This is a little bit like the situation in New Orleans with Brees/Bridgewater-Thomas, as Hill has continued to do work even with Matt Moore filling in for an injured Mahomes the last few weeks. This duo might rank much higher on the list if both Mahomes and Hill hadn’t missed significant time this season (the receiver was out from Weeks 2 to 5 with a clavicle injury). But holding down the No. 4 spot over some other famed duos is a testament to just how productive they can be. I mean, Mahomes is the reigning MVP, and Hill can outrun anyone. What more do you need to know?
“[General manager Brett Veach] has done a good job of getting the right guys in for what we do,” said coach Andy Reid of Moore and the Chiefs’ other veteran backup quarterback, Chad Henne, who hasn’t played this season. “Maybe they don’t have the same arm that Patrick does, but they have good vision, and they’re athletic enough to do what you need to do.
”Listen, they’re throwing to some good people too.”
“Chris Jones, he gets my game ball today, because if he can play the way that he did today, putting pressure on the quarterback and with Frank Clark coming back, this is a team, I’m going to say it right now, I think they’re going to play in the Super Bowl this year. They will beat New England. They won’t lose another game this year.”
Williams’ top seed was recorded at 20.78 mph on the run. That was more than 1.5 mph slower than Hill, but don’t lose sight of the fact that Williams topped 20 mph on the run.
However, Williams was second on the list to Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick’s 21.48 mph speed on an interception return. Fitzpatrick also was slower than Hill, who showed everyone why his nickname is the Cheetah.
This game will come down to whether or not Mahomes plays, and the Chiefs may decide to hold him out one more week based on how well Matt Moore has been playing. Regardless of who is under center, the Chiefs win this one on the road, moving their record to 7-3 on the young season.
Prediction: Chiefs 25, Titans 21
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McCaffrey is having one of the best seasons by a running back in NFL history and leads the league in touches per game (25.9), rushing yards per game (110.1), scrimmage yards per game (155.5), rushing TDs (10) and scrimmage TDs (13) heading into Week 10. Right now, McCaffrey is on pace for 2,488 scrimmage yards, which would be the second most in a season in NFL history, behind Chris Johnson’s 2,509 in 2009. He’s also in line for 26 scrimmage TDs. Notably, three of the four previous players to score as many scrimmage TDs in a season won MVP, including LaDainian Tomlinson (31 in 2006), Shaun Alexander (28 in 2005) and Marshall Faulk (26 in 2000). (Priest Holmes missed out on the MVP award when he had 26 scrimmage TDs in 2003.)
2. Dan Quinn, Falcons
Quinn has a few weeks to show signs of life, lest his legacy as the Falcons’ head coach be defined by 28-3. His team may be this season’s biggest disappointment; Atlanta was favored to finish its season with nine wins or more back in August and is currently on pace for ... two. The fifth-year coach’s response to this slow start and the loss of Matt Ryan (temporary due to an ankle injury) and Mohamed Sanu (permanently, due to a trade with the Patriots) was to shuffle up his coaching staff without firing or hiring anyone.
The eight-game absence is the longest of Green’s career. After he aggravated the toe injury last season, he was hesitant about returning from the ankle injury too early.
Green is also in the final year of his four-year, $60 million contract with the Bengals and is looking for a long-term deal. The receiver said negotiations between himself and Cincinnati’s front office slowed down while he was recovering from injury.
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While plenty of credit can go to Anthony Hitchens for his on-field adjustments — and making sure everybody stays gap-sound — the biggest impact against the running game has come from the Chiefs’ interior defensive linemen. Derrick Nnadi, Mike Pennel, and Khalen Saunders have been a revelation against the run, anchoring against double-teams and beating singles to come up with big stops.
“The 54-yarder I hit well,” added Butker. “I thought that if we had a 58-yarder or 60-yarder, I would have had to just put more into it. I felt good. When it’s the end of the game, if it’s a long field goal, you just put more leg into it, and you could make it. I liked that right-to-left wind. Really glad that we were going to the south endzone for the game-winner.”
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