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Mahomes: He played in just one game last season when he was a rookie, but he made the most of it. He started the final regular-season game in Denver. His stats weren’t eye-popping (22-of-35, 284 yards, no TDs, one interception), but the Chiefs played that day without Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Kansas City removed Mahomes from the game in the second half but put him back in the lineup for the final drive in what was then a tie game. He led the Chiefs to a walk-off field goal and the win.
It’s a good thing Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes prefers takeout to dining in these days, because the first-year starter would be recognized in any restaurant in Kansas City.
Not just because of his Mohawk, either.
1 Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City vs. San Francisco ...Set to make his 2018 home debut there is no reason not to have Mahomes atop the rankings this week -- Kansas City is scoring a league-high 40 points per week.
In the discussion about the NFL’s fastest player, two wide receivers, the 49ers’ Marquise Goodwin and Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill, are certainly in the conversation.
On Wednesday, however, Goodwin declined to enter the discussion when asked if he was faster than Hill.
Even by NFL wide receiver standards, Sammy Watkins of the Kansas City Chiefs is fast. Watkins ran a 4.43-second 40-yard dash at the scouting combine when he was coming out for the draft in 2014.
But Watkins admitted to being in awe when watching teammate and fellow wide receiver Tyreek Hill run.
“It’s stupid there with the new guy,” Tyreek Hill says. “It’s stupid.”
“Much easier,” adds another receiver (apparently Chris Conley, but it’s impossible to know for certain whether it’s his voice). “I ain’t gotta think.”
“On me, I just go out there and play,” Hill replies. “Because I know if I’m not gonna be open, y’all are gonna be open.”
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Breathing life into a desperate home crowd after taking over for concussed starter Tyrod Taylor, Brownsrookie Baker Mayfield led Cleveland to a thrilling 21-17 victory over the New York Jets in Week 3. Here’s what we learned on Thursday Night Football.
Brown spoke to reporters Thursday for the first time since becoming the center of controversy following the Steelers’ Week 2 42-37 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Brown quote-tweeted criticism from a former team employee with a “trade me let’s find out” response, and then faced discipline from coach Mike Tomlin for being absent from the team facility Monday.
“It’s hard to watch him go out and strip-sack everybody,” Carr told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Scott Bair. “He has done that so many times here, and it hurts your heart to see it, but at the same time, it doesn’t hurt anymore.
”I’m happy for him. If you’re a Raider fan, it’s hard to see him do that. But just be happy for the guy. He has strained his tail off to get to where he’s at. The fact he’s making plays for someone else, we don’t like it, but we can be happy for him because we all love him to death.”
A hobbled Aaron Rodgers is more valuable to the point spread than a healthy Tom Brady or any other NFL quarterback. That’s the viewpoint of oddsmakers, who define their opinions by their risk of losing millions, rather than clamoring for hot takes in the GOAT conversation.
“The first two weeks have been as advertised. He’s been really good,” Davis said of Lindsay. “What’s cool about it is you know he’s going to get better. And he’s already showing you that he’s not afraid of the spotlight, he’s not afraid of being in that position and that’s half the battle. You have to believe that you belong. He certainly believes that he can make plays, he has very nice hands, he can catch the ball, he can line up as a wide receiver, he can play on special teams, he’s an offensive weapon, and I’m excited about the growth.
Jaylon Smith had the hit of this young season for the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday night. You know the one.
Smith launched himself into Eli when the quarterback tried to get a little mobile (yes we’re still talking about Eli Manning) and provided for a big-time “oh!” moment within AT&T Stadium. The best thing about the hit beyond its impact was that it was immediately obvious how safe and legal it was.
As a resident of this wonderful city, let me welcome you well in advance of your visit next Feb. 3 for Super Bowl LIII. I must admit, ever since you announced that your showcase event was coming to Mercedes-Benz, I was curious about who you would choose as your featured performer for the halftime show given the wealth of musical acts that have originated here.
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Throughout preseason and training camp, I have been somewhat critical of the move by the Kansas City Chiefs to sign wide receiver Sammy Watkins.
It’s been less about bringing Watkins aboard but rather the cap room that it took to do so when it felt like there were other deficiencies on this team. The Chiefs are paying Watkins $30 million guaranteed over the next three seasons.
“When you are in this league, you have to do something every single day,” he said. “You have off days, but those off days are usually watching film. There’s really not time to go out and do stuff and really be out too late. I try to just focus in on being in the same routine every single day. I kind of do my certain things at the facility. I go home, and I do the same stuff there it seems like every single day.”
It’s the day before the Chiefs host the Bengals in the divisional round of the 2018 NFL Playoffs. The Chiefs have a chance to win their first home playoff game in more than 20 years. It won’t be easy though. The Chiefs are 4.5 point underdogs. Chad Henne is the starter. Mahomes took an unnecessary shot that resulted in a shoulder tear. He’ll miss whatever games the Chiefs might play in January.
That wouldn’t be fun.
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