Mahomes, Chiefs enjoying coin-toss win streak
Denver Broncos: At 3-6 and sitting 2 1/2 games out of the final AFC wild-card spot entering their bye week, the Broncos' playoff hopes are grim, which often leads teams to plan for the future and play young players down the stretch. But head coach Vance Joseph doesn't see any difficulty balancing the development of rookies with staying competitive. "We've got seven or eight rookies in major, major roles right now," Joseph said. "If they play good, we win, so it's not a balancing act. They are playing. They are our headliners right now. They've got to play well, they have no choice." First-round rookie Bradley Chubb is tied for sixth in the NFL with eight sacks, 6.5 shy of the rookie record, while undrafted running back Phillip Lindsay is second in yards per carry (5.4) among players with 100-plus carries.
Kansas City Chiefs: Andy Reid's team has one loss in the standings, but there is one place it remains undefeated this season: the coin toss. Kansas City has won the toss in all nine games, deferring all nine times. "It is ridiculous," Reid told reporters Wednesday. "But on the other hand, if one goes the other way, you have to be ready to go. You can't have a letdown or something off a coin toss." Quarterback Patrick Mahomes has had his own fun with the streak. "I say that's one of the most nervous points in the game for me right now," he said. "It's kind of a running joke type of thing. I don't think there's any pressure. Whatever happens, happens."
Los Angeles Chargers: Second-year cornerback Desmond King claimed AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Wednesday after notching a critical pick-six against the Seattle Seahawks last week. King leads the Chargers with three interceptions and six passes defensed this season, and he also is the top punt returner (11.5-yard average) after notching a 17-yarder on Sunday. "He's a playmaker," head coach Anthony Lynn said Wednesday. "He's a very instinctive football player. That's why we drafted him. He's been doing it his whole life. ...It's good to have a good, instinctive football player in the slot, because he's in space."
Oakland Raiders: Preparing for their second meeting with the Chargers after a 26-10 loss in Week 5, the Raiders aren't discouraged by the lopsided defeat in Los Angeles. Head coach Jon Gruden pointed to how Oakland had limited opportunities on offense (only three possessions in the second half) and committed three false starts in key situations. He also blamed himself for the playcall that led to a Derek Carr interception on first-and-goal from the 1 late in the third quarter. "We had some critical errors that were inexcusable and really hurt us," Gruden said. "But we competed hard, played some good football against the Chargers."
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