Sun Dec 4 11:39pm ET
By MITCH STACY
AP Sports Writer
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) and quarterback Joe Burrow (9) celebrate a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half of an NFL football game in Cincinnati, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Joshua Bickel)
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) walks off the field following an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Cincinnati, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. The Bengals defeated the Chief 27-24. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) fumbles the ball under Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt, left center, and linebacker Logan Wilson, left, in the second half of an NFL football game in Cincinnati, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) goes over the top to score a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half of an NFL football game in Cincinnati, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (11) makes a catch between Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Eli Apple (20) and safety Vonn Bell (24) in the second half of an NFL football game in Cincinnati, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Joshua Bickel)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco (10) runs in for a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half of an NFL football game in Cincinnati, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Joshua Bickel)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco (10) runs for a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in the second half of an NFL football game in Cincinnati, Fla., Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)
CINCINNATI (AP) Joe Burrow got a huge assist from his defense in another riveting duel with Patrick Mahomes.
With the Chiefs leading Burrow's Bengals 24-20 early in in the fourth quarter on Sunday, Mahomes hooked up with Travis Kelce, who rumbled for a big gain. But while Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt and other defenders were wrestling Kelce to the ground, Pratt forced the ball free and recovered the ensuing fumble.
Burrow took it from there, completing 6 of 7 passes during a 53-yard drive that he finished with a go-ahead 8-yard touchdown to backup running back Chris Evans. The Bengals' defense held Kansas City scoreless from there and Burrow closed out a 27-24 victory over the Chiefs.
''He's playing at an MVP level - absolutely,'' Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. ''He gives us a lot of confidence.''
The Bengals (8-4) have won four straight overall and their last three meetings with Kansas City (9-3) - all in the same calendar year. Cincinnati won on Jan. 2 to clinch the AFC North title. Four weeks later, the Bengals beat the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in overtime - also by a 27-24 score - to reach the Super Bowl for the first time in 33 years.
This time, Burrow finished 25 of 31 with two touchdowns and ran in for a 4-yard score to get the Bengals on the board in the first quarter. He concluded his day by converting two third downs on passes to Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins, allowing the Bengals to run out the clock.
''We left some points on the field, but we still find a way to win,'' Burrow said. ''We've still got five weeks left. Let's keep this train rolling. This team knows what it takes to win these games. We've been there. It's December. It's time to separate ourselves.''
Cincinnati running back Samaje Perine, subbing again for Joe Mixon (concussion), ran for a season-high 106 yards on 21 tough carries.
Mahomes was 16 for 27 for 223 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score. But the Chiefs fell short on their final possession when Joseph Ossai sacked Mahomes on third-and-3 from the Bengals 33, and Harrison Butker missed a 55-yard field goal wide right.
''We started off slow, we got back in the game, into the flow of things and (then) we had a turnover late and a missed kick,'' Mahomes said. ''In the fourth quarter, those are the things that kind of bite you at the end.''
Cincinnati led for the entire the first half and took a 14-10 advantage into the locker room.
Mahomes led Kansas City on two methodical third-quarter drives that ended in touchdowns - an 8-yard-run by Isiah Pacheco and a 3-yard scramble by the multi-talented QB - while the Bengals had to settle for a pair of field goals. That gave the Chiefs a 24-20 lead that held until the turnover and subsequent Cincinnati TD.
Chase, in his return after missing four games with a hip injury, had seven receptions for 97 yards. He was also flagged for taunting after getting in the face of Chiefs defenders after Higgins caught a 12-yard TD pass to push Cincinnati's first-half lead to 14-3.
''I was surprised at how quickly he was looking like the same Ja'Marr, even in practice last week,'' Taylor said. ''He's a freak.''
Bengals TE Hayden Hurst suffered a right calf injury in the first half and was ruled out. ... Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Mahomes ''hurt his foot there at the end of the game, but he's going to be OK.''
Reid defended his decision to attempt a long field goal that would have tied the game instead of keeping Mahomes on the field.
''If I don't think he's going to make that, I'm not going to do it,'' Reid said. ''It's pretty simple. I feel like (Butker) has been in a good place, and we just have to execute it better all the way around. It really shouldn't come down to that, but it did.''
Chiefs: At Denver next Sunday.
Bengals: Host Cleveland next Sunday.
