Mahomes on OT in AFC title game: ‘I had the utmost confidence the defense was going to get the stop’

It’s been almost year since Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs fell at home to the eventual world champion New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, and on Sunday, the Chiefs have an opportunity to get revenge when they head to Foxboro to battle the Patriots.

In the AFC title game, the Patriots got off to a great start and led 14-0 at halftime, but the Chiefs’ offense finally woke up in the second half and would score 31 points. However, it was not enough as the Patriots would defeat the Chiefs 37-31 in OT. 

You got the sense going into OT that whoever received the ball first was going to win that game, and fortunately for the Patriots, they would receive the ball first, and even though the Chiefs’ defense struggled last season, and in the AFC title game, Mahomes believed the defense could get them the ball back in the extra period.

“Obviously, when you lose to a team, you’ll want to beat them the next time you play them,” Mahomes said on Wednesday. “I remember being on the sideline and having full confidence the defense was going to make the stop, and they got really close several times on that drive.

“You never have that defeated feeling until after the game is over, you would say. I had the utmost confidence the defense was going to get the stop in that possession, and we just came up a little short.”

The Chiefs were probably better than New England last season, and if Dee Ford does not line up offsides, which nullified an interception late in the contest, the Chiefs win that game. However, Tom Brady is Tom Brady, and Bill Belichick is Bill Belichick. In the end, that was slightly too much for the Chiefs.

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Ravens’ Jackson leading Pro Bowl voting by fans

Baltimore Ravens quarterback LAMAR JACKSON, with 146,171 votes, leads all players in balloting for the 2020 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon.

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES (116,325 votes) ranks second overall, while Seattle quarterback RUSSELL WILSON (115,370 votes), Minnesota running back DALVIN COOK (106,167 votes) and Carolina running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY (100,218 votes) round out the top five.

Four of the top five vote-getters – Jackson, Mahomes, Cook and McCaffrey – are under the age of 25. Additionally, seven first or second-year players currently lead their conference in votes received at their respective positions.

The BALTIMORE RAVENS lead all clubs in total votes received. The SAN FRANCISCO 49ERSGREEN BAY PACKERSDALLAS COWBOYS and MINNESOTA VIKINGS round out the current top-five vote-getters among teams.

Fan voting for the 2020 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones at NFL.com/ProBowlVote until Thursday, December 12.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 17 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

NFL PRO BOWL TOP-FIVE VOTE-GETTERS

​POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

QB

Lamar Jackson

Baltimore Ravens

146,171

QB

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

116,325

QB

Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks

115,370

RB

Dalvin Cook

Minnesota Vikings

106,167

RB​

Christian McCaffrey

Carolina Panthers

100,218


NFL PRO BOWL TOP VOTE-GETTERS BY

TEAM

TEAM

Baltimore Ravens

San Francisco 49ers

Green Bay Packers

Dallas Cowboys

Minnesota Vikings


AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

POS.

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

POS.

