Two of the NFL's leading quarterbacks go head-to-head in Sunday's NFC West divisional match-up between the Arizona Cardinals and the Seattle Seahawks.

The 5-0 Seahawks are coming off a bye week and have QB Russell Wilson putting together an MVP year, although he has struggled against the Cardinals in the past.

Meanwhile, Kyler Murray is impressing in an Arizona team that beat Seattle when they last met in December 2019.

We use Stats Perform data to look at that game and the rest of the Week 7 slate.
 

FEATURE GAME

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals - Sunday, 8.20pm (all times Eastern)

- The Seahawks are 6-1 (.857) in games after a bye week since 2013, which is the best record in the NFL. The lone loss during this span came against the Cardinals in 2015 (39-32).

- Since 2018, Wilson is averaging 183.3 passing yards and has three passing touchdowns to one interception over four games against Arizona. Against all other opponents in this span, Wilson is averaging 252.3 passing yards and has an 82/14 TD-INT ratio (33 games).

- Murray completed a career-low nine passes in the win over the Cowboys, but still finished with 188 passing yards. The last player to rack up that many yards through the air on fewer than 10 completions was Brian Hoyer on October 12, 2014 (217 yards on eight completions versus Pittsburgh).

OTHER KEY GAMES

Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans - Sunday, 1pm

- This is just the sixth game in the Super Bowl era between two teams entering the game at 5-0 or better. Each of the previous five were won by a team that went on to make the Super Bowl (1973 Vikings, 2004 Patriots, 2007 Patriots twice, 2015 Broncos). Both franchises are 5-0 for the second time in their history. Pittsburgh started 7-0 in 1978 and went on to go 14-2 and win the Super Bowl, while Tennessee were 10-0 in 2008.

San Francisco 49ers at New England Patriots - Sunday, 4.25pm

- Sunday's game will be played 6,566 days since the last time the Patriots took the field on or after October 1 with a sub-.500 record. This last occurred on November 3, 2002, when New England travelled to Buffalo to face – just as this week, with the 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo – a former Patriots QB. They defeated Drew Bledsoe and the Bills 38-7.

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos - Sunday, 4.25pm

- Patrick Mahomes is the third quarterback in NFL history to have at least 15 TD passes and no more than one interception over his team's first six games of a season, along with Aaron Rodgers in 2014 and Tom Brady in 2015.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Las Vegas Raiders - Sunday, 4.05pm

- After going down 10-0 in the first quarter, Tampa Bay ripped off 38 unanswered points to defeat the Packers last week, the second-longest unanswered scoring run in franchise history. The longest came in a 41-0 win over Chicago back on September 10, 2000. Tampa Bay's defense held Green Bay QB Rodgers to a 35.4 passer rating in last week's win, the third-lowest of his career. The Buccaneers have now caused two of Rodgers' three career pick sixes after Jamel Dean took one to the house in the second quarter.

Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams - Monday, 8.15pm

- The Bears improved to 5-1 with a 23-16 win over the Panthers in Week 6, their best start since going 5-1 in 2012. Chicago's average margin of victory is just 4.0 points this season compared to 19.4 points during the 2012 start.

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Dallas Cowboys at Washington Football Team - Sunday, 1pm

- Washington lost to the Giants 20-19 in the Meadowlands last week, their first one-point defeat since a 24-23 decision against the Cowboys in Week 16, 2013. Sunday was the eighth time since 2018 that Washington have had at least two fourth-down conversions, tied for third-most in the league (0-8 in those games).

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets - Sunday, 1pm

- The Jets are 0-6 for just the second time in franchise history after starting 0-6 in 1996 (finished 1-15). They rank last in scoring offense (12.5 PPG) and point differential (-18.3). That is their second-worst point differential through six games in franchise history ahead of the 1976 Jets (-20.3).

Kansas City Chiefs recruit Le'Veon Bell said he is excited about the opportunity to reinvent himself with the NFL Super Bowl champions.

Bell was cut by the New York Jets last week – less than halfway through the four-year, $52.5million contract he signed as a marquee free agent in 2019.

The three-time Pro Bowler and running back is now a member of the Chiefs after signing a one-year deal in Kansas City, where he will team up with former MVP and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes.

