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Blue Nile dot com. That was a quick hour and we are barely scratching the surface, though we've kind of given you the lay of the land now. That's what this becomes in December on into January, obviously. Around the holidays, one of the reasons why don't take off New Year's weekend ever. And this year it happens to be a weekend, but we see the playoff picture start to come together or not. When things are really tight, it goes down to the wire, but the overarching storylines and headlines from every NFL Sunday become who's clinched a playoff spot?
What are the possibilities? How does it look? How has it changed? And so all these games carry, they don't carry any more weight than earlier in the season. That's what we love about the NFL, so don't misunderstand me, but they carry implications now that we can see the end on the horizon.
Just over four weeks left in the regular season blows me away and it's going to go fast because of the holidays. It's After Hours with Amy Lawrence on CBS Sports Radio. We're live from the Rocket Mortgage studios. Whether you're looking to purchase a new home or refinance yours, Rocket Mortgage can help you get there.
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I said a jar, not a handful. Is that his official guess, right? You can't do another one. That's it, it's in. Yeah, so what we're going to have to do is you'll have to guess to the official post. Yeah, we're going to have to put a post up.
Isn't that what we did before? When we were taking guesses for, what was it, the number of total points in the NBA All-Star game? And pitches for the baseball game. Right, that's true.
The number of pitches, that was a good one. So there are far more than 22 M&M's in the jar. Yeah, but you're going to need to see the video and see how big the jar is and how many green and red and brown M&M's I meticulously pulled out of the bag for you. Yes, washed my hands. Just like I washed my hands when I was making all my baked goods, I'm sure nobody would have a problem eating those. Well, maybe some of you, if you don't like almonds or walnuts.
I never cook with peanuts, but I do tend to bake a bunch with other chopped nuts. So it's Christmas and that means red and green M&M's to make me happy. We're live from the Rocket Mortgage Studios. Whether you're looking to purchase a new home or refinance yours, Rocket Mortgage can help you get there.
For home loan solutions that fit your life, Rocket can. So find me on Twitter, ALawRadio, I would say don't register your official guests of the M&M jar until you see the M&M jar, but I promise that before Monday is done. Also, before this hour is up, we will have our Mortification Monday poll on Twitter and Facebook because you get to pick which team and by proxy, which fan base should be the most miserable, morose, morbid, manic, melancholy, and mortified on Monday. See how that goes? Your host loves alliteration, as in loves alliteration.
So you want to make sure you're ready for that. We've always got more candidates than we put out there so that you can send your write in votes as well. However, I'm thinking the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should be somewhere near the top of that list and will likely get a bunch of votes. I did see some Atlanta Falcons fans exulting in how badly the Bucs were getting beaten in San Francisco, but I'm not sure the Atlanta Falcons fans should be gloating, considering they're now tied with the Panthers for second in the NFC South with a record of five and eight. And lest we forget, the last two games, they haven't even scored 20 points. They've lost to teams who haven't even scored 20 points. So I'm not sure the Falcons should be gloating about anything, really.
However, this was brutal. I don't know that this was rock bottom for the Buccaneers because they're still in first place in the NFC South. But they have no run game. They turned the ball over three times. They have eight penalty flags. And it still looks ugly, not to mention unbelievably inconsistent. And a lot of that has to do with the offensive line.
I get it, but this is who they have. And at this point in the season, you don't know which Bucs team is coming out of the tunnel. They've twice snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
And this is recently, right? The game against the New Orleans Saints. They come back with one of those classic Brady-led drives and they have a touchdown pass, what was it, three seconds to go? Did Rashad White hold in that touchdown on Monday Night Football? It's a team that has come back and has managed to spare a few, salvage a few weeks and a few wins.
But it's the opposite of consistent. And there's Brock Purdy talking about getting a dap, getting a hug from Tom Brady after the game. At least he did that instead of walking off the field because he generally gets really ticked off. Usually calms down by the time he does his postgame press conference, but I can understand why he's grumpy. I hope Todd Bowles is grumpy too. Once again, the Buccaneers fall below 500.
They're now six and seven. I see why they're the number one defense. We obviously, you know, we didn't do a good enough job in any area of our offensive to score enough points.
