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Bengals' defensive variety will test Mahomes

Chris Simms breaks down how the Bengals' defense has proven to get underneath the skin of the Chiefs' offense and why it'll be a key area of focus during the AFC Championship.

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Matthew Berry, Jay Croucher, Lawrence Jackson Jr. and Connor Rogers discuss Nathaniel Hackett to the Jets before diving into the 49ers-Eagles NFC Championship game, highlighting matchups to watch, DFS options and more....

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NFL fines Arden Key but not for tackle that injured Patrick Mahomes
The NFL fined Jaguars outside linebacker Arden Key, but not for the tackle that injured Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Key’s tackle on Mahomes was legal. Mahomes got caught between Corey Peters...
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What will happen with Sean Payton?
One of the four teams that interviewed former Saints coach Sean Payton recently went in a different direction, with the Panthers hiring Frank Reich. That leaves three teams in the current cycles that could...
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DeMeco Ryans’ interest in Texans job unaffected by his prior lawsuit against team
When it comes to a history of litigation between prospective employer and prospective employee, the door definitely does not swing both ways. The employer legally cannot hold a grudge; the employee...
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Eagles elevate Anthony Harris from the practice squad
The Eagles have elevated safety Anthony Harris from the practice squad to the active roster for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. The Eagles did the same thing with Harris last week before making him...
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49ers promote Tevin Coleman, Janoris Jenkins
The 49ers have added a pair of veterans to the roster for the NFC Championship Game. The team announced that running back Tevin Coleman and cornerback Janoris Jenkins have been elevated from the practice...
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Chiefs activate Jody Fortson
The Chiefs will have tight end Jody Fortson available on Sunday. The team announced that Fortson has been activated from injured reserve on Saturday. Fortson has missed the last four games with an elbow...
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Dre Greenlaw fined $10,609 for unnecessary roughness
49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw heard from the league about a fine this week. The NFL fined Greenlaw $10,609 for unnecessary roughness. The play that led to the fine came during the second quarter of last...
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Bengals elevate Jake Browning, Isaiah Prince from practice squad to active roster
The Bengals have called up two players to the active roster for the AFC Championship Game. Bengals quarterback Jake Browning and offensive tackle Isaiah Prince were both elevated to the active roster for...
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College QB Austin Reed got transfer portal offers comparable to late-round NFL draft picks
The NFL saw fewer college players turn pro when they still had NCAA eligibility remaining this year than in past years, and the reason appears to be that college players can now earn significant money...
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Todd Monken interviewed for Ravens offensive coordinator
A return to the Bucs isn’t the only possible path back to the NFL for Todd Monken. Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that Monken interviewed for the Ravens’ offensive coordinator vacancy this...
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Ron Rivera voices support for Steve Wilks getting another head-coaching opportunity
On Thursday, the Panthers opted not to allow interim coach Steve Wilks to continue to build on his ability to go .500 over 12 games, after the early-season firing of Matt Rhule. Instead, owner David Tepper...
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Former NFL defensive lineman Chris Baker recovers from stroke
Former NFL defensive lineman Chris Baker, who spent eight seasons in the NFL, is recovering from a serious stroke suffered. Via TMZ.com, Baker posted video on Friday that showed him walking through the...
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Kickoff temperatures will be 50s in Philadelphia, 20s in Kansas City on Sunday
Philadelphia will be uncharacteristically warm at kickoff of the NFC Championship Game on Sunday afternoon, while Kansas City will experience a typically cold January evening for the AFC Championship Game....
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Philly might make or break Purdy's future in SF
Michael Holley and Charles Robinson discuss Brock Purdy's play thus far and why some doubters still remain as he gets set to make his first road playoff start at Philly in the NFC Championship game.
Joe Burrow not surprised to be back in AFC Championship Game: “Winning is expected”
Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was asked on Friday whether he finds it surreal that he’s already playing in his second AFC Championship Game in just his third NFL season. He said that to him, it feels...
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Tua Tagovailoa’s parents: No doubt that Tua comes back and plays next season
In October, Tua Tagovailoa said he didn’t know if his parents were on board with him playing football after suffering a serious concussion. Tagovailoa has suffered another concussion since then, but...
