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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) runs with the ball as Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Jarran Reed (90) holds onto part of Hurts' uniform during the first half of an NFL football game in Philadelphia, in this Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, file photo. The Kansas City Chiefs and Washington head into their matchup this weekend as two of the worst defenses in the NFL. No teams have allowed more points this season and they're both coming off allowing 30-plus points last week. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)


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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes reacts during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Kansas City, Mo., in this Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, file photo. The Chiefs are tied for the most turnovers in the league after two fumbles and two interceptions last week. Washington's defense is perhaps in the most trouble facing Patrick Mahomes with the quarterback looking to atone for his recent mistakes. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)


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New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara (41) rushes for a touchdown against the Washington Football Team in the first half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., in this Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, file photo. The Kansas City Chiefs and Washington head into their matchup this weekend as two of the worst defenses in the NFL. No teams have allowed more points this season and they're both coming off allowing 30-plus points last week.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)


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New York Giants wide receiver Darius Slayton (86) makes a touchdown catch against Washington Football Team cornerback William Jackson (23) during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., in this Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, file photo. The Kansas City Chiefs and Washington head into their matchup this weekend as two of the worst defenses in the NFL. No teams have allowed more points this season and they're both coming off allowing 30-plus points last week. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)


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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) runs with the ball as Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Nick Bolton (54) and safety Daniel Sorensen (49) defend during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)


LANDOVER, Md. (AP) All Jonathan Allen does not mince words about Washington's defense failing to live up to expectations.

''The defense has been absolutely horrible this year,'' he said.

Kansas City's has not been much better. The Chiefs are the only team to allow more points than Washington this season, each defense is among the worst in the NFL and the teams face off each at 2-3 this weekend for what could be a touchdown-filled shootout.

The oddsmakers certainly think so. The over/under points total of 55 1/2 is the highest of any Week 6 matchup, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, which opened with Kansas City favored by 6 1/2.

If only the Chiefs and Washington weren't so turnover prone. Kansas City is tied for the most giveaways in the league with 11 after two fumbles and two interceptions last week in a loss to Buffalo, and Washington has turned the ball over seven times.

If defenders were feeling the pressure heading into the weekend, they're sure not showing it.

''At the end of the day, we've just got to do our job and we've got to do it well,'' Chiefs defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi said. ''There are some critiques, there are some things we've got to work on, but that's why we have practice.''

Practice? Practice? Kansas City has allowed 30-plus points every game this season.

Washington hasn't fared much better, giving up 33, 30 and 43 points the past three weeks. Now that unit has to face Patrick Mahomes with the Chiefs quarterback eager to atone for his recent mistakes.

''I got to make sure I'm firm with my fundamentals,'' Mahomes said. ''It's the same thing every year when you see me get a little off: You got to go back to the basics and make sure I perfect those things. I think everything else will kind of come along with it.''

TURNOVER TROUBLE

Washington QB Taylor Heinicke was visibly angrier at practice this week after throwing two interceptions in a loss to New Orleans. The fun storyline of Heinicke going from taking college classes online to becoming an NFL starter is over, and he's taking his problems to heart.

''I'm still kind of pissed off about it,'' Heinicke said. ''I just use that as fuel to get better throughout the week. Some people use different methods, but I kind of hold it with me and use it as fuel. I've done that throughout my career.''

With a career at the opposite end of the spectrum, Heinicke is not trying to be Mahomes. When he was out of football and coaching kids, Heinicke often told them: ''You're not Mahomes. That's something that he can do. We can't.''

A little Mahomes magic might be on tap for this weekend - if he and the offense can tamp down on the turnovers.

''We're moving the ball down the field at a high rate,'' he said. ''We're executing. We're not having a lot of three-and-outs. That's what you want to do as an offense. But once you have turnovers happen, it kind of ruins everything. It takes that great offense we can be and knocks it down to a very average one.''

HELLO, OLD FRIEND

Facing Washington with Ron Rivera at the helm will be the fourth time in six games that Chiefs coach Andy Reid has faced a former assistant. The Chiefs beat Kevin Stefanski's Cleveland Browns in Week 1, a late fumble doomed them in a loss to John Harbaugh's Baltimore Ravens and they were blown out by Sean McDermott's Bills last weekend.

''I'm proud of them. I don't like getting beat by them, but I'm proud of them,'' Reid said. ''I don't like losing games, but listen, they're all good coaches, and Ron is the same. They're well-coached.''

WHERE ARE THE FANS?

Washington ranks last in the league in attendance, filling up just 62.2% of FedEx Field through three home games. Rivera said it's on the team to fill the stands.

''We got to hold up our bargain to get them to come back,'' he said. ''The biggest thing is we got to win. That's on me, that's on us to get them back and get them behind us.''

SMOKED OUT

There was an unusually high amount of smoke during Washington's pregame festivities last week. Wide receiver Terry McLaurin called it the ''worst it's ever been'' for him.

''Last game was a challenge,'' McLaurin said. ''I'm just making sure I don't run into one of my teammates or one of the cheerleaders who are like right out there.''

Allen called it ''ridiculous'' and dangerous.''

