Sports Sights set on perfection: Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes says 20-0 'only record' he's chasing
Chiefs' Niang finally gets rookie minicamp after opting out
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lucas Niang doesn't regret his decision to opt out of his rookie season with the Kansas City Chiefs because of the COVID-19 pandemic, even if it means the offensive lineman now faces an uphill fight for playing time this season. “I was thinking long-term,” he explained, “and that's what I decided.” Now, more than a year after Niang was drafted in the third round out of TCU, the Chiefs are getting a chance to see him on the field. Niang took part in their three-day rookie minicamp over the weekend, giving him a chance to shake off any of the rust accumulated during his time away while giving the Chiefs an idea of how he might fit into the lineup.
Patrick Mahomes has made his mark on the NFL history books already in just his three seasons as a starter, but he now has his sights set on one thing: perfection.
The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, while speaking at the 15 and the Mahomies Aloha Golf Classic, said he's eyeing a perfect season.
"The only record I have my eyes set on breaking, which would be new this year, is going 20-0,"this past weekend. "That's not really a record to be broken, I guess you would say. But I think 19-0 is the record right now, so being able to go 20-0, to be the first one to do that, that would be awesome."
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The only team in NFL history to complete a perfect season was the 1972 Miami Dolphins, who went 17-0, not the 19-0 that Mahomes referenced.
The 2007 New England Patriots, led by quarterback Tom Brady, posted a perfect regular season and ran through the playoffs before falling one game short and losing to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII. They finished 18-1.
Doncic and Mavs beat Clippers 127-121, take 2-0 series lead
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A familiar face sat behind the Dallas Mavericks' bench. Dirk Nowitzki, who led the franchise to its only championship in 2011 during his 21 seasons, came to see his old franchise that hasn't won a playoff series since its title. Led by Luka Doncic, this edition is looking pretty good. “I certainly believe him being there tonight was a lucky charm for us,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. Doncic scored 39 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 28 and the Mavs again outshot the NBA’s best 3-point team in a 127-121 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. “We can't rest,” Hardaway said.
Mahomes' record in regular season starts with Kansas City is 38-8, and the team recorded its highest win total during Mahomes' tenure last season, when it went 14-2 before losing to Brady's Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55 to finish with an overall record of 16-3.
This will mark the first season NFL teams will have a 17-game regular season, meaning that — assuming a first-round bye in the playoffs — it will take three additional victories in the postseason to claim a 20-0 perfect season.
Mahomes has completed 66% of his passes for 14,152 yards and 114 touchdowns versus 24 interceptions in his four seasons in the NFL. He is a three-time Pro Bowl selection, a one-time first-team all-pro and won the 2018 NFL MVP award.
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Browns, Chiefs take budding rivalry onto softball field .
EASTLAKE, Ohio (AP) — A proud Clevelander, Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce showed love to his hometown by wearing an Indians jersey and cap. He wasn't taking any chances. “I’m at home, but it’s still enemy territory,” Kelce said. “It’s so weird. It’s a weird feeling.” Kelce was among the celebrities who took part Saturday in a charity softball event hosted by Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who convinced teammates Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr., Myles Garrett and Kareem Hunt to join him.