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Sep 8, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
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NFL Week 11: Instant reaction and observations

The NFL Week 11 slate is over save for Monday night, and there’s plenty to take away from the weekend that was.

– The Kansas City Chiefs are going to win the AFC West. Again. This offseason, the Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders spent fortunes of draft capital and cap space in an effort to chase down the Chiefs, winners of the last six divisional titles. Flash forward to Monday morning, and Kansas City has swept the Chargers while holding a three-game lead on them. The Raiders and Broncos? They’re both five games back.


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– Don’t forget about the Dallas Cowboys. After blowing a two-touchdown lead against the Green Bay Packers last weekend, Dak Prescott and Co. gave us their best performance of the season in a 40-3 thrashing of the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Prescott was nearly flawless throughout, while running back Tony Pollard accounted for more than 180 total yards. The defense harassed and harried Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins all evening, showcasing what Dallas is capable of.

– The Broncos might finally be broken. After losing 22-16 in overtime at home to the Raiders on Sunday, Denver is now 3-7 and in last place, having been swept for the season by Las Vegas. Although there are seven games remaining on the docket, it’s tough to see how the Broncos find much motivation. It appears head coach Nathaniel Hackett will be one-and-done, while quarterback Russell Wilson desperately needs to hit the reset button.


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– Don’t look now, but here come the Washington Commanders. Washington is rolling with quarterback Taylor Heinicke at the helm, winning four of his five starts to bring the Commanders to a 6-5 record. Washington handled the Houston Texans by a 23-10 count on Sunday at NRG Stadium, and now hosts the Atlanta Falcons before a critical home-and-home with the New York Giants (with a bye between the games).

– Give the Detroit Lions credit. They aren’t going away. After beginning the year 1-6, Detroit has now reeled off three consecutive victories including two away from Ford Field. This from a team which hadn’t won a road game since head coach Dan Campbell arrived in 2021. At 4-6, the Lions are on the periphery of the playoff chase in NFL Week 11, and now get a showdown with the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving.

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