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CARSON Adidas Andrew Ladd Jersey , Calif. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes‘ first Week 1 start could not have gone any better. The second-year quarterback became the third player in Chiefs‘ history to throw for four touchdowns in an opener.

Before Kansas City fans begin running wild with Mahomes mania, though, coach Andy Reid and Mahomes are quick to point out there are still plenty of things to work on.

“I thought he did a nice job. He has things that he has to work on, like everybody, and he knows it,” Reid said after the Chiefs’ 38-28 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. “This will be a great learning tool for him as he evaluates the tape. He made plays, he did it with his legs, he did it throwing, he did it with checks.”

Mahomes, who was the 10th overall pick in the 2017 draft, was 15 of 27 for 256 yards as he improved to 2-0 in his career as a starter.

Mahomes began strong, completing all three passes on his first drive, including a 58-yard touchdown to Tyreek Hill on what was originally a run play with a pass option. He went 4 of 11 the rest of the first half as many of his passes sailed high.

In the second half, he settled in and directed touchdowns on 3 of 6 drives. Mahomes was 8 of 13 for 125 yards and three touchdowns passing after halftime.

Mahomes said extending possessions will be an area of focus when preparations begin for next Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh.

“I feel like we left a lot out there. We scored on some big plays but sustaining drives and executing wherever we need to execute is something I think we need to keep working on as we go throughout the rest of the season,” he said.

MORE DANGEROUS HILL?

Hill’s speed and big-play ability as a returner and receiver already keep opposing coaches up at night. Defensive coordinators may have even more to worry about though as Mahomes said the third-year receiver has really improved his route running.

“I think today has showed that he has improved in his part and has the speed to bring it any time,” Mahomes said.

On his 58-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter to give the Chiefs a 14-3 lead Youth Jason McCourty Jersey , Hill ran a well-timed slant to the middle of the field and then eluded a diving tackle attempt by Jahleel Addae as he found a seam up the left sideline.

“I just have to run my route and be there. There’s a certain spot on the field that I have to be and he’s going to throw it there every time. Then after that, it’s history,” said Hill, who finished with seven receptions for 169 yards and three touchdowns.

TOUR DE RIVERS

Despite two turnovers that led to 14 Kansas City points and giving up a punt return for a touchdown, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers wasn’t concentrating on an 0-1 start but was focusing on the big picture of the rest of the season.

“I’m not much of a cycling fan, but I compare the NFL season to the Tour de France. It’s all those stages, and that’s what the NFL season is to me,” said Rivers, who was 34 of 51 for 424 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. “There’s 16 stages you get, and you dang sure better win your fair share of them, but it’s a long deal, and we’re down after the first stage, and we’ve got a chance in Buffalo to get a win and get to 1-1.”

Rivers doesn’t want to see the Chargers fall too far back of the AFC playoff peloton. The Chargers won nine of their final 12 games last season but missed the playoffs due to an 0-4 start.

INJURIES OF NOTE

Chiefs: LB Ben Niemann injured his hamstring. Reid said he did not know the severity of the injury and said it was likely going to be week-to-week. S Eric Berry made the trip but was inactive due to a heel injury.

Chargers: RT Joe Barksdale was carted off after injuring his right knee during the first quarter and did not return. Coach Anthony Lynn said he did not know the severity of the injury. Sam Tevi took Barksdale’s place on the offensive line. Lynn also said DT Joey Bosa, who was inactive for the game, remains week-to-week with a foot injury.

STREAKING ALONG

Kansas City has a nine-game winning streak over the Chargers, which is the longest in the 116-game rivalry dating to the American Football League.

However http://www.raidersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-brandon-parker-jersey , it is not the Chiefs’ longest streak against an AFC West foe. They won 11 straight over Denver from 1964 to ’69.

Jrue Holiday’s postseason production is providing Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis with a more comfortable margin for error 锟斤拷 and has left Portland with precious little.

Holiday’s 54 points, 16 assists and slew of defensive successes in the first two games are big reasons why the sixth-seeded Pelicans hold a surprising 2-0 series lead over the third-seeded Trail Blazers as they prepare for Game 3 Thursday night in New Orleans.

“Playoff Jrue, I guess,” Davis quipped after Holiday scored 33 – including a late, deep 3-pointer – in the Pelicans’ Game 2 triumph in Portland on Tuesday night. “He’s in a different mode.”

