Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes is "changing the game", according to New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton.

Mahomes has enjoyed great success since entering the NFL as the number 10 pick in 2017, winning the Super Bowl and 2018 MVP award.

The Chiefs QB capped a fine Super Bowl LIV performance with the Most Valuable Player gong, and he has continued to impress in 2020.

Mahomes has completed 82 of 121 passes for 898 yards and nine touchdowns, helping reigning champions Kansas City to a 3-0 start.

The Chiefs will put their perfect record on the line against the Patriots on Sunday, and Newton hailed two-time Pro Bowler Mahomes.

"Man, he's changing the game," Newton said on Thursday. "I think he's shining light on the new wave of quarterbacks. It's just fun to watch."

"It's not like he's just back there and it's an arcade game," Newton added. "Sometimes it looks like it, but he knows exactly what he's doing and how he's manipulating the defense.

"That's the same thing that the Dan Marinos used to do. Obviously the Tom Bradys. The Aaron Rodgers. Those guys really have so much command of the offense that you dictate to the defense. That's what he's doing. He's playing the game at a high level."

Mahomes also spoke glowingly of Newton, who has guided the Patriots to a 2-1 start following Tom Brady's switch to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Newton – the 2015 MVP and three-time Pro Bowler – has completed 62 of 91 passes for 714 yards, two TDs and two interceptions, while he has rushed 35 times for 149 yards and four TDs.

"I wish I could do some of the things he does, as far as how physical he is, and the way he's able to make plays happen," Mahomes said.

"He's a great football player, someone I watched when he was at Auburn. He's in a great spot now and he's playing really good football."

Responding to Mahomes' praise, Newton added: "We all have our own platforms and I play this game for multiple reasons. A lot of those reasons kind of come off the backs of somebody empowering me.

"It's pretty neat to hear that, but at the end of the day we all have a responsibility to empower others, to motivate others, and to impact others. And through it all we just all have to use our influence in a positive way."

The Denver Broncos edged the New York Jets 37-28 for their first win of the NFL season on Thursday.

Brandon McManus delivered a 53-yard field goal before Melvin Gordon sealed the win with a late touchdown at MetLife Stadium.

It came after the Jets rallied in the fourth quarter, but they fell to 0-4 this season as the Broncos improved to 1-3.

The result is sure to put further pressure on Jets head coach Adam Gase, who is now 7-13 at the helm of the team since taking over in 2019.

Gordon finished with 107 rushing yards, including two TDs, while Tim Patrick had 113 receiving yards for the Broncos.

Brett Rypien went 19 of 31 with two TDs and three interceptions on his first NFL start, while Jets quarterback Sam Darnold had 230 yards, completing 23 of 42 passes.

Darnold had an early impact, a 46-yard run seeing him score the game's opening touchdown.

But the QB was nursing a sore shoulder after being sacked in the first quarter, and briefly left the game before returning.

The Broncos took the lead to begin the second quarter, Jerry Jeudy making a great catch from Rypien's pass for 48 yards and his first TD.

Sam Ficken drilled field goals for the Jets either side of Gordon rushing over for Denver, who led 17-13 at half-time.

Rypien picked out Patrick after another Ficken field goal as the Broncos entered the last quarter with a 24-16 lead.

McManus extended that advantage to 11 points before the Jets rallied, firstly through a 54-yard field goal from Ficken.

Rypien threw a pick-six to Pierre Desir and Ficken's 36-yarder had the Jets ahead with six and a half minutes left.

But with just over three minutes remaining, Denver restored their lead thanks to a 53-yard field goal from McManus before Gordon's 43-yard run wrapped up the win.

Marlon Humphrey has signed a five-year extension with the Baltimore Ravens worth a reported $98.75million.

According to ESPN, Humphrey's average annual salary of $19.75m makes him the second highest-paid cornerback in the league after the Los Angeles Rams' Jalen Ramsey ($20m).

He is now tied to the Ravens through the 2026 season.

"Getting a new deal, it was cool. It's great to sign that deal and now that for the next couple years you're going to be a Raven," said Humphrey.

"Since I've been here I've really enjoyed this organisation, this city, these fans, the people around me, so it was really big for me to stay a Raven so I was really excited to sign that extension.

"I said some subtle jokes to some guys yesterday about money and they thought I was kidding. Other than that it went pretty quick so I didn't have time to tell many people.

"Being the highest paid never really was a factor, the biggest thing for me was staying a Raven."

General manager Eric DeCosta said: "Marlon is the type of player we want in Baltimore.

"Besides his obvious talents as a playmaking corner, he's a passionate competitor who craves winning. Marlon has been a stalwart in our community, and we are excited that he's going to remain with us for seven seasons.

"These are difficult deals to reach, and the credit goes to Pat Moriarty and Joel Segal for working together to get it done. We give a big congratulations to Marlon and his family. This is a good day for the Ravens."

Despite being a surprise pick at 16th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, Humphrey has developed into a leading figure in Baltimore's defense.

