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Here’s how Patrick Mahomes addressed the Chiefs in wake of Kareem Hunt scandal | Yahoo! Sports (Terez Paylor)

Hours before the Kansas City Chiefs boarded a flight to Oakland on Saturday, coach Andy Reid stood in front of the entire squad — 50-plus men — in a meeting room at the team’s practice facility and delivered a message.

The Chiefs always meet as a team on the Saturday before a Sunday game, often so Reid can deliver a few final points. However, the circumstances the team found itself in at the time — smack dab at the epicenter of controversy surrounding its ex-star running back, Kareem Hunt — was far from ordinary, so much so that a player felt compelled to address the team as well.

That player was quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Review: Patrick Mahomes might be having the best season for an NFL quarterback EVER | SB Nation

Now, Mahomes has 41 touchdowns — nine more than Luck and 11 more than Brees. With the Los Angeles Chargers breathing down the Chiefs’ neck in the AFC West, expect Mahomes to keep the pedal to the metal for the last four games of the season. That means Mahomes looks likely to become the third quarterback ever to eclipse 50 touchdowns in a season.

Ravens’ No. 1 Defense Is Excited to Face NFL’s Top Offense in Kansas City | BaltimoreRavens.com

However, the Ravens have something to hang their hats on – the NFL’s No. 1-ranked defense. It’s No. 1 vs. No. 1.

Baltimore just held the high-powered Atlanta Falcons to 131 yards total offense during a 26-16 victory on Sunday. Playing the Chiefs (10-2) raises the challenge for Baltimore’s defense to another level, one that safety Eric Weddle embraces.

Drew Brees continues to lead Pro Bowl voting by fans | NFL

As fan voting enters its final week, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, with 950,818 votes, leads all players in balloting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon.

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes (884,888 votes) ranks second overall, while Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (747,516 votes), New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley(718,108 votes) and Pittsburgh running back James Conner (664,897 votes) round out the top five.

Baltimore Ravens’ Lamar Jackson on Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes: He’s ‘awesome’ | Penn Live

“He’s a great quarterback,” Jackson said of Mahomes. “I was at the Steven Clarkson Camp with him. I seen him throwing and stuff. He was a great quarterback.”

Lamar Jackson’s Next Challenge: Protect the Football | BaltimoreRavens.com

The Chiefs have struggled on defense; they’re ranked 31st in yards allowed, are giving up the most yards per carry in the NFL and the most passing yards per game. But Kansas City is in the top-10 in turnovers, and they can get after quarterbacks with pass rushers Justin Houston and Dee Ford.

It’s not just Jackson that has to focus on ball security. Running back Kenneth Dixon put the ball on the turf in Atlanta, and Jackson and running back Gus Edwards have had a couple botched hand-offs.

Chiefs running back Spencer Ware: My film is my resume | Kansas City Star

In his 17 career starts for the Chiefs, the former LSU standout has been a consistent part of the passing game as a receiver. He’s had at least one catch in 16 of those games and two or more in 11 others, including his seven-catch, 129-yard receiving performance against the Chargers to start the 2016 season.

2018 NFL MVP Watch: Race heats up as Patrick Mahomes replaces Drew Brees as unanimous choice | CBS Sports

After finishing as CBS Sports’ unanimous choice for MVP on our last two ballots, the Saints quarterback has been overtaken by Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who has all of a sudden replaced Brees as our unanimous selection. Entering Week 14, all five of our NFL writers here at CBS Sports placed Mahomes atop their MVP ballots and slotted in Brees at second, which is the exact opposite of how the past two weeks went when Brees garnered all first-place votes and Mahomes received every second-place vote. This remains a two-man race, but just when it seemed like the order wouldn’t flip, Week 13 happened.

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Lamar Jackson has the Ravens on a roll, and he’s not about to step aside when Joe Flacco returns | Washington Post

The move to Jackson was made out of necessity, with Flacco’s injury. But the Ravens were 4-5 with Flacco, who had a modest passer rating of 84.2.

Emmanuel Sanders tears Achilles in Broncos practice | NFL

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders suffered a torn Achilles tendon during Wednesday’s practice, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. ESPN first reported the development.

”It didn’t look good,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph told reporters after practice. Joseph wouldn’t confirm the nature of the injury, but said Sanders was scheduled to undergo an MRI. Joseph said Sanders had been feeling sore in his “heel area” last week, but was feeling better before practice Wednesday.

