed in the NFC, which they can clinch with a victory in Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Chicago Bears.

Rodgers threw his first pick since Week 11 on Sunday night but more than made up for it with 231 yards and four touchdowns in the route of Tennessee. He has thrown for 4,059 yards and 44 touchdowns against just five interceptions this season and has 15 touchdowns against a lone pick over his past five games.

The 2011 and 2014 NFL MVP has thrown at least three touchdown passes in 11 of 15 games this season.

It has boiled down to a two-horse race, with Josh Allen being offered third at +1400 by PointsBet and +1800 by BetMGM.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was the favorite through much of the first half of the season but is now being offered at +15000 by BetMGM and is completely off the board at PointsBet. Wilson has led the Seahawks to the NFC West title while throwing for 4,031 yards and a career-high 38 touchdowns, but has also thrown a career-high 13 interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Dec 6, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) gestures as he runs with ball during the second half against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs QB Mahomes leading Pro Bowl voting with week to go

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes leads all players with 261,309 votes for the Pro Bowl in fan balloting.

Mahomes is ahead of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (251,390) as of Thursday morning, the NFL said.

Fan balloting ends Dec. 17 on NFL.com and Twitter.

Rounding out the top five in balloting were Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (235,005), Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (234,802) and Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (234,564).

The Pittsburgh Steelers (11-1) have received more votes from fans than players on any other team, ahead of the Chiefs and Seahawks.

A total of 88 players will be named to the NFL’s all-star team, but the Pro Bowl game will not take place this season because of COVID-19. Rosters are scheduled to be announced Dec. 21.

The Pro Bowl had been scheduled for Jan. 31 in Las Vegas.

The NFL will tabulate a combination of voting methods from fans, coaches and active players.

–Field Level Media

Oct 27, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) after the game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Mahomes emerges as MVP frontrunner

Patrick Mahomes is back in the passing lane and overtook Russell Wilson as the 2020 NFL MVP favorite at most sportsbooks entering Week 11.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, who began the season at 28-1 at FanDuel and DraftKings, has also threatened to crash the party.

Wilson dropped to +250 at BetMGM on Tuesday, behind Mahomes (+180). DraftKings also lists Mahomes at No. 1 Tuesday with the same odds. Wilson is +225, Aaron Rodgers of the Packers is +300 and Murray is +700.

At FanDuel, Mahomes is the favorite at +150 and last year’s winner, Lamar Jackson of the Ravens, has gone from the Week 1 frontrunner all the way to +2300. That’s where Murray started the season at FanDuel.

Also at BetMGM, Rodgers is +325 and Murray is +600 with Tom Brady at +2000. Bills quarterback Josh Allen is now +2500.

Brady opened the season at +1400 (14-1) at PointsBet and DraftKings. The 43-year-old already owns the distinction as the oldest player to win the MVP award way back in 2017. No player in his 40s has ever won NFL MVP.

–Field Level Media

Dec 23, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) talks with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) during pregame warmups at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Mahomes closing gap on Wilson in MVP race

Patrick Mahomes is 3-1 to win the National Football League Most Valuable Player award, but the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback remains a distant second to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Wilson is -143 at BetMGM and -140 at multiple sportsbooks offering futures on the MVP award in 2020, including PointsBet and FanDuel.

With Wilson at minus money and not showing any signs of regressing to the mean, bettors are making considerable plays on the “value” selections such as Mahomes and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady entered Week 8 at 12-1 odds with Wilson at -110 at PointsBet.

Aaron Rodgers was 4-1 with Mahomes 4.5-1, but the Chiefs annihilated the moribund New York Jets and Rodgers and the Packers stumbled at home in empty Lambeau Field, leading to most books flipping the two QBs. That carousel will undoubtedly spin again as the season progresses.

Brady opened the season at +1400 (14-1) at PointsBet and DraftKings. The 43-year-old already owns the distinction as the oldest player to win the MVP award way back in 2017. No 40-plus-year-old player has ever won NFL MVP.

At BetMGM, Brady is 16-1 and Rodgers is down to 6.5-1.

Kyler Murray (Arizona Cardinals) is 28-1 and 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson is down to 30-1 after the Baltimore Ravens dropped to 5-2.

Among the other biggest movers of October is Brady’s replacement in New England. Patriots quarterback Cam Newton, once in the top 10, plummeted to +50000 at BetMGM. That’s the same floor Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack are living on these days.

–Field Level Media

Oct 25, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) rushes for a touchdown past Denver Broncos cornerback Michael Ojemudia (23) in the first quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs roll to convincing win over Broncos

Patrick Mahomes was 15-for-23 passing for 200 yards and a score, Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for a touchdown, and the visiting Kansas City Chiefs trounced the Denver Broncos 43-16 on Sunday.

Byron Pringle returned a kick for a touchdown, Daniel Sorensen returned an interception for another score, Tyreek Hill had six catches for 55 yards and a TD and backup quarterback Chad Henne ran for another for Kansas City, which has won 10 straight against Denver.

Running back Le’Veon Bell, signed 10 days earlier, made his Chiefs’ debut with 39 yards rushing on six carries.

Drew Lock threw for 254 yards on 24-of-40 passing and two interceptions and also ran for a touchdown, and Melvin Gordon III rushed for 68 yards and another score but fumbled twice for the Broncos (2-4).

Denver running back Phillip Lindsay rushed for 79 yards on nine carries before leaving late in the first half with a concussion suffered when he was tackled by Sorensen.