And I would go out this week and try to do a lot better job than I did today. Everyone's got to play better, but you know, we're just not playing. We just have not played consistently well very often. We haven't played it for four quarters.
We've played it a little bit at times, not today at all. But some games were played well for five minutes and don't play well for 55 minutes. We knew it was kind of going to be a chess match with them. And we knew that he gets the ball out quick. And that's why it was tough to to get home on them.
But just playing everything deep to short. And there was some long drives in there where, you know, they're digging and dunking us down the field. And I still think that even that that touchdown that they had, we still could have stopped him right there.
But it honestly was just resilience all the way through. Like guys coming up, making tackles like every single time. I was so proud of those guys.
And just, you know, first of all, you got to take away all the other stuff. So, you know, give them that many freebies and, you know, they almost had one with the hell of a play that they had. It was a three-man rush. It looked like Tom just went all the way across the board and just waited long enough for the zone coverage to break down. But besides that, I mean, our guys to get turnovers versus him, which is as hard as any quarterback there is, you know, when he starts to get into that when he's down and, you know, he's going to be throwing at each play. He's a really tough guy to stop and to keep him out of the end zone all those times, even when he was kind of trying to take it over with the two-minute type offense, besides the one that we did give up.
That was very impressive. And just how many guys that went down throughout the game on the defense and just having to adjust with that and those guys would be able to still finish it because we didn't have many people left. Kyle Shanahan thrilled with his defense. Yes, excited about the rookie Brock Purdy and all the weapons they have on offense. But you hear from Fred Warner and Kyle Shanahan, the defense didn't even love giving up a touchdown and felt like this was a performance in which they were able to limit anything the Buccaneers wanted to do. And so it's one step forward, two steps back for Brady and the Bucs.
There's so many different little stats and things and probably not a lot of things we have a lot of advantages on, you know. So we're just going to try to get back to work this week and play a good team at home and see if we do a lot better job. We got to decide what kind of team we want to be. We can't be one set of Bucs and another set of Bucs.
It's got to mean something. We got a one-game lead with four games to go. Either we want it or we don't. No, we got to play better. We got to play better. We know what Donovan is. We can't have the penalties.
It's Bucs beating Bucs. He had some last week. He had some this week. He's got to play better. We got to play better as a group. We got to coach better as a group. We got to decide who we want to be. I like that.
I like that idea. It's put up or shut up time. Or as Mike Tomlin says, it's put up and shut up time. Except it's week 14.
And it's been this way, flip-flopping back and forth for essentially the entire season. And it just so happens that they are playing in one of the worst divisions in football. But it doesn't automatically go away just because Brady's back in the playoffs. If they should happen to lose first place in the NFC South, they're not going to go as a wildcard team because of how bad their record is.
And even if they do host a playoff game, wildcard weekend, it's going to be tough sledding when you think about the teams, potentially the Dallas Cowboys, who could end up at their place for the opening round of the postseason. So right now it's rough for Brady and the Bucs. Anytime I see Leonard Fournette, it's like a missing child has been found. Leonard Fournette on the side of a milk carton. Do they still do that? I don't even know.
That might just be a 90s thing, putting the photos of children on the side of milk cartons. But yeah, it's a team that you cannot have any faith in. And we asked that question a couple of weeks ago. Which teams inspire faith? Which teams inspire confidence?
And it's definitely not the Buccaneers. But congratulations to the Niners' longest win streak in the NFL right now at six games since the trade of Christian McCaffrey, who says we are all on the same page, which a lot of times is half the battle. That's one thing I realize is you can call the right play and it doesn't work because, you know, lack of execution, you can call the wrong play. And it does work because of execution and guys playing beyond the X's and O's. And so for us, you know, it's about trust in our game plan.
Our game plans have been great. And I think everyone on that offense trusts the play call and, you know, it's up to us to go make them come to life. Niners move to nine and four. And this is with their third string quarterback or their third quarterback of the season. But they now have a two game lead over the Seahawks in the NFC West. That brings us to another game between the NFC West and the NFC South, Panthers at the Seahawks. And Seattle, similar to, say, the Giants in the NFC East, going the wrong way. Remember, this was one of the early stories of the season. Actually, that includes the Giants too, right?
