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Video: Jackson Mahomes pours water on Ravens fan after loss

Jackson Mahomes water Ravens fan

Jackson Mahomes seemed to be irritated after the Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night.

One Instagram user captured a video that showed Mahomes pouring a bottle of water on a Ravens fan sitting below him in the stands at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.

The video took place after the Ravens forced a Chiefs fumble and then converted on a great fourth down to win the game 36-35.

Jackson is the younger brother of Kansas City star QB Patrick. Jackson has a big social media presence and likes to boast with the confidence of a Super Bowl winner, even though he himself hasn’t played any snaps. He seemed like a bad sport after that heartbreaking defeat.

Eric Bieniemy denies USC rumors for good reason

Eric Bieniemy

Eric Bieniemy continues to be tied to the USC head coach job, but he denied the rumors recently.

Clay Helton was fired by the Trojans on Monday, two days after his team got embarrassed in a home loss to Stanford. Donte Williams was named USC’s interim head coach and won his first game, a 45-14 comeback over Utah.

Immediately after Helton’s firing, we put together a list of potential replacements. Bieniemy’s name came up quickly via a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. A second report on Sunday linked Bieniemy to the job, saying he has interest in it.

But apparently Bieniemy had a different message for NBC.

During the third quarter of Sunday night’s Kansas City Chiefs-Baltimore Ravens game, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth were talking about Bieniemy and praising him as an offensive coordinator. Michaels then brought up the Bieniemy-USC rumors.

“He said, ‘I don’t know where that came from,'” Michaels recalled.

He said ‘the AD at USC is the guy who fired me at Colorado!'” Collinsworth said of Bieniemy.

Bieniemy was a star running back at Colorado. He had two coaching stints there, including one from 2011-2012 as their offensive coordinator. The team went 4-21 under Jon Embree in those two seasons. Mike Bohn was the athletic director at Colorado from 2005-2013 and fired the entire staff under Embree. Bohn is now the athletic director at USC and a big part of the hiring process for a new head coach.

Maybe that is working against Bieniemy, but a lot has changed since then. Bieniemy has been with the Chiefs since Andy Reid became the head coach in 2013. Bieniemy has developed into a successful offensive coordinator and has been a candidate for numerous head coach jobs. He even was offered the Colorado job but turned it down. Now he reportedly has interest in the USC job, though he denies it.

Lamar Jackson had great response to John Harbaugh 4th down question

Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson had a great response after being asked by John Harbaugh about a key fourth down late on Sunday night.

Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens were leading 36-35 and looked like they might surrender their lead to Kansas City. But the Chiefs lost a fumble, giving the ball back to the Ravens.

Baltimore moved it nine yards and was facing a decision on 4th-and-1. Harbaugh asked Jackson if they should go for it or punt, and Jackson didn’t hesitate. The Ravens went for it and Jackson converted on a quarterback run, clinching the win.

Jackson was asked after the game about the bold call and what he was thinking.

“Man, no matter what: get that first down. Coach asked me, ‘should we go for it?’ I said, ‘hell ya! Just like Seattle two years ago, we had to get it,” Jackson told NBC’s Michele Tafoya.

Jackson was referencing a 4th-and-2 play during a tie game in Seattle in 2019. The Ravens went for it and Jackson scored a touchdown on a running play.

Even if the Ravens did not convert, going for it was the right move. There was no way they could give the ball back to Kansas City with a minute left and only a 1-point lead. That would have been asking for heartbreak. Instead, they took control of the situation and put the game in the hands of their MVP. He never hesitated, and they won. You have to love the confidence.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire crushed on Twitter after costly fumble

Clyde Edwards-Helaire fumble

Clyde Edwards-Helaire was ripped on Twitter by NFL fans after a costly fumble in his Kansas City Chiefs’ 36-35 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night.

The Chiefs were driving and in position to win the game on a field goal. They had a 2nd-and-3 at the Baltimore 32 with around 1:20 left in the game and time ticking off. A first down and a few more running plays would have put KC in position to kick a field goal while leaving the Ravens little time. But Edwards-Helaire lost a fumble that was recovered by Baltimore. The Ravens then converted a key 4th down to end the game.

Here were the Twitter reactions:

The Chiefs made Edwards-Helaire the No. 32 overall pick in the 2020 draft. He has done very little during his career to suggest he was worth such a high pick. And in this contest, he cost his team dearly.

Dak Prescott, CeeDee Lamb boast about Cowboys fans turning SoFi into home

Dak Prescott

The Los Angeles Chargers may be playing in a new home stadium, but they’re experiencing the same old attendance problems.

Dallas Cowboys fans had a strong presence at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday for the Week 2 game between the teams. One reporter estimated 70 percent of the stadium was full of Cowboys fans.

Cowboys players certainly took note of the fan support they had. CeeDee Lamb said it felt like a home game for them.

Quarterback Dak Prescott said the offense didn’t even have to use a silent snap count despite being on the road.

