The Chiefs’ two big-money offseason additions, end Frank Clark and safety Tyrann Mathieu, each recorded big plays. Clark had five quarterback pressures, including one that led to an interception. Mathieu had an interception in the first half, and his long return set up his struggling offense in great position to score an easy touchdown.
We saw some questionable play-calling in the fourth quarter. As the Chiefs, with a touchdown lead, were trying to put the game away, Mahomes missed on three straight screen passes to running backs. The play-calling was limited and it nearly cost the Chiefs.
The Chargers had the ball at the Chiefs’ 25-yard line with 34 seconds left in the second quarter -- a prime scenario for a potential go-ahead score. But none other than two offensive-line penalties, including a holding on left tackle Trey Pipkins, the same man responsible for letting Clark envelop Rivers’ arm on the QB’s first “interception” of the night, pushed L.A. out of TD distance. The Chargers were then forced to rush and settle for a third straight field-goal drive, allowing the Chiefs to enter halftime with an inexplicable lead. L.A. threatened a comeback later, of course, but it dug its own hole early on.
Whatever comes next for his career, it’s been an uneven ride lately in Rivers’ 14th season as a starter and 16th since beginning his NFL career in San Diego as a backup to Drew Brees.
Rivers is 0-3 against AFC West rivals. Divisional defenses are getting the best of him, starting with the Broncos, who picked him off twice in an upset victory in Week 5 at Carson.
Leading by seven points with just 24 seconds left, Chiefs’ safety Daniel Sorensen picked off Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers in the end zone to seal the victory for Kansas City. The play – Rivers’ fourth interception of the night - capped off an impressive showing by the defense to defend Kansas City’s lead late, helping the Chiefs move to 7-4 on the year.
The Chiefs had an ugly first half with just 109 total yards, but they quickly rebounded in the third quarter with two straight scoring drives that both ended with touchdowns. The difference between the first half and second half for Patrick Mahomes was that he was able to get Travis Kelce involved in the offense. After only catching one pass in the first half, Kelce came out in the second half and caught six passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Frank Clark had his biggest game of the year for Kansas City. Not only did he record a sack and a tackle for a loss, but he also pressured Philip Rivers in the second quarter that caused the Chargers quarterback to throw an interception.
Turf was getting chewed up from the opening drive, and huge chunks of grass were being uprooted. This was clearly seen on a play in which Melvin Gordon’s knee took a huge chunk out of the turf.
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Myles Garrett will appeal his indefinite suspension.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Garrett’s appeal is set for Wednesday, and appeals officer James Thrash will hear it, per a source informed of the situation.
Thrash is jointly appointed by the NFL and NFLPA to hear appeals of discipline for on-field actions.
Garrett will attend the hearing in person and is allowed to do so, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports.
1) The Ravens’ defense is a problem for the AFC. It’s obvious by now that the Ravens’ offense is the toughest group to prepare for in football. (More on that below in the MVP Watch.) But if the Ravens’ defense continues its incredible transformation, it will be safe to say the same about preparing for that unit.
I noticed that the Raiders are No. 2 in pass success rate. This shocks me: Oakland is that good in a stat so important, but so bad everywhere else that Elo hates them, basically.
After the game, Sherman made it pretty clear that he doesn’t think it was a coincidence that he got penalized three times. When asked about the officiating, Sherman threw out quite the conspiracy theory: Apparently, the 49ers corner believes that NFL officials are out to get him due to the fact that he’s a member of the NFLPA Executive Committee.
“Man, why don’t you write a story about why the NFL is drug testing me after every game?” Beckham asked a reporter.
It’s only right to wait until Newton is fully healthy, of course, because there’s no other legitimate way for management get a full understanding of where the former NFL MVP stands at this point in his career. Until then, the issue will have to remain on the shelf. With six weeks left in the regular season, that’s fine, even if it doesn’t help the Panthers during the remaining Sundays of 2019.
Just 37 miles but light years away from the stadium at which Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson put on a show for thousands of delirious fans, Washington played the New York Jets before thousands of empty red, yellow and orange seats. The Jets – a terrible team themselves – won, 34-17, and the score flattered Washington.
“You miss the bling, the rings, and you realize you miss the camaraderie of the clubhouse,” Samson says.
Gale Sayers (1965-1971)
1977 Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee... Four-time Pro Bowler... Three-time Pro Bowl Player of the Game... Five-time All-NFL... Named All-Time NFL Halfback in 1969... Career totals: 9,435 combined scrimmage yards, 4,956 rush yards, 336 points... Led NFL rushers in 1966 and 1969... NFL lifetime leader in kickoff return yard average (30.6)... Scored rookie record 22 TDs, 132 points in 1965... In 1965, was selected No. 4 overall by the Chicago Bears in the NFL Draft and No. 5 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFL Draft... Born May 30, 1943, in Wichita, KS.
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Mike Pennel: The mysterious healthy scratch from Week 10 made his presence felt in Mexico. He had two tackles for loss in another strong performance against the run, but the guy who isn’t known as a pass rusher also notched two quarterback hits and a sack.
Charvarius Ward: The young cornerback is quietly having a fantastic second season with the Chiefs. Ward has really improved how he attacks the ball. He collected three more passes defensed against the Chargers. Ward is proving he’s not the cornerback to be picked on anymore.
Chris Jones saw most of his snaps at defensive end, sometimes struggling to set the edge against the run. But in the third quarter, he had a nice pressure to force an inaccurate pass. On an early blitz, Tanoh Kpassagnon was victimized after dropping to the flat to cover Ekeler.
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