After a season of fan anticipation, the Chiefs will start rookie first-round draft pick Patrick Mahomes II at quarterback in Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Broncos. They’re able to give Mahomes his first NFL start because the 9-6 Chiefs are locked into the No. 4 seed in the AFC playoffs as AFC West champions.
Mahomes, whom the Chiefs traded up 17 spots to No. 10 in the first round to draft, has been the No. 2 quarterback all season, but hasn’t played in a game.
Meanwhile, if this weren’t another case of selective, perhaps forced indignation — if we knew Anthony was so racially sensitive to certain words — I would have encouraged him to have black men cease calling, rapping, texting, tweeting black men the N-word, especially when it was trending dead.
Or maybe, after starting with “posse,” he’ll get to that one.
Even when “Let’s Be Honest” Mike Francesa post-bets the race — waits until it is well underway before expertly touting the winner — he is colossally wrong.
With the Vikings at 5-0, Francesa claimed he picked them to win the NFC, which, oddly enough, no one heard until then. Since then, the Vikes have lost four straight.
Thus, it makes sense to hold on to Lewis for another couple of seasons, to see if he can return the Bengals to the top of a division that could be winnable in 2018.
The Saints followed the blueprint of their 2006 rookie class for success. You always hear general managers and executives talk about the importance of building the team through the draft, but few are able to assemble a class that completely transforms a franchise from pretender to contender in six months. That’s why every scout in the league is raving about the New Orleans Saints’ 2017 class after watching these newbies help the squad claim an NFC South title following three straight 7-9 seasons.
Over the past two decades, the game of pro football has become more physically demanding and dauntingly stressful on the bodies of players. Lumbering pros in the slovenly mold of the Bears’ 335-pound William “The Refrigerator” Perry are now few and far between.
“The toll on the body is tremendously greater than it had once been,” says Dr. Nelson Vetanze, who previously served as team chiropractor for the Denver Broncos and has treated some 800 NFL players over the past 44 years. “Players are bigger, stronger and faster. They hit harder, and [bone] joints get targeted.”
But players admit that the line between smoking for fun and smoking for therapy is blurred.
I watch Monday Night Football on mute. It’s not a rejection of the MNF crew: I think Mike Tirico is one of the NFL’s best play-by-play men, and Jon Gruden’s enthusiasm has at least had room to blossom since Ron Jaworski left the booth. I don’t reject Tirico/Gruder, per se; I just prefer silence while I collate the Internet ephemera that becomes this column.
But a lull in productivity led to me clicking “unmute” in the first half of Dolphins-Bucs, and this is what I got for it:
Frazer and the Vikings were on Thursday Night Football this week, so we need to briefly touch on that. Minnesota got a pair of touchdowns out of Adrian Peterson, and managed to stop Washington at the 4-yard line with just seconds remaining to hold on for a 34-27 victory. It’s the second of Minnesota’s season, so that win will be reflected in the status below.
We’ve already talked about Garrett’s Cowboys besting the Vikings. The Titans were able to get back to .500 on the season with a 28-21 victory over the St. Louis Rams, who are now 3-6 on the season. The Panthers were able to take advantage of the struggling Atlanta Falcons, and are now 5-3 on the season.
Ryan and his Jets were the most impressive on the week. They managed to down the New Orleans Saints, 26-20. The Saints were 6-1 coming into the matchup, but it seems that Rex may know his brother Rob well enough to take advantage of his defensive schemes. It was a big win, and it put the Jets up to 5-4.
We’re asked to ignore all this, to consent to see the story as the arresting officer and the Kansas City media wish to show it to us — a young man, high on marijuana, driving carelessly late at night, driven by sudden hunger and diminished impulse control to pursue greasy garbage food that he almost certainly knew to be greasy garbage food. No word on why a stoned man would make a terrible decision like this.