Oct 10, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (1) celebrates with quarterback Josh Allen (17) after scoring a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Bills defense shuts down Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs

Josh Allen passed for 315 yards and added 59 yards rushing Sunday as the Buffalo Bills’ top-ranked defense stuffed Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs 38-20 in soggy Kansas City, Mo.

The victory avenged the Bills’ 38-24 loss to the Chiefs in last year’s AFC championship game and kept Buffalo (4-1) in charge of the AFC East. Kansas City (2-3) lost its second straight at home and fell into last place in the AFC West.

A line of thunderstorms prompted a 62-minute delay at halftime. Rain persisted in the second half.

Allen connected on 15 of 26 passes, averaging 12.1 yards per attempt while engineering the Bills to an 8.1-yard average per snap. Dawson Knox caught three passes for 117 yards with one touchdown, while Emmanuel Sanders had two TD grabs, including an 8-yarder for a 38-20 margin with 5:51 remaining.

Buffalo’s sticky defense provided a TD off a 26-yard interception return by Micah Hyde for a 31-13 third-quarter lead. Greg Rousseau also snagged a pick as the Bills rattled Mahomes, who passed for 272 yards and rushed for 61 but also lost a fumbled snap while going 33 of 54.

Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire left in the third quarter with an apparent knee injury after rushing for 13 yards on seven carries.

The Bills overcame 10 penalties for 103 yards.

Allen carried for a 9-yard touchdown and connected with Sanders and Knox for scores of 35 and 53 yards, respectively, as Buffalo gained early control and led 24-13 at halftime.

The TD bomb to Knox, who slipped wide open behind Chiefs defender Dan Sorensen, came with 1:16 left, two plays after Mahomes and Kansas City failed to convert a fourth down on the Bills’ 32.

The Bills averaged 12 yards per snap in the half, with Allen passing for 219 yards and rushing for 41.

Allen drove the Bills into Kansas City territory on each of their five first-half drives. The 24 first-half plays the Bills executed generated 10 first downs and three touchdowns.

The Chiefs’ only TD of the half came on a 5-yard strike from Mahomes to Byron Pringle five minutes into the second quarter. A 17-play drive to begin the game netted only a field goal by Harrison Butker, who added a 54-yard boot with two seconds left in the first half.

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) hands off to running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire exits game with apparent knee injury

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire left in the third quarter with an apparent knee injury Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Edwards-Helaire, a former first-round draft pick out of LSU, suffered the injury on an 11-yard gain, three plays before the Bills’ Micah Hyde scored on a 25-yard interception return to give Buffalo a 31-13 lead.

Edwards-Helaire left with 13 yards on seven carries after logging 100-yard rushing performances in the two previous games.

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) throws a pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Weather issue delays Bills-Chiefs game at halftime

Thunderstorms delayed Sunday night’s game between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs at halftime in Kansas City, Mo.

Fans at Arrowhead Stadium were instructed to take cover within the stadium concourse.

The Bills led 24-13 halftime lead, scoring on four of their five first-half possessions as Josh Allen accounted for 260 yards and three touchdowns, two through the air and one on the ground.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) calls a play against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Gordon joins Chiefs ahead of AFC title rematch with Bills

The latest buzz enveloping the Kansas City Chiefs unsurprisingly centers on another piece for their potent offense.

With newly acquired Josh Gordon elevated to the active roster, Kansas City (2-2) could have another gifted receiver to unleash Sunday when it hosts the Buffalo Bills (3-1) in a rematch of last year’s AFC championship game.

Gordon, an All-Pro in 2013 with Cleveland, has not played since 2019 and has served six suspensions imposed by the NFL during his checkered career. Apparently, though, Gordon looks fit and ready.

“The talent, you can just see, how fast he is, how big he is, the way he gets in and out of cuts,” Patrick Mahomes said. “I’ve been able to throw to him off to the side a little bit. We’ll try to bring him up to speed as quickly as possible and utilize his skill set.”

Chiefs coach Andy Reid did not commit Wednesday to actually playing Gordon this week, electing instead to “see how it goes.”

Mahomes leads the NFL with 14 passing touchdowns and Gordon could provide another target alongside Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Yet the attack is far from one-dimensional. Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 100 yards in each of the last two games.

The Chiefs, however, have been uncharacteristically careless with the football, committing seven turnovers, including four interceptions by Mahomes.

