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4) Patrick Mahomes: The second-year pro is a younger version of Rodgers. Although Mahomes isn’t as accurate or consistent, he has a bigger arm and more play-making ability. I know what you’re thinking: Wait! A stronger arm and more play-making ability than Aaron “Hail Mary” Rodgers? Yes! We’ve seen his 80-yard heaves from the past and what he’s been able to do in Kansas City as a first-year starter. His talent and ability check all of the boxes, but the one thing I love most about this kid is he is absolutely fearless. There’s no situation he is afraid of, and I want that in my quarterback if the game is on the line -- win or lose.
”Tell him to slow down,” said Smith, who was the Chiefs’ starter the past five seasons before he was traded to Washington in the offseason to clear the way for Mahomes. “He’s making us all look bad.”
There is no consensus top pick in the latest power rankings from around the country (but the Saints got a lot of love), but the Chiefs did ascend to No. 1 in one of the NFL power rankings. However, they also lost ground in two others.
In what has been one of the worst seasons in Arizona Cardinals history, they have another low point thus far... They open the game against the Kansas City Chiefs, in Kansas City, as 17-point underdogs, the largest such line of the 2018 NFL season.
Total QBR: 85.4
Mahomes will beat you, and he will beat you quickly.
No quarterback has a higher Total QBR on passes thrown two seconds or sooner after the snap this season than the Chiefs’ electric second-year signal-caller. And over the past three weeks, he has completed 42 of 44 passes on those thrown in under 2.5 seconds (roughly NFL average).
This was a perfect storm -- one that probably surpassed even Reid’s best-case scenarios. Mahomes’ talent is undeniable, but so much of this league is about where you end up and who’s around you. Those things couldn’t have lined up better for Mahomes, who is maximizing all of it in historic fashion. Circumstances + Opportunity + Talent is a heckuva formula.
RANK 3: CHIEFS (8-1)
Previous rank: No. 3
The Chiefs moved to 8-1 in Cleveland on Sunday, with Patrick Mahomes showing those poor Brownsfans the kind of quarterback play they’ve been missing all these years. The victory was necessary for Kansas City to keep its 1.5-game AFC West lead over the Chargers, who came through in Seattle with their own triumph. Next, the Chiefs will face their conceptual opposites, taking on the 2-6 Cardinals -- who have executed twice as many punts this season as Kansas City -- at Arrowhead this weekend. After that comes the matchup everyone is circling on their NFL United Way pocket schedule: vs. the Rams, in Mexico City, on “Monday Night Football.” Whew.
Nine games into the season, the calendar shows November and the Chiefs (8-1) continue to look like one of the best teams in the NFL. They’ve kept it rolling despite injuries that have kept some key players off the field for extended periods of time, but they’ve also had key players playing through injuries in order to help continue the momentum they established in September.
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After working out for the Saints, the All-Pro wideout left without a contract but the team liked what they saw and the sides are in negotiations on a deal, sources told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and Jane Slater.
That’s because the 1-7 Raiders currently sit atop the draft board. Their first-round pick will be extremely valuable, especially with selections gained by trading edge rusher Khalil Mack and wide receiver Amari Cooper.
Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, the prolific running back must sign his franchise tender or sign a one-year deal with the team ahead of the Nov. 13 deadline in order to retain his eligibility for this season. But what comes next for the running back in 2019 regardless of whether he signs the tag or chooses not to play in 2018?
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The Chiefs announced Tuesday morning that safety Daniel Sorensen has been activated, via the team’s official Twitter account. The Chiefs waived outside linebacker Nate Orchard in the process.
When we started the live update of the Week 10 Pundit Power Rankings on Tuesday morning, the Kansas City Chiefs were in second place. But then the MMQB Power Poll came in. Their fourth-place ranking dropped the Chiefs to third. Then Pete Prisco from CBS Sports decided to leave the Chiefs in fourth, and Kansas City dropped to fourth in the aggregated rankings — a drop of one position — even though they had defeated the Cleveland Browns 37-21 on the road.
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