Alex Smith and Kareem Hunt combine for 7 touchdowns to lead the Chiefs past the Patriots 42-27:

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The Kansas City Chiefs were trailing the New England Patriots at halftime 17-14 but Kansas City exploded for 28 second half points to secure the win. Alex Smith had terrific night throwing the football for the Chiefs offense and finished the game with 4 touchdowns. Smith also added 368 yards through the air and vastly outplayed Tom Brady to improve KC to 1-0 on the year. Chiefs rookie Running Back Kareem Hunt also was dominant for Andy Reid’s offense. Hunt scored 3 touchdowns against a lackluster Patriots defense and even broke a record for the most week 1 yards from scrimmage by rookie with 245. Hunt was not only exceptional on the ground he showed he is also a threat catching the football out of the backfield. So he joins guys like Le’Veon Bell and David Johnson as the new breed of NFL running backs who can run and catch. Tyreek Hill had a huge night for Kansas City as well, he recorded 133 receiving yards and 1 touchdown reception. Hill was explosive all night but did leave the game late with an injury. It’s not certain how long Hill will be sidelined for but it’s definitely a huge setback if he has to miss some time. Defensively the Chiefs were led by Justin Houston who registered 5 tackles and 2 sacks. Ron Parker also got in on the action putting up 11 tackles on the night for the Chiefs defense. It should also be noted that Eric Berry suffered an achilles injury and could be out of action for the remainder of the season. For the Patriots Tom Brady struggled throwing for 267 yards and 0 touchdowns. While Brady didn’t have any turnovers he wasn’t the usual Tom Brady that we are used to and the fact that he couldn’t throw for a touchdown pass really hurt the Patriots chances in this one. One player who did have a big night for New England was first year Patriot Mike Gillislee. Gillislee scored 3 rushing touchdowns for the Patriots and showed he runs extremely hard in-between the tackles. Danny Amendola had 100 yards receiving for the Patriots, he was the most notable pass catcher for Bill Belichick’s team. While Devin McCourty played well recording 10 tackles for the Patriots defense. Trey Flowers had 5 tackles and 2 sacks too but New England couldn’t slow down Alex Smith and the Chiefs offense in the end. This game was overall a huge momentum building experience for Kansas City because now they believe they can beat in anyone in the league. That confidence will be huge for the Chiefs as they head into the next 15 games of their season.

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David Johnson was good enough to be the league’s Most Valuable Player a season ago, another big year could earn the Cardinals running back that award:

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There’s a lot of factors that go into winning the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award, the first requirement usually entails each nominee playing for a winning football team. If a team has an exceptional year then someone is usually selected from that roster to represent the league as the MVP. The other requirement is obviously that all nominees must have an outstanding season stat wise. We know David Johnson put up amazing numbers last year for the Arizona Cardinals but his shortcoming was the fact he didn’t play for a winning football team. That cost Johnson a chance to capitalize on his 20 touchdown season but the fact is if Johnson can go for another 20 touchdowns this season it will be tough to deny him MVP honors. Even if the Cardinals struggle throughout 2017 Johnson should have a serious shot at the award because the league wants to reward this guy for all the success he has had. David Johnson was so productive rushing for over 1,200 yards in his first full season as the number 1 back in Arizona. That has NFL insiders buzzing and it’s not going to be long before Johnson gets the recognition he deserves. It would have been nice to see Johnson obtain those accolades in 2016 when he initially raised the bar. However there’s a lot of politics that go into these matters and the NFL prefers to honor quarterbacks who serve as the face of the league more so than running backs. At this point though David Johnson can’t be denied and he has earned the right to be an NFL brand ambassador. Johnson deserves to be in the spotlight because the fans want to know more about what makes the Cardinals running back tick. There’s clearly a reason why David Johnson has become one of the best in the business and people following the NFL deserve to know more about how DJ has achieved so many many great feats in such a short time. The NFL would be foolish now to capitalize on Johnson’s marketability therefore expect to see number 31 for Arizona getting tons of coverage as the NFL season progresses.