“It’s something I have to build on, not throwing interceptions in the middle of the field,” Mahomes said. “I have that aggressive nature where I want to make things happen and get a first down, but sometimes you have to just punt.”

Short fields only make things worse for the Chiefs defense, which is allowing 6.9 yards per play to rank last in the NFL. In contrast, the Bills rank first, allowing 4.0 yards per play, with a league-best 11 takeaways.

The teams are tied for second in scoring with 33.5-point averages. The Chiefs, however, allow 31.3 points, while the Bills’ stingy defense allows 11.0 after already securing two shutouts. The last NFL team to blank two opponents in the first four weeks was the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.

“They embrace whatever the game plan is with total confidence and leadership,” said Bills coach Sean McDermott, “and it takes leadership to do that week to week.”

McDermott did not cite the 38-24 loss in last year’s AFC Championship game, which Buffalo led 9-0 after the first quarter, as a motivator for this week’s primetime rematch.

“They’re an explosive offense in more ways than one, so we’ve got to have a good plan,” McDermott said. “What happened in that (title) game does not affect this game. These are two separate games, two separate teams.”

Quarterback Josh Allen said immediately after missing out on the Super Bowl that he would use the hurt and pain as fuel to improve. Allen, however, also downplayed the motivational theme.

“Everybody wants to make a big deal about the AFC Championship rematch and I get that’s what it is,” Allen said. “They have the gold standard of what you want to be as an AFC team. Until somebody knocks them off in the playoffs that won’t change, but again, this is Week 5.”

Buffalo running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring), linebacker Matt Milano (hamstring) and defensive end Greg Rousseau (toe) did not practice at the beginning of workouts leading into the Kansas City game.

Defensive end Chris Jones continues to deal with a wrist injury and did not practice leading into the Chiefs’ preparations for the Bills. DE Frank Clark, cornerbacks Charvarius Ward and Rashad Fenton and linebacker Willie Gay Jr. all practiced. Gay has been out since the preseason with a toe injury.

–Field Level Media

Dec 15, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) catches a pass against Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson (26) during the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Chiefs elevate WR Josh Gordon to active roster

The Kansas City Chiefs are promoting wide receiver Josh Gordon to the 53-man active roster, multiple media outlets reported on Tuesday.

The Chiefs have yet to announce the move as of early Tuesday afternoon. A promotion for Gordon, however, would put him in line to make his season debut on Sunday night when the Chiefs (2-2) host the Buffalo Bills (3-1).

Gordon, 30, signed with the Chiefs late last month, shortly after the NFL reinstated him from an indefinite suspension he received in December 2019. Gordon was suspended for substance abuse and performance-enhancing substance violations.

A subsequent reinstatement in December 2020 lasted only a month — with no on-field appearances — and was rescinded in January 2021.

Gordon entered the league in the 2012 supplemental draft, selected in the second round — No. 1 overall — by the Browns. He played in Cleveland until 2018 — he missed 2015-16 due to suspension — then played parts of 2018-19 with the New England Patriots before moving on to Seattle.

Gordon has 247 career receptions for 4,252 yards with 20 touchdowns in 63 games (56 starts).

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) passes the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes fires five TDs as Chiefs handle Eagles

Patrick Mahomes threw five touchdown passes and Kansas City defeated the host Philadelphia Eagles 42-30 on Sunday for Andy Reid’s 100th victory as head coach of the Chiefs.

Reid is the first coach in NFL history to win at least 100 games for two different teams (Eagles). He is 93-39 in the regular season and 7-6 in the postseason since taking over in Kansas City in 2013.

The Chiefs (2-2) had not won a game by more than six points since Week 8 of last season (35-9 over the New York Jets).

Mahomes completed 24 of 30 passes for 278 yards with one interception. Tyreek Hill had 11 catches for 186 yards and three scores and Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 102 yards and caught a TD pass.

Jalen Hurts was 32-of-48 passing for 387 yards and two touchdowns for the Eagles (1-3), who lost their third straight game.

The Eagles took the opening kickoff and zoomed down the field but stalled at the 11-yard line and settled for a 29-yard Jake Elliott field goal.

The Chiefs responded with an eight-play, 77-yard touchdown drive. Mahomes threw a 1-yard underhand pass to Edwards-Helaire for the score, set up by a 36-yard pass from Mahomes to Hill. Originally ruled a touchdown, the ball was placed inside the 1.