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

QB

AFC

Lamar Jackson, Baltimore

146,171

DE

AFC

Joey Bosa, L.A. Chargers

62,029

QB

NFC

Russell Wilson, Seattle

115,370

DE

NFC

Nick Bosa, San Francisco

72,506

RB

AFC

Nick Chubb, Cleveland

75,922

DT

AFC

Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh

36,126

RB

NFC

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota

106,167

DT

NFC

Aaron Donald, L.A. Rams

53,657

FB

AFC

Patrick Ricard, Baltimore

22,833

OLB

AFC

T.J. Watt, Pittsbugh

46,686

FB

NFC

Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco

87,534

OLB

NFC

Preston Smith, Green Bay

33,583

WR

AFC

DeAndre Hopkins, Houston

59,866

ILB

AFC

Devin Bush, Pittsburgh

28,619

WR

NFC

Amari Cooper, Dallas

78,027

ILB

NFC

Bobby Wagner, Seattle

33,059

TE

AFC

Travis Kelce, Kansas City

77,148

CB

AFC

Marcus Peters, Baltimore

44,338

TE

NFC

George Kittle, San Francisco

59,958

CB

NFC

Richard Sherman, San Francisco

42,889

T

AFC

Orlando Brown, Baltimore

30,793

SS

AFC

Jamal Adams, N.Y. Jets

48,956

T

NFC

David Bakhtiari, Green Bay

43,362

SS

NFC

Adrian Amos, Green Bay

14,366

G

AFC

Marshal Yanda, Baltimore

34,974

FS

AFC

Minkah Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh

44,340

G

NFC

Zack Martin, Dallas

34,221

FS

NFC

Budda Baker, Arizona

12,950

C

AFC

Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh

31,209

P

AFC

Jake Bailey, New England

15,895

C

NFC

Travis Frederick, Dallas

39,675

P

NFC

JK Scott, Green Bay

12,110

K

AFC

Justin Tucker, Baltimore

30,619

ST

AFC

Matthew Slater, New England

16,226

K

NFC

Mason Crosby, Green Bay

13,713

ST

NFC

Ameer Abdullah, Minnesota

15,875

RS

AFC

Mecole Hardman, Kansas City

18,606

RS

NFC

Tyler Lockett, Seattle

14,273

     

Mahomes: ‘I tried to get the ball out of my hands, and guys were making plays’

Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes picked up where he left off in 2018. Mahomes threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns as the Chiefs went on the road to beat the Jaguars 40-26 on Sunday.

For good portion of the game, Mahomes was hampered by a left ankle injury, which he injured in the second quarter, and while the injury slowed Mahomes, he was still able to be effective.

“The adrenaline helped out, of course,” Mahomes said after the game. “I was going out there and just playing football. I mean, obviously, I wasn’t as mobile as I usually am. But the team helped me out step-by-step as I tried to get the ball out of my hands, and guys were making plays.”

While Mahomes was able to play on despite the injury, Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill could be out for an extended time after he suffered a collarbone injury in the second quarter. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the injury will not require surgery but will cause him to “miss a few weeks.” However, without Hill, who recently signed a reported three-year, $54 million extension, the Chiefs were still able to have success on offense.

“I mean, obviously whenever someone with Tyreek’s ability goes out, you wonder what’s going to happen,” Mahomes said. “But, the best thing about this team – and you’ve seen it the last few years now – is whenever someone gets their opportunity, they step up and play. And we really pick each other up. So, I was glad the guys stepped up, made plays; and that was running backs, receivers, tight ends, and whatever it was. I mean, that’s just how we roll. Whoever is given the opportunity to make the play, they make it.”

The Chiefs will get their first taste of life without Hill next week as they travel to Oakland to face the Raiders. It should be fascinating to see how the Chiefs prolific offense will look without Hill.

Marrone on Chiefs’ offense: ‘I’d put them up there against anybody’

The Kansas City Chiefs offense was off the charts last season. Led by quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who threw for 5097 yards and 50 touchdowns, and became the second player in league history to throw for 5000 yards and 50 touchdowns,  the Chiefs scored 565 points, which is third-most in NFL history.

With those numbers, this offense has to go down as one of better offenses in NFL history, and this week, Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone talked about the Chiefs’ offense.

“When you follow the game, especially the history of the game which I love, and you guys know that I think ‘The Greatest Show on Turf”(1999-2001 Rams) always comes up when people think of offense,” Marrone said on Thursday as his Jaguars prepare to battle the Chiefs on Sunday. “I think normally anyone that follows the game thinks of that Rams team and what they have. And I like to think that I was part of something when we were in New Orleans and really rolling, and they’re still rolling with Drew [Brees]. I think you look at what [Rams Head Coach] Sean [McVay] has done at the Rams, and you look at people around the league, there’s a lot of them, really good offenses that have been around.

“And I think what probably separates Kansas City and puts them up there, obviously a great coaching staff and they have such great players and guys that have developed so quickly. You look at someone that’s thrown 50-plus touchdowns, there’s only three quarterbacks that have really done that, and the other two are Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. So, I think that it starts with the quarterback position and their quarterback’s obviously the league MVP and is an outstanding player. He’s done a great job, and they have some great people around him, so it’s going to be a great challenge for us, and we have to put a lot of work in. It’s a lot of guys. You stop one and then you have another. They’ve got a lot of talent on that side of the football.”

While Marrone is a big fan of “The Greatest Show Turf,” he does believe this Chiefs’ offense is in the conversation as one of the greatest offenses of all-time.

“I’d put them up there against anybody,” Marrone said about the Chiefs’ offense. “Yeah, I’d put them up there versus all those teams. I just don’t know which one is the team that you would think. Like I said, for me, I always think of the Rams offense, but in my mind, I love the history of the game, so there’s a lot of other great offenses that are even going on right now in the league and some in the past. But to answer your question, yes, they’re up there in that conversation and can easily be put up there with the best ones. That’s a credit to them and how they’ve performed.”

