Andy Reid’s clock management ruined any chance of a Chiefs comeback

It is very hard to win a football game when you’re trailing by two scores in the fourth quarter. That’s the situation the Chiefs found themselves Saturday night: They got the ball back from the Patriots down 27-13 with 6:29 remaining.

It’s especially hard to win a football game when you’re trailing by two scores in the fourth quarter and your coach farts on the concept of clock management. Unfortunately, Kansas City’s coach is Andy Reid, perhaps the NFL’s least clock-savvy coach. Over and over again throughout Reid’s career, he’s been baffled by the very concept of time.
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If the Chiefs are going to upset the defending Super Bowl champs, they need to pressure Brady with their strong defensive pass rush and make it difficult for him to distribute the ball to his playmakers. This is a matchup on paper that favors Kansas City. The Chiefs ranked fourth in sacks during the regular season, while the Patriots offensive line allowed a total of 221 quarterback pressures (26 sacks, 48 hits, 147 hurries), the second-highest amount in the NFL.

Even if Brady has a clean pocket, the Chiefs can lean on their dominant secondary to slow down the Patriots offense. During its 11-game win streak, Kansas City has surrendered the lowest completion rate, fewest yards per attempt and lowest passer rating of any team. They have twice as many interceptions (22) as passing touchdowns allowed (11) in that span, and could give New England a lot of problems in the passing game on Saturday.

With Jeremy Maclin hurting, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce instantly becomes Alex Smith’s top target. Kelce ranked in the top 10 in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions among tight ends this season, and is coming off a career-best performance (eight catches, 128 yards) against the Texans. The Patriots ranked just 15th in defending tight ends, per Football Outsiders efficiency ratings, making this a matchup that Smith can potentially exploit.
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For the Patriots, even if Edelman doesn’t play his normal amount of snaps, his mere presence on the field will provide a much-needed boost to the offense. He led the team in receptions at the time of his injury, and his ability to get open quickly should make life easier for Brady on Saturday. Edelman was also Brady’s most dependable guy to move the chains, catching a team-best 78 percent of his third-down targets.

For in-between Yankees, Matt Holliday better fit than Edwin Encarnacion

Matt Holliday makes perfect sense for the New York Yankees. He is an in-between free-agent acquisition for an in-between team.
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Will he be good in 2017? Who knows? Will the Yankees be good in 2017? No one knows that, either. But if Holliday is solid, it could be a big lift for this bridge year as the Yankees try to reload and rebuild toward 2019, which is when the Yankees’ next “uber” (trademark, Brian Cashman) team might be ready to add Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado and others.

The Yankees have decided to take a chance on former Cardinals slugger Matt Holliday, who missed significant time due to injuries each of the past two seasons.

For now, though, the Yankees have a starting staff with question marks, a bullpen that is incomplete and a lineup that is becoming younger and maybe better but is very much an unknown.

“To the extent that we have left-handed outfield assets, the fact that Houston has been aggressive in taking two guys off the board is maybe a good thing,” Alderson said.

Alderson acknowledged that Granderson’s three years of productivity with the Mets and being part of the organization’s fabric would be a consideration in which player gets dealt between him and Bruce.

“That definitely would be a factor,” he said.

Elite Cameron Heyward Jersey That said, Alderson cannot foresee trading both players, then pivoting to acquire another outfielder — such as Andrew McCutchen.

“I’d say it’s unlikely,” Alderson said. “I don’t foresee that happening.”

As for adding relief help via free agency, Alderson all but ruled out pursuing the likes of Aroldis Chapman, Mark Melancon or Kenley Jansen.

“I don’t think we’re looking at that top end,” Alderson said.

Russell Wilson spent much of his time on Sunday running for his life behind a shaky offensive line

We can trust the Cowboys’ offense.

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Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington all looked like tough matchups for the Cowboys for different reasons. Could they come back if the Steelers got ahead of them? Could they figure things out if Baltimore made it tough for them to run? Could they outscore Kirk Cousins and Washington’s quick-strike pass offense? Check, check and check.

