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News Blitz 10/9: Praise for Patrick Mahomes


Tom Brady is the GOAT.

But Patrick Mahomes is the current IT guy among NFL QBs.

The first-year Chiefs starter has been making plays with his strong arm and impressive athleticism, leading Kansas City to the 5-0 start as they prepare to take on the Patriots Sunday night at Gillette Stadium.

The Boston Globe writes about Bill Belichick praising Mahomes’ many strengths during the coach’s Columbus Day conference call with the local media. The Globe also wonders if the Chiefs suspect defense will be able to slow down the Patriots productive Sony Michel-led rushing attack. The Globe also observes that the Patriots will be trying to avoid turnovers against the Chiefs after Kansas City had five “takeaways” against the Jaguars.

The Boston Herald notes that Belichick described Mahomes as being able to “throw the ball out of the stadium.” The Herald passes along Tom Brady saying the Patriots should have scored “at least” 52 points in last Thursday night’s 38-24 win over the Colts. The Herald says that Brady and the Patriots are focused on cleaning up their mistakes.

The Providence Journal observes that despite consecutive games scoring 38 points, Brady and the Patriots offense are still looking for a breakout performance.

ESPN has Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce shooting down comparisons between he and Patriots star Rob Gronkowski, recycling an old quote in which the Kansas City star said, “When I get the ball in my hands I’m a different type of athlete.” looks at Brady’s unique record of throwing touchdown passes to 71 different players, with Josh Gordon becoming the latest TD target in the win over Indy. notes Belichick raving about Mahomes’ “fabulous” arm. has Brady telling the station’s morning show that New England “should have” scored 52 points against the Colts. says the Patriots reportedly worked out four young offensive players on Monday.

NBC Sports Boston declares that the Patriots usual defensive strategy against young QBs could fail against Mahomes and the Chiefs. NBC Sports Boston observes that Mahomes has a big fan in Belichick. NBC Sports Boston says that Patriots vs. Chiefs will be the latest of the “greatest” challenges.’s Peter King names Michel and James White among his offensive players of the week.

Michel is up for Ground Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week on has an early prediction that Kansas City will get in a “wild shootout” with the Patriots but lose 41-38 on Sunday night. says Kyle Van Noy is still “unsatisfied” despite a disruptive start to the new season. also offers up a scouting report of the Chiefs.

Business Insider details how Patriots owner Robert Kraft ended up with an influential Nike shoe deal. looks at how Rob Gronkowski is pacing for his contract incentives.

USA Today declares that the Patriots are officially back and that “version 18.0 might be the best in a long time.”

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