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|12/8/2016||Jeremy Maclin, KC, WR|
|Jeremy Maclin had one reception for 16 yards Thursday in the Kansas City Chiefs' 21-13 win over the Oakland Raiders.
Analysis: Maclin didn't make any impact in his return Thursday after missing a month with a groin injury. Clearly, Travis Kelce is Alex Smith's favorite target while dazzling rookie Tyreek Hill will be getting more looks in the next few games than Maclin will.
|12/8/2016||Travis Kelce, KC, TE|
|Travis Kelce had five receptions for 101 yards Thursday in the Kansas City Chiefs' 21-13 win over the Oakland Raiders.
Analysis: Kelce notched his fourth straight 100-yard game Thursday to match the franchise record set by former tight end Tony Gonzalez in 2000. Kelce has caught 28 of 40 targets for 450 yards during his streak. He was again held out of the end zone, and has gone six straight games without a touchdown.
|12/8/2016||Chris Conley, KC, WR|
|Chris Conley had two receptions for 70 yards Thursday in the Kansas City Chiefs' 21-13 win over the Oakland Raiders.|
|12/8/2016||Tyreek Hill, KC, WR|
|Tyreek Hill had six receptions on six targets for 66 yards and one touchdown Thursday in the Kansas City Chiefs' 21-13 win over the Oakland Raiders. He added one rush for two yards.
Analysis: Hill tacked on two more touchdowns to his ever-increasing total and now has a team-leading nine. No other Chiefs player has more than five. Hill is the first rookie since Gale Sayers in 1965 with touchdowns on the ground, through the air and on punt and kickoff returns in a single season. He has caught 34 of 40 targets for 313 yards in his last five games.
|12/8/2016||Spencer Ware, KC, RB|
|Spencer Ware ran for 56 yards on 20 carries Thursday in the Kansas City Chiefs' 21-13 win over the Oakland Raiders. He added one reception for seven yards.
Analysis: It was another disappointing performance from Ware, who has totaled just 85 yards on 34 carries in his last two games. Since rushing for a season-high 131 yards against the Raiders on Oct. 16, Ware has averaged just 3.6 per carry in his last seven games.
|12/8/2016||Alex Smith, KC, QB|
|Alex Smith was 17 of 26 for 264 yards and threw one touchdown pass Thursday in the Kansas City Chiefs' 21-13 win over the Oakland Raiders. He threw one interception, fumbled once and was sacked one time. Smith added three rushing yards on four carries.
Analysis: Smith went 11 of 16 for 203 yards and a TD in the first half Thursday, but was 6 of 10 for 61 yards with a pick in the second half. Smith hasn't thrown for over 300 yards since the season opener and has just 10 TD passes in the ensuing 11 games, but the Chiefs have won eight.
|12/8/2016||Michael Crabtree, Oak, WR|
|Michael Crabtree had four receptions for 21 yards Thursday in the Oakland Raiders' 21-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Analysis: Oakland's No. 2 receiver was rendered a non-factor by Derek Carr's inability to accurately throw the ball on a bitterly cold evening. Crabtree continues to be a boom-or-bust fantasy choice, however. He entered the matchup with 15 catches for 184 yards and a touchdown over the last two weeks, but totaled only 32 yards over the previous two.
|12/8/2016||Amari Cooper, Oak, WR|
|Amari Cooper had five receptions for 29 yards Thursday in the Oakland Raiders' 21-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Analysis: Cooper's late-season sophomore slump continues. He's now been held under 60 yards in five straight games and has just 110 yards on 11 catches over the past three. Owners may find a silver lining, however, in the fact that he burned next week's opponent, San Diego, for 138 yards and a touchdown on six catches back in Week 5.
|12/8/2016||Derek Carr, Oak, QB|
|Derek Carr was 17 of 41 for 117 yards and didn't throw a touchdown pass Thursday in the Oakland Raiders' 21-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He did not throw an interception, didn't fumble and was sacked one time. Carr added three rushing yards on two carries.