Both of them. Big surprises, pleasant surprises for their fan bases at the midway point of the season. But here come the Panthers, maybe a little more battle tested.
Just in general because of all the adversity they've been through, seeking their first road win of the year. And it's an early Geno interception that right away puts Carolina into the red zone. Remember, this is Sam Darnold's team now. Darnold under center, ball at the 13 yard line of Seattle forming the deep back, three receivers, Shy Smith in the slot left.
The snap, the fake to form it. Darnold rolling to his right, throws, caught, touchdown Shy Smith. Ball from the two, Darnold again in the gun, Hubbard off his right hip, Thomas the tight end.
D.J. Moore slot left, the snap, zone read, Gibbs straight up the middle, Chuba Hubbard, touchdown. Zone read to the running back, Hubbard, he takes it in for a score. With that Hubbard TD, the 7 minute drive, the Panthers go up 17-0 in this game in Seattle. I'm not sure I would have thought that possible against the 12th man, but you know, in the NFL everything is possible, even the impossible.
It's after hours here on CBS Sports Radio. Now the Seahawks are able to find their footing, couple of touchdowns in the second quarter, and so they're not, they're not about to see the Panthers run away with this the way that the Niners did against the Bucks. Geno from the shotgun, takes the snap, looks, fires inside, reaching up, making a catch, touchdown Seahawks.
Like I said, when you need a touchdown you go to D.K. Metcalf from 12 yards out, his 6th touchdown catch of the year. Geno looking, still has it, still looking, fires, ball is caught by Goodwin down inside the 10 to 5, touchdown Seahawks. So Geno and the Seahawks offense had not given up.
That's the 4th TD this year for Marquise Goodwin who looked like he was going to get decked when he made the catch, he hung on and went in from 24. The Seahawks are able to pull within a score, but then Carolina boosts that lead back to 10, with what? A long scoring drive. So the Panthers don't put any points on the board in the 3rd, but in the 4th quarter they go heavy run and they chew up clock. So a lot of Hubbard, a lot of Raheem Blackshear who gets into the end zone with an 8 yard rushing TD. What I really like is the way the Panthers were patient in their execution. They weren't in a hurry, they weren't freaking out even though they haven't been in these situations a lot, no they were steady.
And they used what was working in Seattle. Geno does end up with a 3rd touchdown pass, but the Panthers take care of their business. Now sky kick right, this time he'll squint left, it takes a bounce, it's fielded by J.C. Horn, who else? And he takes it to the 41 yard line and Carolina a kneel down away. From back to back wins, the Panthers have their first win streak of the season. And I'm telling you folks, as wild as this season has been, let this sink in. Colton changed, McCaffrey traded, Anderson traded, 3 different quarterbacks. There is still a shot and with every passing week it becomes less and less of a total outlier shot and a total outside shot to a real chance.
They can still win the division which means there's still the possibility of a home playoff game at back of American Stadium. How about them Panthers? Everything that we've gone through, they've gone through with the different coaching changes, getting rid of players, the organization trying to tank it.
You know, all those different things and to see how those guys respond and came out and played today, it is pretty thrilling and emotional, yes. This game didn't go at all like we had planned, falling behind early and getting in trouble. You know, made obviously a challenging, you know, return, but we did it. You know, we got back in this game, got back in there with a couple touchdowns and got the ball coming out at halftime and shoot it.
We're in fourth quarter, it's 2017, you know, and so from there we had to finish the game and we had a few chances and we weren't able to get it together enough to get it done. Pete Carroll reacting to this loss and now the Seahawks have dropped 3 of their last 4 and so they're at 7 and 6. They're just above 500 in the NFC West and of course that is tough, even tougher this weekend because the Niners win again. And so here they are slipping back, slipping back, they're now 2 games behind the Niners in that West division.
That's a bunch of crap. And he mentions that they did at least fight back. Okay, that's great, but that's not what works in December and so they've got to figure out a way to turn this into an actual positive on the field. We responded well and we had more opportunities late in the game to really win it and we just couldn't get it done and that's unfortunate. You know, it pains me to even say that because we want to take those steps forward, but today it's got to be a learning lesson for us. We got to learn from it, we got to figure it out and get better. One of the things that stands out to me in this game, you know the Seattle Seahawks, they want to run the ball. Now they did fall behind 17-0, but that's not one of those deficits that's impossible to overcome.
