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Chiefs-Rams Game Up in the Air in Mexico City Due to Awful Field Conditions

The NFL has a huge problem on its hands when it comes to two teams that are at the top of the standings getting set for a battle in Mexico City next week.

That problem is the field where the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams are set to play in the biggest game of the week is beyond bad, to the point where the powers that be and the NFL is scrambling to try and figure out what to do.

The playing surface is looking ugly, and apparently, the NFL is seriously concerned about the issue. According to NBC’s Peter King, there’s “significant worry” about the state of the unique hybrid surface, which is made up of a combination of grass and synthetic filler.

The league is actually so concerned about the field situation that a crew will be checking things out on Monday and Tuesday to decide if anything needs to be done. According to ESPN.com, the game could potentially be moved to Los Angeles if the playing surface in Mexico City isn’t up to NFL standards.

Things got even more interesting on Tuesday when NFL Insider Adam Schefter stated on Twitter that some Rams players are so upset about the field situation at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City that they are some are simply not going to play in the game.

Stay tuned for what happens next, as the Chiefs also need to make up their mind as to what to do about the situation, and also the NFL needs to figure out a way to make everyone happy also.

Chiefs Activate DB Daniel Sorensen Off IR

The Chiefs have activated defensive back Daniel Sorensen from injured reserve according to the team’s official website.

Linebacker Nate Orchard was waived in a corresponding move. Sorensen has been out since fracturing his tibia and tearing his MCL in early August.

Originally an undrafted free agent out of Brigham Young, the 28-year-old was a 14-game starter in 2017 and could immediately step back into the starting lineup with the Chiefs desperate for help at safety.

Chiefs vs Browns NFL Week Nine Inactives

Here’s the Week 9 inactives for today’s game in Cleveland between the Chiefs and Browns

Chiefs

S Eric Berry
DT Justin Hamilton
LB Justin Houston
OG Kahlil McKenzie
C Mitch Morse
RB Darrel Williams
LB Frank Zombo

Browns

TE Pharaoh Brown
OT Desmond Harrison
S Damarious Randall
LB Joe Schobert
WR Da’Mari Scott
QB Drew Stanton
DE Chad Thomas

Taking a Glance at the Next Four Games for the AFC West Leading Chiefs

The Chiefs are off to one of their best starts in team history, and are looking to secure a first-round bye and possibly home field advantage in the AFC Playoffs come January.

The team has been firing on all cylinders all season, but there is still plenty of work to be done, as there is bound to be bumps in the road on the way to the playoffs for this young team.

Today we take a look at the next four games for the Chiefs, as sitting with a 7-1 mark, they are looking to continue what’s been a great season for Andy Reid and his group of players.

11/4 at Cleveland

It’s been an interesting week for Cleveland, who fired both coach Hue Jackson and OC Todd Haley on Monday. The Browns defense is leading the NFL in takeaways, this despite their offense with rookie Baker Mayfield and company having problems scoring points. The Chiefs are a heavy favorite, but can’t fall asleep on this young Browns team.

11/11 vs Arizona

The Chiefs return home after their matchup with the Browns, as they will host the Arizona Cardinals, a team they don’t see very often. Josh Rosen and the Cards got a big win over the 49’ers last week, but still have had their issues scoring points this season. Again the Chiefs will be heavy favorites, but just like the Browns they can’t overlook Arizona.

11/ 19 at Los Angeles Rams

The game the entire NFL is looking forward to, a Monday night game against the unbeaten Rams in Mexico City. Could this be a Super Bowl preview? It might be, but there’s a long way to go before you can start making reservations for the biggest game of the season in February. This will be a great test for the Chiefs and their defense against Jared Goff and company.

12/2 at Oakland

After a Thanksgiving bye week, the Chiefs travel to play the Raiders in Oakland for the final time before the team moves to Las Vegas. The Raiders have had an awful season with just one win, and clearly trading two of their best players shows they are playing for the future. Look for Oakland to play this game as their Super Bowl, and for it to be a tough test for the Chiefs.

Patriots Fan Who Threw Beer on Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill Gets Lifetime Suspension From Gillette Stadium

The Patriots have announced a lifetime ban on a fan who threw beer on Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill shortly after Hill scored a 75-yard touchdown at Gillette Stadium according to Herbie Teope of NFL.com.
The Patriots swiftly identified the fan on video and sent out a memo Monday morning saying they had sent the perpetrator a letter of “disinvite” to all future events at the stadium. They also advised that the matter has been turned over to local law enforcement officials for further review.

Moments before the incident, Hill was at top speed as he crossed the goal line. His momentum carried him through the end zone to the fence that separates the fans from the playing field, where he came to a stop after using both hands to brace himself. Once there, replay showed other fans throwing up the middle finger in Hill’s face before a spectator to the wide receiver’s right side threw beer from a cup. To his credit, Hill did not retaliate despite the unruly greeting at the barrier.

The Patriots came back to defeat the Chiefs 43-40 in an instant classic that firmly established the Chiefs and the Pats as the top two teams in the AFC. If there is a rematch in New England in the playoffs, however, we know of one Patriots fan who will definitely not be in attendance.

Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey Takes a Shot at Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill – Says He’s Just a ‘Return Specialist’

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey isn’t overly impressed by the accomplishments of Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill, Phillip Heilman of the Florida Times-Union reports.
At least not as a receiver.

A day after Hill challenged him ahead of Sunday’s game, Ramsey fired back Thursday by listing off the speedy receiver’s career accolades — as a return specialist.

“He’s good for what he does for their team,” Ramsey said. “He made All Pro as a return specialist — let’s get that right — as a return specialist his rookie year. He went to two Pro Bowls as a return specialist — return specialist — two years. I made All Pro in my position as a corner, went to the Pro Bowl as a corner.

“So it’s not a wide receiver versus corner matchup, so we can get that out of the way off the bat.”

Ramsey’s remarks came three days before the Jaguars (3-1) and Chiefs (4-0) square off in a much-anticipated game at Arrowhead Stadium and were in response to remarks made by Hill the previous day.

Answering a question about Ramsey from Kansas City reporters, Hill said: “He think high of himself. He’s all right, I guess. I can’t wait to line up against him. I hope he presses me.

“He’s a great player. To get my name out there more, I need to go up against more talent like him. I’m not calling [Denver’s] Chris Harris or nobody else bad, but he’s top dog right now, so I can’t wait.”

Ramsey was not impressed by Hill’s waffling.

“I just wish he would have picked a side,” Ramsey said. “Either I’m just all right or I’m the top dog. Pick a side. If I’m the top dog but I’m just all right, that means he doesn’t think that any corner in the league is good, and that’s not true.”

“Me and Tyreek, we’re going to probably have some opportunities to match up against each other, but it won’t be like that for a majority of the game,” Ramsey said. “I think everybody knows that he moves around everywhere. He plays running back, receiver, slot. He’s not out there on that island 90 percent of the time where I’m at.

“I don’t look at it as me versus him. I don’t think this is really a matchup game to be honest with you.”

Chiefs and Broncos Deliver a Huge Monday Night Football Rating

Pro Football Talk reports that the Chiefs and Broncos had a huge Monday night in terms of people watching the game, as it was the highest Monday Night Football rating since Week Three of 2017.

Via SportsBusiness Daily, Monday night’s Chiefs-Broncos game on ESPN generated a 9.1 rating. It was the best Monday night number since Week Three of the 2017 season (Cowboys-Cardinals) and an eight-percent increase over last year’s 8.4 rating for a Week Four Monday night game between Washington and the Chiefs.

The rating for Monday night’s game matches the 9.1 rating generated by the Week Four game in Week Four of the 2016 season. Which essentially gets the NFL back to where it was in the year that the ratings slide began to become noticeable.

The Monday night measurement continues a 2018 trend (for the most part) of ratings going up. And that’s a good thing for the NFL and the networks, especially at a time when the TV viewership continues to decline.

Patrick Mahomes Delivers in the Clutch; Keeps Chiefs Unbeaten in Wild Win Over Broncos

Patrick Mahomes finally experienced some adversity on Monday night in Denver, when the offense had grown stagnant and the Chiefs trailed by 10 points with about 12 minutes to go.

He answered with a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback.

There was the grinding, 12-play, 75-yard drive that Mahomes capped with a short touchdown toss to Travis Kelce to give Kansas City a chance.

Then, there was the audacious left-handed throw while Von Miller was bearing down on him during the go-ahead drive, which Kareem Hunt capped with a touchdown run in the final minutes to give the Chiefs a dramatic 27-23 victory.

“I didn’t think at all. I was just kind of scrambling to my left, I felt Von on my back and I knew I couldn’t throw it with my right hand,” Mahomes said. “I knew we needed a first down, so I kind of shot-putted it to Tyreek (Hill), he got the first down and made a great play.”

Sure, his wide receiver made a great play.

But Mahomes had made a spectacular one.

It was the first time he’d truly faced adversity — the Chiefs had jumped out to early leads in each of their first three games, giving Mahomes a certain level of comfort. And while he rallied them to victory in his Week 17 start in Denver a year ago, there was nothing on the line that day.

This was different in several ways.

The Chiefs’ dynamic offense had been held in check all night, and wide receiver Sammy Watkins had gone down with a hamstring injury, depriving Mahomes of one of his top options.

Throw in the tough road environment and the fact that the Broncos could have forged a tie atop the AFC West with a victory, and that’s some heady stuff for Mahomes to deal with.

“He’s a confident kid. He was confident before that,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “He’s not going to get overconfident from it. I think it tells you, it tells everyone: You’re within striking distance you have the opportunity to make plays. The guys around him made plays too. This wasn’t just Patrick.”

But it was Mahomes who was getting most of the credit Tuesday for his late-game heroics.

“He’s pretty fast. He’ll run all day, buy time and especially to the right, deep,” Miller marveled after the game. “I’m talking like, 20 yards deep, and then he’ll throw the ball 40 yards. He’s a great quarterback. He did a great job tonight.”

Mahomes’ ability to extend plays while constantly looking downfield may have been the biggest reason the Chiefs managed to rally late.

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