The final leaders in fan votes for the Pro Bowl Games, with fans counting 1/3 (along with players and coaches).
Top voter? Tua Tagovailoa. pic.twitter.com/Tm6rsFfjW5
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 19, 2022
One big question for every Super Bowl contender | The Ringers
Kansas City heads: Is their defense strong enough?
The defense also showed up. Houston averaged just 3.8 yards per game on Sunday, and all of his scoring drives came from Kansas City turnovers or third-down penalties that extended drives. And it was the defense, not Mahomes, that put the play away – Frank Clark stripped a scrambling Davis Mills from behind to give the offense short field for the winning score.
However, the concern with this Chiefs team remains the same. They are not a particularly strong team, especially on defense, and tackling opposing ball carriers has been a problem for two years in a row. Kansas City currently ranks 24th in Pro Football Focus tackle stats, and while that won’t cost a win against a team like Houston, it will in bigger games against better opponents. It already happened earlier this season in big losses to Buffalo and Cincinnati, the two biggest threats in the conference. And even on Sunday, Houston averaged eight feet after contact on run plays, and Chiefs defensemen missed several opportunities for tackles behind the line of scrimmage or short of the sticks. If that issue is not resolved within the next month, Kansas City’s season could end.
10 Fast Facts After Sunday’s Week 15 Victory Over Houston | Upon further investigation | The mothership
6. Tight end Travis Kelce made some more history on Sunday.
Kelce continued his run into the Sunday record books, passing Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe for the fourth most receiving yards with a tight end in NFL history (10,150). Only Tony Gonzalez (15,127), Jason Witten (13,046) and Antonio Gates (11,841) stay ahead of him.
The All-Pro tight end caught 10 passes for 105 yards in the game, marking his 32nd regular-season performance with more than 100 receiving yards since 2016. That’s the second most such games in the NFL during that time, behind only Davante Adams (37).
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Patrick Mahomes will break the NFL record for pass yards in a season
Overreaction or Reality: Reality
Mahomes sits at 4,496 passing yards over 14 games, averaging 321.1 yards per game. Peyton Manning holds the season record for passing yards with 5,477, so Mahomes needs 982 passing yards in his last three games to break the milestone (325.7 yards per game).
This is more than achievable for a quarterback which is why his team is one of the best in the NFL. The Chiefs need Mahomes to play at the MVP level every week and he does. Mahomes needs just 754 yards in his last three games to set the league record for pass + rush yards in a season (Drew Brees holds that mark with 5,562).
Both boards are in play. Mahomes will be the hardest to accomplish.
NFL explains why appeal for JuJu Smith-Schuster fumble progress was overturned | Kansas City star
NFL Officiating tweeted this: “In KC vs HST, KC was penalized for blind side block. The ruling on the field was that the runner’s forward progress was halted. However, the ball was immediately loose on contact by the defender, making the game controllable.
“Replay confirmed the defense’s loss of control. The penalty was added at the end of the game.
Replay confirmed the defense’s loss of control. The penalty was added at the end of the game.
— NFL official (@NFLOfficiating) December 18, 2022
After the game, Smith-Schuster spoke to the NFL Network’s Cameron Wolfe about the play. “I messed around. I’ll be a man and admit it,” Smith-Schuster said.
Patrick Mahomes continues to show us that both the impossible and the mundane matter | SB Nation
But what really makes Mahomes hard to defend isn’t the absurd.
But the everyday.
Lost in all the highlights on the roles he has shown over the years is the fact that Mahomes also does the little things that matter so much at the position. Yes, he can break the pocket and make throws like that, showing off all the rules of the quarterback game. Yes, he can make no-look passes with pinpoint accuracy. He can do all those things that lead to it Sports Center and children imitate on the street after school.
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Sources: Eagles QB Jalen hurts with sprained shoulder | ESPN
Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts sprained his right (throwing) shoulder against the Chicago Bears, league sources told ESPN, indicating his availability for Saturday’s game at the Dallas Cowboys in question.
It is not considered a long-term injury, a source said. When Hurts can’t play Christmas Eve, veteran Gardner Minshew gets the call.
Any missed time for Hurts is about getting strength and functionality back in his shoulder to 100 percent for the long haul, a source said.
Rams officially eliminated from playoff contention; ’99 Broncos tie for first elimination for defending Super Bowl champion | NFL. com
The Rams were officially knocked out of postseason contention Monday night with their 24-12 loss to the host Green Bay Packers. With three weeks left in the season, the Rams tied the 1999 Denver Broncos for the earliest elimination of a defending Super Bowl champion in history, according to NFL Research.
“I mean this has been a real struggle in a lot of cases, a lot of adversity that we’ve been through, but I think what we’ve seen from our guys is they’re going to keep fighting, they’re going to be on the line these last three games finish in the right way, with the right mindset and mindset, and we’ll compete as best we can,” said Rams head coach Sean McVay after the game. “That’s all I know how to do, and I trust that’s exactly what we’ll do collectively as a group.
A little over a week after Baker Mayfield arrived and pulled off a great come-from-behind win over the Las Vegas Raiders, reality set in again on Monday regarding how tough a campaign this was for last season’s champions.
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8 Things Overheard When The Chiefs Beat The Texans
“For the second half, we can let Lionel Messi kick our extra points Zoom?”
“Okay, I give up. Which member of the Chiefs organization stole Carl Cheffers’ high school girlfriend?
“Yes, the past two weeks have been rocky, but we always knew the Broncos and Texans games were the brutal part of the schedule.”
“Do you think these missed kicks and lost possession are annoying now? Just wait for the playoffs!”
“Instead of ‘AFC West Champions,’ they hand out T-shirts that say ‘Congratulations on barely beating the freakin’ Texans.'”