Especially if you keep the ball away from your opponent, which is where the ball control strategy comes in. The Panthers execute that to perfection. 223 yards rushing, plus 18 minutes with the football. Meaning 18 more minutes than the Seahawks in their own building. Do you know how many yards Seattle picked up on the ground?
46. They did not have Kenneth Walker and he's been their bell cows for about a month and a half now. So their rookie was unavailable.
But that's your massive disparity right there. Carolina is able to run the ball successfully with Dante Foreman and Chuba Hubbard and Raheem Blackshear. Sam Darnold does not turn the ball over, which is also huge. And because of that, they're really negating that 12th man and negating a lot of the weapons that the Seahawks have. And so here are the Panthers, their first road win of the year, but they're 5-8.
They're right there in the NFC South, which is weird. It's not surprising to any of us in the locker room. It might be surprising to people outside the locker room, outside people that are in our organization. But it's not surprising to us the way we prepare, the way that we're confident in ourselves and the way that, like I said, that we prepare and the way that we play. We've been playing really well the last few weeks.
Some games we just haven't really been able to put it together in these last two weeks. We've been able to do that. And any time we're able to run the ball the way we have been and our defense playing the way that they are and obviously, like I said, our special team is doing their deal, so it makes it fun to play quarterback.
How about that? Sam Darnold, back as the starter of the Carolina Panthers, playing better than he has with them. Except for, do you remember they started out 3-0 last year? And he was playing lights out in those first three games. He was like an MVP candidate those first few games.
He was, and then all of a sudden, but it wasn't just him. I think McCaffrey got hurt, which was part of the issue. And so, they trade away McCaffrey. They trade away Robbie Anderson. They get rid of their coach, who's now the head coach at Nebraska. They go through an iteration of multiple quarterback looks. They settle on Darnold when he gets healthy. And his numbers weren't outrageous.
They weren't anything that you would be posting to a highlight reel, but he didn't turn the ball over. And they were able to run, run, run. Run, Forrest, run. And that, to me, is huge. I mean, you play with the weapons.
You tailor your game to the weapons that you have. And they did that in Seattle. So, the Seahawks, of course, have got a problem. They just happen to have the benefit of the NFC being so top-heavy that there aren't a lot of teams above.500.
So, that definitely helps them. That's the NFC West. Let's talk about the top of the AFC West. An atypical day for Patrick Mahomes. An atypical day for the Broncos.
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This is After Hours with Amy Lawrence. It looks like the NFL had originally made the right decision by flexing out of Chiefs Broncos. Remember, that was supposed to be a nationally televised game. Wasn't it supposed to be a Sunday night game? Instead, they moved Chiefs and Broncos, this is a Denver game, to the afternoon.
And, originally, first few minutes of this game, first half of this game, it seemed as though the Broncos as well as the Chiefs, but the Chiefs mainly, were validating this move by the NFL. Although, I gotta tell you, these improvisations from Patrick Mahomes, sometimes they give me agita. My goodness, an underhanded no-look flip to a receiver does not look like magic from anyone else. In fact, he's very good at it. There's no one who's better at improvising. There's no one who's better at saying that than me. There's no one who's better at creating on the fly. It's just, it's ill-advised, some of the stuff that he does. He delivers the football any which way but loose.
He just kind of chucks it out there. Although, I gotta tell you, that might have been a precursor to what was to come in this game. It's After Hours with Amy Lawrence on CBS Sports Radio. So with that flip to Jerrick McKinnon, a 56-yard touchdown, the Chiefs really setting the tone, right, for explosive plays. And they race out to a 27-0 lead.
They're able to do it both offensively and defensively. And a screen pass right side to McKinnon inside the five. He dives to the end zone and somersaults, touchdown, Kansas City. Jerrick McKinnon, his second touchdown reception in as many drives and the Chiefs against the number one red zone defense.
Play action fake. They're going to throw it. Now the pass is intercepted off a tip. Willy Gay Jr., 30-yard line, 20-yard line, 10-yard line, 5-yard line, touchdown, Kansas City. The defense gets the pick six they have been wanting since the Charger game. See what I'm saying? They were overwhelming the Broncos in Denver.
