Mon Oct 3 12:53am ET
By FRED GOODALL
AP Sports Writer
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) greet each other after an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. The Chiefs won 41-31. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Noah Gray (83) celebrates a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Rachaad White (29) runs against Kansas City Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill (22) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) celebrates a touchdown with guard Nick Allegretti (73) as during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) calls a play during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco (10) is stopped by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White (45) and safety Mike Edwards (32) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Kansas City Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco (10) carries the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) makes a catch during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Jason Behnken)
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Patrick Mahomes had all the answers for solving Tampa Bay's stingy defense, winning his latest matchup against Tom Brady in the stadium where the seven-time Super Bowl winner dealt him one of his most disappointing losses.
Mahomes threw for 249 yards and three touchdowns, including an electrifying jump pass to Clyde Edwards-Helaire, to lead the Chiefs to a 41-31 victory over the Buccaneers on Sunday night.
Playing at sold out Raymond James Stadium only four days after Hurricane Ian ravaged portions of Florida, Mahomes had TD throws of 16 yards to Travis Kelce, 1 yard to Edwards-Helaire and 10 yards to Jody Fortson while making NFL history by reaching 20,000 yards passing faster than anyone else.
Edwards-Helaire and tight end Noah Gray rushed for TDs for the Chiefs (3-1), who won the first meeting between Mahomes and Brady since Tampa Bay's 31-9 rout of Kansas City in the Super Bowl - also played at Raymond James Stadium - two seasons ago.
''When I came into the stadium I realized that I hadn't been here and the bad taste I had last time came into effect,'' Mahomes said. ''But it's still not a playoff game. It's a regular-season game, which is important. That Super Bowl will always leave a bad taste for me.''
The short pass to Edwards-Helaire was Mahomes at his improvisational best: He escaped two defenders, did a 360-degree spin move and flipped the ball over a crowd to the running back in the back of the end zone.
''I was able to use my speed, my little bit of speed, to get around the edge there. I was gonna run for it, but they kind of flew around me,'' Mahomes said. ''I realized I wasn't going to make it and I saw Clyde, so I kind of flicked it up to him.''
Brady noted it's fun watching Mahomes, unless he's on the opposing sideline.
''I love seeing Patrick play. ... Unfortunately we're on the wrong end of it tonight,'' said Brady, who's 1-2 against the Chiefs quarterback since joining the Bucs in 2020 after two decades with the New England Patriots.
Brady completed 39 of 52 passes for 385 yards and three TDs without an interception for Tampa Bay (2-2). The Bucs, however, played from behind the whole night after rookie Rachaad White fumbled the opening kickoff and Mahomes threw his TD pass to Kelce two plays later.
The Chiefs also got into the end zone on three of their next four possessions, with Mahomes repeatedly shredding the Tampa Bay defense with pinpoint passes and Edwards-Helaire and Isiah Pacheco taking turns running the ball effectively.
''It's a team sport. We didn't play great on offense. We didn't help (the defense) much, either,'' Brady said.
''We didn't do great in the first half. Too many missed opportunities on third downs, turnovers. We gotta play a lot better to be one of the good teams,'' the seven-time Super Bowl winner added. ''We haven't played our best yet this year.''
Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed sacked Brady, forcing a fumble that Mahomes turned into Gray's TD, with the tight end taking a direct snap from center on the 1-yard plunge that put Kansas City up 28-10.
Brady threw TD passes of 13 yards and 1 yard to Mike Evans, who returned from serving a one-game suspension for his role in a on-field brawl at New Orleans two weeks ago. He had eight receptions for 103 yards.
Evans' second TD trimmed Kansas City's lead to 28-17 at halftime. That was as close as the Bucs got until Leonard Fournette's 5-yard TD reception cut Tampa Bay's deficit to 41-31 with 3:30 remaining.
Brady wouldn't get the ball back until less than a minute was left.
Kansas City finished with 417 yards of total offense, including a 189-3 edge on the ground, against a defense that had allowed a league-low 27 points through three games.
''Everything in this game fell on the defensive side of the ball,'' Bucs coach Todd Bowles said. ''You name it we did it. Missed tackles. Missed assignments. Bad calls.''
The Bucs sacked Mahomes three times and intercepted him once, but it was not the ''coming out party'' linebacker Shaquil Barrett thought his team could have against an offensive line the Chiefs have overhauled since struggling against Tampa Bay in the Super Bowl loss.
With Hurricane Ian approaching the Florida's Gulf Coast, the Bucs evacuated for four days to the Miami area, where they practiced Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Dolphins' training facility while the NFL made contingency plans to move the game to Minneapolis if it couldn't be played in Tampa.
The Glazer family that owns the Bucs has announced it is donating $1 million for hurricane relief. The NFL Foundation is matching that donation, and the Bucs on Sunday night began a ''Florida Strong'' campaign to raise funds, as well as honor emergency personnel and first responders.
