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NFL: Week 12 talking points

The Kansas City Chiefs moved alongside the Buffalo Bills at the top of the outright Super Bowl market after their 26-10 win over the reigning champion Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

It's been a good week for Chiefs QB and current regular season MVP fancy Patrick Mahomes, as he and his wife Brittany welcomed their second child on Monday night.

Named after the quarterback, who in turn was named after his father - a former baseball pitcher, Patrick "Bronze" Lavon Mahomes III weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces at birth - roughly the same as the Lombardi Trophy.

The Chiefs and Bills are now both available at +400 to win the Super Bowl LVII.

White-hot back-up propels Jets into playoff picture

The weight of expectation didn't weigh on New York Jets back-up Mike White as much as it seemingly had when Zach Wilson had been under center for Gang Green lately.

White was almost flawless, throwing for 315 yards and three TDs on a 78.5% completion rate as the Jets torched the hapless Bears, who were without star QB Justin Fields through injury, 31-10.

That brought the Jets back into the playoff spots as the AFC's seventh seeds and if they combine efficient play from White with their improving defense, they could end their 13-year postseason drought.

The fifth-year pro, a fifth-round draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys in 2018, became the first QB in NFL history to have multiple games with at least a 75% completion percentage, 300 passing yards and three passing touchdowns within his first four career starts.

Sun setting on Arizona's uneasy HC-QB relationship

Articles speculating over the identity of the next Arizona Cardinals head coach have already begun to emerge after another chapter was written in the souring story of Kliff Kingsbury's relationship with his star quarterback Kyler Murray.

On Sunday, Murray used his postgame press conference to call out Kingsbury for calling a bad play on a failed fourth-and-1 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Arizona's season is pretty much done at 4-8 and with a two-game losing streak, so it looks like time could soon be called on the former Texas Tech coach in Phoenix.

Murray is going nowhere of course after he signed a new five-year contract worth up to $230.5m with $160m guaranteed this past summer.

The Cardinals even removed a unique clause from quarterback's lucrative deal that mandated four hours of independent film study per week, rowing back on what seemed like an implied criticism of the player's habits.

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Brady streak finally ends after 218 games

In what was most probably his final start of the season for the Browns, Jacoby Brissett played his part in ending an incredible Tom Brady streak to help Cleveland record a deserved overtime win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Deshaun Watson is eligible to play in the Browns' Week 13 clash with his former team the Houston Texans, for which Cleveland are -320.

But Brissett, who has started the first 11 games of the season for Cleveland, bowed out on a high by steering the Browns to a 23-17 win over the Bucs from a seemingly impossible position at 17-10 down.

Before Sunday, Brady had been 218-0 when his team held a lead of seven points or more in the final two minutes of regulation time.

Cracker of a performance from Jacobs

The performance of the week came from Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, who shot to the top of the rushing leaders by scampering for 229 yards - a franchise record - in Silver and Black's 40-34 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Jacobs, who has amassed 1,159 yards through 12 weeks, is now the NFL's leading rusher by more than 100 yards.

He scored the game-winning touchdown on an 86-yard run in overtime to silence Lumen Field and dent the Seahawks' playoff hopes.

The Raiders running back made history as the only player since 1950 to have at least 225 rushing yards and 70 or more receiving yards in a single game.

He also became just the 10th player in NFL history to total at least 300 yards from scrimmage after adding 74 more yards as a receiver.

It was a timely show of strength from the 24-year-old, who is in a contract year and looks sure to have guaranteed himself a big paycheque from someone in 2023.

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