No doubt there were boos raining down, not the kind in cans. So Jerrick McKinnon has two touchdowns, Willy Gay with a 47-yard pick six off Russell Wilson and is this rock bottom for the Broncos. You know where they find life? Turnovers. Patrick Mahomes then throws a pair of interceptions in the second quarter that leads to Denver touchdowns.
Twice Russell Wilson finds Jerry Jeudy, who is now completely healthy. And this is only a 13-point game at the break. So 14 points off turnovers for the Broncos in that second quarter and lo and behold, this is a completely different bowl game once they come out of the locker room.
And Denver begins the third quarter the same way that it left off in the second. Wilson takes a snap, looks left, throws a fade route for Jeudy. Jeudy's there, makes the catch, touchdown Denver.
Russ looks left, now in trouble, throws a ball wide open. It's Jeudy, touchdown Denver. Jerry Jeudy wide open. Screen set up and this is going to be Marlon Mack. Marlon Mack inside the 45 of the Chiefs, inside the 40.
He's inside 30, 25, 20. Marlon Mack stumbles to the five, touchdown Denver. 66 yards. Mack on the screen pass.
Haven't heard a lot of Dave Logan calls here on the show this season. That's Broncos radio. And so yes, with the Jerry Jeudy touchdowns that you hear for your listening pleasure and then the 66 yard Marlon Mack catch and run right after half.
All of a sudden, Russell Wilson has three touchdown passes and this is a 27-21 game. By the way, and I don't know where you all are or how your local networks navigated the late games. This was a CBS game, but I had Bucks and Niners all the way through.
And I'm in the New York market. So CBS Sports Radio headquarters is located in New York City. I live in Jersey, which means I always get Giants and Jets games, a lot of Bills games. But the national game was nowhere near my market. It was Tampa and it was the Bay Area, San Francisco. And I hear from some of you on Twitter that Fox cut away from that game and went to, I'm assuming Panther Seahawks. The Panther Seahawks game and the Chiefs Broncos game were both much tighter. But I had Bucks Niners all the way through. Jay, I know you did too because we're in the same market. But people are telling me that it cut away in many other places.
That's interesting. I don't know why New York would stick with Bucks Niners, but the rest of the country would cut away to Panther Seahawks? And didn't a couple weeks ago in our New York market, didn't they cut away from the Cowboys game? With Cowboys Vikings? It was such a bloodbath.
Yeah, so I'm not really sure why. I just know we ended up having that game all the way through. So I was then watching NFL Network because I wanted to see what was happening between Chiefs Broncos and then the Panther Seahawks, which we talked about last segment.
It's after hours here on CBS Sports Radio. There's still drama to come in Denver. And so as the Broncos pull within a half dozen points, Kansas City doesn't score again until late in the third. But this is kind of the tale of two Patricks. You got the best of Patrick, but you also got the worst of Patrick in this game. And he is feast or famine, really. Normally he's feast, feast, feast.
But in this one, it was one or the other. Mahomes turning right, now left, spinning, trying to keep the play alive. And fires it at the back of the end zone, caught, touchdown! Juju Smith's sister, touchdown!
Kansas City at 38 seconds to go in the third quarter. Mahomes kept the play alive, spinning, turning, looking. And that's part of the deal, is that he was under duress a lot. He wasn't sacked a ton, but he was constantly trying to escape. And that Juju touchdown pass that he threw, there had to be four Denver defenders who were swallowing him up.
Somehow he manages to get rid of the ball. But yes, he also threw three interceptions. So there were three TD's, there were three interceptions. And the door was still wide open for the Denver Broncos. Third down and eleven from the sixth team. Can they overcome a second and thirty-four?
Let's see. Chiefs rush four, Wilson in the pocket. Russ climbs up, buys some time, in trouble, sidesteps the defender. Russell inside the ten, Russell inside the five! First and goal, Denver!
No feet, first slide there. And Russell Wilson's down. Yeah, Russ took a big hit on the end of that run, Dave. And he's trying to get up himself.