With the new rules that favor offenses, teams are going to put up a lot of points. This Chiefs’ offense put up a lot of points in 2018, and barring any injuries, will probably do the same in 2019.

Willie Roaf: Chiefs can build a dynasty with Mahomes

For the Kansas City Chiefs, the 2018 season did not end the way they expected. They had home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, they had the highest scoring offense in football, and they had the best player in 2018 in QB Patrick Mahomes, but their defense could not hold up, and Tom Brady and the Patriots would defeat the Chiefs 37-31 in OT in the AFC title game.

While losing this game hurts for Kansas City, the Chiefs can be excited about the future. Mahomes has proven that he has the goods, WR Tyreek Hill is explosive, and Travis Kelce is an elite tight end. All this talent has Hall of Famer Willie Roaf, who played for the Chiefs from 2002-05, very excited about the future.

“They got Mahomes, who is a different quarterback than anybody,” Roaf recently said on the Go4it podcast. “The offense has a bunch of guys and the best tight end in the league…

“I will tell you this; the Chiefs will be back, a lot coming up in the future. If they add pieces to their defense and get more running backs… Mostly draft defense. The Chiefs will be knocking on the door, and with that young quarterback, Mahomes, they will be building some type of dynasty. So, this is this kid’s first year starting, and he is just now figuring things out, so when you put more weapons around him, and Sammy Watkins was out most of the year. And then, they lost (Kareem)Hunt going into the playoffs, and he(Mahomes) was still able to go up and down the field.

“So, you give me some more weapons, and you keep that young group intact… They got a chance to win a couple of rings with that young boy in Kansas City.”

Last week, the Chiefs fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton and hired former Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo to lead their defense. Spagnuolo was in charge of the Giants’ defense that beat Tom Brady and the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

Chiefs fans should be excited about the future, but in the NFL, they’re no guarantees, so we’ll see if the Chiefs can improve their defense, and continue to build a great offense in 2019.

Listen below as Roaf talks the future of the Chiefs at the 07:10 mark:

 

HOF Willie Roaf thinks the Chiefs could rout the Pats in AFC title game

The AFC title game is a matchup of old versus new. The old legend in Tom Brady against maybe a new legend in Patrick Mahomes. In the regular season, Brady and the Patriots outlasted Mahomes and the Chiefs 43-40 at Foxboro back in October. This time around Mahomes and the Chiefs will have home-field advantage as Kansas City battles the Patriots on Sunday(6:40 PMET) at Arrowhead with a chance to go to Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta.

Brady and Bill Belichick are arguably the greatest duos in NFL history, and history has shown us that it is hard to bet against this combination, but according to former Chiefs OT and Hall of Famer Willie Roaf, Kansas City will get it done on Sunday, and he is pretty confident about it.

‘This kid (Patrick) Mahomes is special, Roaf told the Go4it podcast hosted by Paul Gant. “For his first-year starting, he is doing some amazing things, so I’m looking forward to it, but it’s going to be a tall task for Tom Brady and those guys to beat the Kansas City Chiefs at home. I would be surprised. It’s tough to play in Arrowhead.”

The Chiefs are 8-1 at home, including their blowout victory over the Colts last weekend in the divisional round; conversely, the Patriots have struggled away from Foxboro, and are 3-5 on the road.

You would think if the Patriots had any advantage it would be coaching as the Patriots have possibly the greatest coach of all-time in Bill Belichick, but according to Roaf, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, who is 1-4 in championship games, will have a lot to prove, which Roaf believes will help the Chiefs on Sunday.

“I think Andy Reid has something to prove,” Roaf said. “I think he knows he has a special player in Mahomes, more special than (Donovan) McNabb was. And the ability this kid has and the maturity he is showing right now, I don’t think I’m too concerned. I just think they need to score points, play Chiefs’ football, control the clock, and I think the Chiefs make it to the Super Bowl.”

Roaf is so confident in the Chiefs that he thinks it might be a rout.

“I think the game against the Patriots could be a blowout,” Roaf said.

Listen below as Roaf talks championship weekend in the NFL. Also, make sure to support Roaf’s “Frame Your Game” at frameyourgame.com.

 

Brees leading the fan vote for the Pro Bowl

As fan voting enters its final week, New Orleans Saints quarterback DREW BREES, with 950,818 votes, leads all players in balloting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon.

