Major Opportunity Awaits Chiefs Wide Receivers Vs Chargers

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A few things have often been guaranteed in recent meetings between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers. Among them, are plenty of points, explosive plays through the passing game and efficient quarterback play. There is one glaring question that could significantly hurt the success or frequency of those items, though. Can the depth wide receivers come through with other top pieces being out of the lineup?

Both teams are dealing with significant injuries at the wide receiver position. For the Chiefs, JuJu Smith-Schuster will not play Sunday night. He is in concussion protocol after taking a vicious hit to the head/neck area last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. On top of that, Mecole Hardman was placed on the injured reserve list on Thursday with an abdominal injury, knocking him out for a minimum of four games.

The Los Angeles offense could very well get Keenan Allen and Mike Williams back on Sunday night. Their absences in recent games appear to have put a major ceiling on the Chargers’ success. Allen has been hindered by a hamstring injury seemingly all season long, playing in just two total games. Whereas with Williams, he is dealing with an ankle injury. Both LA receivers were limited in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday. However, the duo upgraded to full practice participants on Friday. Each of Allen and Williams are officially questionable for Sunday night, in the end.

Focusing on the Kansas City Chiefs and their wide receiver injuries, there will be distinct skill sets that will be absent. How could that affect their offensive attack, if at all? Plus, what will this opportunity mean for the Chiefs depth wide receivers going forward? Let’s kick it off.

What Will Kansas City Miss Without JuJu And Mecole?

First and foremost, Smith-Schuster has been the most productive Chiefs player from the wide receiver position. That added trust, experience and football IQ will be absent in crucial spots. Kansas City also misses the added size and physicality at the catch point that JuJu creates. Smith-Schuster has been tremendous at finding the soft spots in zones, to boot.

As for Hardman, his obvious long speed will be absent for the Chiefs. Kansas City certainly has some other speed in the group of healthy wide receivers. But, there is a certain gear that Hardman offers that is largely unmatched. On the flip side, this player can offer some important spatial awareness in various parts of the field.

If you look at the top four healthy wide receivers, Kansas City can still boast tremendous awareness and quickness. That is especially true with the pair of Kadarius Toney and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Consistency may always be a question for those two. Nevertheless, the Chiefs enjoyed strong days from each of those wide receivers last week.

Finally, Justin Watson can offer some semblance of size, vertical stretch ability and strength at the catch point, even if it is not a carbon copy of Smith-Schuster. Rookie Skyy Moore has seen very little chances on offense. We know he is shifty as a route runner, while also offering immense separation quickness. How will he respond with a chance at more targets?

Do Chiefs Alter Game Plan Due To Depth Pass Catchers?

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Surely, the Chiefs will not completely change their offensive scheme. There could be a greater emphasis on quicker passes, if need be. Rather than waiting for deeper or longer routes to develop, Kansas City may look for quick hitters and yards after the catch. That could be especially true, because of the speed and range of the Chargers secondary.

We know Andy Reid is a wizard at designing gimmicked touches, screen passes and man coverage beaters. The question is, will Patrick Mahomes be looking to attack aggressively? Or, does the Kansas City signal caller opt to use his eyes, improvisation and arm talent to thwart the Los Angeles defenders? Finding that balance and giving the Chiefs depth wide receivers confidence will be vital early on in this AFC West showdown.

More importantly, do the Chiefs look to attack with a bit more balance? We saw Kansas City have some success with the running game last week. Most of that was created by rookie Isiah Pacheco, who appears to have earned the starting role. After all, more success on the ground leaves the ball in Mahomes’ hands more often, compared to chances for Justin Herbert. If the Chiefs run the ball well again, they also become more unpredictable with their attack.

Opportunity For Present And Future

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Losing names like Smith-Schuster and Hardman may not be the most optimal outcome for a division matchup. Yet, there are plenty of positives that could arise, due to this opportunity for the Chiefs depth wide receivers. Valdes-Scantling and Toney were already set to be proper mismatches late in the season. Despite that, both of those two could still look to round out more constant production.

As for Watson and Moore, a good showing this weekend could offer them more targets as the season gets deeper. Watson was a favorite of Mahomes and built proper chemistry with the quarterback this offseason. Meanwhile, Moore is eventually going to be counted on to be a weekly threat. That time has not come yet. Moore still has the chance to add a sense of explosiveness late this season. If anything, all four of these Chiefs wide receivers can build proper confidence for this upcoming postseason and for future seasons with a solid showing this weekend against the Chargers.

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– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.

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Week 12 Stream Team 2022: Treylon Burks, Samaje Perine, and More

Week 12 Stream Team

Every week is a great week when there’s football involved. Each week this column will analyze a player at each position rostered in 50 percent of Yahoo leagues or less. This group of players is basically a dream stream team. For reference, the threshold used for Wins and Losses in this article will be if the quarterbacks can score at least 17 points, if the tight ends can score at least eight PPR points, and if the rest can score at least 10 PPR points. Here is the Week 12 Stream Team.

Week 11 Recap

Quarterback

  • Taylor Heinicke (WAS) @ HOU – 7.84 points – L
  • Andy Dalton (NO) v LAR – 22.20 points – W
  • Marcus Mariota (ATL) v CHI – 17.74 points – W
  • Totals – Week: 2-1 / Year: 17-16

Running Back

  • Isaiah Pacheco (KC) @ LAC – 13.70 points – W
  • Kenyan Drake (BAL) v CAR – 7.30 points – L
  • Jerick McKinnon (KC) @ LAC – 1.40 points – L
  • Totals – Week: 1-2 / Year: 17-16

Wide Receiver

  • Christian Watson (GB) v TEN – 21.10 points – W
  • Darius Slayton (NYG) v DET – 13.60 points – W
  • Nico Collins (HOU) v WAS – 9.80 points – L
  • Totals – Week: 2-1 / Year: 18-15

Tight End

  • Hayden Hurst (CIN) @ PIT – 4.80 points – L
  • Tyler Conklin (NYJ) @ NE – 3.50 points – L
  • Totals – Week: 0-3 / Year: 14-19
  • Grand Totals – Week: 5-7 / Year: 66-66

Week 12 Stream Team

Quarterback – Taylor Heinicke (WAS – 14%) v ATL

Taylor Heinicke was on fire in his first three games after taking over as the starting quarterback for the Washington Commanders after Carson Wentz went down with an injury. Since then he’s cooled off with two straight single-digit fantasy point performances. Both were in wins and were more due to not having to throw as opposed to not playing well.

