The Chiefs will be in Baltimore for Monday Night Football, thus delaying some of the film study that Bill Belichick and his staff would normally be doing on Monday to fine-tune the game plan for the upcoming game.
Fortunately, Belichick said, the regular meetings between the Patriots and Chiefs make him feel a bit more comfortable in terms of what to generally expect come Sunday.
“In terms of familiarity with the teams, I think this is one of these games where it’s not quite a division game, but it’s pretty close,” Belichick said.
Sunday will mark the seventh time the Patriots and Chiefs have played since 2014, a stretch that includes four regular season games and two playoff games thus far. The teams, fittingly, are 3-3 in those six contests, with the Patriots’ 2018 AFC Championship Game overtime victory in Kansas City the most prominent of the bunch.
Under the bright lights of Monday Night Football, the reigning AP Most Valuable Player, in the midst of a difficult night, was faced with the daunting task of climbing back from a halftime deficit in a much-hyped showdown against the defending Super Bowl champs.
In the previous nine times Baltimore has faced such odds since drafting Jackson in 2018, it was unable to secure a victory, per NFL Research. Against a Chiefs squad that looked all but unstoppable, the Ravens would again run out of steam, falling 34-20 on a night where Jackson notched a career-low 97 passing yards (15-of-28) and remained winless (0-3) against Andy Reid and Co.
“Well, I’ll say, second half, just like I say always, like we always start cranking up at the wrong time. We gotta come in and finish how we start. Like, we always go opposite against them for some reason. We just got to tighten up and play better. That’s all,” Jackson told reporters postgame after labeling the Chiefs as the Ravens’ “kryptonite.”
There isn’t one perfect way to answer this question. The most easy thing to do is cite 40-yard dash times, but that’s also not simulating a football game played in pads with defenders attempting to tackle the ball carrier.
Thankfully, the NFL’s Next Gen Stats have begun to help with this dilemma, providing sprint speeds for players on individual plays. That’s helpful - it can show us who has the most top-end speed in the league. In 2020, it looks like Raheem Mostert is the early favorite for fastest player in the NFL when you look at the table of Next Gen Stats data below.
You can own a piece of Chiefs and Kansas City history as part of an auction to benefit Union Station.
The landmark is offering up the eight large banners that were hung around the stage in front of Union Station at the Chiefs Celebration Rally on Feb. 5, 2020.
Officials with Union Station said the collectibles are “still a little dusty, but brilliant in color.”
Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and his wife confronted a home intruder who attempted to kidnap their 9-month-old grandchild over the weekend, law enforcement officials confirmed on Sunday.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Montana told deputies that his grandchild was sleeping in a playpen on Saturday when an unknown woman entered their home in Malibu and grabbed the child. Montana and his wife, Jennifer, confronted the woman, whom authorities later identified as Sodsai Dalzell, tried to “de-escalate the situation” and asked her to give back their grandchild.
After a tussle, Jennifer Montana pried the child out of Dalzell’s arms, law enforcement officials said.
Costello threw for 623 yards and five touchdowns against the LSU defense Saturday, helping the Bulldogs pull off the 44-34 upset. Mahomes is just one of many impressed by Costello’s insane performance.
The Chiefs superstar quarterback sent in reaction to Costello’s stat-line via Twitter on Saturday night. Take a look at his reaction in the tweet below.
Wait wait dude has 600 passing yards?!?!?— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) September 26, 2020
Many of us college football fans feel the same way. Costello’s Mississippi State and SEC debut is one for the record books.
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Already missing standout safety Derwin James for the season, the Los Angeles Chargers were dealt another huge blow to their secondary.
Bolts cornerback Chris Harris suffered a foot injury in Sunday’s loss to the Panthers and is expected to miss at least a month and potentially six weeks, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday night.
Harris will return this season, however.
Newton completed 17 of 28 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown, but also threw an interception. He also ran for just 27 yards on nine attempts.
When asked during an appearance on WEEI what grade he’d give himself for Sunday’s outing, he was realistic: 75 percent, or a C.
“Yesterday was kind of frustrating in itself. ... There will be games like that, and when there is games like that, you’ve just got to find ways to win,” Newton said.
“Me, personally? With lackluster ball security, just a slow start offensively, this is subpar performance. I know I can play better, I know I can do better and I know I will be better.”
Bears coach Matt Nagy announced Monday that Foles will be the Bears starting quarterback following Sunday’s come-from-behind win over the Atlanta Falcons. Foles took over for Mitchell Trubisky early in the third quarter.
“For us, it’s never easy when you go into these types of situations,” Nagy said. “I want to credit both of those guys in yesterday’s situation for being really supportive of each other this whole time. Even as hard as that was for Mitch to be told that Nick’s going to go in and play, Mitch was, to his credit, an awesome supporter of Nick for the rest of that game. He flat out told Nick, ‘I’m gonna have your back just like you’ve had mine from the start.’ I think that speaks to who he is.”
Nagy clarified that Foles isn’t just the starter this week against Indianapolis, but it’s his job going forward.
“No, you don’t go there,” Pederson said Monday morning on WIP, via Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philly. “That’s a knee jerk reaction. That’s a reaction to the aura that’s out there. That’s not what we believe internally. We’re going to continue to get better. Carson’s our quarterback.”
Wentz’s struggles have been pervasive to open the season. He’s thrown 2-plus INTs in three straight games for the first time in his career as the Eagles start the season 0-2-1; the QB has six INTs this season after throwing just seven in each of the past three seasons; his seven giveaways are the most by any QB this season (entering MNF); and Wentz has generated three straight games with a sub-75 passer rating for the first time in his career.
Russell Wilson will have the greatest QB season of all time!
With 14 passing touchdowns in three games, Russell Wilson is on pace for 74 scoring strikes (Peyton Manning’s 55 in 2013 is the current NFL record) by season’s end. League trends and common sense tell us he’s probably not going to reach that mark. But let’s not totally rule it out! Check out where Wilson stands through three weeks:
He became the first player with at least four passing TDs in each of his team’s first three games in NFL history.
With 14 TD passes through his team’s first three games, he’s eclipsed Patrick Mahomes’ mark of 13 (2018) for the most in NFL history.
He leads the league in passer rating with 139.0. If it held, this would shatter the NFL’s single-season record (Aaron Rodgers’ 122.5 in 2011).
He ranks fourth or better in completion percentage (76.7%, third) and passing yards (925, fourth) heading into Monday night’s game.
So, yeah, 74 seems outlandish. But is it that outlandish?
In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride
On a first-down completion to Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce toward the end of the first quarter of the Monday Night Football game against the Baltimore Ravens, quarterback Patrick Mahomes surpassed another incredible milestone in his young, prolific career.
In 34 games, Mahomes has earned 10,000 career passing yards — the fastest of any NFL player in league history.
This is a clinic by Andy Reid and Eric Bieniemy. Somebody hire Bieniemy, please— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) September 29, 2020