The sky is falling for the Kansas City Chiefs after losing 4 straight games:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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The Kansas City Chiefs were one of the hottest teams in football at the beginning of the season but now Andy Reid’s ball club can’t even win a game. The Chiefs got knocked off by the Jets this past weekend 38-31 and the blame has to fall on the defense. 31 points is more than enough points to win a football game but not if your defense can’t get the stops it needs down the stretch. Clearly Kansas City’s defense couldn’t do that and it’s a shame because offensively they really stepped up. Alex Smith was amazing against New York with 366 passing yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions believe it or not that was the best performance by any quarterback in week 13. Tyreek Hill was also more productive than any other receiver with 185 yards and 2 touchdowns so if the Chiefs can’t win with this high octane offense it really has to make you worry. It’s very hard to score 31 points in a contest, most football games end up in the 20s. Reid’s team will likely score less than 30 points in more than a few of their following four games so if this defense doesn’t make significant upgrades soon things are going to become disastrous. A catastrophic collapse which could entail losing the division and missing out on the playoffs won’t sit well this franchise. However there’s only so much this team can do right now to adjust their roster. The trade deadline has passed and there isn’t any free agents that are going to come in and immediately uplift this 30th ranked defense. Kansas City already tried to bring in Darrelle Revis to improve their secondary and halfway through the Jets game Revis was standing on the sidelines watching the action on the field unfold. Things just aren’t working out too well for the Chiefs Kingdom at the moment and it’s definitely concerning to see a team with so much promise completely unravel.

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Pittsburgh Steelers comeback to defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in one of the most violent football games ever:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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The AFC North is known for it’s hard hitting football and the Steelers / Bengals game didn’t disappoint. This contest was so violent that two key players were knocked out of the match up. First Steelers Linebacker Ryan Shazier went to the hospital with a back injury and then Vontaze Burfict was decleated by a hit from JuJu Smith-Schuster. It was apparent that every single player had to keep their head on a swivel and as much as you want to see action you hate to see anyone get hurt. As far as the actual score went the Steelers managed to comeback from a 20-10 deficit in the 4th quarter due to 13 unanswered points put up by the Pittsburgh offense. The Steelers got hot at the right time and their defense also did a great job of keeping Cincinnati out of the end zone in the final quarter of play. Ben Roethlisberger was facilitating the offense well like he usually does throwing for 290 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Le’Veon Bell had himself a night too rushing for 76 yards and also recording 106 receiving yards plus 1 receiving touchdown. Antonio Brown was explosive for the Steel City as well, he finished the night with 101 receiving yards and 1 touchdown catch. Andy Dalton actually played good for Cincinnati despite the loss, Dalton threw for 234 yards, 2 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Giovani Bernard was the leading rusher for the Bengals with 77 rushing yards for the evening. A.J Green was simply dominant for Marvin Lewis’ team Green put together a 2 touchdown and 77 yard masterpiece. When things were all said and done though Cincinnati couldn’t get that go ahead score with the game on the line. Mike Tomlin’s team was the exact opposite they seized the moment and showed why they are one of the best teams in all of football. The defensive stands outs in this game for the Steelers were Vince Williams and Sean Davis. Williams chipped in 9 tackles and 1 sack, while Davis ended up with 7 total tackles. Cincy was led by Dre Kirkpatrick who contributed 7 tackles and Vontaze Burfict who compiled 6 tackles before exiting the game.

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New York parts ways with Ben McAdoo and Jerry Reese the Giants are hoping to rebuild from the ground up:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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Today New York Giants Co-Owner John Mara made it clear that his team is heading in a new direction. Mara decided to relieve Head Coach Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese of their duties. A move that paves the way for new leadership and hopefully a rejuvenation of the Big Blue brand. New York has stumbled falling to a 2-10 record in 2017 and it felt like McAdoo was losing control of his team. Not only were several players in the locker room disgruntled, it got to point where the Giants were deactivating healthy players (Eli Apple). Then there were concerns about the players giving no effort, one example was Janoris Jenkins who was questioned at times. So you can see how all this negativity swirling around the franchise began to become toxic for everybody involved. After all of this stuff went down Coach McAdoo had another huge blunder when he made Eli Manning take the fall for the team’s shortcomings. Manning was benched last week in favor of Geno Smith and the backlash from that move was another black eye for the Giants. With so many hits taken in one single year Mara decided that enough was enough eventually leading to today’s major shake up taking place. As far as Jerry Reese goes it seemed like this team didn’t bring in enough good pieces this past off-season to maintain the success they had in 2016. The only real free agent this team brought in was Brandon Marshall and he didn’t even record a single touchdown for this offense. That $5 million dollar salary could have been used on younger players who would infuse more youth into the roster. Hindsight is always 20/20 but now it’s clear the Marshall acquisition was a bad move that didn’t add up. While Evan Engram was a great pick and the rookie Tight End should end up as a star that draft pick alone wasn’t enough to save the Giants season and it wasn’t enough to save Jerry Reese’s job. It just goes to show how short of a leash these coaches and general managers are on when it comes to winning or lack thereof in the National Football League.