And he is being helped up. Latavious Murray to the left of Brett Ripon replacing the injured Russell Wilson. Fourth and goal at the seven.
Four-man rush. Ripon a deep drop. Brett Ripon steps up, throws the ball. Touchdown Jerry Jeudy! Great throw by Brett Ripon, back of the end zone.
Right between the goal post. Jeudy makes the catch, gets both feet down on fourth and goal at the seven. The Broncos remain alive down now thirty-four twenty-seven. And so Brett Ripon steps in at the end of that drive with Denver. And is able to throw a third touchdown pass to Jerry Jeudy. Huge day for Jeudy.
Good to see him healthy. The Chiefs though, they have time with the ball. They know what they have to do.
You know what you have to do. This wasn't even about scoring anymore. This was just about keeping it away from the Red Hot Broncos? Three tight ends. Pacheco up the middle, cuts it left.
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They were throwing bodies at him, and he would not go down until he got the first down and more. Thirteen carries for a hard-fought seventy yards for the rookie, the seventh round rookie. I love how Mitch Holta says, maybe one of the best seventh round draft picks in the history of football. Well, hello Brock Purdy. They were both seventh rounders.
That's great. But yeah, Pacheco, he seems to dig the contact. Final four and a half minutes, the Chiefs keep the ball and never give it back to the Broncos. So yeah, the Chiefs can score quick, but they also have the ability to possess the football. And they showed that. It was about being methodical.
It was about not turning it over. It was about keeping it away from Denver, which, let's be fair, not too many teams have had to keep it away from Denver this year. And so the Chiefs outlast the Broncos in Denver, 34-28. And get this, 14 straight wins by the Chiefs over the Broncos. Fourteen straight.
That coincides with what will soon be seven consecutive seasons with no playoffs for Denver, now at three and ten. All right, when we get through the update, we'll hear from Patrick Mahomes about a three interception day. Nathaniel Hackett about Russell Wilson, who looked as good as he has all season until, man, that scary hit and fall.
Late, though, this is not anything that should, I mean, it shouldn't catch you by surprise. I'm not making light of his injury. He didn't slide. He went head first right in there.
And so it was scary, the huge gnaw on his head. So we'll get to that coming up. And the number of quarterback changes on this Sunday, holy cow. It's After Hours with Amy Lawrence on CBS Sports Radio.
You are listening to the After Hours Podcast. Mahomes steps up over the middle. Kelsey at the 50, 45 yard line across the 40 and down to the Bronco 33 yard line. Travis Kelsey is now over 10,000 receiving yards with a catch of 38 over the middle. He is the fifth tight end in NFL history to do so. It's a football feeding frenzy.
After Hours with Amy Lawrence. On again, off again type of day for the Kansas City Chiefs and their offense. But yes, every time Travis Kelsey gets out on the field, it seems as though he knocks down another tight end record or creeps higher on the all time career tight ends, accomplishments lists. Cause there are many lists, but only one Travis Kelsey.
It's After Hours with Amy Lawrence here on CBS Sports Radio. Kelsey always points back to his other half, his proverbial other half. And that is Patrick Mahomes who did not have a great day. He had typical brilliant creativity, ill-advised for any other quarterback except for Pat. But he also had some poor decisions that nearly cost them a win. In Denver with the defense playing the way it was, he was harried, he was a little hurried at times. The Broncos defense read him well.
They were ready for him and not intimidated. By Mahomes, though still don't come up with a win. 14 straight losses to Kansas City.
It really does coincide with Peyton Manning retiring and the Chiefs rise in the AFC West. First question for Andy Reid, of course, what about Pat and three interceptions today? Every quarterback that's played in this league a while has a game like that. The one great thing about him is he kept firing and had a lot of big plays. And so, you know, you can't take away the three interceptions, but there sure were some good ones in between those and it's a great learning experience. You're not going to play your best football every week, but how can you build on your past week and the rest of the season to make sure you're playing your best football when the playoffs come around?
It's the play after the play that I like to call kind of the extended play that makes Pat Mahomes the best quarterback in the National Football League. Even when you think you got us, we still got 1-5 back there making plays. We go into every season and we say, we want to win the AFC West, we want to get home-filled in the playoffs and we want to win a Super Bowl. And so, hopefully, we continue. We haven't done it yet. We win the AFC West as our first goal. And it's special.
