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Texans, once 0-3, could sneak past Pats, Chiefs to top AFC

Here’s a crazy thought: The Houston Texans with home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. Yep, the team that began the season 0-3 just might sneak past the Chiefs and Patriots and claim that coveted spot. The Texans have won nine in a row. They’ve done so in all sorts of ways, from strong defense to … Continue reading Texans, once 0-3, could sneak past Pats, Chiefs to top AFC

NEW YORK | ESPN has to scramble its traveling circus with site switch

NEW YORK — ESPN’s equipment trucks already were headed for Mexico when the network found out next Monday night’s mega-matchup between the Chiefs and Rams was being switched to Los Angeles. And the scramble was on. Those trucks had been dispatched from Santa Clara, California, and were making their way through Arizona — ESPN already … Continue reading NEW YORK | ESPN has to scramble its traveling circus with site switch

AP source: NFL fires down judge Cruz for poor performance

The NFL fired down judge Hugo Cruz on Thursday for inadequate performance, a person familiar with the firing tells The Associated Press. Cruz is in his fourth season as an NFL official. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not publicly announced the move. Cruz, a part of referee Carl Cheffers’ … Continue reading AP source: NFL fires down judge Cruz for poor performance

Chiefs, Mahomes will get major test in New England

There can be no better measuring stick for the Chiefs and young quarterback Patrick Mahomes than what they face Sunday night. Beat the Patriots in Foxborough and all that excitement in Kansas City might be validated. Remember, though, that the Chiefs, with Alex Smith, went into Gillette Stadium and won the 2017 kickoff to the … Continue reading Chiefs, Mahomes will get major test in New England

Eagles, Vikings stage NFC championship rematch

When last they met, the Eagles and Vikings were vying for a spot in the Super Bowl. Now they are searching for consistency. “Each week — and (Eagles defensive coordinator) Jim Schwartz mentioned it and it’s true,” Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson says, “you’re two plays away from maybe being 0-4 and two plays away from … Continue reading Eagles, Vikings stage NFC championship rematch

Eagles, Vikings stage NFC championship rematch Sunday

When last they met, the Eagles and Vikings were vying for a spot in the Super Bowl. Now, they are searching for consistency while looking up at other division leaders. “Each week — and (Eagles defensive coordinator) Jim Schwartz mentioned it and it’s true,” Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson says, “you’re two plays away from maybe … Continue reading Eagles, Vikings stage NFC championship rematch Sunday

Are Raiders that bad? Are Dolphins that good? They meet next

There have been some classic games between the Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins. While Sunday’s meeting doesn’t carry the weight of a playoff contest between two powers, it certainly brings plenty of intrigue. Such as: Are the Dolphins (2-0) real good, and are the Raiders (0-2) pretty bad? The answers will come over the next … Continue reading Are Raiders that bad? Are Dolphins that good? They meet next

Tom Brady vs. Jaguars is one-sided confrontation

If there’s ever going to be a changing of the guard in the AFC, then Sunday’s visit to Jacksonville by the Patriots would seem a perfect time. Except when you look at the numbers that say Tom Brady doesn’t lose to the Jaguars. Ever. Jacksonville had a 10-point lead at New England in the second … Continue reading Tom Brady vs. Jaguars is one-sided confrontation