“We played well and it felt like we were in the backfield all the time, but we have to finish plays,” Watt said. “There were a few sacks left on the table, at least from my point of view. We have get in the film room and get some things corrected, but I’m never going to complain about (the defense) having seven sacks in a game.”
Watt spent the rest of the interview session trying to downplay everything about that impressive debut. The sack dance? That was just something he toyed with in practice. The interception? That was a well-timed play after he “blacked out mentally” on a late hit on Kizer the previous play.
By all accounts, the Falcons are using that Super Bowl collapse as fuel for 2017. Good idea, because every team in the division has the goods to challenge them just to get out of the NFC South. There could be an immediate payoff for the Panthers’ shakeup. The Buccaneers are poised to break through, or at least poised to face the expectations about breaking through. The Saints are hit-and-miss lately, but it’s never smart to assume they’ll keep missing.
12:13 a.m.: Game. Chiefs win, 42-27. Kansas City put up an astonishing 537 yards of total offense on New England, which managed 371 yards itself. The Chiefs had three drives of 90 yards or more Thursday night — they had just one such drive throughout the entire 2016 season. Alex Smith had a career night (28 of 35 passing, 368 yards, four TDs, 148.4 rating), and rookie running back Kareem Hunt set an NFL record for total yards from scrimmage in a debut (17 carries, 148 yards, 1 TD; 5 catches, 98 yards, 2 TDs). The Chiefs’ total of 42 points is the most allowed by the Patriots in the Bill Belichick era.
12:05 a.m.: Touchdown. Two runs, 79 yards, (probably) ball game. The Cheap Houston Rockets Jerseys Chiefs Cheap Hockey Jerseys From China needed only a 58 yard run by Kareem Hunt and a 21-yard run by Charcandrick West in a single drive to extend their lead to 15 points with four minutes to play in the game. 42-27, Chiefs.