By: Frank Hyden
-The Kansas City Chiefs beat the New England Patriots 26-10 last night to move to 4-0 while the Patriots drop to 2-2. Patrick Mahomes threw 2 touchdowns after a very slow start for the Chiefs offensively. The Patriots slowed the Chiefs down for longer than anyone else had but they couldn’t do it the whole game and their QB play wasn’t up to snuff. If Cam Newton had played, this would have been a completely different game. Brian Hoyer didn’t play all that well, but it’s hard to expect him to considering the circumstances. He got benched for Jarrett Stidham, who played better but also got some bad luck. He threw a pass to Julian Edelman in the flat that bounced off Edelman’s hands right to Tyrann Mathieu, who made a great play and took it to the house for 6. Edelman leads the league in drops over the last 2 seasons. The other interception Stidham threw was when the game was basically over and he was going for a touchdown. If he had put more on the ball it would have been a touchdown or incomplete going out of the end zone. The Patriots got 100 yards rushing from 2nd year back Damien Harris but it wasn’t enough.
-The Green Bay Packers moved to 4-0 as they beat the Atlanta Falcons 30-16 and dropped them to 0-4. Todd Gurley had 2 rushing TDs but the Falcons struggled to move the ball. Aaron Rodgers had 4 TDs and 327 passing yards, with 1 TD to Aaron Jones and 3 to Robert Tonyan, who’s becoming a target Rodgers looks for without Davante Adams and now Allen Lazard not playing. Za’Darius Smith had 3 sacks for Green Bay. The Falcons started okay but looked terrible down the stretch. They had some more injuries in the secondary and Green Bay’s playing well, but they looked bad. They always say firing a coach mid-season makes it a lost season but they’re not going anywhere. I still think they need to just blow the team up and start over. They have some nice receivers and Matt Ryan is a fine quarterback but they should make everyone available, except for good young guys on cheap contracts. Everyone else is available. They need bodies, they need talent. We already had the first coach fired, and Dan Quinn should have been gone already. I hate calling for people’s jobs and stuff like that, but how can you say he should still be the coach?
-Speaking of, the Houston Texans have fired their Head Coach/General Manager Bill O’Brien. He’s a decent coach but he was a terrible GM. Earlier this year he traded DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for David Johnson and a 2nd round pick. You can’t even get a 1st rounder for one of the best receivers in recent memory? He traded 2 first rounders and a second rounder (along with Johnson Bademosi and Julien Davenport) to the Miami Dolphins for Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills and a 4th round pick? Are you out of your mind? Stills is a fine 2nd receiver and a good 3rd receiver but there’s no way in hell he’s worth either a second round pick and definitely not a first round pick. Tunsil is good but is he worth two No. 1’s? Maybe, I mean he’s a good player, but you still have the problem of trading a 2nd for Stills and a 4th. Maybe you could forgive that trade because it’s not really that bad, especially compared to the Hopkins trade. That’s inexcusable. That’s one of the worst trades in quite a while. Combine that with starting 0-4 (with a tough schedule, to be fair) and he was likely to be gone at the end of the season, unless they really turned it around. He won’t get that chance now. I never thought O’Brien would be the first coach fired, though. I would have bet on either Adam Gase or Dan Quinn to be gone before him.
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