It’s sort of shrugged off in The Athletic piece, but one huge problem with sending the Chargers to London would be the primary divisional games between teams located in Denver, Oakland/Las Vegas and Kansas City. The AFC West is, well, west. And that’s not great for a team traveling from London, which is significantly due east of the United States.
4) Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs: The reigning MVP can throw the ball from so many positions and in 100 different ways, even left-handed, and the Chiefs’ offense thrives when Mahomes extends plays above the original play call. And because of his incredible arm strength, no area of the field is out of the question. Of quarterbacks with 20 passing attempts during extended plays, Mahomes ranks No. 1 in yards per attempt (12.7), completion percentage (65.4) and passer rating (147.1), per NGS. The reason Mahomes sits behind Watson here is because the Texans QB is a bigger threat to run the ball and often finds a way to make a play in the middle of absolute chaos.
1. Is this is a player you can win because of, and not in spite of? This is the portion of the evaluation where guys like Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson quickly show that they’re worth a long-term investment. And it’s a question that many quarterbacks—even some who earn lucrative extensions—may never fully answer.
Week 7: A Patrick Mahomes injury makes things complicated
The 2018 MVP is expected to miss some time due to a dislocated kneecap.
Russell Wilson; Patrick Mahomes; Deshaun Watson
The Seahawks struggled against the Ravens in Week 7 and Wilson threw his first interception of the year. Still, he’s the favorite with 15 passing touchdowns and three rushing touchdowns. Mahomes is on his tail for now, but the longer he’s out with a knee injury, the more difficult it’ll be for him to make up ground.
“We’re lucky that we have some guys, and they all played — and we’ll keep that up,” Reid said. “We’re going to need all of them. That’s a tough position, and I thought (Williams) did good in there. We kept giving it to him, and that’s how it rolls.”
“I’d like to congratulate Mark and his family on this well-deserved recognition,” Hunt said in a statement issued by the Chiefs. “Because of Mark’s leadership over the past decade, the business operations of the Chiefs are among the best in professional sports, and he and his team have worked tirelessly to create the best fan experience in the National Football League.”
De’Anthony Thomas, who returned 13 punts and seven kickoffs for the Kansas City Chiefs this season, was signed to the 53-man roster Tuesday. To make room for Thomas, the Ravens released veteran cornerback Maurice Canady.
Thomas has excellent speed and spent five seasons with the Chiefs after being selected in the fourth round in 2014. He was released by Kansas City on Oct. 22 after fumbling on a punt return for the second time this season against the Denver Broncos in Week 7.
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“For the past seven weeks, Cam has diligently followed a program of rest and rehab and still is experiencing pain in his foot,” general manager Marty Hurney said in a statement. “He saw two foot specialists last week who agreed that he should continue that path prescribed by the team’s medical staff, and that it likely will take significant time for the injury to fully heal.
”We have said all along that it is impossible to put a timetable on this injury. Nobody is more frustrated with that fact than Cam. He’s one of the fiercest competitors I’ve been around during my 20-plus years in the League. At this time, we have decided that the best decision to reach the goal of bringing the foot back to 100 percent is to place Cam on injured reserve.”
”For me, it was looking back at all the work we put in [designing the offense with Foles in mind],” Marrone said. “I just go back to the experience and what he’s going to be able to do. I think that’s going to give us the ability [and] a better chance of winning right now.”
2 Josh Jacobs Oakland Raiders RB
Jacobs finished Sunday’s win over the Lions with 28 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns. He has been a consistent performer for Jon Gruden’s squad. Stats: 8 games -- 152 carries for 740 yards, 6 TDs, 11 catches for 102 yards
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To start, I don’t agree that the Chiefs are playing harder for Moore than they did (or would) for Mahomes. The defense is certainly playing better, but I’d say defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s play-calling is what changed — not the effort of the guys on the field. Mahomes’ injury forced the Chiefs to have to play aggressively on offense and defense, which is reflected in Spagnuolo’s exotic blitz calls — and the early fourth-down attempt — in the Minnesota game.
Even if you think the team is playing harder for Moore, what would that even mean? That the Chiefs should start Moore even if Mahomes is healthy? That the team likes Moore more than they like Mahomes? I don’t think either of those things are true. While I agree Moore and the team are playing well, there’s no real discussion to be had about whether or not Mahomes is this team’s quarterback.
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