Before that, Heinicke scored 15.44, 23.06, and 14.66 fantasy points in the previous three weeks. He has a bit of a gunslinger mentality and is also a bit more mobile than the average quarterback. Heinicke is built in the same mold as Gardner Minshew. This week he gets a juicy matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Falcons have one of the worst secondaries in the NFL and have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. As long as the Falcons don’t run the ball every play, Heinicke should have a great chance at a bounce-back week in this one which makes him a great Week 12 Stream Team option.

Honorable Mentions – Marcus Mariota (ATL – 43%) @ WAS, Zach Wilson (NYJ – 7%) v CHI

Running Back – Samaje Perine (CIN – 8%) @ TEN

It’s been a little bit since there has been an injury to a workhorse running back where the backup would take over the workhorse role. That’s what it looks like here for the Cincinnati Bengals. Unfortunately, Joe Mixon went down with a concussion this week and didn’t return. Make sure to monitor his status throughout the week but Samaje Perine will be the hottest name on the wire this week after how he performed in relief of Mixon.

Perine came into the week with about 50 total fantasy points on the entire season and decided to drop a 30-spot on the Pittsburgh Steelers this week. He did so by turning 11 carries and four receptions into 82 total yards and three touchdowns. This week he would get a matchup against the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans are easier to beat through the air than on the ground but Perine is a big factor in the passing game as well. Perine’s entire value is dependent upon whether or not Mixon is cleared or not. That being said, if you are in need of a running back this week and need to win to keep your playoff chances alive, empty the FAAB and use your waiver on Perine. This makes him one of the best Week 12 Stream Team options.

Samaje Perine is the first Bengal running back to have 3 receiving touchdowns in one game 💪@Samajp32 | #RuleTheJungle pic.twitter.com/IKPLcG3l3b

— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) November 21, 2022

Honorable Mentions – Jerick McKinnon (KC – 26%) v LAR, Latavius Murray (DEN – 23%) @ CAR

Wide Receiver – Treylon Burks (TEN – 20%) v CIN

We have another rookie wide receiver coming alive for the second week in a row. Last week it was Christian Watson and this time it was Treylon Burks. The Titans passing game has been mostly horrible this season with the departure of A.J. Brown. They were hoping Burks would seamlessly step right in and fill that void but that’s a tall task to ask of anyone, let alone a rookie who was considered more of a raw prospect.

Burks had flashed a little earlier in the season before suffering a turf toe injury that cost him four games. Since coming back he’s seen 14 targets over two games. In the first game it didn’t translate into much production but this week he racked up 111 yards on seven receptions. Robert Woods has looked mostly washed this year in his return from a major knee injury so Burks has a clear opportunity here to establish himself as the alpha receiver they desperately need.

This week he gets a matchup against the Bengals that is better than it looks on paper. The Bengals can put up points so the Titans will likely be forced to drop back to throw more often than usual, much to the benefit of Burks. This combination of things makes him a great Week 12 Stream Team option with the upside to be a guy that is a must-roster moving forward.

Treylon Burks has played six games so far as a rookie.

He has earned 35%-plus targets per route in three out of six. 👀👀👀

38%, 35%, 7%, 15%, 21%, 38%

— Dwain McFarland (@dwainmcfarland) November 18, 2022

Honorable Mentions – Darius Slayton (NYG – 50%) @ DAL, Donovan Peoples-Jones (CLE – 44%) v TB

Tight End – Juwan Johnson (NO – 30%) @ SF

Juwan Johnson quietly has more fantasy points in 2022 than all but six tight ends. He does rank 14th with 8.72 points per game but that’s only less than half a point from being a top-ten tight end in points per game. He’s been especially good lately as he’s scored double-digit fantasy points in four of his last five games including three straight games. That has coincided with a spike in snap share recently as well.

Johnson has played at least 70% of the snaps for five straight games now. Over that span, he’s also seen at least four targets in four of the five games. That is very good usage at a position as bad as tight end has been. It shows as only Travis Kelce and Cole Kmet have scored more fantasy points among tight ends over the last five weeks. Only Kelce, Kmet, and Dallas Goedert have averaged more fantasy points per game. Johnson still goes largely unrostered in spite of all this. This week’s matchup against the San Francisco 49ers is not a matchup to specifically target but that type of usage makes him one of the better Week 12 Stream Team candidates.

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Framestore Creates CG Magic for Netflix’s ‘The School for Good and Evil’

Framestore recently served as the lead VFX studio on Paul Feig and Netflix’s fantasy-adventure film The School for Good and Evil. Company facilities in London, Montreal, and Mumbai delivered 263 shots with Framestore Pre-production Services (FPS) tasked with previs, techvis, and postvis. VFX Supervisor and Academy-Award nominee Jonathan Fawkner (London) and VFX Supervisor Ben Magana (Montreal) led the team.

Based on the first book of Soman Chainani’s fantasy hexalogy, the movie tells the story of two young girls who find themselves swept away from their ordinary lives and taken to the titular school, which raises the heroes and villains of tomorrow. Divided into two campuses, one for good and one for evil, Agatha and Sophie must discover why they have been chosen for their particular school and find out how to get home.

The film was an end-to-end project for Framestore, from pre-production to final shot.

“FPS [Framestore Pre-Production Services] were crucial for us in figuring out how the visual effects were going to work and the best ways to bring the various magical creatures in the film to life,” explained Fawkner. “We used FarSight Go, Framestore’s on-set visualization tool, which allowed the Director and DoP to preview a live composite of CG set extensions, objects, characters, and animations within their physical set.”

As well as establishing the camera position, the technology meant that the production team could line up and pinpoint the location of each school within the physical sets.

“In the relatively short time we were in postvis, we were able to quickly integrate with Max Solomon and the animation teams across London and Montreal,” noted postvis supervisor Jon Allen. “The ability to interchange character rigs and animation between postvis and film, being able to monitor lookdev, as well as having the option to step up from vis to film assets, is an amazing position to be in. All this makes it possible for a postvis team to effectively drop into a well-established production and get up to speed really quickly.”

Back to School

The schools sit in a picturesque valley, with a lake running through its center. The School for Good, a fairytale palace made of stone, is raised into the mountainside, whereas the School for Evil sits directly on the water, shrouded in mist. The environment is entirely CG, which allowed the team full creative freedom when building the fantasy world and designing the schools to represent their chosen disciplines.

