Tannehill rallies Titans in final minute to stun Chiefs, 35-32
Ryan Tannehill fired a decisive 23-yard touchdown pass to Adam Humphries with 23 seconds remaining Sunday and the Tennessee Titans stunned the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-32, in Nashville, Tenn.Harrison Butker, who made a field goal as time expired to enable the Chiefs to beat Minnesota last week, had a 52-yard attempt blocked at the buzzer.The Chiefs (6-4) lined up for a field goal after going three-and-out inside the final 2 minutes but holder Dustin Colquitt could not handle the snap and was flagged for intentional grounding on a desperation pass.Tannehill and the Titans (5-5) took over and covered 61 yards in four plays to spoil the return of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who missed the two previous games with a dislocated knee.Mahomes, playing with a brace on his right knee, passed for 446 yards, going 36 of 50, with three touchdowns.Derrick Henry countered with 188 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Titans, who endured six lead changes. Henry scored on a 68-yard burst in the third quarter, then added a 1-yard plunge to cut the lead to two points with 6:26 remaining.Tennessee then managed to limit the Chiefs to a field goal, the fourth of the game for Butker, though the boot gave the Chiefs a 32-27 lead with 3:19 left. Kansas City, however, could not run out the clock and Tannehill, who passed for 181 yards and two touchdowns, rallied Tennessee.
Chiefs QB Mahomes to start vs. Titans
Kansas City Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes will return from a two-game absence to start this weekend's game against the Tennessee Titans, coach Andy Reid announced Friday.Reid told reporters that Mahomes would play "unless something happens" prior to Sunday's game against the Titans (4-5) in Nashville, Tenn.The Chiefs (6-3) split two games with Matt Moore starting in place of the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player, who sustained a dislocated right kneecap in Kansas City's 30-6 victory at Denver on Oct. 17.
Mahomes improving, but Chiefs set either way for Titans
The Kansas City Chiefs didn't exactly take Matt Moore off the streets and insert him at quarterback. Moore was working on a football field, but as a high school assistant coach when the organization called last month.Yet in the last three games, two as a starter, Moore did everything necessary against stout rivals to keep the Chiefs atop the AFC West.The reasons? Well, first credit Moore for adapting. Then credit the explosiveness Kansas City (6-3) maintains as it prepares for a matchup Sunday against the Tennessee Titans (4-5) at Nashville, Tenn."With our playmakers," said Chiefs offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz, "you don't ever take your foot off of the gas pedal."The quarterback accustomed to pressing that accelerator remains in limbo. Patrick Mahomes missed the last two games after dislocating his kneecap on Oct. 17. That's when Moore was first summoned as a backup at Denver, and he performed admirably in a 30-6 romp.Mahomes practiced in full on Wednesday for the first time since the injury, though Chiefs coach Andy Reid still deemed his standout QB day-to-day and said, "We're not going to put him out there unless it's safe."In Mahomes' absence, Kansas City continues to display big-play production. Touchdowns last Sunday off a 40-yard bomb to Tyreek Hill and a 92-yard rush by Damien Williams keyed a 26-23 win over Minnesota, which also required a walk-off field goal."Can't nobody overthrow me," stated the speedy Hill, though Williams countered with this rejoinder: "We just can't try to airmail it every time."Injuries have dogged the Chiefs since virtually the beginning of the season, though the return of their best defender, tackle Chris Jones, helped that unit maintain steady progress it has shown of late."We have been doing a lot of good things defensively," safety Tyrann Mathieu said of a unit that ranks 29th against the run (139.6 yards per game) but 14th in yards per play overall (5.4). "We have been trying to see those things stack up and carry over."Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill will test the Chiefs after passing for 300 yards in two of three games since replacing Marcus Mariota.
Chiefs' Reid playing it safe with Mahomes
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will see more practice time as he returns from a dislocated kneecap, though coach Andy Reid said Wednesday the star won't play "unless it's safe to do so."Mahomes suffered the injury in a 30-6 victory at Denver on Oct. 17. He was expected to be sidelined 3-6 weeks.Thursday will mark three weeks since Mahomes was injured. The Chiefs play at the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.Asked about Mahomes on Wednesday, Reid told reporters that he won't put Mahomes on the field if there is a risk.Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Wednesday that Tennessee was preparing to face Mahomes.
