Chiefs stock watch: Which players impressed during Week 16

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The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in a blowout, extending their AFC West title streak to six seasons. They didn’t give Pittsburgh a fighting chance, controlling the game from start to finish. It didn’t matter in the slightest that they were missing several key players due to COVID-19, the Chiefs still came away with a 36-10 victory, thanks to some impressive performances.

Here’s a look at how the stock is trending for some players after Week 16. Check it out:

Stock Up: Patrick Mahomes

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Mahomes became the Chiefs’ all-time passing touchdowns leader at Arrowhead Stadium with his 63rd score, passing former Chiefs QB Trent Green. He carved through the Steelers defense seamlessly all game, finishing with 258 yards passing and three touchdowns while exiting early in the fourth quarter.

Stock Up: Charvarius Ward

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The 2021 season has had its set of issues for Ward as he’s battled injuries and a recent bout with COVID-19. In the first quarter, the veteran cornerback immediately impacted the game by intercepting a Roethlisberger flea-flicker. The highlight-reel leap and grab motivated the Chiefs’ offense to score off the turnover. Ward also finished with three tackles in the victory.

Stock Up: Byron Pringle

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Pringle has shown flashes of his potential in the past, and on Sunday, he showed the world exactly what he’s capable of when given the opportunity. The wide receiver took full advantage of his extra targets by securing two touchdown receptions and a team-leading six catches for 75 yards overall.

Stock Down: Josh Gordon

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The expectations were high for Gordon when he decided to sign with the Chiefs this year, but his performance hasn’t quite lived up to the build. A rise in Gordon’s production was expected in the game without top target Travis Kelce. Still, the veteran receiver hasn’t been able to cash in on opportunities. He ended Sunday’s victory without a catch but was featured on several plays throughout the game.

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