Bell is determined to return to his best, having averaged 3.3 yards per carry and four total touchdowns in 17 games for the Jets following his arrival at the end of 2018.

"I played at a high level for so long," Bell said on Wednesday. "I had two years [with the Jets] where it has not been a high level, and people kind of look at it like that.

"So I wanted to get here, get my feet back under me, get in a good offense, get the ball when I can [and] not have too much pressure on me, just play football.

"I think coming here will give me the opportunity to do that. There are a lot of [good] players. I don't necessarily have to worry about how many times I'm touching it."

After sitting out the 2018 season due to a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bell moved to the Jets and struggled to reach his lofty heights.

Bell was reportedly unhappy about his usage in the Jets' offense and, following the 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5, liked tweets suggesting he be traded.

The All-Pro spent three weeks on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury in the Jets' opening loss at the Buffalo Bills.

Bell added: "I never played with a player MVP-wise."

"It was just undeniable to try to come here to help this team any way I can help them out," Bell said. "When I decided to come here, I already knew the weapons, and there's only one football to kind of go around.

"I think there's going to be a lot of opportunity to kind of show what I can do in space, running routes. I think this offense is a good fit for my skill set. I think coach [Andy] Reid does a good job of getting backs the ball in space. I'm glad I've got this opportunity."

Bell has had over 1,200 rushing yards in three separate seasons, but the last of those was in 2017.

Since entering the league as the 48th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Bell has rushed for 6,199 yards and 38 touchdowns, while receiving for 3,160 yards and eight TDs.

Chiefs quarterback Mahomes – preparing for Sunday's clash against the Denver Broncos – said: "He's a mismatch coming out of the backfield. The way he's able to run routes, the way he's able to split out and basically be a receiver out there is pretty special.

"He's going to get a lot of matchups I don't think he's had recently with a lot of linebackers on him, and I'm sure he's pretty excited about that."

Patrick Mahomes is unfazed by what approach the Kansas City Chiefs take, saying he just wanted to win after beating the Buffalo Bills.

Mahomes completed 21 of 26 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns in the 26-17 victory over the Bills on Monday.

However, the Chiefs' running game was key as they rushed for 245 yards – with Clyde Edwards-Helaire accounting for most of those with 161 on 26 carries.

Chiefs star Mahomes, who rushed for 36 yards, said he was happy to take any approach – as long as his team were winning.

"It was definitely different. I had a few of those RPOs called and I had to tell myself not to throw it, just keep handing that thing off," the quarterback told a news conference.

"Clyde was running well, O-line was blocking well, and I just want to win, I don't care how that's done – pass, run, defense, whatever that is.

"We found a way to do that."

Mahomes connected twice with Travis Kelce for touchdowns as the Chiefs improved to 5-1.

The 2018 NFL MVP said the Bills' plan was why the Chiefs relied so heavily on their running game.

"Obviously we had a few more pass plays called, we always do, but once we saw how deep their linebackers and safeties and corners were playing, we knew we had the run game" Mahomes said.

"We really just stayed with it and if teams are going to play us like this you're going to see us running the football and we have the guys that can do it."

AFC West leaders the Chiefs face the Broncos in Denver on Sunday.

The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers will renew their fiery rivalry in Week 6 of the 2020 NFL season. 

Although neither team were in playoff contention last year, things got ugly between the AFC North rivals in their first meeting of 2019 when a fight broke out and Myles Garrett hit Mason Rudolph with his own helmet. 

The mood in both camps will be upbeat heading into Sunday's game at Heinz Field, though, as they have been victorious in each of their past four outings. 

A meeting of Cleveland's top-ranked rushing attack and the Pittsburgh's second-ranked run defense promises to serve up quite the contest. 

The Steelers have limited two of their first four opponents to fewer than 30 yards on the ground and allow 64.0 yards per game, while the Browns' average in rushing yards per game is almost three times that figure. 

The New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans are back in action after seeing games postponed by positive COVID-19 tests, while veteran quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady will go toe to toe in Tampa. 

We use Stats Perform data to look ahead to another mouthwatering schedule.