Report: Chiefs QB Mahomes to sit vs. Vikings
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will miss his second straight game on Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings visit, ESPN reported early Sunday morning.Mahomes, who is officially listed as questionable as he recovers from a dislocated right kneecap sustained Oct. 17 in Denver, practiced last week and this week on a limited basis but was not expected to suit up Sunday.The league's reigning MVP missed last Sunday's 31-24 home loss to the Green Bay Packers, though he said he would have played if it had been a playoff game.
Butker, Chiefs beat Vikings on last-second FG
Harrison Butker booted a 44-yard field goal as time expired Sunday, giving the Kansas City Chiefs a 26-23 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City, Mo.Quarterback Matt Moore, making his second start in place of injured Patrick Mahomes, passed for 275 yards, including strikes of 17 and 13 yards to Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, respectively, to put Butker in position for his game-winner.The Chiefs (6-3) used two straight three-and-outs from their defense in the fourth quarter to first set up a 54-yard field goal with 2:30 left for a 23-23 tie, and then the decisive boot. The win ended a three-game home losing streak for the Chiefs, as Moore went 25 of 35 with one touchdown.The Vikings (6-3), who had their four-game win streak snapped, went ahead 23-20 early in the fourth quarter on an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that quarterback Kirk Cousins capped with a 3-yard pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph.The strike was Cousins' third touchdown. He went 19 of 38 for 220 yards, while the NFL's leading rusher, Dalvin Cook, managed 71 yards on 21 carries.Damien Williams, who gained 125 yards on just 12 carries for the Chiefs, scored on a 91-yard burst with 6:13 left in the third quarter, and the extra point gave the Chiefs a 17-16 lead.The burst was a response to a touchdown by the Vikings barely three minutes into the quarter. After Mike Hughes caused a fumble on the second-half kickoff, Cousins found Ameer Abdullah from 16 yards out. The ensuing extra point was missed, leaving Minnesota up 16-10.
Chiefs activate QB Henne off injured reserve
The Kansas City Chiefs addressed their quarterback situation on Saturday, but Patrick Mahomes was not the central figure involved.The Chiefs (5-3) activated Chad Henne off injured reserve and listed the veteran quarterback as questionable on Sunday (1 p.m. ET) versus the visiting Minnesota Vikings (6-2).Kansas City waived undrafted rookie quarterback Kyle Shurmur to make room on the 53-man roster for Henne, who fractured his ankle in August before returning to practice late last month.Henne will be available to back up Matt Moore should Mahomes miss his second consecutive game on Sunday with a knee injury.Mahomes, the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player, is attempting to return from a dislocated right kneecap sustained Oct. 17 in Denver. He said he would have played in last week's 31-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers if it had been a playoff game.
Chiefs QB Mahomes questionable vs. Vikings
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is officially questionable for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.Mahomes is attempting to return from a dislocated right kneecap sustained Oct. 17 in Denver. He said he would have played last week at Green Bay if it had been a playoff game.The Chiefs ruled out left tackle Eric Fisher (groin) and right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (ankle).
Mahomes or not, Vikings wary of Chiefs offense
The absence of Patrick Mahomes is something the Minnesota Vikings grasp completely before visiting the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in Kansas City, Mo.Although the reigning MVP of the NFL is progressing after suffering a dislocated kneecap in an Oct. 17 victory at Denver, the Chiefs could quite conceivably be looking at starting a backup quarterback again.Yet Vikings coach Mike Zimmer attempted to dispel any beliefs that Kansas City (5-3) will struggle if its marquee playmaker doesn't return to key an attack that averages 6.6 yards per play (second best in the NFL)."They do a lot of unorthodox things offensively because they're trying to get big plays downfield,'' Zimmer said. "They're number one in the league in yards per catch. ... We're going to have to be on our toes, and we're going to have to play good against them and try to eliminate some big plays.''The Vikings (6-2) are capable as winners of four straight. Their defense limits opponents to 16.5 points and 313.9 yards per game to rank third and fifth, respectively, in those categories. The unit is led by defensive end Daniel Hunter (eight sacks) and linebacker Eric Kendricks (68 tackles).The Minnesota offense can also milk the clock behind the NFL's leading rusher, Dalvin Cook, who has 823 rushing yards, nine rushing touchdowns and 1,116 yards from scrimmage, all league highs. He faces a Chiefs defense ranked 30th against the rush (145.0 allowed per game).Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins enjoys a passer rating of 137.1 during the current win streak and favors productive receiver Stefon Diggs.Kansas City is looking to avoid a fourth consecutive home defeat in deafening Arrowhead Stadium, which hasn't happened since a skid spanning the 2013-14 seasons."We have to do better at home,'' Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "We haven't gotten the wins we need.''Reid indicated Mahomes will do "a little bit more'' in practice this week without revealing details. He was officially limited on Wednesday, working in as the second quarterback.
