“It’s going to be fun,” Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill said. “This is by far the best defense we have faced. ... We’ve got the best offense going against the best defense, the fastest offense against the fastest defense, so it’s going to be crazy, plays made everywhere.”
That’s right. For all the territory surrendered by the Chiefs this season, they have been the NFL’s best at stopping opponents on third down.
In the time between the Chiefs’ series, Reid, Henne, offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and quarterback coach Mike Kafka talked with Mahomes, often as a group, trading ideas as frequently as they gave each other advice. It was a collaborative coaching effort, one that was a major factor in the Chiefs’ primetime win and undefeated start to the season.
How do the Jaguars defend Patrick Mahomes? Do they rush the front four only and play coverage on the back end with numbers? If so, they will need to account for Kareem Hunt (who was fantastic in the win on “Monday Night Football”) by playing a safety close to the line or using all three linebackers. They can blitz or try to confuse Mahomes, but I’m not sure that will work ... especially with crowd noise not being a factor for the Chiefs’ offense.
No team has yet been able to contain the Chiefs’ offense, but if there is a defense that can it’s the Jaguars.
Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill told reporters Wednesday that he looks forward to the challenge of facing Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey, whom Hill respectfully called the “top dog” at the cornerback position in the league.
Mahomes says he is unfazed by the accolades that have been showered on him in the opening month of the season, insisting he is still learning his craft.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is similarly unconcerned by the possibility of Mahomes starting to believe his own publicity, emphasising the quarterback’s work ethic and single-minded approach.
Patrick Mahomes isn’t coming back down to Earth.
With Fournette out this week, T.J. Yeldon is such a boss play against the Chiefs. I believe he’s done enough over the course of the season to earn a role for the rest of the year because there is no way Fournette is going to tote the rock 300 times this season. Hell, I’d be happy with 200. But Yeldon ... He’s an amazing Week 5 play.
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Sometimes a decent team will stumble out of the gates, but most of the one-win teams are already sunk. So which ones still have a shot at turning things around, and which ones should just start eyeing the 2019 NFL Draft class now?
Man, we don’t deserve Drew Brees. He is going to break the NFL’s all-time passing record on Monday night, and nobody gives a (expletive). It’s true. Sure, you like Drew Brees. You enjoy his games. Hell, you try to get him on your fantasy team every year. But you also take him for granted.
The Oakland Raiders, who are slated to relocate to Las Vegas, won’t do so before the 2020 season, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Benjamin’s troublesome foot is in a cast, and the team is hopeful he can return by the time the Chargers take on the Tennessee Titans in Week 7. If he’s not cleared for that matchup, it’s likely he will return in Week 9 since the Chargers will have a bye the week before.
Robert Kraft, Kraft Group chairman and New England Patriots owner, and Michael Rubin, Kynetic CEO & founder and part owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, joins ‘Squawk Box’ to discuss the New England Patriots’ outlook this season, NFL ratings misconceptions, and the trade war impact on his company.
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Part of Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey’s game is getting inside the head of opponents, so when he heard about Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill’s comments from Wednesday, you had to know he would respond with something good.
OK, so that’s supremely excessive for the worst defense in the league in yards, yards per rush and first downs per game. It also ranks near the bottom in passing yards per game, yards per play and basically anything that isn’t third-down percentage (1st in the league) or sacks (12th in the league).
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