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Kansas City Chiefs Week Six Stats and Charts – The Corner of the Boxing Ring

The Kansas City Chiefs are now 5-1, falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers to lose their perfect run. Analytically and conceptually the Steelers capitalized on almost all the offensive and defensive concerns the Chiefs displayed over the first five games of the season. The Steelers have now been able to efficiently beat the Chiefs over the past several seasons. More than just winning, Mike Tomlin schemed his physical assets to box in the Chiefs to their worst play sets. Tomlin defeated Andy Reid in a way that no other coach has been able to; it was a masterpiece of desperate...

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Linebacker NaVorro Bowman Signs with Oakland Raiders

A week after getting cut by the San Francisco 49ers, the Oakland Raiders signed linebacker NaVorro Bowman to a one-year, three-million-dollar deal per Adam Schefter. The Raiders were the team to gain the rights to have the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker bolster their defensive corps. Multiple teams, including the Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns, were reportedly interested, but the Raiders were the team to pull through. Linebacker NaVorro Bowman Signs with Oakland Raiders One week ago, reports began surfacing from the 49ers media that the front office was attempting to trade veteran linebacker Bowman. The aim of the trade...

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Week Six Cleveland Browns Takeaways

Another NFL weekend, and another Cleveland Browns loss. Sadly, this seems to be the theme since the Browns started 7-4 in 2014. Since that 7-4 start, they have gone a dismal 4-39, including last year’s one win season. on Sunday, they took on the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. In what came off as a desperation move, Hue Jackson named Kevin Hogan the starting quarterback. Jackson and Browns fans hoped that Hogan would give Cleveland’s offense a spark, but the Browns went down, 33-17. So, as always, what can the Browns learn from this experience? Below are some Week six Cleveland...

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Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Martavis Bryant Requests Trade

In a week where the Pittsburgh Steelers beat an undefeated team on the road, the talk on Monday morning is somehow going to swing back to dysfunction in the locker room. This team had a Le’Veon Bell hold out. They have had their very own national anthem-gate. They have dealt with Ben Roethlisberger calling out Bell, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant through the media all since August. On this spin of Days of the Steelers, it is time for Martavis Bryant to crank up the drama as he has requested for the Pittsburgh Steelers to trade the star wide...

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Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers Suffers Broken Collarbone

Green Bay Packers starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone during the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. The injury occurred at the 7:04 mark when Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr hit the quarterback rolling to the right on second and nine. Jay Glazer of Fox Sports initially reported that the Packers feared Rodgers suffered the injury. The team later confirmed it, with the possibility that it could end his season. It comes as a massive setback for a team looking to defend its NFC North title. Packers have confirmed broken collarbone for Aaron Rodgers, could...

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Vegas Golden Knights Place Marc-Andre Fleury on IR

The Vegas Golden Knights have placed Marc-Andre Fleury on the injured reserve today. Fleury is reportedly suffering from a concussion. He suffered this concussion in Friday’s game when he took a knee to head from Anthony Mantha of the Detroit Red Wings. Vegas Golden Knights Place Marc-Andre Fleury on IR Fleury, 32, has been great for the expansion Golden Knights so far this season. In four games for the Golden Knights he has gone 3-0-0 with a .925 save percentage and a 2.48 goals-against-average. It is unclear how long the time table for recovery can be, but this should...

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Columbus Blue Jackets Roster Outlook: The Return of Boone Jenner, Jordan Schroeder

The Columbus Blue Jackets have started the season off at the level of expectations. They pulled an overtime win out against the Carolina Hurricanes, and they buried the Islanders on opening night. They’re doing all this without eventual roster additions Boone Jenner and Jordan Schroeder. When they make their return this could make for changes in the bottom six, and someone heading to Cleveland on a more permanent basis. Columbus Blue Jackets Roster Outlook: The Return of Boone Jenner, Jordan Schroeder Jordan Schroeder Activated off Injured Reserve The Blue Jackets announced today that they have activated Schroeder off the injured...

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Kansas City Chiefs Week Six Scheme Breakdown – Redemption Week

Nine months ago the Kansas City Chiefs were coming off of a round one playoff bye, defending Arrowhead Stadium, and poised to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers. Suddenly, in the brisk winter weather, the Chiefs found themselves on the bitter losing end of a matchup where their defense constrained an explosive offense, but the Alex Smith led offense floundered like a fish out of water. Not only was the loss embarrassing for Andy Reid, but the loss raised questions about how functional the team would be moving forward. Fast forward to the present and the Steelers are heading back to Arrowhead. Although...

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Week Six Cleveland Browns Keys to Victory

Sadly, the Cleveland Browns have started the season 0-5 for the second year in a row. After a disappointing loss to the New York Jets this past week, the Browns will travel to Houston. Although the Houston Texans have had a stout defense, they just lost both J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus for the season. Offensively, quarterback Deshaun Watson will try to keep the Texans under control and send the Browns to 0-6. While recovering from the Jets loss, Hue Jackson made a move that he believes can help Cleveland get their first win of the year. Let’s take a look at that...

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2017 Playing Out Perfectly for Teddy Bridgewater’s Comeback

At this time last season, the Minnesota Vikings were 5-0 headed into their bye week. The defense was by far the best in football, and recently acquired passer Sam Bradford seemed on pace for a career year, at that point having thrown six touchdowns and no interceptions. As every NFL fan knows, the bottom fell out and the team finished 8-8. A rash of injuries along the line and in the middle of the defense hampered their ability to compete late in the season. Now, the Vikings are 3-2 headed into a key divisional game against the hated Green Bay...