How does he get through it? ''Pray to God.''

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Ryan Fitzpatrick Dec 7 9:20am ET
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Adrian Phillips Dec 7 9:00am ET
Adrian Phillips

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Devin Funchess Dec 7 8:50am ET
Devin Funchess

The San Francisco 49ers released wide receiver Devin Funchess (undisclosed) from the practice squad injured list Monday. He was placed on the 49ers practice squad injured list last Tuesday and ultimately released from the team on Monday. Funchess hasn't played a game since 2019 and has now been released by two teams in 2021. The Packers released the 27-year-old from Injured Reserve with an injury settlement during the offseason. Funchess will look to latch onto another team, searching for receiver depth purposes.

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Deebo Samuel Dec 7 8:40am ET
Deebo Samuel

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said wide receiver Deebo Samuel (groin) remains "day-to-day," and the team is hopeful he can play in Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 25-year-old was ruled out in Week 13 against the Seattle Seahawks with a groin injury. Fantasy managers should continue to monitor the situation throughout the week. Samuel has been terrific this season, hauling in 56 catches for 1,006 yards and five touchdowns on five targets while also seeing 25 carries for 203 yards and five more touchdowns. 49ers tight end George Kittle and wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk would see an uptick in targets if Samuel cannot suit up for Week 14 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Stay tuned.

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Melvin Gordon Dec 7 8:20am ET
Melvin Gordon

Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said that "he expects Melvin Gordon III (hip, shoulder) to practice at some point during the week." He missed practice last week and was ultimately ruled out ahead of Sunday night's contest against the Kansas City Chiefs. Broncos explosive rookie running back Javonte Williams rushed 23 times for 102 yards while adding a team-high six receptions on a team-high nine targets for 76 yards and a receiving score in Gordon's absence in the Week 13 loss. Fantasy managers should continue to monitor the situation, but if Gordon cannot suit up in Week 14, Williams becomes a surefire RB1 in a plus matchup against the Detroit Lions.

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Emmanuel Sanders Dec 7 12:40am ET
Emmanuel Sanders

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders saw an uptick in targets during the Week 13 matchup against the New England Patriots. Recently, the veteran wideout hasn't been much of an option in the passing attack. However, this week he hauled in three of his six targets for 22 yards in the loss. Obviously, this wasn't a good performance, but the weather was a huge factor. The wind made it difficult for either team to pass the ball at all. Those six targets were the most for Sanders since Week 9. Hopefully, Sanders can remain involved next week for the potential shootout against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He'll be on the WR4 radar for that favorable matchup.

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Dawson Knox Dec 7 12:40am ET
Dawson Knox

Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox had an awful game versus the New England Patriots in Week 13. He hauled in two of his six targets for 14 yards in the loss. To be fair, the wind made it almost impossible for either team to pass the ball. However, Knox dropped two catchable passes and committed a huge false start on the Bills' final drive. There isn't much positive to take from his performance in this one. Luckily, he has a fantastic rebound opportunity against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week. Fantasy managers should consider Knox a TE1 for that matchup.

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Gabriel Davis Dec 7 12:30am ET
Gabriel Davis

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis is normally not someone who is significantly involved in the passing attack. However, he hauled in two of his four targets for 30 yards and one touchdown in the Week 13 loss to the New England Patriots. The young wideout hauled in a 14-yard score, which was the only passing touchdown between the two teams. It was a game where the weather made it nearly impossible to pass the ball. Despite a decent performance, Davis isn't someone who should be trusted in fantasy formats. He'll be a desperation deep league PPR option in what is a potential shootout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week.

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Cole Beasley Dec 7 12:30am ET
Cole Beasley

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Zack Moss Dec 7 12:20am ET
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Matt Breida Dec 7 12:20am ET
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Stefon Diggs Dec 7 12:20am ET
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Devin Singletary Dec 7 12:10am ET
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Jonnu Smith Dec 7 12:00am ET
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Josh Allen Dec 7 12:00am ET
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Kendrick Bourne Dec 6 11:50pm ET
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Nelson Agholor Dec 6 11:50pm ET
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Hunter Henry Dec 6 11:50pm ET
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Brandon Bolden Dec 6 11:40pm ET
Brandon Bolden

New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden has seen an inconsistent role in this offense all season long. In Week 13, Bolden rushed four times for 28 yards and hauled in one reception for seven yards in the win over the Buffalo Bills. It was a quiet game from Bolden, but it wasn't all his fault. The Patriots normally use Bolden as a receiving back and only threw the ball three times during the entire game. This was a fluke due to the poor weather conditions. Bolden will have the week off next week while the Pats have a bye. However, he is only a desperation PPR option in deep leagues going forward.

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Jakobi Meyers Dec 6 11:40pm ET
Jakobi Meyers

New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers was not involved in the passing game at all during the Week 13 matchup against the Buffalo Bills. It was a blizzard game where the Patriots ran the ball almost exclusively. Meyers was not targeted at all and the Patriots only threw the ball three times all night in the win. Fantasy managers shouldn't blame Meyers and consider this a fluke. He should remain on the WR4 radar for Week 15 after the Patriots comes off their bye.

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