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Patrick Mahomes not letting the Chiefs’ defense ruin a good thing | ESPN

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.

Bud Dupree admits Steelers underestimated ‘intelligence’ of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes | CBS Sports

“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.”

Chiefs celebrating Mahomes’ big day -- on his birthday | KCTV 5

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.

Andy Reid attributes Patrick Mahomes’ quick success to Alex Smith’s selflessness | NBC Sports

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.”

Peter Schrager: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is ‘runaway’ MVP so far | Yahoo! Sports

The “Good Morning Football” crew recaps the Chiefs vs. Steelers Week 2 matchup and the performance of Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes.

Patrick Mahomes gets the video game treatment | NFL

There are nothing but good feels in Chiefs Kingdom. With 10 touchdowns in two games, Patrick Mahomes is like a human cheat code.

The best and worst moments from Sunday in NFL Week 2 | SB Nation

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):

Five things to know about Chiefs’ next opponent: San Francisco 49ers | The Wichita Eagle

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.

Patrick Mahomes and a great story about Jack Morris being a jerk | Yahoo! Sports

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.

Around the league

Fantasy impact of Josh Gordon trade to the Patriots | NFL

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.

After two ties in two weeks, it’s time for the NFL to consider college overtime rules | CBS Sports

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.

NFL to use Clay Matthews penalty in teaching video | 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, has learned.

Vontae Davis Retired From the NFL at Halftime. Good for Him. | TIME

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.”

Antonio Brown responds to critic: ‘Trade me’ | NFL

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.

Which Winless NFL Teams Should Be Panicking? | Sports Illustrated

Winless after two weeks of the regular season? Eight teams can lay claim to that.

The NFL could improve overtime with these 6 options | SB Nation

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.

NFL Week 2 Celebration Grades: Jerry Jones’ failed high five in win over Giants gets an ‘F-’ | CBS Sports

It’s Week 2 and we’ve got another slate of dances and celebrations, so let’s get to it.

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

The Re-Up: This is the Kansas City scenario Andy Reid has dreamed about

With Mahomes moving forward, every single down the Chiefs are not throwing the football is going to feel like a missed opportunity.

REPORT: Eric Berry could practice this week

“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.”

It’s Patrick Mahomes’ birthday


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