Dallas may have question marks on defense, but its offense is identically efficient each week, devouring the clock and opponents’ souls with a relentless parade of first downs. That offensive line travels, and so by extension does that running game. Dallas might not win it all, but its offense is the most trustworthy unit in the whole league.

Asked if there’s any chance he will return to Oregon, Kelly shook his head and said, “No.”

Kelly said he called Helfrich, his Kids Johnathan Joseph Jersey close friend, on Wednesday morning to offer support.

“I have not talked to anybody at Oregon except for Mark Helfrich,” Kelly said.

Oregon announced Tuesday night that it was parting ways with Helfrich after four seasons at the helm. Helfrich served previously as Kelly’s offensive coordinator before being promoted to head coach when Kelly departed for the Philadelphia Eagles.

“I just felt bad for Mark,” Kelly said. “I love him like a brother. He’s a tremendous person. He’s a hell of a football coach, but he’s an even better person. I just felt for him and the rest of the guys on that staff.

NFL official fired for selling balls used during DeflateGate game, according to report

An NFL official has been fired for selling balls used during the DeflateGate game, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday on Outside the Lines. The official remains unnamed. There is no word exactly how he tried to sell the balls, or what his asking price was.

Schefter’s report is perhaps one of the weirdest, most complex turns in an already bizarre story that somehow keeps developing. Allegedly, one of the officials working the AFC Championship against the Indianapolis Colts was supposed to take the footballs out of play and send them away to be used to raise money for a charitable endeavor by the NFL. Instead, the official took some Patrick Kerney Authentic Womens Jersey of the balls and sold them himself. According to Schefter, the official had done the same thing in other games he has worked.

Where the report gets especially confusing is when Schefter tries to tie it to an earlier OTL report that a Patriots locker room attendant, named Jim McNally, had tried to put unapproved special teams balls into play against the Colts.

Details of Warren Sapp’s arrest were released in a police report. Sapp allegedly offered two women — one a 23-year-old, the other 34 — $300 each to come up to his hotel room. Both women reportedly took their clothes off in the room, and the 23-year-old began performing oral sex on Sapp while the 34-year-old hid in the bathroom.

The 34-year-old emerged when she heard arguing, according to the report. Sapp allegedly told police that the 23-year-old asked for more money when he asked her if she would have intercourse. When Sapp refused to pay, a fight reportedly ensued, which Paul Richardson Authentic Womens Jersey resulted in Sapp physically removing both women from the room.

Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane will need surgery after suffering a torn ACL in addition to a broken arm suffered during the return of an interception off Tom Brady, according to Nick Shook of Around the NFL.

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Bucs’ Mike Evans looking forward to ‘fun day’ going against Richard Sherman

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is gearing up for one of, if not the biggest challenges of his season, and possibly his young career — lining up against Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman.

“I play some Corey Lemonier Womens Jersey of the best athletes in the world, going at it one-on-one,” Evans said. “That’s great. Hopefully he’ll match me. I’m a big fan of his and I think it will be a fun day.”

At 6-foot-5, 231 pounds, Evans is typically a mismatch for most cornerbacks. The exception — the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Sherman, considered one of the most physical corners in the league and known for shutting down entire sides of the field during games. He’s been shadowing receivers more though, and is expected to follow Evans throughout the game, no matter where he lines up.

“They played Atlanta earlier, so we got a pretty good picture of it with Sherman and Julio,” said head coach Dirk Koetter. “[Sherman] matched [Jones], and it was a good battle all day.”

Jones was targeted nine times in that game and caught seven passes for 139 yards and a touchdown. Sherman has called Jones “one of the toughest receivers I’ve covered.” He wore Sherman down that day.

“It’s no big secret. In critical situations, teams are Danny Shelton Womens Jersey looking for their No. 1 guy,” Koetter said. “We’re no different than Atlanta or anybody else.”

“I like my guy,” Winston said. “I like my guy in that matchup. Mike is having an amazing year, and that’s just trust. Sherman has been covering a lot of guys his whole career, but at the end of the day, he doesn’t have that connection that me and Mike have. At the end of the day, he still has to defend us and stop everyone.”

