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Expect Chiefs’ defense, crowd to upend Manning, Broncos

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.

Cowboys finally show their ugly side

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.

Patriots, Packers leading path to Super Bowl

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.

Forget Eli’s interceptions; pick Giants over Cowboys

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.

Twisting in wind, Hauck has to win at Hawaii

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.

Delta Downs rolls out red carpet with million dollar race

Racetracks that are “No. 2” and don’t have the status or resources of the New York Racing Association, Churchill Downs or Keeneland and Del Mar or Santa Anita Park can still bulk up and host an outstanding day of horse racing.

Roll with Brady, Patriots in underdog role

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.

Calipari’s ’Cats might be (almost) unbeatable

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?

California Chrome could go in Hollywood Derby

It used to be that once the Breeders’ Cup was over, things quieted down in the horse racing world. That is not the case this year with a potential start by California Chrome in the Hollywood Derby at Del Mar on Nov. 29.

Expect fall of Harbaugh, 49ers to continue vs. Saints

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.