So the Chiefs are familiar with prolonged slumps. That’s why next Sunday night’s game against the 4-2 Cincinnati Bengals at Arrowhead Stadium might be the most important of the season for the Chiefs.
We’ll dive into the Jekyll and Hyde performance in his first meeting with the NFL’s evil genius.
Drew Rosenhaus, who represents dozens of NFL players, told ESPN on Monday he was talking to league officials and the players union about legal options after the beer brouhaha during the Chiefs 43-40 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. The man who tossed the beverage was identified by Gillette Stadium authorities.
Patrick Mahomes has had a historic start to the 2018 season, accounting for 20 touchdowns (18 pass, 2 rush) in six games and leading the Chiefs (5-1) to the best record in the AFC.
Although Watkins played all 54 offensive snaps on the night, he drew very little attention from quarterback Patrick Mahomes, posting a season-low in all statistical categories for games he played the majority of snaps.
With Tyler Eifert (ankle) done for the year and Tyler Kroft (foot) facing possible season-ending surgery, Uzomah has a bankable, every-down role in the Bengals suddenly solid attack. In Week 6 without both Eifert and Kroft in the lineup, Uzomah set season highs in snaps (92 percent), routes run (39), and targets (7). Uzomah is seriously on the low-end TE1 radar in Week 7 against the Chiefs shaky secondary -- especially with Jimmy Graham, Jared Cook, and Vance McDonald all out on their bye. Kansas City has allowed 70 or more yards to tight ends in five-straight games (Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Denver, Jacksonville, and New England).
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The Patriots’ offseason roster moves were put under a microscope during the first four weeks of the season, when the team’s offense looked undermanned and out of synch. Surely, the Patriots could have used at least one among Dion Lewis, Danny Amendola, Nate Solder, and Brandin Cooks, who all were jettisoned. Malcolm Butler was allowed to walk away, too, finding his riches in Tennessee.
“I’m the best YAC receiver in the league, for sure,” Wilson told ESPN’s Cameron Wolfe. “Team is looking for me to make those plays. That’s what I’m here for.”
“You’ve just got to play,” Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations and a former all-pro defensive back, said Tuesday at the league meeting. “You hope that no player is thinking about a rule. You want to play with a free mind.”
As it turned out, however, there was no “Trump effect” on 2017 NFL ratings. USA Today explored ratings in red states, blue states and everywhere in between. I interviewed the author of the report, Matt Wynn, on my “Business of Sports” podcast, who noted the following findings:
At the owners meetings in New York on Tuesday, Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, said the league identified seven teams in 2017 that had a higher incidence of preseason concussions than the others and “did a targeted intervention with those clubs.”
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Johnson, 35, is still the all-time leading tackler for the Chiefs franchise. His production fell off during the 2017 season, and he was released in February after 13 seasons with the team. The Raiders signed him in May.
The Chiefs make it official, via their official Twitter account. S Leon McQuay, who was brought up to the active roster due to the safety shortage, has been waived once again.
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