FMIA Week 2: Players Make Plays, and Patrick Mahomes Has Made a Perfect 10 For The High-Flying Chiefs

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The NFL season is two weeks old and it’s been quite a ride so far. Today, Peter King’s Football Morning in America column covers:

Patrick Mahomes’ insane start … the Chiefs quarterback has 10 touchdowns in two games and his major-league dad tells some tales about his son’s past that help show why he’s so ready for this moment. The rest of Week 2 … Fitzmagic continues for Tampa (while Jameis texts his teammates); Kirk Cousins shines, refs blow call in odd Packers-Vikings tie; Jags avenge loss to Patriots.

A must-read book … and a must-read Patriots-Hooters comparison from the timely tome by probing political writer Mark Leibovich, who turns his sharp eye on the NFL landscape today. How to stay in shape … an NFL veteran explains the methods to his madness, including his super-secret P.E.D. and how he manages to regularly choke down kale.

Thoughts, notes, opinions on Vontae Davis’ halftime retirement; Josh Gordon’s next chapter; the Week 2 awards; the super early MVP front-runners; and more. Plus 10 things, factoids, coffeenerdness and a travel note about uncomfortable conversations with inanimate objects. [more]

FMIA Week 1: On Seven-Hour Games, Undefeated Browns and the Greatest Game Aaron Rodgers Ever Played

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With a wild Week 1 nearly in the books, Peter King’s latest Football Morning in America column covers:

The greatest game Aaron Rodgers ever played … the anatomy of a comeback, with the perspective of one of the key players, as Chicago’s nightmares in Green Bay continue. Fitzmagic … the Bucs quarterback on why his team’s 48-point explosion didn’t surprise him and why his son might be the smartest fantasy football player out there.

Best of the rest … come for the story of the seven-hour game, stay for why a team being ticked off about a tie is a good thing. Sean McVay’s rookie notes … the Rams coach on what he learned in season one, plus more in the walkup to the final two Week 1 games: Rams-Raiders and Jets-Lions. Thoughts, notes, opinions on Colin Kaepernick’s new Nike ad; Le’Veon Bell’s holdout; the best players, coaches from Week 1; and much more. [more]

FMIA: On The Mack Mistake And Why Super Bowl 53 Will Be Rams-Patriots

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On the eve of the NFL’s 99th season kicking off, Peter King’s latest Football Morning in America column covers:

The Khalil Mack trade … the Raiders made a big mistake in dealing the superstar pass rusher they developed and the Bears accelerated the timetable of their turnaround. Prediction-palooza … From which teams will make the playoffs to who will play in the Super Bowl. Plus picks for MVP, top rookies, offensive and defensive players of the year and more.

Andrew Luck … as he gets ready for his first game action in 18 months, the Colts quarterback reflects on what he learned about himself during his time away from the game. Roger Goodell’s approval rating … NFL fans sound off on the commissioner and the results of an online poll show extreme frustration. Thoughts, notes, opinions on Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case; a decision-making stat that rates coaches; the Saints-Bridgewater situation and what it means for Drew Brees; and much more.

Plus 10 things, factoids, beernerdness, coffeenerdness and a stat about the Packers-Bears rivalry that you have to see to believe.
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FMIA: Legion of Whom? Fast, Efficient Overhaul Has Seattle Set to Surprise

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From the preseason trail, Peter King’s latest Football Morning in America column covers:

Seattle … a controlled burn of the roster and a fast, efficient rebuild has coach Pete Carroll feeling like he’s back in college and the team smelling like a surprise contender. Philadelphia … and why it’s beginning to look a lot like Nick Foles—and not Carson Wentz—will start the opening game for the defending Super Bowl champions. The FMIA Camp All-Stars … eight players who jumped off the grass during a 22-team tour of training camps and games this preseason.

Rule changes … and why everyone needs to take a deep breath in regards to helmet hits and how they will be officiated this season. Thoughts, notes, opinions on John McCain’s passing and his NFL friendships; the HOF nominations of Gil Brandt and Pat Bowlen; Brandon Marshall’s under-the-radar brilliance’; and more. Plus 10 things, factoids, beernerdness, coffeenerdness and a plea to the Thermostat Lords to put a freeze on excessive cooling.
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FMIA: With or Without Laces, Jon Gruden Just Wants to Compete

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From the training camp trail—including stops to see the Raiders, Cowboys and Rams—Peter King’s latest Football Morning in America column covers:

• Jon Gruden … who has been using lace-less footballs and a quieter voice—but still the same energy and imagination—to get acquainted with his new/old surroundings with the Raiders.

• NFL replay … a former referee talks about one of the biggest officiating changes for the 2018 season.