Philadelphia visits Miami in one of two other Game 3s on Thursday night, while the Spurs’ return to San Antonio after a pair of double-digit losses at defending champion Golden State.

Pelicans general manager Dell Demps bet big on Holiday on the first day of free agency last summer, giving the 27-year-old guard a five-year contract worth about $126 million. But if the postseason is where players really earn their money, then the Pelicans’ Holiday spending could very well be worth it.

Holiday helped preserve New Orleans’ Game 1 victory with a leaping steal in transition during the final minutes, followed by a block in the final seconds. Those plays were prime examples of why Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has asserted Holiday is one of the best two-way players in the NBA.

“We ask him to guard the best perimeter player and we ask him to do it while we’re also wanting him to get 20 points,” Gentry said, noting that Holiday has had to take turns guarding both members of Portland’s prolific starting backcourt, guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.

“He can get to the basket against just about anybody that there is. His outside shot has really improved,” Gentry added. “He’s very confident in what he’s doing and the way he’s playing.”



TRAIL BLAZERS AT PELICANS

New Orleans leads 2-0. Game 3, 9 P.M., NBA TV.

NEED TO KNOW: The Pelicans were no better at home (24-17) during the regular season than on the road (24-17), which gives Portland hope. “We’ve won on their floor before and we feel like we’re capable of doing the same thing they did to us Womens Allen Robinson Jersey ,” Portland’s Lillard said. However, the atmosphere could be different for New Orleans’ first home playoff game since 2015.

KEEP AN EYE ON: Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo , who had 17 assists in Game 1 and was one assist shy of a triple-double in Game 2.

INJURY UPDATE: Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic was limited to only 15 minutes in Game 2 because of a left leg contusion, while forward Evan Turner is questionable with a right toe contusion. Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic twisted his right ankle late in Game 2. He has not been scratched, but his effectiveness remains to be seen.

PRESSURE IS ON: Portland guards Lillard and McCollum, who have been inconsistent in the series and will be desperate to prevent the Blazers from falling into a 0-3 hole. “We don’t want to be in this position … but it should be fun and we should accept that challenge,” Lillard said. “If not, it could be a quick series.”



76ERS AT HEAT

Series tied 1-1. Game 3, 7 p.m., TNT.

NEED TO KNOW: The 76ers say All-Star center Joel Embiid, who has missed 10 games with a broken orbital bone, is doubtful. The Heat ended Philadelphia’s franchise-record 17-game winning streak Monday, winning with physical defense. To further ratchet up tension, some 76ers were miffed by Miami’s Goran Dragic’s late layup to pad the Heat’s 113-103 victory.

KEEP AN EYE ON: The 76ers’ shooting and the Heat’s Dwyane Wade. Philadelphia shot 18 for 28 from 3-point range in Game 1, but just 7 for 36 in Game 2. Wade had 28 points in 26 minutes in Game 2 , but at age 36 Kris Versteeg Jersey , there’s no guarantee he’ll consistently summon that sort of performance. “I’m not worried about encores,” Wade said. “Right now it’s just about being a leader and giving this team what they need on different nights.”

INJURY UPDATE: Embiid practiced Tuesday and Wednesday, but regaining his rhythm on offense could take longer, coach Brett Brown said. After Monday’s loss, Embiid lobbied to get back in the lineup, writing on Instagram that he was “sick and tired of being babied.” The return of the 76ers’ leading scorer and rebounder would mark a renewal of his rivalry with Miami’s Hassan Whiteside. They’ve feuded on social media this season.

PRESSURE IS ON: Heat president Pat Riley always says a playoff series doesn’t really begin until the road team wins a game. As of Monday, this series has begun, with Miami putting the heat on the Sixers, who are in the postseason for the first time since 2012.



WARRIORS AT SPURS

Golden State leads 2-0. Game 3, 9:30 p.m., TNT.

NEED TO KNOW: San Antonio is 30-8 at home this season, but coach Gregg Popovich stressed playing on the road isn’t why the Spurs dropped the first two games. San Antonio is shooting 26 percent on 3-pointers in the series after averaging 35 percent during the regular season. San Antonio was 4 for 28 on 3s in Game 2. “We know it’s just like hitting in baseball – the ability to make shots,” Popovich said. “I’m more concerned about the nuts and bolts of the game and the attitude and the fiber and the grunt and all that sort of thing.”

KEEP AN EYE ON: The Warriors’ Klay Thompson. The 6-foot-7 guard is leading Golden State in playoff Womens Indianapolis Colts Jerseys


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