The last one
Ammendola’s first field goal with the franchise came with 14:58 remaining on a 19-yard attempt that tied the game at 17. He hit from 31 yards out with 3:20 to play to make KC’s lead 27-17 before than the Chargers walked. down the field and scored, making that last field goal a pseudo game winner.
Harrison Butker, the Chiefs’ regular kicker, suffered an ankle injury in Kansas City’s season-opening win against the Arizona Cardinalsmaking way for Ammendola to be signed to the practice squad and called up.
It’s hard to say what Ammendola’s future prospects are beyond Thursday’s game, as Butker now has a long week to get healthy. But, Ammendola showing up and not missing a kick certainly doesn’t hurt his chances of landing somewhere.
Mahomes said after beating the Chargers that the Chiefs expect to spread the ball around a lot this year, keep defenses guessing and be the type of offense that makes it difficult for any defense to prepare.
“With the amount of tight ends, running backs and receivers that we have, it’s going to be everything,” Mahomes said. “It’s going to be a lot of guys catching passes, it’s going to be running the football, it’s going to be throwing the football, it’s going to be deep passes. It makes us a tough offense to stop. And when the defense plays the way they played today, we’re going to win a lot of footballs.”
The departure of a wide receiver Tyreek Hill has been a major offseason story, but through two weeks Mahomes hasn’t missed Hill much: Mahomes has completed 73 percent of his passes, for 8.0 yards per pass, with seven touchdowns and no interceptions, and the Chiefs are 2-0.
McDuffie was placed on injured reserve this past week following a hamstring injury suffered in the Week 1 win over the Arizona Cardinals. He must remain on the injured reserve list for a minimum of four weeks before he can be designated to return to practice and then be activated by the team.
According to a recent report from NFL Network’s James Palmer, while the Chiefs hope the rookie will be back sooner rather than later, the injury could take closer to six weeks for McDuffie. They are on a wait and see regimen based on how he progresses in his recovery.
With #chiefs rookie CB Trent McDuffie (hamstring) the hope is that it’s been four weeks and he’s back. That’s the hope, but it could be more like 6 I’m told. Obviously we’ll see how his progress goes in the coming weeks.
– James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) September 16, 2022
At the very least, we know McDuffie will miss games against the Colts, Bucs and Raiders, after already missing Thursday’s game with the Chargers. If he’s out for six weeks, he’ll also miss a key Week 6 contest with the Bills and a Week 7 tilt with the 49ers. The Chiefs would then take a break for the bye week in Week 8 and McDuffie would presumably be back in action for Week 9 against the Titans.
Dan Israel, a producer with the Chiefs Radio Network, recalled Dawson Friday.
“If Len Dawson’s life is judged by those he influenced, then Len Dawson’s life was truly legendary,” Israel said.
Bobby Bell, Pro Football Hall of Famer and former teammate of Dawson on the Chiefs, described Dawson as “a great person and a great friend.”
“In 60 years, we’ve changed from strangers to brothers,” Bell said. “He will be missed. I’ll join him, and we’ll play ball again later.”
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — One from Kansas City bosses‘goals just a few months ago were to counterattack their AFC West rivals. Their opponents acquired star veterans on offense, so the Chiefs determined they needed to rebuild their defense with faster, more athletic youngsters.
The Chiefs hoped for such a strategy, complementing a superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes, would allow them to stay ahead of their rivals. The Los Angeles Chargersperhaps the top threat in the AFC West to dethrone the Chiefs’ six-year reign, entered Arrowhead Stadium for Thursday’s primetime showdown with experienced rookies at defensive end. Khalil Mackcornerback JC Jackson and linebacker Kyle Van Noytrio obtained to better support Justin Herbert, their superstar quarterback. The Chiefs countered with rookie linebackers, including defensive end George Karlaftislinebacker Leo Chenal and cornerback Jaylen Watson.
The first round – which could end as a trilogy between the two teams if they fight each other in January during the postseason – resulted in a 27-24 victory for the Chiefs, the biggest reason for the result being the encouraging performance of the defense.
Thursday’s game capped a fascinating five-day stretch for the Chiefs, as head coach Andy Reid and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, watching two wins from the sideline, realized the team’s defense was progressing faster than anyone could have anticipated. The team’s desire in the offseason to build a younger, more dynamic defense is translating on the field into an improving unit, which could lead to the Chiefs (2-0) becoming more balanced. Super Bowl challenger
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“We talked about that route in the reception room – I wanted that route,” Watson said. “Never want to see one of our receivers go down but (I) just want to give them the confidence that if they have to take a play out of the field, I’m going to come in and do my job.”
