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Patriots Fan Who Threw Beer on Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill Gets Lifetime Suspension From Gillette Stadium

The Patriots have announced a lifetime ban on a fan who threw beer on Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill shortly after Hill scored a 75-yard touchdown at Gillette Stadium according to Herbie Teope of NFL.com.
The Patriots swiftly identified the fan on video and sent out a memo Monday morning saying they had sent the perpetrator a letter of “disinvite” to all future events at the stadium. They also advised that the matter has been turned over to local law enforcement officials for further review.

Moments before the incident, Hill was at top speed as he crossed the goal line. His momentum carried him through the end zone to the fence that separates the fans from the playing field, where he came to a stop after using both hands to brace himself. Once there, replay showed other fans throwing up the middle finger in Hill’s face before a spectator to the wide receiver’s right side threw beer from a cup. To his credit, Hill did not retaliate despite the unruly greeting at the barrier.

The Patriots came back to defeat the Chiefs 43-40 in an instant classic that firmly established the Chiefs and the Pats as the top two teams in the AFC. If there is a rematch in New England in the playoffs, however, we know of one Patriots fan who will definitely not be in attendance.

Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey Takes a Shot at Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill – Says He’s Just a ‘Return Specialist’

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey isn’t overly impressed by the accomplishments of Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill, Phillip Heilman of the Florida Times-Union reports.
At least not as a receiver.

A day after Hill challenged him ahead of Sunday’s game, Ramsey fired back Thursday by listing off the speedy receiver’s career accolades — as a return specialist.

“He’s good for what he does for their team,” Ramsey said. “He made All Pro as a return specialist — let’s get that right — as a return specialist his rookie year. He went to two Pro Bowls as a return specialist — return specialist — two years. I made All Pro in my position as a corner, went to the Pro Bowl as a corner.

“So it’s not a wide receiver versus corner matchup, so we can get that out of the way off the bat.”

Ramsey’s remarks came three days before the Jaguars (3-1) and Chiefs (4-0) square off in a much-anticipated game at Arrowhead Stadium and were in response to remarks made by Hill the previous day.

Answering a question about Ramsey from Kansas City reporters, Hill said: “He think high of himself. He’s all right, I guess. I can’t wait to line up against him. I hope he presses me.

“He’s a great player. To get my name out there more, I need to go up against more talent like him. I’m not calling [Denver’s] Chris Harris or nobody else bad, but he’s top dog right now, so I can’t wait.”

Ramsey was not impressed by Hill’s waffling.

“I just wish he would have picked a side,” Ramsey said. “Either I’m just all right or I’m the top dog. Pick a side. If I’m the top dog but I’m just all right, that means he doesn’t think that any corner in the league is good, and that’s not true.”

“Me and Tyreek, we’re going to probably have some opportunities to match up against each other, but it won’t be like that for a majority of the game,” Ramsey said. “I think everybody knows that he moves around everywhere. He plays running back, receiver, slot. He’s not out there on that island 90 percent of the time where I’m at.

“I don’t look at it as me versus him. I don’t think this is really a matchup game to be honest with you.”

Chiefs and Broncos Deliver a Huge Monday Night Football Rating

Pro Football Talk reports that the Chiefs and Broncos had a huge Monday night in terms of people watching the game, as it was the highest Monday Night Football rating since Week Three of 2017.

Via SportsBusiness Daily, Monday night’s Chiefs-Broncos game on ESPN generated a 9.1 rating. It was the best Monday night number since Week Three of the 2017 season (Cowboys-Cardinals) and an eight-percent increase over last year’s 8.4 rating for a Week Four Monday night game between Washington and the Chiefs.

The rating for Monday night’s game matches the 9.1 rating generated by the Week Four game in Week Four of the 2016 season. Which essentially gets the NFL back to where it was in the year that the ratings slide began to become noticeable.

The Monday night measurement continues a 2018 trend (for the most part) of ratings going up. And that’s a good thing for the NFL and the networks, especially at a time when the TV viewership continues to decline.

