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Can Patrick Mahomes be the first to 6K passing yards and 60 TDs? | ESPN

Is it reasonable to think Mahomes can get to 6,000 yards and 60 touchdowns? The NFL records of 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns were set by Denver’s Peyton Manning in 2013. That was the only other time a player reached 5,000 and 50. Mahomes would need to average 370 yards and 3.79 TDs over the final 14 games to reach 6,000 and 60.

But he could get there with games like the one he had Sunday in Oakland, throwing for 278 yards and four touchdowns -- in the second quarter. He finished with 443 yards overall.

His touch on the deep ball is one reason he’s a threat to break records. Against the Raiders, he had his second career game with four touchdown passes of 15 yards or more. Only three other quarterbacks have managed that feat in the past five seasons.

QB Index, Week 3: Kyler Murray, Dak Prescott surge in rankings | NFL.com

1 Patrick Mahomes

Individual Rank: Bhanpuri: 1 | Blair: 1 | Filice: 1 | Parr: 1

2019 stats: 2 games | 71.4 pct | 821 pass yds | 10.7 ypa | 7 pass TD | 0 INT

Filice: Yep, this is where we discuss that second quarter -- those 15 game minutes when Mahomes incinerated the Black Hole with a cluster bomb of downfield shots, allowing K.C. to turn a two-score deficit into a three-score win. Now, if you’re a person who reads a weekly ranking of NFL quarterbacks, you’re already familiar with the basic stats: 278 pass yards, 4 TD, 0 INT. But it’s how Mahomes got to those second-quarter figures that really drove this thrill ride. According to Next Gen Stats, on passes of 20-plus air yards -- i.e. deep balls -- Mahomes was 5 of 6 for 195 yards and, yes, those four TDs. This was a midgame fireworks show. The crazy thing: Mahomes’ most breathtaking throw of the quarter -- a third-and-10, on-the-move laser whipped across his body and the field (don’t try this at home, kids) -- was erased by a holding penalty. The crazier thing: That wasn’t even Mahomes’ most absurd penalty-nullified toss of the day. In the third quarter, the guy launched a ball 54 yards off his back foot, hitting Mecole Hardman in stride for a 72-yard score. The fun police wiped it out with another holding penalty, but it happened. It was real and spectacular.

The Chiefs Defense Is Showing Signs Of Improvement | Forbes

Thus far the defense’s results have been promising. After ranking 24th in points allowed in 2018, the Chiefs are tied for ninth, which includes shutting out the Oakland Raiders in the second half on Sunday, this season.

“I liked the discipline,” head coach Andy Reid said, “and how they played.”

Last year the Chiefs allowed 65 points in their first two games, though that was to more challenging opponents — the playoff-bound Los Angeles Chargers and a Pittsburgh Steelers team that still had Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown.

This season the defense has allowed just 36 points.

The Kansas City Chiefs’ run game stalled? Oh well. They’ll keep on passing | Kansas City Star

“When the defense is doing that, it’s hard for them to (focus on) everything,” coach Andy Reid said. “If they’re going to do that, then we’re going to do this. We don’t fight that. We’re not going to bang our head up against the wall on that. The trick is trying to find what’s going to work — run, pass, whatever it is.”

Wasn’t much of a trick in Oakland. Mahomes completed 30 of 44 passes (68 percent) for 443 yards. The Chiefs generated 9.5 yards per play when Mahomes dropped back, accounting for a pair of sacks.

The 22 running plays generated all of 31 total yards, just 1.4 per play.

“We don’t get caught up in the numbers (of passing versus rushing plays),” Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said. “Yeah, we didn’t execute as well as we would’ve liked, but ... as I like to say, we found a way to drag our ass across the finish line.”

The NFL’s great quarterback transition is happening, and the most flexible teams will thrive | Washington Post

The arrival of so many young quarterbacks reflects the way franchises have evolved in building around passers. Of those 16 starters with less than four years of experience, only three are definitively stopgaps with little likelihood of becoming a franchise quarterback. Not all of them will work out, but a good chunk of the NFL has identified its desired future quarterback. The teams who succeed will be the ones who most wisely build around them.

Sunday’s marquee game will provide a model for that task. The meeting between Patrick Mahomes’s Kansas City Chiefs and Lamar Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens will showcase not only two of the NFL’s incandescent young quarterbacks, but also two franchises who understand the importance of catering their operations to them. They have both shown it’s not enough to develop a talented quarterback. The point is to also develop the right system and personnel around the talented quarterback.

