It shouldn’t be a surprise by now that the Chiefs can generate 38 points even when some of their highest-priced players (Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce) combine for only 27 yards. That’s a credit to Reid’s ability to stay ahead of the competition, especially when he has extra time to prepare.
The plays Patrick Mahomes made last season against Denver, and the plays he made this week with the Chiefs have the NFL media frothing at the mouth at how good he can be, like a future MVP candidate. The question now is if Texas Tech head coach and Mahomes’ mentor Kliff Kingsbury expects a shoutout during Mahomes’ inevitable MVP acceptance speech.
September 11, 2001 was one of the hardest days our country has ever faced. On its 17th anniversary, NFL players paid their respects on social media. Here’s a roundup of some of their thoughts.
Mahomes put up four touchdowns in his road debut against the Chargers, who Pro Football Focus gave significantly better preseason grades than the Steelers in both their pass rush and secondary units. Mahomes probably will regress a bit from that Madden-like opener, but he also didn’t fully use all his weapons: Kareem Hunt had only one target.
It’s not an accident that Kansas City’s offense exploded in Week 1. The marriage between Mahomes and head coach Andy Reid has the potential to buck the league’s short-passing trend.
Kelce caught just one of six targets for six yards in Sunday’s 38-28 win over the Chargers.
S Derwin James, Los Angeles Chargers
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes carved up the Los Angeles Chargers secondary, throwing four touchdown passes against last year’s third-ranked unit in yards and touchdowns allowed. Safety Derwin James, however, corralled the second-year signal-caller for a sack and broke up two passes in the 38-28 loss.
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The Raiders and Bryant are closing in on a one-year deal that will bring him to The Bay, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported, per a team source. Bryant also is expected to play this week in Denver against the Broncos, per Pelissero.
With Matt Patricia debuting with the Detroit Lions and getting routed 48–17 by the New York Jets and Jon Gruden’s highly anticipated return to the Oakland Raiders on Monday also ending in defeat, coaches put up a 0–7 record during the league’s opening weekend.
As everyone, I think back to where I was and what I was doing on this solemn remembrance of 9/11. On a personal level, it was an obviously gut-wrenching time as I, like so many people, lost someone I knew in the tragedy. On a professional level as an executive with the Packers, it was a week of many twists and turns, navigating a landscape that was changing by the hour, if not the minute. It was a week during which the Packers were scheduled to play a game a few miles away from Ground Zero, a game that did happen, but not until three months later. Here is my memory..
Jon Gruden and Pat Shurmur have both returned to the sidelines this fall with varying degrees of fanfare. Gruden’s 2003 Super Bowl title and constant presence during NFL broadcasts made him a popular “what if” candidate for needy teams across the pro and college landscapes. Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis was able to turn that hypothetical into a reality for a market-bending $100 million contract. Gruden was thrust back into the spotlight in his very first game — a return to Monday Night Football, but this time on the sideline and not in the booth.
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Antonio Brown and Julio Jones have been atop everyone’s wide receiver rankings pretty much since Calvin Johnson retired. Odell Beckham Jr. and Mike Evans have made pushes to be included in that group, and likely should, but is there another player legitimately knocking on that door? And is that player a Kansas City Chief?
Patrick Mahomes’ debut as the leader of this organization did not disappoint. There were varying levels of excitement and nerves throughout the city. So many unknowns, so much unfamiliarity with having a young quarterback of Kansas City’s own. Mahomes was not perfect, but he did so many things to grow the positive energy. He certainly didn’t do much to discourage.
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