The Broncos committed four turnovers in dropping to 2-4. In so many ways they are a long way from matching the Chiefs, who are 6-1 and running away with their fifth consecutive AFC West Division title.
A limited crowd of 5,700 showed up to see if the Broncos could snap their 9-game losing streak against the four-time defending AFC West champion Chiefs.
There was never much chance. Question: If the Chiefs played the Broncos 100 times, how many times would they win? Here’s a hint: They only have 90 more to go.
“I think we’re neck-and-neck,’’ said Broncos’ left tackle Garett Bolles. “That’s just me, personally. I don’t think there’s really anything that makes them more spectacular than us. We have a lot of dogs in this locker room. We have a lot of people. We match them speed for speed. Our defense is probably better than their defense, but it comes down to the little mistakes that we continue to make. We turn over the ball. We turn over the ball with the Super Bowl champs—a team like that with Mahomes—they’re going to put points on them.’’
The look-ahead line was on the money.
The New York Jets are 20.5-point underdogs at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas for next Sunday’s game at Arrowhead Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs. That’s just a half-point off the early point spread the sportbook released last Tuesday for the game.
Westgate oddsmaker Ed Salmons told The Post the number was 21.5 points for a very short time on Sunday night, but quickly dropped to 21 when the Westgate took a bet on the Jets at the opening limit. (Bettors can wager as much as $3,000 on a game the night the spread is released. Beginning Monday at 8 a.m. Pacific time, the Westgate raises the limit to $10,000). Salmons said he lowered the number another half-point to 20.5 because the market was beginning to settle in at that level.
There has been a whirlwind of changes to the Kansas City Business Journal’s Highest-Paid Athletes List in 2020, which now includes an incredible 20 Kansas City Chiefs players.
Although the reduced number of Kansas City Royals players probably won’t be permanent, the 10-year, $450 million contract extension that Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes signed this year will make him the area’s highest-paid athlete for much of his career. But not yet.
In 2020, Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark moved up one spot to No. 1 on our Highest-Paid Athletes List. His earnings during the 2020-21 season also will make him the 10th-highest-paid player in the National Football League and the second-highest-paid player at his position.
Ohio State cornerback Lejond Cavazos has responded to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ message about the Buckeyes signing recruits from Texas.
After OSU freshman wide receiver and Rockwall, Tex. native Jaxson Smith-Njigba hauled in a ridiculous touchdown catch in today’s win over Nebraska, former Buckeye Darron Lee tweeted about how strong the Ohio State receiving corps was.
Mahomes, a Lone Star state native and Texas Tech alum responded to Lee, saying he is “tired of y’all talking all these receivers from [the state of] Texas.” The official Ohio State football Twitter account jokingly fired back at the reigning Super Bowl MVP.
Cavazos, who hails from San Antonio, also had a message for Mahomes, which he shared via Twitter.
“Texas boys turn out great in the state of Ohio,” the four-star true freshman wrote.
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Newton had his toughest day of this season in the Patriots’ 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. That afternoon worsened early in the fourth quarter, when Belichick replaced Newton in the lineup with backup Jarrett Stidham. Newton had done plenty to warrant being pulled, as he threw for only 98 yards and three interceptions in three quarters of work. The appearance of Stidham suggested the damage Newton had done might have seriously impacted his ability to lead this team moving forward.
Newton essentially picked the worst possible time to deliver an ugly performance. The Patriots are now 2-4 and in the midst of a three-game losing streak, which hasn’t happened in those parts since 2002 (when New England lost four in a row).
“I have to deliver,” Newton said. “I haven’t done that. One thing that can’t happen is I can’t allow myself to feel sorry for myself. I know what the issue is. You just have to attack it and do better.”
Marrone’s job status is uncertain after the Jaguars’ sixth consecutive loss since a season-opening victory over Indianapolis. Sunday was the Jaguars’ 26th loss in the last 35 games, and 16 of those 26 losses have been by double digits.