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES (884,888 votes) ranks second overall, while Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY (747,516 votes), New York Giants rookie running back SAQUON BARKLEY (718,108 votes) and Pittsburgh running back JAMES CONNER (664,897 votes) round out the top five.

Six of the top 10 vote getters – Mahomes, Conner, Barkley, Los Angeles Rams quarterback JARED GOFF, New Orleans Saints running back ALVIN KAMARA and Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver TYREEK HILL – are currently in their first, second or third NFL season. Additionally, nine first-or-second year players currently lead their conference in votes received at their respective positions.

Fan voting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones atNFL.com/ProBowlVote until Thursday, December 13.

Through the end of the voting period on December 13, fans will also be able to vote directly on Twitter. To cast such a vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, the player’s official Twitter handle, or a hashtag including the player’s first and last name. All three of these methods must include the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. Voting via Twitter is in addition to the online ballot at NFL.com/ProBowlVote, which will be available throughout the entire voting period.

Fans are able to vote as many times as they like through both NFL.com/ProBowlVote or directly on twitter.

The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon, which kicks off at 3:00 PM ET, will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Disney XD and simulcast on ABC – the second time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks, and the first time that the game is being televised on Disney XD.

Tickets to the game are on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. New this year, tickets will also grant fans special benefits on gameday, including AFC & NFC seating sections, player red carpet viewing, special kid zone activities and postgame fireworks.

Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 14.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 18 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

NFL PRO BOWL TOP-10 VOTE-GETTERS

POS. NAME TEAM VOTES
QB Drew Brees New Orleans 950,818
QB Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 884,888
RB Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 747,516
RB Saquon Barkley New York Giants 718,108
RB James Conner Pittsburgh 664,897
QB Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams 658,150
WR Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 630,392
RB Alvin Kamara New Orleans 582,550
WR Tyreek Hill Kansas City 560,994
TE Travis Kelce Kansas City 551,249

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

POS. CONF. NAME, TEAM VOTES POS. CONF. NAME, TEAM VOTES
QB AFC Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City 884,888 DE AFC J.J. Watt, Houston 405,878
QB NFC Drew Brees, New Orleans 950,818 DE NFC Danielle Hunter, Minnesota 278,267
RB AFC James Conner, Pittsburgh 664,897 DT AFC Geno Atkins, Cincinnati 242,851
RB NFC Todd Gurley, LA Rams 747,516 DT NFC Aaron Donald, LA Rams 385,591
FB AFC Anthony Sherman, Kansas City 170,608 OLB AFC T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh 314,173
FB NFC Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco 423,176 OLB NFC Khalil Mack, Chicago 378,895
WR AFC Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh 630,392 ILB AFC Jon Bostic, Pittsburgh 102,101
WR NFC Odell Beckham, Jr., NY Giants 527,768 ILB NFC Luke Kuechly, Carolina 261,715
TE AFC Travis Kelce, Kansas City 551,249 CB AFC Denzel Ward, Cleveland 268,092
TE NFC Zach Ertz, Philadelphia 495,442 CB NFC Kyle Fuller, Chicago 281,555
T AFC Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh 223,489 SS AFC Jamal Adams, NY Jets 178,371
T NFC Terron Armstead, New Orleans 246,931 SS NFC Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Washington 135,256
G AFC David DeCastro, Pittsburgh 273,059 FS AFC Derwin James, LA Chargers 110,193
G NFC Zack Martin, Dallas 221,790 FS NFC Eddie Jackson, Chicago 150,525
C AFC Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh 253,587 P AFC Britton Colquitt, Cleveland 127,866
C NFC Max Unger, New Orleans 243,549 P NFC Michael Dickson, Seattle 95,266
K AFC Justin Tucker, Baltimore 87,423 ST AFC Roosevelt Nix, Pittsburgh 108,445
K NFC Wil Lutz, New Orleans 124,151 ST NFC Mark Nzeocha, San Francisco 129,446
RS AFC Tyreek Hill, Kansas City 178,901
RS NFC Tarik Cohen, Chicago 146,204
*Totals reflect players currently on active rosters through Tuesday, December 4 at 3:00 PM ET

For the third consecutive year, Pro Bowl Week festivities will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort and across the Orlando area, bringing free experiences and activities to fans as well as an extraordinary number of events focused on commemorating all levels of football – from youth to high school to the NFL’s best. Some of the Pro Bowl Week events include: Pro Bowl Practices, Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, NFL FLAG Championships Powered By USA Football and Play Football Celebrity Flag Game.