Chiefs' Mahomes limited again at practice
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was officially limited again at practice on Wednesday as he continues to work back from a dislocated right kneecap sustained Oct. 17 in Denver.Head coach Andy Reid said before practice Mahomes would "do a little more" than he did during last week's practices, and the quarterback appeared to be moving more freely. During the portion of practice open to the media, he worked in as the second quarterback behind Matt Moore, who started Sunday night's loss to the Green Bay Packers.Mahomes told the NBC broadcast team before Sunday night's game that he would have played if it were a playoff game.Reid said Monday he admired the quarterback's fire, but he's declined to offer any details about whether Mahomes will play this Sunday against the visiting Minnesota Vikings.Meanwhile, defensive tackle Chris Jones (groin) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday after missing the last three games. The 25-year-old has two sacks and seven QB hits in five games after racking up 15.5 and 29, respectively, last season.Cornerback Kendall Fuller (thumb) was also limited. Fuller got in a limited practice on Friday as he recovers from a thumb issue, but he did not play Sunday.
Rodgers leads Packers past Mahomes-less Chiefs
Aaron Rodgers completed 23 of 33 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns Sunday night as the Green Bay Packers tripped up the short-handed Kansas City Chiefs 31-24 in Kansas City, Mo.Rodgers, coming off a perfect passer rating a week earlier against Oakland, was often hounded by a blitzing Chiefs defense but engineered scores on three straight possessions in the second half before running out the clock at the end.Running back Aaron Jones caught seven passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns, including a 67-yard scoring reception with 8:02 left when he capitalized on a linebacker mismatch. Jones also rushed 13 times for 67 yards, getting seven touches in the final 5:04.The Chiefs (5-3), playing without the NFL's reigning MVP in quarterback Patrick Mahomes, lost for the fourth time in their last five home games when counting last season's loss to New England in the AFC Championship Game.Drawing his first start since Week 12 of 2017 with Miami, Matt Moore passed for 267 yards and two touchdowns as Mahomes' replacement. Mahomes dislocated his kneecap in an Oct. 17 win at Denver.Tyreek Hill led the Chiefs' receivers with six catches for 76 yards.Moore led the Chiefs on a 10-play scoring drive that Damien Williams capped with a 3-yard run with 9:01 remaining for a 24-24 tie. But Jones answered two plays later when he caught a short flare and broke free for the decisive score in Green Bay's fourth straight win.Rodgers wasted no time exploiting a Chiefs defense that entered Week 8 ranked 25th in the NFL and missing three key starters because of injuries -- defensive end Frank Clark, defensive tackle Chris Jones and cornerback Kendall Fuller.
Chiefs rule out QB Mahomes
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will sit out Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers with a dislocated kneecap.Mahomes was injured Oct. 17 at Denver in Kansas City's win over the Broncos but was able to practice Wednesday and Thursday in a limited capacity. Head coach Andy Reid said Friday the Chiefs would instead give Matt Moore the start in a primetime game at Lambeau Field, affording Mahomes more time to recover from his injury.Reid said Mahomes "just wasn't ready" and pointed to the original projection of about three weeks for the quarterback to be healthy. Reid said the team would discuss on Monday Mahomes' Week 9 availability -- the Chiefs play the Minnesota Vikings next week (Nov. 3).The 2018 NFL MVP has 2,180 passing yards with 15 touchdowns this season.
