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How Patrick Mahomes is saving one of the league’s most loyal, but jaded, fanbases | Yahoo! Sports

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.

Patrick Mahomes leads game-winning drive as Kansas City Chiefs survive vs. Denver Broncos | USA Today

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.

The night Patrick Mahomes became an elite NFL quarterback | SB Nation

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.

Patrick Mahomes: Andy Reid imitates my voice perfectly | USA Today

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.

Kareem Hunt arrives to the party just in time for Chiefs | ESPN

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 Announcer Ripped For Saying Travis Kelce Better Than Rob Gronkowski | NESN

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.

Total passing TDs through 4 weeks smashes record | NFL

The NFL’s aerial barrage is led by second-year phenom Patrick Mahomeswith 14 passing scores. Andy Dalton, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jared Goff and Philip Rivers are tied for second with 11 each.

Patrick Mahomes: Watch the throws, stay for the voice | BBC

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.

Around the league

Players continue to look for clarity on body-weight penalties | NFL

The Competition Committee hoped there would be a reduction in body-weight penalties this past weekend, and there was. It appeared only the ChargersMelvin 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.

Ranking impact of 10 NFL players coming off 2018 suspensions | USA Today

Here’s a ranking of 10 returning players who could make the most difference moving forward:

Mike Tomlin: I really have no Le’Veon Bell update | NFL

With the Steelers reeling from their second loss in four weeks, Le’Veon Bell’s status bubbled up again on Monday.

The NFL Record Book Is Under Assault in the 2018 Season | Bleacher Report

The first month of the 2018 regular season strongly indicates that the 2017 campaign was a low-scoring aberration.

How Khalil Mack Can Become the NFL MVP, in Six Not-So-Easy Steps | The Ringer

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.

Best and worst QBs of Week 4: Trubisky jumps from worst to first | ESPN

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.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

Patrick Mahomes Week 4 film review: something good and something bad

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.

Extent of Sammy Watkins’ hamstring injury still not known

“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.”

The Re-Up: It’s already time to stop comparing Patrick Mahomes to anyone else

It’s our Monday morning afternoon column, The Re-Up. In this column, I’ll write about some deeper thought I had about the last game and finish with some fun stuff to ponder at the article’s end. Check out last week’s column here.

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