The Colts, who were 10.5-point underdogs vs. the Chiefs, just pulled off the biggest upset of the season. And you can bet Indy’s outright victory had sportsbook operators very happy on Sunday night. Any moneyline parlay that was still alive — and there were plenty with New England and Philly rolling as big favorites — just got wiped out. Perhaps most notable is the $180,000 New Jersey bettor who just needed a K.C. victory to complete a two-team parlay and net nearly $150K. It wasn’t meant to be.
Once Patrick Mahomes began limping on Sunday Night Football, the Chiefs went limp too. Kansas City’s 19-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday was their first of the year, and it exposed that the Chiefs can’t easily run the ball, stop the run, stop the pass, or do much of anything without incurring double-digit penalties. The Chiefs lean on Mahomes to carry the load; they’re ill-equipped to stand on their own feet.
The Saints, Eagles, Ravens, Chiefs, Patriots and Seahawks have been among the most active teams, league sources said, hopeful of addressing roster needs to fortify what they believe can be Super Bowl runs. Many of these teams have already been in pursuit of disgruntled Jaguars star corner Jalen Ramsey, who still could be dealt ahead of the deadline; the Chiefs, Eagles, Ravens and Saints, in particular, are pushing for corner upgrades.
No Kansas City player knows Watson better than first-year safety Tyrann Mathieu. He played with the Texans last season, worked every day in practice against Watson, and now he’ll be on the other side of the ball. Mathieu, who played one season in Houston before the Chiefs lured him away for $14 million a year, can provide a lot of inside info on Watson. It’ll be interesting to see if Mathieu’s familiarity with Watson will help the Chiefs’ game plan and how they carry out that plan.
Chiefs defensive tackle Xavier Williams was fined $10,527 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness in last week’s victory over the Detroit Lions. Williams was penalized twice in the game for facemask penalties.
In the sea of tailgates at Arrowhead, there’s one white tent that has people turning heads and pulling out [their] phones.
And you’d usually find Mike and Kim Locke in that sea at every Chiefs home game, but Sunday was a bit different.
“So were gathered at this event today to cheer the Chiefs onto victory against the Colts…I mean we’re here to join Mike and Kim in marriage, I gotta stay focused,” the officiant, and good friend, joked.
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His appeal -- as he is seeking to recoup roughly $40 million in unpaid salary, fines and voided guarantees -- likely won’t be heard by the system arbitrator until the spring, sources say. It figures to be a major uphill battle to recoup the entire sum.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph suffered what appeared to be a serious head injury during the second half of Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Under pressure from Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr, Rudolph was hit in the facemask by safety Earl Thomas while completing a 26-yard pass to James Washington to convert a third-and-11. Rudolph appeared to go limp immediately after being struck by Thomas and fell to the turf at Heinz Field and did not move for several minutes.
The Atlanta Falcons are 1-4 for the second consecutive season, but owner Arthur Blank isn’t ready to make drastic changes.
Blank, who purchased the franchise 17 years ago, has seen the Falcons through many highs and lows, experiences that has allowed him to maintain optimism even after Atlanta’s 53-32 Week 5 loss to the Texans -- their worst loss since Week 5 last season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians broke one of the NFL’s biggest sins Sunday. Following the Bucs’ 31-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints, Arians lit into NFL officials for multiple missed calls. At one point, Arians called their decisions “baffling.”
Wearing a headset and a Steelers T-shirt with his right arm in a sling, Roethlisberger was seen wearing the Apple Watch on his left wrist during the game. ESPN reported that Roethlisberger’s wife dressed him for the game and placed the watch on his wrist.
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The Colts have gone out of their way to be more aggressive and force the offense’s hand earlier in plays this season, and it will take excellent communication for the Chiefs to counter the Colts’ favorite blitz combinations.
The slot cornerback blitz and variations of a zone blitz will be seen plenty by Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in combination with the “protect the deep ball” mentality of the Tampa and Cover Two zones the Colts call their home.
Short-term thinking is problematic in the business world for a bunch of reasons I won’t further bore you by exploring. But, for NFL teams, keeping focused on week by week instead of allowing themselves to look too far ahead is a smart practice. The hope is that players and coaches alike won’t overlook the next opponent, or get overwhelmed by the enormity of a full NFL season. Just like the guy with a hoodie says, when one game ends, we’re on to the next one.
Looking to see if the team has achieved its goals each quarter is a useful exercise for us anyway. We can look at the last four games, repeat the process each quarter and see if the team is on track for a championship run.
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