Travis Kelce has recorded 100 receiving yards in five of the Chiefs’ past six games

Who in the AFC can stop the Patriots right now? They’ve allowed 33 fewer points than any other team this season, they have the league leader in rushing touchdowns in LeGarrette Blount (17), and Tom Brady has thrown 25 touchdowns to two interceptions. One final tuneup at Miami stands between the Patriots and the playoffs.
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Travis Kelce has recorded 100 receiving yards in five of the Chiefs’ past six games. In that time, Kelce leads the NFL in receiving yards with 651, which is actually 89 more than the next-closest receiver. Looks like nobody is catching Kelce.

Gerald McCoy Womens Jersey The Packers would also be riding a six-game winning streak if they faced the Giants. Green Bay can get after the quarterback (tied for fifth in NFL with 38 sacks), and the Pack exposed the Giants’ weakness at offensive tackle in the previous meeting between the teams. Who is to say they wouldn’t do it again? The only saving grace when facing the Packers is that their pass defense (ranked 29th) is abysmal. That secondary can be exploited.

Asked prior to the Bills’ Week 13 game against the Cleveland Browns about his future plans if he was fired, Ryan declined to comment.

“Maybe there’s a better time for that, but not right now,” he said.

Unless Ryan is interested in returning to the sidelines as a defensive coordinator or assistant head coach, his best chance for employment will be as a television analyst. Ryan interviewed with CBS and ESPN prior to being hired by the Bills in 2015.

Panthers vs. Falcons 2015 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

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The Carolina Panthers will look to improve their record to 15-0 this Sunday when they travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons in the Georgia Dome. Just two weeks ago, the Panthers walloped the Falcons, 38-0. It was the sixth straight loss for Atlanta, and it seemed like Dan Quinn’s team had quit on him.

But the Falcons turned around and beat the surging Jaguars the following week to snap their losing streak. Now, at 7-7, they are clinging to the faintest of postseason hopes when they host their NFC South rivals.

Tennessee drafted Marcus Mariota with the second overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, but Mariota is out with a knee injury and Zach Mettenberger will be starting. Mariota has had a good rookie season and the Titans have to be encouraged heading into the offseason, especially with a high draft pick going their way.
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But for now, they’re going to be focused on playing spoiler for the Texans. The Colts can still come back and win the division, though with Matt Hasselbeck guiding the team to a losing skid in recent weeks, it doesn’t seem likely.

Winning for the Texans will likely depend on a player who wasn’t even on the roster when the season got underway: Brandon Weeden. Houston’s situation at quarterback has been a roller coaster this year. Bill O’Brien named Brian Hoyer the started after a preseason battle with Ryan Mallett, but Hoyer was benched in the first game despite being told he would not be on a short leash.

The Grizzlies haven’t won since Conley returned in less than half of the originally projected timetable of six weeks

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Gasol carried the Grizzlies during their surprising stretch of success while point guard Mike Conley was sidelined by transverse process fractures in his lower back; he averaged 23.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists in leading Memphis to wins in seven of the eight games he played without Conley.

Elite Brooks Laich Jersey The Grizzlies haven’t won since Conley returned in less than half of the originally projected timetable of six weeks, losing home games to the Sacramento Kings, Utah Jazz and Celtics.

They also play differently when Anthony, Rose, Noah and Porzingis are as productive as they were on Tuesday.

“We are going to need that in order to take that next step,” Anthony said. “… We don’t need one person doing it every game. I think that is why we put this team together, because we have guys that can step up when they need to.”

The Knicks still have plenty of room to improve on the defensive end. They gave up 59 points in the first half to a Pacers team without Monta Ellis and Rodney Stuckey, playing the second night of a back-to-back. You wonder if they have the personnel to develop into a middle-of-the-pack team on defense. The truth about teams tends to reveal itself over 82 games, so we’ll find out how strong the Knicks can be on defense in due time.

But for one night at least, the Knicks showed they have the talent to make a run in the playoffs in a bunched-up Eastern Conference. The next step will be doing so with some consistency.

we run down a list of key fantasy players, by position

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How uncertain is uncertain? There is no percentage or measurement scale, leaving this classification rather vague. Whether a player ends up active or inactive often comes down to a game-time decision based on how he feels on game-day morning or how he performs during warm-ups. Final inactives are due 90 minutes before kickoff.

Doubtful (D): The doubtful designation means a player is unlikely to play that week. Rarely does a player labeled as doubtful end up playing, unless he experiences a major turnaround before game time.

Each week in the Saturday blog, we run down a list of key fantasy players, by position, who appear in the Friday injury report along with the injured body part as listed on the report, player status and any relevant developments or insight.

Eddie Royal, toe, (D) and Marquess Wilson, groin/foot (Q), WR, Chicago Bears: The Bears have had health issues with a number of their receivers…and it doesn’t get better this week. Royal continues to struggle with his toe injury and Wilson, who had already been dealing with a groin injury, reinjured his foot (fracturing it for the third time since 2015).