This is nothing new. Since leaving San Diego, the Chargers have had severe attendance issues. Their ownership group might not really care so long as the stadium is full, unfortunately.

Kyler Murray clarifies his ‘Baby Yoda’ celebration

Kyler Murray

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is adamant that his curious touchdown celebration Sunday was not him embracing his “Baby Yoda” nickname.

For reference, Murray and teammate Chandler Jones engaged in some fun trolling during the week. After Murray playfully mocked Jones’ physique publicly, Jones responded by referring to the quarterback as “Baby Yoda.”

That’s why many people interpreted Murray’s second quarter touchdown celebration as an embrace of the nickname. And it did look very much like Murray was imitating the famous Yoda pose.

Murray was asked about the celebration after the game, and claimed his celebration had nothing to do with the nickname.

Will everyone believe this? Probably not. After all, if it wasn’t a Baby Yoda celebration, it’s fair to ask exactly what the quarterback was going for.

On the other hand, Murray is probably worth believing. He certainly hasn’t shied away from brutal honesty in the past.

DeShon Elliott revives controversy with his ‘DBU’ player intro

DeShon Elliott DBU

DeShon Elliott revived an old debate with his player introduction on Sunday night, causing a controversy.

Elliott’s Baltimore Ravens were facing the Kansas City Chiefs on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” Early in the game, NBC ran player introductions, where players get to say a school or place they came from.

Instead of saying his college — Texas — Elliott said “DBU.”

DBU is an acronym for “Defensive Back University,” which is a nickname Texas claims due to the defensive backs they have produced.

This is nothing new; Earl Thomas called Texas “DBU” for his player intro in 2014. The thing is, LSU also stakes a claim to “DBU” due to the high quality of defensive backs they have produced. They have even been mocked for the claim.

Some of LSU’s DBs include Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Jamal Adams, Jalen Mills and Tre’Davious White.

Texas has historically produced some good ones like Quentin Jammer, Nathan Vasher, Michael Huff and Earl Thomas. But LSU definitely has had a stronger run of DBs lately, meaning Elliott’s claim does not really hold up.

Video: Vikings radio broadcast had amazing call of brutal missed FG

Vikings missed field goal

The Minnesota Vikings lost in brutal fashion to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. The team’s radio broadcast encapsulated the feelings perfectly in a call that runs the full gamut of emotions.

The Vikings were set up for a 37-yard field goal try with four seconds remaining trailing by a point. Vikings kicker Greg Joseph would have won the game for Minnesota if he made the kick, but he missed it right.

The radio call for KFXN is incredible. Play-by-play man Paul Allen initially thinks Joseph made the kick and responds with an appropriately elated call. Analyst Pete Bercich is the first to realize that the kick missed, and the mood shifts to stunned disbelief. All Allen can really do is repeat “he missed it right” a couple times.

The Vikings have been here before. Their kicking problems have been going on for years, and may have hit an all-time low in 2020. The fact that those continued issues provided a pretty memorable radio call won’t come as any consolation to the Vikings or their fans, but there’s no denying the fact that this is pretty amazing to listen to.

If you haven’t heard it, you need to listen to Paul Allen’s call of Brett Favre’s infamous interception in the NFC Championship Game.

Video: Jon Gruden caught by hot mic dropping F-bombs on refs

Jon Gruden upset

Jon Gruden is known for being an intense coach on the sidelines. Thanks to CBS’ microphones, we have some proof of that.

Gruden was livid over a penalty called before halftime in his Las Vegas Raiders’ 26-17 win at the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. The Raiders had a 3rd-and-goal from the Steelers 17 with under 20 seconds left before halftime. They completed a pass for nine yards, but there was a penalty. Offensive lineman Kolton Miller was called for being an ineligible man downfield.

Gruden was upset about the penalty call and let the referees hear it. He was heard cursing at the officials, dropping F-bombs left and right.

Even announcer Ian Eagle commented on Gruden’s F-bombs.

That penalty took the Raiders back five yards to the 22. They settled for a Daniel Carlson 41-yard field goal to take a 9-7 lead into the half.

The Raiders still won the game and are a surprising 2-0 to start the season. Gruden is also undefeated when it comes to calling out officials. They don’t call him “Chucky” for nothing.

Tom Brady has unexpected reaction to 5-touchdown game

Tom Brady

Few things sum up Tom Brady better than his reaction to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

The Buccaneers beat Atlanta 48-25, turning a three-point game into a blowout with 20 points in the fourth quarter. Brady put up an ideal line, going 24-for-36 with 276 yards, five touchdowns, and no interceptions. Still, that wasn’t good enough for Brady, who spent part of his postgame media availability lamenting missed opportunities and suggesting he could play better.

The reality is Brady is playing great. His partnership with Rob Gronkowski is as sharp as it’s been in years. The Buccaneers appear to be in prime position to repeat as champions.

Brady, however, won’t be satisfied with a 2-0 start and will keep driving himself further. He was telling the truth when he talked about his favorite Super Bowl ring, after all.