7. Chiefs acquire Lions DE Trey Flowers
Potential cost: 2023 conditional fifth-round pick
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Flowers has struggled to live up to the massive payday he got coming over from the Patriots, and the Lions, at 0-6, can stand to sacrifice his veteran presence for another pick for the rebuild. The Chiefs, meanwhile, need help getting after the QB, and adding Flowers in the trenches would enable them to free up Chris Jones once the Pro Bowler is healthy.
3-4 · T-3rd in AFC West
Sunday’s loss: 27-3 at Tennessee Titans
I didn’t pick Kansas City to make a third straight Super Bowl in the preseason, but I certainly didn’t expect the Chiefs to be a 3-4 mess at midseason. Patrick Mahomes is struggling mightily, playing hot potato with the football to the tune of nine interceptions. NINE PICKS. Not only is that number an NFL high, but it’s just two INTs fewer than his total from the past two seasons combined. We’ve become accustomed to weekly installments of Mahomes magic, but no one’s under his spell in 2021. The 26-year-old just posted the lowest regular-season passer rating of his career (62.3), with Kansas City scoring the fewest points ever in the Mahomes era.
Of course, the quarterback wasn’t alone in his Sunday struggles. The Titans manhandled the Chiefs’ revamped offensive line all day, sacking Mahomes four times and eventually knocking the quarterback out of the game. Meanwhile, Steve Spagnuolo’s defense continued its wretched season with a first-half no show. Tennessee’s first five possessions on Sunday went touchdown, touchdown, field goal, touchdown, field goal, giving the Titans an insurmountable 27-0 advantage at the break. Good teams are just clobbering these Chiefs, which is why they have a point differential of -15 — a staggering figure for the back-to-back conference champions.
The AFC is too good this season to believe K.C. can simply flip the proverbial switch and retake the throne. Honestly, if you’ve been watching the Chiefs this year, there are few reasons to believe there’s even a switch to be flipped.
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How the mighty have fallen. Their defense is awful and that is obviously a huge reason why they are losing games, but where is their offense? They put up three points on Sunday. What are the excuses for why Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Co. couldn’t even score a single touchdown against a team that the New York Jets beat?
The former All-Pro lineman posts “Mitch in the Kitch” cooking videos on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and his blog of the same name.
The videos, which are shot in his kitchen by a professional videographer, don’t mean the right tackle, who started 7,894 consecutive snaps, has aspirations of becoming the next Food Network star or opening his own restaurant.
“I’m kind of just doing it for fun,” Schwartz exclusively shared. “I don’t know where it will lead or if it will lead to anything, but honestly, I like to eat, I like to cook and I like kind of sharing my knowledge with people.”
15 - Travis Kelce
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With a blowout loss to Tennessee, Kelce didn’t exactly enjoy National Tight Ends Day, though he did catch seven balls for 65 yards. He leads all TEs in targets (65), receptions (45) and receiving yards (533).
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Another day, another costly string of Patrick Mahomes mistakes. Not even Andy Reid seems to know how to fix this. It’s not all on Mahomes, who’s pressing for big plays to make up for a shoddy line and awful defense, but they need No. 15 to clean it up.
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Former New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung was charged Monday with assault and battery against a family member and vandalism, according to court records.
Chung is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Chung, 34, played for the Patriots from 2009 to 2012, and then from 2014 to 2019. He was part of three Super Bowl championship teams.
Chung had opted out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus and intended to play in 2021 before retiring in March, posting on Instagram that “it’s time to start a new life.”
Bally Sports’ Michael Silver reported Tuesday that McNair used the slur when referring to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m sorry that we couldn’t get together last year, because of the China Virus,” McNair reportedly told a crowd gathered at the Houston Texans Foundation Charity Golf Classic.
McNair issued an apology Tuesday via a team official.
“My comments at the event last May included an inappropriate choice of words,” McNair said in a statement. “I immediately apologized to people who approached me then and I apologize again now. I know how important it is to choose my words carefully. I would never want to offend anyone.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell doubled down Tuesday on the league’s decision not to make public the results of its investigation into the workplace culture at the Washington Football Team, saying the anonymity of the people who cooperated with the investigation was too high a priority to allow the league to do so.
“We’re very conscious of making sure we’re protecting those who came forward,” Goodell said after six hours of NFL owners meetings in midtown Manhattan. “That was a very high priority.”
“I don’t have time for that speculation. That’s a joke to me,” Tomlin said. “I got of one of the best jobs in all of professional sport. Why would I have any interest in coaching college football? That’ll be the last time I address it. And not only today but moving forward. Never say never. But never. OK? ... There’s not a booster with a big enough blank check.”
A clearly annoyed Tomlin added, “Anybody asking Sean Payton about that? Anybody asking Andy Reid about stuff like that?,” then abruptly ended his news conference.
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Before we address individual players, it’s worth noting that Kansas City passed on 81% of its offensive plays in Sunday’s game while running the ball on just 19%. It’s normal, of course, for the Chiefs to pass significantly more often than they run. But that was the team’s highest percentage of passing plays in any game this year — or even in all of last year — while the team scored the fewest points in either season.
As always, we see the emphasis on offensive line continuity. Mike Remmers again started at right tackle — making it clear that at least until circumstances change, the team intends to use him instead of Lucas Niang — playing alongside left tackle Orlando Brown Jr., left guard Joe Thuney, center Creed Humphrey and right guard Trey Smith for every offensive snap. Niang only played on special teams — along with the other active offensive line backups Nick Allegretti and Andrew Wylie.
At tight end, starter Travis Kelce’s use fell a bit below his normal range (between 80-90%) — but with Jody Fortson now on injured reserve, Blake Bell getting only 9% of the snaps after missing Week 6 against the Washington Football Team and fullback Michael Burton being inactive for the game, rookie Noah Gray still had to carry more of the load than usual. Still, his use on both offense and special teams was down just a bit from the season-high percentages he recorded in Week 6. That added up to reduced use of tight ends against the Titans; an average of just 1.13 were on the field for each offensive snap, which was the lowest of the season.