The Eagles used an up-tempo drive to retake the lead, including converting on fourth-and-2 from the Kansas City 20. Hurts hit Dallas Goedert for a 3-yard touchdown. Mahomes found Hill for a 6-yard touchdown on the next drive to help the Chiefs regain the lead.

Hurts had an interception overturned by review on the next drive, and the Eagles converted with another Elliott field goal to get within 14-13.

Once again, the Chiefs responded with a score. On second-and-goal, Mahomes and Travis Kelce appeared to on different pages as the ball was snapped, but Mahomes side-armed the ball to Jody Fortson for a 2-yard touchdown. Mahomes had three first-half touchdowns, but only one was thrown overhand.

Mahomes tossed his fourth interception of the season in the third quarter and the Eagles converted it to another field goal. The Chiefs followed with an 11-play drive that covered 75 yards. Darrel Williams punched it in from the 1.

Kenneth Gainwell’s 7-yard touchdown run brought the Eagles to within 28-23 with 12:42 left in regulation.

But the Chiefs used 5:58 of the clock to extend the lead to 35-23 on a Mahomes-to-Hill 12-yard touchdown.

Mahomes then found Hill for 44 yards for Kansas City’s final score.

–Field Level Media

Aug 27, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid talks to players on the sidelines against the Minnesota Vikings during the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs HC Andy Reid returns to Philly for first time in 8 years

The spotlight was already going to be on Kansas City coach Andy Reid this Sunday with his Chiefs visiting his former team, the Philadelphia Eagles.

The wattage level cranked even higher when Reid spent the night in a hospital being treated for dehydration after last Sunday’s home loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Reid, 63, returned to work Tuesday and expects to be on the sideline when his Chiefs (1-2) face the penalty-prone Eagles (1-2).

Reid is the winningest coach in Eagles history. He compiled a 130-93-1 record from 1999-2012 with six NFC East titles, five NFC Championship Game appearances and a trip to Super Bowl XXXIX.

He heads to Lincoln Financial Field for the first time since Sept. 19, 2013, when he led the Chiefs to a 26-16 victory in just his third game with Kansas City.

“I’m feeling great first of all,” Reid said Wednesday. “It’s good to be back and just getting on with business as usual here.”

The Chiefs kept quarterback Patrick Mahomes and other key players updated on Reid’s condition to help minimize the distraction.

“They told me the scenario and what was going on and it wasn’t a crazy situation,” Mahomes said. “It was something they had under control, and they handled it. Then your emotions can kind of settle a little bit.”

Penalties have been the most unsettling problem for Philadelphia through first-year coach Nick Sirianni’s first three games. With a league-high 35 flags so far (for 232 yards), the Eagles are on pace for 198 penalties. That would shatter the NFL single-season record of 163 set by the then-Oakland Raiders in 16 games in 2011.

The Eagles were whistled 13 times for 86 yards in Monday night’s 41-21 road loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

“We’ve got to get that fixed,” Sirianni said. “The ones that you don’t like and the ones that are most troublesome are the pre-snap penalties. We’ve got to take care of that. That’s just us being disciplined and we’ve got to go back to work and get better at that because that’s obviously unacceptable and we’re all in this together. It starts with me and it’s unacceptable on my part. We got too many penalties.”

Philadelphia has eight more penalties than any other NFL team, and five times as many as the Los Angeles Rams.

Giving free plays to Mahomes and the high-powered Chiefs is a recipe for disaster.

Mahomes is the only quarterback in the NFL this season with three or more touchdown passes in each of the first three games. Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 100 yards and caught a TD pass against the Chargers, while Travis Kelce posted his second consecutive 100-yard game.

Kelce will be playing opposite his older brother, Eagles center Jason Kelce, for just the second time on Sunday. The tight end caught eight passes for 103 yards and a touchdown in a 27-20 win in Kansas City on Sept. 17, 2017.

Cornerback Rashad Fenton (concussion) was the only player who didn’t practice Wednesday for the Chiefs. Tackle Orlando Brown (groin), cornerback Charvarius Ward (quad), and defensive ends Frank Clark (hamstring) and Chris Jones (wrist) were limited.

The Eagles placed left guard Isaac Seumalo (foot) and safety K’Von Wallace (shoulder) on injured reserve Tuesday. Seumalo is out for the season with a Lisfranc injury that requires surgery. Jordan Mailata (knee) did not practice Wednesday and fellow tackle Lane Johnson (ankle) was limited, as were safety Marcus Epps (shoulder) and guard Landon Dickerson (hip). Safety Rodney McLeod was a full participant for the first time this season, nine months after tearing his ACL.

