Buffalo gets their sixth win of the season after knocking off Kansas City 16-10:

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The Bills were skidding after losing three straight games but luckily for Buffalo they were able to get back on track against the Chiefs. It’s not easy to go on the road to Arrowhead Stadium and pull out a win but somehow Sean McDermott’s team was able to do so. It feels like the defense was the main reason why Buffalo edged out Kansas City simply due to the fact the Bills only surrendered 10 points the entire game. When an NFL team is held under 14 points that’s the sign of a strong defensive performance and that kind of output will elevate McDermott and company down the stretch. E.J Gaines was the Bills best defender he finished the match up with 8 tackles. Lorenzo Alexander recorded 2 tackles and 1 sack in the win as well. Tyrod Taylor didn’t play great for the Bills but he was leaps and bounds better than the 5 interceptions Nathan Peterman threw last week. Taylor ended up throwing for 183 yards, 1 touchdown, and 0 interceptions for the day. Zay Jones hauled in that lone touchdown pass from Taylor and also contributed 33 receiving yards. There wasn’t a lot of production from the Buffalo offense but give them credit for scoring enough points to secure the victory. Alex Smith struggled to find the end zone for Kansas City he threw for 199 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Albert Wilson caught the Chiefs only touchdown in what would go on to be a lackluster offensive outing for Andy Reid’s ball club. One bright spot for KC was Reggie Ragland’s stat line, the former Bill led the Chiefs with 9 tackles. Daniel Sorensen put together a 7 tackle and 1 sack day as well. In the end the Bills were able to compile more big plays on both sides of the ball and ultimately that was the deciding factor.

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With the season winding down the Steelers find themselves in a familiar place as the main threat in the AFC to knock off the Patriots:

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Last year the Pittsburgh Steelers couldn’t match up with the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship losing 36-17. However it feels like this Steelers team has a much better chance than last year’s team to knock off the defending champs. One major reason why is because the Steelers have more playmakers on the defensive side of the ball now. In 2016 Pittsburgh’s defense was ranked 12th in the league surrendering 342 yards per game. While this season the Steelers have improved to the 4th best defense in the league letting up just 287 yards per contest. That eight spot jump has really helped this team become a better squad than they were in 2016 which has to be a concern for Bill Belichick. Especially since the Patriots defense has tanked this season ranking dead last defensively allowing over 400 yards each week. It’s pretty clear that players like Ryan Shazier and Vince Williams have been instrumental for the 2017 version of the Steel Curtain. Shazier leads the team with 79 tackles, Williams is second best with 54 stops. Getting Cameron Heyward back has also been a huge boost for this group Heyward has been a pass rushing force compiling 7 sacks. Then you have the young guys this team has drafted the last couple of seasons to infuse some youthfulness into the situation. Players like TJ Watt, Sean Davis, and Artie Burns who are all a part of the core of this team at such a young age. It’s obvious Kevin Colbert has done his job as General Manger and that goes without mentioning that Pittsburgh is better on offense too with the addition of JuJu Smith-Schuster. This team is primed to conquer the AFC with the playoffs quickly approaching and New England is weaker than they were when they won the Super Bowl a year ago.

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Next Gen Stats confirm that Leonard Fournette is in a league of his own, Fournette plays faster than any other player:

