The Chiefs still masters in the West

The Chiefs still masters in the West

From season to season, uncertainty is the only certainty in the NFL. In this unpredictable jungle, the Chiefs still continue to stay at the top of the food chain with a seventh consecutive division championship.

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The band of Patrick Mahomes did not know the quiet stroll in the park that was expected against the poor Texans (1-12-1), the worst club in the league.

It took overtime for the Chiefs (11-3) to win 30-24. They even trailed for much of the game and secured their first lead with nine minutes left in the third. quarter.

In overtime, the defense got the job done by provoking a fumble from quarterback Davis Mills. Runner Jerick McKinnon then spun untouched for the game-winning touchdown on a 26-yard run.

In short, it was anything but easy. Moreover, it was for the Chiefs a second victory this season in overtime and a seventh gain by a touchdown or less.

There are never any freebies in the NFL, even for the big guns.

Despite their all-powerful attack, the Chiefs committed two other turnovers. In this regard this season, they have a differential of -7. Of the 14 teams that would be playoffs if they started today, this is the worst ratio and potentially the point that could cause their loss.

Beautiful constancy

All is not rosy with the Chiefs, but which team can really claim to flirt with perfection?

What we must salute in Andy Reid’s men is the exceptional consistency they have shown for several years.

The Chiefs become only the third team in history to claim seven straight division titles. The Patriots, for 11 seasons from 2009 to 2019, as well as the Rams, for seven seasons from 1973 to 1979, were the only ones to reign that long.

This is not nothing, in an era where personnel changes are ubiquitous due to the salary cap.

It is also the longest active streak, not only through the NFL, but also in the other major professional circuits, namely the NHL, the NBA and Major League Baseball.

Not too bad for a franchise that had never won its division two years in a row in its first 55 years of existence, from 1960 to 2015!

Obviously, much of that sustained productivity goes to Patrick Mahomes, who has been the starting quarterback since 2018.

King Mahomes

Against the Texans, he passed 36 of 41 (87.8%) for 336 yards and two touchdowns. He assassinates opposing defenses with such regularity that no one cares. What is exceptional becomes routine.

Mahomes reached 35 touchdown passes yesterday for the third straight season. Only Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Brett Favre can say the same.

Want another example of consistency? In their last 19 games, the Chiefs have amassed at least 300 yards, a franchise record. Against the Texans, they accumulated 502 yards of attack and yet, they leave the impression that everything was not working at full speed.

The ironic thing about another successful season for the Chiefs is that their three division rivals, the Chargers, Raiders and Broncos, spent even more than the Trudeau government to get players to complete the reign. of the Chiefs.

A few months later, the subjects are still watching the kings parading.

Winners

The Vikings

The Mauves won their division title by overcoming a 33-point deficit against the Colts. This is the biggest comeback in history. Prior to this game, teams trailing by 30 points or more at the half were 0-132.

The Bills

The victory in extremis against the Dolphins earned them a fourth consecutive presence in the playoffs. The rivalry with the Dolphins promises to be exciting for years to come.

Justin Fields

The Bears’ second-year quarterback looked good against the Eagles despite the loss and most importantly, he became the third quarterback in history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season, after Michael Vick and Lamar Jackson.

The Lions

It’s the sixth win in seven games for the Lions, who are still in the playoff hunt. The best thing about the story is that they proved they could win even defensive games, when their attack got out of hand.

The Bengals

The win over the Buccaneers, combined with the Ravens’ loss to the Browns, left the Bengals alone at the top of the North Division of the American Conference. Joe Burrow threw four touchdown passes.

losers

The Colts

The Colts took a 33-0 lead over the Vikings and put both feet on the ottoman, comfy. Shame on them for this embarrassing defeat.

Robert Saleh

The Jets pilot mismanaged the clock on his team’s final attack sequence. Even though the Jets were banking on their three timeouts, he let precious seconds slip by. The Jets’ playoff hopes have taken a hit.

Dean Pees

The Falcons defensive coordinator was forced to watch the game live from the hospital. Prior to the game, the 73-year-old league’s oldest coordinator collided with a Saints player practicing kick returns and left the stadium on a stretcher. Speedy recovery!

The Cowboys

The loss to the Jaguars doesn’t really impact the Cowboys’ positioning in the playoffs, but it’s still unacceptable to slip away from a 17-point lead. The defense had its worst performance of the season.

The Titans

The Titans suffered a fourth straight loss. They seemed very alone in their division not so long ago, but now the Jaguars are only one game behind them and they beat them last week. A duel in week 18 which promises to be critical.

5 games of the week

1) Big cramp of the Pats


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With a 24-24 tie late in the game, the Patriots were at their 45 line when they attempted a run with Rhamondre Stevenson. This one reached the Raiders’ 32 line, but with no time left, the Patriots went on a streak of side passes. The carrier relayed the ball to Jakobi Meyers, who tried to pass it far behind to Mac Jones, but Chandler Jones kept watch and intercepted the pass to spin into the end zone. Victory, Raiders and monumental cramp of the Patriots!

2) The Magic Jaguars


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The Jaguars overcame a 27-10 deficit to eventually win 40-34 over the Cowboys. In overtime, the Jaguars missed their chance on their first offensive streak, but the defense saved the day. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott attempted a pass to Noah Brown, but safety Rayshawn Jenkins made the interception and returned the ball to the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. Jenkins shone all game with 18 tackles and two knockdowns.

3) Bucs self-destruct


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The Buccaneers quickly built a 17-0 lead over the Bengals, then they savagely pressed the self-destruct button. On five successive sequences, they lost the ball after a failed fake clearance, then Tom Brady threw two interceptions and committed two breakaways. The Bengals scored 24 points directly from those blunders to slip away with the win. It was a lot of presents before Christmas, all that!

4) The Chargers narrowly


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The Chargers needed a last-minute 43-yard field goal from kicker Cameron Dicker to defeat the Titans. It was thanks to a spectacular pass from Justin Herbert to Mike Williams two games earlier that the Chargers were positioned for the game-winning field goal. Herbert ran away from the pressure and threw a moving laser at Williams. Beautiful ! The Chargers have substantially increased their chances of making the playoffs.

5) Difficult beginnings


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In his first career start, Falcons rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder had it tough. He completed just 13 of 26 passes for a meager 97 yards against the Saints. His average of 3.7 yards per pass attempt is nauseating. It’s like the rest of the South Division. The Saints (5-9) saved the honor without being convincing, while the Falcons (5-9), Panthers (5-9) and Buccaneers (6-8) escaped it. Shame on this division of misery!

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