–Field Level Media

Sep 12, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) against the Cleveland Browns during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Adding WR Josh Gordon gets Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes giddy

Beyond admitted baggage and possible rust, here is what quarterback Patrick Mahomes knows about his newest wide receiver: Josh Gordon brings All-Pro credentials to the Kansas City Chiefs.

“Everywhere he’s been, he’s kind of dominated,” Mahomes said Wednesday, prior to his first practice with the former Browns, Patriots and Seahawks wide receiver. “He can make plays in one-on-one coverage. He’s a big receiver. Even if he’s covered, he’s not covered. You can kind of throw it up there and he can make plays.”

And, in Mahomes’ words from a few weeks ago talking about Tyreek Hill, “sometimes it be like that.” Gordon was an All-Pro in 2013, leading the NFL in receiving yards with the Cleveland Browns.

Years removed from his most dominant and productive seasons, Gordon could eventually help Mahomes and Co. He’s joining the practice squad, not the 53-man roster, and will be given extra time to re-acclimate to an NFL locker room, system and lifestyle. Head coach Andy Reid plans to be intentionally patient with Gordon, 30, who is back in the NFL for the first time since 2019.

“It’s going to take awhile,” said Reid, adding he doubted Gordon would be on the roster this week. “We’ll just see how it goes over the next week or two.”

Gordon has the size and speed to make an impact if all other variables fall into place.

The Chiefs are in need of a wide receiver to draw attention from the All-Pro Hill, who has 70 yards on eight receptions in the past two games.

“I’m sure they’ll incorporate him with a couple roles in the offense as the season goes on, as we get him up to speed, and we’ll see where that takes us,” Mahomes said. “He’ll have his role. He’s a great football player, but in this offense everybody gets a chance to make plays.”

In December 2019, Gordon was given an indefinite suspension for substance abuse and performance-enhancing substance violations.

It marked Gordon’s sixth suspension since the 2013 season. A subsequent reinstatement in December 2020 lasted only a month — with no on-field appearances — and was rescinded in January 2021.

ESPN’s report said Gordon had a setback in his recovery.

Gordon entered the league in the 2012 supplemental draft, selected in the second round by the Browns. He played in Cleveland until 2018 — he missed 2015-16 due to suspension — then played parts of 2018-19 with the New England Patriots before moving on to Seattle.

Gordon has 247 career receptions for 4,252 yards with 20 touchdowns in 63 games (56 starts).

–Field Level Media

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) looks to pass Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, during a game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Rams’ Super Bowl odds closing on Chiefs, Bucs

The Los Angeles Rams continue to close the gap on the Super Bowl favorites with their 3-0 start to the regular season.

The Rams opened at +2000 at BetMGM but are now being offered at +850 after handing defending champion Tampa Bay its first loss of the season in Week 3. The Bucs are co-favorites at +600 along with Kansas City.

Despite their 1-2 start, the Chiefs remain the second most heavily-backed team at BetMGM, with 9.0 percent of the total bets and 10.0 percent of the handle since the Super Bowl market opened. The Bucs lead with 12.3 and 16.8 percent, respectively.

The Rams also have the third-shortest title odds at PointsBet at +800, behind the Chiefs (+600) and Bucs (+650). Los Angeles moved from +1100 on Sunday before knocking Tampa Bay from the ranks of the unbeaten.

The Buffalo Bills are next at +900 at both sportsbooks, with their odds shortening from +100 at PointsBet before their Week 3 game.

The Rams have now been backed by 8.0 percent of the bets and 8.2 percent of the handle at BetMGM, while the Bills have been supported by 7.9 and 6.8 percent.