Mahomes fighting to play as Chiefs host Packers
Patrick Mahomes made one thing obvious during the course of a week. The reigning NFL Most Valuable Player wants to play football.The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback went from writhing in pain during his previous game, to being helped to the sideline, to having a dislocated kneecap popped into place, to walking into the locker room, to reportedly being out three weeks, to practicing Wednesday.The next step could signal a football miracle if Mahomes plays Sunday against the visiting Green Bay Packers in a prime-time matchup.Additional evaluation is needed to make a further determination of when Mahomes will return to action, but his presence on the practice field certainly displays his toughness and leadership."After it happened, he thought he could go back in," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said of the injury Mahomes sustained in a 30-6 win at Denver on Oct. 17. "That's how he's wired. ... He attacks everything. That's how he goes about it. He's been full steam ahead."Kansas City (5-2) will, nonetheless, need to summon every ounce of fortitude against Green Bay (6-1) and its standout quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, who is coming off a perfect passer rating in a 42-24 win over the Oakland Raiders.After stretching and jogging Wednesday in his first practice since the injury, Mahomes did some handoffs and executed simple throws. The backup used in the Denver win, Matt Moore, also participated in drills along with Chad Henne and Kyle Shurmur. Henne has been out with a broken ankle and cannot be activated until next week."It's kind of a tricky deal right now," said Moore, an 11th-year veteran who didn't play anywhere last season and hadn't taken a first-team rep with the Chiefs before replacing Mahomes against the Broncos. Moore fired a 57-yard touchdown to Tyreek Hill while passing for 117 yards.Declining to rule out Mahomes for this week, Reid said: "We're going to try and take it day to day, and at the same time make sure Matt's ready to play."The experience possessed by Moore, who quarterbacked the Miami Dolphins in the 2016 playoffs, makes the Chiefs "lucky to have him," Reid added.Mahomes leads the NFL with 2,180 passing yards and has thrown one interception in 241 attempts.
Chiefs QB Mahomes to participate in practice
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes will "do a few things" when he participates in practice on Wednesday, coach Andy Reid told reporters.Reid said that Mahomes would throw the ball and go through individual drills.The reigning NFL Most Valuable Player is six days removed from sustaining a dislocated right kneecap in the Chiefs' 30-6 victory over the Denver Broncos."Patrick will go do a few things and see how he does," Reid said. "We evaluate him everyday that he's out there. In the meantime, Matt (Moore) will take the reps with Patrick."
Chiefs promote rookie QB Shurmur to active roster
The Kansas City Chiefs elevated rookie quarterback Kyle Shurmur to their active roster, a further signal that Patrick Mahomes will not be playing this week as he recovers from a dislocated right kneecap.Coach Andy Reid said Monday it would be a "stretch" to expect his star to be back for Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers.Shurmur signed with the Chiefs in the offseason as an undrafted free agent out of Vanderbilt, where he threw for 8,865 yards and 64 touchdowns. Shurmur, the son of New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, was cut at the end of camp but re-signed to the practice squad.Shurmur will back up veteran Matt Moore, who is expected to start Sunday night.The Chiefs swapped defensive tackles, signing Mike Pennel and releasing Terrell McClain, and they also released wide receiver De'Anthony Thomas. Kansas City added defensive tackle Braxton Hoyett to its practice squad.Pennel, 28, has yet to appear in a game this season, released by the New England Patriots in August. For his career, he has appeared in 69 games (15 starts) between the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets.
Chiefs' Reid: Mahomes' return Sunday would be a 'stretch'
Asked Monday how soon Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes could return from his dislocated right kneecap, coach Andy Reid said it would be a "stretch" to expect his star to be back for Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers.Regarding a progress report, Reid said, "I don't think you put a timeline on this thing. You go off how he feels and what the doctors say and go with it. I don't think there's a set time, though. I know people want a time, but I don't think you can do that with this injury."When you've been around him long enough, you know that there's nothing impossible with this kid. He goes 100 miles an hour, and it's important -- and he's smart this way -- that he listens to the doctors and the trainers and he needs to work hard at the same time to get himself ready to go."In Thursday night's 30-6 victory over the Denver Broncos, Mahomes sustained the injury with the Chiefs facing a fourth-and-1 at the Denver 5-yard line with 10 minutes left in the second quarter on a sneak to convert the first down.He remained on the ground, and when trainers came out, they appeared to be straightening his right knee. Mahomes was able to walk off the field with assistance, then once he was off the field, was able to walk without assistance down the tunnel toward the locker room.Veteran Matt Moore replaced Mahomes and, according to Reid, "We're going to get Matt ready to go" for the Packers.
