Patrick Mahomes ruled out of 'TNF' with possibly serious knee injury
Patrick Mahomes may have converted a 4th-and-1 early in the second quarter of the Kansas City Chiefs’ game against the Denver Broncos on Thursday night, but it came at a cost. © Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports After picking up the first down, Mahomes was lying down on a teammate. He was pointing at his right leg, and trainers were later shown trying to treat his knee.A cart came out for the Kansas City quarterback, but Mahomes waved it off and walked off the field with the assistance of some staff members. He then headed into the locker room as he was replaced by Matt Moore.
Last weekend was pretty quiet on the upset front, which likely means NFL Week 9 is going to feature some real doozies. Given the quality of the matchups on this weekend’s schedule, at the very least the action will entertain. From an AFC North rivalry game that always features big hits to a matchup of potential NFC champs, NFL Week 9 looks promising, indeed. So, which favorites are in danger of being upset ?
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We're just halfway through the season, and we’ve already seen our fair share of upsets around the league. If the past is anything to judge by, that trend should continue in NFL Week 9.© Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Looking at the point spreads for the weekend’s action, we’re pinpointing six teams on upset alert. Starting with the London game, these are the games that have us thinking the underdogs are ready to eat.
Houston Texans (-2) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars© Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Houston’s defense lost its leader last weekend. Now without J.J. Watt, this already struggling defense is going to have its hands full with opposing offenses the rest of the season. Minshew Mania descends upon London Sunday morning and the Texans will have a hard time keeping their opponent off the board in this overseas thriller.
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NFL Schedule. 2019 — WEEK 9 . In each of Weeks 15 and 16, up to three of five designated matchups will be played on Saturday with the remainder to be played on Sunday.
NFL Week 17 gives players and teams one final chance to make an impression this season. The stakes are even higher for some teams on Sunday, as it’s the last chance to get into the playoffs. The regular season closes out Sunday with a 16-game slate, and it’s capped off by an NFC West showdown with major postseason implications. With so much on the line, we’re bound to see some interesting stuff go down. Looking at the Week 17 schedule, we’re putting six teams on upset alert . Chicago Bears (-3) vs. Minnesota Vikings. © Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports.
On the other side, Deshaun Watson has been incredible this season but has also had a couple of pretty glaring stinkers against the Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs (quite recently, at that). Jacksonville’s defensive front can bring the pressure, and the Texans, who could be without both starting tackles, struggle to keep good pass rushers from wreaking havoc in the backfield.
Tennessee Titans vs. Carolina Panthers (-3.5)© Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
A team that struggled offensively for most of the season is suddenly scoring points now that Ryan Tannehill has replaced Marcus Mariota. Tennessee won its last two games, and Tannehill has impressed with 505 passing yards, five touchdowns and just one interception. Carolina’s defense will present a new challenge for the former first-rounder, which is why the Panthers are favored to win.
15 key questions for NFL Week 9
As we enter the second half of the NFL season, playoff races are starting to get intense for a lot of teams. The rosters for teams are more or less solidifying but who will make it to the Super Bowl.So now that things are getting serious, we can start to take a look around the league and see what we’re facing in Week 9. Here are some key questions to be answered.
Week 7 offers plenty of intriguing matchups, and these six teams are on upset watch. Starting with an undermanned Green Bay Packers team hosting the Oakland Raiders and finishing with an NFC East special Sunday Night Football matchup pitting the Philadelphia Eagles against the Dallas Cowboys, these are the teams we’re eyeing to lose to underdogs in NFL Week 7.
A look at some of the games that have potential to be big upsets in week nine of the 2019 college football season. These teams should be on upset alert !
However, the Panthers are coming off their worst offensive performance of the season in San Francisco. Kyle Allen threw three picks and was sacked seven times. While Tennessee doesn’t bring quite that level of defensive potency, the defense is playing very well and can bring pressure. It’s going to be fascinating to see how Allen rebounds, especially in light of the latest details on Cam Newton.