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Injuries could keep Odell Beckham Jr. and Myles Garrett out of week 1 action, that’s horrible news for the Giants and Browns:

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The regular season will start this weekend for the National Football League and two teams could be without their top players. In New York Odell Beckham Jr. missed practice yesterday and that has cast some doubt whether or not the most high profile football player in the world will be able to play this weekend against the Cowboys. Beckham injured his ankle in a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, since then it’s been a waiting game for the Giants and there’s still a lot of uncertainty with the situation. If Beckham can’t suit up this weekend that will be a huge hit to the Giants passing game, it’s hard to believe New York could beat the Cowboys if number 13 isn’t in the line up. Dallas will be able to use Ezekiel Elliott in this contest and it’s going to take everything the New York Giants have to pull out a win on the road in Arlington, Texas.

The news is Cleveland isn’t that much better either, 1st overall draft pick Myles Garrett has injured his ankle in practice as well. Garrett’s injury seems a little bit more significant than Odell Beckham’s at this point and the Browns star defensive lineman could miss a number of weeks. If that is the case it will be a devastating blown to the Brown’s defense because Garrett was expected to come in and solidify Cleveland’s pass rush. There’s also been injury concerns with Myles Garrett ever since he arrived in Ohio, so at this point Garrett’s health has to be an early frustration for this team.

It will be interesting to see if Beckham or Garrett can push past those health setbacks and play this weekend? Back in the old days players were known for pushing the limits when it came to playing with injuries. Since both of these players are suffering from banged up ankles, it would be nice to see them show a little grit and suit up. However if that would jeopardize each player’s health for the remainder of the season that’s when you will see Beckham or Garrett sit out week 1.

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The Los Angeles Rams are cutting it to close when it comes to Aaron Donald, a deal should have been done a month ago:

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The Los Angeles Rams take on the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday and the Rams best player might not even be in the line up. Star Defensive Tackle Aaron Donald is in a contract hold out and truthfully this is absurd because the Rams should have paid Donald the big bucks at least a month ago. Donald is one of the best defensive lineman in the entire league and over the course of his three year career the former University of Pittsburgh alum has recorded 28 sacks. That kind of play deserves a huge payday and if you’re a Rams fan you have to wonder why a deal hasn’t gotten done sooner? Even if the Rams can strike a deal with Aaron Donald before Sunday he is coming right off the couch and onto the field. The lack of practice reps is definitely going to hurt Aaron Donald because those bigger defensive line need that preseason conditioning to get in tip top game shape. As much as Aaron Donald is probably working out and doing training routines with a trainer. Ultimately an NFL coach is going to push his players past their comfort zone. It’s hard to simulate that because most players aren’t going to push themselves to that level of exertion. Now if there is any good news, it’s the fact that Aaron Donald is a superstar and he understands how to be an A+ caliber player in this league. So Donald’s instincts and football IQ won’t take too much of a hit during his absence. In the end though, you know the Rams want their best player on the field Sunday. There’s no way Greece would ever go to war without Achilles and the Rams should feel the same about Aaron Donald. Opening up the checkbook and getting an out of game shape Donald is still better than going to battle without him. That should be the Rams thinking this whole entire week.

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LeGarrette Blount will have his hands full trying to repeat last year’s 18 touchdowns, The Eagles are a pass orientated offense:

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 Now that LeGarrette Blount has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and completed the preseason it’s time to weigh Blount’s potential impact for Doug Pederson’s team. Blount led the entire NFL with 18 rushing touchdowns last season but keep in mind the Patriots gave their workhorse running back 299 carries. With Carson Wentz commanding the offense in Philly the Eagles really like what they have in the passing game. Pederson is confidant is his young quarterback’s ability to throw the football and with the addition of Alshon Jeffery this team could be even more pass heavy in 2017. That really brings into question whether or not Blount is going to receive 299 hand offs again because there’s just not enough touches to go around when the Eagle are passing so much. Keep in mind that Darren Sproles is still on Philadelphia’s roster too and he always gets more than a fair share of runs as well. So it will be interesting to see if Blount can match his totals from a year ago? Right now it feels like he will have a very difficult time doing so just because of the circumstances. However there’s always a slim possibility that Blount gets hot early and shows why he was one of the most effective runners in the league in 2016. That’s really the first step in Blount getting back to that level of excellence. He has to outright win the starting running back job for the Eagles and convince the coaching staff that their team is at it’s best when Blount is on the field for the majority of the snaps. Carson Wentz will also get a huge boost if Blount can get it going because a balanced offense will take the pressure off the second year quarterback. That’s the formula for success for this football team because Wentz is still young and avoiding the pass will limit hits on the Eagles young signal caller.

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