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Can Patrick Mahomes be the first to 6K passing yards and 60 TDs? | ESPN

Is it reasonable to think Mahomes can get to 6,000 yards and 60 touchdowns? The NFL records of 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns were set by Denver’s Peyton Manning in 2013. That was the only other time a player reached 5,000 and 50. Mahomes would need to average 370 yards and 3.79 TDs over the final 14 games to reach 6,000 and 60.

But he could get there with games like the one he had Sunday in Oakland, throwing for 278 yards and four touchdowns — in the second quarter. He finished with 443 yards overall.

The Kansas City Chiefs’ run game stalled? Oh well. They’ll keep on passing | The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs are unsure yet who they will have available in the backfield Sunday, when they play host to the Baltimore Ravens in their home opener. Starter Damien Williams missed practice against Thursday with a bone bruise on his knee. After not practicing Wednesday, LeSean McCoy was a limited participant Thursday.

Regardless of who is back there, the blocking can be better, particularly on the left side, though tackle Eric Fisher will miss considerable time after core muscle surgery. The Chiefs were good in pass protection last week, less effective in creating avenues for the running backs.

“When it’s all said and done, we’ll fix it,” Bieniemy said. “We will fix it.”

Chiefs plan to keep Anthony Hitchens healthier and more effective by managing his snaps | The Athletic

Hitchens hopes the rest of the Chiefs’ games this season are similar to last week. If such happens, Hitchens knows he won’t be asked to play a combined 155 defensive snaps in an eight-day stretch, which occurred in the Chiefs’ first two games last season against the Los Angeles Chargers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Through two games this season, Hitchens has played 108 snaps.

“It’s good because at the end of the year I’m still going to be rolling,” Hitchens said. “I’m at the point where I’m just trying to win. I just think it’s smart. This is a good plan and I trust the coaches. That’s the first key: I just had to trust it. I’m all for it.”

Ravens-Chiefs Preview | Yahoo! Sports

The Chiefs rallied downfield in the final minute of regulation, Mahomes converting a fourth down with an audacious throw to Tyreek Hill before finding Damien Williams for the tying touchdown. Harrison Butker added the winning field goal in overtime in a crucial December matchup.

”Of course we’ll watch last year’s game,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said, ”but teams change so much, and they watch the game, too. So it’s always a new game. … You try to predict something and all of a sudden it gets blown up in your face. That, to me, is the beauty of this league.”

Putting Patrick Mahomes’ young career into perspective | Arrowhead Addict

Mahomes started 19 games in the regular season before turning 24. In those 19 games, he has thrown for 6,202, averaging 326 yards per game. He’s completed 57 touchdown passes, ran for 2 and has committed just 16 turnovers, 13 of them from interceptions. In his 19 career regular season starts, Mahomes has compiled a 114.5 passer rating.

Mahomes was third in the NFL in 2018 with 15 completions of 40 or more yards, finishing behind 
Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger as they tied first with 16. This year, Mahomes already has 7 completions of 40 yards or more, almost half of his 2018 total in two games. He leads the NFL in that category, with Kyler Murray being second with 4.

The Chiefs Defense Is Showing Signs Of Improvement | Forbes

Last year the Chiefs allowed 65 points in their first two games, though that was to more challenging opponents — the playoff-bound Los Angeles Chargers and a Pittsburgh Steelers team that still had Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown.

This season the defense has allowed just 36 points.

The defense has intercepted three passes through two games and had three sacks against Oakland, which is noteworthy, considering the Raiders’ mammoth offensive line is the strength of the team and didn’t allow a sack in Week 1. 

