CBS explains dropped coverage of Chiefs-Jaguars game that left KC fans fuming | Kansas City Star
Networks aren’t supposed to leave a local team’s game, and the outage wasn’t just on KCTV-5. National viewers who were watching the Chiefs’ game also were switched to a different game. The NFL Network’s Red Zone Channel lost coverage of the game as well.
While continuing to apologize to viewers, Brown provided updated scoring plays and the Jaguars’ unsuccessful onside kick over the final minutes of the game.
Chiefs fans were steamed.
Nick Foles showed he’s exactly what the Jaguars have been missing. And he’s already gone. | The Ringer
The Jaguars brought Foles to Jacksonville for four years and $88 million in March for moments just like these. And Foles came through, throwing a 38-yard touchdown pass with his signature teardrop arc that fell right into the hands of receiver D.J. Chark.
The play signaled a new era in Jacksonville, until that era was put on pause. Foles was sandwiched by two Kansas City edge rushers on the play and left the game with an injury that was ultimately ruled a broken left clavicle. Foles, who finished with five completions on eight passes for 75 yards and a touchdown before being ruled out for the remainder of the game, was replaced by sixth-round rookie Gardner Minshew.
Chiefs report card: Season opener vs. Jaguars merits A’s nearly across the board | The Kansas City Star
Reason to hope: The Chiefs led the NFL in scoring and yards last season. Their repeat quest is off to a great start. Plus, the play of newly signed running back LeSean McCoy was encouraging.
Reason to mope: Hill, in his first game since signing a three-year, $54 million deal, left the game in the first quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return.
Looking ahead: The Chiefs visit the other side of the country in Week 2, visiting the Oakland Raiders.
Sammy Watkins hits 21.33 mph on long TD reception | ESPN
According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Watkins reached a max speed of 21.33 mph on his 68-yard touchdown, eighth-fastest by any player since the start of the 2018 season.
Chiefs’ Mecole Hardman: Could see expanded role | CBSSports.com
Hardman did not record a catch in Week 1, but news that Hill will miss some time likely foreshadows Hardman -- who the Chiefs selected 56th overall this past April -- seeing added snaps/touches in the team’s offense. Considering that he’ll be catching passes from Patrick Mahomes, Hardman now looks like a player who could carry some fantasy utility in the coming weeks.
Auburn NFL roundup: Dee Ford delivers strip sack in first game for 49ers | AL.com
An outside linebacker for the Chiefs, Ford started at left defensive end for the 49ers. The former St. Clair County High School standout had a strip sack in his first game for the 49ers after he finished tied with Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt for the NFL lead with seven forced fumbles last season.
On the final play of the first quarter on Sunday, Ford caused Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston to fumble, but the Buccaneers were able to come up with the loose football at the San Francisco 34-yard line.
Around the league
Steelers ‘not ready for prime time’ in loss to Patriots | NFL.com
On a night New England hung its sixth Super Bowl banner, Pittsburgh lost by at least 30 points for just the second time in the Ben Roethlisberger era, which has itself birthed two Super Bowl champions. For a franchise so used to being on the big stage and under the bright lights, the Steelers were notably not camera-ready on Sunday night.
Chargers’ Melvin Gordon plans to report in 6 to 8 weeks | NFL.com
Sources say that Gordon, who missed training camp because of his desire for a new contract, is expected to report this season. But the current plan is to report in the window that spans from Week 6 through Week 8.
Gordon, who will play on the $5.6 million fifth-year option, must report by Week 10 to have this season count and qualify for free agency next year. He will show up before then, with Gordon not planning to pull a Le’Veon Bell -- who sat out all of the 2018 season with the Steelers after refusing to sign a second-straight franchise tag.
Dak Prescott’s arm makes case for big payday in revamped Cowboys offense | Yahoo.com
Without fail, the highest form of NFL contract negotiations almost always involves a football field. Either when a player refuses to step onto it, like Ezekiel Elliott in the Dallas Cowboys’ preseason, or when a player steps onto it and crushes it in the process.
Dak Prescott did the latter on Sunday, making a remarkable negotiating point to start the 2019 season. If the Cowboys weren’t motivated to lock up a contract extension with Prescott before their season-opening 35-17 win over the New York Giants, they’re surely getting there now.
Colts WR Devin Funchess suffers broken collarbone | NFL.com
Indianapolis Colts receiver Devin Funchess suffered a broken collarbone in their loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday afternoon, a source told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Funchess will get a second opinion on his scans but is expected to undergo surgery, Pelissero added.
Funchess suffered the injury with less than a minute left in the fourth quarter when Brissett targeted him deep on Indy’s game-tying drive. He had three catches on five targets for 32 yards at the time of his departure.
Chargers Need OT to Beat Colts | NBCSanDiego.com
Indianapolis had plenty of chances to win this game but made a truckload of mistakes. In the 1st quarter they forced a 22-yard field goal but Denico Autry was called for a personal foul so the Bolts replaced the three points with a touchdown when Rivers hit Austin Ekeler from the 1-yard line for a 7-0 lead.
The Colts also thought they had forced a punt when Kemoko Turay ran right by left tackle Trent Scott to sack Rivers but Justin Houston was caught off-sides. Rivers hit Ekeler again, this time for a 55-yard score.
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The Chiefs offense started out blazing hot — and wide receiver Sammy Watkins was a huge part of that. On the third play of the game, he took a third-down catch 68 yards to the end zone. Then — after two more nice catches — Patrick Mahomes found him wide open down the sideline for a 49-yard score. Watkins became the first NFL player since 2006 to rack up 150 or more receiving yards in the first quarter of a game. Watkins kept seeing passes and finished the game with a mind-boggling 198 receiving yards (and three touchdowns) on nine catches.
Chiefs-Jaguars Instabreakdown: Watkins evolves, taking over an excessively chippy game
As a whole, the offensive line really struggled for most of the game. They didn’t open a lot of holes in the run game — and struggled to protect Mahomes far too often for comfort. The communication on stunts was a major weakness. On the zone runs, a lot of guys were stepping on each other while trying to block on different levels. The Jaguars were able to shoot these gaps and get between the blockers with ease. Even Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher — the two stalwarts of the offensive line — had some difficulty holding off a strong Jaguars pass rush.
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