New York Jets (-3) vs. Miami Dolphins© Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
Okay sure. The Dolphins are really bad. Like, cover your eyes bad. They struggle to run the ball and will even more so after trading Kenyan Drake to Arizona. That creates even more of an issue for Ryan Fitzpatrick and Co. to overcome.
But there are two significant reasons to doubt the Jets this weekend. First, nearly half the team is listed on the injury report. That’s not hyperbole, folks. This team is banged up with a capital B.
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Secondly, Sam Darnold is having a hell of a time right now. The second-year quarterback threw just two touchdowns and seven interceptions in his last two games. Miami’s defense showed signs of life in the first quarter against Pittsburgh on Monday night. An effort similar to that could spark a huge upset for the winless Fins.
Detroit Lions vs. Oakland Raiders (-2.5)© Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
Fans could be in for quite an offensive showdown in Oakland this Sunday as Matthew Stafford and Derek Carr duel it out against defenses that struggle against the pass.
The biggest reason we’re high on the Lions this weekend is that Stafford is playing out of his mind lately. The former No. 1 overall pick is playing perhaps the best football of his career and is coming off a two-game stretch that saw him pass for 706 yards and seven touchdowns. Oakland’s secondary is not good, and the Raiders struggle to create pressure, too. This sets up for a huge afternoon for Stafford against the Raiders.
Indianapolis Colts (-1) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers© Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
This game could get very ugly. The Colts will be without star receiver T.Y. Hilton this Sunday, and likely for weeks afterward. Meanwhile, the Steelers are likely going to be without star running back James Conner and backup Benny Snell has been ruled out.
Mahomes with stunning 63-yard jump-pass touchdown
Mahomes continues to do things that make our jaws hit the floor. © Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports The reigning NFL MVP, back after his two-game absence due to a dislocated kneecap, raised the bar on highlight-reel worthy plays with a stunning touchdown throw to Mecole Hardman Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.Watch as Mahomes eludes pressure coming from the edge, moves up in the pocket and then throws a jump pass to Hardman, who takes it to the house. Mahomes hit em with the jump pass and Mecole Hardman did the rest @PatrickMahomes @MecoleHardman4 pic.twitter.
Without a strong rushing attack, it’s easy to assume Mason Rudolph will struggle with consistency in the passing game. That seems to tilt the game in Indy’s favor. However, the Steelers are very dangerous defensively. They’re at home, and without Hilton in the lineup, Jacoby Brissett could be in for a tough afternoon at Heinz Field.
Of course, all of this is moot if the Colts can run through Pittsburgh’s defense. This seems unlikely though, the Steelers are allowing just 3.7 yards per carry and have given up just four rushing scores all season.
Cleveland Browns (-4.5) vs. Denver Broncos© Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Another game that could spiral into the “unwatchable” category, Cleveland vs. Denver is a difficult game to call.
After placing Joe Flacco on injured reserve, the Broncos will be rolling with Brandon Allen under center. He has zero experience at the NFL level outside of preseason games. An offense that struggles to protect its quarterback and just lost its best receiver to the 49ers, will seemingly be hard-pressed to make anything happen in the passing game.
On the other hand, despite all that star power on Cleveland’s offensive roster, the Browns have been awful this year. Now they’re going against a defensive team that, despite poor sack numbers, defends the passing game well. Baker Mayfield has been brutal with decision making and could easily have another awful game in Denver.
Best, worst QB performances from NFL Week 10
Lamar Jackson continues to excel. Philip Rivers Continues to not excel.A bit of NFL history was made on Sunday as a second-year quarterback did something only one other player has done in the league. We’ll go ahead and start there as we highlight the best and worst quarterback performances from NFL Week 10.