Players and fans observed a ''moment of support'' prior the national anthem, and the Bucs also paid tribute to those affected by the hurricane in a video presentation displayed on giant scoreboard screens before the game.
Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker (ankle) was inactive for the third straight game. ... Bucs WRs Chris Godwin (hamstring) and Julio Jones (knee ), as well as LT Donovan Smith (elbow), played for the first time since Tampa Bay's season-opening victory at Dallas. ... Bucs CB Logan Ryan left with a foot injury in the first quarter. ... TE Cameron Brate (concussion) and CB Carlton Davis (stinger) left in the second half.
Chiefs: Return home to face the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday, Oct. 10.
Buccaneers: Host the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday.
Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz went 25-of-42 on pass attempts for 179 yards and one touchdown along with two interceptions in Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Along with the rest of this offense, Wentz just couldn't get anything going against a strong Dallas defense. After starting the season hot, the 29-year-old has lost in embarrassing fashion in two straight weeks to division rivals. The blame can't all be on the seventh-year veteran, though. The offensive line has been inept, and the defense hasn't been doing the team many favors either. Wentz doesn't look good, but he has a chance to piece together a better performance against the Tennessee Titans in Week 5.
Washington Commanders running back Antonio Gibson had 13 carries for 49 yards along with three receptions for 14 yards in Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The third-year back, once again, had a rough day on the ground as he averaged under four yards per carry for the third straight week. Unfortunately, in this performance, there was no touchdown scored to make up for the rough totals. The 24-year-old's usage in this game is concerning for what might be on the horizon, with Brian Robinson likely returning to action for Week 5. The backfield was split between Gibson, Jonathan Williams, and J.D. McKissic with Gibson being the least efficient runner of the bunch. Prior to Week 5, it would be wise for fantasy managers to try and move off the former college receiver before Robinson returns to the field.
Washington Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin had two catches on six targets for 15 yards in Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The 27-year-old came into this matchup after posting his highest yardage total of the season in Week 3. Instead of carrying that momentum over, he was unfortunately matched up with stud cornerback Trevon Diggs for most of the game. On 17 routes against Diggs, McLaurin caught one of his four targets for just five yards. This game was a dud for the entire Commanders offense, but it was particularly disappointing for the fourth-year receiver who was expected to put up WR2 numbers. McLaurin will now prepare for a Week 5 matchup against a Tennessee Titans defense that has been burned by top wideouts before.
Washington Commanders wide receiver Curtis Samuel caught four-of-seven targets for 38 yards in Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The 26-year-old had himself a lackluster day as he continued to be peppered with short yardage targets. Unfortunately, in this matchup, there weren't many instances where those targets came in the red zone. So, they weren't necessarily high-value opportunities for the former Panther. Despite this Washington offense struggling, Samuel continues to see a high target share. If they manage to improve against a weaker Tennessee Titans defense, then the sixth-year receiver may be seeing similar numbers to his performances from the first two weeks.
Washington Commanders running back Jonathan Williams had five carries for 48 yards in Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Prior to this matchup, the 28-year-old had only one carry in Washington's first three games. But for whatever reason, Ron Rivera felt the need to further complicate this running back room by giving Williams touches in Week 4. However, the journeyman back was the most efficient runner in this backfield, averaging 9.6 yards per carry. With rookie running back Brian Robinson reentering the fold, it is unlikely that we see Williams having an expanded role, making this performance more of an anomaly.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster had another solid game on Sunday against the Buccaneers, catching five of his eight targets for 46 yards. Smith-Schuster has been targeted eight times in three of the four games so far and while he hasn't had a 100-yard game or found the end zone yet, he's still a decent WR3 option in PPR leagues, with the upside to be more if he can start getting involved in the red zone.
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce caught a 16-yard touchdown on the second play from scrimmage in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers, setting the tone early for how his day would go. Kelce led the Chiefs in targets with 10, hauling in nine of them for 92 yards. Kelce is the No. 1 target in one of the NFL's best offenses and should be consider the overall TE1 in fantasy.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling was targeted five times in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers, hauling in three of them for 63 yards. It was the most yards that MVS has had in a game this season. Expected to be a field-stretching threat for quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Valdes-Scantling has mostly been unable to get going down the field, though he did have a 36-yard reception this week. Is it a sign of things to come for Valdes-Scantling? Fantasy managers should be curious, but there's still a lot of reason to worry here.
Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus only scored five fantasy points in the Week 4 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday on the road. In the 32-23 loss, McManus made his lone field-goal attempt from 28 yards out while missing one of his three extra-point tries on the day. It's now back-to-back poor fantasy performances from the Broncos' strong-legged kicker, as he made just one of his two field-goal attempts in the Week 3 win over the San Francisco 49ers while attempting zero extra points. The 31-year-old will be a borderline streaming option for fantasy managers when the Broncos take on the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday Night Football in Week 5.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco had 12 carries back in Week 1, but his role with the offense plummeted the next two weeks. That changed in Week 4 against the Buccaneers, as Pacheco saw 11 carries for 63 yards, with much of his work coming in the second half. He finished with a higher yards per carry average than Clyde Edwards-Helaire and far outpaced Jerick McKinnon in carries 11-2. Pacheco doesn't have a lot of fantasy value right now, but he's a threat to Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Kansas City Chiefs Jerick McKinnon had seen his usage rise over the past few games, but that changed on Sunday against the Buccaneers, as McKinnon had just two of the team's 37 rushing attempts. He lost a yard on the ground, and caught his only target for one yard. Worse for McKinnon's fantasy value, Isiah Pacheco had 11 carries and seemed to take over as the No. 2 back in KC. McKinnon was a blip on the fantasy radar and can safely be sent back to the waiver wire.
The Denver Broncos defense was exposed in the Week 4 loss to the division-rival Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday in a 32-23 defeat. They entered the game having not allowed more than 17 points in three games played, but they gave up over 30-plus in this one while surrendering a whopping 385 yards of total offense. Josh Jacobs became the first RB to go over 100 yards on the ground against them (144 yards and two touchdowns), and Davante Adams became the first wideout to go over 100 yards against them. In addition, they only sacked Derek Carr twice and were unable to force a turnover. If pass-rusher Randy Gregory's knee injury turns out to be serious, they'll also be without one of their better defensive linemen for Thursday night's tilt against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5.
Dynasty | Skyy Moore brings in two of four targets for 31 yards. Dynasty Analysis: Moore saw his most action of the season and his young career on Sunday night versus a tough Tampa Bay defense. It was good to see the rookie involved more after logging just ten offensive snaps the prior two games combined. Sitting as the rookie WR8 at DLF and oozes upside simply because of the offense he plays in. Outside of JuJu Smith-Schuster, the Chiefs lack a true proven wideout so the spot is up for grabs.
Dynasty | Rachaad White rushed three times for six yards and caught fives passes for another 50 yards. Dynasty Analysis: White was involved heavily in this one as Tampa found themselves behind early. It was by far the most work the rookie had seen and appeared to be playing the James White role with Brady at the helm. Leonard Fournette has struggled to really get going so there may be more playing time in store with Gio Bernard still on the shelf. White ranks as the rookie RB3 behind just Breece Hall and Kenneth Walker.
Denver Broncos tight end Albert Okwuegbunam had his second zero-catch game in four contests in the Week 4 loss to the division-rival Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, and this time he wasn't even targeted at all. Okwuegbunam came into the 2022 season as an intriguing upside TE2 with quarterback Russell Wilson in town and with tight end Noah Fant in Seattle, but that hasn't come to fruition at all. The 24-year-old now has just six receptions on 10 targets for 45 yards in four games. Eric Saubert was the only Denver tight end targeted on Sunday, catching one of his two targets for 25 yards in the loss. Albert O will eventually factor into the offense, but he doesn't belong on fantasy rosters in 12-team leagues and remains well off the streaming radar heading into Week 5's Thursday night matchup with the Indianapolis Colts.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire carried the ball 19 times in Sunday's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, finishing with 92 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a two-yard touchdown, his lone reception. Edwards-Helaire's usage had been a concern coming into this game, but he re-established himself as the leader of the backfield, even though Isiah Pacheco had 11 carries. Consider Edwards-Helaire to be a solid fantasy RB2 going forward.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett saw heavy involvement in the offense during the Week 4 matchup against the Detroit Lions. Lockett hauled in six of his eight targets for 91 yards in the win. He wasn't able to score a touchdown, but he still had a productive day on the field. Those eight targets were good for a 27% target share during this contest. He should have a tougher challenge against the New Orleans Saints defense in Week 5. He'll float around WR3 range for that contest.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes faced a tough matchup on Sunday against the NFL's best scoring defense, but he was able to connect with his receivers for three touchdowns in the win over the Buccaneers. Mahomes was 23-for-37 for 249 yards in the game. He threw one interception and added 34 yards on the ground. Mahomes is an elite fantasy quarterback and while he has just one 300-yard game so far this season, his ability to get the ball in the end zone keeps his value high.
Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny looked to be bottled up early during Sunday's contest against the Detroit Lions. Luckily, Penny was able to find his groove and get back on track. He rushed 17 times for 151 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Lions. Penny came through with some big plays in this game, but he can't always be trusted to do this well. The fifth-year back is clearly an important part of this offense, so his carries should remain consistent. He'll be on the RB2 radar for the Week 5 matchup against the New Orleans Saints.
Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III was unable to get much going on the ground during the Week 4 matchup against the Detroit Lions. The rookie back rushed eight times for 29 yards in the win. He was clearly outshined by Rashaad Penny who rushed for over 150 yards in this game. The Seahawks are going to continue leaning on Penny with Walker picking up the scraps. It's tough to imagine Walker being worth starting against the tough New Orleans Saints defense next week.