Donald and Mack: $177M and worth every (guaranteed) penny | ESPN

Donald and Mack have proved to be worth every bit of their colossal deals, elevating the defenses for two of the NFC’s best teams and Super Bowl contenders. As they share a stage in a big Week 14 matchup on Sunday night, here’s a look at just how special each player has been this season.

Mitch Trubisky confident he’ll play for Bears vs. Rams | NFL

“I do. Just have to show coach,” Trubisky said Wednesday, via NFL Network’s Stacey Dales. “I feel confident that I’ll be ready to go.”

Speaking prior, Matt Nagy wouldn’t state unequivocally that his starting quarterback would return after sitting out two games with a shoulder injury but sounded optimistic. The coach just wanted to see his starter on the practice field first.

NFL’s Biggest Busts of the 2018 Season | Bleacher Report

These are pleasant surprises, but not all of 2018’s unexpected runs have been positive. We’re here to examine some busts through 13 weeks. We’re not necessarily saying these players are terrible, but they’ve all fallen short of high expectations—be it from the draft, free agency or injury return.

Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky, Rams’ Jared Goff became ‘good friends’ while living together in offseason | Sporting News

Jared Goff and Mitchell Trubisky actually lived together over the summer while they trained with the same quarterback coach. Now they each lead a team at the top of their respective divisions.

”It was fun,” Trubisky said, via 247Sports. “It was a good time. We were just out there relaxing in the offseason. Training a little bit. Got to know him. We are pretty tight, good friends. He’s an awesome dude. We pushed each other in the offseason.”

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Chiefs can clinch a playoff spot with win this weekend

Somewhere in the cloud of news surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs, there is a football game this week, and an important one at that when it comes to the 2018 NFL season.

With a win or tie against the Baltimore Ravens at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs, at 11-2 willclinch a playoff spot.

Chiefs’ Wednesday injury report vs. Ravens: Sammy Watkins returns, while key player pops up for Ravens

Safety Eric Berry continued practicing on Wednesday, albeit limitedly. Berry practiced limitedly all last week before being ruled questionable for the game against the Oakland Raiders, then missing the game entirely. It remains to be seen if he will participate in his first full practice of the regular season this week.

After missing practice all last week, wide receiver Sammy Watkins returned for the Chiefs on Wednesday.

Three possible running backs who could replace Kareem Hunt from next year’s draft

On this week’s episode of the AP Laboratory, we discussed the offseason plans to replace Kareem Hunt.

We all agreed that any significant investment in a free agent isn’t something we’re particularly interested in. Apologies to the Le’Veon Bell fans out there. I just don’t see that happening.

Craig, Matt and I each wrote up a little bit about a running back we’re interested in.

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Redskins vs. Titans odds, line: Picks, best predictions from proven computer model on 16-6 roll – CBS Sports

The Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins, two teams in desperate need to stay alive in the NFL playoff picture, meet up in Nashville at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. Tennessee (8-6) likely needs to win out and have help to make the playoffs. Washington (7-7) is in a similar boat, but is down to a…

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The Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins, two teams in desperate need to stay alive in the NFL playoff picture, meet up in Nashville at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. Tennessee (8-6) likely needs to win out and have help to make the playoffs. Washington (7-7) is in a similar boat, but is down to a fourth-string quarterback and ravaged by injuries. Overall, the Redskins’ path to the postseason appears much more challenging. Vegas agrees, setting Tennessee as an 11-point favorite in the latest Redskins vs. Titans odds, up from an open of 10. The over-under, or total number of points oddsmakers believe will be scored, is 37.5 after opening at 37. The weather won’t be a factor, as the forecast is calling for temperatures in the 40s, sunny skies, and light winds. Before making any Redskins vs. Titans picks and predictions for this critical battle, be sure to check out the projections from SportsLine’s Projection Model.

The advanced computer model simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, and those who have followed it have seen massive returns. SportsLine’s proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat more than 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and ’17. It also performed better than 98 percent of experts tracked by NFLPickWatch.com during that span. Additionally, it went 48-34 on A-rated picks against the spread last season, and $100 bettors who followed it the past two seasons are up nearly $4,000. 

The model has continued to nail its top-rated picks in 2018, entering Week 16 on a blistering 16-6 run. For the season, it is now 30-15 on all top-rated picks, extending its two-year run to a strong 78-49. And when it comes to all straight-up picks, the model finished Week 14 at 147-75 on the season, ranking in the top five on NFLPickWatch.com. 