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Arizona Cardinals: C
Arizona made a splash in the offseason by hiring Kliff Kingsbury and drafting Kyler Murray first overall. The defense has spent most of the first eight weeks without Patrick Peterson due to a suspension and has allowed the second most points in the league, but the offense has shown some explosion, resulting in a 3-4-1 record, including a recent three-game win streak. It's definitely progress. Derick E. Hingle / USA Today Sports Images
Atlanta Falcons: F
The Falcons cleaned house in the offseason, getting rid of all three coordinators, but it's apparent the problem was above them. Atlanta enters the bye week 1-7, allowing a staggering 31.3 points per game and underachieving on offense with only 20.6 points per game. Matt Ryan's recent ankle injury has only added to their woes. Head coach Dan Quinn led the Falcons to the Super Bowl only three years ago, but now it's clearly time for him to go. Kevin Jairaj / USA Today Sports Images
Baltimore Ravens: B+
It was fair to expect regression from the Ravens after losing significant talent on defense during the offseason, but the team has made up for its defensive issues with an explosive offense led by Lamar Jackson. Baltimore ranks second in the league with 30.6 points per game and is coming off a huge win at Seattle. The Ravens host New England this week, which will be a measuring stick for both teams. Joe Nicholson / USA Today Sports Images
Buffalo Bills: B
While it's hard to complain about a 5-2 record, especially given the recent history of the Bills, we still need to put their five wins in perspective. They all came against teams with a .500 or worse record, including two winless teams. The offense has struggled despite several notable offseason additions, with young quarterback Josh Allen showing inconsistency. A 31-13 home loss to a floundering Eagles squad in Week 8 is concerning. Rich Barnes / USA Today Sports Images
Carolina Panthers: B
Considering Cam Newton's foot injury and resulting five missed games, a 4-3 record is about as good as the Panthers could have expected. That said, they were blown out at San Francisco, 51-13, coming off a bye, which puts a stench on their start. After Kyle Allen's poor play in that game, Newton's return is probably coming sooner than later. The defense had played well up to that point, but now there are suddenly questions about it. Stan Szeto / USA Today Sports Images
Chicago Bears: C-
The Bears have big problems, starting with third-year quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. He's taken a big step back early this season, with a terrible 5.6 yards per attempt and a 81.4 passer rating. His poor play has resulted in consecutive home losses, and two missed field goals by Eddy Pineiro vs. the Chargers also raises questions about the kicking game, which was one of the top priorities in the offseason. At 3-4 in a tough division, Chicago's prospects to return to the playoffs this year don't look great. Mike Dinovo / USA Today Sports Images
Cincinnati Bengals: F
New head coach Zac Taylor entered a bad situation, and one in which some head coaching candidates refused to even interview. The problem is that he hasn't done anything to help the situation. The former Rams quarterback coach is leading an offense that's averaging just 15.5 points per game as they enter the bye week 0-8. Andy Dalton is likely looking at his final days as a starter in Cincy, and the defense hasn't made marked progress after a terrible 2018 season. Tommy Gilligan / USA Today Sports Images
Cleveland Browns: D-
The expectations for Cleveland were probably a bit too lofty after their big offseason moves, including the acquisition of Odell Beckham Jr. That said, the team is a disappointment at 2-5 for even the most pessimistic. Despite a bevy of weapons, the team ranks 25th in points per game, and Baker Mayfield has seen huge regression with 12 picks in seven games. The Browns have committed the most penalties in the league and have the second-most giveaways. That's losing football, and it goes squarely on first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens. Greg M. Cooper / USA Today Sports Images
Dallas Cowboys: B-
