NFL Tales Of The Week – NFL 2023 Week 14 Edition (12-13-23)

By: Tyrone Montgomery Jr.

Headline Photo Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

A Cry For Help In Kansas City

Dec 10, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass against Buffalo Bills defensive end Greg Rousseau (50) and defensive tackle Tim Settle (99) during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Being a winner on the highest level of anything in life is hard. What’s even harder is sustaining success year after year after year. Sometimes people get rewarded early on in their careers simply due to the fact that they experience success at the very start. That success is rewarded for years down the road. Those years down the road aren’t the same. The level of competition around you changes as well as the talent on your very own team too. That is what makes sustainability difficult. The Kansas City Chiefs have been successful in the Patrick Mahomes era. They have won two of the last five Super Bowls. With success like that, they expect the winning to continue. This season has been a true test for them. Mahomes is paid and is considered a huge cap hit to the team. Travis Kelce is old and injury riddled after all of the past injuries and surgeries he’s been through. Also, the Chiefs have a bit of an issue at the Wide Receiver position. As a matter of fact, Wide Receiver Kadarius Toney was a big reason the Chiefs loss to the Buffalo Bills over the weekend with his offsides penalty. Patrick Mahomes was livid after the game. He expected to have a courtesy call for the mistake made by the team. What Mahomes really was upset about is the lack of talent around him. This team is having an identity crisis. The dynasty isn’t over at the moment. However, we can expect some changes to be made as we saw a public cry for help from the reigning MVP, Patrick Mahomes.

Do The Chargers Need To Break Things Up

Dec 10, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) moves out to pass against the defense of Denver Broncos linebacker Jonathon Cooper (0) during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

When things aren’t working, people tend to shake things up a bit. Sometimes, they actually break things up. That may very well include a clean sweep from top to bottom. The head coach may be on the hot seat, the stars, role players, even the general manager at times. It all comes down to ownership and how much they want to win. The LA Chargers were supposed to be in the driver seat these last couple of years. They were able to acquire some really good defensive pieces in Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa. The running game has been explosive with Austin Ekeler. The weapons on the outside have been solid too. Kenan Allen has to be a Hall of Famer when it’s all said and done. And then there’s Quarterback Justin Herbert, the All Pro leader of this team. The way things have gone, everything should be on the table. That even includes Justin Herbert. He is a talented player. In fact, statistically he is one of the best Quarterbacks in the league. The Chargers have done EVERYTHING to build around him and bring this team to success. However, things just haven’t gone the way they hoped. It’s time for a change in LA with the Chargers.