A rivalry turned to mush is a sad man wearing spiked shoulder pads and a face covered with black and silver paint. If you saw this man alone, at night, you would definitely cross the street to avoid him. If you saw him here, surrounded by other sad faces, you might might instead giggle.
“You’re trash!” he yelled at Chiefs players and coaches coming off the field. “That was just your quarterback!”
If it was impressive to watch -- imagine what it was like in the middle of it all.
”It’s the (biggest) fun rush I’ve had in my life, man,” tight end Travis Kelce said after the Chiefs beat the Oakland Raiders 28-10. “And that’s what you want every single week is to come out and to feel unstoppable.
”We did in that moment.”
The Raiders made the world briefly question the Chiefs’ dominance by taking a 10-0 lead early in the first quarter Sunday. Any comeback Kansas City could make would have to come without the team’s lead wideout Tyreek Hill and a suspect tailback rotation. And then Patrick Mahomes unleashed this second quarter: 19 passes, 286 yards, four touchdowns.
With the infield dirt belonging to the same diamond his dad once pitched from beneath his feet, Patrick Mahomes fired fastball after fastball beyond, between, and around the Raiders defense, carving up Oakland for 443 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Chiefs to a 2-0 record with a 28-10 win, staving off regression for one more week, and forcing us to question if he might still be ascending. It’s understandably difficult for the human brain to fathom that Mahomes might actually have the capacity to improve, but through the first two weeks of the season, it’s what’s actually happening.
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots looked dominant in their 43-0 win over the awful Dolphins. Patrick Mahomes put up some bonkers numbers against the Oakland Raiders. And Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys looked dominant again in their win over the Washington Redskins.
“The second interception will blow my mind forever,” Carr said. “It was offensive pass interference; they said he was blocking. So, I asked the man, I said, ‘Sir, why would I throw him the ball if he was blocking?’
”And he didn’t have an answer and just walked away. I don’t know what to do in that sense. We got the coverage we want, we got the exact look we want, I’m throwing it to where I’m supposed to throw it, and they tackle our receiver -- yet it’s a penalty on us. This is changing the outcome of a football game. That shouldn’t happen. That blows my mind. When things like that happen, I get kind of upset.”
The Raiders had no answer to the Chiefs’ preposterously talented quarterback, Patrick Mahomes, and his never-ending stockpile of speedy receivers. The Raiders’ offense couldn’t get out of its own way and capitalize against Kansas City’s all-or-nothing defense, either — Kansas City ended up getting everything it wanted more than enough times to win.
Today marks the end of an era as the Oakland Raiders will play for the last time on an infield at Ring Central Coliseum.
The Jaguars are upset the NFL didn’t fine Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones for his hit on quarterback Nick Foles that resulted in a broken collarbone in Week 1, according to ESPN, which cited unidentified sources.
Join Pete Sweeney and Jay Binkley as they break down the Chiefs’ 28-10 win today in Oakland. We also hear from Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes, DeMarcus Robinson, and more.
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On Sunday, Jackson became the first player in league history to throw for at least 270 yards and run for 100 yards in a game.
”I just had to take what the defense gave me, and sometimes I had to run,” Jackson said. “Sometimes I had to make scrambles because they had great coverage and some of our guys weren’t open. I just had to move the sticks. Like I said, I just take advantage of what the defense gave us and that’s what we did.”
The Pittsburgh Steelers lost their starting quarterback after Ben Roethlisberger suffered an injury to his throwing arm toward the end of the first half against the Seattle Seahawks.
Roethlisberger exited the game with a right elbow injury and did not return. He was seen on the sideline after halftime but Mason Rudolph started the second half at QB.
Drew Brees said he doesn’t know the severity of a thumb injury that knocked him out of Sunday’s loss to the Rams in the first quarter, but he did acknowledge he was worried about it.
“Yeah, I am concerned. I’m hoping it’s not too significant,” said Brees, who plans to see renowned hand specialist Dr. Steve Shin in Los Angeles.
When asked if there was anything he could rule out or anything the X-rays he had Sunday showed definitively, Brees said: “It’s all up in the air right now.”
Antonio Brown had already left Hard Rock Stadium -- his clothes gone, the name plate removed -- by the time the locker room doors opened to the world. With him unable or unwilling to speak for himself since he signed with New England eight days ago, the scene that may express most loudly the takeaway from Brown’s debut as a member of the Patriots came, instead, from much earlier in the day, during the team’s very first drive against the Miami Dolphins.
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Standing in the jubilant visiting locker room about an hour after the Los Angeles Rams had won the NFC Championship, Nickell Robey-Coleman had still not seen the play. A reporter showed him a replay on an iPhone, and Robey-Coleman blurted out what everyone involved and everyone watching already knew.
“Oh, hell yeah,” Robey-Coleman said. “That was P.I.”
The Buffalo Bills are 2-0 for the first time since 2014, which means odds are they will make the playoffs.
Only four AFC teams — and nine overall in the NFL — won both games through Week 2. In addition to Buffalo, New England, Baltimore and Kansas City have perfect records. But those teams were expected to be stalwarts. Before the season, ESPN projected the Bills to win 6.7 games and placed their chances to make the playoffs at 14.3 percent.
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Wide receiver Demarcus Robinson made a big statement. He made a tough grab to convert a third down early in the game. On his second catch of the day, he was left wide open 44 yards down the field and scored the first Chiefs touchdown of the game. It was his first of the season — and he wasn’t done. With less than a minute left in the first half, Mahomes gave him a jump-ball opportunity at the goal line and Robinson came down with it for the score. He finished the first half with 144 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He immediately picked it back up on the first play from scrimmage in the second half with a 28-yard snag over the defensive back. It was the best game in Robinson’s NFL career.
I’m old enough to remember when some Chiefs fans were clamoring to trade one of the team’s many talented wide receivers for a cornerback — any cornerback. Based on what we saw against the Raiders on Sunday, I wouldn’t make that deal.
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