Charity of the day: Grameen Foundation USA

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The Seattle Seahawks make a statement by beating the Philadelphia Eagles 24-10 and put the league on notice:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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The Seattle Seahawks were banged up entering a showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles but Pete Carroll’s team pulled through. The Seahawks defense swarmed Carson Wentz and company holding Philadelphia to just 10 points. It’s defensive performances like this which could lead Seattle back into Super Bowl contention. Russell Wilson was also in the zone for the Seahawks he threw for 227 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions. Wilson has been good all year and that’s been huge uplift for this franchise up to this point. Mike Davis led Seattle’s rushing attack with 64 rushing yards and looked good at times carrying the ball. Doug Baldwin was his usual self pass catching wise hauling in a team high 84 yards. Jimmy Graham, Tyler Lockett, J.D Mckissic all caught touchdowns for Carroll’s offense too and it was the perfect performance against the red hot Eagles. Carson Wentz threw for 348 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception in a losing effort. Philadelphia falls to 10-2 on the year and will have to pick themselves up after the letdown. One bright spot for this team however was Wide Receiver Nelson Agholor who grabbed  7 receptions for 141 yards and 1 touchdown. If Agholor continues to progress at the rate he has this season the third year pass catcher will be one of the better receivers in the league soon. Alshon Jeffery was also decent in this match up he ended up recording 61 receiving yards. Really that was it for Philly when it came to offensive production. Bobby Wagner and Frank Clark were the top two defenders for the Seahawks, Wagner had 13 tackles while Clark contributed 2 sacks. Doug Pederson’s defense on the other hand was led by Mychal Kendricks who made 9 defensive stops. Brandon Graham was also impressive compiling 5 tackles and 1.5 sacks for the night. Seattle played their most convincing game of the year against the league’s best team. There’s no doubt this was a statement game for the Seahawks organization and all the fans in Washington have to be ecstatic with their team’s effort.

Charity of the day: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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Tennessee Titans stay hot with a 24-13 win over the Houston Texans, Mariota and company improve to 8-4:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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Tennessee and Houston met up for an AFC South division clash and the Titans would walk away victorious with a 24-13 victory. Mariota had a decent day throwing for 150 yards, 1 touchdown,  and 0 interceptions. Tennessee’s quarterback also rushed for 23 yards and 1 touchdowns as well. The other big story line for the Titans’ offense was Derrick Henry who went for 109 rushing yards and 1 touchdown. It appears Henry has eclipsed DeMarco Murray as the starting running back for Tennessee and the former Alabama alum has really helped set the tone for Mike Mularkey’s football team. Delanie Walker had a big day catching the football too, the tight end hauled in 63 yards and 1 touchdown reception. This wasn’t an onslaught by Tennessee by any means but they did make more big big plays than the Texans and that’s all that matters. Tom Savage got the nod as Houston’s starting quarterback and threw for 365 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. DeAndre Hopkins was the Texans leading receiver with a team high 80 yards. Stephen Anderson put together a solid day for Bill O’Brien’s ball club too he recorded 79 receiving yards and 1 touchdown. On the defensive side of things Kevin Byard really stood out for the winning team. Byard had 9 tackles and continues to impress in his second year of NFL action. DaQuan Jones was the Titans other stand out defender he registered 5 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Benardrick McKinney did all he could despite his team coming up short he tallied up 7 tackles and 1 sack. Andre Hal was pretty good for the Texans as well he put together a 5 tackle and 1 forced fumble outing. The stage is set for the Titans and Jaguars as the AFC South continues to wind down. Tennessee currently leads the division and refuses to stumble as we enter the final four games of the regular season. You have to tip your hat to everyone in Nashville for the effort these guys have brought to the table week in and week out.