I think, guys, I want to make sure guys remember that. It's special winning divisions. Not yet, though.
They're not there quite yet. If you look at the AFC West, they're 10-3, but the Chargers win on Sunday Night Football in surviving the Dolphins, and they're now at 7-6. So, it's essentially match play. You've got, you're 3-up with 4 to go.
So, you're sitting 3-4, essentially. 3 games up with 4 weeks to play for the AFC West. Raiders, of course, played on Thursday night and they lost. Remember, that was a game in which they were looking for their fourth consecutive win, but the Rams were able to pull a Baker Mayfield on them. Gosh, that feels like a long time ago, doesn't it?
I just want you to know, by the way, you should be very proud of me. I saw that Home Alone was playing on TV on Sunday during football. I didn't watch it.
I didn't even turn it over for one scene. I was really tempted, but there's so much happening in football right now that I really can't spare the time on a Sunday. It was impressive enough that I was able to hang a couple ornaments on my tree during commercial breaks in the late games. That's inside the Rams locker room, remember? That's one of our favorite sound bites and one of our favorite audio snippets of the entire season. See you guys on Monday! Baker Mayfield! It went on for 20 seconds.
It was so great. I'm not sure there's any locker room fired up more than the Rams for a team that's got, what, four wins? Except for maybe the Lions.
They are on the march. We're going to get to the Lions coming up next hour. We're asking you which team and which fan base will be the most mortified, manic, melancholy, moody? There's another one! Who's going to be the most moody on Monday? It's a moody Monday because you know sports make us moody. Cranky. We've given you four options, but of course we're looking for you to add any of your write-in votes as well.
Right now we do have a runaway, but I'm not going to tell you who it is. Check it out on Twitter. After Hours CBS, this is our most popular poll of the week. Though, we got well over a thousand votes for our game of the week.
Do you know what you all picked? Bills-Jets. That was your game of the week.
We will start next hour with Bills and Jets here on CBS Sports Radio. As for the Denver Broncos, they were in this while they were getting blown out 27-0. Then they turned a pair of takeaways into points, found their rhythm, found their footing. We were seeing the best of Russell Wilson on the move until fourth quarter. He decides to take off and run, which he'd been doing a lot during the game. He decides he's going to go for it. He doesn't protect himself. He doesn't give himself up.
That's the term. He doesn't slide. He gets mashed when he's laying on the field.
I'm not sure if you all saw this. When he was laying on the field, the look on his face was scary. The look in his eyes. And right away his teammates are calling for the medical staff, the training staff to come out. So he's removed from the game, and he's obviously diagnosed with a head injury. He obviously ended up getting the concussion. I think our medical team did a great job getting him in here, and he's in the concussion protocol now.
So we'll go through that step-by-step process and do it the right way. But he was playing really well. Multiple quarterbacks in concussion protocol, two of them coming from the same game in the AFC North, which we'll also get to. But Russ had three touchdowns. He didn't have an interception. He was sacked six times. He was under duress a ton. So before he exited, a pair of touchdown passes to Jerry Jeudy. And then Rhett Ripon was able to tack on another one to Jeudy.
So a big day for him and the Broncos. Once they found that rhythm, they refused to give up. We never finished how we want to, but one thing I can say for sure is that we never quit, and we just keep fighting throughout the whole game. Even when we're down 27-nothing, 21-nothing, we still kept fighting. If there's time on the clock, it's time to win the game. We had a chance to, but I'll tell you, the fight that these guys have is awesome.
I love that bite from Jerry. If there's time on the clock, there's time to win the game. How many games have we seen that this season? We're just talking about Baker Mayfield and the Rams and a pair of touchdown drives in the final four minutes on Thursday night. If there's time on the clock, there's time to win the game. That might be my new favorite phrase about the NFL. Big game for Jerry Jeudy, but the Broncos fall again. Now at three and ten, even as the Chiefs move to ten and three and keep pace with the Bills and the AFC.
Wow, we're halfway through already. It's After Hours with Amy Lawrence on CBS Sports Radio. That's Blue Nile dot com. Blue Nile dot com.
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