The Los Angeles Chargers defense allowed 27 points to the Las Vegas Raiders but recovered a forced fumble and managed a pick-six in the Week 13 divisional loss. Cornerback Bryce Callahan's pick-six off Derek Carr in the first quarter marked the Chargers' first defensive touchdown of the season. Although this was an encouraging fantasy outing, the Los Angeles DST should remain on waiver wires ahead of a Week 14 matchup against an explosive Miami Dolphins offense.
Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee caught two passes for 14 yards in the Rams' 23-27 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13. He was targeted five times. Going into Week 13, Higbee was tied for the league lead in dropped passes. He made up for his low catch rate by attracting a boatload of targets and pulling in enough to be productive. However, he has not been able to benefit from injuries to the Rams' top two receivers (ankle and foot), and the loss of QB Matthew Stafford (neck) for the season certainly hurt him.
After missing the last two games with an ankle injury, Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy returned in the Week 13 game against the Baltimore Ravens to catch all four of his targets for 65 yards. While it wasn't a bad performance by any means after returning from a two-game injury absence, the 23-year-old left something to be desired in a game in which Courtland Sutton (hamstring) left early in due to injury. Still, Jeudy should have some positive momentum going into a Week 14 date with the division-rival Kansas City Chiefs. If Sutton is unable to return because of his injury, Jeudy could have some WR2 upside in a game the Broncos will surely be trailing in.
Denver Broncos running back Latavius Murray continued to serve as the lead back in the 10-9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 13. Murray saw a team-high 17 carries (it also tied his season-high) for 47 yards (2.8 yards per carry) while catching all four of his targets for 14 additional yards. The targets and receptions matched Murray's high on the season from two weeks ago. Mike Boone had just six carries, so Murray is the Broncos clear lead back, but in the lowest-scoring offense in football, Murray is going to be a disappointment as an RB3/flex if he isn't able to find the end zone. The Broncos have been lucky to score more than once per game in 2022.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver DeAndre Carter caught one of his two targets for 14 yards in a 27-20 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. This showing came as a disappointment after Carter posted three top-30 WR performances in the past four weeks. Fantasy managers who took a flier on Carter should monitor the health of Mike Williams (ankle) ahead of Week 14, as he will not be a viable option with the Chargers receiving corps at full health.
Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers ran for 60 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in the Rams' 23-27 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks. His first touchdown gave the Rams a 7-0 lead five minutes into the first quarter, then he scored again to give the Rams another lead with 3 minutes left in the fourth, but the Seahawks responded again to win with less than a minute left. They were the Rams' only two touchdowns of the game. This was the first game Akers has scored a touchdown since Week 3. While Akers has more opportunities now, the Rams offense just isn't productive enough to make him a safe weekly option.
Denver Broncos running back Mike Boone came off Injured Reserve in the Week 13 game on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. It was his first game action since Week 7, and he carried the ball six times for 18 yards and caught his only target in the passing game for an eight-yard pickup. Marlon Mack had only two carries for three yards. Boone was the clear backup to veteran Latavius Murray, but it's possible he could carve out a bigger piece of the backfield pie in the final five games of the season. Still, even if he does, Boone won't have any standalone fantasy value unless Murray misses time with an injury. Boone came into Sunday's game with only 15 carries for 82 yards and six receptions for 61 yards, but he has a more clear path to playing time with Melvin Gordon III gone and Chase Edmonds (ankle) on Injured Reserve.
Los Angeles Chargers kicker Cameron Dicker converted on two of three field goal attempts and nailed both of his extra-point tries in a Week 13 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Dicker was a perfect 10-for-10 on field goals heading into the contest but missed on his first career attempt of 50-plus yards. Regardless, Dicker has been solid throughout his rookie campaign and will remain a quality fantasy option in a Week 14 bout with the Miami Dolphins.
Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams carried the ball three times for nine yards in the Rams' 23-27 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13. Williams was a fifth-round draft pick this year. This was the fewest carries he has had since Week 10 and the fewest yards. He was also targeted once but didn't end up with a catch.
Denver Broncos rookie tight end Greg Dulcich finally had a bounce-back game in the Week 13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on the road. Dulcich finished with team-highs in catches (six), targets (eight) and receiving yards (85) in the 10-9 loss in which top wideout Courtland Sutton (hamstring) left with an injury. The 22-year-old was unable to find the end zone, but it was nice to see after a three-game stretch in which he had seven catches on 12 targets for 52 scoreless yards. He should continue to be on the TE1/2 borderline for fantasy managers the rest of the season, but Dulcich will have much more weekly upside in Week 14 against the Kansas City Chiefs if Sutton is unable to suit up.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Tutu Atwell was targeted five times and made two catches for 48 yards in the Rams' 23-27 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13. He led the team in both targets and receiving yards. He also rushed three times for 45 yards. In the absence of Cooper Kupp (ankle) and Allen Robinson II (foot), the speedy Atwell has seen more opportunities, but he's still not producing enough to be valuable in fantasy football.
Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson had yet another weak performance in a 10-9 Week 13 loss on the road to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Wilson finished the day 17-for-22 for 189 yards without a touchdown or interception. He carried the ball two times for 21 yards and was sacked twice. The 34-year-old failed to lead a single touchdown drive on the day for the fourth time this season, showing just what kind of year it's been for Wilson and the Broncos offense. It didn't help that Courtland Sutton (hamstring) left with an injury, but even if he's able to return for Week 14 against the division-rival Kansas City Chiefs, Wilson will be an avoidable low-end QB2.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Joshua Palmer finished with seven receptions for 60 yards in a Week 13 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. He earned a respectable 11 targets, trailing only Keenan Allen, who led the team with 14. Palmer has been heavily involved in the absence of Mike Williams (ankle) but could take a backseat if Williams returns to the lineup next week. Fantasy managers should monitor the situation, but can view Palmer as a solid WR3 or flex option if Williams is inactive against the Miami Dolphins next Sunday night.
Los Angeles Rams quarterback John Wolford completed 14-of-26 passes for 178 yards and two interceptions in the Rams' 23-27 home loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 13. Wolford also took four sacks for 30 yards. The 27-year-old finished with a passer rating of 43.4. In his two starts this season, Wolford has one touchdown and three interceptions. On the plus side, Wolford played the whole game. Rams coach Sean McVay did not put Bryce Perkins in, as he indicated he might. Nonetheless, Wolford is not effective enough to start in fantasy football leagues of any size.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen hauled in six of 14 targets for 88 yards and a touchdown in a 27-20 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Allen's 14 targets marked the most he had seen since the 2020-2021 season. The veteran was on the receiving end of the Chargers' only offensive touchdown of the contest, a 35-yard dime from Justin Herbert in the fourth quarter. Allen's target share could take a hit if Mike Williams (ankle) returns next week, but he will remain a solid fantasy WR2 against the Miami Dolphins regardless.
Los Angeles Chargers tight end Gerald Everett finished with five receptions for 80 yards on six targets in a Week 13 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. After a handful of underwhelming fantasy performances, Everett bounced back in an excellent matchup on Sunday. His schedule is enticing through the end of the season, so Everett will remain a low-end TE1 going forward.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler handled 10 carries for 35 yards and turned six targets into five receptions for 67 yards in a Week 13 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Ekeler also lost a fumble. He continued to shine in the receiving game but ultimately disappointed for fantasy purposes against a Raiders defense that has struggled against running backs all season. The 27-year-old will look to return to elite RB1 form next week when the Chargers host the Miami Dolphins.
San Francisco 49ers kicker Robbie Gould went made all four field goals he attempted in the Niners' 33-17 home win over the Miami Dolphins in Week 13. He also made all three extra points attempted. His longest field goal was 48 yards. With 15 points scored, Gould was the No. 3 kicker at the end of the Sunday afternoon games. His next matchup is against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert completed 28 of 47 pass attempts for 335 yards and one touchdown in a Week 13 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Although 335 yards is nothing to scoff at, Herbert failed to repeat the same success he found against the Las Vegas defense back in the team's season opener. His lone score of the contest came on a 35-yard strike to Keenan Allen in the fourth quarter. Herbert will hope to have Mike Williams (ankle) back next week for a plus matchup against the Miami Dolphins.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins caught three of his five targets for 35 yards in the win over Kansas City on Sunday. He also had a touchdown, courtesy of a 12-yard throw from Joe Burrow early in the second quarter. Ja'Marr Chase (hip) returned after a four-game absence and led the way with seven receptions for 97 yards, so it's not surprising Higgins saw a drop in production after totaling 16 catches in the previous two contests entering Week 13. With Chase back in the equation, Higgins may not see as many targets moving ahead. However, he's still one of the best wideouts in the league, and his upside is much higher than most at the position. Keep him starting in Week 14 versus the Browns, as he will look for his third touchdowns in as many games.