Frank Reich is on the hot seat
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The Colts looked pathetic in Sunday’s shutout loss to the Jaguars, going just 2 of 10 on third down and gaining 218 yards of offense. Matt Ryan threw three interceptions and looked over the hill against an aggressive Jaguars front, which manhandled the Colts’ offensive line and finished with five sacks.
Indianapolis was 0-for-2 in the red zone and finished with three turnovers, not exactly the offense the Colts thought they were getting when they ditched Carson Wentz for Ryan.
The Colts, who were expected to rule the AFC South this season now have a loss to Jacksonville and a tie against Houston. That’s inexcusable.
When: Sunday Kickoff time: noon, Central
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium TV: CBS (Ch. 5 in Kansas City, Ch, 12 in Wichita)
Radio: WDAF (106.5 FM) (or streamed on Chiefs mobile app)
Series: Colts lead 17-10 (including postseason)
Opening betting line: Chiefs by 6 1/2
“I think he’s the only one to have a shot. I think what Tom has been able to do, because he’s had had such longevity, and because he’s played at such a high level for such a long time, it’s good, but once you start getting to the numbers with Tom forget the Super Bowls.”
“When you look at the passing yardage, you look at the touchdowns, you got to play an extremely long time. Just go back in history and look at the guys that possessed the records. Fran Tarkenton. Fran played like 16 years. You look at Peyton Manning, 18 years, Drew Brees, 19-20 years. Tom Brady comes along, 23 years. Marino had the touchdown record, played 16 years. You got to play a long period of time.
5. Tight end Travis Kelce continues to climb up the record books.
Kelce – who led all pass-catchers with five receptions for 51 yards – now has the sixth-most catches for any tight end in NFL history, passing Jimmy Graham. Kelce is just 26 catches shy of passing Greg Olsen and moving into the top-five.
The All-Pro tight end was one of nine players to catch a pass on Thursday, marking the second-straight week that exactly nine pass-catchers hauled in at least one reception.
Travis Kelce is the 3rd TE in NFL history with 100+ rec yds in at least 30 career games.— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) September 16, 2022
With 1 more such game, Kelce will tie fellow @Chiefs TE and @ProFootballHOF @TonyGonzalez88 for the 2nd-most such games (31) by a TE all-time behind @RobGronkowski (32).#ChiefsKingdom
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Trubisky, who earned the right to be the Steelers’ starting quarterback just two short weeks ago, led a unit that mustered just 243 yards of offense and generated one touchdown against New England. One too many listless drives was enough for the Pittsburgh crowd to let Trubisky hear it.
“It is what it is,” Trubisky said after the game. “You just block it out and play football.”
The 49ers quarterback suffered a fractured ankle against the Seahawks that will require season-ending surgery, head coach Kyle Shanahan announced Sunday. Jimmy Garoppolo entered the game for Lance and led San Francisco to a 27-7 victory over Seattle.
“It’s unfortunate for him,” Shanahan said after the game. “We’re really hurting for him and we were really hoping to see a lot of him this year. So, to see him have that bad of an injury to where he can’t come back from it, you feel for him”
Lance was carted off the field with his right leg in an air cast after sustaining the injury in the first quarter. Lance completed 2 of 3 passes for 30 yards and added 13 rushing yards prior to his exit. The injury came when Lance was tackled to the ground during an option run up the middle.
Arizona’s win, however, wasn’t possible without quarterback Kyler Murray, who nearly single-handedly led the Cardinals to overtime.
The comeback started with the Cardinals down 20 at halftime and ended with them winning by six. They scored 16 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.
“I don’t even know,” Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby said. “It’s crazy.”
“Now maybe Tua will finally listen to me,” said coach Mike McDaniel. “What I mean by that is, it’s awesome to be critical of yourself. It is good. He has a high standard for himself. ... The absolute worst thing could have happened in the beginning of the game, the contested ball, not really his fault on the first interception and then he starts pressing and throws it up for the second interception.
“This is huge. He stopped worrying about the last play and went and played and took his responsibility seriously to his teammates. ‘I’m going to lead this team confidently.’ It is what you get into sports for. It is cool for the coaching staff and him. It was coming to life. It was a moment, I think, he’ll never forget and hopefully he can use it moving forward. ... His teammates learned a lot about him and I think he learned something about himself.”
Tyreek Hill has a hilarious message for any remaining Tua haters pic.twitter.com/XtDO3fXtFa— Bussin' With The Boys (@BussinWTB) September 19, 2022
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Rashad Fenton: With starter Trent McDuffie going on injured reserve this week, the Chiefs were down a cornerback. For whatever reason, they seemed to let Mike Williams attack their remaining corners with limited help. None fared that well — but Fenton was particularly unimpressive, getting both a holding and a pass interference call (his second of the day) on a play where Williams still caught the pass. It wasn’t his finest performance — albeit in a tough matchup.
Andy Reid: Why would the winning coach be on the losers list? Let’s see... maybe it was the game plan... the scripted plays... the decisions to punt... the conservative play-calls and the play-calls on short yardage... leaving tight ends alone in protection against Bosa and Mack too often — and finally, going for a field goal on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line. To his credit, Reid’s offense appears to have adjusted just enough in the second half — but in such a big game, there were too many puzzling decisions.
A tweet to make you think
Remaining undefeated teams:— Steven Kriz (@skrizPO) September 19, 2022
At least one of these teams will fall tomorrow night.