FEATURE GAME

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers - Sunday, 1pm (all times Eastern)

- The Browns have scored 30 points in each of their past four games and their total of 150 in Weeks 2-5 were the most in the NFL. They lead the NFL in rushing (188.4 yards per game) and are fourth in stopping the run (87.0 yards per game).

- Pittsburgh are 4-0 for the first time since 1979 – the last Super Bowl-winning season of the Chuck Noll/Terry Bradshaw/Steel Curtain era. The season before that Pittsburgh started 7-0, also en route to the Lombardi Trophy.

- Ben Roethlisberger is 22-2-1 in 25 career starts versus the Browns, including 11-0 at Heinz Field. In addition, he came off the bench to pass for 379 yards in a home victory over Cleveland in 2015. He last faced the Browns in 2018, throwing four interceptions in two games.

OTHER KEY GAMES

Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers – Sunday, 1pm

- Teddy Bridgewater's 73.0 completion percentage ranks second in the NFL behind Derek Carr (73.1 percent). The all-time single-season high for a Carolina quarterback is 68.0 percent by Cam Newton in 2018 (minimum 10 attempts).

Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles – Sunday, 1pm

- Baltimore improved to 4-1 with a 27-3 win over the Cincinnati Bengals last week. The Ravens' +73-point differential leads the NFL and ranks second in franchise history through five games, behind only 2011 (+77).

Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sunday, 4.25pm

- Rodgers and Brady have split their head-to-head matchups 1-1, with the latter taking the most recent one in Foxborough back in 2018 (31-17). However, Rodgers is in strong form this year – he is just the fourth quarterback in the past 70 years to throw for at least 13 touchdowns without an interception through the first four games of a season (2018 Patrick Mahomes, 2013 Peyton Manning, 1966 Don Meredith).

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers – Sunday, 8.20pm

- The Rams have nine rushing touchdowns this season, more than any other team in the NFL. Five different Rams players have run for a touchdown this season, with Darrell Henderson (3), Malcolm Brown (2) and Jared Goff (2) all doing so multiple times.

Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills – Monday, 5pm

- Mahomes suffered just his eighth defeat in 36 regular-season games as a starting quarter back in Week 5. He’s bounced back well after the first seven defeats, going 5-2 and throwing 18 touchdowns to just four interceptions following losses.

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Denver Broncos at New England Patriots – Sunday, 1pm

- The Pats are 2-2 and in danger of falling below .500 in October or later for the first time since 2002. Their streak of 225 consecutive games in October or later without being below .500 (either before or after the game) is the longest streak in NFL history.

Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys – Monday, 8.15pm

- DeAndre Hopkins had six receptions for 131 yards in a 30-10 rout of the New York Jets in Week 5 and leads the NFL with 45 catches and 528 yards. Hopkins surpassed 9,000 career receiving yards in the win, becoming the fourth-youngest player in NFL history to do so at 28 years and 127 days old. Only Randy Moss (27 years, 310 days), Calvin Johnson (28-56) and Hopkins' team-mate Larry Fitzgerald (28 years, 81 days) got there at a younger age.

Star running back Le'Veon Bell is set to sign for NFL Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs.

Bell was cut by the New York Jets on Tuesday – less than halfway through the four-year, $52.5million contract he signed as a marquee free agent in 2019.

Reports linked All-Pro RB Bell to the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and Chiefs.

On Thursday, Bell told ESPN that he intends to join Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in Kansas City.

Bell will have the chance to reunite with the Jets (0-5) when the Chiefs (4-1) and the struggling New York franchise meet in Week 8.

After sitting out the 2018 season due to a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bell moved to the Jets and averaged 3.3 yards per carry and four total touchdowns in 17 games.

The three-time Pro Bowler was reportedly unhappy about his usage in the Jets' offense and, following the 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5, liked tweets suggesting he be traded.

Bell – who is reportedly signing a one-year deal with the Chiefs – spent three weeks on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury in the Jets' opening loss at Buffalo.

The 28-year-old has had over 1,200 rushing yards in three separate seasons, but the last of those was in 2017.

Since entering the league as the 48th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Bell has rushed for 6,199 yards and 38 touchdowns, while receiving for 3,160 yards and eight TDs.