“Our first introduction to this setting is when Agatha and Sophie arrive in the claws of a skeletal bird known as a Stymph,” said Fawkner. “Our establishing shots follow this large creature, flying and swooping as it drops the girls in the lake.”

FPS was on hand to produce the entire sequence, ensuring the environment was showcased in the best possible way and working out the scale of the girls, the Stymph, and the schools themselves.

“It was important for the team to keep within a boundary of believability – although the schools are a fantasy world, creating something that looks like a real, tangible place is part of the magic for the audience,” said environments supervisor Keir Longden. “We actually ended up re-designing and re-scaling the school exteriors once we’d seen the wonderful interiors so they could conceivably fit the inside.”

The team also took a crash course in landscaping and neo-Gothic architecture to design the grounds and exteriors.

“It’s all about taking something magical and grounding it in reality,” continued Fawkner. “We used Framestore’s forecast tool to offer novel and photogenic conditions within which to photograph the CG schools for the many establishing shots.”

Framestore worked with Feig to develop the look for the Stymph creatures. The director drew inspiration from Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits and went for a tatty feel instead of a bare skeletal creature.

“They’re well described in the books, which laid a solid foundation for us,” expanded Fawkner. “Everyone was keen to give them some flight surface, something to provide wind resistance, and conceivably allow it to fly. We looked at desiccated and mummified birds to get the structure and behavior right for the flaps of skin that hang off the bones. We ended up with a visually rich, layered look that hopefully honors the Stymphs described in the book.”

Doesn’t Ring a Tinker-Bell

The fairies are a principal magical creature encountered by the story’s heroines, and according to Fawkner, posed a particular technical challenge.

“It was agreed very early on that they were not going to be your average Tinkerbell-style creature,” added CG supervisor Freddy Salazar. “As well as being generally more sinister, a key difference is that we don’t see their legs,”

With jellyfish as inspiration, the fairies’ movement and full-length costumes had to look and feel submerged in water.

“Director Paul Feig was keen to capture as many human elements as possible, and so we used LED volumes with a motion control rig,” shared Fawkner.

The FPS team was involved from the beginning, establishing the camera angles needed to project the environment on the walls of the LED cage that allowed the actors playing the fairies to react to their environment in real-time. The facial expressions were captured and then composited back into the scene at the correct scale atop CG bodies.

“It was a complex set-up to be able to capture what we needed, using 360-degree cameras, which then went through many layers of compositing before the finished final shot,” commented Fawkner. “Our studio in Mumbai made a heroic effort digitally painting out the crew holding the 360-degree cameras. When reviewing the footage, I would have considered it to be impossible to remove, they did an outstanding job.”

Enchanting Effects

“Our in-house art department started by producing a series of stills that allowed us to discuss first ideas and establish a look for these effects,” explained VFX supervisor Ben Magana. “Then, when it was time to migrate to moving images on all these elements, we made the jump to visdev. Having a single artist with multiple 3D/2D skills focused on each single effect was extremely valuable, as we managed to try different techniques in a much more nimble way.”

During her classes at the School for Good, Agatha discovers wish fish, who are said to be able to grant wishes found deep inside the soul. While her classmates wish for beauty and love, Agatha wishes for home, unknowingly freeing a young girl sentenced to eternity as a wish fish. The effect that followed saw Agatha reaching into the water and pulling out a shoal of wish fish, gradually transforming back into a human as they break from the water.

“Creating these very subjective effects was one of the biggest challenges for us,” comments FX Supervisor Keith Acheson. “We openly discussed each iteration and had a brilliant dialogue with Paul Feig, allowing us to shape these effects to his liking.” 

When starting classes at the School for Evil, another student confronts Sophie with their fiery demon. When pushed to defend herself, a swarm of bees crashes through the classroom window and tackles the dragon-like creature. With the demon conquered, the swarm of bees transforms into the towering form of Rafal, the elusive founder of the School for Evil.

This complex effect began life in pre-production, explained visualization supervisor Francisco Pacheco Beltran, “…we broke the effect down into stages and treated each one as its own separate effect. We used Maya to create the bees in various forms – a flying swarm, a human shape, dripping from the ceiling like stalactites – and used them to establish the camera angles for the scene.”

FPS’ work laid a foundation for animation and VFX to build the final effect, creating the visually compelling look shown in the final sequence.

“It was a fantastic collaborative effort,” noted CG Supervisor David Ramon Rodriguez. “Whether it was something big that featured in multiple shots or one-off things like turning a wooden desk into chocolate, each effect gave us something fresh to create.”

“There’s one part where a dragon-like creature emerges from one of the student’s backs, cauterizing the skin as it breaks through – that attention to detail made things really fun, and adds a splash of realism to the fantasy aspect of the film,” added Magana.

Source: Framestore

Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.

Larissa Pacheco expects Kayla Harrison to return for 2023 season after she wins PFL title: “I’m going to win and she will not take that” | BJPenn.com

Larissa Pacheco believes she is at her best ahead of her PFL Championship fight against Kayla Harrison.

Pacheco fought Harrison twice in 2019 in the regular season and for the inaugural PFL women’s lightweight title with Harrison winning both by decision. Since then, Pacheco believes she is a true lightweight now and has only improved since their first two fights.

“I could see what I was missing after the two fights against Kayla,” Pacheco said on Just Scrap Radio on BJPENN.com. “I was three years without fighting and I couldn’t prepare my body for the size and her grappling game. I’ve since been able to make myself stronger and prepare my body… I’m much better right now. I’ve been showing that in all my fights.”

Against Harrison, Pacheco is expecting the Olympic gold medalist to shoot early for a takedown. She doubts the champ will want to strike with her, but she is confident she will be able to keep it standing and get the win.

“I think she will try it very fast because she knows how good my punch is if I land,” Pacheco said. “I don’t think she has ever had a fighter against her with the power I do… It’s very hard to say what is going to happen but she is going to try and take me down. But I’m not going to tell you guys what my game plan is, but I think she will try and take me down, she doesn’t know my game.”

If Larissa Pacheco gets her hand raised, she also expects Kayla Harrison to enter the 2023 season. Harrison has made it clear she is not going to be part of next year’s season but Pacheco doubts that will be the case if she loses.

