The Philadelphia Eagles appeared to be a team possessed during its Monday Night Football matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Eagles spent all night in rainy Arrowhead Stadium knocking down old barriers. For the first time since 2009, Philadelphia was able to find a way to beat Kansas City.
Since former Eagles coach Andy Reid had taken the same job with the Chiefs, Kansas City had won four straight in the series, including a 38-35 win in Super Bowl LVII last season. The Eagles, who had long proven they had staying power, improved their record to 9-1 on the season. Philadelphia has accomplished that five times in franchise history.
Black sports news shows the last four times the Eagles started 4-1, they reached the Super Bowl. Philadelphia rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit Monday to stun the Chiefs. Now, the Eagles are looking at snuffing out other contenders on the way back to the Super Bowl.
Kansas City will be lamenting not spending more money on options at wide receiver in the offseason. Marquez Valdes-Scantling had an especially tough miss against Philadelphia. Mahomes threw a pass deep late that would have gone for a touchdown, but Valdes-Scantling couldn’t keep his feet and couldn’t find a way to pull in the pass either.
The playoff race in the NFL really started to heat up in Week 11. There were many games that produced outcomes that will resonate through the rest of the season. Here’s a look at some other news and notes.
Bye, Bye Burrow
The Cincinnati Bengals can’t catch a break. When it comes to luck, historically, the Bengals don’t have any. During an important game last Thursday with the Ravens, Cincinnati lost more than just on the scoreboard. Burrow took a tough hit in the second quarter and tore a ligament in his wrist.
The Bengals would later find out after their 34-20 loss to Baltimore that Burrow was gone for the season. It is a difficult blow for a Cincinnati team that was hoping to return to the Super Bowl. The Bengals are now 5-5 and mired in last place in the AFC North. Barring an inspired performance from backup quarterback Jake Browning, the Bengals’ season is likely done.
Broncos Put Early Struggles in Rear-View Mirror
The marriage between Denver first-year coach Sean Payton and veteran quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t a perfect one. The Broncos struggled to get over 20 points per game but found a way to keep their winning streak going with a 21-20 win over Minnesota Sunday night.
The Broncos have now picked up four straight wins to move within breathing distance of a Wild Card in the AFC, according to up-to-date sports news. Denver was able to take advantage of the Vikings, who were playing with journeyman quarterback Josh Dobbs. The Broncos’ biggest issue was they could finish drives.
Denver was forced to settle for five field goals. However, the Broncos were able to score a touchdown late and cool off the Vikings, who had won five straight. Wilson threw for 259 yards in the win, which was his highest total since he threw for 306 yards in a 70-20 loss to Miami in Week 3.
Lions Continue Their Climb
This year’s Detroit Lions continue to prove they are different. These aren’t the cowardly Lions of the past, who were ready to fold at the first sign of trouble. Facing a 12-point, second-half deficit to the last-place Chicago Bears, Detroit found a way to fight off its struggles.
Lions quarterback Jared Goff, who struggled immensely through the day by throwing a season-high three interceptions, led a late drive to propel Detroit to a win. David Montgomery scored on a 1-yard run with 29 seconds to complete the comeback and give Detroit a 31-26 win.
Goff also threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jameson Williams with 3 minutes and 6 seconds remaining to bring Detroit within striking distance. The Lions are off to an 8-2 start for the first time since the 1960s.
Is it Time to Sit Kenny?
The Cleveland Browns showed on Sunday that they must be taken seriously as playoff contenders, even without quarterback Deshaun Watson and running back Nick Chubb available. People looking at the top sports news today will see that Cleveland’s defense dominated Pittsburgh last Sunday as the Browns beat their old rivals 13-10.
What has been more shocking for Pittsburgh this season has been the play of quarterback Kenny Pickett. Pickett only passed for 106 yards against the Browns. Pickett hasn’t thrown for more than 200 yards in a game since putting up 230 yards during a win over the Rams.
With the Steelers seeing infighting and frustration due to the offense, Pittsburgh may be forced to consider benching their former first-round pick under center. The numbers aren’t good on Pickett thus far. He has the lowest touchdown pass percentage, with a minimum of five passes attempted, in NFL history at 1.9 percent.
Chargers May Be Running Out of Time
The Los Angeles Chargers are wasting the prime of quarterback Justin Herbert. After making the playoffs last season, the Chargers appeared to be back on track. However, Los Angeles’ season this year has been a disaster.
Things got worse Sunday. The Chargers were leading the Green Bay Packers 20-16 with 5 minutes, 24 seconds remaining after Keenan Allen caught a 10-yard touchdown from Herbert. Green Bay would retake the lead when quarterback Jordan Love threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Romeo Doubs only minutes later. With time winding down, Herbert found a wide-open Quentin Johnson down the sidelines with a pass, but the attempt went sliding through his fingers. Things have gotten so bad for the Chargers that former Jets head coach Rex Ryan was quoted as saying Los Angeles coach Brandon Staley needed to go back to Division III, where he belongs.For all the latest MLB, NBA, NFL, and Soccer News, stay up to date on BlackSportsDigest.