They’re different players, Mahomes the ultimate arm, Jackson a unique and dynamic playmaker. But each has won a league MVP award and plays for a sound, forward-thinking organization that knows how to build a winner around a top quarterback. Mahomes has already won a Super Bowl.
Nope, not in the least is it a stretch to suggest we might be seeing the start of something very special, perhaps even the heir to the rivalry between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning that dominated the NFL for so long.
But before you anoint any competition as a rivalry, it has to be, well, a rivalry. And by definition, that means both sides experience a measure of success, ratcheting up the heat.
Brady and Manning opposed each other in 17 games throughout their long careers. Brady won 11, but each scored signature triumphs over the other, and that give-and-take is what made their rivalry so compelling.
“If they play like this next Monday night they’re going to get door stomped by the Baltimore Ravens. They gotta play better,” Orlovsky said. ”They have not executed efficiently, they’ve been poor on first downs. That’s why they got into so many third-and-longs.”
Remember, this is an NFL analyst who was rumored to have front-office offers in the offseason. Orlovsky knows his stuff. But if Mahomes can be more efficient in those first down situations, Baltimore might be looking at its third straight season with an L next to the Chiefs in their schedule and results website section.
3. Patrick Mahomes, 2018
Entering the 2020s as the NFL’s top asset, Mahomes signaled this was on tap in 2018. The 2017 first-round pick took the Chiefs from reliably good to Super Bowl-ready in his first year as a starter, becoming the third quarterback to throw 50 touchdown passes in a season. The runaway MVP added 5,097 passing yards and guided a defensively deficient Chiefs team to the AFC’s top seed. The Patriots subdued Mahomes in the first half of the AFC title game, but he scorched Bill Belichick’s defense in the second period of a loss that showed a New England-to-Kansas City baton pass was coming. A year later, Mahomes finished that mission.
The Top Shelf
1. Baltimore Ravens (2-0)
2. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0)
3. Seattle Seahawks (2-0)
4. Green Bay Packers (2-0)
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0)
6. Buffalo Bills (2-0)
Round 1 – Pick 30
Around the NFL
The team did not host any fans for the Sept. 13 season opener against the Seattle Seahawks while adjusting to the coronavirus pandemic. The latest decision to allow fans was partly based on the decline in COVID-19 cases in the state of Georgia.
“We are thrilled to invite fans of both the Falcons and Atlanta United [soccer team] back to Mercedes-Benz Stadium,” said Steve Cannon, CEO of AMB Sports and Entertainment. “Having fans watch from alternative locations was a difficult but important decision. It’s been challenging for both teams to play without fans, but their well-being as well as the safety of our associates and fans was paramount.”
The league responded with hefty fines of $100,000 per coach and $250,000 per club. The first three to get fined were Denver’s Vic Fangio, San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan and Seattle’s Pete Carroll, according to a person with knowledge of the punishment who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the coaches were not identified.
3. Is either Allen or Murray actually the MVP through two weeks?
Nope! That’s because Russell Wilson is currently the leader in the clubhouse. Should we talk about the MVP in Week 2? Probably not, but that’s the NFL in 2020. Not sure if you were aware, but Wilson actually has never received an MVP vote. It may have been mentioned once or twice on Sunday night as he was becoming just the third player to ever throw five passing touchdowns against a Bill Belichick defense.
Wilson is the best deep ball passer in football, as noted above, and it was on full display on Sunday night. New England probably has the best secondary in all of football and Mr. Unlimited just didn’t care one bit, lobbing bombs into breadbaskets over everyone and anyone on the field for the Pats.
A total of 36,664 tests were administered to a group of 7,845 players and team personnel from Sept. 13 to Sept 19. 14,074 tests were administered to 2,438 players, and 22,590 were administered to 5,407 personnel. From that testing pool, zero players tested positive, and there are five new confirmed positive cases for COVID-19 from other personnel, per the league and players’ union.
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24. Denver Broncos (18th)
A season that was so full of promise now looks like impending disaster. Signing Blake Bortles will not make their fans feel any better.
25. Atlanta Falcons (23rd)
Imagine being a Falcons fan. I did it for a minute or so — but then, I felt the sudden urge to cry.
26. Cincinnati Bengals (29th)
L’Jarius Sneed has 2INT this season, and both were gimmes — one from a pressured Deshaun Watson, and a helium ball from Justin Herbert into triple coverage.
What makes Sneed great is all the non-picks. Six catches allowed on 11 targets for 56 yards, no TDs, and a 29.2 rating.
— Doug Farrar (@NFL_DougFarrar) September 22, 2020