Week 3 NFL picks against the spread | The Athletic

Chiefs (-6) vs. Ravens

We’ve got our game of the week featuring two of the most exciting quarterbacks in the NFL. Through two weeks, 20.9 percent of Mahomes’ qualifying dropbacks have resulted in explosive plays. That’s the most for any QB in the NFL. Guess who’s second? That’s right, Lamar Jackson at 20.34 percent. Something to keep an eye on when the Chiefs have the ball is how well they can protect Mahomes. The Ravens’ pass rush was a question coming into the season, but they’ve produced a sack or QB hit on 32.5 percent of their opponents’ dropbacks, which is the third-best mark for any defense. Matt Judon, specifically, has been impressive with a sack or hit on 15.22 percent of his chances — the fourth-best mark in the league. The Ravens keep it close, but the Chiefs cover on a late TD.

The pick: Chiefs (-6)

Five Things We Learned from Wednesday’s Media Availability | The Mothership

5. Finally, Sunday’s game will be a special one for Colquitt as he passes Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive guard Will Shields for the most games played in franchise history (225).

Colquitt spoke about the milestone and what it means to him on Wednesday.

“It’s exciting that I got to sit across the locker room from No. 68, Will Shields, for two seasons and got to pick his brain and see how he worked. It’s interesting, he would be sitting in his game locker with his glasses on like he was asleep before a game – not asleep – but just in his zone. I remember watching him on the field in training camp and stuff like that and then you see him on a game day and it’s like a calm before the coolest kind of storm you could see,” Colquitt said. “For us to be tied right now, it’s exciting for my family and me. It’s cool that I can share this with him. I remember asking for his jersey in 2005 and he said, ‘I don’t do jerseys until I’m done, that’s bad luck,’ and sure enough as soon as he retired, he showed up and gave me his jersey, signed and everything and I have it in my basement. I remember I didn’t have to ask again either, he’s that kind of guy. It’s fun seeing how he did it and [I’ve been] trying to replicate that kind of career. Obviously, he was [playing] every down except fourth and I’m a fourth-down guy, so he was in the trenches.”

Chiefs still aiming to shore up suspect secondary | Yahoo! Sports

”Brett (Veach) does all of that. He allows me to concentrate on the football part of it,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, neatly punting to his general manager on a question about the club’s interest in acquiring another cornerback.

”The speculation?” Reid said. ”I don’t go there with all that.”

Leave it to everyone else.

Fitzpatrick would have been an ideal fit in Kansas City, with his combination of age, ability and disposition making him the perfect addition to the locker room. But he’s no longer available, so Ramsey has become a favorite topic of armchair GMs chasing a Super Bowl championship.

Inside info: Replacement Eagles, Mason Rudolph’s favorite target, downgrading the Saints and more from our NFL beat writers | The Athletic

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Q: Darwin Thompson was a hot fantasy add this week. What’s the latest on Damien Williams? 

A: Damien Williams didn’t practice Wednesday, which is always a shaky sign. LeSean McCoy didn’t either, meaning the Chiefs may turn to Thompson with both members of their one-two punch hobbled. Unless something changes drastically by Friday/Saturday, Williams is a huge risk. McCoy might be less so, but he’ll probably be a game time decision at best.

The problem with taking any Chiefs RB right now is that they’re barely running the ball, choosing instead to air it out. So even if Thompson gets the lion’s share of the snaps, he may not see the ball as much as other running backs involved in a time share.

Chiefs Kingdom Raises Record Donation for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City | The Mothership

The Chiefs and the Kansas City community raised more than $500,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City (RMHC-KC) through flag sales during the 28th edition of Red Friday on Friday, Sept. 6. Over the past six years, Red Friday flag sales have raised more than $1.7 million to help RMHC-KC continue its mission of keeping families close in times of sickness and need.

Through a partnership with McDonald’s, the specially designed 60th season edition of the flag was sold in all Kansas City- and St. Joseph-area McDonald’s locations, as well as Kansas City Hy-Vee stores and CommunityAmerica Credit Union branches for a minimum donation of $5. For the third year in a row, the flags were also sold online, with this year’s online sales more than tripling last years. The half-million-dollar donation marks the highest Red Friday flag sales contribution since the club began selling them prior to the start of the 2014 season.

