The NextGen stats only go back to 2016, but Hill has the top two fastest times ever recorded. He reached 23.24 mph on a 105-yard kickoff return against the Texans in 2016 that was called back because of a penalty.
The Chiefs’ offense is even better with Patrick Mahomes at QB.
Graziano’s verdict: NOT AN OVERREACTION. The Chiefs went as far with Smith as he was going to take them, and Mahomes’ laser arm adds an electrifying something that honestly does offer this Chiefs offense a chance to operate at an even higher octane level. No, I don’t expect him to have 16 interception-free weeks. Yes, I believe there will be times when he looks like a lost kid out there. But when your goal is to get past the Patriots in the AFC before Tom Brady retires, you have to elevate the ceiling at QB. Reid took the restrictor plate off an already-fast race car.
During his time on the Chiefs staff, Brad Childress may have had the most unique job of any NFL coach. His official title: Spread game analyst. His task: Track offensive trends showing up around all levels of the sport and helping to integrate them into the Chiefs offense.
That Mahomes looks like a budding star only reinforces the idea the Chiefs should be headed back to the playoffs, where anything is possible.
Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill will give defenses nightmares
“He made plays, and he did it with his legs, he did it with throwing, he did it with checks,’’ Reid said of Mahomes’ 256-yard, four-touchdown performance. “I have a lot of respect for [Chargers defensive coordinator] Gus Bradley and his defense. He threw a few things at Mahomes. He got him a few times. But I thought Pat did a nice job of handling it against an experienced and very good defensive coordinator.
Quarterback Report Cards
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs (15-of-27 for 256 yards, four TDs): Please grind Mahomes-to-Tyreek Hill into a fine powder and then mix it with essential oils and cocoa butter so I can smear it all over my body and feel nothing but the electrifying tingle of Mahomes-to-Hill against my flesh all day, every day. They were so much fun Sunday that they almost have to be enjoyed topically. Grade: A-
Chiefs (1-0) at Steelers (0-0-1)
Opening line: Steelers, -5.5
After covering as a road underdog in Week 1, the Chiefs are going to try and do it again in Week 2 in Pittsburgh. When it comes to covering as a road underdog, the Chiefs are actually pretty good at it. Since 2016, the Chiefs are 6-2 ATS as a road dog, which is the second best mark in the NFL over the span. The problem for the Chiefs is that the Steelers are the one team that Andy Reid seems to have trouble with. Since taking over the Kansas City head coaching job in 2013, Reid is just 1-4 against the Steelers. This week could be different though, and that’s because we could see a Steelers team that has to deal with another week of Le’Veon Bell drama. Also, the Steelers aren’t very good at covering at home. Including last season’s playoffs, the Steelers went just 3-6 ATS at home in 2017.
Missouri Governor Mike Parson is a huge Chiefs fan. He joins Fescoe in the Morning each Monday at 8:20 to react to the game. What did the Governor have to say about a big road win to start the year?
Around the league
After flapping our gums all offseason in anticipation of a fresh, new NFL campaign, we finally got to sink our teeth into a full day of professional football. Predictably, decisive reactions are flowing, takes are hot off the presses.
In 2014, the Federal Communications Commission received thousands of letters from NFL fans asking for it to keep a sports blackout rule intact — a policy that allowed the NFL to block TV stations from airing games that weren’t sold out. The Wall Street Journal reports today that many of the letters appear to be fake: some signatures used fake names like The Hobbit’s Bilbo Baggins, and others used real email addresses but owners denied ever writing those letters.
CBS reported it had the most-watched season opening single-game window since 1998, while Fox — which had the doubleheader Sunday — saw a 1 percent gain for its America’s Game of the Week (Dallas Cowboys vs. Carolina Panthers) and 5 percent improvement for its regional coverage.
Phillip Lindsay’s touchdown catch was one of five big plays against Seattle
There were improvements: A reckless hit brought an immediate ejection.
And there was confusion: A new rule designed to curb the dangerous use of a player’s helmet was applied irregularly and did not prevent a scary injury.
But the reality for the Bears is that Vic Fangio’s defense will reach its full potential only when Chicago’s top two offseason defensive pickups are in good enough shape to play most of the snaps at their respective positions.
The New England Patriots running back tore his ACL in the season-opening win over the Houston Texans and will be out for the season, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, per a source informed of the situation.
Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy had a few moments of regret after his coaching debut ended in a 24-23 loss to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
Nagy singled out moments where he called consecutive screen passes, as well as a key moment early in the fourth quarter when he called an ill-fated pass play to Dion Sims instead of running the ball on 3rd and 1 in Chicago territory up 20-10.
The NFL’s head of officiating said Monday that officials erred when they penalized Browns defensive end Myles Garrett for roughing the passer, leading to a Pittsburgh Steelers touchdown one play later in the second quarter of Sunday’s 21-all tie that extended Cleveland’s long winless streak.
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
Back in late June, Josh Webb — one of our Arrowhead Pride readers — sent in a question that I thought was rather thought-provoking.
“If the New York Giants called and offered Odell Beckham Jr. for Tyreek Hill, straight up, would you take it?”
Tuesday will mark one month since Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry has participated in practice with the team.
The Kansas City Chiefs deafened the Los Angeles Chargers, 38-28, in game one of the 2018 season on Sunday.
Here were the snap counts for the Chiefs:
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