It's been a first half of inconsistency for the Cowboys, who have a three-game winning streak and a three-game losing streak already. The good news is that their offensive line is finally healthy again, and it looks like their 24-22 loss at the Jets in Week 6 was a wake-up call. Dak Prescott remains an MVP candidate with a 102.6 passer rating, and the team is in the driver's seat in the NFC East after a big win vs. Philadelphia. The Cowboys could do a lot of things better, but they're in an enviable position in the standings. Matthew Emmons / USA Today Sports Images
Denver Broncos: D
Vic Fangio's long-awaited chance to be a head coach hasn't gone well, with a 2-6 start and an inept offense. The truth is that the Broncos roster has been in transition, with many new faces on defense and Joe Flacco at quarterback. Flacco has continued to prove he's a below-average quarterback at this point in his career, with the team averaging only 15.6 points per game, and he could be out indefinitely with a neck injury. The team desperately needs to address the offensive line next offseason, but that's something we've been saying for years. John Elway, are you listening? Benny Sieu / USA Today Sports Images
Detroit Lions: C
Detroit went into its bye week 2-1-1, with a home loss vs. Kansas City as the only major blemish. Since then the team is 1-2, losing to division opponents Green Bay and Minnesota. Quarterback Matthew Stafford continues to play well under new coordinator Darrell Bevell, but running back Kerryon Johnson will miss significant time for the second straight year to injury, and the defense remains a disappointment, allowing 26.6 points per game. Raj Mehta / USA Today Sports Images
Green Bay Packers: A
The ball has bounced Green Bay's way during the first half of the season, most recently with favorable reffing vs. Detroit in Week 6 and the absence of Patrick Mahomes when the team visited Arrowhead Stadium in Week 8. Regardless, Green Bay is 7-1 through the first half of the season and has been without No. 1 wideout Davante Adams for most of the year. Aaron Rodgers is playing great football under new head coach Matt LaFleur, and running back Aaron Jones also looks like a potential MVP candidate with 11 touchdowns. Looking ahead, the team's visit to San Francisco in Week 12 could have huge playoff positioning implications. Jay Biggerstaff / USA Today Sports Images
Houston Texans: B
The Texans are in good position in the AFC after a 5-3 start, and Deshaun Watson continues to play like an elite quarterback. However, the team has already spent much of its 2020 draft capital to help in the short term, and J.J. Watt is now out for the year. Anything short of a playoff run will be a disappointment, and missing the playoffs is still well within the range of possibilities with four division games remaining. Kevin Jairaj / USA Today Sports Images
Indianapolis Colts: A-
With a 5-2 start to the year, Frank Reich has to be the current leader for Coach of the Year. Andrew Luck retired just before the start of the season, and the Colts have also had significant injuries, most notably T.Y. Hilton, Malik Hooker and Darius Leonard. Jacoby Brissett has been extremely efficient, which is a direct credit to Reich's development, and the defense continues to play in the top half of the league despite the injuries. Denny Medley / USA Today Sports Images
Jacksonville Jaguars: B
If the Jaguars were told Nick Foles would suffer a fractured collarbone in Week 1 and Jalen Ramsey would appear in only three games, another disastrous season would probably be considered a foregone conclusion. However, rookie Gardner Minshew has done a great job filling in for Foles, and the Jags were able to get past the Ramsey distraction and net a great trade return from the Rams. Leonard Fournette is also playing the best football of his career. At 4-4, the Jags' playoff hopes are still alive. Reinhold Matay / USA Today Sports Images
Kansas City Chiefs: B
Injuries have ravaged the Chiefs, including to Patrick Mahomes, three offensive linemen, their top two wideouts and top two defensive linemen. The team has also lost three home games already. However, Mahomes might miss only one or two games after what looked like a catastrophic knee injury in Week 7, and the defense has picked up the pace despite its missing pieces. The Chiefs remain in good position to not only win the AFC West again but to also possibly earn the coveted No. 2 seed in a thin AFC. Jay Biggerstaff / USA Today Sports Images
Los Angeles Chargers: D
