The key plays, stats and grades for the starters from the Chiefs’ preseason opener against the Houston Texans on Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium.
Patrick Mahomes finished 5 of 7 for 33 yards on two drives in the Kansas City Chiefs’ 17-10 loss to the Houston Texans in the preseason opener for both teams on Thursday night.
10. The matchup between two tantalizing quarterbacks taken in the first round of the 2017 draft fizzled out early in the first quarter of Thursday’s preseason debut between the Texans and Chiefs. Returning from ACL surgery, Deshaun Watson completed his lone pass attempt for four yards before giving way to Brandon Weeden on the second possession. Patrick Mahomes’ two drives fared no better, each resulting in punts. Expect to see more playing time for both QBs next week.
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22. Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes
It’s the age of accountants at quarterback. With high-percentage passing increasingly sweeping the land, gunslingers are a dying breed. Enter Patrick Mahomes, who likes to throw deep as much as any quarterback since maybe Brett Favre. Schooled in Texas Tech’s “throw now, think later” system, Mahomes is not only inclined to think big, he’s inclined to think big every play. This couldn’t be further from the Alex Smith truth the Chiefs are moving on from, which is not a coincidence. Andy Reid wants to re-open his offense after a half-decade in the big play friend zone. To his credit, Smith adapted last season, directing 12.3 percent of his throws more than 20 yards down the field. This was after he did so just 9.4 percent of the time in 2016. It was a sneak peak of what the Chiefs are expecting from Mahomes. 12.3 percent is Mahomes’ downfield over/under in an attack that now features Sammy Watkins opposite Tyreek Hill. Handpicked by one of the brightest offensive minds in NFL history to pilot a system tailor made for his skills, Mahomes is set up for success. All he needs to do to rocket up the quarterback ranks is execute.
The Broncos are asking Case Keenum to recreate his magnificent 2017 season in Minnesota with a roster that’s not nearly as talented as the one he left. The Raiders are under the madman machinations of Jon Gruden and currently playing contractual hardball with the only player that makes them anything resembling an NFL defense. And the Chiefs are putting their trust in the hands of a first-year starter that has apparently struggled with calling plays in the huddle.
Around the league
Miami Dolphins’ wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled during the anthem, and defensive end Robert Quinn stood and raised his right fist during the team’s exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to NBC Miami.
The New England Patriots are working on adjusting Brady’s current deal to include performance-based incentives, NFL Networks Tom Pelisserro reported Thursday. Pelissero added the deal could be in place by the weekend.
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Don’t dwell on the four straight playoff appearances and 124 total career victories by head coach Mike Tomlin as he enters his 12th Steelers season. Even the Tomlin 2009 Super Bowl victory in his second season as Steelers coach seemed an afterthought here at training camp last week.
That’s the beauty of preseason football. The game is back in our lives and on our TVs. With everyone at 0-0 on the ledger that counts, hope springs eternal across the NFL. And when you look around the league at quarterback play and playmakers and explosive potential, I’d make the case the NFL is better and healthier than ever when it comes to offensive firepower. But whose attack will be the best? Let’s peer into the crystal ball ...
After missing all of the 2017 season with a shoulder injury, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck returned to the field against the Seahawks. In doing so, Luck provided proof that he’s actually healthy enough to take a snap, drop back to pass behind an offensive line blocking real life pass rushers, and throw an actual football.
While trying to prevent Seahawks wide receiver David Moorefrom making a catch, Thomas launched into Moore and made helmet-on-helmet contact with him just after the ball dropped in front of him. Moore was left shaken up on the play and the Coltswere also penalized 15 yards.
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Chiefs unable to punch it in through three attempts. On fourth down — with 19 seconds remaining — the Texans bat away a fade pass in the end zone, and the game ends as Houston takes over on downs.
It was an uneventful start to the preseason for Kansas City Chiefs starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who played early into the second quarter against the Houston Texans in the team’s first preseason game of 2018, finishing 5/7 for 33 yards.
Mahomes has worked hard to grow comfortable in aspects of the quarterback position that were foreign to him before being drafted last season. Being under center was something not required of him in college. It’s not the taking the snap part that holds people up; it’s everything after.
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