Patrick Mahomes might have ketchup for life if he’s able to set a single-season record with 57 touchdown passes this season.
Heinz Ketchup, which has used “57 varieties” in its advertising, tweeted the promise to Mahomes on Thursday after the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback told ESPN’s Seth Wickersham of his love of the condiment, even putting it on steak.
ESPN has reached out to Heinz for further comment.
Mahomes has 31 touchdown passes this season, already setting the Chiefs’ single-season franchise record through 10 games. Peyton Manning holds the NFL’s single-season record for touchdown passes with 55 in the 2013 season.
Mahomes told reporters Thursday that he’d be willing to share the wealth if he were to receive ketchup for life.
“I’m not opposed to it,” he said, when asked if he’d want ketchup for life. “If it happens and I get ketchup for life, I’ll be sure to share it with some of the offensive linemen.”
Mahomes also said Thursday that he likes to put ketchup on another favorite dish when asked about putting ketchup on steak.
“I don’t think it’s that weird but I put it on my macaroni and cheese. People seem to think that’s a weird thing. Some people think that’s disgusting but it’s good to me,” he said.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ offense needed one play to get into the end zone Thursday night, thanks to Ben Roethlisberger’s deep connection with JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 75-yard touchdown on the Carolina Panthers with 10:18 left in the first half.
Thirteen seconds later, the Steelers hit pay dirt again when Vince Williams caught a wobbly pass from Cam Newton, who was under pressure from T.J. Watt, and returned the interception 17 yards for a touchdown and a 14-7 lead.
The Steelers’ defense gave up a nine-play touchdown drive to open the game, but the offense responded when Smith-Schuster slipped past corner James Bradberry, and Roethlisberger found him in stride down the sideline. Bradberry bit on a short route, and Smith-Schuster did the rest.
This is the third time since 2001 that 21 points were scored in the first five minutes of a game. The other such games were Browns-Bengals in 2004 and Rams-Jaguars in 2005.
HOUSTON — Less than a week after Deshaun Watson had to take a 12-hour bus ride to Jacksonville to ensure he could play in the game due to lung and rib injuries, the Houston Texans quarterback threw for five touchdowns in the team’s 42-23 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Thursday night.
It took until the eighth game of the 2018 season, but the Texans’ offense looked like the version the team was hoping for entering the year and Houston finally got a glimpse of the quarterback who lit up the NFL last season before he tore his ACL in early November.
On Thursday night, Watson completed 16 of his 20 passes for 239 yards and a season-high five touchdown passes. Those five touchdown passes tied his career high, which he set last season against the Kansas City Chiefs. The second-year quarterback did not throw an interception for the second straight week.
“We were executing, sticking to the details, playing free,” Watson said. “We got our swagger back today. We just wanted to have fun and try and light up the scoreboard in prime time, and that’s what we did.”
Watson has been playing hurt after injuring his lung and ribs in the Texans’ Week 5 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. He was listed with a chest injury on the injury report all week but was a full participant in practice.
Watson is the first quarterback in the Super Bowl era with multiple five-passing-TD games within his first two seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The Texans had 427 net yards and scored on all four of their red zone opportunities.
For the first time this season, the Texans were able to lean on big offensive plays from their offensive stars. Watson’s third touchdown pass was a 73-yard completion to wide receiver Will Fuller, who beat his defender down the right sideline by a mile and walked the final 5 yards into the end zone. The pass was the longest touchdown of both Watson’s and Fuller’s careers. The pair have now connected for 11 touchdowns in 11 games played together.
Watson also threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who caught six passes for 82 yards and two touchdowns. According to NFL Next Gen Stats, Hopkins had 8.6 yards of separation on his 49-yard score, and 0.5 yards of separation on his next touchdown. Those were the most wide-open, and tightest-window touchdown passes, respectively of Watson’s career.
“I don’t even know how explosive we can be. I know it’s top-notch, and we just have to keep working,” Watson said.
Thursday’s victory puts the Texans at 5-3 at the midway point of the season and ensures an outright lead in the AFC South entering Week 9.
That’s now eight touchdown throws, plus a ninth rushing touchdown, and more than 800 passing yards the last two weeks for the 35-year-old backup quarterback stepping in for suspended starter Jameis Winston.
Against the Eagles, Fitzpatrick tacked on two more deep touchdown passes. His four 50-plus yard touchdown throws tied him with Joe Namath (1972) for the most through a team’s first two games in NFL history, according to ESPN Stats & Information. He also became the first quarterback in Bucs history to throw four touchdowns in consecutive games, and the first to have multiple 75-yard passing touchdowns in a single game.
On the very first play from scrimmage, Fitzpatrick hit DeSean Jackson for an 85-yard touchdown pass, followed by a 75-yard catch-and-run to O.J. Howard in the second quarter. The Bucs only had two plays of 50-plus yards all last season.
Fitzpatrick then found a wide-open Chris Godwin in the end zone for an 8-yard strike and a 4-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans in the third quarter.
Evans’ touchdown catch, the 34th of his career, tied Jimmie Giles for the most touchdown catches in Buccaneers history, a record that’s stood since 1986.
The Bucs are now 2-0 for the first time since 2010, setting up a monster Week 3 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football, before Winston returns from his three-game suspension. Neither head coach Dirk Koetter nor general manager Jason Licht has previously committed to who will start in Week 4.