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The Biggest NFL Injuries of Week 5

Here are the biggest injuries players from the NFL suffered during Week 5. Sam Bradford and John Timu Taken Out on Monday The Minnesota Vikings pulled Sam Bradford, their quarterback, with 25 seconds to play in the game’s first half, with the Minnesota ahead of Chicago at 3 – 2. Case Keenum finished out the Vikings’ final drive of the game’s second quarter. This was Bradford’s first appearance since he hurt his left knee in the first week of the season. He lacked mobility and looked uncomfortable during the fierce first half, in which he was sacked four times...

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New NFL Rules about Standing for the National Anthem

The National Football League very quietly changed a rather obscure ruling about the details of what players have to do whilst the National Anthem is being played. This is the NFL We Know Well After receiving all of the public relations publicity it could possibly have wanted, including a trite Sports Illustrated cover, the leadership of the NFL has reverted back to its far more familiar demeanour. It is the manner they are best-known for adopting, namely reminding their players that unless they get in line they will soon be joining the unemployment line. The punters who enjoy the...

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Have Made A Mess of Their White House Visit

The Pittsburgh Penguins have truly made a mess of their White House visit. Sidney Crosby was quoted saying that them going was “not about politics”. But the actions, or rather inactions, that took place during their visit seemed to counteract his comments on the situation. The Pittsburgh Penguins Have Made A Mess of Their White House Visit The Penguins and Crosby made their visit to the White House Tuesday morning, something many thought they should pass up on. Regardless of your opinion on what they should do, the actions they did during their visit counteracted the comments that Crosby...

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Kansas City Chiefs Week Five Stats and Charts – Precision and the Peripherals

Another week, another Kansas City Chiefs victory in the immaculate 2017 season. In week five, the Chiefs trends came full circle in a dominating 42-34 victory over the Houston Texans. The defining point in the victory was control as Alex Smith possessed the ball for 38 minutes of the game, destroying opportunities for Deshaun Watson to gash the defense. Combine that control with 56 percent third-down conversions, only one sack, no turnovers, and the Chiefs offense rolled. The scary point regarding the Chiefs is not only that they are winning, but they are controlling the flow of the game....

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Rationalizing Ben Roethlisberger’s Five Interception Game

Ben Roethlisberger is being ripped down and torn apart this week after a career-high five interception game. The Pittsburgh Steelers gun slinger hinted at retirement before the off-season, and all of that talk immediately got brought back up after such a poor performance that featured two game-changing interceptions. However, in looking back at the performance and examining the play of Roethlisberger, a lot of this has to be credited to the defense. Add in a couple of bad breaks, and the performance is not as disheartening as some will tell you. Rationalizing Ben Roethlisberger’s Five Interception Game First Interception...

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2017 Week Five NFL Injury Report

Week five saw players critical to their teams success go down with injuries. On this week’s 2017 Week Five NFL injury report, not only superstars left their respective games with injuries, but their 2017 season come to an abrupt end. One team that was decimated by injuries was the 0-5 New York Giants who essentially lost their entire receiving corps with various foot and ankle injuries against the Los Angeles Chargers. Odell Beckham Jr. (broken ankle), Brandon Marshall (ankle surgery), Sterling Shepard (ankle), and Dwayne Harris (broken foot) all were forced to leave the game. Unfortunately for Beckham, Marshall, and Harris, their injuries will force them to miss...

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New Orleans Saints Trade Adrian Peterson to Arizona Cardinals

Adrian Peterson‘s time with the New Orleans Saints came to a rather abrupt end on Tuesday. The Saints traded Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. ESPN’s Dianna Russini initially reported news of the transaction between the two teams. To make room for Peterson on the roster, Arizona released running back Chris Johnson. Trade! The New Orleans Saints have traded Adrian Peterson to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional pick per sources — Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) October 10, 2017 New Orleans Saints Trade Adrian Peterson to Arizona Cardinals Peterson saw...

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Countdown to NBA Tip-Off: Boston Celtics Season Preview

It was an off-season filled with changes for Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics. Only four players – Al Horford, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, and Terry Rozier – remain from last season’s 53-29 team. After failing to land Paul George from the Indiana Pacers, the Celtics “settled” to sign Gordon Hayward in free agency. Of course, they then shocked the NBA world by sending Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, the Brooklyn Nets 2018 first round pick, and a 2020 second round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving. It’s not often that a #1 seed revamps their entire roster to the extent that Boston did...

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Week Five Cleveland Browns Takeaways

This Sunday, the Cleveland Browns suffered a disappointing 17-14 loss to the New York Jets. A close loss that included a myriad of crazy things. These include, but are not limited to, the following. The Jets Chandler Catanzaro made a 57-yard field goal to end the first half. Zane Gonzalez, however, couldn’t seem to find the back of the net. Additionally, Kevin Hogan was the best quarterback for the Browns in this game. However, one of the non-crazy things from this game is that the Browns lost to a bad team. Again. This is becoming a problem. Week Five Cleveland Browns...

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Week Five Philadelphia Eagles Takeaways

A lot of Eagles fans anticipated a tough matchup against the Arizona Cardinals today. It didn’t happen. The Philadelphia Eagles dominated the first quarter, scoring three touchdowns while keeping Arizona off the scoreboard. The second quarter was a little bit rocky, but the Eagles managed to keep a firm lead going into the second half. An incredible catch-and-score by Nelson Agholor appeared to sap what little drive the Cardinals had left and Philly would go on to win the game 34 to seven. Week Five Philadelphia Eagles Takeaways Wisniewski is the Clear Winner of the Left Guard Rotation With Stefen Wisniewski...

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