Here are a few reasons the Chiefs will sustain their early success this season:
Kansas City Chiefs
Week 5 Grade: B-
Season Grade: B+
It was an absolute showcase for Ford and a finally dominant defensive line, which was so effective in pressuring Bortles, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett turned to a variety of screens to try to get the group on its heels.
In the first five weeks, Kansas City opponents have thrown 235 passes — or 47 per game — compared to 103 rushing attempts — or 20.6 per game. The Chiefs have successfully dragged each of their opponents into trying to win a shootout, and Mahomes has come out on top every time.
Sunday, Mahomes will match up against Tom Brady, who has played in more Super Bowls (eight), won more as a starter (five) than any other quarterback.
When they saw Mahomes used his non-dominant hand to connect with Tyreek Hill on third-and-7 against the Denver Broncos, the group chat exploded with callbacks to a little league baseball game from nine years ago.
The Rams and Chiefs are legit, especially on offense.
The Chiefs picked apart an excellent Jacksonville team at home, with the help of bad Blake Bortles. The much maligned Chiefs defense entered the game ranked 32nd in yards allowed, and still are after Sunday’s game, but they forced Bortles into multiple red zone turnovers.
Dee Ford Strip-Sacks Blake Bortles
K.C. built a 20-0 first-half lead with the help of those two crucial takeaways before coasting to a 30-14 win. The Chiefs pressured Bortles on 48 percent of his dropbacks in the first half, giving the Jags a taste of their own medicine while providing a major boost to the offense for the first time this season. Kansas City’s already proved it’s the class of the AFC, but if the defense―which is talent-strapped basically everywhere but on the defensive line―can continue to pressure opposing passers and force more of these types of turnovers, it’ll make the Chiefs all but unbeatable.
Around the league
One of the most prolific passers in NFL history has added a remarkable record to his long list of Hall of Fame-caliber achievements. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning’s all-time passing record of 71,940 yards during the second quarter of Monday night’s game against the Washington Redskins. He set the mark on a 62-yard touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith that gave the Saints a 26-6 lead. Brees needed 201 yards to surpass Manning’s mark -- the TD gave him 228 yards on the night and the Saints went on to win the game, 43-19.
Mike Tomlin has received a call from NFL executive Troy Vincent over his critical comments of NFL officiating following the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has reported. Rapoport added that the league is considering a fine for Tomlin for his critical comments of the league’s officiating.
Hopkins finishing one spin, only to go straight into another one, looked like someone smashing the “B” button on “Madden” and yielded some pretty crazy results.
The Patriots cut running back Ralph Webb from their practice squad, a source told NESN.com. The Patriots also cut defensive tackle Vincent Valentine, a source told ESPN’s Mike Reiss. They added linebacker Calvin Munson and defensive tackle Frank Herron in their place. They still have an opening on their practice squad, as well.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are down to two healthy(ish) running backs on their active roster. Corey Grant is done for the season with a Lisfranc injury and Leonard Fournette is week-to-week with a lingering hamstring injury. That leaves a banged up T.J. Yeldon and practice squad promotion Brandon Wilds to handle running back duties.
Cynthia Frelund, an analytics expert for NFL media, released her latest model this morning, and in it, a prediction that will please a whole bunch of people in the greater Chicagoland area.
When asked Monday whether he can take anything positive from Oakland’s league-worst 1-4 start, Gruden attempted to put a sunny face on the Raiders’ situation, ultimately placing the most blame on himself.
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“He’s dealing with all that right now,” Reid said of Veach. “I don’t have an answer for you on it, but he’s looking at some different options—kind of juggling all that today, and he started on it [Sunday] night. We’ve got to finish up some evaluations from the docs and then we’ll go on from there. He’s been on that since the evening [Sunday]. I can’t tell you what the answers are—I don’t know that yet.”
Here were the snap counts for the Chiefs:
“I feel like we have something really, really special,” he said. “I have been in the NFL a long time and I have never been around a team with the kind of infectious spirit like this. This is a team that comes to work every day and tries to get better, and just embraces every challenge.”
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