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#pounditTuesday, October 19, 2021

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Patrick Mahomes’ girlfriend responds to criticism from Chiefs fan

Patrick Mahomes Brittany Matthews

Patrick Mahomes’ fiancee Brittany Matthews has been known to criticize NFL officials when things don’t go her husband’s way, but not all Kansas City Chiefs fans appreciate her enthusiasm.

The Chiefs were blown out by the Buffalo Bills on Sunday night, and Matthews had many of her usual Twitter complaints during the 38-20 loss. She tweeted at one point saying the “refs are never in our favor,” which drew a response from a Chiefs fan who feels Matthews complaining is a bad look for the organization. Matthews told the fan to “shut up.”

Matthews, who welcomed a child with Mahomes earlier this year, is always extremely outspoken. We saw a recent example of that when she ripped the officials over a pass interference call earlier this season. If the Chiefs continue to struggle, she’ll probably have a lot more to say.

Urban Meyer has ridiculous goal for Jaguars offense

Urban Meyer Jags

The Jacksonville Jaguars are 0-5, but you wouldn’t know it based on the goals Urban Meyer is setting for his offense.

On Monday, Meyer floated a statistical target for his offense — he wants to see them reach 250 passing yards and 250 rushing yards in the same game.

To say that’s ambitious is an understatement. Even the best offenses struggle to do what Meyer wants here. The 2019 Baltimore Ravens, who set the 16-game single-season team rushing record, only achieved the feat once that season. Meyer’s team hasn’t come all that close, as the 198 team rushing yards they posted Sunday was easily their best mark of the season.

This is one of those instances where it almost seems that Meyer still thinks he’s coaching Ohio State, not a winless NFL team. It’s unlikely to help his apparently sagging reputation among his players, not to mention with fans and the rest of the league.

Tim Brown says Jon Gruden uses ‘rubber lips’ saying

Jon Gruden

Jon Gruden says he did not intend to be racist when he insulted DeMaurice Smith in an email 10 years ago, and Hall of Fame wide receiver Tim Brown believes his former coach.

Brown, who played for Gruden with the Oakland Raiders from 1998-2001, defended his longtime friend in a recent interview with SiriusXM Radio. Gruden has said he wrote in the 2011 email that Smith “has lips the size of michellin tires” as a way of calling the NFLPA executive director a liar. Brown said he has heard Gruden use the phrase “rubber lips” to describe people who he believes are being untruthful.

“I’ve heard Jon use the term rubber lips before, meaning that this guy’s double-talking, or he’s doing whatever,” Brown said, as transcribed by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “That’s just a term that he uses.”

Brown added that he has never experienced anything in all his years of knowing Gruden that indicated Gruden is racist.

“Never, ever, have I gotten anything from him that made me even pause, to think about, ‘Hmm, that didn’t come off right,’” Brown said. “I think if you know Gruden, if you know anything about him, or if you’ve been around him, especially for the length of time that I’ve been knowing him, then you would have gotten a hint that this guy is not right. There’s something that’s not right about him. There’s no way I would have ever.”

That meshes with the message Mike Tirico and Tony Dungy delivered during NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcast. Both analysts defended Gruden’s character and said they felt his apology was sincere.

The Raiders condemned Gruden’s remark about Smith in a statement. It’s unclear if the 58-year-old will face disciplinary action from either the team or the NFL.

Joe Burrow gets positive news after hospital visit for throat injury

Joe Burrow

Joe Burrow was taken to a local hospital following the Cincinnati Bengals’ overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, but fortunately it sounds like the quarterback is going to be fine.

Burrow was examined by doctors after he suffered a throat contusion. The hospital visit was considered precautionary, and ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that the Bengals are not concerned about Burrow’s health.

It’s unclear when Burrow suffered the injury, but it may have been when he was hit hard on a scramble in the first half. Burrow’s head and neck area slammed off the turf on the play.

Burrow did not miss any time. The Bengals could have won the game if not for two missed field goals, which allowed Packers kicker Mason Crosby to redeem himself in overtime on an otherwise abysmal day for him.

The Bengals fell to 3-2 on the season with the 25-22 loss. They’ll look to bounce back against the Detroit Lions in Week 6.

Incredible stat shows how dominant Derrick Henry has been

Derrick Henry

Derrick Henry has been an unstoppable force over the past three seasons. The Tennessee Titans running back continues to prove that a running game matters even in a pass-heavy league. He’s also racking up yards and scores at a historical pace.

By rushing for 130 yards in Sunday’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Henry passed Jim Brown for the most rushing yards any player has ever had in a 40-game stretch. Rounding out the top five in that category are O.J. Simpson, Terrell Davis and Eric Dickerson.

The stat is remarkable no matter how you look at it. Notice that Henry is the only running back on the list who played in the last 20-plus years. That is not a coincidence. In an era where quarterbacks regularly throw for 4,000-plus yards and the game is clearly geared toward passing, Henry is essentially on his own planet.

As Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk notes, Henry is also on pace to become the first running back ever to rush for at least 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns in three consecutive seasons. Again, he’s doing all this in a pass-heavy league and one where the running-back-by-committee approach has become more popular by the year.

