The Ravens played the Chiefs on Monday in a game that could determine who gets the AFC’s only playoff bye. I can’t remember waiting all day for a regular-season football game like I waited for this one. The reigning MVP going up against the reigning Super Bowl champ! Mahomes and Lamar Jackson are the two faces of football’s future, and I love them both like sons. But by the end of the first possession, the wind had been taken out of my sails. The Ravens received the opening kickoff and went on to claim a lead—but instead of trying to score a touchdown, they opted to kick a field goal when faced with a fourth-and-3 from the Chiefs’ 8-yard line. The Ravens are probably better equipped to get a first down on fourth-and-3 than any other team in the league. They have Jackson, a slew of talented running backs, and an inventive scheme that forces opponents to defend the entire line of scrimmage. They went 17-of-24 on fourth-down conversions last season. And yet, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh decided not to go for seven points against the best player in the sport. In the end, the field goal didn’t matter—Kansas City won 34-20. But by kicking it, the Ravens signaled that they weren’t dedicated to maximizing every possession.
After winning an NFL MVP award two years ago, a Super Bowl last season and signing a historic 10-year contract extension worth more than $500 million this offseason, can things get any better for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes?
Apparently, the answer is: Yes, it can get better.
Mahomes, who proposed to his longtime girlfriend this summer, is going to be a father.
His fiancee, Brittany Matthews, made the announcement on social media Tuesday, posting a photo of the happy couple holding an ultrasound image.
“Mom & Dad, taking a small detour to the wedding,” she wrote in the caption.
The Chiefs play against New England on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS), so Monday night’s game received the attention of Patriots coach Bill Belichick as he watched on TV
“Andy’s always got a couple of new wrinkles,” Belichick said Tuesday morning. “I don’t think you see too many games where he doesn’t have something [new]. You’ve got to be ready for that. He does a good job of doing things you haven’t practiced [against], things you haven’t seen before and getting them called at the right time and getting them executed well.
“You don’t know what they’re going to be but you know they’re going to show up somewhere along the line and you just have to be alert for them.”
4 - Clyde Edwards-Helaire
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS RB
Baltimore made it difficult for Edwards-Helaire to get anything going on the ground but he was effective as a pass-catcher. The LSU product recorded 134 all-purpose yards in a convincing victory over Kansas City’s biggest competition.
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The eight new positive tests have been confirmed after additional testing, a source told ESPN’s Kevin Seifert. Those who tested positive have been asymptomatic as of Tuesday morning, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
The Titans, citing an “abundance of caution,” issued a statement saying they halted in-person work Tuesday. The Minnesota Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday, did the same, though the team said there were no positive tests through Tuesday morning.
“Out of the abundance of caution, the organization has decided to work remotely today as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-19 virus,” the Titans’ statement said.
The receiver announced his retirement with an Instagram post Tuesday.
“I’m leaving the game feeling extremely grateful and content with what I was able to accomplish out there on the field not only for myself, but my family as well,” Kearse wrote as part of a lengthy farewell to the NFL. “Going through some extreme highs and some extreme lows has taught me a lot about myself and by the grace of God he was able to pull me through the rough times and in the end all those experiences were all worth it.”
Go ahead and celebrate, Cleveland. With their 34-20 win over the Washington Football Team on Sunday, the Browns are above .500 for the first time in 2,114 days (Dec. 14, 2014). It’s been a long and arduous journey, but the Browns may have finally turned a corner. It only took four general managers, five head coaches and 10 different starting quarterbacks to make it happen.
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In the Super Bowl, Clark sacked San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on fourth down with 1:33 remaining. It would have been the last defensive play of the game if not for Chiefs running back Damien Williams scoring his unforgettable touchdown right after.
So far in 2020, Clark hasn’t had the chance to close out a game. The defense allowed Houston to move the ball in the final period of Week 1, and Clark wasn’t able to play in the second half of the Week 2 game due to an illness.
In the closing minutes of the 34-20 Week 3 win over the Baltimore Ravens, Clark likely smelled the blood in the water. After helping cause a sack on second down, he pinned his ears back and sacked Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on third down — with an assist from first-year Chiefs defensive end Taco Charlton.