Another dramatic NFL Sunday saw Dak Prescott go down with a gruesome injury for the Dallas Cowboys as the Kansas City Chiefs suffered a shock loss.

Cowboys quarterback Prescott has made a fantastic start to the 2020 season but had to undergo surgery for an ankle fracture and dislocation after going down in the second half against the New York Giants.

Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs fell to AFC West rivals the Las Vegas Raiders, meaning there are only five undefeated teams left across the NFL, with one of those being the surging Pittsburgh Steelers.

Here we reflect on an entertaining Week 5 with a look at some of the best statistics from the 11 games played on Sunday prior to the Monday doubleheader and another game on Tuesday.
 

Mahomes in elite company despite loss

Super Bowl champions the Chiefs went down to an upset as the Raiders won 40-32 at Arrowhead Stadium, Derek Carr's team ending a seven-game losing streak against their divisional rivals.

It was the Chiefs' first loss for 14 games and the largest margin of defeat in Mahomes' young career.

While he only completed 22 of his 43 passes, Mahomes did rack up 340 yards through the air with two touchdowns and one interception.

He became only the fourth quarterback in NFL history to reach at least 20 games with 300 or more passing yards inside his first four seasons.

The only others to achieve the feat are Kurt Warner (26 games), Dan Marino (22) and Andrew Luck (21).

Mahomes' accomplishment is even more significant when you consider he started just one game in his rookie season, while this year – his fourth as a pro - is yet to even reach the halfway stage.

His teammate Tyreek Hill rushed for a touchdown against the Raiders and now has five career TDs on the ground to go with 36 receiving scores.

Aside from Hill, only the legendary Jerry Rice (197 receiving TDs and 10 rushing TDs) has got past both 35 and five respectively since 1970.

Claypool gives Steelers best start in 41 years

Chase Claypool produced an astonishing performance as the Steelers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38-29, moving to 4-0 for the first time since 1979.

The second-round rookie out of Notre Dame exploded for four total touchdowns, three of which came through the air (seven catches for 110 yards).

He is the first rookie receiver since 1979 to score four TDs in a single game and only the third all-time after Jerry Butler (1979) and Harlon Hill (1954).

While Ben Roethlisberger has struck up an impressive connection with Claypool, the Steelers defense has been equally impressive.

Through four games they have registered at least three sacks and an interception in every outing (five sacks and two INTs against the Eagles). 

They are only the third franchise since 2000 to do that, after the Chicago Bears (2018) and Denver Broncos (who achieved the feat twice, doing so in the 2009 and 2016 seasons).

Career day for Kyler

The Arizona Cardinals bounced back from two straight losses with a comfortable 30-10 win at the struggling New York Jets.

It was a historic day for QB Kyler Murray, whose 380 yards passing represented a career high. He had one passing TD, one interception and an impressive passer rating of 103.4.

He also added a rushing TD to move on to five for the season. Only four QBs have ever scored at least five TDs on the ground through their team's first five games in a season, with Cam Newton (2011) the only other to do so since 1997.

Beckham already among the greats

Odell Beckham Jr. had five catches for 58 yards as the Cleveland Browns moved to 4-1 with a 32-23 home win over the Indianapolis Colts.

The former New York Giants wide receiver has now played in 80 NFL games and is setting a magnificent pace.

His 6,805 receiving yards rank third of any player in history through 80 games (behind only Lance Alworth and Julio Jones), while his 485 receptions put him third in that category too (Anquan Boldin and Jones).

Gurley still finding the endzone

Todd Gurley may not be playing at the level he was as Offensive Player of the Year with the Rams, but his 122 yards and a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers brought up a pretty impressive stat.

His TD for the Atlanta Falcons, who fired their head coach and general manager after a 23-16 defeat moved them to 0-5, was his 75th career score in 78 games.

Only three players have ever reached 75 TDs more quickly, and it is a group of Hall of Famers – Jim Brown (72 games), LaDainian Tomlinson (72) and Emmitt Smith (77).

Patrick Mahomes revealed he slept away from his pregnant fiancee over the weekend because of concerns around coronavirus.

Kansas City's Week 4 game against New England was pushed back from last Sunday to Monday after Chiefs practice squad QB Jordan Ta'amu and Patriots passer Cam Newton both returned positive COVID-19 tests. 

