Patrick Mahomes is breaking football.
From no-look throws, to jump fakes to softball shovel passes, he seems to find new ways every week to make plays.
Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said Mahomes’ underhand touchdown toss this past Monday was not planned that way — but the screen play does have a name that’s as exotic as it was executed: “Smoked Sausage.”
The 5-yard flip to fullback Anthony Sherman was the first of four Mahomes touchdown passes against the Ravens, although not the shortest or most unexpected. The wunderkind quarterback finished the night with a 2-yard lob to offensive tackle Eric Fisher as the Chiefs cooked their AFC counterparts, 34-20.
You know someone is a serious football fan when they’re watching two 0-3 teams play on a Thursday night, so that should answer any and all questions about how much James loves the NFL.
Another person who saw the play was Patrick Mahomes and he was just as impressed as LeBron.
Yo that was a crazy run!!— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) October 2, 2020
Chiefs players must really enjoy watching football, because Tyrann Mathieu also reacted to the play on Twitter.
What a run!!!!!— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) October 2, 2020
Round 1 - Pick 32
Josh Myers C
Ohio State ran a lot of stretch plays with J.K. Dobbins last year. Kansas City has similar intentions with rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. The Chiefs opt to upgrade.
GEHA Drum Deck
In 2020, the Chiefs have elected to use the pregame Drum Ceremony to recognize a different Season Ticket Member at each home game. Sunday’s Drum Honoree is Brian Stewart, an 18-year Season Ticket Member who lives in Springfield, Missouri, with his wife Karen. Stewart regularly travels to away games each season to cheer on the Chiefs and one of his most prized possessions is his Chiefs-themed Corvette.
Ke’Von Black, a 16-year old cancer survivor who was diagnosed with a rhabdoid tumor at the age of five, will be the DiPardo Spirit Leader prior to the start of the fourth quarter. Black, who has aspirations of being a sportscaster, was identified through Braden’s Hope For Childhood Cancer, a long-time community partner of the Chiefs.
Around the NFL
The bus driver who drove the Tennessee Titans to their game last weekend in Minnesota, and who also drove MLB’s Houston Astros on their trip for a playoff series this week against the Minnesota Twins, tested positive for COVID-19, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Thursday per sources informed of the situation.
After news of multiple Titans players and personnel testing positive for COVID-19 surfaced, the Astros removed the driver, Pelissero added.
“We are aware of the situation and are comfortable that all of our health and safety protocols have been followed,” Major League Baseball said in a statement.
They lost to an injury-ravaged, previously winless team that started a third-string quarterback on a short week. But, hey, they fought hard, scoring 12 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to make it game. (That’s sarcasm.)
“We’re working to get this thing right,” Gase said, when asked about his job security. “I’m not happy about this. I know we can play way better than this and not beat ourselves.”
It’s hard because there’s no one thing to point to with Wentz. He was great in 2017, got injured to end the season, played most of the 2018 season injured, came back leaner and healthier for 2019, and still failed to recapture his 2017 form. Around him, the offense experienced a similar deterioration. The offensive line featured on Sports Illustrated following the 2017 Super Bowl was the same line the Eagles started in 2019, before injuries berated Lane Johnson and Brandon Brooks, as Jasons Kelce and Peters got longer in the tooth. Alshon Jeffery gutted out a torn rotator cuff through the 2017 playoff run and never returned the same, while veteran speedsters Mike Wallace, DeSean Jackson, and Marquise Goodwin all failed to fill Torrey Smith’s shoes. Backfield committees cycled through ineffective options as Nick Foles loomed in the locker room, unidentified sources whispering complaints about Wentz’s leadership and target distribution. The Eagles offense captained by since-fired OC Mike Groh lacked explosiveness, playmaking, consistency — but it was never Wentz that was holding it back. 2020, as is its way, presents a new and nastier problem altogether.
The Falcons “beat” astronomical odds to get to 0-3, becoming the first team in NFL history to blow two fourth-quarter leads of 15-plus points in consecutive games. Atlanta’s epic collapses against the Cowboys and Bears in Weeks 2 and 3 continued a pattern of being unable to seal the deal under head coach Dan Quinn, most famously represented by the 28-3 implosion in Super Bowl LI. I’m pulling for Quinn to instill a killer instinct in this club before it’s too late — but it’ll be tough to turn things around unless an injury-riddled defense finds some answers.
In case you missed it on Arrowhead Pride
Sneed and Fenton played well enough against Los Angeles to afford Patrick Mahomes an opportunity to muster a late comeback — and the rookie, in particular, intercepted his second pass in as many games. Sneed broke his clavicle nearly intercepting his third pass in Kansas City’s game against the Baltimore Ravens, leaving the Chiefs to turn to the Ward-Fenton combination against the New England Patriots.
“Listen, we have been bumped and bruised out there at the corner, certainly losing Breezy (Bashaud Breeland) kind of hurt right from the beginning, but Rashad Fenton has done a great job, LJ Sneed was playing really good football,” defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said on Thursday. “I feel really terrible for him in dealing with that injury, but it’s part of the league and hopefully we can get CW (Charvarius Ward) back, I know he’s going to have to deal with that hand a little bit. But they’ve got to step up. Our corners are really needed in the package that we play, and fortunately for us, our D-line has done a decent enough job that it’s made it a little bit easier for the corners on the outside.”
Only 2 QB in NFL history have thrown for 2,600 Pass Yards and 14 TD in their first 9 career starts:— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) September 30, 2020
- Patrick Mahomes
- NICK MULLENS pic.twitter.com/AZa72TvfHX