With 2018 being a rare exception, the Chargers seem to have lived through the movie "Groundhog Day" for the last decade. They've had numerous major injuries, headlined by star safety Derwin James, lost games in ways no one would believe and continue to disappoint despite a talented roster. Through seven games, they already had more losses than last season. Philip Rivers has started to show his age at times this year, and the remainder of the schedule is brutal, including the Packers, Vikings and two games against the Chiefs. David Banks / USA Today Sports Images
Los Angeles Rams: B-
The Rams seemed to put their disappointing Super Bowl performance behind them by starting the season 3-0, but that was followed by three straight losses. They've righted the ship against the Falcons and Bengals and still have a good shot to make the playoffs. The offense ranks eighth in points per game, well behind what it did last year as Jared Goff and Todd Gurley have struggled, and the defense has been embarrassed on multiple occasions. The good news is that they seem to have received a boost after acquiring cornerback Jalen Ramsey two weeks ago. Kirby Lee / USA Today Sports Images
Miami Dolphins: F
It appeared the Dolphins were tanking before the season began, and that speculation was realized prior to Week 1 when Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills were traded. The team has continued to make trades, most notably Minkah Fitzpatrick for Pittsburgh's 2020 first-round pick. For all its struggles, Miami has gotten closer to a win recently with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. However, there's no sugarcoating the fact that the Dolphins rank dead last in points scored and points allowed per game. Philip G. Pavely / USA Today Sports Images
Minnesota Vikings: A-
Minnesota is doing a nice job bouncing back from a disappointing 2018 season, with a solid 6-2 start. Kirk Cousins has played some of the best ball of his career recently, while a healthy Dalvin Cook is on a 2,200 yards from scrimmage pace. The defense also looks better, allowing only 16.5 points per game. While both losses came in the division, they were also on the road. The Vikings remaining schedule is difficult, but an NFC North title and No. 2 seed in the NFC are still well within reach. Brace Hemmelgarn / USA Today Sports Images
New England Patriots: A
There's no debating that the Patriots' schedule has been incredibly easy, but they've barely had a scare through eight games. The defense is on a historic pace, with only 7.6 points allowed per game, and the team also quietly leads the league with 31.3 points per game. Still, the schedule is about to get much tougher, and it remains to be seen if the offense has enough weapons for Tom Brady to stand up to the challenge, averaging only 3.2 yards per carry and 7.3 yards per pass attempt despite that mediocre schedule. Robert Deutsch / USA Today Sports Images
New Orleans Saints: A
No Drew Brees, no problem. This is no longer the one-dimensional Saints from a few years ago, going 5-0 with backup Teddy Bridgewater under center. More recently, they also were without star running back Alvin Kamara for two games. The team is now 7-1 with Brees back behind center, and the defense ranks ninth in the NFL with 19.5 points allowed per game. As the team gets healthy, all of its preseason goals are still in reach, including home-field advantage with a home matchup vs. the undefeated 49ers in Week 14. Chuck Cook / USA Today Sports Images
New York Giants: C-
The Giants benched Eli Manning after only two games and have gotten a spark from rookie Daniel Jones. He's just 2-4 as a starter and in the midst of a four-game losing streak, but the team did suffer tough losses against the Cardinals and Lions. The defense has been a much bigger issue than the offense, with a leaky secondary that's allowing 8.5 yards per pass attempt, resulting in 27.3 points allowed per game. The team is far from viable but has an interesting young offensive core with Jones and Saquon Barkley. Raj Mehta / USA Today Sports Images
New York Jets: D-
With each passing week, it's more clear why the Dolphins fired Adam Gase after last season. Sam Darnold has played only four games due to mono, but he's thrown eight picks with a terrible 66.2 passer rating. The offseason additions have mostly been disastrous, with Le'Veon Bell averaging 3.2 yards per carry and C.J Mosley missing most of the year due to injury. The offensive line play has also been subpar, and the injury controversy between the team and now departed guard Kelechi Osemele has further put a stain on the organization. Reinhold Matay / USA Today Sports Images
Oakland Raiders: C+