Drew Brees leads Pro Bowl voting by fans

New Orleans Saints quarterback DREW BREES, with 487,400 votes, leads all players in balloting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon.

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES (459,325 votes) ranks second overall, while Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY (402,238 votes), Pittsburgh running back JAMES CONNER (384,643 votes) and New York Giants rookie running back SAQUON BARKLEY (363,609 votes) round out the top five.

Fan voting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones at NFL.com/ProBowlVote until Thursday, December 13.

During the final two weeks of 2019 Pro Bowl voting – November 29-December 13 – fans will also be able to vote directly on Twitter. To cast such a vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, the player’s official Twitter handle, or a hashtag including the player’s first and last name. All three of these methods must include the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. Voting via Twitter is in addition to the online ballot at NFL.com/ProBowlVote, which will be available throughout the entire voting period.

The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon, which kicks off at 3:00 PM ET, will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Disney XD and simulcast on ABC – the second time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks, and the first time that the game is being televised on Disney XD.

Tickets to the game are on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. New this year, tickets will also grant fans special benefits on gameday, including AFC & NFC seating sections, player red carpet viewing, special kid zone activities and postgame fireworks.

Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 14.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 18 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

NFL PRO BOWL TOP-10 VOTE-GETTERS

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

QB

Drew Brees New Orleans 487,400

QB

Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 459,325

RB

Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 402,238

RB

James Conner Pittsburgh 384,643

RB

Saquon Barkley New York Giants 363,609

WR

Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 353,169

QB

Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams 337,765

RB

Alvin Kamara New Orleans 312,083

RB

Kareem Hunt Kansas City 293,209

TE

Travis Kelce Kansas City 283,104​

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

POS.

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

POS.

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

 

QB

AFC Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City 459,325

DE

AFC J.J. Watt, Houston 212,514  

QB

NFC Drew Brees, New Orleans 487,400

DE

NFC Danielle Hunter, Minnesota 149,946  

RB

AFC James Conner, Pittsburgh 384,643

DT

AFC Geno Atkins, Cincinnati 132,284  

RB

NFC Todd Gurley, LA Rams 402,238

DT

NFC Aaron Donald, LA Rams 201,789  

FB

AFC Roosevelt Nix, Pittsburgh 92,592

OLB

AFC T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh 167,030  

FB

NFC Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco 229,543

OLB

NFC Khalil Mack, Chicago 178,678  

WR

AFC Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh 353,169

ILB

AFC Jon Bostic, Pittsburgh 59,201  

WR

NFC Odell Beckham, Jr., NY Giants 278,490

ILB

NFC Luke Kuechly, Carolina 132,323  

TE

AFC Travis Kelce, Kansas City 283,104

CB

AFC Denzel Ward, Cleveland 147,901  

TE

NFC Zach Ertz, Philadelphia 266,553

CB

NFC Patrick Peterson, Arizona 125,114  

T

AFC Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh 125,152

SS

AFC Jamal Adams, NY Jets 92,765  

T

NFC Terron Armstead, New Orleans 128,234

SS

NFC Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Washington 75,331  

G

AFC David DeCastro, Pittsburgh 157,292

FS

AFC Derwin James, LA Chargers 57,858  

G

NFC Zack Martin, Dallas 114,083

FS

NFC Harrison Smith, Minnesota 57,938  

C

AFC Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh 145,261

P

AFC Britton Colquitt, Cleveland 66,746  

C

NFC Max Unger, New Orleans 125,249

P

NFC Michael Dickson, Seattle 51,852  

K

AFC Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh 47,581

ST

AFC Roosevelt Nix, Pittsburgh 63,995  

K

NFC Graham Gano, Carolina 59,923

ST

NFC Justin Hardee, New Orleans 45,658  

RS

AFC Tyreek Hill, Kansas City 91,964

       

RS

NFC Tarik Cohen, Chicago 54,362

       
*Totals reflect players currently on active rosters through Tuesday, November 20 at 3:00 PM ET

Dick Vermeil believes Mahomes has a chance to be the Greatest QB of All-Time

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs offense did everything in their power to beat the Rams on Monday night. Mahomes threw for 478 yards and six touchdowns, but he did throw two picks late in the game, and ultimately the Rams were able to outlast the Chiefs 54-51. The two teams would score a combined 105 points, which is third-highest scoring game in the history of the NFL.

