AFC Notes: Broncos, Chiefs, Dolphins

     

Broncos

Chiefs

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is once again tearing up the NFL and setting records. He added four touchdown passes on Sunday against the Panthers, becoming the quickest player ever to reach 100 touchdown passes and moving his total in 2020 to 25 touchdown passes and only one interception. Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill says Mahomes is playing even better now than he was his first explosive year as a starter. 

“The year that he threw the 50 touchdowns, he was amazing, obviously,” Hill said via the Athletic’s Nate Taylor. “But this year, it’s like he’s seeing things differently. He’s doing more no-looks. He’s reading the defense better. He’s changing the play. He’s just great. He has gotten a lot better.”

  • Chiefs HC Andy Reid thinks the bye week will be good for K Harrison Butker to figure out why he’s missed six extra-points so far in 2020: “I think it will be good for him to step back an inch and be able to sort it out.” (Adam Teicher)

Dolphins

The Dolphins didn’t need first-round QB Tua Tagovailoa to do much in his first career start but in Sunday’s back-and-forth win against the Cardinals, Tagovailoa flashed what he’s really capable of. He completed 20-28 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns, adding another 35 yards on seven rushing attempts. That included a 17-yard scramble on a fourth-quarter drive that provided the game-tying touchdown. 

“That one scramble where he split those guys was exceptional,” Dolphins C Ted Karras said via Pro Football Talk. “I thought we did a good job in pass protection, but I don’t think any moment is too big for Tua. He’s a great leader and a great person and really works his absolute hardest and has gained the respect of everyone in that huddle, and we want to go to battle for him and keep winning games.”

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