“You have to eliminate the turnovers, first off,” Mahomes said Wednesday as the Chiefs practiced for the first time since the Rams game. “Some of those turnovers came at crucial moments. ... I think the biggest one for me was the one where we were almost in field goal range, just knowing when to and when not to take a chance. Every experience, bad or good, you have to learn from. You take the positives.
3) Brett Veach and Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs
The two have maintained their mutual admiration, evident by the fact that Reid felt comfortable opening up the doors and allowing Gruden to sniff around the facility as a media member and broadcaster last year during the playoffs even after Gruden had agreed to take the coaching job with the division-rival Raiders.
This year, Lawrence artist John Sebelius painted the cleats. Sebelius met with Chiefs players during training camp to come up with plans. He’s doing a dozen pairs of cleats for players including Dustin Colquitt and Patrick Mahomes.
Since the Raiders moved back from Los Angeles to Oakland in 1995, there’s been only one season when both clubs had winning records (2016). The rivalry has been less heated since Marty Schottenheimer left as Kansas City coach in 1998 and Raiders owner Al Davis died in 2011. But this gap is success is ridiculous.
Games First, Drama Second
Scoring is up. This isn’t a leadership trait. It’s fun, though, and deliciously watchable. On Monday Night Football, the Los Angeles Rams beat the Kansas City Chiefs 54-51. It was the first time two teams scored more than 50 points in the same game. Within hours commenters in the non-stop sports talk world were calling it the “greatest game in regular season history.”
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Brees, who is having one of the best quarterback seasons in NFL history, completed just 18 of 28 passes for 127 yards, one touchdown and a stunning interception with 2 minutes, 8 seconds remaining when the Saints were still trailing just 13-10.
Another loaded slate of NFL games starts strong with an interesting Thursday night game between two NFC challengers, the Saints and the Cowboys. But the season is also at the point where some teams will find themselves out of the playoff chase if they can’t stack victories.
Here are the key questions for Week 13:
At a time in which both the value and proper use of running backs is coming into question more than ever, eight backs were selected in the first 71 picks of the 2018 NFL draft, and 12 have been given at least 50 intended touches (rushes plus pass targets) this year.
In a news conference Thursday ahead of his return to Seattle, Sherman expressed that there are still hard feelings surrounding his Emerald City exit.
”You just expect that after you’ve done so much for a franchise that they wouldn’t cut you while you’re hurt,” Sherman said. “It’s kind of more of a respect thing than anything. But they did. So you’ve kind of got to roll with the business.”
New England wobbled through the first half against a Jets team that hasn’t won a game in a month-and-a-half, only taking the lead for good with 1:52 left in the third quarter. And if you watched, most of the action had the look of a proud old prizefighter simply letting a young underdog punch himself out, just waiting to throw a couple victory-delivering haymakers.
“The ultimate compliment you can pay to a teammate is he’ll do whatever he’s asked to do to help the team win,” Brees says. “Taysom was a highly successful college quarterback. He’s a great athlete, leader and competitor. So to come in and have great dreams and aspirations of playing quarterback, and then all of a sudden you have this unique skill set to where we want you to go down and return a kickoff.
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Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones has been named the AFC’s defensive player of the month for November, the league announced on Thursday. It is Jones’ first career player of the month honor.
Morse’s concussion — from which he was slow to recover — is not the first he’s suffered with the Chiefs. He missed the Week 13 game against the Raiders in 2015 after sustaining a concussion against the Buffalo Bills in the previous week. He also missed the 2015 playoff games against the Houston Texans and the Patriots with a concussion he had against Oakland in the final game of the regular season.
“With Eric (Berry) we’ll see how he does and just ease him back into it,” Reid told the local Kansas City media on Wednesday. ““The one thing we’ve done great that’s a big part of this is the communication has been great. We will just see how he’s doing. There’s no pressure there. It’s just how he feels. We will take it play-by-play...one thing I know is that it’s killing him to watch. He loves to play. It tears him up not to be out there. At the same time, we have to do what is smart and make sure that once those juices get going everything is okay for the long haul.”
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