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Are K.C. Chiefs in trouble?
What seemed like a routine game sandwiched between battles with the Denver Broncos became anything but. First, the host Kansas City Chiefs lost top pass rushers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston to first-half injuries against the San Diego Chargers. Then K.C. lost a late lead, allowing Philip Rivers to lead a last-minute comeback in a wild 41-38 win for S.D. This is the Chiefs' second straight loss, dropping them to 9-2 heading into next Sunday's meeting with Denver. The prognosis for their top defenders is currently unknown.
Drew Brees threw for 392 yards and contributed 20 first-down passes to the Saints' NFL single-game record 40 first downs in a rout of the Cowboys. Peyton Manning's 330 yards in a win over the Chargers gave him 3,249 total yards on the season -- a record for the most passing yards through the first nine games. Both have proved to be worthy of MVP honors, but whose play has stood out more? Below are the 10 players NFL Nation reporter Dan Graziano has in his weekly MVP watch. Click the images below to set your own rankings!
2013 NFL MVP Watch
3,064 yards, 25 TDs, 7 INTs, 68.0 CMP%
170 carries, 725 yards, 6 TDs
30 tackles, 4 FF, INT
53 catches, 904 yards, 9 TDs
2,198 yards, 14 TDs, 6 INTs, 58.8 CMP%
3,249 yards, 33 TDs, 6 INTs, 71.0 CMP%
193 carries, 932 yards, 3 TDs
1,970 yards, 13 TDs, 8 INTs, 62.7 CMP%
31 tackles, 2 FF, INT
2,132 yards, 17 TDs, 6 INTs, 63.4 CMP%
So the San Francisco 49ers have good linebackers -- four of the best in the league, in fact. No wonder the team finished third in the league in yards allowed per game and third in points in 2012. Where do these Bay Area aces rank among all of the league's LBs? Click the images below to set your rankings!
NFL linebackers in 2013
2012: 148 tackles, 2 sacks, FF, INT
2012: 103 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 INT
2012: 46 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 2 FF, INT
2012: 30 tackles, FF, INT
2012: 51 tackles, 9 sacks, FF
2012: 125 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 FF
2012: 164 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INT
2012: 58 tackles, FF, INT
2012: 43 tackles, 13 sacks, FF
2012: 147 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 FF, INT
2012: 68 tackles, 18.5 sacks, 6 FF, INT
2012: 5 tackles, sack, FF
2012: 22 tackles, 2 sacks
2012: 66 tackles, 19.5 sacks, 3 FF, INT
2012: 120 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 INT
2012: 38 tackles, 4 sacks, FF, INT
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