For a little while last night in Denver, Pat Mahomes was almost mortal.
With his team down 23-13 early in the fourth quarter, the league’s leader in TD passes didn’t have one yet and things were looking dire for the undefeated Chiefs.
But, he put the NFL on notice that he is in fact for real, rallying the Chiefs with a 75-yard drive in the middle of the fourth that was capped by his 14th touchdown pass to TE Travis Kelce to get his team within three.
Then, with just over four and a half minutes to go and 60 yards between the Chiefs and pay-dirt, he marched Kansas City downfield for another TD, this time a four-yard by RB Kareem Hunt to complete the comeback.
In other NFL News, franchise tagged running back and All-Pro Le’Veon Bell will reportedly start his season with the Steelers during the team’s Week 7 bye. It is the second year in a row that Pittsburgh has applied the tag to their superstar rusher and he has chafed at signing it so far.
Bell must be signed for at least six games to garner enough service time to hit free agency at the end of the 2018 season. He is staying away from the gridiron to reduce the risk of injury before free agency.
Lastly, the FitzMagic show in Tampa Bay is over after a particularly odious 48-10 loss Chicago on the weekend. The Buccaneers announced that Jameis Winston as starter going forward after he replaced a struggling Ryan Fitzpatrick midway through the blowout. Winston is coming off a three-game suspension and will get some much-needed practice in during Week 5, which is a bye for the Bucs.