Peyton Manning previously held the record with 12 during his record-setting 2013 campaign.
They have combined for 18 touchdown passes through the season’s first two weeks. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick have had record-breaking and surprising starts to the season and are a combined 4-0.
Nine seconds and the laugh starts, a suppressed grin at first but then outright laughter, a look away, a smile, and then he hands the phone back. Wait out the laughter, and you can hear the beginning of the insiders’ breakdown of a play that as much as anything else defined the Chiefs’ 38-27 win over the 49ers Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium and the promise of what is now possible in 2018 and beyond.
They have an uncanny knack for delivering the knock out punch right away. They set the tone early and they never give in. They make the plays they need to make when they need to make them and the involve everyone on their team. Sunday’s 11 point win over the 49ers wasn’t pretty in the 2nd half but the first half was beautiful.
49ers Let ‘Em Off the Hook: A lot of Patrick Mahomes’s success a week ago in Pittsburgh was because he was never behind the sticks. On the opening drive in K.C., the 49ers put Kansas City in a third-and-15 and then allowed 14-and-a-half yards on a screen pass, then subsequent fourth-and-inches conversion, and a few plays later another opening drive touchdown for the Chiefs.
2. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was carted off the field after suffering a non-contact knee injury in the fourth quarter. Coach Kyle Shanahan said the fear is Garoppolo injured his ACL.
49ers cornerback Richard Sherman suffered a calf injury in the second quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs and did not return. Cornerback Jimmie Ward was carted to the locker room with an undisclosed injury in the second half.
Despite the comparatively slow start, Hunt stood in front of his locker on Sunday afternoon and smiled ear-to-ear seemingly entirely at peace with his role in the 2018 version of the offense directed by his buddy Patrick Mahomes. Hunt relayed to reporters that he and Mahomes, both drafted in 2017, made plans as rookies to take over the “Chiefs Kingdom.”
Mahomes’ post-game interview on the field with Peter Schraeger
The Chiefs announced last month the new rules, which require fans in the parking lots to either enter the stadium or leave at kickoff, not allowing for people to watch the game or keep partying. So far, the rules have not gone over well, and fan reactions on Sunday were no exception.
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The Bills, who were winless entering Sunday’s game in Minnesota, closed as consensus 17-point underdogs to the previously unbeaten Vikings. They are the 15th underdog of 17 or more points to win a game in the Super Bowl era and the largest underdog to pull off an upset since the Washington Redskins knocked off the Dallas Cowboys 24-17 as 17.5-point underdogs on Dec. 3, 1995.
Rosen got two chances to drive the Cardinals for a potential game-winning field goal or TD, but the green signal-caller was unable to make the most of either opportunity. Rosen finished 4 of 7 for 36 yards with an interception.
Lindsay said he didn’t throw a punch.
With a 17-yard completion to wide receiver Michael Thomas at the 7:52 mark of the second quarter, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees moved ahead of Favre with 6,301 career pass completions to set an NFL record.
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“Unfortunately, this league is going in a direction I think a lot of people don’t like. I think they’re getting soft. The only thing hard about this league is the fines that they levy down on guys like me who play the games hard,” Matthews summed up. “I don’t know. I mean, I’m just going to keep playing hard.
Outside linebacker Von Miller addresses the media after the Broncos fell 27-14 to the Baltimore Ravens.
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The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francsico 49ers 38-27 in their home opener at Arrowhead stadium, running up a 35-10 halftime lead after scoring five touchdowns on their first five possessions of the game.
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