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How Kevin O’Connell’s short playing career led to coaching Vikings

EAGAN, Minn. — Kevin O’Connell’s football world was settling nicely in the summer of 2009. The quarterback immediately ahead of him on the New England Patriots’ depth chart had been traded away. The Patriots had added two free agent quarterbacks as depth, but O’Connell — a third-round draft pick the previous year — was the […]

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10 years later, Andre Johnson reflects on historic day as one of his ‘greatest accomplishments’

Wide receiver Andre Johnson had just scored the game-winning touchdown moments prior at NRG Stadium. As Kubiak was making his way to talk to his team, a member of the PR staff handed him the stat sheet. An immediate shock rushed through his body as he read the numbers. “I don’t really think about [stats] […]

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Kansas City Chiefs players honor late Hall of Fame QB Len Dawson with special huddle in game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs honored late Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson with a special huddle before their first offensive play in Thursday night’s 17-10 preseason win against the Green Bay Packers. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes faced his 10 teammates, huddling in the style Dawson did when playing for the Chiefs in […]

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Simulating NFL free agency 2022: Predicting offers, deals and new landing spots for six top players on the open market

Eight NFL players received the franchise tag this week, and another two of the top presumed-free agents signed extensions. But make no mistake: The 2022 NFL free-agent class is still loaded with talent and big names who could land huge-money deals. How will it all play out? Who will sign where, and for how much? […]

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How good is your NFL coach on fourth-down calls? We rank all 32

The NFL is about to set a record for most fourth-down attempts in a season. Again. Coaches are on pace to dial up 838 fourth-down tries in 2021, up from 780 the year prior. (Even if this were a 16-game season, they’d be on track for a 788 attempts.) It will mark the fourth consecutive […]

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The NFL’s most vulnerable spots: 16 teams that have depth issues behind their stars, including the Cowboys, Titans, Bucs

The ultimate examples of how the “next man up” can make or break an NFL team are two recent Super Bowls. Last season, we saw the Chiefs lose various starting offensive linemen throughout the season, but when Eric Fisher tore his Achilles in the AFC Championship Game, the dam broke. Andy Reid & Co. couldn’t […]

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Behind the Bets, Odds and Ends

We have a special weekend on tap as the AFC and NFC will decide who goes to Tampa for Super Bowl LV, The Notorious One is back in the octagon and the NBA/NHL seasons are in full swing. Here are some betting thoughts for the notable events this weekend. Much like in life, sports betting […]

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Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes says he has cleared concussion protocol, been cleared to play Sunday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Patrick Mahomes cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol and will play for the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium. “Talking to all of the doctors and going through all of the testing, we have the belief that I’ll have no lingering effects and […]

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Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes practices in limited capacity, remains in concussion protocol

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, taking another step to possibly clearing the concussion protocol in time for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Buffalo Bills. “He’s done well up to this point,” coach Andy Reid said of Mahomes, who remains in the NFL’s concussion protocol after […]

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