NFL Week 3 game picks: Chiefs edge Ravens; Rams top Browns | NFL.com

Kansas City Chiefs 33, Baltimore Ravens 30

1 p.m. ET (CBS) | Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, Mo.)

It’s not hyperbole to say this is the best Week 3 quarterback matchup of all time. 
Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson are the first two QBs in the Super Bowl era to complete over 70 percent of their passes with seven touchdowns and no picks in the first two weeks, and now they face each other. The Ravens and Chiefs lead the NFL in passing plays over 20 yards, and both of their defenses rank in the top 10 in big plays allowed, so don’t expect the fireworks to stop now.

Like a young Michael Jordan, Mahomes focused on improving a specific part of his game this offseason. His ability to create extra time to throw with his movement inside and outside the pocket has helped the 24-year-old MVP look better than a year ago. Jackson is more obviously improved, although folks are a little too surprised that a wildly talented 22-year-old quarterback took big strides 
when the signs were all there. Lamar’s run to the edge on a read-option remains the easiest 8-yard gain in football, and the types of dimes he threw against Arizona were eye-opening — to the boundary into tight coverage and delicately over the top of zone defenses. The overtime matchup between these two teams last year was an instant classic and provided Mahomes’ MVP moment. Expect more of the same Sunday — and for the rest of the 2020s — while pitying the viewers stuck with local game coverage of mere mortals.

Chiefs vs. Ravens: Injury Report | The Mothership

Kansas City Chiefs:

PLAYERPOS.INJURYPART. WED.PART. THURS.PART. FRI.GAME STATUS
Eric FisherTGroinDNPDNPDNPOut
Tyreek HillWRShoulderDNPDNPDNPOut
LeSean McCoyRBAnkleDNPLPFPQuestionable
Damien WilliamsRBKneeDNPDNPDNPOut
Laurent Duvernay-TardifGElbowFPFPFP--
Cam ErvingOLElbowFPFPFP--
Travis KelceTEKneeFPFPFP--
Patrick MahomesQBAnkleFPFPFP--
Demarcus RobinsonWRElbowFPFPFP--

Baltimore Ravens:

PLAYERPOS.INJURYPART. WED.PART. THURS.PART. FRI.GAME STATUS
Mark AndrewsTEFootDNPLPLPQuestionable
Pat RicardDL/FBBackDNPLPFPQuestionable
Jimmy SmithCBKneeDNPDNPDNPOut
Earl ThomasSNot Injury RelatedDNPFPFP--
Brynden TrawickSElbowDNPDNPDNPOut
Marquise BrownWRNot Injury Related----DNP--
Brandon CarrCBNot Injury Related----DNP--
Pernell McPheeLBNot Injury Related----DNP--

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Arrowhead Guys Twitter:

No practice for #Chiefs today but they must estimate an injury report. CB Kendall Fuller (thumb), LT Eric Fisher (groin), DT Chris Jones (groin) and LG Andrew Wylie (ankle) would not have practiced.

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If ppl knew how many smelling salts were used during (and before) the game they'd be shocked. The sidelines are littered with used ammonia tablets. For example, every game I put 4 into an empty bottle and kept it at my locker for pregame. Took a whiff before I head out.

Warren Sharp on Twitter

”When you need to jack yourself up to kick a 26 yard field goal, sniff that salt https://t.co/2YKpqrTAUe”

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twiggamortis
twiggamortis

Dang, Pats release AB. SHOCKED I tell you.

zulu trader
zulu trader

I don’t get it! .. We have the most exciting team in football. We have the MVP who puts on incredible shows every weekend. Along with the best wide receiver and best tight around the league . . .. how exciting is all that ? How long have we waited to see such football ? How lucky are we ?

so why the fuck to we give two shits about some fucking moron like AB ? Why do I see so many comments about this idiot — he brings nothing to the table . . .

