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Patrick Mahomes outpacing every other quarterback, ever | NBC Sports

Mahomes now has 5,759 passing yards in 18 career games. The previous record of most passing yards through 20 career games was 5,613, set by Kurt Warner two decades ago.

This week Mahomes is likely to top 6,000 career yards in his 19th career game, and at his current pace he’ll likely be around 6,400 yards by the end of his 20th game.

Mahomes’ 53 career touchdown passes are also the most of any player in his first 20 games, and he should be up around 60 career touchdowns by his 20th game. It’s a long, long time away from talking about Mahomes breaking the NFL’s career passing records, but he’s starting his career at a pace unrivaled in NFL history.

Offensive player rankings, Week 2: Patrick Mahomes’ hot start | NFL.com

1 Patrick Mahomes

A year ago, the Jaguars were the only opponent to deny Mahomes a passing touchdown. But the reigning league MVP took care of business this time around and threw for nearly 400 passing yards, three TDs and a 143.2 passer rating. Even with a bum ankle and losing Tyreek Hill early in the first quarter, Mahomes raised the level of those around him and led the Chiefs to victory.

NFL Power Rankings, Week 2: Packers, Vikings rise; Browns fall | NFL.com

3 KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-0)

Previous rank: No. 4 Here’s the scary thing about the Chiefs: They went to Jacksonville and dropped a 40-burger on the Jaguars ... and it still felt like they left points on the field. Patrick Mahomes looks like the MVP, LeSean McCoy looks like the Shady of old rather than old Shady, and Sammy Watkins looks to, at long last, be on the precipice of his breakthrough season. Watkins torched the Jags to the tune of nine catches for 198 yards and three TDs, and he’ll continue to see plenty of looks with Tyreek Hill on the shelf indefinitely with a shoulder injury. The Hill news is obviously the biggest negative to come out of the opener for Kansas City, but the team’s talent is so overwhelming that you don’t imagine the Chiefs will skip a beat. Jon Gruden thought he had a headache in Antonio Brown -- now he has to plan for the Chiefs in Week 2. Knock on wood if you’re terrified.

Week 2 NFL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus the best rookie for each team | ESPN

2. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)

Preseason ranking: 2

Rookie who flashed: Juan Thornhill, S

How the newcomer starred: Thornhill stood out among Chiefs’ rookies mainly because he was the only one starting. Thornhill had been a backup throughout the preseason but was promoted on Sunday and led the Chiefs with eight tackles. Thornhill was impressive in training camp because of his range and playmaking ability. Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said during camp he usually didn’t trust rookies enough to start them in the season opener, but Thornhill played well enough to be an exception. -- Adam Teicher

LeSean McCoy in awe after first glimpse of Chiefs’ offense: ‘That’s not normal’ | Kansas City Star

McCoy departed in the fourth quarter after cramping. The Buffalo weather, he explained, was a bit different than the upper-90s that Jacksonville offered on Sunday. So he finished the game where he started it.

On the sideline.

What a view, he commented. The Chiefs scored 10 points before he even touched the football, though he was lined up as a slot receiver on Sammy Watkins’ 68-yard score to open the game.

“It was nice just watching how fast they were going up and down the field,” McCoy said. “How much space they had, how many opportunities they had, the gains they were getting each play. At one point in the game, we were averaging like 15 yards (per) touch. That’s not normal. To see it firsthand is pretty cool.”

Mellinger Minutes: All the Chiefs stuff, including film, plus Royals and more | Kansas City Star

The Chiefs’ offense is one big, beautiful, exceedingly fast, wildly confusing, force-you-into-choosing-between-two-bad-outcomes cheat code. It is built on speed and timing.

The simplest and perhaps most effective way to disrupt that speed and timing is with muscle. Bump at the line of scrimmage, use a little extra muscle on tackles, whatever it takes.

If you let the Chiefs take what they want, you know the result.

Myles Jack lost his dang mind, throwing a punch at the head of a man wearing scientifically advanced head protection. That can’t happen. But other than that, I don’t think the Jaguars did anything outside of what the Chiefs should expect going forward.

Super Bowl 2020 Odds: Patriots Huge Favorites over Chiefs After Week 1 | Bleacher Report

The defending champions destroyed the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1 with a 33-3 win, dominating in all facets of the game. This is before the squad had the chance to add seven-time Pro Bowl receiver Antonio Brown to the offense, handing Tom Brady another weapon and potentially giving the team an unstoppable passing attack.