“Yeah, I believe so. I’m going to win, and she will not take that, she will come back (in the 2023 season) and will want to fight me again,” Pacheco said.

Along with beating Harrison and becoming a world champion, Pacheco will also win $1 million. She says that is life-changing money which will also help her become a better fighter.

“That’s going to completely change my life, I will be able to buy a house for myself and invest in my career and training. That will change my personal and professional life,” Pacheco concluded.

Do you think Larissa Pacheco will beat Kayla Harrison?

RIP Buster Drayton

Buster Drayton was tough, durable and almost impossible to deter. Like the city he was from–and a certain fictional icon also from Philadelphia—he just kept coming after you.

But he wasn’t necessarily supposed to be a world champion. He was looked upon more as a journeyman – a sparring partner for the great Marvelous Marvin Hagler and a hard-nosed test for anyone coming up the ranks. A spoiler. A gatekeeper. A fighter who would get whacked a few times and smile. But not someone who would be holding a championship belt aloft.

So the man born Moses Buster Drayton, fought Carlos Santos for the vacant IBF junior middleweight title sporting a record of 27-9-1 on June 4, 1986, naturally it was the smooth-boxing Santos, a former world champ, who was expected to win. It was a different time in boxing – a time when fighters got opportunities without being fan favorites or having glossy resumes. They got opportunities by being good fighters.

Drayton Got The Upset Win, and a World Crown

Buster Drayton took advantage of that opportunity on the Top Rank show in NJ, winning a majority decision to realize an unlikely dream. He held it for 10 months and two defenses, proudly representing his sport and his city. Below is the Tim Ryan/Gil Clancy call, with Buster’s shoutout to a higher power at the end. “I gave my soul to Jesus, and he guided me,” he exulted:

Drayton died over the weekend, according to the Atlantic City Boxing Hall of Fame. He takes with him a reputation of a fighter who would fight anyone and go anywhere. A fighter who liked to fight.

Take for instance a 1984 upset of Mark Kaylor in Kaylor’s U.K. Kaylor was 27-1 and, yes, expected to win. But Drayton, then 18-8 and 30 years old, had other ideas, stopping Kaylor in the 7th. (Video below features Marv Albert and Ferdie Pacheco on the call for NBC. It’s worth your time to check out a crazed seventh round. Six times Kaylor hits the deck, with no mandatory eight count dispensed on each occasion, which blows Pacheco’s mind.)

It led to a fight with contender James “The Heat” Kinchen in 1985. Buster Drayton lost a decision to the fast fighter who, at the time, had just one loss.

Then, after a four-fight win streak, Drayton was rewarded with something few expected him to ever receive – a world title fight. He was matched with former IBF champ Santos. It was the main event of a Showtime card that will probably be remembered for 1) being on a Wednesday and 2) having three championship fights that all went the 15-round distance. It made for a long evening – and a longer Thursday for those who attended the fight at Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, N.J.

After a close, rough-and tumble affair, Drayton was announced as the winner, by majority decision.

Buster Drayton vs Matthew Hilton Is 1987 Fight of the Year

He made two defenses in 10 months, stopping former WBA junior middleweight champ Davey Moore in 10 in August 1986, and contender Said Skouma also in 10 in March 1987. He then got the payday of his career, defending against undefeated hotshot Matthew Hilton in Hilton’s home turf of Montreal.

In a nationally-televised war, Drayton proved formidable, taking the left-hooking Hilton’s best shots in 15 rounds of warfare. A mid-rounds knockdown proved the difference in a fight that was named 1987’s “Fight of the Year.” Buster Drayton, then at 34 the oldest title holder in the game, lost his title by unanimous decision.

From there were knockout defeats to Julian Jackson and Terry Norris at a point in Drayton’s career when he should’ve probably retired.

But he was, after all, a fighter.

Buster Drayton was a real life Rocky, shrugging off losses and working to get a title shot

Drayton, a real-life Rocky, gave those with a humble resume reason to keep on dreaming, shooting for the apex. He worked as a cop in Philly post-boxing

As it turned out, a very good one. Buster Drayton (40-15-1, 28 KOs) grew up in Philly, and learned to throw hands in the streets, as was common in the day for a kid coming up in the 50s-60s. He did a stint in the Marines, and worked in a bank after college. His parents counseled him that he was well suited for boxing, and he built his skill set sparring Hagler, turning himself from “journeyman” to champ. RIP to a fighter’s fighter who represented himself, and his sport, well.

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Kayla Harrison admits she’s annoyed by Larissa Pacheco trilogy fight being on PPV: “I would have liked to promote it better” | BJPenn.com

PFL women’s lightweight contender Kayla Harrison is less than thrilled about her first pay-per-view main event.

The Judoka has been out of action since her submission win over Martina Jindrová in August. That victory helped book Harrison to her third-straight PFL tournament final. The championship event is slated to take place this Friday.

Standing opposite the former tournament winner will be a familiar foe. Larissa Pacheco has faced Harrison on two prior occasions, losing both times by decision. However, the Brazilian is riding a five-fight winning streak heading into the event and has signaled that things will be different on Friday.

The PFL seems confident that the trilogy bout will pull in fans given both women’s recent success. They seem so confident, in fact, that for the first time ever the promotion will be on pay-per-view. PFL 10 prelims will air on ESPN+, but fans will have to pay $49.99 in order to see the action.

While Kayla Harrison is excited to get back in the cage, she isn’t super happy about the pay-per-view decision. During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, the PFL star gave her thoughts on her trilogy bout with Larissa Pacheco.

There, the former Olympian revealed her disappointment with the fight airing on pay-per-view. While she’s not opposed to fighting a name such as Cris Cyborg on pay-per-view, Harrison believes that the trilogy bout with Pacheco doesn’t fit the platform well. Along with that, she revealed she’s not getting pay-per-view points.

However, despite that talk, Kayla Harrison is solely focused on defeating Larissa Pacheco this weekend.

“I’m annoyed slightly,” Harrison explained. “No [cut of the pay-per-view]. Obviously, I’m not a member of the board or a decision maker, but what does Cyborg keep saying? ‘Let’s see if she sells pay-per-view.’ So from a personal standpoint, it’s a little frustrating to me that they make the first pay-per-view fight a fight that I’ve already had twice, and they only give it like a month to sell. I would have liked to promote it better.”

