I used to struggle with eating too much. Like, I would get so full that I would have to take a nap or something like that. Especially when I would want to gain wait, I would just keep eating and eating.
Today, I basically.... don’t eat as much. Breakfast is oatmeal, or something else that’s light, and I eat protein shakes for snacks. I have a lot of light meals—salmon and other fish, and broccoli and other vegetables. But I try not to stuff myself anymore.
Patrick Mahomes II, Kansas City Chiefs
If you’re already nauseated by the idea of a runaway Sam Darnold hype-train, prepare yourself for the Patrick Mahomes experience. Mahomes isn’t here to please a fan-base; he’s out to save the sport.
That may sound like hyperbole. I promise you it’s not.
The Chiefs seem like the early favorite to lead the league in counterfeit passing scores, which is good news for Mahomes’s fantasy owners.
The Chiefs will have to rely on their howitzer-armed quarterback and speed demon wide receivers to make plays, to the delight of NFL fans everywhere. Buckle up, we still get at least 15 more games of this.
“Everybody has that dream growing up in Kansas City if they’re a football fan, you know, one day running out of the stadium, playing on the field, stuff like that, getting to wear the chiefs logo. And you know, it’s wild that it actually got to be me,” Williams said.
Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs: His second career start helped validate the Alex Smith trade, as last year’s No. 10 overall pick utilized arm strength, creative throwing angles (including on a slant to Tyreek Hill on a 58-yard touchdown) and surprising touch in the Chiefs’ 38-28 victory at the Chargers. If he can continue to generate big plays while limiting turnovers, Mahomes (15-27 for 256 yards and four touchdowns) may be on the verge of a breakout season.
And Reid, for the uninitiated, loves running gadget plays in the red zone. Can’t get enough of it. I used to think he did things like pass the ball to 340-pound nose tackle Dontari Poe — which he did a few years ago — near the goal line because the offensive line couldn’t be trusted to get the tough yards, but I now believe he calls plays like this one solely because it’s fun:
With his 91-yard punt return touchdown, two receiving touchdowns and 268 all-purpose yards, Hill seemed like the more obvious choice for the weekly award — especially considering two of Mahomes’ touchdown passes came on the short shovel throws to Hill and De’Anthony Thomas.
Joe Montana, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
The trade: In 1993, the Chiefs acquired the future Hall of Fame quarterback from the 49ers for a first-round pick. The Chiefs also received a third-round pick and safety David Whitmore.
The debut: Montana threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-3 victory over the Buccaneers. You might not be blown away by those numbers, but keep in mind that a Chiefs quarterback had thrown more than two touchdown passes in a game only twice in the team’s previous 36 games, dating back to 1990. The start also put the Chiefs on track to win their first division title in 22 seasons.
At one point in Alex Smith’s career, the Redskins quarterback, then in Kansas City, went 18 straight games — dating from December 2013 to September 2015 — without throwing a touchdown pass to a wide receiver. It was one of the most random streaks in football, but Smith and the Chiefs offense still found ways to be productive.
During Sunday’s 24-6 win against the Arizona Cardinals, Smith did much of the same.
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“If that’s how he feels, that’s how he feels,” Gronkowski told reporters. “It’s a big game this Sunday. I’m sure I’m going to have opportunities to go versus him. I’m sure he’s going to have opportunities to go versus me. I’m just preparing like I always prepare. I just got to do my job out on the field and just worry about that.”
Best I can tell, there were three primary strawman arguments that NFL teams hid behind to try to justify their individual, and collective, boycott of Colin Kaepernick’s services. And, best I can tell, with Nike’s soaring sales and rising stock price in the aftermath of announcing their new Kaepernick apparel line and ad campaign last week, all three have now been effectively knocked down.
What does it take to be America’s Team?
For the Dallas Cowboys, it came down to a simple choice by NFL Films to use the term in the voice-over and title of the Cowboys’ end-of-season highlight film following the 1978 campaign. Of course, the label grew to mean much more than that, becoming one of the most famous monikers in sports.
On the Monday Night Football broadcast, ESPN revealed a surprising photo of running back Marshawn Lynch in high school, side-by-side with a current photo of the Raiders star. It quickly went viral as NFL fans could not believe these pictures were of the same person.
What else could’ve been on the minds of Packer Backers as the sideline cart chauffeured an injured Aaron Rodgers to the locker room midway through the second quarter? Maybe a few expletives were mixed in for good measure. But the season looked like it was over. Lambeau Field sat in stunned silence. I hadn’t seen an audience so shook since the final scenes of “Avengers: Infinity War.” In the blink of an eye, a seemingly normal sack, it all appeared to be over.
When the Oakland Raiders awarded Derek Carr with a $25 million per year contract extension in June 2017, it was the richest in the league and a worthwhile investment in a passer who had ascended to the elite tier of NFL quarterbacks.
James Conner takes exception to any depiction that his touchdown celebration with Pittsburgh Steelers offensive linemen was directed at Le’Veon Bell, who remains absent from the team with an unsigned franchise tag.
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Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Berry would be held out of practice again Wednesday, though he did reiterate the safety is making progress.
Kansas City Chiefs fans have been waiting for months to see what this team would look like in the 2018 season. There has been excitement and anticipation for the offense — and worry and discomfort about the defense.
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