Like most great running backs, Henry has shown appreciation for his offensive line by giving them some great gifts. There’s no doubt they have contributed to his success, but Henry also has more yards after contact this season than any other running back has total rushing yards. He’s truly a freak of nature.

JuJu Smith-Schuster could be out for season with shoulder injury

JuJu Smith-Schuster

The Pittsburgh Steelers got back on track in Week 5 with a win over the Denver Broncos, but they may have paid a hefty price for it.

JuJu Smith-Schuster left Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury. The expectation is that he will be placed on injured reserve, and Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers fear Smith-Schuster may be out for the season.

Smith-Schuster hasn’t been very productive this season. He has just 15 catches for 129 yards and no touchdowns in four-plus games. Pittsburgh’s offense has struggled as a whole, so losing a top wide receiver could be very problematic for the team.

Smith-Schuster signed a one-year, $8 million deal to return to the Steelers this past offseason. He reportedly turned down better offers to remain in Pittsburgh despite seeing his role diminish a bit over the last few seasons.

PB&J sandwiches become hot topic during Bills-Chiefs delay

Michele Tafoya

The Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs had to wait out a weather delay during their game on Sunday night, and the halt in play gave NBC’s broadcast team an opportunity to dive into an important topic — peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

The start of the second half of Buffalo’s eventual 38-20 win at Arrowhead Stadium was delayed due to lightning in the area. During the break, NBC sideline reporter Michele Tafoya said players were relaxing and eating PB&J sandwiches. Though, the players told her they were unhappy with the peanut butter-to-jelly ratio.

Al Michaels took the info and ran with it. He kept the conversation going by asking Mike Tirico what the proper peanut butter-to-jelly ratio is. Tirico said he has a peanut allergy so he wouldn’t know. Tony Dungy and Drew Brees then raised some more important questions about the type of jelly, type of bread, and how the sandwiches were being cut. You can hear the important debate below:

We’re used to seeing weather delays in baseball, but they’re a lot more rare in football. Apparently there was only so much for the NBC crew to talk about.

Of course, the real topics for debate weren’t created until the second half. Had these roughing the passer calls taken place in the first half, there would have been a lot more to talk about during the delay.

Fans could not believe these roughing the passer calls in Bills-Chiefs game

Frank Clark gets ready to hit Josh Allen

Fans, analysts and even NBC’s announcers could not believe the roughing the passer calls in Sunday night’s game between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. In fact, the sheer amount of penalties called in the game upset many viewers.

Buffalo was leading 31-13 in the third quarter and KC went for a 4th-and-3 at their 32. The Chiefs were helped out by a roughing the passer call on Ed Oliver.

The possession ended with Patrick Mahomes’ second straight interception.

Then in the fourth quarter, the Bills were leading 31-20 and driving. They were called for a holding penalty on Mitch Morse on 3rd-and-9.

The following play was a 3rd-and-17 from the Buffalo 8. Frank Clark was called for roughing the passer, giving the Bills a first down.

NBC announcers Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth were fed up with the flags from the officials.

The Bills were penalized 10 times for 103 yards. The Chiefs were penalized 7 times for 55 yards. Not many people want to see that many penalties called in a game.

Andy Reid offers concerning quote after home loss to Bills

Andy Reid

The Kansas City Chiefs’ performance this season has left many fans recognizing that things feel differently from the last two years, when they made the Super Bowl both seasons, winning one of them. A quote from Andy Reid after Sunday night’s 38-20 home loss to the Buffalo Bills should give them even more concern.

The Chiefs fell behind 24-10 in the second quarter and were down 24-13 at halftime. There was a lengthy weather-related delay that lasted 62 minutes at halftime, and that didn’t hurt the Bills’ momentum.

Buffalo got a pick-six in the third quarter to go up 31-13. Then they intercepted Patrick Mahomes on the ensuing possession, giving them two interceptions of Mahomes in the same quarter.

Buffalo added a fourth quarter TD to seal the double-digit win, which had many people surprised considering KC beat the Bills 38-24 at home in the AFC Championship Game last season.

The outcome of Sunday night’s game also caught Reid off guard. He said he didn’t see the bad loss coming.

Reid added that his players were “embarrassed” by the game.

This was the worst home loss by the Chiefs since Reid took over the team in 2013. If they weren’t having a bad week of practice or showing signs of not being focused leading up to the game and just flat-out were beat this badly, that’s not a good thing.

Mahomes offered a comforting message for Chiefs fans after they lost consecutive games this season. Now his Chiefs are 2-3 and the only team in the AFC West without a winning record. Reid’s quote is an indication that the fans should be concerned that this team might not have it this season.

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Josh Allen goes viral for amazing hurdle

Josh Allen hurdles a defender

Josh Allen and his Buffalo Bills got a big win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night, and the quarterback went viral for a very cool play he made.

Allen’s Bills had a 3rd-and-4 from inside their 40 with under 10 minutes left in the game. Allen took off running to his left and saw a defender in front of him. He reacted by hurdling L’Jarius Sneed and getting the first down in an impressive display.

That was awesome. Sneed went low, so Allen went high. He got the first down and his team secured the big 38-20 road win.

Allen passed for 315 yards and three touchdowns in the game. He also rushed for 59 yards and a TD while outplaying Patrick Mahomes.