Added Koetter: “You can’t have a No. 1 guy and say, ‘We’re not going to him.’ That doesn’t set a very good tone. That doesn’t mean he’s not gonna be covered sometimes — there are good receivers, there are good cover guys — best players in the world, that’s what you compete for … that’s what you go to the game to watch.”

According to Pro Football Focus, Sherman has allowed a passer rating of only 59.1 when targeted, making him the toughest cornerback to complete a pass against. He’s also allowed just one reception out of every 16.2 snaps.

Gun charge against Chris Johnson dropped

NFL free agent running back Chris Johnson will not face any gun charges from his arrest on January 9, after Florida police dropped the charges of open carrying/firearms, a second-degree misdemeanor in the state, according to Dom Cosentino of NJ.com. Johnson was pulled over that day for failing to comply with a stop sign, and the arresting officer found Robert Alford Womens Jersey two guns in the vehicle. However, Johnson had a license to carry the weapons.

Johnson had pleaded not guilty to the charges and took to Instagram to tell the world about his innocence once the charges were officially dropped.

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Johnson, formerly of the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets, has been recovering from a gunshot wound after being shot in an unrelated drive-by incident on Sunday morning. The driver of the car was killed, while another man was also wounded. There have not been any arrests made in the case.

They needed to have that kind of success again if they expected to have a chance against Pittsburgh, but they did not.

“Pittsburgh played extremely well and we had opportunities to make a game of this and we didn’t take advantage of them,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “When you are on the goal line, the 1-yard line you have to be able to punch it in. We had opportunities, like I said, to make plays and we didn’t make plays. Credit the Steelers, they made them.”

Hilton redeemed himself with a big 32-yard catch down the middle that gave the Colts the ball at the Steelers’ 2-yard line. But Indianapolis came away with no points because of three failed runs, including a run on which Tolzien tripped just shy of the goal line, and an incomplete pass where the quarterback threw behind receiver Chester Rogers in the end zone on a fourth down play where they had an empty Ryan Schraeder Womens Jersey backfield.

“When you’re that close you have to put them in,” Tolzien said. “I had two chances with the ball in my hand inside the 2-yard line. I just wish I could have punched them in. That’s frustrating because that’s seven points. You can’t have that in this league. You can’t win games when you can’t score from that short.”

The Colts summed up their night on a 19-play, 89-yard drive that lasted 11 minutes, 22 seconds late in the third quarter and early in the fourth.

Last year, Johnson played a limited role for the 4-12 Jets. The former superstar rushed for 663 yards on 4.3 yards per carry and one touchdown.

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Buccaneers nickelback Jude Adjei-Barimah has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, according to a league spokesperson.

“I take a lot of pride in the hard work and dedication that I put in all year in preparation Sen’Derrick Marks Authentic Jersey for each season and that is why this situation is so difficult for me personally,” Adjei-Barimah said in a statement.

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“As a member of this team, it is very disappointing to have to miss the next four games and not be out there battling with my teammates as we go down the stretch. I apologize to my family, the Bucs organization, my teammates, as well as the fans for this situation. I promise to stay focused and be ready for the last two games of the regular season.

His suspension is effective immediately. He’ll be eligible to return to action for the final two weeks of the season, for games against the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints.

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Antonio Brown ditching cleats in exchange for Steelers’ win

Antonio Brown’s business was noticeably un-boomin’ in the locker room on Friday.

Brown sits atop the NFL receptions Brandon Saad Authentic Jersey rankings with 69 through 10 games, but the seventh-year Steeler seems to sense the gravity of the team’s four-game losing streak.

Speaking at near-whispering tones from his locker, Brown said he’s not doing customized cleats this week.

“Wins this week,” Brown said.

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“I don’t know how many times you’ll hear somebody just really go out on a limb to defend he’s the greatest teammate I’ve ever had,” Lewis said. “I don’t know how many times you’ll hear that. Maybe it’s because his personality just isn’t that personality. He’s not a rah-rah guy. He won’t say much. But, in the game of football, there has to be some burning fire behind you.”