According to ESPN.com’s Jeff Dickerson, Wilson is out indefinitely and coach John Fox said the medical staff is still evaluating whether or not he needs surgery. The Bears do get Alshon Jeffery back this week as he returns from a four-game suspension.

Danny Amendola, WR, New England Patriots, ankle: Amendola did not practice at all this week so there is one fewer pass-catcher available for the Patriots in Week 15.

Torrey Smith, WR, San Francisco 49ers, concussion: Smith has not yet returned to practice since suffering a concussion in Week 14 and will be out this week.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers, foot: This will mark the sixth straight game that Heyward-Bey has missed due to his foot injury.

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Bears coach John Fox had a slightly different take on the sleeves vs. no sleeves controversy

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¡°It is definitely tough,” Flacco said. “But at the same time, when you are completing passes and you are getting a couple yards at a time … I think when we were getting yards on first down, no matter how it was, we were moving the chains.

You go back to that [Patriots] game, and we moved the ball a good amount, but at times in the first half, after we moved the ball the initial times, we would get stalled out for whatever reason. But yes, you have to be efficient in every way. That is obviously how you win games.¡±

“I ain’t wearing sleeves,” McPhee said. “As a defensive lineman, as a front-seven guy, as a guy who plays defense — I think it’s a sign of weakness. I ain’t wearing no sleeves. I don’t know about everybody else.

“I’m at war. I’m [in] combat. I ain’t got time to think about sleeves. I’m gonna go out there sleeveless, and that’s how I’m going to play.”

Bears coach John Fox had a slightly different take on the sleeves vs. no sleeves controversy.

“I’ve told them the macho stuff’s all great, but there comes a point where people might question your intelligence,” Fox said.

The Bears practiced outdoors for 1 hour and 15 minutes on Thursday to acclimate themselves to Chicago¡¯s frigid conditions.

Three specific instances are mentioned: assessment of penalty yardage, proper down and the status of the game clock. In a news release announcing those changes, the NFL wrote that the policy will not involve “on-field judgment calls beyond what is already part of the instant replay review process.”

Forsett flashed some potential in a 33-yard run against the Titans that was eventually called back. The run would have been the Broncos’ longest rushing play of the season had it stood.

Tom Coughlin steps down as Giants head coach

The New York Giants will move on from Tom Coughlin, as the long-time head coach announced on Monday that he is stepping down.

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“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as head coach of the New York Football Giants. This is a not a sad occasion for me.”

Coughlin’s family was reportedly out in full force to support him Sunday for his final game in New York. He is not retiring, however, as he’ll remain “open” to coaching for another team, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Peppers was brilliant this season, but raw, a still-constituting protostar projected to go supernova next season. My grandfather passed away Friday, Sept. 25, one day before the fourth game of the Jim Harbaugh era. He only stuck around for a few teasing moments and as-expected wins before Peppers became Harbaugh’s trusty gadget knife and Michigan started looking like its old self again.

But truth be told, my grandfather, perhaps the smartest man I’ll ever know, couldn’t follow the team very well in his foundering days. Whatever information he was fed about the team was always positive, and maybe more nourishing than the food he sometimes refused to eat. He liked Michigan. That sustained him in some part, just the magic of football.

Charles Woodson was magic. My favorite trick wasn’t exclusively his but he did it better than anyone I’ve ever known: He made skeptical men supremely happy.
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Pablo Sandoval is hoping third year’s the charm after two lackluster seasons to start his Red Sox tenure

“Things definitely happen for a reason,” Sandoval said. “[The surgery and rehab process] have helped revitalize that fire in me to win again.”
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That’s no longer the case, because all front offices are more prepared, loaded with more information and more discerning of the game’s economics. Oh, you can make bad trades — Beane would probably like a redo on the Josh Donaldson deal — and you make lucky trades (Theo Epstein couldn’t have expected Jake Arrieta to turn into a Cy Young contender), but pulling one over on another front office is more difficult than ever.

On top of that, with spending caps on the draft and now on international signings, financial advantages in acquiring amateur talent have been minimized. It all suggests winning is harder than ever, and sustaining a high level of success even harder. Indeed, we can see this when comparing the five-year periods of 2011-2015 to 1998-2002. Conveniently, both periods had 42 teams win 90-plus games in a season, but what happened the following season reveals how smarter front offices have changed the game:

Teams in the more recent period not only had a lower average win total in the 90-win season, but suffered a bigger decline the following season, were less likely to win more games or to win 90 again and more likely to have a losing season. Winning now is more ephemeral: Winning 92 games and making the playoffs as opposed to winning 85 and falling short is often not just the residue of clever team-building, but to the vagaries of luck, injuries and random career seasons.

Although Chapman will be just 30 then, his fastball could decline, the flaws of his past might be exposed again, and the fragility of his role could diminish him. The Yankees could be ready by 2019 to challenge anyone atop baseball. By that point, when the Yankees might be prepared to take on the Red Sox for the division again, Chapman could be the wild card.

