Mahomes has been compared to Steph Curry since breaking out last season, and when he’s playing like he did during yesterday’s second quarter, it’s easy to see what people making that comparison are getting at. The man has an absolute railgun for an arm, and when he’s throwing the ball well the Chiefs can pour on points and wipe away an opponent just as swiftly and ruthlessly as the Warriors can. This is the best show in the NFL.
1. Patrick Mahomes, who got some kind of video game powerup in Oakland
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.
Mahomes uncorked scoring plays of 44, 42, 27, and 35 yards to Demarcus Robinson (twice), Mecole Hardman, and Travis Kelce. His last six passes of the first half ALL went for 22 yards or more. This was very nearly history.
The Kansas City Chiefs aren’t known for their defense for two reasons: the offense is among the best in the NFL and the defense is atrocious.
But even bad units have some bright spots. Enter former Clemson defensive back Bashaud Breeland, who played for Green Bay before the Chiefs acquired him in the offseason.
Albeit against a questionable Oakland Raiders team, Breeland was a menace at cornerback Sunday. He posted a team-high seven tackles and picked off a pass in the end zone to seal the Chiefs’ 28-10 victory.
Through two games, Breeland has eight tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.
Yet according to ESPN’s NFL analyst Steve Young, that won’t be the case. Not because the Ravens aren’t a good football team, but because Young believes there are others that are far superior. Those teams being the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.
”It’s a wrap. It’s a wrap on the AFC except for the Chiefs,” Young said on the pregame show for Monday Night Football. “I know that’s going to make the Buffalo Bills mad, gonna make the Ravens, a lot teams, the Chargers. There’s a lot of teams that need to play football to get there. But to me, it’s a wrap to the Championship game.”
“I mean, he’s a hell of a quarterback,” Raiders slot corner Lamarcus Joyner said. “He’s arguably the No. 1 quarterback in the league. He’s got a little Tom Brady to him, a little Drew Brees look, some Philip Rivers. He’ll challenge you, he can make the throws. He can scramble round.”
Explosive plays doomed the Raiders, with Kansas City getting 289 yards on eight Mahomes completions averaging 36.1 yards per play, with the longest a 44-yard touchdown to Demarcus Robinson and the shortest a 27-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce.
“We just couldn’t stop the bleeding,” linebacker Tahir Whitehead said. “We came out, we were solid, but as the game went on we got sloppy.”
Big plays was a major issue for the Raiders defense in 2018 and after Sunday’s game it still remains a problem. The secondary from top to bottom was terrible.
It didn’t matter if it was Gareon Conley, Daryl Worley, Karl Joseph, Lamarcus Joyner, Keisean Nixon, or Curtis Riley they were all equally bad. There were plays where the coverage appeared to be there but Mahomes delivered a beautiful ball but then there were plays where receivers were running wide open. Things could have been much considering a 75 yard Mecole Hardman touchdown was negated by penalty.
Demarcus Robinson had a career high 172 yards on six catches.
Dustin Colquitt continued his march toward some franchise history
Colquitt – who is in the midst of his 15th season with the Chiefs – played in his 224th game on Sunday, matching Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive guard Will Shields for the most appearances in franchise history.
The veteran punter will own the record with an appearance – which includes holding for field goals and extra points – next Sunday.
Another waiver wire target he’s all over entering Week 3: Chiefs wide receiver DeMarcus Robinson.
Robinson caught all six of his targets for 172 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s 28-10 win over the Raiders. The speedy receiver proved to be a lethal weapon in Kansas City’s explosive offense when he hauled in a 39-yard and a 44-yard TD strike from Patrick Mahomes. And with Tyreek Hill (collarbone) still sidelined for the foreseeable future, Robinson should remain one of Mahomes’ primary targets going forward.
After rolling to two straight wins to open the regular season on the strength of quarterback Lamar Jackson’s wide array of talents, the Baltimore Ravens will face their stiffest test yet in Week 3.
And oddsmakers appear skeptical that the Ravens can extend their winning ways into Sunday’s game at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium.
The Ravens on Monday opened as 6.5-point underdogs to the Chiefs, according to Oddsshark. Last season, Baltimore and Kansas City played an overtime thriller at Arrowhead, and the Chiefs eked out a 27-24 victory.
