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How latest Patrick Mahomes injury report impacts Patriots vs. Chiefs Week 14 game

How latest Patrick Mahomes injury report impacts Patriots vs. Chiefs Week 14 game

NFL fans who had circled the Week 14 showdown between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs on their calendars can breathe a sigh of relief.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes suffered a knee injury that knocked him out of Thursday night's game against the Denver Broncos. The injury, given Mahomes' importance to the Chiefs, had the potential to not only impact the Chiefs' 2019 season, but also the entire AFC playoff race.

Luckily for Mahomes, his injury is not too serious. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the reigning NFL MVP will miss three to five weeks. Therefore, the chances of Mahomes being back in time for Kansas City's trip to Gillette Stadium in December look pretty good right now.

The Patriots enter Week 7 as the only unbeaten team in the AFC with a 7-0 record. The Chiefs, with a 4-2 record, are atop the AFC West division and tied with the Houston Texans for the No. 2 seed in the conference.

The Week 14 matchup between the Chiefs and Patriots likely will have a huge impact on the race for the AFC's top seed. The Chiefs already are two games behind the Patriots for the No. 1 seed, and beating the defending Super Bowl champs on the road without Mahomes would have been an extremely difficult task. Even with Mahomes healthy and playing, the Chiefs will have a tough task ahead of them because the Patriots, as of Sunday, have won 19 consecutive games at home, including the playoffs.

The two Tom Brady vs. Patrick Mahomes games last season were two of the best games of the entire decade. Luckily for fans everywhere, we should get Round 3 in December barring an injury setback for Mahomes.

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Architect of Colts' infamous fake punt vs. Patriots was at it again

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Architect of Colts' infamous fake punt vs. Patriots was at it again

Perhaps Denver Broncos special teams coach Tom McMahon knew the anniversary of the NFL's worst fake punt was upon us.

Why else would McMahon, formerly the Indianapolis Colts special teams coach, call for probably the second-worst fake punt on Thursday night in Denver's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs? 

Did he really think this (see below) would work?

Metaphorically, at least, haven't we all been Broncos punter Colby Wadman at one time or another?

Ben Volin of the Boston Globe pointed out that McMahon was also the mastermind behind the Colts' fake punt with a formation-never-before-seen in football that came four years ago today in a Patriots' 34-27 victory in Indianapolis.

That one left backup wide receiver Griff Whalen snapping the ball to safety Colt Anderson, all by their lonesome, with the rest of the formation yards away and not on the line of scrimmage, which led to a subsequent illegal formation penalty flag, but only after Whalen and Anderson got blasted by five Pats defenders.

Next time, McMahon draws up a fake punt, (if there is indeed a next time), his head coach might want to just go for it. It couldn't be any worse. 

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That 617 Life Podcast: The Madden Curse continues with Patrick Mahomes' injury

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That 617 Life Podcast: The Madden Curse continues with Patrick Mahomes' injury

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' knee injury is just another example of the Madden Curse, says the 617 Life crew. That and more in this week's edition:

5:26 - Leroy Irving, Shanda Foster and Cerrone Battle talk about the knee injury Patrick Mahomes suffered vs. the Broncos, how it affects the Patriots' chances to win the AFC and what it means for the marketability of the league.

13:04 - Cerrone gives his Cold Cuts and Hot Takes, NBA-preview style.

23:24 - Shanda sounds off on Michael Stahan's wife seeking child-support money, Myles Garrett being punched in the face by a fan and the pettiness of Detroit Lions fans after their controversial loss to Green Bay.

31:41 - The Madden Curse is real and Patrick Mahomes being injured Thursday night proves it. Who are the few players who have actually escaped their fate?

37:02 - In this week's playa's call, Leroy calls out Shaq, Shanda calls out Damien Williams and Cerrone calls out Michael Jordan.

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