She continued, “I have a job to do on Friday night. My job is to get in the cage and fight. To go out and cement my legacy, to continue on that path, and I hope people will tune in to see greatness in the making. I’m not there yet. We all know I’m not there yet, but I promise you that I’m going to get there, and when I do, you’re going to want to have witnessed all of it.” (h/t MMAFighting)

“Because I’m a bad motherf*****, and you can’t stop me. You want to watch.”

What do you make of these comments? Will you buy the pay-per-view? Sound off in the comment section below PENN Nation!

NFL Power Rankings: Chiefs and Cowboys Make Claim for No. 1 Spot – Sports Illustrated

The Colts almost beat the Eagles on Sunday. They were one last-minute drive away from handing Jeff Saturday his second straight victory to begin the most bizarre interim coaching season we can remember.

MMQB Podcast cohost Gary Gramling and I discussed the situation this week and came away with several thoughts, which may seem like they are not related but can almost certainly exist in the same universe together.

• We may have collectively overreacted a little bit. Everyone in the industry we were hearing from was disgusted by the maneuver, which certainly colored our opinions. But, like many events or decisions, we are always more demonstrative when life is happening in the moment. Time adds a gentler perspective, and it could also make this move seem far more ridiculous in hindsight. But … the idea that a Jeff Saturday regime would look like some freewheeling bootleg operation, with coaches, pantless and bumbling, communicating via strung pipe cleaner and tin can, did not happen.

• Saturday’s success—and, again, we’re not quite sure what to call it yet—could lead to some wild developments in the NFL coaching world. In many ways, we should have seen this coming. Major League Baseball and the NBA pivoted to this model (hiring coaches with a background as a player but no direct coaching experience) years ago, to varying degrees of success. The difference, of course, is that an NFL head coach touches so many more corners of the operation, and the operation is so much larger. There is such a massive cottage industry of analysts and talkers with an ability to grab the ear of an owner, and there are also owners who listen to people who have absolutely no business advising on matters of professional football. I would guess the hope among coaches was that Saturday would bottom out so vigorously that the door would be shut on this conversation forever. That has not (yet) happened.

• How do the players really feel? Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said after the game that he’d like to keep what some current Colts players told him private. Sirianni was mentored by Frank Reich, the former Colts coach. He wouldn’t say much else, though it was clear the move rubbed him the wrong way. As one person explained, right now, Saturday could have an upper hand from a public relations standpoint because he’s a breath of fresh air. He has unusually high energy, and he is not yet infected by cynicism or any of the myriad of personality quirks coaches develop over long hours of watching film—only to have their hearts ripped out when the play doesn’t work the way it is supposed to—on a regular basis. What happens when he does get infected? What happens the first time he makes a really horrendous mistake?

While there is lots of football going on, there may not be a bigger story in the NFL than Saturday. Think we’re making too big a deal out of this? When Dwayne Johnson replaces a retired Sean McVay as head coach of the Rams, remember this post.

P.S. We’ve been asked in recent comments to make the blurbs more about why teams are in certain positions relative to other teams. That makes sense, and we will do our best to explain why certain teams have risen and fallen, or are stuck behind other teams.

1. Kansas City Chiefs (8–2)

Last week: win at Los Angeles Chargers, 30–27

I debated putting both the Cowboys and the Bills at No. 1, and we’ll get to that in a moment. Right now, the Chiefs are ahead of both Dallas and Buffalo because they have completely overcome their weaknesses. Patrick Mahomes’s 16-yard run on Sunday night was another reminder to opposing teams that he doesn’t need a running game, even if Isiah Pacheco is going to randomly sprinkle in a 100-yard game once every solstice. There is no way to defend this team; there is only acceptance of what is.

Mahomes, right, and Travis Kelce connected on three touchdowns to rally in Los Angeles.

2. Dallas Cowboys (7–3)

Last week: win at Minnesota, 40–3

Next week: vs. New York Giants

The Cowboys are a multiple defense that is on the same page right now. They are healthy, deep with playmaking talent and can score against any opponent. If we’re looking seriously at deep playoff run potential, Dallas has all the necessary components (run game, quarterback efficiency, pass rush stars and an aggressive, shape-shifting secondary) to succeed. The Cowboys are one spot ahead of the Bills right now because Josh Allen seems a bit limited as he deals with a right elbow issue.

Watch the Cowboys on Thanksgiving: Full schedule here.

3. Buffalo Bills (7–3)

Last week: win vs. Cleveland, 31–23

Next week: at Detroit

I moved the Bills down on the list due, in part, to Allen not looking quite right, and, in part, to the secondary falling to No. 23 in dropback success rate. While Amari Cooper’s performance against the Bills was somewhat of a choice—the Bills brought some pressure in this game and had a third linebacker on the field for 57% of their snaps—they did look situationally sloppy.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (9–1)

Last week: win vs. Indianapolis, 17–16

Next week: vs. Green Bay

The Eagles are going through their difficult period right now. They are regressing to the mean in terms of turnover margin, which narrows the ability of Jalen Hurts to make mistakes and correct them over the course of a game. I placed them fourth at the moment as I wait to see how their new run-stopping pieces will blend in, and whether they can run an effective RPO-based offense when their lead backs are plodding at 3.5 yards per carry.

5. San Francisco 49ers (6–4)

Last week: win at Arizona, 38-10

Next week: vs. New Orleans

This is what they are capable of in the Christian McCaffrey era—complete and utter dominance. No defense that can completely encase them. It’s a really terrifying prospect for anyone who assumed the NFC was locked up a few weeks ago.

6. Tennessee Titans (7–3)

Last week: win at Green Bay, 27–17

Next week: vs. Cincinnati

No team is defending the run better than the Titans, which is why, ultimately, they may be a wild-card contender for a deep playoff run. Shutting down a running game eliminates the kind of dependable efficiency teams rely on to counter the Titans’ defense. I am placing them sixth because, with Derrick Henry hitting a late-season stride, their offensive efficiency numbers should bloom late in the season and catch up to their defense.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5–5)

Last week: BYE

Next week: at Cleveland

The Buccaneers find themselves at No. 7 this week. With one of the easiest remaining schedules left, and an offense that seems to have finally found a groove, they will be one of the more dangerous-looking clubs through the final weeks of the season.

8. Baltimore Ravens (7–3)

Last week: win vs. Carolina, 13–3

Next week: at Jacksonville

This feels like the right location for an upper-middle-tier team in the AFC that is likely right below that first group of teams. They are a step below the Titans at the moment, given that both defenses are playing well but one offense seems to have more options.