This is enough to put the team at +250 to win the Super Bowl ($100 bet wins $250), two times better than anyone else in the league.

Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs are also a top bet at 5-1 after a 40-26 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes doesn’t seem to have missed a beat over the offseason after finishing with 378 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Five things to know about the Chiefs’ next opponent: Oakland Raiders | Kansas City Star

3. PASS PROTECTION

The Raiders struggled to keep Carr from opposing defenders last year as they allowed 52 sacks, which was tied for 26th in the NFL.

Oakland signed tackle Trent Brown from the Patriots in the offseason (four years, $66 million) and hope second-year tackle Kolton Miller can step up and be a key player on the offensive line.

So far, so good. On Monday, the Broncos failed to record a sack, despite having a notable pass rushe led by Bradley Chubb and Von Miller.

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Ranking the Biggest Overreactions From NFL Week 1 | The Ringer

1. The Raiders Will Make the Playoffs Without Antonio Brown

The Raiders seemed like they’d be one of the worst teams in the league without their star receiver. Instead they came out on Monday night and beat the Broncos 24-16. The crowd chanted “fuck AB” loud enough to be heard on the broadcast, and ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported that one teammate referred to Brown as an “energy vampire.” Perhaps Brown’s move to force his way out can inspire the entire team. If the Raiders do somehow make it to the playoffs, fate would likely dictate a matchup with the Patriots and Brown for a Tuck Rule redux. (Remember, Jon Gruden was coaching the Raiders in that game too.) Wilder things have happened to Oakland just this weekend.

Eagles DT Malik Jackson (foot) expected to miss season | NFL.com

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday that Jackson suffered a Lisfranc injury Sunday versus the Redskins and will have surgery next week, per sources informed of the situation. Jackson is expected to be out the balance of the year.

It’s a blow to the Eagles, despite their depth along the D-line.

Philly brought in Jackson this year on a three-year $30 million contract to help replace Michael Bennett along the line. While the former Pro Bowler’s production sank with a reduced role in Jacksonville, Jackson looked to bounce back in 2019 as a people-mover who can clog the middle and take advantage of single-blocking situations as a pass-rusher in Philly alongside Fletcher Cox.

NFLPA contacts NFL after beer thrown at Titans | ESPN

Ryan also addressed the incident Monday in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio.

”In this day and age it’s ridiculous,” he said in the interview. “I understand that we play football. I understand that we’re modern-day gladiators. I understand that fans feel like they can yell and say and degrade, whatever, but you know, we’re human beings.

”And I think in society nowadays that’s, with everything going on and everybody deserving their rights, I think as a player to hop up over the rail and to have beer splashed in your face, and you’re not allowed to respond. Fans are allowed to throw beer in our face and yell whatever they want to yell at us and there’s no penalty?”

DeSean Jackson’s speed still kills, even at 32 | SB Nation

Jackson caught eight passes for 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Eagles’ 32-27 victory. He scored his 30th career touchdown of at least 50 yards for second place all-time, passing Randy Moss and with only Jerry Rice ahead of him. The NFL’s Next Gen Stats also clocked him at 21.4 mph at his fastest on Sunday, behind only to Malcolm Butler and Saquon Barkley.

Jackson eclipsed 900 receiving yards in five of his six first seasons, all with the Eagles, but he’s only done it twice again since. Although he didn’t made it past 800 yards in either of his past two seasons with Tampa Bay, that could change this year in his return to Philadelphia. And the Eagles have definitely been missing a field-stretching player like Jackson ever since he left the team.

It was more than a one-off performance from Jackson, however. He’s now an integral part of the offense and is expected to be a favored target of Carson Wentz going forward. Jackson’s speed completely changes the way defenses cover the Eagles.

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Patrick Mahomes against the Jaguars: something good and something bad

The injury scare — and the game-ending injury to Tyreek Hill — overshadowed what was a surgical performance for the reigning MVP.

Even before the injury, Mahomes wasn’t being forced to use his improvisational skills all that much. He was dominant from the pocket, finishing the game 25 of 33 for 378 yards and three touchdowns. All but 65 yards (and one of the touchdowns) came in a first half that was sharp — even by Mahomes’ standards. His passing yards output in the first half alone would rank as Alex Smith’s seventh-highest single-game total. It would be eighth on Matt Cassel’s list — and first on Dontari Poe’s.

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