Former Rams and Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil watched the game last night, and according to Vermeil, what he saw last night was just amazing:

“I sort of think that redefines what is called a great football game. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything that compared with it,” Vermeil told TMZ Sports. “I’ve seen a lot of exciting football games, but nothing that really compared with that in terms of points scored. I’ve seen some great 7 to 6 games, three field goals apiece type of games that were exciting and intense, but nothing like that one. My wife and I, we couldn’t get over it.”

We saw some great quarterback play last night in Los Angeles, but if Vermeil had to pick between Jared Goff(413 yards, four touchdowns) or Mahomes, he would go with Mahomes:

“I’ve never seen anything like him. He can do it all. He can throw off balance, upside down and backwards and throw a completed pass,” Vermeil said about Mahomes. “He has unbelievable poise into his first year as a starter. I don’t see any limitations, and he’s being coached by the right people in Andy Reid. I can’t see him getting a “big head,” and getting a distorted ego in any way. I think he has a chance to go down being one of, if not the finest(All-time). “

Mahomes is special and can take the Chiefs very far, but if the Chiefs want to win a Super Bowl in 2018, the K.C. defense is going to have to join the party.

Regarding Mahomes turning into an all-time great, let’s wait and see.

 

 

What to look for in Week 9 of the NFL

MAGNIFICENT MAHOMES: Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES leads the NFL with 2,526 passing yards and 26 touchdown passes through the first eight weeks of the season. Mahomes has thrown for at least 300 yards in each of his last seven games.

With 300 passing yards at Cleveland (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Mahomes would join ANDREW LUCK (2014) as the only quarterbacks with at least 300 passing yards in eight consecutive games within a single season in league history.

The players with at least 300 passing yards in the most consecutive games within a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 300+ PASS YARDS
Andrew Luck Indianapolis 2014 8
Drew Brees New Orleans 2011 7
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 2018 7*
*Active streak

Mahomes, who has thrown four touchdown passes in three consecutive games and five total games this season, can become the third quarterback in league annals with at least four touchdown passes in six different games in a single season, joining PEYTON MANNING (six games in 2004 and nine in 2013) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO(six in 1984). Manning and Marino each won the Associated Press Most Valuable Player award in those seasons.

The players with the most games with at least four touchdown passes within a single season in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON GAMES WITH 4+ TOUCHDOWN PASSES
Peyton Manning# Denver 2013 9
Peyton Manning# Indianapolis 2004 6
Dan Marino^# Miami 1984 6
       
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 2018 5
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
#Named Associated Press Most Valuable Player

— NFL —

HERE COMES HOUSTON: Houston quarterback DESHAUN WATSON passed for five touchdowns with a 156.0 rating in the Texans’ 42-23 victory over Miami in Week 8.

Watson, who has 34 touchdown passes in 15 career games, needs one touchdown pass on Sunday at Denver (4:05 PM ET, CBS) to join Pro Football Hall of Famers KURT WARNER (39 touchdowns) and DAN MARINO (35) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 35 touchdown passes in their first 16 career games.

The quarterbacks with the most touchdown passes in their first 16 career games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS PASSING TOUCHDOWNS
Kurt Warner^ St. Louis 1998-99 39
Dan Marino^ Miami 1983-84 35
       
Deshaun Watson Houston 2017-18 34*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*In 15 career games

The HOUSTON TEXANS have won five consecutive games following an 0-3 start to the season. With a win on Sunday, the Texans would join the 1970 NEW YORK GIANTS as the only teams since 1970 to win six consecutive games immediately following an 0-3 start.

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SUPER CAM: Carolina quarterback CAM NEWTON has 58 career rushing touchdowns, the most by a quarterback in NFL history, and has at least five rushing touchdowns in each of his first seven seasons in the NFL.

Newton, who has four rushing touchdowns this season and faces Tampa Bay on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), needs one rushing touchdown to become the first quarterback and seventh player overall in NFL history with at least five rushing touchdowns in eight consecutive seasons.