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The Utah Jazz currently possess more than $13 million in cap space, which makes them even more interesting to watch than they already are when they play.

Reason being: Utah’s cap space can be used to make a robust in-season extension offer to either point guard George Hill or big man Derrick Favors.

And …

Tom Ricketts to reach out to vilified Steve Bartman ‘at the right time’

After putting the Curse of the Billy Goat out to pasture, Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts is looking to make peace with another one of the historical “ghosts” that have haunted the team over the years.

Having ended the Cubs’ 108-year World Alan Page Authentic Womens Jersey Series championship drought, Ricketts now wants to contact Steve Bartman.

And once Victorino saw Betts play, one player burst to mind.

After making history with the Cubs this season, Kris Bryant added another honor by winning the National League MVP award.

Angels outfielder Mike Trout was named the American League MVP, his second career MVP award by the age of 25.

“This year has certainly been Alex Boone Authentic Womens Jersey one of the best years of my life,” said Bryant, who is set to get married in January. “I mean, winning a World Series, now this. It’s just icing on the cake.”

Voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America was completed by the start of the playoffs. The BBWAA has voted for the award since 1931.

Bryant was arguably the best offensive player on the best team in the game and showed exceptional defensive versatility by playing in both the infield and the outfield.

He hit .292 with 39 homers and 102 RBIs in just his second year in the majors, helping the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908.

The ambiguity about who should win the award, a concept so abstract that it would itself inspire a century of debate, is not, then, an accident. It’s part of what makes the award fun, part of what makes it memorable, part of why players care about winning it more than they care about leading the league in WAR or any other stat. We have a basic faith in the idea of a group of people coming together with their individual perspectives on the world and voting their consciences. We believe that this is how some large truth emerges that an algorithm or a scientist can’t engineer. By one way of considering the voting, there is no such thing as a bad vote that is submitted in good faith.

Brown mentioned nose tackle Danny Shelton, linebacker Christian Kirksey

The difference in what he said and what others have said is that Brown is in his first year, and he and Hue Jackson fully intend to complete the building project in the next two or however many years.

What Brown did do was verbalize the plan, and in three parts:

Change the culture. That Andre Reed Authentic Jersey task mainly fell to Jackson, and Brown said Jackson has done a remarkable job keeping the team in line and playing hard despite the record. Which is a big step in any culture change.

I would like to thank everyone who has been in my corner this season. It pains me to say that I will not get to continue playing this season. My role will change as I can not play but it will not change the goals the team has set out. My support for this team will only grow and I look forward in watching this team grow and fight on. Hate being on the sideline but there is a greater plan taking place. My patience will be tested but I look forward to 2017. My hand will remain in the pile no matter what!

“I would like to thank everyone who has been in my corner this season,” Heyward wrote on Instagram. “It pains me to say that I Brandon Tate Authentic Jersey will not get to continue playing this season. My role will change as I cannot play but it will not change the goals the team has set out. My support for this team will only grow and I look forward in watching this team grow and fight on. Hate being on the sideline but there is a greater plan taking place. My patience will be tested but I look forward to 2017. My hand will remain in the pile no matter what!”

Coates broke out with 421 yards and two touchdowns in his first five games, but he has four receiving yards in his past four games. Coates had zero catches on one target Sunday against Dallas.

With Coates’ injury and veterans Darrius Heyward-Bey and Markus Wheaton (shoulder) still sidelined, Cobi Hamilton is getting first-team reps on the outside alongside Antonio Brown and slot receiver Eli Rogers.

Develop a core nucleus of young talent to build around. The Browns had 14 draft picks in 2016 and have two picks in each of the first two rounds in 2017. The problem here is the ’16 draftees haven’t made a major impact, the quarterback position remains a huge question mark and the Browns let a young core leave via free agency in lieu of building through the draft and compensatory picks.

Commit to the plan. Maintain continuity.