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Gronk thinks Tom Brady would pick the Buccaneers over the Raiders
Tom Brady doesn’t want to talk about where he’ll play next season. His friend and former teammate, Rob Gronkowski, has no such hesitation. Via SI.com, Gronk said that Brady is more likely to...
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Rams announce Mike LaFleur hiring
The Rams announced the hiring of Mike LaFleur as their new offensive coordinator. LaFleur replaces Liam Coen, who left to return to the University of Kentucky as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks...
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Chris Jones walks off with “see y’all at Burrowhead Stadium”
The Bengals are salty. The Chiefs are salty. It makes for an extra-sweet AFC Championship. The Bengals relish being overlooked, disregarded, and underestimated. They believe they got a raw deal from the...
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Falcons fire three defensive assistants after hiring Ryan Nielsen
The Falcons hired Ryan Nielsen as their new defensive coordinator Friday. That meant the end of three defensive assistants’ time in Atlanta. The team announced it has parted ways with defensive line...
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Jimmy Garoppolo says possible Super Bowl return “still up in the air”
Jimmy Garoppolo fractured his foot early in the 49ers’ Week 13 game against the Dolphins. The quarterback returned to the practice field for rehab work on the side last week. He is not ready to return...
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Falcons hire Ryan Nielsen as defensive coordinator
The Falcons have their new defensive coordinator. Ryan Nielsen, who has spent the last six seasons coaching the defensive line in New Orleans, is the new defensive coordinator in Atlanta, the Falcons...
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Report: Bucs plan to interview Todd Monken next week
The Buccaneers plan to interview University of Georgia assistant coach Todd Monken next week for their open offensive coordinator position, Jeanna Laine of ESPN reports. Monken currently is the offensive...
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Report: Patriots interviewing Bills assistant Ryan Wendell for offensive line coach job
The Patriots will interview Bills assistant coach Ryan Wendell for their vacant offensive line position, Albert Breer of SI.com reports. The team is flying Wendell to Las Vegas, where the Patriots’...
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David Long: Of course I’d love to stay in Tennessee, but that’s not my decision
The Titans made linebacker David Long Jr. a sixth-round choice in 2019. In his four seasons, he made 230 tackles, four interceptions, 14 pass breakups and two forced fumbles. Long now is headed toward free...
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Kyler Murray posts photo of his reconstructed knee
Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray underwent surgery Jan. 3 to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Almost a month into his rehab, Murray posted a photo on his Instagram feed....
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Philadelphia police greasing light poles in anticipation of fans climbing them in celebration
The Philadelphia police are trying to dissuade Eagles fans from going overboard on Sunday. Police said that they will be greasing light and traffic poles to prevent them from being climbed during what may...
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Buccaneers announce interview with Dan Pitcher for OC
The Buccaneers have continued their search for a new offensive coordinator with an offensive assistant still involved in the postseason. Tampa Bay announced on Friday that the franchise conducted a virtual...
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Ricardo: Hurts ‘hands down’ MVP of NFL
Eagles announcer Rickie Ricardo explains why he feels Jalen Hurts is not only the deciding edge for the Eagles vs. the 49ers, but also the MVP of the NFL.
A year after being blocked from going to Miami, Clyde Christensen was basically forced out in Tampa
There’s a very interesting nugget lurking in the article from Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times regarding former Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen. Two of them, actually. First, the...
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Christian McCaffrey off injury report, Elijah Mitchell questionable
On Thursday, 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey said there was “zero” chance he’d miss the NFC Championship Game. San Francisco’s final injury report of the week confirmed that....
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Travis Kelce added to practice report and is questionable with back injury
The Chiefs will have quarterback Patrick Mahomes for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Bengals. His ankle injury did not keep him from practicing fully all week, and Mahomes officially does...
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Did offensive infatuation work against Wilks?
Albert Breer offers his perspective on how the trend of offense-focused head coaches may have worked in Frank Reich’s favor over Steve Wilks in Carolina.
Report: Beyond DeMeco Ryans, the Broncos have many “top candidates”
Now that it appears that the Broncos may lose “top candidate” DeMeco Ryans to the Texans, it’s time to pivot to Plan B. But it’s not a pivot, supposedly. Mike Klis of 9News.com...
