Hill wants to be pressed because he wants to test his mettle in releasing and running long, his best skill displayed in his own young career. Among receivers with 30 or more targets through four weeks, Hill ranks fifth in the league in air yards per target with 14.2, trailing John Brown, Julio Jones, Mike Evans and DeAndre Hopkins, per Next Gen Stats. To drive home that point: Air Yards are calculated from the line of scrimmage to the point the pass arrives at the receiver, meaning only four other receivers are receiving their targets deeper down the field on average.
Jaguars at Chiefs (-3)
Pick: Jacksonville +3
The Chiefs haven’t enjoyed nearly as much recent success outside the division. Against AFC South opponents, Kansas City is 4-8 straight up and 2-10 against the spread in home games since the start of the 2007 season, a stretch that includes seven consecutive ATS home losses to AFC South teams since the start of 2012.
With Patrick Mahomes II and Jared Goff leading the charge, the league’s explosion on offense has conjured memories of the ’98 home-run race between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, when records weren’t just broken but absolutely annihilated.
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
Despite boasting a shut-down defense, Jags coach Doug Marrone knows his team will have a lot on its plate facing Mahomes.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have ruled out running back Leonard Fournette four days before the team’s game at Kansas City.
There has also been a shift in offensive coaching approach. Just about every game the announcers are mentioning “RPO,” or run-pass option. Derided just a few years ago as a college gimmick, some NFL teams have embraced it, and having more athletic quarterbacks helps that. You probably won’t see Tom Brady running much RPO – even Brady jokes about how slow he is – but Cam Newton and now Jared Goff and Patrick Mahomes can thrive with those option plays.
The Kansas City Chiefs signed former Bengals cornerback Josh Shaw, who was released last month after three seasons in Cincinnati.
2. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs: The early front-runner in the MVP race, Mahomes is fresh off of erasing a 10-point deficit at the Broncos. Still, his toughest test awaits. In what should be a fascinating matchup, Mahomes (still without and an interception as he paces the NFL with 14 touchdown passes) to face an aggressive Jaguars defense that leads the league in passing defense (164.2 yards a game).
I was talking to a good friend of mine last night, and we came to the conclusion that Patrick Mahomes wouldn’t be nearly as awesome as he is if it weren’t for Salvador Perez. Some of you (especially my fellow Mizzou fans out there) might already know where this is going. Some of you are probably desperately confused and are now wondering what Mizzou has to do with this.
Around the league
Eleven players are eligible to make their season debuts this week after serving four-game suspensions. Here’s a look at who’s back and what their returns mean to their teams.
Week 4 of the 2018 NFL season witnessed one quarterback leading his team to a furious comeback victory in overtime while another threw for a series of personal bests in a showdown between two top squads.
The NFL Players Association was left with significant concerns after reviewing testimony given last week by a league executive at a congressional hearing on the future of sports betting in the United States.
Phil Matier and Andy Ross, the accomplished San Francisco Chronicle political busybodies who have re-told the story of how the football team might leave the city before 2020 if the city sues the football team, and based on what they have been told, it is very much a legitimately writeable thing. We have no issue with them, because if nothing else, they have actually committed more to paper than the Oakland politicals threatening the lawsuit have.
As it turns out though, Hyde’s run didn’t do anything except enrage Browns fans, and that’s because the ruling on the field of a first down was overturned after an official review from NFL headquarters in New York.
Julian Edelman could unlock the Pats offense that the NFL knows and fears, the NFL’s dizzying change of pace and why can’t the Falcons stop anyone. All that and more in this week’s 10-Point Stance.
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According to Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone, neither Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette or cornerback D.J. Hayden will play on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
Mahomes went on the road in a crazy environment, in prime time, target on his back, off historic early season success, largely with talented receiver Sammy Watkins to come from behind in the fourth quarter and will a team through immense adversity. He needed to be rare and he saved some of his best for the biggest moments. All these plays took place in the second half, two of them in the final drive.
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