Sun Nov 29 8:10pm ET
By FRED GOODALL
AP Sports Writer
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) reacts as he beats Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (31) on a 75-yard touchdown reception during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) eludes Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Antoine Winfield Jr. (31) and inside linebacker Devin White (45) after a catch during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II (27) hurdles Kansas City Chiefs free safety Daniel Sorensen (49) as he scores on a 37-yard touchdown reception during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones III (27) celebrates with quarterback Tom Brady (12) after scoring on a 37-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) pulls in a 44-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Patrick Mahomes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs into the end zone for a touchdown against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Patrick Mahomes threw for 462 yards and three touchdowns to outplay Tom Brady and lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a 27-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Tyreek Hill scored on receptions of 75, 44 and 20 yards, backflipping into the end zone on his second TD, and finishing with 13 catches for 269 yards - the last an 8-yard catch on third-and-7 to give Mahomes an opportunity to run out the clock.
The Chiefs (10-1) won their sixth straight game and clinched their seventh 10-win season in eight years under coach Andy Reid.
The reigning Super Bowl champions improved to 6-0 on the road and have won nine straight away from home going back to last year.
Brady was 27 of 41 for 345 yards, three touchdowns and a pair of second-half interceptions in falling to 2-2 in four career meetings against Mahomes, who built an early 17-0 lead and also had the Chiefs up by 17 entering the fourth quarter.
The Bucs made it close, with Brady throwing TD passes of 31 and 7 yards to Mike Evans, the latter trimming Tampa Bay's deficit to 27-24 with 4:10 remaining.
The Bucs never got the ball back.
The Chiefs led 20-7 at halftime, with Hill having seven catches for 203 yards in the first quarter alone. The Bucs were fortunate they weren't in a bigger hole at the break.
Kansas City ran 42 plays to Tampa Bay's 22 in the first two quarters, outgaining the Bucs 377 yards to 131 with Mahomes throwing for 359 yards and Brady 117.
Three drives inside the Bucs 20, however, only netted a pair of short field goals. Shaquil Barrett sacked Mahomes, forcing a fumble that William Gholston recovered at the 14 with the Chiefs looking to build on a 17-0 lead.
Bashaud Breeland and Tyrann Mathieu had Kansas City's interceptions off Brady. The Chiefs hurt themselves with a pair of roughing the passer penalties on the 10-play, 73-yard drive the six-time Super Bowl champion put together to close the gap to three points.
The Chiefs beat Tampa Bay for the first time since Sept. 5, 1993, when Joe Montana led Kansas City to a 27-3 victory. The Bucs had won five straight in a series the Chiefs lead 8-5.
Chiefs: WR Sammy Watkins returned after being sidelined since Week 5 with a hamstring injury. He had four receptions for 38 yards. ... LB Dorian O'Daniel suffered a right ankle injury in the first quarter and did not return.
Buccaneers: LG Ali Marpet returned to the lineup after missing three games because of a concussion. LT Donovan Smith was active after not practicing all week and being listed as questionable with an ankle injury suffered last week against the Los Angeles Rams.
Chiefs: Denver next Sunday night, the lone home game during a stretch that'll see Kansas City play four of five on the road.
Buccaneers: Bye week.
Sunday Morning Update: Week 12
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne caught three of his five targets for 34 yards in Week 12 against the Los Angeles Rams. Bourne was second on the team in receiving yards in the game, trailing only Deebo Samuel, who compiled 133 receiving yards. Samuel was also the only wide receiver with more targets than Bourne. However, tight end Jordan Reed was second on the team overall in targets with six. This was a relatively standard game for Bourne, who has been right around three or four catches most weeks, rarely going over 50 receiving yards. He's a low-upside player who isn't worth owning in fantasy leagues.
San Francisco 49ers tight end Jordan Reed had a disappointing showing in Week 12 against the Los Angeles Rams. He was second on the team in targets with six, trailing only Deebo Samuel, who had 13. However, Reed was only able to catch two passes for 18 yards in the game. The Rams boast one of the league's top pass defenses and Samuel, who had 11 catches for 133 yards, was the only 49ers pass-catcher to find any success. Reed should remain a low-end TE1 option going forward. Next week, he'll have a more favorable matchup against the Buffalo Bills.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Richie James Jr. reeled in his only target, a 29-yard reception, in Week 12 against the Los Angeles Rams. The 49ers weren't able to do much through the air this week when any pass-catcher not named Deebo Samuel was involved. Samuel led the team with 11 catches for 133 yards while no other 49er had more than 35 receiving yards. James is behind Samuel, Kendrick Bourne and tight end Jordan Reed in the pecking order. That's not to mention the team's running backs, who are heavily involved in the passing game, or rookie receiver Brandon Aiyuk (COVID), who should be back next week. James can remain on waivers in all fantasy leagues at this point.
Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Nelson Agholor had a decent performance in a 43-6 loss against the Falcons. He hauled in five passes on six targets for 54 yards. Agholor now has back-to-back games with at least five catches. He did not connect on a deep ball as he has done many times this year, but it was a fairly respectable performance. Agholor is still a very inconsistent player and tough to trust from week to week. He has four games with at least four catches, but he has gone for two or less receptions in the other seven games. Agholor will look to connect on a couple deep balls next week against a Jets Defense that is prone to big plays.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans hauled in three of nine targets for 50 yards and two scores in a loss to Kansas City. Evans was having a relatively quiet day- and then the fourth quarter happened, where he caught a beautiful, 31-yard deep ball from Tom Brady for his first score. He grabbed a seven-yard touchdown to bring the Buccaneers within three points. Evans continues to be a magnet for the end zone, as he has 11 touchdown receptions this year. He's compiled at least 50 receiving yards in four of his last five games and will be a WR1/2 against the Vikings' poor secondary coming out of the Week 13 bye.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II carried the ball nine times for 66 rushing yards and caught one pass for 37 receiving yards and a touchdown. The Buccaneers were playing from behind for much of their loss to Kansas City, which explains why Jones only saw 10 touches. Still, he showcased some serious explosive ability, ripping off a 34-yard run and a 37-yard, catch-and-run touchdown up the sidelines. The 23-year-old has out-touched fellow back Leonard Fournette 44-24 over the last three weeks, though he proved in this game that he doesn't necessarily need the touches to produce. Jones will get a Week 13 bye before a favorable matchup against the Vikings.
San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon has a quiet game against the Los Angeles Rams in Week 12. He carried the ball three times for 21 yards and caught two of his three targets for 11 yards. The team got both Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. back in this game. Both players had been sidelined over a month. Mostert and Wilson received 16 and 12 carries, respectively, which led to the minimal workload for McKinnon. On the bright side, McKinnon was the team's most effective pass-catching running back in the game. He's tough to trust for fantasy purposes now that the team is more healthy at running back.
Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was featured a bit more in the offense in Week 12, catching three passes on five targets for 56 yards in a loss to the Falcons. This broke a streak of five straight games where Ruggs failed to go for over 40 receiving yards. It was just the third game of the season where Ruggs had at least three catches, so he will still be tough to trust going forward. His five targets was tied for the most he has seen all season, so it is hopefully a sign of things to come. Ruggs likely is not a viable fantasy option for his next game, but he will look to build on this performance in Week 13 against the Jets.
Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire received 61% of the backfield snaps in Week 12 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but was limited to just 11 carries for 37 yards and one catch for two yards. The rookie continues to see a limited amount of carries with the Chiefs preferring to pass the ball with MVP Patrick Mahomes. CEH has yet to over 14 carries in a game since the Chiefs signed Le'Veon Bell and Bell has been getting around 30% of the backfield snaps. Edwards-Helaire is still worth rostering and should be considered a RB2 against a Broncos Defense that the rookie scored against in Week 7.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel had a fantastic game in his return to action in Week 12 against the Los Angeles Rams. Samuel, who had been sidelined for about a month with a hamstring injury, led the team in all primary receiving categories this week, catching 11 of 13 targets for 133 yards. No other 49er had more than three catches or more than 35 receiving yards in the game. Samuel flourished despite a tough matchup against a stingy Rams pass defense that included coverage from star cornerback Jalen Ramsey. Going forward, Samuel should be considered a solid WR3 most weeks, though his target share is bound to go down when the team gets Brandon Aiyuk (COVID) back, which will likely be next week.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette failed to do much in a 27-24 loss to the Chiefs. Fournette saw just six touches but mustered only 20 scrimmage yards, as he took a backseat to Ronald Jones II. This is starting to become a trend for Fournette, who has seen playing time but has been out-touched by Jones 44-24 over the last three weeks. The talent is clearly there, but aside from his explosive game against Carolina, the former Jaguar has been a disappointment in Tampa Bay. The coaching staff seems to prefer Jones as the lead dog, which doesn't mean Fournette is completely out of the picture, though he certainly seems to be playing second fiddle. He'll get a Week 13 bye before taking on the Vikings, where he'll be more of a low-end flex play.
Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow caught seven passes on nine targets for 74 yards in a lopsided loss against the Falcons. Renfrow's nine targets was tied for the most he has seen all season, and his seven receptions were the most he has tallied all season. Prior to this game, Renfrow hadn't caught five passes or more since Week 4, and it was the first time he went for more than 70 yards since Week 3. It was a strange day for the Raiders offense as their top offensive weapons struggled to post good fantasy performances, so that gave Renfrow more of an opportunity. He will look to build on this performance next week against the Jets.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady completed 27 of 41 passes for 384 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in a 27-24 loss to the Chiefs. Brady had a couple of uncharacteristic turnovers in this one, though he was able to lead a furious late comeback in the fourth quarter. He also answered the bell to some extent with his deep-ball issues, as he tossed a beautiful, 31-yard score to Mike Evans late in the game. The 43-year-old will get a Week 13 bye to rest his body before taking on a bad Vikings' secondary. He'll be a solid QB1 for that contest.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown recorded four receptions on six targets for 98 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 against the Colts. Brown did his damage early on, ripping off a 69-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter, 50 of which came after the catch. He has yet to command double-digit targets in any game but Brown has now scored in seven of his nine contests this season. He'll draw a matchup against Cleveland in Week 13. He's got a very good shot a putting up elite WR1 numbers in this upcoming matchup.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Le'Veon Bell received 30% of the backfield snaps in Week 12 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Chiefs didn't utilize Bell or rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire that much in this matchup and stuck with their pass game. Bell did have five carries for 22 yards and also caught both of his targets for 10 yards, but he remains a shaky play with competition at the running back position and also being a part of the Chiefs offense that includes Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Bell remains an insurance policy for rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, but he shouldn't be trusted in a Week 13 matchup against the Denver Broncos.
San Francisco 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. tied with Raheem Mostert for the team lead in rushing yards in Week 12 with 43. However, Wilson only needed 12 carries to get there, while Mostert had 16 carries. This was Wilson's first game back after suffering an ankle injury in Week 7. He's the clear No. 2 on the team for now, but the team could have Tevin Coleman (knee) back as soon as next week, which would make the situation a bit more complicated. Wilson lost a fumble in this week's game, as did Mostert. Wilson didn't have any work in the passing game in Week 12, which is another bad sign for his fantasy outlook going forward.
Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry carried the ball 27 times for 178 yards and three touchdowns in Week 12 against the Colts. He added two receptions for seven yards. Henry sliced through the Colts' run defense for the entire game, ripping off eight runs of ten or more yards. He also notched his fourth multi-touchdown effort of the campaign, logging rushing scores of 12, 11, and one yard. Henry continues to mix tremendous volume with efficiency and his fantasy owners are feeling thankful for that. He will be an elite level RB1 in the Week 13 matchup against the Browns.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd hauled in three of his six targets for a meager 15 yards during the loss to the Giants. With Branden Allen under center in place of the injured Joe Burrow (knee), the 26-year-old couldn't get anything going and had one of the worst performances of his career. Allen will remain the team's signal-caller in Week 13 against the Dolphins, so fantasy managers may want to think twice before inserting Boyd into their starting lineup, regardless of the format.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill went bananas in Week 12 versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hill started the game by hauling in all seven of his targets for two touchdowns and 203 yards in the first quarter. The seven catches and 203 yards was the most for any player in one quarter in over 30 years. The Cheetah didn't stop there and finished the game with a line of 13 catches, 269 yards and three touchdowns. Hill has now scored in all but one game this season and continues to operate with tight end Travis Kelce as the top options in the Chiefs offense. Hill was a hero to many managers on Sunday and will remain a WR1 the rest of the season. Hill will face the Broncos in Week 13 and caught six balls for 55 yards and touchdown against them earlier in the season.
Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs had a tough day against the Falcons, rushing the ball just seven times for 27 yards and catching three passes for 17 yards. He also lost a fumble, which was just his second lost fumble all season. Today's game broke a streak of four straight games of at least 50 rushing yards and three straight games with a rushing touchdown. His lack of rushing attempts should not be too concerning for fantasy owners as the Raiders dug themselves an early hole and had to mostly abandon the run. He will look to bounce back next week against a Jets Defense that allowed over 100 total rushing yards in Week 12.