In the early odds for Week 3, the Ravens have opened as a three-point favorite at William Hill Sportsbook, marking just the seventh time that the Chiefs have been an underdog in a regular season game with Mahomes as their starter. Of course, most of those games came early in Mahomes’ career when oddsmakers just weren’t sure how good he was. Of the six previous games, five of them came during the first 11 weeks of the 2018 season and one of them came in the 2017 regular season finale, which was the first start of Mahomes’ career.
In the six games where Mahomes has been an underdog, the Chiefs have gone 4-2 straight-up and 5-0-1 against the spread (ATS). Basically, if you’ve bet on Mahomes as an underdog, you’ve never lost money. Mahomes is also 2-0 straight-up in two career head-to-head games against Lamar Jackson.
The Chiefs aren’t the only interesting underdog of Week 3. The 2-0 Bears are also an underdog, which is mostly notable because they’ll be traveling to Atlanta to play the winless Falcons. Although the Falcons are averaging 32 points per game over the first two weeks of the season, they still haven’t been able to pick up their first win. The oddsmakers at William Hill have opened the Bears as a three-point underdog.
3. Tyreek Hill hauled in another 50-yard touchdown.
Hill has established himself as the most explosive player in football during his time in the NFL, and he demonstrated why yet again on Sunday. The speedy Hill caught a 54-yard touchdown strike from Mahomes early in the fourth quarter despite double coverage, igniting the Chiefs’ comeback and tallying Kansas City’s biggest play of the year so far.
It marked Hill’s 18th touchdown of 50+ yards since he entered the league in 2016, which are the most in the NFL during that span and nine more than second place.
It’s early in the season, but we haven’t exactly seen the same explosive Chiefs offense we have grown accustomed to over the past two years. In Week 1, Kansas City relied primarily on rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and on Sunday, they were shut down by the Chargers defense in the first half. Being the better team, they eventually got things back on track, and that’s really all that matters. Mahomes turned into a legitimate dual-threat quarterback with 54 rushing yards on four rushes and Tyreek Hill had a couple of big plays that got the Chiefs going. Not the best performance for Kansas City overall, but a win is a win and that’s all that matters.
Mahomes escapes make Chiefs almost unbeatable
For a while, the Chargers did well to minimize the NFL’s best player. But the “home” team was unable to take away the lesser of Patrick Mahomes’ two chain-moving methods. The pass-first prodigy gained 54 yards on six scrambles Sunday, matching the second-highest rushing total of his career. The Bolts allowing a 21-yard Mahomes up-the-middle jaunt placed the Chiefs (2-0) in position for Harrison Butker’s overtime-forcing field goal. With the Chiefs’ aerial cadre mandating a near-perfect game plan, their elusive quarterback has nearly free rein to steal yardage in maddening scenarios for defenses.
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Herbert reportedly found out that he’d be starting just seconds before kickoff: “He thought I was joking,” says Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn. “I had to tell him a couple times ‘No, seriously, you’re the starting quarterback.’” It didn’t matter. Herbert went 22-for-33 for 311 yards with two touchdowns, one through the air and one on the ground. He did have one bad interception, but otherwise looked the part of an NFL starter. The Chiefs allowed 300 passing yards only twice in the regular season last year en route to a 12-4 record and then won the Super Bowl. Herbert almost beat them in his first career game, as the Chargers pushed the Chiefs to overtime.
Anyone who had the Chiefs in a teaser or money-line parlay Sunday can relate. Like the South Point bettors who needed Kansas City to beat the Chargers to close out an $8,000 six-team ML parlay that paid $34,552 and a $64,000 three-team ML parlay that paid $64,484.
All they had to do was watch the Chiefs, the biggest ML favorites on the board (-430), trail the entire game at Los Angeles before they erased an 11-point second-half deficit and forced overtime.
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His absence will create a void on the offense that rivals the size of the Grand Canyon, considering McCaffrey is not simply a 1,000-yard rusher, but also a 1,000-yard receiver. It’s that cosmic value to the club that led them to make him the highest-paid RB in the history of the league this offseason, awarding him a four-year, $64 million extension with more than $31.8 million guaranteed. There isn’t a person alive who could justify him not deserving it, and Matt Rhule must now figure out how to climb out of an 0-2 hole without the benefit of McCaffrey’s presence — easily one of the most lethal weapons in football.
An MRI confirmed receiver Courtland Sutton suffered a torn ACL, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s James Palmer reported, per a source informed.
The wideout left Sunday’s loss to Pittsburgh after injuring the knee making a tackle on an interception by Steelers corner Joe Haden. Sutton had three catches for 66 yards after missing Week 1 due to an AC joint injury.
Carr completed 28 of 38 passes for 282 yards. Carr led the Raiders to 24 unanswered points to take a 31-17 lead. Tight end Darren Waller was his security blanket with 12 catches, on a career-high 16 targets, for 103 yards and a TD for a 120.7 passer rating. Brees’ rating: 91.1.
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“I think I just got a little bit more angry every kick,” he said after the game. “So the first one, I thought they called timeout, and then I realized it was a false start. Going into the second one, they called timeout again, so in my head, that’s two timeouts, and then I think I even looked at the Chargers’ sideline, cause I’m like, ‘Come on, man, I’m trying to finish this game and get back to Kansas City.’
“So that third one, I felt like was my best kick, and I mean, to have two practice kicks before that is only going to help you.”
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Over the last 2 seasons - the Chiefs are 6-0 when they fall behind by 10 or more points with Mahomes at QB.— Kay Adams (@heykayadams) September 21, 2020