Edwards-Helaire, who rushed for 46 yards, got the Chiefs (6-1) rolling with a tackle-breaking, 11-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to put Kansas City ahead 7-0. The Broncos got even after recovering a fumble at the Chiefs’ 37-yard line, with Lock running it in from the 2 four plays later.

Brandon McManus missed the extra point, keeping Kansas City ahead. Harrison Butker extended the lead with a 40-yard field goal, and then the Chiefs’ defense and special teams padded the advantage.

After pinning Denver at its own 1-yard line, Sorensen jumped a pass to the flat and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown to make it 17-6. McManus answered with a 43-yard field goal but Pringle returned the ensuing kickoff 102 yards for another score and a 24-9 lead.

Butker kicked a pair of field goals in the third quarter to extend the lead and Mahomes connected with Hill for a 10-yard scoring pass early in the fourth quarter. Mahomes extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one TD pass to 17 games.

Gordon scored from 3 yards out to make it 37-16 but Henne, in relief of Mahomes, scored on a one-yard run with 2:58 left.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) takes the snap against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Butker kicks Chiefs to OT win over Chargers

Patrick Mahomes passed for two touchdowns, and Harrison Butker’s franchise record-tying 58-yard field goal in overtime spoiled Justin Herbert’s impressive debut, as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the AFC West-rival Los Angeles Chargers 23-20 on Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif.

The winning kick with 1:55 left was Butker’s second 58-yarder of the day. He matched the club record set by Nick Lowery, who kicked 58-yard field goals in 1983 and 1985.

The Chiefs (2-0) fell behind 17-6 in the second half, but erased the deficit with 11 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. The run capped when Mahomes threw for 54 of his 302 yards on a one-footed toss to Tyreek Hill for a touchdown.

Hill finished with 99 yards on five receptions.

A successful two-point conversion pass to Mecole Hardman made up for an unsuccessful PAT in the second quarter after a 10-yard Travis Kelce touchdown reception. Jerry Tillery broke through to block the kick.

That was the sole misfire for Butker on a historic day. His 30-yard field goal as time expired forced overtime.

Mahomes helped set up Butker’s game-tying field goal with a 12-play, 63-yard drive spanning the final 2:27 of regulation. Facing a third-and-20 late into the possession, Mahomes found a seam up the middle to run for 21 of his team-high 54 rushing yards.

Los Angeles (1-1) — which went 2-9 in one-score games last season but opened the 2020 campaign with a 16-13 win in Cincinnati — won possession to open overtime. Herbert threw for the final seven of his 311 yards, gained on 22-of-33 passing, helping set up a fourth-and-1.

The Chargers opted to punt, however, setting up Kansas City’s game-winning drive.

Herbert, the team’s first-round draft choice, was a late insert into the lineup with Week 1 starter Tyrod Taylor scratched just before kickoff due to a chest injury. Herbert led the Chargers on an opening 79-yard, eight-play drive, capped on a 4-yard run for a touchdown.

His 14-yard connection with wide receiver Jalen Guyton in the late second quarter marked Guyton’s first career touchdown, and made Herbert the first player to both rush and pass for a touchdown in the first half of his debut since Bobby Clatterbuck of the New York Giants in 1954.

Herbert finished with 18 yards rushing, complementing the duo of Austin Ekeler (93 yards on 16 carries) and Joshua Kelley (64 yards on 23 carries). Keenan Allen led the Chargers with 96 yards on seven receptions.

Kelce had 90 yards on nine receptions for Kansas City.

–Field Level Media

February 15, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (right) and girlfriend Brittany Matthews (left) during NBA All Star Saturday Night at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs’ Mahomes has a two-ring night

The Kansas City Chiefs received their diamond-laden Super Bowl rings in a socially distanced and private ceremony on Tuesday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

The rings feature 255 diamonds, 36 rubies and 10.5 carats of precious gems in all. Sixty of the diamonds are shaped into an arrowhead, with 60 signifying the team’s seasons of existence.

The players stood at individual tables scattered around the Arrowhead turf and opened the boxes placed on each table in unison. As quarterback Patrick Mahomes — MVP of the Chiefs 31-20 defeat of the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV in February — removed his from the box, the smile on his face was evident, even through his face mask.

But it turned out that wasn’t the biggest ring ceremony of the night for Mahomes.

Afterward, he proposed to his high school sweetheart, Brittany Matthews, in a luxury box at Arrowhead Stadium filled with white flowers and lighted letters arranged to spell “Will you marry me?” and presented her with an enormous diamond engagement ring.

She said yes.

“On a day that was meant to celebrate you, you turned it into celebrating us,” Matthews, 25, wrote on Instagram, captioning a photo of the two of them sharing a hug in the suite. “It’s always us, it’s always you and me. The words you looked into my eyes and said to me at this moment, will NEVER leave my mind! You made this day perfect, you took my entire breath away and I could not have imagined anything better. I love you, forever and always! Cheers to spending our lifetime together and an inseparable bond.”

–Field Level Media

Saints on top of latest Pro32 poll; KC, Pats tied for 2nd

NFL Week 9 Stat Recap Table: QB, RB and WR

Six straight wins for the Houston Texans. New Orleans ruins the the Rams perfect season. Tom Brady and the Patriots prove to be too much for Aaron Rodgers.

Notable Performances

  • Jared Goff, Patrick Mahomes, Matt Ryan and Drew Brees all tossed for 300+ yards and 3+ touchdowns
  • Michael Thomas made 12 receptions for 211 yards and 1 touchdown
  • Travis Kelce, Adam Humphries, and OJ Howard all caught for 2 touchdowns
  • Melvin Gordon and James Conner both rush for 100+ yards
  • 5 Players with 2 rushing touchdowns

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