9. Miami Dolphins (7–3)

Last week: BYE

Next week: vs. Houston

The Dolphins come off their bye week with a gift of a matchup against the Texans. While teams have been able to figure them out situationally, roster attrition around the league and overwhelmed defensive coordinators everywhere are ultimately powerless against their suite of playmakers.

10. Minnesota Vikings (8–2)

Last week: loss vs. Dallas, 40–3

Next week: vs. New England

While this may seem like a punishment for the Vikings, whom I had in the No. 1 spot a week ago, I think there was always going to be some regression here. I understand the frustration from fans who felt that perhaps they didn’t get their earned respect until late in the season—and that it’s already getting taken away—but the loss to the Cowboys exposed some of Minnesota’s more fatal flaws. This team isn’t tackling well, didn’t run the ball especially well and, in situations where Justin Jefferson can’t get a steady diet of targets, its system can be hampered.

11. Cincinnati Bengals (6–4)

Last week: win at Pittsburgh, 37–30

Next week: at Tennessee

The Bengals have been one of the trickiest teams to place on this list throughout the year, and I could entertain the argument that they deserve to be higher based on how they’ve performed without Ja’Marr Chase. Ultimately, they could emerge, just like they did last year, as a fierce contender without garnering much of our attention during the regular season. They still have a top-10-ish defense and a top-five-ish offense, and they survived a T.J. Watt onslaught Sunday, which is difficult for any traditional pocket passer. Their game against Tennessee, a rematch of the thrilling AFC divisional round matchup from last year, will provide many answers.

12. Los Angeles Chargers (5–5)

Last week: loss vs. Kansas City, 30–27

Next week: at Arizona

While this was a disappointing loss, the Chargers can say they resembled a professional-looking offense for the first time in months. It was only their inability to cover crossing routes deep in their territory that doomed them against the Chiefs. Still, this is a 5–5 team with upside, at least from where I’m sitting. I am moving the Chargers up for what I’ll deem a quality loss. They could be (like many of the best teams from a year ago) making their move a bit later in the season.

13. New England Patriots (6–4)

Last week: win vs. New York Jets, 10–3

Next week: at Minnesota

Their Thanksgiving matchup against Minnesota will show us whether Bill Belichick has another solid plan in the holster. After blanking the Jets and faring well against some of the better offenses in the league to this point, the Patriots will arrive this week as the league’s No. 1 defense. I have moved the Patriots up for this reason, as it seems their tentpole strengths—a versatile, ever-changing scheme and a strong running game—are moving along well.

Patriots cornerback Marcus Jones’s punt return proved to be the difference in Sunday’s 10-3 win. 

14. Seattle Seahawks (6–4)

Last week: BYE

Next week: vs. Las Vegas

At this point, the Seahawks need to be in win-accumulation mode. They have two games against the gutted Rams, a Panthers matchup and a home contest next week against the Raiders, left. They sit at No. 14 this week in a position that reflects our diminishing skepticism. Here’s what we mean: A convincing win over the Raiders not only improves their 79% playoff odds but also shows that they will not be susceptible to a handful of trap games deep in the season.

15. New York Giants (7–3)

Last week: loss vs. Detroit, 31–18

Next week: at Dallas

The Giants are at No. 15 this week. Why? They are absolutely wiped out on the injury front, and their remaining strength of schedule is the hardest in the NFL: two games against the Eagles, two games against the surging Commanders, a short-rest Thanksgiving matchup with the Cowboys and a game against the Vikings. This, at least to me, reflects a team that has peaked thanks to some incredible schematic football. There is no shame in 7–2 being the high point of their season.

16. New York Jets (6–4)

Last week: loss at New England, 10–3

Next week: vs. Chicago

The Jets find themselves sitting just outside of playoff contention, as they are an upper-crust defense with glaring quarterback issues. In some way, every team in this area is lacking a true game-winner at the position, which ultimately hampers their ability to win games. An encouraging loss to the Patriots (encouraging in that they surrendered just three points and lost on a controversial punt return) keeps them hovering around the top 15.

17. Atlanta Falcons (5–6)

Last week: win vs. Chicago, 27–24

Next week: at Washington

I think Arthur Smith should be in the Coach of the Year conversation. Every week seems so laborious, and now without Kyle Pitts—who may very well be done for the season—the Falcons’ opponent coverage patterns shift and tighten again. The Commanders game could very well dictate their season as they desperately hang on.

18. Detroit Lions (4–6)

Last week: win vs. New York Giants, 31–18

Next week: vs. Buffalo

Why the 4–6 Lions over the 6–5 Commanders? The Commanders’ remaining schedule is quite a trek, while the Lions face the Bears (potentially without Justin Fields), the Jaguars and the Panthers. FiveThirtyEight has them at about a 12% chance of making the playoffs. I think, based on their ability to control the ground game and the potential diversification the offense sees if Jameson Williams comes back, we’re looking at a different football team come mid-December.

19. Washington Commanders (6–5)

Last week: win at Houston, 23–10

Next week: vs. Atlanta

The Commanders are at the back end of our fringe-contender area. They move up one spot from last week but aren’t soaring despite a convincing two-game stretch over the previous two weeks. As mentioned above, Washington’s schedule is prohibitive, but its quarterback play is also regressing to baseline levels while the running game and defense struggle to pick up the slack.

20. Chicago Bears (3–8)

Last week: loss at Atlanta, 27–24

Next week: at New York Jets

The loss of Justin Fields—for any amount of time—would be a clear backbreaker for this team. The Bears have to balance any hope they have for 2022 with the reality that a healthy Fields in ’23 is more important than a potential Baker Mayfield situation. (Mayfield also had a nonthrowing shoulder injury that dramatically derailed his progress.)

21. Green Bay Packers (4–7)

Last week: loss vs. Tennessee, 27–17

Next week: at Philadelphia

The Packers are free-falling, and with a game against the Eagles coming up, they could be wiped out of playoff contention entirely. The Packers’ recent game plans, which placed Christian Watson in advantageous situations and didn’t punish him for a percentage of drops well within the range of possibility, are encouraging but ultimately too late.

