The reason this is significant is that Schwartz has a consecutive snaps streak that dates back to his first season in 2012. A 6-foot-5, 320-pound California native who played his first four seasons with the Cleveland Browns, Schwartz has started every game of his career and played every snap. Well, until now?
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As for Sunday’s visit to Kansas City, it’s not clear if Witherspoon, a 2017 third-round pick, will make his 12th straight start dating to what was a strong rookie year. Shanahan referenced Witherspoon’s ankle injury when asked if he would start Sunday.
The Bears opened the scoring in Monday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks with a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to tight end Trey Burton.
Chicago faked a sweep and Burton found the space to get to the end zone after taking a shovel pass from Trubisky.
If you’re a Chiefs fan, that play should have been recognizable.
The surprise: An unstoppable Patrick Mahomes.
The verdict: MIRAGE. Mahomes is for real. He will continue to play well. But he can’t keep up with his current pace. If he does, he will throw 80 touchdown passes and zero interceptions, and that’s simply not going to happen. “The more that these defensive coordinators have to study it ... that’s his challenge right now,” coach Andy Reid said. “Is everything going to be roses? No.” -- Adam Teicher
“I tell people this all the time, God didn’t give a whole lot of those arms out,” Cook told KYTX. “How far he can throw it, the different angles at which he can throw it and just how quick he gets the ball out I think separates him from a lot of people.”
The Chiefs offense has scored 10 touchdowns in two games. That’s obviously unsustainable, and it is to a major extent. Consider that an Andy Reid offense hasn’t exceeded 2.7 scores per game during his five previous seasons with the Chiefs. Kansas City has also scored all 10 of its touchdowns through the air (Reid has averaged a 57 percent rate here since joining the Chiefs) and has been held to a field goal attempt once. Regression to the mean will hit this offense hard, though if Patrick Mahomes continues to play well, this has the looks of one of the league’s better units.
“Baseball had been pretty much his whole life growing up, and he always played basketball, too,” Mahomes, who pitched 11 years in the major leagues, told USA TODAY Sports. “Those were his two sports. I was trying to keep him from playing football. But then his junior year in high school, he said he wanted to try this quarterback thing and see where it took him.”
Around the league
Oddsmakers have updated the list of NFL head coaches most likely to get fired, and Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott (+400—bet $100 to win $400) earned the unfortunate distinction of topping that list.
Through two games, Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown for 819 yards, eight touchdowns and just one interception. But he has apparently been picked off at the United States Patent and Trademark Office when it comes to his beloved ”FitzMagic” nickname.
A group of 22 NFL Hall of Fame inductees on Tuesday threatened in a letter to boycott future induction ceremonies if the league does not grant them permanent health insurance and a slice of annual revenue, though at least two of the players later said the letter misrepresented their views.
The Denver Broncos nearly made New Jersey bettor Anthony Prince more than $82,000 during their 20-19 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Everyone got apoplectic about Tony Corrente’s crew flagging Clay Matthews for a roughing the passer penalty, and understandably so. It cost the Packers the game against the Vikings (or half the game anyway) and it was a perfectly clean hit on a quarterback. Except it wasn’t, according to the NFL.
The 6-foot-3 receiver should provide Dallas a needed deep threat to stretch the field. Butler joins a Cowboys receiving group that consists of Allen Hurns, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, rookie Michael Gallup, Tavon Austin, and Deonte Thompson. A source of consternation all year, the Cowboys hope Butler brings another dimension to the pass-catching crew.
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
National pundits took note when the Kansas City Chiefs knocked off the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road for the first time since 1986, moving the Chiefs up to the third spot in our aggregated power rankings, and dropping the Steelers out of the top 10.
This is part one of a three-part weekly film analysis on the performance of Patrick Mahomes.
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