• Dallas Cowboys … and the emergence of young leadership in the form of Dak Prescott and Jaylon Smith.

• Hard Knocks … and why this edition of HBO’s award-winning series is the most urgent camp ever documented—and possibly the best.

• Thoughts, notes, opinions on Josh Rosen’s transition to the NFL, Doug Pederson’s new book, the Rams’ offseason roster shakeup and more.

• Plus 10 things, factoids, beernerdness, coffeenerdness and a top five—okay six—list of favorite Aretha Franklin songs. [more]

FMIA: Smile, Jimmy! Garoppolo in Picture Perfect Situation As a QB

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From the training camp trail—including stops to see the Lions, Vikings, Cardinals, Chargers and 49ers—Peter King’s latest Football Morning in America column covers:

Jimmy Garoppolo … who has been surrounded by football geniuses since he came into the league and now has the 49ers breathless in anticipation to see what he’s learned. Roger Goodell … the failure of the world’s highest paid sports commissioner to navigate the NFL out of the anthem issue has become a major problem. Yannick Ngakoue … and the Jaguars defensive lineman’s not-so-secret method to consistently obliterating the quarterback.

The Vikings … and perhaps the best building block the team can use to get over the hump. Thoughts, notes, opinions on the Roquan Smith-Bears stalemate, the Colts’ plan for keeping Andrew Luck healthy, fantasy football help suggestions and more. Plus 10 things, factoids, beernerdness, coffeenerdness and a football quiz about wide receivers that could leave even the smartest fans scratching their heads. [more]

FMIA: Luck’s Beautiful Day, Watt’s Dark Moment, More Camp Trail Tales

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In his latest Football Morning in America column, Peter King checks in from the training camp trail with items on the following:

• Andrew Luck … the Colts quarterback is coming back (maybe you’ve heard) and trying to get used to playing football again. J.J. Watt … another AFC South star on the mend, looking to put his darkest days behind him. Bike commutes … bumping elbows with Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff over 13 miles in Flowery Branch, Ga.

• The helmet rule … why it’s going to dominate the preseason and why consistency will be impossible to achieve. The Hall of Fame … the best quotes, moments and more from the ceremonies in Canton and Chattanooga. Plus coffeenerdness, beernerdness, 10 Things, tweets, factoids and all the usual column staples [more]

Carson Wentz, Clues and Philly’s Hunger for Another Super Bowl Run

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From the training camp trail—including stops to see the Eagles, Steelers, Jets and Ravens—Peter King’s latest Football Morning in America column covers:

Carson Wentz … the clues that show whether he’ll be able to start the opening game for the defending Super Bowl champions. Antonio Brown … the not-so-secret method to becoming the greatest receiver in the game. The Jets … and the challenge of changing the culture from losing to winning. Joe Flacco … and why practices actually matter to the veteran quarterback.

Thoughts, notes, opinions on social media use among players, the new market for offensive tackles, the Pat Mahomes hype machine and more. Plus 10 things, factoids, beernerdness, coffeenerdness and a friendly golf bet between two head coaches and the on-field ramifications. [more]

Matt, Mark and Mitch: Odd Offensive Triumvirate Tries to Bring Back Bears

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From the site of the second NFL training camp to open, Peter King’s latest Football Morning in America column covers:

• The Bears … an early-morning wakeup call with new coach Matt Nagy reveals just how wonderfully weird the situation in Chicago is as the franchise desperately tries to return to relevancy.

• Tony Sparano … players, friends remember the popular coach in the wake of his unexpected death.

• Training camps … the five teams that promise to have the most intrigue as pads start poppin’.

• A former Hall of Fame outcast shares his thoughts on the process and the touchy T.O. situation

• Thoughts, notes, opinions on the never-ending anthem-kneeling saga, Darrelle Revis, Earl Thomas, and more

• Plus 10 things, factoids, beernerdness, coffeenerdness and travel notes from a quick 20 hours spent in Alabama [more]

Aaron Rodgers Isn’t Scared: Of Aging, New Contracts or Sharks (Anymore)

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In the debut of his new column Football Morning in America, Peter King covers:

• Aaron Rodgers … on aging, his upcoming contract, sharks and the Dalai Lama

• Tony Romo … on golf, broadcasting and the balance of both

• Nick Foles … on book signings and the possibility of going from Super Bowl MVP to the bench

• A surprisingly difficult football quiz to catch everyone up on all things NFL after a summer slumber

• Thoughts, notes, opinions on referees, Terrell Owens, LeSean McCoy, DeMarco Murray and more

• Plus 10 things, travel notes, factoids, beernerdness, coffeenerdness and all the old column staples [more]