Patrick Mahomes Delivers in the Clutch; Keeps Chiefs Unbeaten in Wild Win Over Broncos

Patrick Mahomes finally experienced some adversity on Monday night in Denver, when the offense had grown stagnant and the Chiefs trailed by 10 points with about 12 minutes to go.

He answered with a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback.

There was the grinding, 12-play, 75-yard drive that Mahomes capped with a short touchdown toss to Travis Kelce to give Kansas City a chance.

Then, there was the audacious left-handed throw while Von Miller was bearing down on him during the go-ahead drive, which Kareem Hunt capped with a touchdown run in the final minutes to give the Chiefs a dramatic 27-23 victory.

“I didn’t think at all. I was just kind of scrambling to my left, I felt Von on my back and I knew I couldn’t throw it with my right hand,” Mahomes said. “I knew we needed a first down, so I kind of shot-putted it to Tyreek (Hill), he got the first down and made a great play.”

Sure, his wide receiver made a great play.

But Mahomes had made a spectacular one.

It was the first time he’d truly faced adversity — the Chiefs had jumped out to early leads in each of their first three games, giving Mahomes a certain level of comfort. And while he rallied them to victory in his Week 17 start in Denver a year ago, there was nothing on the line that day.

This was different in several ways.

The Chiefs’ dynamic offense had been held in check all night, and wide receiver Sammy Watkins had gone down with a hamstring injury, depriving Mahomes of one of his top options.

Throw in the tough road environment and the fact that the Broncos could have forged a tie atop the AFC West with a victory, and that’s some heady stuff for Mahomes to deal with.

“He’s a confident kid. He was confident before that,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “He’s not going to get overconfident from it. I think it tells you, it tells everyone: You’re within striking distance you have the opportunity to make plays. The guys around him made plays too. This wasn’t just Patrick.”

But it was Mahomes who was getting most of the credit Tuesday for his late-game heroics.

“He’s pretty fast. He’ll run all day, buy time and especially to the right, deep,” Miller marveled after the game. “I’m talking like, 20 yards deep, and then he’ll throw the ball 40 yards. He’s a great quarterback. He did a great job tonight.”

Mahomes’ ability to extend plays while constantly looking downfield may have been the biggest reason the Chiefs managed to rally late.

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Chiefs vs Steelers NFL Week Two Inactives

Here’s the Week two inactives for the Steelers and Chiefs

Steelers

S Marcus Allen inactive
DE Tyson Alualu inactive
OT Zach Banner inactive
OG David DeCastro inactive
CB Joe Haden inactive
WR Justin Hunter inactive
QB Mason Rudolph inactive

Chiefs

S Eric Berry inactive
DT Justin Hamilton inactive
OG Kahlil McKenzie inactive
LB Ben Niemann inactive
C Austin Reiter inactive
CB Charvarius Ward inactive
RB Darrel Williams inactive

Chiefs Safety Eric Berry Still Not Practicing – Team Says He’s ‘Day to Day’

Chiefs safety Eric Berry did not practice on Wednesday and his availability for Sunday’s season opener against the Los Angeles Chargers remains uncertain according to the team’s official website.

Head coach Andy Reid keeps stressing that Berry’s status is “day-to-day” but the 29-year-old has not practiced since August 11 due to what has been described as a “sore heel”. While the Chiefs keep publicly saying they are not overly concerned, any heel issue has to be considered serious for a player who missed the entire 2017 season after tearing his Achilles tendon in Week 1.

The Chiefs turned over their entire secondary, shedding six cornerbacks from last year’s team and plan to start Ron Parker at one of the two safety spots after he was just signed over the weekend. Philip Rivers should have a field day on Sunday.

Chiefs Giving Offensive Lineman Cam Erving a Contract Extension

There’s no word on how long or the amount, but reports today state that the Chiefs are giving offensive linemen Cam Erving a contract extension.

Erving was the 19th overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2015 NFL draft, and came to the Chiefs after a trade back on August 30th 2017 for 2018 fifth-round pick.

He played in 13 games, starting four at guard.

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