In his 49 games in the league, 31 of which have come from the start, Humphrey has accumulated 150 tackles, eight interceptions, 44 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

He is one of two NFL players to have registered at least 40 passes defensed, eight interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries since 2017 – the other being New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

The Week 4 matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans will be played later in the NFL season following further positive coronavirus tests.

The game was pushed back from Sunday to Monday or Tuesday after the Titans confirmed three players and five personnel staff had contracted COVID-19.

However, following two further positive tests in the Tennessee camp, one for a player and one among the staff, the teams will now meet later in the season.

An NFL statement released on Thursday read: "The Pittsburgh-Tennessee game scheduled for Week 4 will be rescheduled to later this season after one additional Titans player and one personnel member tested positive for COVID-19 today. An announcement of the new game date will be made shortly.

"The decision to postpone the game was made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel.

"The Titans facility will remain closed and the team will continue to have no in-person activities until further notice."

Though the entire NFL preseason slate was scrapped this year, this is the first instance of a regular-season game being postponed because of the coronavirus crisis.

The Titans and Steelers have both started 3-0, two of seven NFL teams yet to lose a game through three weeks.

The NFL has confirmed the Week 4 game between Tennessee and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Nissan Stadium has been postponed after multiple Titans players tested positive for coronavirus.

On Tuesday, the Titans confirmed three players and five personnel staff had contracted COVID-19, while NFL Network reported another player had tested positive on Wednesday.

An NFL statement read: "The Steelers-Titans game, originally scheduled for Sunday at 1pm ET, will be rescheduled to allow additional time for further daily COVID-19 testing and to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game-day personnel.

"Details on the new game date and time on either Monday or Tuesday will be announced as soon as possible".

Though the entire NFL preseason slate was scrapped this year, this is the first instance of a regular season game being postponed because of the COVID crisis.

The Tennessee Titans have suspended in-person club activities after eight positive tests for coronavirus.

Three Titans players and five personnel officials returned positive COVID-19 tests, the NFL announced.

The Minnesota Vikings, whom the Titans defeated 31-30 on Sunday, have also put a halt to in-person activities.

"Out of the abundance of caution, the organisation has decided to work remotely today as we follow NFL protocols related to the COVID-19 virus," the Titans said in a statement.

"Several tests have come back positive and [we] are working through the process of confirming them. We will have more information tomorrow [Wednesday]."

An NFL and NFL Players Association (NFLPA) statement added: "On Tuesday morning, the Titans COVID testing results returned three new player positives and five new personnel positives. The Titans will suspend in-person club activities starting today. Likewise the Vikings, who played the Titans on Sunday, will also suspend in-person club activities.

"Both clubs are working closely with the NFL and NFLPA, including our infectious disease experts, to evaluate close contacts, perform additional testing and monitor developments.

"All decisions will be made with health and safety as our primary consideration. We will continue to share updates as more information becomes available."

ESPN reported the Titans' facility will be shut down until Saturday, throwing their Week 4 clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday into doubt.

The Vikings are scheduled to face the Houston Texans on Sunday.

Patrick Mahomes appeared to question his number four ranking in the NFL's Top 100 list during the Kansas City Chiefs' Week 3 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, but he claimed that is not what he was referring to.

After looping a two-yard touchdown pass to left tackle Eric Fisher in the fourth quarter on Monday, 2018 NFL MVP Mahomes counted to four on his right hand before shrugging as he jogged to the sidelines.

It was the fourth touchdown the Chiefs quarterback had thrown for and it sealed a 34-20 triumph over reigning MVP Lamar Jackson's Ravens.

Mahomes finished the game 31-of-42 for 385 yards passing, making him the fastest to reach 10,000 career passing yards.

After leading Kansas City to their first Super Bowl title in 50 years in February, Mahomes placed lower than expected in the NFL's Top 100 list last offseason.

Asked if his gesture after Fisher's touchdown was a reference to his ranking, he said with a smile: "I think it was like four touchdowns in the game, I think, at that point."

Mahomes was 17-of-21 for 219 yards and three touchdowns against the blitz versus Baltimore and he praised his offensive line and his route runners for helping him achieve such success.

"They definitely had a blitz package that we weren't necessarily prepared for, but at the same time we had talked about stuff that they could do," he said.

"So, I mean, obviously we had some un-scouted looks, but I thought the o-line did a great job of picking those up, even though they were getting in gaps they hadn't hit so far this season. It's about communication throughout the game and making adjustments. I thought we did a good job of that."

He added: "With our defense, when you go in training camp against coach Spags [defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo], you're getting a heavy dose of blitzes from everywhere.

"I thought guys accepted that challenge in training camp and it paid off today. We may not have seen some of the exact blitzes, but we've seen blitzes with fire-zone pressures and cover zeros. Guys sped up their routes, and the offensive line gave me enough time."

Baltimore Ravens defensive end Calais Campbell said Patrick Mahomes showed just why he was worth so much during the Kansas City Chiefs' win.

Mahomes threw four touchdown passes and rushed in for another as the Chiefs beat the Ravens 34-20 in a blockbuster NFL clash on Monday.

