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What’s one thing the Patriots have to do to stop Mahomes? | NBC Sports

Pro Football Focus analyst, Steve Palazzolo, talks about how critical it will be to keep Patrick Mahomes inside the pocket against the Patriots.

Chiefs’ QB Patrick Mahomes in position to take torch from all-time great Tom Brady | Kansas City Star

Asked if he sees any parallels between his early years in the NFL and a young Mahomes, Brady replied, “I’m not sure. He’s very talented. He has a great arm. He moves well. I think he does a great job seeing the field. Like I said, the guys seem to really embrace him as a leader and that tells you that he’s putting the work in and gaining the trust of everybody.

Who is more impressive at their age: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes or New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady? | Yahoo! Sports

The “Good Morning Football” crew debates who is more impressive at their age between Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and Patriots QB Tom Brady.

The importance of A-Rod to Patrick Mahomes: ‘He thought he was Alex’ | Kansas City Star

Patrick Mahomes called Rodriguez his favorite player, and other than LaTroy Hawkins — his godfather, and close mentor — the athlete who left the biggest impression on him.

He wore Rodriguez’s No. 13 on every team he played on growing up, and one year for Halloween he went as a baseball player — with Rodriguez’s batting gloves, sunglasses and bat.

“He thought he was Alex,” Randi said.

Nine questions for NFL Week 6: Will unbeaten Rams, Chiefs finally fall? | USA Today

Will the Chiefs lose? Likely, right? The AFC’s only unbeaten will face its sternest test so far, encountering the awakening Patriots in New England. Patrick Mahomes’ first Sunday Night Football showcase comes against Tom Brady and Co., who surely haven’t forgotten being blown out by the Chiefs in front of the nation while kicking off their title defense to start the 2017 season. Coming off a 10-day break, TB12 will have his full offensive arsenal as he takes aim at K.C.’s league-worst and, so far, Eric Berry-less defense. Brady could also become the first quarterback to notch 200 regular-season wins (context: Roger Clemens had 192 wins in a Red Sox uniform). *Asterisk:Andy Reid is trying to win his third straight regular-season faceoff with Bill Belichick.

Rob Gronkowski or Travis Kelce: Which tight end is tops in the NFL right now? | NBC Sports

“I just try to be the best I can be every single week, do my job every single week,” Gronkowski said when asked about Kelce on Wednesday. “The rankings and all that, the comparisons, all that, I’ll just leave that up to you guys, whatever you guys say. But I just try to do my best. I think he’s a great player and I’ve just got to worry about what I can do to help out the team.”

Around the league

Behind-the-scenes look at the NFL game-day concussion protocol | ESPN

In recent years, the term “concussion protocol” has become such a part of the NFL lexicon that everyone refers to it -- from players to coaches to those of us who cover the league to all the fans who watch. But how many of us could actually describe the different elements of the protocol? Or identify the roughly 30 medical personnel present at every game?

Kevin Harlan, Olivia Harlan Dekker to become first father-daughter broadcasting team in NFL history | USA Today

Westwood One announced Thursday that longtime play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan will be paired with his daughter, Olivia Harlan Dekker, as part of a three-person team for the network’s broadcast of Monday night’s game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers. Harlan and former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner will be in the booth, and Dekker will be the sideline reporter.

Aaron Rodgers dealing with knee rehab ‘setback’ | NFL

Rodgers told reporters Thursday he suffered a setback in his ongoing rehabilitation to full health during Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Lions. While it shouldn’t endanger his availability for Monday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, it could limit his mobility in the form of a bigger knee brace.

What Saquon Barkley can do to make the Giants’ inside zone runs better | SB Nation

Running plays, and especially zone plays, have aiming points for the running backs. If you’re running inside zone from the home position, behind the center with either the quarterback under center or in the pistol, the aiming point for the running back is the inside leg tight end, or the ghost tight end. Or, in some schemes, it’s the outside leg of the play-side tackle.

Odell Beckham storms off field at end of first half, skips Giants’ final play before halftime | CBS Sports

The Giants didn’t have Odell Beckham on the field for the final play of the first half on Thursday, and that’s because their star receiver stormed to the locker room before the half was over.

Steelers, Lions among last-place teams with best playoff hopes | NFL

Of course, it’s not so late that it’s completely impossible to turn things around. After all, since 1990, 21 percent of 2-3 teams and 6.6 percent of 1-4 teams have reached the playoffs, which means there is some hope for today’s last-place squads (with the exception of the 2-2-1 Steelers, every last-place team is either 2-3 or 1-4).

11 sensible midseason NFL trade ideas, and why they make sense | ESPN

The NFL trade deadline is fast approaching. Teams have until Oct. 30 to negotiate deals, and as we saw last year with the Cleveland Browns’ bungled attempt to trade for AJ McCarron, they’ll use every last second of that time to try to make moves.

NFL pass rushers reveal how new rules make it impossible to be great | SB Nation

Like so many of the NFL’s sack masters, Saints star defensive end Cameron Jordan is at a loss. “Hit the quarterback, but don’t. Sack the quarterback and help your team out, but before he lands, put a pillow underneath his head, read him a bedtime story — all after asking if you can invade his personal space.”

‘NFL refs union head on criticism: ‘We call what we’re told to call’

Amidst a wave of recent complaints from coaches and players about officiating, the head of the NFL Referees Association says officials have continued to grade out with a high percentage of correct calls while adapting on the fly to an evolving emphasis on roughing the passer rules.

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Film Review: Breeland Speaks vs. Jacksonville

The Kansas City Chiefs defense, while suspect most of the year, has been one of the most productive and consistent pass rush units in the NFL. Heading into the season, this may not have been an outrageous thought with the thought that Justin Houston and Chris Jones would be having monster seasons carrying the load.

Patrick Mahomes was six years old when Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was six years old on February 3, 2002, when New England quarterback Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl against the St. Louis Rams. So it was only natural for reporters to ask Mahomes — now 23 — about playing against the 41-year-old Brady.

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