The Jaguars have their bye this week, which would be the opportune time to make a change if that’s what owner Shad Khan wants to do. He has not been willing to make coaching changes this early in the season before, keeping coach Mike Mularkey until the end of the 2012 season (they went 2-14) and waiting until only two games remained in the 2016 season before firing Gus Bradley.
“I think any time that you’re losing like this and you’re not performing well on Sundays, I think it’s naïve [to think it can’t happen],” Marrone said. “It can happen. It’s something that I just come to work and do the best job I can for the coaches and the players. I know those questions come and you guys now me, I understand that. It’s just what this game is. Just work as hard as you possibly can and at the end of the day you’ve got to hold your head up high knowing you did everything you possibly could to try to win games and at the same time you did the best for the coaches and the players.”
“It’s an insurance policy,” Arians said of the team’s signing of Brown, via The Athletic’s Greg Auman. “We have good players. You can’t have enough of them.”
Arians is correct, you can never have enough high quality players, and he’d know after his team was already forced to play much of this season without Chris Godwin. Brown isn’t just a high-quality player, though; The receiver who was a superstar not too long ago but has driven himself out of the game by his own action, isn’t exactly the type of player you sign as a glue guy.
On Saturday, Dunlap posted a picture of what appeared to be the Bengals’ defensive end depth chart. It depicted Dunlap as the team’s third-stringer at both end spots. In the caption, Dunlap suggested coach Zac Taylor and defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo had an “experiment,” but added “I don’t got time for this.”
Dunlap was relegated to third-down duty two weeks ago. He made no secret of his displeasure with that move and even added that he had not been told in advance of the decision.
The 31-year-old defensive end has spent his entire career with the Bengals. His 82.5 career sacks make him the franchise’s all-time leader. There’s been some chatter about a possible trade as a result of his reduced role and unhappiness. If Dunlap wants a move, he wouldn’t be the only member of the team who does.
Without question, what happened after Dalton was hammered by Bostic was a full-stop moment. It’s one thing to struggle through injuries, scheme questions or even preparation. It’s a whole other to struggle for a response when someone destroys your quarterback.
Even McCarthy had to admit that much on Sunday, when he did something that head coaches won’t always do. He essentially said that his team’s reaction to Dalton’s concussion wasn’t what it needed to be.
“We speak all the time about playing for one another, respecting one another,” McCarthy said. “That was definitely probably not the response you would expect.”
McCarthy didn’t want to entertain follow-up questions. He didn’t need to. The point was clear enough: He saw the play unfold the way many others did. Then, he had to digest the notion of why nobody bothered to defend a quarterback who got plowed in a completely out-of-bounds moment.
Shortly after he was released by the Bills, veteran guard Quinton Spain is taking a visit with a new prospective employer. As Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports, the Bengals will be hosting Spain later this week.
Cincinnati’s offensive line has been a disaster, and the Bengals need to do something to protect rookie signal-caller Joe Burrow, who has looked good in his first professional season, but who has been sacked 19 times through six games. Even though Burrow has made some youthful mistakes in holding onto the ball too long on occasion, Football Outsiders’ advanced metrics indicate that the Bengals’ O-line is among the worst in terms of both pass-blocking and run-blocking.
Enter Spain, who has started 66 games at left guard and who has developed a reputation for being a strong pass blocker. Even Though the 29-year-old lost his starting job with Buffalo this year, the Bills did think highly enough of him to give him a three-year, $15 million deal this offseason. Despite not being a top-tier protector, he would certainly be a welcome addition to the Bengals’ offensive front.
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Byron Pringle: Simply put, Pringle has shown that he deserves more opportunities. He’s strong, runs great routes and delivers when called upon. Sammy Watkins will miss this weekend’s game, leaving the door open for Demarcus Robinson and Pringle. Both guys have shown they can be reliable targets when Patrick Mahomes is improvising outside the typical play structure. We’d like to see Pringle get another chance to pop off the screen on Sunday.
Over the next 3 years, do you believe Drew Lock gives the Broncos the best chance to beat Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs?— Joe Rowles (@JoRo_NFL) October 23, 2020
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