“Man, I’ve only gotta say one thing: Who got the social media name and all of that?,” said Hill, whose Twitter handle is @Cheetah. “There’s only one cheetah in the league, just know that. You can’t be a cheetah and run a 4.48, or whatever you run.”
The Chiefs have made Patrick Mahomes a marketable star in the first two weeks of the season, but lost among all the talk of his touchdowns is the number the Chiefs are giving up to opposing teams. The Chiefs made the Steelers the first team in NFL history to score 37 points at home, commit zero turnovers and lose.
11. Kareem Hunt
Previous rank: No. 15
With Alex Smith under center in 2017, the Chiefs’ offense ran through Hunt. That’s not the case this season with Patrick Mahomes taking the snaps, and Hunt’s numbers through the early going are proof. Expect Hunt’s production to increase as defenses figure out how to slow Andy Reid’s high-flying passing attack.
2018 stats: 2 games | 34 att | 124 rush yds | 3.6 ypc | 0 rush TDs | 1 rec | 5 rec yds | 1 rec TD
Kansas City is a 6.5-point home favorite on the NFL Week 3 odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Patrick Mahomes has been stealing headlines through the first two weeks of the 2018 season with 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions through his first two starts. San Francisco is just 1-9 SU and 1-8-1 ATS in its last 10 road games against teams with winning records.
With a newly minted medical degree, the Chiefs’ $41M right guard knows fully the danger football poses to his health and future, but he loves the game too much to quit.
Offensively, the 49ers will need to do a better job on third down. The group was just 3-of-11 on third down against the Lions. The best way to keep Patrick Mahomes and Co. from scoring is to keep them on the sideline. Kansas City’s high-powered offense is going to get theirs. Grabbing a key late-game takeaway might be San Francisco’s best bet at getting a win on the road against a very good team.
Now that Foster is returning for this week’s showdown with the high-flying Chiefs, the 49ers will boast a promising young linebacker duo to pair with disruptive tackle DeForest Buckner as the heart of Robert Saleh’s defense.
The Chiefs’ defense is giving up an average of more than 500 yards a games to opponents, so it’d be a great week for Jimmy Garoppolo to pad his stats. However, only one member of our little group is taking the 49ers, and it’s not the coin.
Defensive coordinator Keith Butler is getting out-coached on the regular at this point. The Chiefs were able to create mismatches and unfavorable one-on-ones all over the field, planting receivers in gaps that arise when a zone defense does not function well enough, compounded by the utter lack of athletic coverage linebackers.
Bears first-year coach Matt Nagy possesses a unique perspective on the comparisons from his previous post as the Chiefs offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach. And Nagy pointed out during a Tuesday press conference that there is a large difference between the two quarterbacks within his offensive scheme.
”Well, what’s fair to compare is you have one in Patrick, who has had a full year in this offense to understand it,” Nagy told reporters, via the Bears’ official website.
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As an Atlanta resident, I’m not even offended, just completely puzzled. As Maroon 5 might say, “Makes Me Wonder.”
And in the most recent statistics, logged from Sept. 6-19, it’s clear that no one really comes close to Brown and Sherman in terms of frequenting social media. Here’s a look at some of the most prominent totals:
Richard Sherman: 14,282 interactions (Facebook), 49,320 (Twitter), 465,929 (Instagram)
Antonio Brown: 808 (Facebook), 345,101 (Twitter)
Carson Wentz: 179,221 (Twitter)
Odell Beckham Jr.: 16,298 (Facebook), 109,172 (Twitter)
Julio Jones: 95,595 (Instagram)
A Los Angeles Chargers defensive lineman sued his trainer Monday, claiming the man is responsible for a four-game suspension incurred when the athlete failed a performance-enhancing drug test.
With this in mind, we’re going to take a way-too-early look at some 2018 rookies who are showing warning signs of being draft busts. We’ll examine what those warning signs are and what they could mean.
Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Belichick wouldn’t talk about the team trading for Gordon since the wide receiver isn’t officially on the team -- at least as far as he’s concerned.
Though Lock led the SEC with 3,964 passing yards and 44 touchdowns last season, he decided to return for his senior year because he didn’t feel ready to play in an NFL offense, and Missouri had hired a new offensive coordinator, Derek Dooley, who came from an NFL job as the Dallas Cowboys’ receivers coach.
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I don’t know how you could have after Patrick Mahomes went 23 for 28 for 326 yards and six touchdowns on Sunday. His passer rating of 154.8 was the league’s top mark.
Let’s not try to spin it, this week was bad for the defense. They started great, allowing the offense to get a three-score lead, then promptly coughed up that lead before halftime.
I have not been shy in telling you how concerned I am when it comes to the Kansas City Chiefs secondary and primarily, their third cornerback position. I don’t think this is a particularly uncommon take at the moment...
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