It was tough to take the Kansas City Chiefs too seriously last season, even when they kept devouring opponents as quickly as Andy Reid could make a stack of cheeseburgers disappear. But if Reid’s second season as coach has proven something, it’s that his team is a serious contender in the AFC.
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Finally, the clumsy and dreadful version of the Dallas Cowboys we expected to see all along showed its ugly face. It was a Thanksgiving Day massacre.
Remember the first week of the NFL season? Tom Brady faded in the Miami heat, and the New England Patriots raised the curtain on their season with a weak opening act.
On the rare occasions when the sun peeks through the clouds here, it never seems to shine on Eli Manning these days. The forecast for this weekend calls for cold temperatures with about a 60 percent chance of another New York Giants loss.
Winds of change could be gusting in Honolulu on Saturday night, when Bobby Hauck, a beleaguered football coach on the hot seat, guides UNLV into one of his biggest games of the season.
A passing of the torch might be occurring with the NFL’s elite quarterbacks as Tom Brady fades into the background and the New England Patriots become yesterday’s news. That was the story in late September, anyway.
A crazy theory recently was floated. The theory, turned into a question, is this: Did coach John Calipari collect so much talent this season that Kentucky might be good enough to beat a bad NBA team?
It was four minutes into the third quarter when Aaron Rodgers was gunning for his seventh touchdown pass. Not only were the Chicago Bears getting blown out, but bookmakers were taking a beating, too.
What was built by Jim Harbaugh seemingly overnight is now crumbling almost as quickly. By all appearances, the San Francisco 49ers are falling apart, and Harbaugh is on the way out.
By now, Urban Meyer was supposed to be irrelevant, a forgotten coach left behind in the carnage of a crazy season. Ohio State was whipped on its home field, and that was that.
In a quarterback showdown that was debated and hyped all week, one guy walked away a blowout winner and the other was a no-show. The big winner, of course, was Carson Palmer of the red-hot Arizona Cardinals.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning personifies a Halloween party, because you never know what you might see next, a two-time Super Bowl winner or a hapless, shoulder-slumping loser?
Once again, it appeared Jameis Winston had created a mess he could not possibly escape. And once again, the quarterback turned into a magician, stunning the crowd with his sleight of hand.
As bad as it was, it’s not as if the Chicago Bears hit rock bottom. But, after another embarrassing performance, it’s obvious Jay Cutler is a quarterback who can lead them there.
Houston has holes — particularly quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. But the running of Arian Foster and a defense led by J.J. Watt should be enough to cover against a Titans team led by rookie Zach Mettenberger.
In what seemed like the blink of an eye, Peyton Manning turned a traffic jam into a drag race. A painfully slow game became another Manning passing clinic and a wide-open shootout.
It’s a World Series missing star power, but not without an ace. Madison Bumgarner, a country strong left-hander, is the San Francisco Giants’ best shot at spoiling a Cinderella story.
A bad team used the element of surprise to stun the Seattle Seahawks, and it should not come as a shock to coach Pete Carroll. He had to know what he was up against this season, and it’s an almost unbeatable opponent.
Everything is flowing for Philip Rivers this season, and no defense is slowing him. The San Diego Chargers quarterback has such a hot hand, he should be shooting at a craps table.
A breaking news flash about Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston could come at any time. It might arrive today or Saturday morning, and it might not show up at all. But bettors and bookmakers are on the lookout around the clock.
Betting on the Jets was just asking for trouble, and bookmakers and underdog players were buried in bad news after the first eight NFL games concluded on another odd Sunday.
The Giants have reeled off three consecutive wins, laying waste to Houston, Washington and Atlanta in impressive fashion. Suddenly, Coughlin has a surging team that is considered a strong contender in the wide-open NFC East.
Slowly but surely, some of the mystique surrounding Oregon disappears. It’s no knock on quarterback Marcus Mariota, who might be the best player at his position in college football.
It was a butt-kicking, the second one in seven days that involved the New England Patriots. And this time, there will be no mindless chatter from the critics about Tom Brady fading into retirement.
On his weekly radio show in Boston, Tom Brady’s spirits were low. The bearded quarterback, 37 and aging fast, tried to explain the New England Patriots’ problems. There is a lot of explaining to do.