Now the model has dialed in on Redskins vs. Titans (stream live on fuboTV) 10,000 times. We can tell you the model is leaning Over, but it also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see that one over at SportsLine. 

The model knows the Redskins will once again be looking to ride their running game given their calamitous quarterback situation with Josh Johnson as their fourth starting QB of the year. Johnson was able to use his legs to extend drives last week against Jacksonville, rushing for 49 yards, and Adrian Peterson added 51 more in a win over the Jaguars

That victory as 7.5-point underdogs helped get the Redskins back to .500 and keeps their playoff hopes intact at 7-7. Against a Titans defense that has allowed 408 yards rushing in the last two weeks, Peterson, Johnson and Chris Thompson should have room to maneuver in Week 16.

Just because the Redskins are coming off a huge upset victory doesn’t mean they’ll cover on Saturday.

The model also knows the Titans are feeling extremely confident thanks to the recent breakout performances by running back Derrick Henry. His 2018 campaign looked like a bust when he entered Week 14 with just 474 yards and five touchdowns on the season, but he’s exploded since that point, steamrolling the Jaguars for 238 yards and four touchdowns and then following that up with 170 yards and two more scores against the Giants

His dominance has paid dividends for the entire roster, taking pressure off quarterback Marcus Mariota and keeping Tennessee’s defense fresh and off the field. The Titans have given up just nine total points in the last two weeks and dominated time of possession against New York, 35:21 to 24:39.

Who wins Redskins vs. Titans? And which side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to be all over on Saturday, all from the incredible computer model that has returned nearly $4,000 to $100 bettors.

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Cardiff City vs. Manchester United – Football Match Report – December 22, 2018 – ESPN

playSolskjaer off to dazzling start, City stunned (1:58)Steve Nicol rounds up a big day in the Premier League with Man City and Chelsea beaten at home and Man United thrashing Cardiff. (1:58)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed the perfect start to life as Manchester United manager with an emphatic 5-1 victory away at former club Cardiff –…

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer enjoyed the perfect start to life as Manchester United manager with an emphatic 5-1 victory away at former club Cardiff — the first time they had scored five since Sir Alex Ferguson’s last match in charge in 2013.

Solskjaer was named caretaker manager of United following Jose Mourinho’s sacking on Tuesday. One of the question marks over his appointment was a disappointing spell as Cardiff boss, which saw them relegated to the Championship.

One of the criticisms levelled at Mourinho included his unwillingness to pick players from the academy — and Solskjaer immediately remedied that by including James Garner and Angel Gomes in his first squad.

And he couldn’t have wished for a better start as United took the lead within three minutes.

With United’s players looking more comfortable on the ball, Paul Pogba won a free kick on the edge of the Cardiff box. The Frenchman looked set to take it before leaving it to Marcus Rashford, who sent a swerving effort past Neil Etheridge.

There was a swagger back to United’s play as they dominated possession, and were 2-0 ahead on 29 minutes after Ander Herrera’s deflected effort found its way into the back of the net.

Despite United’s dominance, Cardiff were back in the game on 38 minutes when Rashford was adjudged to have handled and Victor Camarasa pulled a goal back from the penalty spot.

However, the visitors ensured they would take a two-goal lead into the break as Anthony Martial finished off a superb passing move including Pogba and Jesse Lingard.

United came out for the second half intent on adding to their advantage as they played with an air of confidence and Pogba almost sent Rashford through with a no-look pass.

And it was 4-1 on 56 minutes as Lingard dusted himself down to stroke home from the penalty spot, having been bundled over in the box.

The style of play was often criticised under Mourinho, but United looked a side transformed in the Welsh capital.

Victor Lindelof epitomised the change in emphasis under Solskjaer as the Sweden international played the ball out of defence before playing in Rashford, who shot wide — and Pogba then forced a brilliant save from Etheridge with a long-range effort.

Lingard added another in stoppage time as United scored a fifth — something they had not achieved since Ferguson’s final match — a 5-5 draw at West Brom.

The victory brought United back up to sixth place and eight points behind Chelsea in the final Champions League place, while Cardiff remain two points clear of Burnley in the final relegation place.

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Is LeBron James the best comparison to Zion Williamson? | The Will Cain Show – ESPN

Published on Dec 22, 2018Will Cain questions whether Duke Blue Devils basketball freshman Zion Williamson can be compared to NBA greats such as LeBron James, Charles Barkley or Blake Griffin, or if people are giving him too much credit.✔ Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE✔ Subscribe to ESPN FC on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoESPNFC✔ Subscribe to NBA…

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