The AFC West Division made big news last weekend off the field. News broke that the Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was dating Taylor Swift. Besides what is going on with the Swifties, the biggest on-the-field football news was the Los Angeles Chargers scoring a close victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
The Chargers had lost their first two games to start the season but rallied with a win over Kansas City. Las Vegas lost a close game with Pittsburgh on Sunday night. Raiders coach Josh McDaniels made a head-scratching decision toward the end of the game. The Broncos had the most difficult week.
Denver also had a rough week, nearly allowing a league-record amount of points during a trip to the Dolphins. New Broncos coach Sean Payton has his hands full trying to turn around a franchise that hasn’t made a playoff appearance in nearly 10 years.
|Week 3 Result
|Kansas City Chiefs
|W, 41-10 vs. Chicago Bears
|Las Vegas Raiders
|L, 28-18 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
|Los Angeles Chargers
|W, 28-24 at Minnesota Vikings
|L, 70-20 at Miami Dolphins
Swift Causes a Stir at Kansas City Game
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce made waves in Week 2 because he returned to the lineup after being injured. This past week, Kelce made waves by having his girlfriend, Taylor Swift, attend the game and sit in a suite. On the field, Kelce helped out what was a deadly Kansas City offense.
The Chiefs led 31-0 at halftime. For the non-local broadcasts, Fox made the decision to switch to the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals broadcast. Kansas City was led by Kelce, who hauled in seven passes for 69 yards and a touchdown. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes looked the best he has all season, throwing for 272 yards and three touchdowns.
Black sports news shows that Mahomes had a tough time during the first few weeks, but he has been on a better trajectory.
McDaniels Kicks a Field Goal Down 8
Las Vegas coach Josh McDaniels got bailed out once by the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night. Trailing by eight points with 3 minutes 11 seconds remaining, the Raiders elected to try a 48-yard field goal by Daniel Carlson. Carlson made the kick, but the Steelers were called for a personal foul by using the center as leverage to try and block the kick.
With renewed life and the ball at the Steelers’ 14-yard line, the Raiders now had first-and-10. Las Vegas would move the ball to the Steelers 8-yard line. McDaniels then elected to have Carlson kick another field goal. The decision would backfire, as the Steelers picked up a first down on their next possession.
Pittsburgh ran time off the clock and didn’t give the Raiders the ball back until there were 11 seconds remaining. Jimmy Garoppolo’s pass was intercepted by Levi Wallace to allow Pittsburgh to escape with a win.
Broncos Defense Can’t Find a Hole Big Enough to Crawl Into
Recent sports updates show Sean Payton has to be wondering why he gave up the comfort of the broadcast booth to return to coaching. His first stop as a head coach saw him turn around the perpetual sad-sack New Orleans Saints.
But his early returns with the Broncos have been disappointing. Against Miami, Denver had one of the worst defensive performances in NFL history. Not only did the Broncos allow 70 points, but they watched Miami pile up 700 yards of offense.
Things could have been worse. Miami opted for mercy rather than pursuing an NFL record. The Dolphins had the ball deep in Denver territory in the fourth quarter but opted to take a knee instead of trying to tie the NFL record for most points.
Everyone knew this would be a rebuilding season for the Broncos. But Denver was hoping not to have to suffer through football this poorly played. The Broncos also allowed 35 points to the Commanders, who are starting second-year quarterback Sam Howell. Things may get worse before they get better in Denver.
Cardiac Chargers Finally Get a Win
The Los Angeles Chargers haven’t changed much since last season. The Chargers are a talented team led by a fantastic quarterback in Justin Herbert. Los Angeles still just makes a lot of bad decisions.
The Chargers lost their first two games to the Dolphins and Titans by a combined five points. Los Angeles was desperate to end the trend. Fortunately for the Chargers, they can lean on Herbert to make big plays. He passed for 405 yards and three touchdowns. Wide receiver Keenan Allen also got in on the fun, completing one pass on a trick play that went for a 49-yard touchdown.
But it was Los Angeles’ defense that made the biggest play. With 7 seconds remaining and the Vikings driving toward the end zone, Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins threw a pass toward the goal line that deflected off two players before being intercepted by Kenneth Murray Jr.
Several Chiefs Close in on Milestones
Kansas City coach Andy Reid plans to keep climbing the NFL wins ladder as long as someone wants him to be coach. With how the Chiefs have fared during his tenure, it’s hard to see them asking him to find a rocking chair to retire to. Reid picked up his 271st victory overall with the win over the Bears Sunday. According to top sports news today, that moves Reid past Tom Landry into fourth place on the all-time wins list.
That presents Reid with a real chance at history. If he desires, Reid could very easily reach 300 wins. Making a run at Don Shula’s all-time record would require a real commitment, as the former Colts and Dolphins coach has 328 wins.
Kelce also hopes to make a name for himself. During his tenure in Kansas City, Kelce has been trying to establish his own greatness aside from what Kansas City legend Tony Gonzalez accomplished. Gonzalez, who was one of the Chiefs’ best all-time players, finished with 76 touchdown catches in Kansas City. Kelce is now only three behind him on the Chiefs’ all-time list.
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