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Chiefs still top NFL team after they cut Kareem Hunt

Tristan Allen, Editor-in-Chief

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The Kansas City Chiefs are 11-2, first in the American Football Conference (AFC), and first in the AFC West at the end of week 14.

After the week six loss to the Patriots, the Chiefs kept their flow and won four straight against the Bengals, Broncos, Browns and Cardinals. They lost the Monday Night matchup against the Los Angeles Rams 51-54.

While Patrick Mahomes, quarterback, is a great playmaker, leading the league in touchdown pass percentage (9.5), the 51-54 loss against the Rams suggests that he is not the best quarterback to hope on in late close games. He threw back-to-back interceptions on the last two drives. Keep in mind, however, that he is only 23 and should improve with age.

Kansas City might have won the matchup had Sammy Watkins, wide receiver, been healthy to stay in. He has been dealing with a foot injury since their home game against the Broncos.

Just before the week 13 game against the Oakland Raiders, Kareem Hunt, running back, was cut from the organization after a video emerged of him kicking a woman in February. The video released on Friday, and the Chiefs cut him hours later.

Spencer Ware, running back, took over the starting job in Kansas City in week 13, but his starting debut was lackluster: Mahomes had more rushing yards on less attempts. Ware improved against the Baltimore Ravens, recording 75 yards on 15 carries, but the Chiefs are still missing Hunt.

The past two games against the Raiders and Ravens secured the MVP award for Mahomes. While he played better before, he showed an ability to step up as a leader at such a young age. He allegedly called a players-only meeting shortly after the release of Hunt, and while the game against the Raiders was closer than it should have been, he pulled out the win in the last minutes. He also managed to force overtime against the Ravens and pull out the win.

Eric Berry, safety, practiced for the first time in months leading up to week 13. He did not play against the Raiders or Ravens.

The defensive line is improving this season: they are second in the league in total sacks (39) and are 11th in rushing yards allowed. Dee Ford, outside linebacker, leads the Chiefs with 10.5 sacks, and Chris Jones, defensive tackle, is not far behind

Mahomes has 45 passing touchdowns through 13 games this season. The clock is ticking to break the single season record for most passing touchdowns (55), but it is still possible for the young 23-year old quarterback.

A recap of the Chiefs versus Ravens game on Thursday Night Football can be found on eyrieonline.org. This article did not include the Thursday Night matchup.

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