The NFL’s Air Raid Revolution Is Nearly Complete | The Ringer

Now, three of the last four no. 1 picks in the draft—the RamsJared Goff, the BrownsBaker Mayfield, and the Cardinals’ Kyler Murray—have come from Air Raid college backgrounds. That doesn’t even include Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs’ quarterback and 2017 no. 10 pick, who is redefining what’s capable in modern offense. Mahomes, a Texas Tech alum, makes the anti–Air Raid argument look silly. It’s impossible to make a salient case that pro teams should have passed on Mahomes—who throws deeper and more accurate passes while sprinting than the next-best NFL quarterback does at a complete standstill—just because of the scheme he used in college. NFL scouts and executives have finally learned that succeeding in an Air Raid offense is not mutually exclusive with having arm talent. They’ve also come to realize that the Air Raid philosophy has virtues. (“What if giving QBs easy throws that lead to lots of yardage is, in fact, good?” is a question that took NFL folks a surprisingly long time to ask.)

B/R Expert Consensus NFL Picks for Week 3 | Bleacher Report

Baltimore Ravens (2-0) at Kansas City Chiefs (2-0)

“This contest seems to be an obvious situation in which each of us is betting the line, not the teams,” Sobleski said. “The Chiefs are a better squad, but they’re giving Baltimore nearly seven points. Considering Lamar Jackson’s early play and the sieve that is Kansas City’s defense, the Ravens should easily move the ball to keep the score close or win outright.”

The Chiefs surrendered 6.6 yards per rush against Leonard Fournette and Josh Jacobs in the first two weeks, and they struggled to defend tight ends last year. That feeds right into Baltimore’s hands because Mark Ingram II and Mark Andrews are off to splendid starts.

The Ravens took the Chiefs to overtime at Arrowhead in December, and Jackson has developed plenty since then. Look for them to hang around again here and hope for a backdoor cover in the worst-case scenario.

Police: 2 stole life-sized cutout of QB Mahomes, crashed car | Washington Post

Two suspects are being penalized after they allegedly stole a life-sized cutout of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, then crashed their getaway car.

Lawrence police spokesman Patrick Compton says a man and woman grabbed the cutout at a McDonald’s restaurant Monday, ran out the door, then jumped into a car and sped away.

Officers investigating a nearby two-car accident saw the cutout in one of the vehicles. Compton said the vehicle also matched the description of the car that drove away from the McDonald’s.

Around the league

Dolphins set to start QB Josh Rosen vs. Cowboys | NFL.com

The Dolphins are planning to start Rosen in place of Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per sources. Coach Brian Flores made the decision this afternoon, Rapoport added.

Miami traded for the second-year quarterback in April on Day 2 of the NFL draft.

Jalen Ramsey reveals why he wants to be traded, feels disrespected by Jaguars | CBS Sports

“Some disrespectful things were said on their end that made me definitely walk out and call my agent as soon as I walked out,” he said. “I said, ‘It’s time. My time is up here in Jacksonville.’ I said, ‘I want to ask for a trade.’”

Jets’ Adams appealing fine, says refs apologized | ESPN

Adams ranted on Twitter late Wednesday night, calling the NFL “a damn joke” for fining him $21,056 for his hit on Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield in the first quarter of New York’s 23-3 loss Monday night.

On Thursday, Adams didn’t back down from those comments. He says the call bothered him because he believed it to be legal, and adds that next time he might just tag a player on the hip and say, “He’s it.” Adams also suggested the NFL put quarterbacks in red no-contact jerseys.

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Dustin Colquitt will break a big Chiefs record on Sunday

Drafted by the team in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft, Colquitt, 37, has already played in more games for a single team than any other punter in NFL history. But after Sunday, he will have played in more games than any other player in Chiefs history — surpassing the record of 224 games set by Hall of Fame guard Will Shields, who retired after the 2006 season.

Now in his 15th season with the team, Colquitt has been around long enough to have been one of Shields’ teammates.

“It’s exciting that I got to sit across the locker room from 68 — Will Shields — for two seasons and got to pick his brain and see how he worked,” Colquitt told the press on Wednesday. “For us to be tied right now, it’s exciting for my family and me. It’s cool that I can share this with him. I remember asking for his jersey in 2005 and he goes, ‘I don’t do jerseys until I’m done — that’s bad luck,’ and sure enough, as soon as he retired, he showed up and gave me his jersey — signed and everything — and I have it in my basement. I remember I didn’t have to ask again, either; he’s that kind of guy.”

Earl Thomas made a bold statement about the Chiefs ahead of Sunday

When asked about the Chiefs offense, the six-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro answered by making a bold statement.

“Luckily the Ravens have me playing free safety, controlling the deep end,” Thomas told BaltimoreRavens.com. “I plan on eliminating all the big plays.”

Through the season’s first two weeks, Thomas has allowed just one reception and has recorded one interception—the pick happened early in the Ravens’ 59-10 win over the Miami Dolphins.

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