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Everyone in the National Football League is obsessed with 40 yard dash times but sometimes that doesn’t reflect a player’s true speed on the field. One particular reason why is because each player is wearing around 20 pounds of padding (helmet, shoulder pads, leg pads). So on game day it’s all about who can carry those pads well and who can play the fastest on the field? According to Next Gen Stats no player in the NFL has been faster than Leondard Fournette. In fact Fournette owns the top two records for the season one where he ran for 22.05 miles per hour in week 5. The other was the following game (week 6) when Fournette hit 21.76 miles per hour. Obviously the Jaguars rookie running back has supreme confidence in the abilities he has developed over his lifetime. Another factor is Fournette’s strength which allows him to simply play fearless. You would think the wide receivers on the list (Tyreek Hill, Marquise Goodwin) would have beat out Leonard Fournette. Both Hill and Goodwin ran faster 40 times with Hill running a 4.24 and Marquise Goodwin running a 4.27 compared to Fournette’s 4.51. However it’s obvious that those 20 pounds of padding are much easier for Leonard Fournette to haul and that translates to a faster miles per hour speed. That’s such a huge weapon for the Jacksonville Jaguars and it’s been a big reason that team in Northeast Florida has been able to go from 3 wins in 2016 to 7 wins already this season. If Head Coach Doug Marrone knows what’s best for his team he will feed the former LSU Tiger early and often. Fournette blends well with the Jaguars outstanding defense and that should be the recipe for success over the next 6 games. Remember Leonard Fournette plays faster than anybody in the league next time you check out a Jacksonville Jaguars game.

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The Los Angeles Chargers are making a run for the AFC West division title, they’ll have to surpass the Kansas City Chiefs to get it done:

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The Los Angeles Chargers absolutely dismantled the Dallas Cowboys 28-6 on Thanksgiving and it looks like LA could be gearing up for an AFC West title run. The Chiefs currently lead the division but have been on a 2 game losing streak while the Chargers have been the exact opposite riding a 2 game winning streak. Kansas City recently signed Darrelle Revis to help solidify their defense but they don’t look like the team that started the year off with 5 straight wins. Andy Reid’s team might be losing their rhythm but that opens up the door for Philip Rivers and the Chargers. Not only is the Los Angeles’ offense ranked 10th in the league with 249 points on the year. Their defense is also ranked 3rd in the league in sacks and when you take those two stats into consideration you can begin to see why this team is having success. Rivers is a top 5 quarterback, Keenan Allen is really coming alive, then you have Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram racking up sacks. All of the pieces of the puzzle are there for this ball club and the future is certainly bright. From here on out it’s about being consistent if you’re the Chargers and finding a way to put together a string of wins. That starts with those 4 players mentioned above really playing at an optimal level and leading this team through the trials ahead. One other player who has to step up during that time is Melvin Gordon. Gordon has only went over the 100 yard rushing mark twice this season and if Los Angeles wants to hit that next gear they need this guy to play out of his mind. Other than that there’s only good things to be said about the Chargers right now and this team is definitely hungry to overthrow the Chiefs.

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The Washington Redskins top the New York Giants 20-10 in a Thanksgiving night gridiron battle:

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It wasn’t an easy win for the Washington Redskins by any means but they managed to knock off the New York Giants 20-10 for a Thanksgiving night victory. Kirk Cousins in particular threw for 242 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. That paved the way for Washington and Cousins was definitely the better quarterback on this night. The Redskins also got a huge boost from their ground game and Samje Perine was the man reason why. Perine rushed for 100 yards on 24 rushing attempts and really set the tone for the Redskins. Jamison Crowder was pretty effective in this contest as well he contributed 141 receiving yards and 1 touchdown in the triumph. So it’s obvious that Washington had their offense going in both phases of the game (run and pass) which ultimately propelled them past Big Blue. Eli Manning did all he could for the opposing Giants he tossed for 113 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 1 interception. The real problem with New York in this match up is the reality that not one player had 100 yards rushing or receiving. In fact Wayne Gallman was the Giants top performing skill player and he only managed to put up 37 rushing yards. That type of output isn’t going to get it done in this league and someone needed to step up for Ben McAdoo’s football team. Fortunately for the Redskins they had Zach Brown who stepped up for their defense. Brown led Washington with a team high 9 tackles. Ryan Kerrigan was extremely effective in this match up too he put up 5 touchdowns and 2 sacks. The Giants on the other hand were led by Landon Collins who recorded an impressive 14 tackles. Jason Pierre-Paul had one of his better nights as well he recorded 5 tackles and 2 sacks. Overall though Jay Gruden put a better product on the field and that’s why Washington ultimately walked away successful.

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