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Pressure on Chiefs to get over Bengals hump
Michael Holley and Albert Breer look ahead to the AFC Championship Game and examine the burden on the Chiefs to get past the Bengals before the conversation turns to Super Bowl predictions.
Young QBs add intrigue to 49ers-Eagles
A trip to the Super Bowl isn’t the only validation on the line between the 49ers and Eagles; the winner will be crowned as the preeminent franchise in the NFC in recent years.
Avonte Maddox has no injury designation for Sunday
It looks like cornerback Avonte Maddox will be back in the Eagles lineup for the NFC Championship Game. Maddox was a full participant in practice on Friday and he has no injury designation for Sunday’...
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JuJu Smith-Schuster: The Bengals have always been a “rah-rah team,” but they back it up
Chiefs receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has played the Bengals nine times in his career, which includes five seasons in Pittsburgh. He is more familiar with Cincinnati than perhaps anyone else on the Chiefs....
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Christian McCaffrey back at 49ers practice, Elijah Mitchell isn’t
49ers running back Christian McCaffrey said on Thursday that there is no chance he will miss Sunday’s NFC Championship Game with a calf injury and Friday’s practice brought reason to take him at...
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Florio discusses potential landing spots for Payton
Mike Florio joins the Dan Patrick Show to discuss Sean Payton's plans for the 2023 NFL season, and if he'll be roaming the sidelines for a team this fall.
Andy Reid: Patrick Mahomes is moving around good, will play Sunday
There hasn’t been any real question all week that quarterback Patrick Mahomes would start for the Chiefs in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. But head coach Andy Reid confirmed that would be the...
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Frank Reich sees “so much to build on” offensively with Panthers
The Panthers announced that they’ll hold a press conference with new head coach Frank Reich on Tuesday, but he sat down with the team’s in-house media crew for his first comments since being...
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Report: DeMeco Ryans emerges as top candidate for Texans
Whenever DeMeco Ryans’ season ends with the 49ers, he may have options for his next job. According to NFL Media, Ryans has emerged as a top candidate to be the Texans’ next head coach. A former...
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Bengals officially rule out Jonah Williams, Alex Cappa
Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said at his Friday press conference that he didn’t see right guard Alex Cappa or left tackle Jonah Williams playing against the Chiefs on Sunday and the team’s...
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Report: Tua Tagovailoa remains in concussion protocol, won’t participate in Pro Bowl games
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa entered the concussion protocol after he was examined for symptoms following Miami’s Christmas Day loss to Green Bay. He didn’t play for the rest of the...
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Reuben Foster to attempt comeback in the USFL
Linebacker Reuben Foster is trying to make a comeback. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Foster will sign with the USFL’s Pittsburgh Maulers and aims to show NFL teams that he can still play...
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Zac Taylor: I don’t see Alex Cappa, Jonah Williams playing this week
While it won’t quite be official until Cincinnati releases its final injury report later on Friday, the Bengals will once again be without three of their top offensive linemen this weekend. Head coach...
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Will Patrick Mahomes be able to play like Patrick Mahomes?
When images emerged on Wednesday of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes walking without a boot or a limp and moving as he normally would in video from practice captured during the period when the media had...
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Bucs set to interview Shea Tierney for offensive coordinator
Giants quarterbacks coach Shea Tierney has landed on the Buccaneers’ list of offensive coordinator candidates. Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports that Tierney will interview for the vacancy that the...
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Hayden Hurst says calf injury won’t keep him out Sunday
Bengals tight end Hayden Hurst was added to the team’s injury report on Thursday, but he says there’s no concern about his status for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. Hurst is dealing with...
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Will Aaron Rodgers land with the Jets?
Last year, when the Broncos hired former Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett to serve as the team’s new head coach, many believed that the Broncos next would land quarterback Aaron Rodgers...
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Chiefs ST coach Dave Toub: I’m going to miss Chris Lammons, he did a lot for us
Cornerback Chris Lammons was a key part of the Chiefs’ special teams unit for the last two seasons, but he won’t be able to help them against the Bengals on Sunday. The Chiefs waived Lammons...
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Report: Rams to hire Mike LaFleur as offensive coordinator
The Rams will once again have a LaFleur as their offensive coordinator under Sean McVay. Los Angeles is hiring former Mike LaFleur to be their new OC, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. LaFleur had...
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