The Chiefs have claimed offensive lineman Greg Senat off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens, the opponent for their home opener Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
Senat was waved by the Ravens on Saturday. He was a sixth round draft pick in 2018 who spent his rookie season on injured reserve.
Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher started Sunday’s victory at Oakland but played only four snaps because of a groin injury.
Also Monday, the Green Bay Packers claimed former Chiefs kick returner Tremon Smith off waivers.
Who else was in the mix?
Earlier on Monday evening, sources had told Pro Football Network’s Co-Owner Matt Infante that the Seattle Seahawks were a real possibility to land Fitzpatrick. We had also been told that other teams expressing interest included the Kansas City Chiefs, Steelers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Chargers.
Around the league
“I gotta keep it real. They didn’t beat us,” Chargers safety Rayshawn Jenkins told the Los Angeles Times. “We beat us. Don’t get me wrong. That’s a good team. But you see the points we took off the board. We took our own points off the board.
“We literally saw the game slip (away).”
The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Monday that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will undergo surgery to his injured right elbow, will be placed on injured reserve and is out for the season.
Surgery was deemed necessary after an MRI on Roethlisberger’s elbow Sunday night. The surgery is expected to take place this week, per the team.
The season-ending news is a brutal blow for the 0-2 Steelers, who hoped to bounce back after missing the playoffs in 2018.
Manning has started both Giants losses this season. He has thrown two touchdown passes and has three turnovers while failing to help produce more than 20 points in either game.
”He’s been our starter to this point, and I don’t want to talk about anything else moving forward from that standpoint,” Shurmur said of his starting quarterback decision this week. “I’m not ready to discuss that.”
When told that by failing to unequivocally name Manning the starter for this week it would leave the Manning-Jones topic open for debate, Shurmur said, “I understand that. I do.”
Five of the nine 2-0 teams, ranked by their chances of making the postseason
Buffalo Bills. Against my better judgment probably, the Bills are next on the list. They don’t do anything “special.” They play outstanding defense, but their offense is just OK with Josh Allen guiding it. But in that division, that’s all they need from Allen to get four wins. They’ve beaten the Jets and Giants now, and I can find three or four more wins on the schedule. Allen needs to protect the ball, unlike in Week 1, and let the defense plus rushing attack help the team win games.
Winner: The Dolphins’ Run at History
The Dolphins are averaging five points per game; no NFL team since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970 has averaged fewer than 7.4 points per game. They are allowing 51 points per game; the all-time record for most points allowed per game is 33.3. The Dolphins are averaging 192 yards per game, the fewest yards per game post-merger is 210.9. The Dolphins are allowing 512.5 yards per game; the NFL record is 467.1 yards per game. They’re not quite on pace to set the record for most turnovers per game (3.9), but after Sunday’s four-interception game (three by Ryan Fitzpatrick, a fourth by Josh Rosen) it’s in the realm of possibility.
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Eric Fisher tried to play through a groin injury but was quickly replaced by Cam Erving. The Chiefs offense looked out of sync — and so did Patrick Mahomes, who had sprained his ankle against the Jaguars. The Chiefs punted two times in a row to start the game.
Meanwhile, Derek Carr and the Raiders scored on their first two possessions, leaving fans wondering if the Chiefs knew how to handle Tyrell Williams.
Then something changed.
It felt like magic, but in Kansas City, that has become the norm. The Chiefs lined up for first-and-10 at the Oakland 44-yard line, and thanks to an obvious miscue in the Raiders secondary, wide receiver Demarcus Robinson was left wide open about 35 yards down the field.
That’s just a flick of the wrist for Mahomes.
“Yeah, that’s a really good defense,” he acknowledged after the game. “All of the reports going up to last week... they were up so big in that game and playing good coverages. They were playing a different style, but they bring a lot of pressures — and it’s tough, to be honest with you. Early on, we were hitting on some big time things, we were protecting, hit some shots down the field obviously. Doing that kind of thing. But the next two to three to four drives, they weren’t giving us something — or we would be just short of the first down.”
“It gets annoying when the game changes,” Carr continued. “The game plan is a little bit different, the whole setting things up, there’s a pattern. That’s just kind of the flow of the game. There was a time when we couldn’t get a first down and they jumped up on us and then that changes a whole bunch of stuff.”
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