Though Mahomes was able to socially distance from Ta'amu in meetings at the Chiefs' facility, he still took precautions when returning home to Brittany Matthews, who recently announced she was expecting the couple's first child.

"It's something I think about every day - you have to think about that with her being pregnant and kind of that high-risk category," Mahomes told reporters on Wednesday.

"I just try to do my best, especially after Jordan was positive. Here we stay six feet apart and our meeting rooms are set up so we're far enough apart.

"When I went home over the weekend I slept in a different bedroom and stayed away from her as much as possible until I've got these negative tests back.

"I've just tried to do my part, keep myself away from her and social distance whenever stuff like this arises.

"I get tested every single day so it's good for keeping track of where I'm at."

Fresh coronavirus cases emerged during the latest round of testing on Wednesday, with another two Tennessee players now suffering from the virus after the outbreak within the Titans last week.

All Chiefs players returned negative tests on Wednesday but Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year last season, revealed he had contracted the virus.

Gilmore, who has confirmed he is asymptomatic, played against the Chiefs on Monday and footage of him sharing a post-game hug with Mahomes went viral.

"It's a different time, I think that's the biggest thing, and you knew that coming into the season," Mahomes added.

"If you thought you were going to go through the entire season and no one was going test positive then you had a little bit of false hope.

"So, you just trust that the protocols in place are the right protocols. Obviously, with Brittany being pregnant, I try to do whatever I can to social distance and stay away, being available to the team but even more for me [it is about] keeping my family safe.

"I just do my best to stay socially distant and obviously had a little lapse at the end of the game, just trying to show respect to a great football player who I hope is getting better very quickly.

"I will try to keep away from that and try not do it again."

The Kansas City Chiefs are the first team in NFL history to start four consecutive seasons with a 4-0 record.

Defending Super Bowl champions the Chiefs earned a 26-10 home win over the New England Patriots in their re-arranged Week 4 game on Monday, with Patrick Mahomes impressed by his team's ability to deliver in decisive moments.

That followed up victories over the Houston Texans, Los Angeles Chargers and Baltimore Ravens to kick off the 2020 season.

The Chiefs also won their first four games in 2017, 2018 and 2019 under Andy Reid, with four straight 4-0 starts representing an NFL first.

They finished those campaigns with 10-6, 12-4 and 12-4 records, the most recent of those resulting in winning February's Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers.

It was not a vintage Chiefs performance against a Patriots team playing without starting quarterback Cam Newton after he tested positive for COVID-19.

The Chiefs were unable to score a first-half touchdown for just the third time in the Mahomes era, and the previous two occasions had also come in games against the Pats back in 2018.

Ultimately, Mahomes connected with Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman for second-half touchdowns, while Tyrann Mathieu scored with a late pick-six on Jarrett Stidham.

Mahomes, who finished with 236 passing yards, suggested the coronavirus-related complications in the build-up to the game – the Chiefs and Patriots were barred from their team facilities until Saturday - had played a part in it taking time before his team found their usual rhythm. 

An efficient start to the season has seen the Super Bowl MVP throw for 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions, with a passer rating of 114.1.

"You can still find ways to watch film and find ways [to] do stuff like [preparation], but it's obviously something that we are unprepared for," he said, per ESPN.

"I didn't do enough because we didn't execute at a high enough level, wasn't able to find the guys, didn't play very good football. But I thought I did whatever I could to stay in tune with the game.

"Hopefully if this presents itself again - which hopefully it doesn't - I'll be able to do better.

"[But] you've seen it this season. You've seen it last season. Even if you hold us down, we can go out there and make plays when they count.

"When your number is called you have to make plays, and I thought enough guys made plays that we were able to get out of there with a win."

Stretching back to last season and their postseason run, the Chiefs have won 13 straight NFL games.

New England Patriots’ stand-in quarterbacks combined for three interceptions as the Kansas City Chiefs maintained their perfect 4-0 start to the NFL season by cruising to a 26-10 victory on Monday.

The reigning Super Bowl champions scored 14 points from turnovers as New England suffered a myriad of offensive issues at Arrowhead Stadium with Cam Newton sidelined following a positive covid-19 test.