The players with at least five rushing touchdowns in the most consecutive seasons in league annals:

PLAYER TEAM(S) CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH 5+ RUSH TDS
Marshall Faulk^ Indianapolis, St. Louis 10
LaDainian Tomlinson^ San Diego, New York Jets 10
Jim Brown^ Cleveland 9
Ricky Watters San Francisco, Philadelphia, Seattle 9
Eddie George Houston Oilers/Tennessee 8
Thurman Thomas^ Buffalo 8
     
Cam Newton Carolina 7*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Has four rushing touchdowns in 2018

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BACK TO BACK: Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY leads the NFL with 1,151 scrimmage yards and 15 touchdowns (11 rushing, four receiving) through the Rams’ first eight games of the 2018 season.

Gurley, who led the NFL with 19 touchdowns (13 rushing, six receiving) last season, needs one receiving touchdown on Sunday at New Orleans (4:25 PM ET, FOX) to join Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK (2000-01) as the only players in NFL history with at least 10 rushing touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns in consecutive seasons.

The players with at least 10 rushing touchdowns and five receiving touchdowns in consecutive seasons in NFL history: 

PLAYER TEAM SEASON RUSHING TDS RECEIVING TDS  
Marshall Faulk^ St. Louis 2000 18 8  
  St. Louis 2001 12 9  
           
Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 2017 13 6  
  Los Angeles Rams 2018 11* 4*  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Entering Week 9

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CAN’T STOP THIS THIELEN: Minnesota wide receiver ADAM THIELEN had seven receptions for 103 yards and one touchdown in Week 8 and leads the league with 74 receptions and 925 receiving yards this season. Thielen is the first player in NFL history with at least 100 receiving yards in each of his team’s first eight games to start a season.

With 100 receiving yards on Sunday against Detroit (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Thielen would become the only player in NFL history to record nine consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 100+ REC. YARDS
Calvin Johnson Detroit 2012 8
Adam Thielen Minnesota 2018 8*
*Active streak

Thielen, who also has a touchdown catch in each of his past five games, can become the only player since 1970 with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in six consecutive games.

With six receptions and 75 receiving yards this week, Thielen would become the sixth undrafted player in the common draft era (since 1967) to record consecutive seasons with at least 80 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards.

The undrafted players with the most consecutive seasons of at least 80 catches and 1,000 receiving yards in the common draft era:

PLAYER TEAM YEARS CONSECUTIVE SEASONS
Rod Smith Denver 2000-02 3
Wes Welker New England 2007-09 3
Victor Cruz New York Giants 2011-12 2
J.T. Smith St. Louis Cardinals 1986-87 2
Wes Welker New England 2011-12 2
       
Adam Thielen Minnesota 2017-18* 1*
*Has 74 catches for 925 yards in 2018

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ELITE EIGHT: Atlanta wide receiver JULIO JONES has 638 receptions for 9,866 yards and 43 touchdowns in 102 career NFL games.

With 134 receiving yards on Sunday at Washington (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Jones would surpass CALVIN JOHNSON (115 games) as the fastest player to reach 10,000 career receiving yards in NFL history.

The players to reach 10,000 career receiving yards in the fewest games in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM FEWEST GAMES TO 10,000 RECEIVING YARDS
Calvin Johnson Detroit 115
Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 116
Torry Holt St. Louis 116
Lance Alworth^ San Diego 120
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco 121
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 122
     
Julio Jones Atlanta 102*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Has 9,866 career receiving yards

With 134 receiving yards, Jones can also become the sixth player in league annals with at least 10,000 receiving yards in their first eight seasons.

The players with at least 10,000 receiving yards in their first eight seasons in league history:

​PLAYER TEAM(S) RECEIVING YARDS IN 1ST 8 SEASONS
Torry Holt St. Louis 10,675
Calvin Johnson Detroit 10,405
Jerry Rice^ San Francisco 10,273
Randy Moss^ Minnesota, Oakland 10,147
Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 10,072
     
Julio Jones Atlanta 9,866*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*In eighth season

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TOP DAWG: Cleveland defensive end MYLES GARRETT ties for the AFC lead with eight sacks in 2018 and has 15 sacks in 19 career games.

Garrett, who will play his 20th career game on Sunday against Kansas City (1:00 PM ET, CBS), needs two sacks to become the fourth player with at least 17 sacks in their first 20 career games since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.

The players with the most sacks in their first 20 career games since 1982:

PLAYER TEAM SEASONS SACKS  
Joey Bosa Los Angeles Chargers 2016-17 19  
Aldon Smith San Francisco 2011-12 18.5  
Clay Matthews Green Bay 2009-10 17  
         
Myles Garrett Cleveland 2017-18 15*  
*In 19 career games