At times in this game, it almost felt like Patrick Mahomes was scrimmaging a high school team. The Chiefs quarterback basically spent four quarters toying with the Jets defense in a game where he threw for 416 yards and five touchdowns. Ironically, one of the best passes in the game for Kansas City wasn’t even thrown by Mahomes. With the Chiefs clinging to a 7-3 lead early in the game, Andy Reid called for a fake punt on fourth-and-4 that ended with punter Tommy Townsend completing a 13-yard pass for Byron Pringle. The Chiefs ended up scoring a TD on the drive and coasting to the win.
Alas, dunking the ball is now illegal, and the Chiefs were penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.
On Fox Sports’ halftime show during the Raiders-Browns game, Terry Bradshaw was narrating highlights of other games. When he got to Kelce’s dunk, Bradshaw poked fun at his fellow Fox broadcaster, Gonzalez.
“No tight end in the history of the league,” Bradshaw said, “can make that dunk.”
There were some groans on the broadcast after Bradshaw made the comment.
He reported to Mike Holmgren, Holmgren said in a phone interview, among others Holmgren was “kind of monitoring and doing whatever I was supposed to do with them.”
Reid’s personality, intelligence and thoughtfulness jumped out at Holmgren, who at 72 now is 10 years older than Reid. But he promptly saw him as a friend, as “the son I never had” ) as the father of four daughters) and someone he could trust … including with his own career.
“That’s where I first noticed what he was kind of made of and how he did things,” Holmgren said. “And I told him at the time, ‘If I ever get a chance to be a head coach anywhere, I’m phoning you first.’ We kind of laughed about those things.”
1) Patrick Mahomes toyed with a New York Jets defense that continues to suffer from a bad case of gangrene. The star QB sprayed the ball all over the gridiron, hitting 10 receivers for 416 yards and five touchdowns. Four Chiefs caught TDs. The Jets (0-8) had no answer for Travis Kelce (8/109/1) over the middle or Tyreek Hill (4/98/2) deep. Mahomes had all day to find any receiver he wanted. The highlight machine gave us an underhanded flip TD and a picture-perfect arching score that fell from the heavens. In the first half, the Chiefs (7-1) scored three TDs on four drives. The Jets kicked three field goals and missed another. The game was essentially over from there. For most of the tilt, it felt like K.C. was in practice mode, testing out different plays. That’s what happens when a Super Bowl contender faces a DOA winless squad.
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Quarterback Cam Newton led New England deep into Bills’ territory in the final minutes on Sunday as the Patriots trailed 24–21. The Patriots faced a second-and-10 at the Buffalo 19-yard line, rolling down the field as their rushing attack continued to drive past the Bills. But New England’s final rushing play of the day didn’t exactly go as intended.
Newton ran left on a designed run, and he crossed Buffalo’s 15-yard line before approaching a horde of defenders. Newton lost the ball as he was hit, and Buffalo recovered to ensure a 24–21 victory.
Wims appeared to tap Gardner-Johnson, who had his back turned, on the chest and then hauled off a wild sucker punch that glanced Gardner-Johnson on the helmet. Wims then hit Garder-Johnson with an open-handed slap to the face mask before Saints cornerback Janoris Jenkins jumped in the fray. Jenkins attacked Wims and wrestled the Bears wideout to the ground before members of both teams gathered to break up the fight.
Wims emerged from the pile clapping and smiling before security escorted him back to the Chicago locker room.
Jackson’s final throw probably wasn’t the only pass from Sunday that the third-year signal-caller wishes he could have back. Just 54 seconds into the first quarter, Jackson was picked off by Steelers linebacker Robert Spillane on his second attempt of the game, and Spillane returned the ball 33 yards for a touchdown. After Baltimore took a 14-7 lead, Jackson’s mistakes helped undo it. The Ravens QB finished the game 13-for-28 with 208 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. He fumbled the ball three times and lost two of them. Pittsburgh scored off of two of those miscues—a significant impact in what ended up being a four-point game. Jackson told reporters after the loss that with no turnovers, he felt the Ravens would have won.
“The turnovers, I feel, are the reason we lost the game,” Jackson said. “I put that on me.”
Goff was responsible for a whopping four turnovers in the first half of the Rams game against the Miami Dolphins, with three of those four leading to a Miami touchdown. Coming into the game, Goff’s career high for turnovers in an entire game was four — against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019, and against the Chicago Bears in 2018.
He needed only half a game to match that on Sunday.
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All the Chiefs receivers: We can’t just single out one,, when Mecole Hardman, Tyreek Hill and even Demarcus Robinson all had productive weeks, including at least one touchdown each. Byron Pringle was also solid, as the Chiefs pass-catchers were running free in the Jets’ secondary all afternoon. It was particularly nice to see Hardman making plays to move the sticks and Tyreek Hill getting open deep. With Travis Kelce having a big day as well, it’s an embarrassment of riches on offense in Kansas City, and that bodes well for the second half of the season.
Tommy Townsend: The rookie punter showed he’s more than just a leg and some long hair. His pass to Byron Pringle on the fake in the first half was a rifle shot, and it had a higher degree of difficulty than your average fake-punt pass.