Why did Watson want that specific route and why were they talking about it in the reception room? More than 700 days ago, Watson was a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They played the Chargers in Week 4. Watson was targeted four times by Tom Brady and on an unfortunate play, he noticed a trend from the Chargers’ corners.
“Two years ago, I was playing the Chargers, and they were sitting on my outside lanes — sitting on my outside lanes,” Watson said. “On that play, I wanted to make a double move — out and up — and it didn’t get done and they ended up taking (an out route) for a pick-six.”
With the chance to play the Chargers again, Watson suddenly had his shot at redemption and he wasn’t about to miss. Even with a different coaching staff in Los Angeles, he saw the same look and knew the corners would bite those outside routes. It was the perfect time to release the double move.
“So that’s a play I’ve thought about a lot over the last couple of years and I’ve seen the same look — the same type of defense,” Watson explained. “I just knew how to run it to win and Pat (Mahomes) threw a great ball obviously a great result.”
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It looked like Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. came up with a crucial interception during the second half of Thursday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. However, the decision crew ultimately overturned the initial call.
This dropped interception by Samuel ended up being costly for the Chargers.
Samuel’s father, Asante Samuel, did not seem at all bothered by this controversial call. After the play happened, he took to Twitter to troll his son.
The former NFL cornerback tweeted, “If I was his teammate I would whisper in his ear ‘you just dropped a million bucks’ #pik6.”
If I were his teammate I would whisper in his ear “you just dropped a million bucks” #choice6
– Asante Samuel (@pick_six22) September 16, 2022
This tweet from Samuel ended up going viral.
It was not clear if the large red stain on Justin Herbert’s jersey was paint or blood. Herbert took a hit from Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Mike Danna and stayed down on the field, writhing in pain. Everyone watching channeled their inner Simba from The Lion King: “Come on Justin, you need to get up…”
Herbert’s injury is classified by Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley as an abdominal or rib injury, which makes sense because it looked like Herbert’s kidneys exploded.
Moments earlier, a somewhat lackluster Amazon Prime exclusive Thursday Night Football debut between the Chargers of Herbert and the Chiefs of Patrick Mahomes seemed finally be delivering on his hype. Herbert, the Chargers’ Prince Who Was Promised, got the ball down by seven points with just under six minutes to play. But then Herbert went down, went to the sideline for a play, and looked head over heels when he came back. On third-and-1 with just over two minutes remaining, Herbert pulled up limp, his left arm hanging at his side, and threw the ball away rather than try to run a few yards for an easy first down. It was perhaps the saddest moment of his entire career.
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It’s good to be a New York Giants fan Fresh off their season-opening win over the Titansrookie first round pick Kayvon Thibodeaux expected to make his regular-season debut Sunday against the Panthers. Thibodeaux missed the opener after sustaining a sprained right MCL during the Giants’ second preseason game.
Thibodeaux was limited during Wednesday and Thursday’s practices. Giants coach Brian Daboll said his rookie linebacker participated in team drills Wednesday and was a little more involved in practice Thursday. Thibodeaux also did some extra cardio on his own.
“Close,” Thibodeaux said Thursday, via ESPN. “Like I said, trying not to look too far — what’s today? Today is Thursday – there’s still Friday, Saturday. I’m really confident about this Sunday.”
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Chiefs vs. Chargers Instabreakdown: Kansas City gets a brutal win
In the first half, the Chiefs’ defensive front created very little pressure on Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert — but in the second, it (and the crowd) picked up steam. Led by Chris Jones, the unit really started hitting Justin Herbert enough to create some discomfort. Unfortunately for Herbert, it seems he was injured by one of those blows.
Handling continues to be the biggest overall problem. Part of this is because it’s early in the season – a time of year when all teams tend to struggle with tackles. But it has yet to reach a lot better — or it will eventually cost the team games. Same for penalties in the secondary; cornerback Rashad Fenton had several.
The story of the game — and why the defense was ultimately the unit that helped the team win — was once again the third-down defense. The unit has strung together two straight weeks of excellent statistical production on late downs. On Thursday, the Chargers were 5-of-16 on third down. They did go 4-for-4 on fourth down, but most of those came very late in the game — when it was almost completely out of reach.
Defensive Player of the Game: Defensive tackle Chris Jones
Jones stepped up as the defensive unit’s best player to provide energy, leadership — and most importantly — two sacks in the second half. He also had a great pass.