If this is the way it’s going to be, the Chiefs appear to be equipped to handle it. New starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who had six touchdown passes on Sunday to go with his four against the Chargers, is more advanced at this early stage of his career than the Chiefs had dared to hope.
“I don’t think we gave him enough credit. I think he was better than we thought,” Dupree said, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “I feel like his intelligence was better than we thought. We thought since he was a young quarterback we could trick him, but he kind of spread us out. He didn’t snap the ball fast so he was really trying to read us, seeing where the weaknesses were before he snapped the ball. Many young quarterbacks can’t really check like that. He showed us otherwise.”
Patrick Mahomes had just thrown six touchdown passes in a record-setting performance against the Steelers, one that gave the Chiefs a big road win and may have stamped them as the AFC’s top team, when someone asked him how he planned to celebrate his birthday.
Mahomes said he planned to watch film of the San Francisco 49ers.
Alex was not one who was going to hide anything or play games with him or anything like that. He kept it all out in the open and was secure enough, that wasn’t a problem. . . . He came into a good situation with Alex and I said that was priceless for him. There’s no way he could repay Alex with having that experience. That was phenomenal.”
The “Good Morning Football” crew recaps the Chiefs vs. Steelers Week 2 matchup and the performance of Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes.
Best: Patrick Mahomes can throw it real pretty, huh?
Mahomes is so much fun to watch. Just look how nice this touchdown throw is (unless you’re the Steelers):
I’m providing a quick overview of the next Chiefs’ opponent early in each week, and here are five things to know about the 49ers, 1-1.
Today, over at Peter King’s Football Morning in America, King, not surprisingly, talks about Mahomes. In so doing he relates a Jack Morris anecdote which is so very on-brand for Jack Morris. And another one about a circa-2003 A-Rod which is not exactly on-brand for him.
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Gordon’s departure opens things up for Rashard Higgins and Antonio Callaway, with the latter scoring a touchdown in Sunday’s loss to the Saints. Jarvis Landry remains the undisputed leader among pass-catchers on the roster but the young guys could see more balls thrown their way. Callaway should be added off the waiver wire in all leagues while Higgins is at least worth a stash in the short term.
On Monday’s “Off the Bench” podcast, Danny Kanell, Raja Bell and David Samson talk about the overtime rule and Danny and David say that it’s time to abolish the tie in the NFL.
The NFL will include Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews’ controversial roughing the passer penalty on a teaching video it distributes to clubs this week to emphasize the “scoop-and-pull” tactic Matthews used when he hit Kirk Cousins is, in fact, a foul, NFL.com has learned.
Davis, who started the game for Buffalo, put on his street clothes at the half, and eventually left the stadium during the game. “Today on the field, reality hit me fast and hard,” Davis said in a statement, released after the game, confirming his retirement. “I shouldn’t be out there anymore.”
Fresh off another disappointing Sunday, a former Steelers employee took to Twitter to downplay -- the kids call it throwing shade on -- the contributions of Antonio Brown. The star receiver and Madden NFL 19 cover athlete didn’t take too kindly to the former staffer’s words.
Winless after two weeks of the regular season? Eight teams can lay claim to that.
There are clear pros and cons to any alternative. But it’s fun to imagine a different overtime protocol that goes until we have a winner. Let’s explore some ideas.
It’s Week 2 and we’ve got another slate of dances and celebrations, so let’s get to it.
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With Mahomes moving forward, every single down the Chiefs are not throwing the football is going to feel like a missed opportunity.
“I know there has been a lot of questions about Eric Berry,” Burkholder said. “I know coach (Andy Reid) has said that it’s day to day. It is literally day to day. He won’t practice [Wednesday], but he’s spent a lot of time with us. He’s improving, he’s getting better every day and so we’ll continue with that process.”
The king of Kansas City is 23 today. pic.twitter.com/junZxLjaE7— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) September 17, 2018
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