Charity of the day: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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2017 has proved once again that DeAndre Hopkins is one of the most elite receivers in the world:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

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The Houston Texans have a prolific pass catcher in 5th year wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Hopkins has been so good that he has already chalked up his 3rd season of 1,000 receiving yards with five games remaining for Houston. When you also add in that the former Clemson wide receiver has hauled in 32 touchdowns since turning pro it’s obvious this guy has a tendency to make big plays. Hopkins really got a boost from rookie Quarterback Deshaun Watson in the beginning of the season but even after Watson’s injury Hopkins has continued to produce. In the last three games alone the Texans’ top receiver has hauled in 312 receiving yards and it just goes show that the 25 year old can get it done against the best in the world. Obviously this organization took note of that because they just handed DeAndre Hopkins a 5 year $81 million dollar contact this year. That commitment lets you know they want the former 1st round draft pick in the Upper Texas Coast area for the long haul. Based on Hopkins past track record that’s a smart move because not many other players in that locker room bring it as consistently as the South Carolina native does. Tom Savage knows he can trust the fade route down in the red zone because Hopkins has made a living off winning those 50/50 ball match ups. At 6’1 the receiver known as Nuk isn’t that much taller than opposing defensive backs but he knows how to high point the football extremely well. His timing and jumping ability allow that to happen and there’s just so many positive things you can say about this receiver. Houston will also be much better when they get Deshaun Watson back from his injury next season. Watson was flat out electrifying at the start of the year and getting him back on field will create a lot of opportunity for DeAndre Hopkins in the future. Those two will be a dynamic tandem for years to come and next time you’re watching a Texans game just sit back and watch number 10 make it look easy out there.

Charity of the day: American Rivers

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The Packers would be foolish to rush Aaron Rodgers back, there’s just too much at risk:

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There’s a lot of Green Bay fans that are ecstatic about the fact that Aaron Rodgers has returned to practice today but the Packers should be extremely cautious. While it’s a good sign that Rodgers’ recovery is going smoothly this team still has to avoid rushing their franchise quarterback back too soon. The Dallas Cowboys found themselves in a similar situation back in 2015. Then Cowboys starting QB Tony Romo broke his collarbone in a week 2 game only to rush back for a week 12 match up towards the end of the season. Romo would actually go on to break his shoulder again and it just goes to show that sometimes these teams and their doctors don’t do a good enough job of looking out for their athletes. Green Bay wants to make the most of this year but the truth is the Packers are 5-6 and on a two game losing streak. Brett Hundley could get hot and knock off the Buccaneers this weekend. However you can’t expect a back up quarterback to elevate this team into a playoff contender, especially since Hundley has struggled for the most part. The Packers shareholders should be doing everything they can to prevent Aaron Rodgers from stepping back on the football field this season it doesn’t seem like that’s the case though in Green Bay. Everyone in Wisconsin wants Rodgers to comeback and put together a hero type of story. What the fans need to remember is these players are human beings which need to be treated with respect more than just the gladiator mentality and it’s up to the people running the league to make sure these athletes are protected from themselves at times. You would hope that the Packers do the right thing and tell Rodgers to shut it down for the year. Although it seems like the temptation of winning will cause Green Bay to go the other route.

Charity of the day: American Rivers

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The Alvin Kamara Rookie of the Year buzz is starting to heat up and it’s because of Kamara’s versatility on the football field:

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This year’s class of rookie running backs have been extremely impressive especially with guys like Kareem Hunt and Leonard Fournette leading the charge. As good as those two players have been New Orleans Saints’ Running Back Alvin Kamara deserves a little bit of recognition simply because he is taking his dual threat abilities to the next level. Not only has Alvin Kamara been good on the ground rushing for 546 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Saints rookie has also contributed 548 rushing yards and 4 touchdown receptions through the air. This guy is a very special talent coming out of the backfield and catching passes. Kamara blends so well with Drew Brees and Sean Payton’s offensive game plan to the point it’s almost been an art-form watching this kid operate on Sundays. Alvin Kamara is only 22 years old so he has his whole career still ahead of him and he’s been a big factor in the Saints 8-3 record so far. When you add a dynamic player like Kamara to an already explosive offensive group like the Saints good things tend to happen and there’s just so much you can do with number 41’s skill set. Swing passes and screens are Kamara’s true calling in life and when the rookie has the ball in his hands look out because he is going to make defenders miss. It’s gotten to the point where Alvin Kamara is more than just a football player, he is an entertainer on the football field. It will be tough to dethrone Hunt and Fournette but if Kamara keeps playing electric football over the next five games anything is possible. Coincidentally Kamara’s success will coincide with the Saints ability to win games so expect Payton to feed this guy often. Regardless of the fact that Kamara is Mark Ingram’s back up, they will utilize both players down the stretch.

Charity of the day: Habitat for Humanity International

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Cowboys keep their season alive with a huge 38-14 win over the Redskins, Alfred Morris rushes for over 100 yards and 1 touchdown:

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Things were looking dire for the Dallas Cowboys entering tonight’s game with a 5-6 record but Dak Prescott and company kept their foot on the gas. Prescott finished the night with 102 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 0 interceptions. It wasn’t a great night in terms of yardage for Prescott but at last he threw for 2 touchdowns, didn’t turn over the ball, and secured the win. Alfred Morris also starred in this one rushing for 127 yards and 1 touchdown. Morris used to play for the Redskins so it had to be a sweet night for him. Dez Bryant also made some plays for the Dallas offense finishing with 61 receiving yards and 1 touchdown. Bryant was able to out jump a Redskins defender on a 50/50 ball in the 4th quarter for a big Cowboys’ score. Jason Witten and Rod Smith both punched in touchdowns for Dallas too and overall it was a strong showing for America’s Team. Kirk Cousins did all he could for the Redskins but there just wasn’t enough successful plays to win. Cousins threw for 251 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions however Washington couldn’t overcome their slow start. Ryan Grant caught 1 touchdown and added 76 yards through the air. Josh Doctson also grabbed a touchdown from Cousins late in the game that would be it for the Redskins offense though. Demarcus Lawrence played out of his mind for Rod Marinelli’s defensive unit. Lawrence chalked up 4 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. Anthony Hitchens had himself quite a game as well he ended up tallying 15 combined tackles. Zach Brown continued to lead the way for the Redskins D, he had a team high 7 tackles. D.J Swearinger did all he could for Jay Gruden’s ball club coming up with 6 defensive stops. The home crowd was rocking from start to finish and that’s because the Cowboys put together a strong four quarter performance. Jerry Jones’s dreams are alive and well with only four games remaining in the season, they’ll have to win out if they hope to get into the playoffs.

Charity of the day: Global Fund for Women

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If you exclude Tom Brady, Antonio Brown is the best football player on the planet:

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have weapons all over the field in guys like Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, and JuJu Smith-Schuster. However nobody in the league is bringing it like Steelers Wide Receiver Antonio Brown is. Brown is 2 touchdowns away from his impressive fourth consecutive season of at least 10 touchdown receptions. Those numbers are mind boggling and it’s not just Brown’s sure hands that needs to be celebrated. This guy has done a great job of preparing his body as well and that has helped the veteran wide out avoid injuries. The Steelers offense wouldn’t be what they have evolved into today without Antonio Brown’s contributions and if the touchdowns aren’t good enough for you keep in mind Brown has already hit the 1,000 yard receiving mark in 2017. That’s the sixth time A.B has been able to do that since entering the league back in 2010 and truthfully no receiver has been more productive than the former Central Michigan Chippewa. You’re talking about the best athletes on earth going head to head and competing week in and week out. Antonio Brown has simply dominated every single person he has went up against and if you exclude Tom Brady Brown is the best football player on the planet. The consistency and constant big plays prove that and it’s a huge title to own considering Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, and Larry Fitzgerald are all players Brown competes against. You just can’t say enough good things about what number 84 does on the football field and it has to be mentioned he also leads the league in receiving yards with 1,195 right now. Everybody else is trying to keep up with Antonio Brown and the Steelers also have the league’s leading rusher in Le’Veon Bell. Having those star players sure makes life easier on the offense and this team is poised to make a deep run in the playoffs they just have to clean up their execution a little bit.

Charity of the day: International Peace Institute

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