One franchise that has been secretly cursed is the Kansas City Chiefs. You might scoff at that notion because the Chiefs have actually won a Super Bowl (unlike any of the aforementioned teams), but arguably no fanbase has had its guts ripped out more over the past 25 years than the Chiefs.
No player in the league was hotter than Mahomes in the first three weeks, when he set a record with 13 TD passes over that span. He had more modest numbers against K.C.’s AFC West rival (304 passing yards, one TD apiece throwing and running) — Denver was the first team Mahomes faced twice in his career — but perhaps did something more important to his development by leading his first fourth-quarter comeback, which culminated with a 4-yard touchdown run by Kareem Hunt with 99 seconds to go.
Pat Mahomes has officially arrived. That’s obvious now. Last season he played well in Denver for a Week 17 matchup against a Broncos team that wasn’t trying all.
The Chiefs quarterback told ESPN that making fun of his voice has turned into a running joke within the locker room. Nobody has a better impersonation than head coach Andy Reid, apparently.
Hunt finally joined in the fun Monday night, and the Chiefs needed every bit of his good work to claim their 27-23 win over the Denver Broncos. Hunt, who led the NFL in rushing as a rookie last season, had his first 100-yard game of the season, finishing with 121 yards on 19 carries, and he scored the game-winning touchdown on a 4-yard run with 1:39 remaining. He also had three catches for 54 yards.
ESPN “Monday Night Football” announcer Booger McFarland made such an error Monday night during the Kansas City Chiefs’ 27-23 win over the Denver Broncos. Midway through the fourth quarter, McFarland vehemently stated that Travis Kelce, not Gronkowski, is the best tight end in the NFL.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who helped Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos 27-23 in the NFL on Monday, is drawing a lot of attention for his outstanding performances, booming throws - and familiar voice.
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The Competition Committee hoped there would be a reduction in body-weight penalties this past weekend, and there was. It appeared only the Chargers’ Melvin Ingram was flagged for an infraction when he landed on the 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard early in the third quarter of the Bolts’ win over the Niners.
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The first month of the 2018 regular season strongly indicates that the 2017 campaign was a low-scoring aberration.
Predicting the NFL’s MVP four weeks into the season is a wildly difficult—usually fruitless—endeavor. This time last year, Kareem Hunt seemed like the favorite. In 2016, the MVP after four weeks was Sam Bradford. Sammy Sleeves! Throughout the course of a full season, the quirks of the first few weeks get ironed out and the MVP award almost always ends up going to the best quarterback on a great team—i.e., definitely not Bradford. So I’ll forgive you if you look at an article about a defensive player winning MVP and initially dismiss it.
Any given Sunday ... every quarterback has a shot to sit atop the Total QBR leaderboard. While QBs are most often judged by wins and losses or touchdowns and interceptions, we like to rank them every week by the stat that measures their per-play contribution to their team’s cause.
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Doubt about Mahomes eventually reaching his full potential died on Monday Night Football. All of it. That performance transcends any idea that this was a fluke stretch. Some quarterbacks can get hot. Flukes don’t get hot for three games and then save their best for the biggest moments when everything is going wrong.
“As far as injuries go, we just have two guys,” he said. “So Sammy Watkins, his hamstring tightened up on him and Dee Ford, his groin tightened up on him. Both those guys didn’t finish the game.”
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