A recent draft mistake is going to be on the minds of Jets fans Sunday as they watch Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs almost certainly embarrass the Jets. Mahomes could have been a Jet in 2017, but former general manager Mike Maccagnan passed on him with the No. 6 pick because he believed the Jets might already have their quarterback of the future in Christian Hackenberg, and if they didn’t, they would grab him in the 2018 draft, which was being viewed as a more QB-rich draft.
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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS QB
It feels like Mahomes is having a “down” year because of Kansas City’s defensive success of late, but all his last few weeks have done is prove he’s capable of managing victories as much as he is single-handedly dominating them. Just wait until December and January, when Andy Reid calls upon No. 15 to reintroduce his Super Bowl-caliber arm in the AFC hunt.
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WWE and NFL Star Chris Jones’ company Stone Cold Jones LLC. are at loggerheads over the Stone Cold name. Jones’ company has a new product with Stone Cold Jones Joda name, and this has caused a problem for the company. The Wrestling Juggernaut has filed a formal complaint against the company, and the matter is sub judice.
Stone Cold Jones LLC’s product is a connect to KC Soda, but it looks like the product could do more damage than help them. Stone Cold was a prominent superstar during the Attitude Era for the WWE (then WWF), and it was his storyline with The Chairman that helped the company take down its competition. While a lot has to be credited to other superstars too but it is undeniable that Austin’s persona helped the company more than the others.
The Chiefs are home after being on the road for two weeks. They lost the last time at home; they won’t lose here. This could be the game that Patrick Mahomes really lights it up, which hasn’t happened as much this season. The Jets won’t keep up. Blowout.
Pick: Chiefs 41, Jets 15
18. Tony Gonzalez
This requires a bend to the “realistic MVP path” guideline. Gonzalez’s best statistical years came for non-playoff Chiefs teams, and tight ends garner little MVP attention. But the position’s statistical kingpin not only delivered in his prime; he played 17 seasons and was productive in Year 17, walking away after an 859-yard, eight-TD season. Gonzalez boosted a developing Matt Ryan in Atlanta and helped save the Falcons in a 2012 Round 2 win. In Kansas City, he drove some innovative attacks in the early 2000s. Gonzalez’s 14 Pro Bowls are tied for the all-time record; no tight end is within 2,000 yards of him on the all-time list.
“We are very excited to team up with the Chiefs on election day,” added Shawn Kieffer, the board’s Republican Director. We know it will be a great success. Thanks to both the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes for helping us make this happen.”
And while the upcoming general election is at the forefront right now, this is about far more than just one day of voting.
“Those machines and that investment will be in Kansas City for the long run,” Donovan said. “They’re brand new – they were not in existence before we decided to make Arrowhead a polling place – and we’re really proud of that.”
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Trey Smith OL
The Chiefs have very few holes on offense but Kelechi Osemele is an unrestricted free agent after the season and Andrew Wylie will be a restricted free agent. Smith, who played tackle earlier in his career, is a road grader on the interior.
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NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Wednesday that the Cowboys informed defensive tackle Dontari Poe and cornerback Daryl Worley that they will be released if they can’t trade them Wednesday.
The trade deadline isn’t until Nov. 3, but Dallas is ready to move on already. Making it known they’ll cut the duo is the last-ditch effort to get any team to offer anything for either veteran.
Poe signed a two-year, $9 million contract in Dallas this season as part of an offseason revamp along the line that has utterly failed. Poe has been dreadful this season against both the run and pass. Despite playing 253 snaps — most of any Cowboys interior defender this season — the 30-year-old has generated just seven tackles and zero sacks. Pro Football Focus charted Poe with one single hurry in seven games, his only pressure of the season.
For 30 minutes after Monday’s game ended, Rob Huntze thought he had won the $1 million first prize in a DraftKings contest.
Everything had worked out perfectly for Huntze down the stretch of the Rams’ 24-10 win. One of Huntze’s lineups that featured both the Bears’ and Rams’ defenses had scored 92.79 points, the most out of the 176,470 entries. His computer screen showed a $1 million first prize.
He texted with friends and called his parents to share the exciting news and took his dog Achilles for a quick walk.
When he returned, he wanted to refresh his computer screen again, “just to see myself on top,” he said. “And, then, boom.”
A sack that had been credited to the Bears’ defense late in the fourth quarter was changed to a running play, a 3-yard loss by Rams quarterback Jared Goff. That 3-yard loss dropped Huntze into a tie for sixth place with 18 other entries, and his prize money dropped from $1 million to $3,078.94.
Going into the Rams’ Monday Night Football matchup against the Bears, Donald was facing a double-team on 70.1 percent of his pass rushes, according to ESPN. Throughout this season he has been double-teamed far more than any other pass rusher who is beating his blocks at a rate above league average. It hasn’t slowed him down—Donald is second among defensive tackles in ESPN’s pass-rush win rate metric, pressuring a quarterback or closing a rushing lane against 22 percent of his blocks. As a team, the Rams are sixth in pass-rush win rate, generating pressure 48 percent of the time.
The Cincinnati Bengals are trading Carlos Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN reporter Adam Schefter. In return, the Bengals are getting a seventh-round pick and offensive lineman B.J. Finney.
Thus ends the Bengals career of arguably the best pass-rusher in franchise history.
Dunlap, now in his 11th NFL season, has been trying to force his way out of Cincinnati in recent weeks after being demoted to a backup role player. He still clearly believes he can be an impact starter in this league, but the coaches apparently didn’t agree.
Terms of the conditions have not been announced, but multiple sources told ESPN that Dallas received a conditional sixth-round draft pick in 2021 that could become a fifth-rounder.
Griffen gives Detroit another pass-rushing option to shore up one of the biggest holes in its defense while Dallas saves a little more than $3 million against the cap. The Cowboys had talked with a number of teams about a possible deal for Griffen in recent weeks.
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The only remaining undefeated team in the AFC, the Steelers are winning games in a variety of ways and showing a balanced team. They’re led by an excellent defense with a strong front seven that is good against the run and at affecting the passer. Edge rushers TJ Watt and Bud Dupree each have at least 5.0 sacks on the season. The back end is highlighted by dynamic, play-making defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick. They aren’t as offensively imposing as other groups, but they are balanced and have some upside that can’t be taken for granted.