Analysis: Carr's injured pinkie finger, combined with frigid temperatures and a stout Kansas City pass defense, resulted in the MVP candidate averaging a woeful 2.85 yards per attempt and failing to throw for a touchdown for just the second time in his last 19 starts. He should have an easier time next week against a San Diego team he hung 317 yards and two scores on back in October.
|12/8/2016||Latavius Murray, Oak, RB|
|Latavius Murray ran for 103 yards and one touchdown on 22 carries Thursday in the Oakland Raiders' 21-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Analysis: It's just the second time this season that Murray has eclipsed the century mark, though he's found the end zone in three straight weeks and has now scored in eight of 11 games this season. He'll be a recommended fantasy playoffs start when the Raiders try to rebound next week in San Diego.
|12/8/2016||Sebastian Janikowski, Oak, K|
|Sebastian Janikowski converted two of two field-goal attempts Thursday as the Oakland Raiders lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 21-13. He made kicks of 44 and 33 yards. Janikowski tacked on one PAT.
Analysis: It's the fifth consecutive game in which the hefty kicker has made at least two field goals. Janikowski is 12 of 13 over that stretch, with four of those makes from beyond 40 yards.
|12/8/2016||Derrick Johnson, KC, LB|
|Chiefs coach Andy Reid confirmed following Thursday's win over Oakland that Johnson ruptured his left Achilles tendon during the second quarter.
Analysis: It's a major blow for the playoff-hopeful Chiefs, as Johnson is one of the club's most important defenders and leads the team with 90 tackles. It's the second time in three years that the 34-year-old has sustained this type of injury, having torn his right Achilles during the 2014 season opener.
|12/8/2016||Kelechi Osemele, Oak, G|
|Osemele will be inactive for Thursday night's game at Kansas City after coming down with an illness.
Analysis: The Raiders will have to make do without one of their best offensive linemen for this critical AFC West showdown. Osemele has been a key part of a front that's allowed a league-low 12 sacks.
|12/8/2016||Jeremy Maclin, KC, WR|
|Maclin will be active for the first time since Week 9 when the Chiefs host the Raiders on Thursday night.
Analysis: Kansas City's expected No. 1 receiver has missed the last four games with a groin injury. With Travis Kelce and rookie Tyreek Hill having stepped up in his absence, Maclin's role may be a bit limited for this key AFC West matchup.
|12/8/2016||Nick Mangold, NYJ, C|
|The Jets are placing Mangold on injured reserve with an ankle injury, ending the star center's season and possibly his tenure with the only NFL team he has played for.
Analysis: Mangold aggravated an ankle injury during the Jets' 41-10 loss to Indianapolis on Monday night. He was flying to North Carolina on Thursday to visit orthopedic specialist Dr. Robert Anderson to get another look at his sprained right ankle. The team decided to shut down Mangold, who will be replaced by Wesley Johnson at center.
|12/8/2016||Von Miller, Den, LB|
|Miller's lead-leading sack total jumped to 13 1/2.
Analysis: The NFL belatedly credited Miller with a strip-sack for his play late in the fourth quarter that sealed Denver's 20-10 win at Jacksonville on Sunday. Miller shoved tackle Kelvin Beachum into quarterback Blake Bortles, forcing the ball free. Linebacker Shane Ray recovered the fumble at the Jaguars 29 with 1:27 remaining.
|12/7/2016||Luke Kuechly, Car, LB|
|Kuechly returned to the practice field Wednesday, but his status for Sunday's game against the Chargers remains unclear.
Analysis: It's the first time Kuechly has practiced since suffering a frightening concussion in a Nov. 17 win over the Saints. The star linebacker missed the last two games while in the league's concussion protocol.
|12/7/2016||Derrick Kindred, Cle, S|
|Kindred was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list Wednesday after breaking his ankle while working out during the Browns' bye week.
Analysis: The rookie fourth-round pick played in all 12 games - starting five - and was fourth on the team with 44 tackles and had five passes defensed.
|12/7/2016||Julio Jones, Atl, WR|
|Jones missed practice Wednesday due to a turf toe injury suffered in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: It's possible Jones could practice Thursday, according to Falcons coach Dan Quinn.
|12/7/2016||Jason Pierre-Paul, NYG, DE|
|Pierre-Paul is going to miss the rest of the regular season after surgery to repair a sports hernia.
Analysis: The 27-year-old old tweeted that he had surgery and was feeling well. Pierre-Paul sustained the injury in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to the Steelers. The normal recovery time from hernia surgery is four to six weeks, so Pierre-Paul needs the Giants to end a four-year playoff drought to play again this season. He had come to life recently with 5 1/2 sacks in the past two games.
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