22. Los Angeles Rams (3–7)

Last week: loss at New Orleans, 27–20

Next week: at Kansas City

Speaking of teams that are cooked, the Rams will continue to drop. I even like the Steelers as a fringe playoff contender better than I like the idea of the defending Super Bowl champions running the table. Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t coming close to cleaning up this mess. It’s time to take a good hard look at this roster in the offseason.

23. Indianapolis Colts (4-6-1)

Last week: loss vs. Philadelphia, 17–16

Next week: vs Pittsburgh

The last two weeks, Matt Ryan has looked more agile in the pocket, the Colts’ run defense has had two of its best performances, and the entire operation looked as though we thought it would under Frank Reich. While we will never know if it would have looked that way under Frank Reich, we are left to shrug our shoulders. Next week, Ryan’s blind side versus T.J. Watt is a good test case for what kind of localized impact Jeff Saturday can have.

Saturday’s Colts came close to pulling off the upset against the Eagles, who prevailed 17-16.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers (3–7)

Last week: loss vs. Cincinnati, 37–30

Next week: at Indianapolis

I’m standing by my previous takes. I think the Steelers are worthy of the No. 24 spot because I think they will finish the season either 8-9 or 9-8. I think Kenny Pickett is closer than most. I think this defense can continue to rise to the occasion, and they will almost certainly finish well above 25th in EPA/down, as they currently sit.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (3–7)

Last week: BYE

Next week: vs. Baltimore

The Jaguars need to log a legitimate upset victory this season against a top-10 team. A banged-up Chargers club doesn’t count. Out of this thicket of sub-mediocrity, I also expect the Jaguars to finish the season toward the top of the pile (in this case, the top being the NFL’s middle class). Will Baltimore play victim here? Jacksonville’s defense is inconsistent, but they are young and athletic.

26. Las Vegas Raiders (3–7)

Last week: win at Denver, 22–16 (OT)

Next week: at Seattle

Josh McDaniels recovers with a win over the Denver Broncos in overtime. Whatever has been wrong with this team throughout the season, he must prove over the final seven weeks that he is the one who can fix it. We predicted the Raiders to go 9-8 this year in an increasingly troubling All-272 game prediction. It’s still in play … but barely.

27. Denver Broncos (3–7)

Last week: loss vs. Las Vegas, 22–16

Next week: at Carolina

Playcalling duties were handed off in yet another effort to throw hands at the field and say: see? This isn’t working for anybody. The Broncos are at the tail end of our power rankings because there are many years of hurt ahead of them. The Russell Wilson contract has just begun.

28. New Orleans Saints (4–7)

Last week: win vs. Los Angeles Rams, 27–20

Next week: at San Francisco

Why the Saints behind the Broncos, and why do the Saints only move up one? I don’t consider a win over the Rams a quality one at this point. The Saints and the Rams seem to be on a crash course for 25th in the season-finale power rankings. Andy Dalton is doing just enough to cause the Saints to squint and wonder if they’re still in this thing. This kind of self-deception has been dangerous for New Orleans to this point.

29. Arizona Cardinals (4–7)

Last week: loss vs. San Francisco, 38–10

Next week: vs. Los Angeles Chargers

A lost season gets worse. One could make the argument, that if Kyler Murray were lighting the world on fire when he was healthy, this could all be chalked up to bad luck. But … it’s not. Many of Arizona’s problems are sown deep. This will take more than a long offseason to untangle.

30. Cleveland Browns (3–7)

Last week: loss at Buffalo, 31–23

Next week: vs. Tampa Bay

I wonder what the Browns thought was going to happen this season, honestly. Did they think they’d have five or six wins by the time Deshaun Watson came back and would wedge themselves into the playoff race? Working off that assumption, they belong at the tail end of anyone’s power rankings. This season was an absolute waste of Nick Chubb and Myles Garrett’s prime.

31. Carolina Panthers (3–8)

Last week: loss at Baltimore, 13–3

Next week: vs. Denver

I could make an argument that the Panthers are actually more deserving of the last spot in the power rankings, as they are still circling rock bottom, whereas the Texans seem to have found it and are working their way out of the pit. With Baker Mayfield struggling, there is really nothing to learn here. Most of this operation will be upended in three months.

32. Houston Texans (1-8-1)

Last week: loss vs. Washington, 23–10

Next week: at Miami

We are clearly transitioning into “Bench Davis Mills” season, which will dovetail nicely into “who are the Texans drafting No. 1 overall?” season. Could Lovie Smith once again secure a No. 1 pick for a wayward franchise like he did in 2014, leading to the Buccaneers’ selection of Jameis Winston?

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Demi Busatta Cabrera can lean on record to defend HD 114 seat against Democratic underdog Adam Benna

First-time candidate Adam Benna faces an uphill battle in his attempt to unseat incumbent Republican Rep. Demi Busatta Cabrera.

The 34-year-old Democratic lawyer and former political staffer heads to Election Day at a marked funding disadvantage. He also received significantly less help from his party, lacks the two years of lawmaking Busatta Cabrera has to lean on and, consequently, is the lesser known of the two.

The two lifelong Floridians are competing for the seat representing House District 114, which covers a largely coastal area in Miami-Dade County that includes parts of Coral Gables, South Miami, Cutler Bay and West Miami.

Cape Coral-born Busatta Cabrera, 32, is a development director for ADE Miami, a nonprofit that works with adults with disabilities. She took her first swing at elected office in 2020 and succeeded, winning by nearly 9 percentage points and flipping the HD 114 seat red for the first time in six years.

She entered politics as a Chief of Saff to former Republican state Rep. Anitere Flores. She now serves as Vice Chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee.

Her husband is lobbyist Kevin Marino Cabrera, who is competing in a runoff for the District 6 seat on the Miami-Dade County Commission. She appeared beside him in a 30-second video ad touting his ties to Donald Trump while decrying “do-nothing” politicians representing voters in the area.

Benna, 34, moved to South Florida in 2012 — four years after his entry to politics as an intern on Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. He’s also worked in the Mayor’s Office of his hometown of Daytona Beach, on the re-election campaigns of Obama and former U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, and as an Assistant State Attorney under Katherine Fernandez Rundle.

He launched his campaign in January, saying he wanted to provide leadership focused on local issues like property insurance rates, utility bills, affordable housing and septic-to-sewer conversions.

Busatta Cabrera and others in the Legislature “are way off base,” he argued, “fighting ridiculous culture wars that won’t improve the lives of people who live here in Miami-Dade.”

