Six years before Patrick Mahomes sprinted out of the flame-flanked tunnel at Arrowhead Stadium as the Chiefs’ starting quarterback, he ran out on the field at Wildcat Stadium to make his second start as Whitehouse High School’s varsity signal caller.
The impressive part of this isn’t that Mahomes threw a 69-yard touchdown pass, those have happened plenty of times before. The impressive part is that the pass traveled an absurd 68.6 yards through the air.
Team: Total (Over Odds/Under Odds)
Kansas City Chiefs: 8.5 (+105/-125)
Well, you feel that inescapable pang of preseason, when the dreamlike euphoria of watching Matt Ryan and crew drive down with ease without Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman on a decent-enough Kansas City Chiefs defense collides with the sight of watching a Deion Jones-less Falcons defense trounce an Andy Reid/dual-threat QB attack.
Here are five other stats you may have missed from Friday’s game:
23. Chiefs S Daniel Sorensen
Sorensen suffered a torn lateral meniscus, an MCL injury and a tibial plateau fracture in practice and while his timeline to return is unclear, it’s likely he misses regular-season action. Safety Eric Berry also has a heel injury, but it’s thought to be minor.
In one half of work, Mahomes went 8 of 12 for 138 yards (11.5 yards per attempt), one touchdown, one pick, and a 98.6 passer rating. Before Chad Henne took over after halftime, Mahomes demonstrated why the Chiefs moved on from Alex Smith this offseason and reminded us that he’s still pretty much a rookie after sitting out almost all of last year.
Several years ago, the Kansas City Chiefs had a training-camp drill in which a receiver would get into a port-a-potty stationed near the practice field, shut the door behind him and take a seat. One coach then would throw a pass to the receiver while another coach would open the door immediately before the ball arrived. The drill was supposed to help receivers with their concentration skills.
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Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs (11.06)
While Mahomes only appeared in one game last year with the Kansas City Chiefs and didn’t throw a touchdown, Smith’s departure opens up the door for some serious production in large part simply because he’ll be on the same field as weapons such as Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt, Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce.
The play, which cut a Falcons lead to 14-10, went viral due to the explosive display of arm strength from Mahomes, who threw the ball almost 69 yards in the air. But Hill was impressive on the play as well, running past three Falcons defensive backs with room left over even after he slowed up a bit to make the catch. Then, after the catch, Hill did some Antonio Brown-style twerking in the end zone, which got him flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Kelce caught two of three targets for 27 yards in Friday’s preseason game against Atlanta.
Watkins simply looked uncomfortable and unfocused, while fellow wideout Tyreek Hill did his usual thing with four catches for 87 yards and a touchdown.
10. Memo to Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill: Twerking will cost you 15 yards.
Charcandrick West, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Unfortunately for the 27-year-old, he missed a significant amount of time early in training camp while in the NFL’s concussion protocol. The injury allowed others, most notably Damien Williams, Kerwynn Williams and rookie Darrel Williams, to see increased action and potentially gain some momentum in the battle for a roster spot.
Kendall Fuller, a former Hokie and Redskin obtained by Kansas City in the Alex Smithtrade, defended two passes and was in on three tackles for the Chiefs by the midpoint of the third quarter. Those were the statistics with which he finished.
(As always, these rankings are with a 1/2-PPR league in mind.)
13. Kareem Hunt KC
32. Travis Kelce KC
34. Tyreek Hill
64. Sammy Watkins KC — Up 8. Mahomes has me giddy. Excited for what he can do from all over the field.
Around the league
Even though the rule is new, six NFL teams that have played two preseason games have not been flagged even once for lowering the head to initiate contact. Indianapolis, who plays Baltimore on Monday night, was not flagged in its preseason opener. Behind the Titans and Eagles, five teams have been penalized under the rule three times apiece: Arizona, Atlanta, Carolina, the Rams and San Francisco.
The fast-paced, hard-hitting sport has accepted the more calming practice that emphasizes conscious breathing and body flow. Much like yin and yang, the two complement each other both mentally and physically.
Having already lost tight end Hunter Henry and cornerback Jason Verrett to major injuries, the Bolts learned Sunday that safety Jaylen Watkins’ initial test results revealed a torn ACL, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the situation.
Has the NFL peaked? The TV ratings aren’t climbing like they used to. The NFL still dominates baseball and hockey and those know-it-alls at the NBA, but the inertia is concerning. Some of your brethren assume the TV networks will keep lining up to pay billions—and, if not the networks, the nerds at Facebook or Amazon—but you’re not so sure. Media is volatile. Sports betting could make up some of the difference, but who knows?
In the aftermath of rookie Derrius Guice’s crushing season-ending ACL injury, coach Jay Gruden’s initial response was to spurn the veteran free-agent market in favor of the younger tailbacks already on Washington’s roster.
“He’s always been the one everyone thought wouldn’t make it, so to prove not just to other people but himself that he can play at a high level for a long time, I’m so proud of him, because he did this all on his own.”
Memo to these actual human beings: Thursday night was not an actual game. It was not the fifth quarter of Super Bowl LII. It was not a rematch.
“The more you’re in the Word, the more you have that community to help spur you on, the more you’ll recognize that if you’re not training yourself for godliness, you’re really missing out on the opportunity to be with the Creator and how much more rewarding that really is,” says Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. “Some days, you don’t necessarily see [personal growth] tangibly, but I believe someday we all will.”
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When Orlando Scandrick was released by the Washington Redskins, it was promptly reported that the Kansas Chiefs would be his first free agent visit. The veteran cornerback was in Kansas City by Tuesday night, and it would appear that visit went well.
“You just don’t expect to see that in a game,” right tackle Mitch Schwartz said. “You can see it in practice, where a guy can run five yards, crow hop and chuck it. In an in-game situation, it’s more of a 40-yard throw that’s a laser. That’s more of how you can tell a guy’s arm strength. You don’t usually get to see a guy fully uncork it in a game situation.”
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