Halfway into the season, the Raiders remain in the playoff conversation at 3-4 with even an outside shot to win the AFC West. They have two big wins at Indianapolis and vs. Chicago, and Derek Carr is making solid progress in Jon Gruden's offense. The defense certainly hasn't shined, allowing 27.4 points per game, but it has at least had some semblance of a pass rush after struggling mightily in that area last season. Troy Taormina / USA Today Sports Images
Philadelphia Eagles: C
Philadelphia has weathered a rough early schedule and plenty of injuries on defense to a 4-4 record. It looked like the Eagles might come undone after consecutive blowout losses at Minnesota and Dallas, but they turned things around at Buffalo. They remain in contention in the NFC East, but their upcoming schedule won't do them any favors. The two year regression of the defense under coordinator Jim Schwartz has been disappointing. Mark Konezny / USA Today Sports Images
Pittsburgh Steelers: C-
After getting embarrassed 33-3 at New England in Week 1, Ben Roethlisberger suffered a season-ending elbow injury the following week. The offense sputtered even before Big Ben got injured, and it's become clear by the somewhat conservative play that replacement Mason Rudolph might not be the answer when Roethlisberger retires. Just as concerning has been the mediocre play of the defense, which hasn't done much to progress despite using its first-round pick on Devin Bush and trading for Minkah Fitzpatrick, although it is tied for the league lead in sacks. With all that said, the team is not completely out of the playoff conversation yet at 3-4. Philip G. Pavely / USA Today Sports Images
San Francisco 49ers: A
The 49ers have quietly built a behemoth on defense, making several notable offseason moves with the signings of Dee Ford and Kwon Alexander, along with first-round draft pick Nick Bosa. The result is a finished product that's allowing only 11.0 points per game, and Kyle Shanahan's terrific playcalling is helping the offense score 29.6 points per game, third most in the league. Jimmy Garoppolo has been far from spectacular in his return from a torn ACL, but it's hard to find fault in a 7-0 start. Stan Szeto / USA Today Sports Images
Seattle Seahawks: B+
Seattle is 6-2, but it hasn't been easy. Four of the Seahawks' wins have come by four points or less, and they have two home losses. The defense has struggled to find a pass rush after losing Frank Clark in the offseason, but Russell Wilson continues to play like an MVP with a 115.5 passer rating and more than 2,300 yards between passing and running. It hasn't been pretty, but the Seahawks still have a chance to make a memorable season. Dale Zanine / USA Today Sports Images
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: D
Bruce Arians was hired to fix Jameis Winston in his walk year. The early returns haven't been pretty, with Winston leading the league with 12 picks and producing a career-worst 34.7 QBR. Even after improbable wins on the road at Carolina and the Rams, Tampa Bay is just 2-5. The team's bad defense from last season hasn't made any progress, allowing 30.3 points per game even with acclaimed coordinator Todd Bowles. Jim Brown / USA Today Sports Images
Tennessee Titans: C
Tennessee has finished 9-7 in three consecutive seasons, and that result looks well within reach again after a 4-4 start. As expected, the defense has been the strength of the team, allowing only 16.9 points per game, and the Titans have back-to-back wins after benching Marcus Mariota for Ryan Tannehill. If nothing else, Tannehill has been efficient, but the poor offensive line play isn't doing him or Derrick Henry any favors. Jim Brown / USA Today Sports Images
Washington Redskins: F
No one should be surprised about Washington's offensive struggles given the personnel, but its 36 total points over the last five games is particularly bad. The team's only win after eight weeks was a 17-16 victory at Miami in which the Dolphins dropped the go-ahead two-point conversion at the end of the game. Otherwise, Washington has been mostly non-competitive, fired head coach Jay Gruden, and first-round quarterback Dwayne Haskins has looked lost in his two appearances. Brace Hemmelgarn / USA Today Sports Images
15 key questions for NFL Week 11 .
Welcome to Week 11 of the NFL season. There are no unbeaten teams left but playoff races have been heating up.So what are the key questions that we’re looking to get answered this week? Here are 15 of them.