On the issues

Benna’s campaign platform is ambitious. In addition to lowering costs for residents, he wants to protect consumers from fraud, assist small businesses hurt by the pandemic, increase teacher pay, reform and expand education, invest in sustainable infrastructure, implement “green” standards in development, protect natural resources, accelerate transitions to renewable energy, protect women’s reproductive rights and codify anti-discrimination laws.

Busatta Cabrera’s platform includes many of the same priorities. She also wants to boost teacher pay, freeze taxes and business fees, combat inflation, promote restoration projects that improve local ecological values and aesthetics, and prohibit “oversized developments” that change the character of neighborhoods.

Since taking office, Busatta Cabrera has been a deft lawmaker. She successfully sponsored legislation increasing legal protections for firefighters, requiring high school students to take financial literacy and management classes and updating the state foster care system to prioritize finding minors permanent homes.

She saw through a measure formalizing a Statewide Office of Resiliency one year after backing a bill that created the Resilient Florida Grant Program to fund projects that inform a Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience Plan.

In the most recent budget, Busatta Cabrera brought back millions to her district for septic-to-sewer conversion and water-management projects in Coral Gables and West Miami, a study of regional flood control conditions and electric vehicle-charging and solar-power components at a Coral Gables mobility hub, among other earmarks.

She also joined her fellow GOP lawmakers in voting for Florida’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks with no exception for rape or incest and the so-called “Stop WOKE Act,” which bars classroom and workplace lessons that tell students and employees are inherently racist, sexist or oppressed because of their race, color, sex or national origin.

And while she was among just a few Republican members of the House to vote in February against the Parental Rights in Education law restricting classroom instruction on gender identity and sexual preference, she later joined 70 GOP Representatives in voting to dissolve Disney’s special Reedy Creek district after company executives spoke out against the measure.

Political and pocketbook support

This election cycle, Busatta Cabrera raised more than $772,000, a large portion of it from political organizations and corporations representing industries including real estate, pharmaceuticals, health care, sugar and energy.

She had just under half that remaining — $389,000 — in her campaign account and political committee, People Above Politics, by late October.

That’s more than twice what Benna raised between his campaign account and political committee, Sunshine Priorities, and more than 10 times what he had left roughly a week from Election Day.

Benna’s fundraising overwhelmingly came through grassroots donations. Most personal checks were for three-figure sums or less.

Busatta Cabrera also enjoyed far more help from her political party. She received more than $128,000 worth of in-kind aid, almost all of it from the Republican Party of Florida for staff, polling and research costs. That doesn’t count monetary donations the party also gave.

She has been endorsed by the South Florida Police Benevolent Association, International Association of Firefighters, AFSCME Florida, United Faculty of Miami Dade College, Associated Builders and Contractors, Metro-Dade Firefighters, Fraternal Order of Police, Dade County Medical Association and the Florida Chamber of Commerce, which named her its “2022 Legislative Champion.”

She also received indirect endorsements, by way of campaign contributions, from Jacksonville Rep. Lake Ray, Walton Beach Rep. Patt Maney, Miami Rep. Vance Aloupis, Fleming Island Rep. Sam Garrison and Putnam County Rep. Bobby Payne, among others.

Benna, conversely, received about $35,000 worth of in-kind assistance, mostly from the Democratic Party, for staffing, taxes, research and insurance expenditures.

He carries endorsements from the South Florida AFL-CIO and indirect endorsements from Miami Sen. Jason Pizzo, Pinecrest Councilwoman Anna Hochkammer, former U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, former Pinecrest Mayor and state Rep. Cindy Lerner, former Miami-Dade Commissioner Kathryn Sorenseon, former South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard, state Senate candidate Raquel Pacheco, state House candidate Adam Gentle and former Miami Herald publisher David Lawrence, the founder and Chair of The Children’s Movement of Florida.

Election Day is Nov. 8. Early voting runs through Nov. 6.

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Kansas City Chiefs stock watch: Which players impressed during Week 9?

The Kansas City Chiefs outlasted Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans in Week 9, winning in overtime 20-17. The stars gutted out big plays, but some players struggled in crucial moments as the Chiefs improved their record to 6-2.

Here’s a look at how the stock is trending for some players after the Week 9 win at Arrowhead Stadium.

Stock Up: Patrick Mahomes

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A game that can be measured next to the all-time great quarterback performances in history as Mahomes willed the Chiefs to victory. The running backs weren’t effective, so Mahomes did it himself, finishing with 63 yards rushing that included a 20-yard scramble on third-and-17, a touchdown rush, and another to tie the game with a two-point conversion. He was also two pass attempts shy of the NFL record as he was 43-of-68 for 446 yards, one touchdown, and a receiver-deflected interception.

Stock Up: Carlos Dunlap

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Dunlap picked a great time to have his most impactful game as a member of the Chiefs. The veteran lineman was expected to be counted on more in the absence of Frank Clark, and he delivered with a clutch sack on Malik Willis late in the fourth quarter and the additional pressure to close the game in overtime. He is now only .5 sacks away from 100 for his productive NFL career.

Stock Up: Trent McDuffie

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McDuffie’s rookie season has been slowed due to injury, but he reminded everyone why the Chiefs took him in the first round of April’s draft. The Chiefs’ cornerback shut down Titans receivers whenever Malik Willis attempted to throw a pass. He was involved in several key coverage snaps and helped force the Titans to be one-dimensional late in the game.

Stock Down: Isiah Pacheco

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The running game continues to struggle for Kansas City, and the addition of Pacheco in the starting lineup didn’t turn the tide. The rookie running back struggled to gain traction against the Titans’ defense. He finished with only five yards rushing on five attempts, with Mahomes leading the team on the ground.

Stock Down: Harrison Butker

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An odd performance for the usually reliable Butker, as he wasn’t sharp on Sunday night. The Chiefs kicker missed an extra point attempt and a first-half field goal, both from within his range. Each miss was a momentum-stalling moment for the Chiefs as the offense struggled most of the night. He salvaged the night with the game-winning chip shot field goal in overtime.

Stock Down: Andrew Wylie

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The Chiefs tackle was a target of the Titans’ defense all game long, with multiple sacks through his side of the field. Wylie was also flagged for holding on a big Travis Kelce reception in the first half and on the two-point conversion late in regulation. The veteran fought hard late to help push Mahomes on his clutch runs, but his struggles stood out most in this one.

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