Rex Ryan said he is “hopeful” Watkins can play Sunday against the Steelers

WR Sammy Watkins sat out Wednesday’s practice because of his foot injury. Rex Ryan said he is “hopeful” Watkins can play Sunday against the Steelers, but that the Bills will take it day-to-day with Watkins. Ryan said Watkins felt better with his foot coming out of last Sunday’s game against the Raiders than the week before.

“It’s difficult,” Kelly said. “But I’m not the first person to lose a loved one. I think it’s an unfortunate part of everybody’s life. It’s something that affects all of us. I don’t think you can ever be prepared for it. I know it’s really the first impactful one in my life. All my brothers are alive and my mom and dad were our family, we didn’t have any cousins.

Undoubtedly, coaching in last week’s game against Chicago couldn’t have been easy for Kelly, who said he coached because it was what his mother wanted. After the 26-6 loss to Chicago, Kelly traveled back to New England to be with his family. He attended his father’s funeral on Tuesday afternoon and returned to the Bay Area that night.

“That’s all that matters is the guys in our room,” outside linebacker Eli Harold said. “Nobody else outside of the room cares about us besides the faithful fans that we have, but we are the only guys that are going to talk ourselves up. Being 1-11, everyone thinks we’re garbage, we’re trash. So nobody outside of our room can really help us at this point. That’s why you’ve got to stay together and be together and try to get through this thing together.”
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2 sneaky picks to win on Wild Card Weekend

For most of the season, the NFC East and AFC South battled for the dubious distinction of being labeled the worst division in the NFL. Washington came away with the NFC East title after beating the Philadelphia Eagles in the second-to-last game of the regular season. The Houston Texans, despite sporting a losing record as late as Week 14, put together a three-game winning streak to emerge as champions of the AFC South.

The Carolina Panthers finished with the best record in the NFL this season. At 15-1, their only blemish was a 20-13 road loss to the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16. But last season, the Panthers — and the entire NFC South — were a laughingstock. Carolina won the division with just a 7-8-1 record and was able to sneak into the playoffs, but it took a four-game winning streak to close out the regular season for the Panthers to get that far.

The No. 1 Carolina Panthers and No. 2 Arizona Cardinals are waiting to hear who they’ll play pending the results of Sunday’s game. The highest-seeded team to advance on Sunday will play the Cardinals, while the lower seed will travel to play the 15-1 Panthers.

That means the Panthers could get any team with the exception of the No. 3 Minnesota Vikings and the Cardinals could play any team except the No. 6 Seahawks

Once they got there, though, they didn’t look overmatched. The Panthers rode the strength of their defense and quarterback Cam Newton to take down the Arizona Cardinals at home. Although they fell the next week — to a Seattle Seahawks team that came up a yard short of winning a second straight Super Bowl — the Panthers put up a fight.
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Nearly every year, teams that had to push hard to even make the playoffs can go on a run in January. Even when they don’t make it all the way to the Super Bowl, teams can still carry that momentum into the next season, like the Panthers did.

For Washington and the Texans, the question becomes: have they reached their peak, or are they just getting started?

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The 108th is at the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in the NFC Divisional playoffs

The 108th is at the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in the NFC Divisional playoffs. Thomas talks about being “connected to the process” and “enjoying the journey” in his career, in his life, but this season’s process and journey to Carolina was full of disconnect and snares.

Safety Kam Chancellor missed the first two games in a contract holdout and Seattle lost them both. The Seahawks started the season 2-4. Injuries swelled. Offenses began attacking the Seattle defense differently and successfully with tight end-oriented tactics. The defense lacked cohesive communication. The lost chance to become repeat Super Bowl champions haunted them.

He was one of Seattle head coach Pete Carroll’s first draft picks when Carroll became coach in 2010. He talks like Carroll, thinks like Carroll. Thomas is a natural leader, the kind the Cincinnati Bengals missed in their blowup in that playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. I have no doubt things would have never gone down the way they did for the Bengals if they all season had Thomas in their huddle.

It points to the fact that they all had big games this weekend, but I haven’t seen a lot of people talking about what they did to help their team win the game because other things or other players overshadowed their performance.

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Since the Steelers/Bengals game ended the way it did on Saturday, we have all these think pieces about how one guy is going to supposedly destroy the game (I was watching his film, and it occurred to me that if Vontaze Burfict had played when I played, he likely would be revered for the way he gets after it).
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Times have changed and so have the rules. He has to change his game too and cut the bullshit, but I can’t just erase the memories of my old Bucs teammate John Lynch damn near decapitating anyone who was fool enough to come across the middle with nothing but roars of applause every Sunday. That’s the same Lynch who when, not if, he gets inducted to the Hall Of Fame will do so mostly on the strength of those big hits and not his relatively low number of interceptions for a Hall of Fame safety.