I can always skip those comments, but I hope for better from my fellow Chief fans. Wake up and smell the coffee

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DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater

So angry for a Friday.

Why? Because I expect to win. I expect to win every week. Its glorious, but it doesnt make for great conversation.

Chiefs fans:
“Mahomes is awesome”
“Fuck yeah. Hes going to kick ass again”
“Damn right”

Donkey Fans:
“Why do we suck so bad?”
“Its Bolles holding all the time”
“Then cut his ass”
“And replace him with who?”
“I dont know but i dont trust horseface to pick the replacement”
“Fire horseface then”
“Cant. Dont have an owner.”
“At least we have von”
“Von sucks too. Trade him”
“Whats that say about our team then”
So on and so forth….

zulu trader
zulu trader

and AB makes for great conversation ?

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and I’m angry all the time monday thru saturday

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater

His email that came out the other day and the associated comments were hilarious. Not lien.

zulu trader
zulu trader

you’re hilarious

kcfreak725
kcfreak725

After playing the Dolphins and Cardinals, I am curious to see how the Ravens play against an actual good team. That being said, I think it has potential to be another good one. The difference is, our defense is improving.

zulu trader
zulu trader

after playing jacksonville and faiders I am curious to see how the CHIEFS play against an actual good team

Tony Sommer

Jacksonville > Baltimore

zulu trader
zulu trader

doubt it

Chickennpickles
Chickennpickles

I tend to agree with you quite a bit, Tony. But this one? Ima have to pass..

Tarkus

Jags & Raiders >>>>> Dolphins & Cards

Chickennpickles
Chickennpickles

I hope it’s improved enough.

ArrowFan
ArrowFan

Red Friday

KCChef
KCChef

Ya Can’t Spell D-Bag W/ Out AB … : (

workingmansdead

This is the first game that I’m really pumped for this year. The other two I had a hard time getting too excited about because the opponents were weak. This is going to be a real test Sunday.

ElPasoJason
ElPasoJason

If Ramsey doesn’t work out, does it sound like Howard is available? Or do we have to wait for P-Squared to try again?

Tony Sommer

Howard is likely not available since they just signed him to a long term deal.

go_saleaumua
go_saleaumua

We’d likely have better luck trying to pry Jenkins from NYG (no guarantee that’ll happen) or Rowe from MIA (not likely, since he knows Flores’ defense inside and out & they’re fire-selling all other DB’s not named Howard).

So…the reinforcements are looking like Mo Claiborne and Mo Claiborne, IMO

Savagerider
Savagerider

Brown now sending pictures of her kids and instructing other people to get info in her. Come on now i know Goodell let’s Kraft get away with too much but he can’t let this go anymore with brown. All drama to purposely get off raiders. Lawsuits , 2 sexual assault accusations, now intimidating an accuser with her kids. NFL has to draw a line somewhere

ElPasoJason
ElPasoJason

Marijuana possession and PEDs is where they draw the line … you know, serious crimes!

Also, being caught on video doing anything questionable. Only video though……

zulu trader
zulu trader

ahhh, the dreaded ‘marijuana’

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Tarkus

Reefer Madness!

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater

Kraft is very disappointed in his protege. Gotta do this kind of shit with people who cant speak english and will be killed and disappeared if they speak out.

workingmansdead

What the fuck?

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater

Artists may be poor and desperate but theyre no chinese sex slaves

Tarkus

There were no sex slaves. Stop with this stupid narrative.

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater

Me love you long time.

Then sleep in janitor closet.

Team Player
Team Player

I’m pretty sure that’s getting close to a legal problem for Brown if true

He clearly doesn’t need help destroying his life

Tony Sommer

ArrowFan
ArrowFan

Social media and stupidity don’t mix well. You can see a clear difference between how AB conducts his business and how Reek does his. One will make a lot of money and end up in the Hall of Fame the other is going to be subject to a what happened to them off season time kill report in 10 years.