QBs Wilson, Rodgers head crowded list for NFL MVP
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes' knee injury has opened the door for several others to stake their claim as the favorite for NFL Most Valuable Player honors.Quarterbacks Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks), Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) and Deshaun Watson (Houston Texans), as well as Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey have inserted their names in the congested discussion.Mahomes, in fact, was not favored to win the award for the first time this year on Oct. 15, per sportsbettingdime.com. Wilson held that honor last week at +200, followed by Mahomes (+250).And then Mahomes left Thursday night's victory over the Denver Broncos after sustaining a dislocated right kneecap. The reigning NFL MVP reportedly is expected to miss three games with the injury.As of Monday, Wilson and Rodgers had the shortest odds at +275 on DraftKings Sportsbook. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and Watson were at +600, with Mahomes tumbling to +1000. McCaffrey is close behind at +1100.FanDuel Sportsbook also listed Wilson and Rodgers as co-favorites, but at +350. FanDuel also dropped Mahomes to +1000.
Report: Chiefs add DT Pennel, release McClain
The Kansas City Chiefs have swapped defensive tackles, signing Mike Pennel and releasing Terrell McClain, according to a report Saturday from ESPN.Pennel, 28, has yet to appear in a game this season, released by the New England Patriots in August. For his career, he has appeared in 69 games (15 starts) between the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets.McClain, 31, only appeared in two games with the Chiefs after signing earlier this month. Before that, he had not played since being released by the Arizona Cardinals after the preseason.
Mahomes' injury impacts MVP, Chiefs' SB odds
Sportsbooks quickly moved to update the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl odds as news surfaced Friday that quarterback Patrick Mahomes' knee injury is not expected to be season-ending.Mahomes left Thursday night's victory over the Denver Broncos after suffering a dislocated right kneecap. As the team awaited the results of an MRI exam, Caesers was among the sportsbooks to temporarily remove the Chiefs from their Super Bowl futures table.The Chiefs were being offered at around +800 odds by most books before the injury. With Mahomes now expected to miss around three games, PointsBet is offering Kansas City at +1000 and DraftKings at +1100.K.C. throttled Denver 30-6 behind backup Matt Moore and remains in control of the AFC West at 5-2. The big question will be how Moore and the Chiefs weather the next month with home games against Green Bay and Minnesota followed by road trips to Tennessee and then Mexico City to face the Chargers before Kansas City's bye week.Home-field advantage could be up for grabs during that stretch, with Baltimore and Houston both entering their Week 7 games atop their respective divisions at 4-2.
Reports: Chiefs QB Mahomes (knee) to miss limited time
An MRI exam confirmed Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes dislocated his right kneecap in Thursday night's game against the Denver Broncos, but he sustained no other significant damage, according to multiple reports on Friday.ESPN's Adam Schefter, citing league sources, tweeted that the MRI result was a "best-case scenario." That means a limited absence for the reigning league Most Valuable Player of "about three games," Schefter reported.With his team up 13-6 and facing a fourth-and-1 at the Denver 5-yard line with 10 minutes left in the second quarter, Mahomes ran a sneak to convert the first down.But Mahomes remained on the ground, and when trainers came out, they appeared to be straightening his right knee. Mahomes was able to walk off the field with assistance, then once he was off the field, was able to walk without assistance down the tunnel toward the locker room.The 24-year-old quarterback entered the game playing on a tender left ankle he sprained in the season opener and aggravated several times, including Sunday in a home loss to the Houston Texans.The Chiefs defeated the Broncos 30-6 on Thursday to move to 5-2 and retain their lead in the AFC West.Mahomes began the night leading the NFL with 2,104 passing yards. He was 10-of-11 passing for 76 yards and a touchdown before exiting versus Denver.