The 25-year-old signed a 10-year, $503million contract extension earlier this year and Campbell said Mahomes showed why he got that deal.

"They don't give that guy half a billion dollars for no reason," Campbell told reporters.

"He's an incredible talent, he just made play after play. I know who we are and what we're capable of and he was able to go out there and do some great things against us so you've got to take your hat off to him and give him some respect.

"I'm looking forward to earning the right to try and face them again because I'm very confident if we play the game we're supposed to we can hang with those guys."

The Ravens had no answers as Mahomes dominated, with Lamar Jackson finishing with just 97 passing yards and 83 rushing.

But Campbell backed the Ravens to bounce back after their first loss of the NFL season.

"We prepared for it, we just didn't execute," he said.

"You've got to take your hat off to them, they played a great football game, we tried to make a run late and we just didn't have enough to get it done. This team, we'll be just fine."

The Ravens face the Washington Football Team in Week 4 on Sunday.

The Chicago Bears have named Nick Foles as their starting quarterback ahead of their Week 4 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The Bears moved to 3-0 for the season on Sunday after a 30-26 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

Foles was introduced for Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter with the Falcons leading by 13 points and inspired a stunning comeback, throwing three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter.

Coach Matt Nagy confirmed to reporters that Foles will start against the Colts on October 4, saying: "He's our starter moving forward."

Speaking after the win over the Falcons, Trubisky accepted he had left Nagy with little choice but to bench him, having thrown an interception shortly before being pulled.

"The only thing I can control is me playing better when I have those reps in the first half, and I didn't do that," he said, as per the Chicago Sun-Times.

"So, I gave [Nagy] the opportunity to pull me. He did."

Nagy also confirmed Tarik Cohen will be placed on the injured reserve list for the remainder of the season after the running back tore the ACL in his right knee.

"You love the kid. He's worked hard to get to this point. We'll be in his corner and he'll be in our corner," he said.

Cohen, a fourth-round pick in 2017, signed a three-year contract extension worth $17.3million on September 20.

 

Doug Pederson will not consider succumbing to the "knee-jerk reaction" of benching quarterback Carson Wentz following a tie with the Cincinnati Bengals that extended their winless start to the season.

The Eagles are still without a victory after they were held 23-23 by the Bengals and rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, with both teams seemingly happy to settle for that result at the end of an uninspiring overtime period.

Philadelphia have gone 0-2-1 in the opening three games having suffered defeats to the Washington Football Team and Los Angeles Rams.

There are clear holes on both sides of the ball for the Eagles but it is Wentz who has received the brunt of the criticism for their disappointing start.

The second overall pick in the 2016 draft, Wentz has completed only 59.8 per cent of his passes and has thrown just three touchdowns compared to six interceptions, with the Bengals picking him off twice on Sunday.

So far this season, Wentz is averaging 4.59 net yards per pass attempt, his worst performance in that category since his rookie year (5.58).

The Eagles stoked talk of a potential changing of the guard at quarterback during this year's draft when they stunningly selected Jalen Hurts in the second round.

However, Pederson rejected any possibility of Hurts coming in for Wentz.

Asked what it would take to consider changing quarterbacks, Pederson said: "No. No, you don't go there. That's a knee-jerk reaction.

"That's a reaction to things that sometimes are … the aura that's out there, right? That's not what we believe internally. And we're going to continue to get better.

"Carson's our quarterback. We're going to get it fixed, he's going to get it fixed. We got a long … listen, we're only a half game out of first place for goodness sakes. The whole division isn't playing very good football. We're not that far off."

Wentz was considered a frontrunner for the MVP award in the 2017 season, when he went 11-2 as a starter and led the league in touchdown percentage (7.5), throwing 33 scores and just seven interceptions.

However, a torn ACL meant he had to watch from the sidelines as backup Nick Foles improbably led the Eagles to glory with a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII.

He endured an up and down season in 2018 and a back injury meant he was again sidelined for the playoffs, in which Foles guided the Eagles to a Wild Card round win over the Chicago Bears. Wentz played just nine snaps of last season's Wild Card game against the Seattle Seahawks before suffering a concussion.

Despite their struggles, the Eagles are in striking distance of the NFC East division lead. Both Washington and the Dallas Cowboys have started 1-2 while the New York Giants are 0-3.

The Eagles will attempt to claim their first win of the season when they visit the 2-1 San Francisco 49ers in Week 4.

Joe Montana described an attempted kidnapping of his grandchild as a "scary situation" after preventing an intruder from taking the nine-month old.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed on Sunday that San Francisco 49ers legend Montana and his wife Jennifer intervened after a woman entered their Malibu home and picked up the child, who was sleeping in a playpen at the time.

Jennifer Montana was able to prise the child from the woman's arms following a tussle.

The woman fled the scene but was later arrested on burglary and kidnapping charges.

Montana posted on Twitter: "Thank you to everyone who has reached out. Scary situation, but thankful that everybody is doing well.

"We appreciate respect for our privacy at this time."

Montana is widely regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, having won four Super Bowls in his 13 seasons with the 49ers before playing the final two years of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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