Team (Current Odds) | Opening Odds | Ticket% | Handle%
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (600) | 1200 | 12.3% | 16.8%
Kansas City Chiefs (600) | 600 | 9.0% | 10.0%
Los Angeles Rams (800) | 2000 | 8.0% | 8.2%
Buffalo Bills (900) | 1200 | 7.9% | 6.8%
Green Bay Packers (1400) | 900 | 6.1% | 6.3%
Arizona Cardinals (2500) | 4000 | 5.7% | 5.9%
Tennessee Titans (2500) | 2500 | 5.4% | 5.0%
Denver Broncos (3000) | 6500 | 4.4% | 4.4%
Cleveland Browns (1400) | 2500 | 4.3% | 4.7%
Dallas Cowboys (2500) | 2500 | 3.3% | 2.9%
San Francisco 49ers (1400) | 1400 | 3.2% | 3.1%
Pittsburgh Steelers (6600) | 3000 | 3.2% | 3.0%
Baltimore Ravens (1600) | 1200 | 2.6% | 2.0%
Seattle Seahawks (3000) | 1800 | 2.5% | 1.9%
Detroit Lions (100000) | 8000 | 2.0% | 1.1%
Las Vegas Raiders (3000) | 5000 | 1.9% | 1.5%
Philadelphia Eagles (8000) | 5000 | 1.9% | 1.6%
Indianapolis Colts (8000) | 2500 | 1.8% | 1.8%
Washington Football Team (10000) | 6500 | 1.7% | 1.7%
New England Patriots (6600) | 3000 | 1.5% | 1.7%
Los Angeles Chargers (1800) | 3000 | 1.4% | 1.2%
New Orleans Saints (3000) | 1800 | 1.3% | 1.2%
Minnesota Vikings (5000) | 3000 | 1.2% | 1.4%
New York Giants (30000) | 6500 | 1.1% | 1.3%
Miami Dolphins (10000) | 2500 | 1.1% | 1.2%
Chicago Bears (15000) | 5000 | 1.0% | 0.8%
Houston Texans (100000) | 8000 | 0.8% | 0.4%
Jacksonville Jaguars (100000) | 10000 | 0.8% | 0.5%
Carolina Panthers (5000) | 6500 | 0.7% | 0.3%
Cincinnati Bengals (15000) | 8000 | 0.6% | 0.5%
Atlanta Falcons (15000) | 6500 | 0.6% | 0.4%
New York Jets (100000) | 8000 | 0.6% | 0.3%

Going in the opposite direction this week were the Chicago Bears (1-2), who are +15000 at PointsBet after entering Sunday at +7500. New England lengthened from +3000 in also falling to 1-2.

Indianapolis, a co-favorite to win the AFC South entering the season, dropped from +6000 before the Colts’ loss to Tennessee on Sunday. The Titans’ odds have shortened from +3000 before knocking off the Colts to take early control of the division.

Tennessee is now the -400 favorite at PointsBet to win the AFC South, ahead of the Colts at +325, the Houston Texans at +3000 and the Jacksonville Jaguars at +3300.

–Field Level Media

Sep 29, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) takes a knee in the end zone prior to the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs sign WR Josh Gordon

Recently reinstated wide receiver Josh Gordon is joining the Kansas City Chiefs.

Gordon responded to news of his imminent deal with the AFC championship with a Twitter emoji all but confirming the pact, which comes one day after Kansas City lost to the Los Angeles Chargers to fall to 1-2 this season.

“Time to get to work (dartboard emoji) @ Chiefs,” Gordon posted.

Gordon joins a wide receiver group led by Tyreek Hill but without a clearly defined pecking order among the other receivers. Mecole Hardman had three catches and a touchdown on Sunday but hasn’t been as involved as projected following the departure of Sammy Watkins (Baltimore Ravens).

Gordon, 30, is vaccinated against COVID-19 and said to be ready to play. He has been subject to random drug testing.

The NFL reinstated Gordon last Friday.

“We are grateful that the NFL appreciates the work that Josh put in and now he has earned another opportunity to be part of this league, said Zac Hiller, Gordon’s new agent, to ESPN. “We are proud of Josh, and I know all the fans can’t wait to see him on Sundays.”

While with the Seattle Seahawks in December 2019, Gordon was given an indefinite suspension for substance abuse and performance-enhancing substance violations.

It marked Gordon’s sixth suspension since the 2013 season.

A subsequent reinstatement in December 2020 lasted only a month — with no on-field appearances — and was rescinded in January 2021.

ESPN’s report said Gordon had a setback in his recovery.

Gordon entered the league in the 2012 supplemental draft, selected in the second round — No. 1 overall — by the Browns. He played in Cleveland until 2018 — he missed 2015-16 due to suspension — then played parts of 2018-19 with the New England Patriots before moving on to Seattle.

Gordon has 247 career receptions for 4,252 yards with 20 touchdowns in 63 games (56 starts).

–Field Level Media