Perhaps this is the perfect game for Love to make his debut. The Chiefs’ defense has been one of the league’s worst this season. Also, it’s quite a coincidence that the Packers are facing Patrick Mahomes, whom Love was compared to as a prospect. And interestingly, Green Bay appears to be following a succession plan similar to the one that worked for Mahomes. The Chiefs kept their young quarterback on the sideline for all but one game of his rookie year, so he could learn how to play at the pro level behind the scenes. Andy Reid and Co. encouraged Mahomes to test the limits of his game in practice as the scout team quarterback throughout his first season to help him understand where to draw the line when assessing risk and reward as a playmaker. Daily practice reps against the starting defense helped accelerate the QB’s growth and undoubtedly played a role in his sensational first year as The Guy, when he walked away with the MVP trophy.
Marc Ross: The drama in Green Bay has seemingly been nonstop since the moment the Packers lost last year’s NFC Championship Game. Stepping into the spotlight now, with Aaron Rodgers on the reserve/COVID-19 list, is second-year quarterback Jordan Love. In his first career start, Love will show the world why the Packers traded up to draft him in Round 1 last year by throwing for 300-plus yards and two touchdowns in an upset victory over Kansas City.
Humphrey earned a spot on the Pro Football Focus “Midseason All-Pro” team this week, becoming the only rookie to earn “First-Team” honors. In fact, only one other rookie – Cincinnati Bengals’ wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase – even appeared on the “Second-Team,” further exemplifying how unique it was for Humphrey to earn an All-Pro nod.
Here’s a portion of what Lead NFL Analyst Sam Monson had to say about the former second-round pick:
“Humphrey has allowed just seven pressures in eight games across 400 pass-blocking snaps. As a run-blocker, he has a 93.8 PFF grade, which is second only to Trent Williams among all offensive linemen. If offensive linemen were ever truly in the running for such awards, Humphrey would have as good a case for Offensive Rookie of the Year as anybody this season.”
Side note: Creed Humphrey should win OROY but he won't because he's a lineman and more specifically, a center.— Dalton "Fall Damage" Miller (@DaltonBMiller) November 2, 2021
Dalton brings up a very valid point that it’s highly unlikely Humphrey will get real consideration for that award as it usually goes to virtually every other offensive position except offensive line.
Nonetheless, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone in the Sooners’ fanbase who couldn’t have seen this coming.
For years, Humphrey showed up week in and week out dominating the Big 12 competition. He did it quietly, confidently, and with a tenacity that just can’t be coached. As long as he continues to keep Patrick Mahomes upright, he’ll continue to prove the Sooners community right and prove the teams that passed on him wrong.
Chiefs (waiver order: 18th): The high-powered Chiefs offense hasn’t looked so high-powered this year. Patrick Mahomes has two big targets in Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, but after that, things get kind of dicey. Adding Beckham to this offense might be exactly what Kansas City needs to turn things around this year. The Chiefs have been searching far and wide for a No. 2 receiver behind Hill and that search would presumably end with the addition of Beckham.
Even in a period when the ball has been more difficult to move, Hill has 64 catches (1st in the NFL) for 735 yards (fifth) and six touchdowns (tied-fourth) after eight games, while Kelce has 49 (seventh) catches for 560 yards (17th) and four touchdowns (tied-sixth) after eight games. Then comes a slight drop off, albeit with Mecole Hardman next up on 352 yards to put him on course to surpass his career-high 538, followed by Byron Pringle’s career-best 255 yards. So sure, there is always potential for expansion for offense, even in one that has been as creative as that of Reid.
Bold prediction: Love will play better than you think, throwing for a TD and rushing for another. He led only one scoring drive in two preseason appearances and is making his first meaningful regular-season appearance since he was drafted in 2020, but Love is jumping in with a team that knows how to win. — Rob Demovsky
Stat to know: Packers receiver Davante Adams’ two games with 10-plus receptions this season trails only Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill’s three for the most in the NFL. Hill leads the NFL with 64 total catches this season. The only Chiefs players since the 1970 merger to lead the NFL in receptions in a season are Tony Gonzalez (2004) and MacArthur Lane (1976).
Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs (Over 48)
The total on this game dropped 6.5 points after Aaron Rodgers’ COVID-19 absence was announced. I have no idea if the Chiefs cover the spread — they’ve burned me a couple of times this year — but I still think this game is relatively high scoring.
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Why Rodgers declined the vaccine
Rodgers said he was doing “very well” on Friday after not feeling great on Thursday. As for why he declined the vaccine, Rodgers said that he was allergic to one of the ingredients in the mRNA vaccines. This meant that he could only take the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is something that he did not want to do because he had heard of multiple people “who have had adverse events around getting the J&J.” He also brought up how it was paused temporarily months ago.
Rodgers said that he then looked into different methods to keep himself and his teammates safe, and found a long-term “immunization protocol” that involved multiple months. Rodgers then petitioned the league to accept his immunization status under their vaccination protocol. The league said this did not count as “vaccinated,” and he was put into the “non-vaccinated” category. Rodgers appealed this, and was given multiple weeks where he says he gathered over 500 pages of research on immunization surrounding his case. Rodgers did not win his appeal.
Prosecutors now have decided to charge Ruggs with additional felony counts of DUI and reckless driving due to the injuries suffered by his passenger, girlfriend Kiara Je’nai Kilgo-Washington, who also goes by Rudy Washington. The misdemeanor charge is possession of a firearm while under the influence, stemming from a loaded gun found in Ruggs’ car at the scene.
The story was first reported by TMZ.
Ruggs’ Chevrolet Corvette rammed into the back of Tina Tintor’s Toyota Rav4, causing the SUV to immediately catch fire.
Ruggs, who was released on $150,000 bail and is being monitored electronically after giving up his passport, could be facing a maximum of 46 years in prison
9. Marcus Peters, CB, Baltimore Ravens
Injury: Torn ACL
Games missed: Seven
It’s true that the Ravens are 5-2 despite a disastrous run of injuries this summer that cost them three top running backs and their starting left tackle, among other key players. But while their offense has hummed along, ranking No. 8 in the NFL with an average of 25.8 points per game, their defense — especially against the pass — has slumped.
Opponents are averaging an NFL-high 296.1 passing yards per game, and the Ravens’ interception rate of 1.9% ranks No. 20 in the league. Before he tore the ACL in training camp, Peters was the Ravens’ top ballhawk and equalizer in pass defense. He had seven interceptions in 24 games after the Ravens acquired him, returning two for touchdowns.
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There are a million different reasons why a person may be struggling with their mental health, but there is one thing that is an absolute fact — life is hard.
Life is beyond hard. Sometimes life can feel impossible.
Men have a hard time speaking about mental health, especially their own mental health. Growing up, we are taught to exude a sense of invincibility.
If we are injured, we are told that we are okay and to walk it off or rub some dirt in it.
If we are scared of doing something, we’re told that we don’t have the guts to do it.
Think about that for a second.
From an early age, men are told that to ignore and push through the pain. And that if we show fear, then we lack what makes us a man.
Many NFL players come from neighborhoods where the greatest sin a boy can commit is being soft. You have to act like you are hard 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
A tweet to make you think
Packers QB @AaronRodgers12: "The situation that I'm in should be a conversation not a controversy. ... I'm here to continue the conversation."— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 5, 2021
"I feel really good and if this were the flu, there's no way I wouldn't be playing." Adds that he's been helping Jordan Love this week.