Patriots veteran Brian Hoyer stepped in and completed 15 of 24 passes for 130 yards and an interception, twice having the ball inside Kansas City’s 16-yard line without coming away with any points.

With the Patriots 6-3 behind and in short field-goal range, Hoyer was sacked by Frank Clark with seconds remaining to close out the first half, before the 34-year-old lost a fumble in the red zone to Taco Charlton.

Super Bowl winners the Kansas City Chiefs take on a team with significant championship pedigree in the New England Patriots on Sunday. 

Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs to an impressive victory over reigning MVP Lamar Jackson's Baltimore Ravens last time out, extending their winning streak to a franchise record 12 games across the regular season and playoffs. 

In Week 4 they face Bill Belichick's Patriots, giving Mahomes a chance to pit his wits against another MVP-winning quarterback in Cam Newton. 

Using Stats Perform data, we break down that matchup and some of the other enticing games coming up.

FEATURE GAME

Patriots at Chiefs – Sunday, 4.25pm (all times Eastern)

- In three career games versus New England, including postseason, Mahomes has only one first-half touchdown pass against three interceptions. In the second half of those three games, Mahomes has seven TD passes, no interceptions and a 64.7 completion percentage.

- After Newton piled up 122 rushing yards and 552 passing yards in Weeks 1 and 2, New England running backs took over against the Las Vegas Raiders last week, piling up 287 scrimmage yards – the most for Patriots tailbacks in a game in seven years. The Patriots lead the NFL with 178.0 rushing yards per game, the team's highest mark through three games of a season since 1983 (225.7). They have led the NFL (or AFL) in rushing yards only once in their history – in 1978.

- Andy Reid is set to coach his 340th career regular-season game, breaking a tie with Jeff Fisher for eighth all-time. His 210 wins rank sixth all-time, three spots behind Belichick’s 275 victories.

OTHER KEY GAMES

Colts at Bears – Sunday, 1pm

- The Chicago Bears are the first team in NFL history to win two games in a single season where they were trailing by at least 16 points in the fourth quarter (Week 1 at the Detroit Lions, Week 3 at the Atlanta Falcons). This season, teams that trail by at least 16 points at any point in the fourth are 2-18 – the Bears are 2-0 and everyone else is 0-18.

Vikings at Texans – Sunday, 1pm

- Kirk Cousins threw two interceptions in the Minnesota Vikings' loss last week giving him an NFL-high six on the year (tied with Carson Wentz) and matching his total from 2019. Cousins has completed 59.0 percent of his pass attempts this season, a figure that ranks 31st among 33 qualifiers (minimum 14.0 pass attempts per team game).

Ravens at Washington – Sunday, 1pm

- Baltimore have scored at least a point in their last 95 halves of regular-season football. The longest such streak in NFL history is 96 by the New Orleans Saints from 2015 to 2018. The Ravens have scored 54 first-half points this season, third most in the NFL, and Washington has allowed 54 first-half points this season, tied for fourth most in the league.

Bills at Raiders – Sunday, 4.25pm

- Buffalo Bills running backs have not scored a rushing touchdown since Week 9 of last season, a span of 234 carries, by far the longest active streak in the NFL (the Bears are second with 70). Meanwhile, the Raiders have allowed two rushing touchdowns in each of their games this season – only the Carolina Panthers (7) have allowed more rushing scores this season

Eagles at 49ers – Sunday, 8.20pm

- For the first time since 1999, the Philadelphia Eagles have yet to win a contest three games into a season after tying with the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3. Only two teams (out of 251) that have gone winless through the first four games of the season went on the make the playoffs – the 1992 Chargers and the 1963 Bills.

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Chargers at Buccaneers – Sunday, 1pm

- The gaps in age (20 years, 219 days) and in career starts (284) between Tom Brady and Justin Herbert would be the largest of all-time between opposing starting quarterbacks.

Falcons at Packers – Monday, 8.15pm

- After blowing a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys, the Falcons squandered a 16-point lead in the final period in their Week 3 loss to the Bears. Since 1925, teams with at least a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter have won 98.2 percent of the time, and Atlanta are the only team two lose two such games consecutively.

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."

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.

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