Archive for December, 2017

Colts’ job, even with Andrew Luck in limbo, looks most appealing for Patriots coordinator Josh McDaniels

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

A little less than one year ago, when Josh McDaniels removed his name from the San Francisco 49ers’ head coaching search, his decision was about time and assets. Specifically, McDaniels wanted both – an ownership that had historically displayed some patience with head coaches and a roster that featured a centerpiece quarterback to build around. One of those jobs opened Sunday, when the Indianapolis Colts fired Chuck Pagano.

Bills send Bengals a special gift for helping them make the playoffs

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

The Bills' 22-16 win over the Dolphins in Miami was not enough alone to break the drought. Buffalo also needed the Bengals to defeat the Ravens, and that situation appeared dire until Cincinnati receiver Tyler Boyd hauled in a 49-yard touchdown pass in the final minute to sink Baltimore 31-27. In a letter addressed to the Bengals, which was posted on the Bills' Twitter account shortly after that game, the team thanked Cincinnati, and said they were sending a gift … Buffalo wings, of course.

Bills end 17-year playoff drought with win and help

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Amid the dancing and screaming and hugs and high-fives in the Buffalo Bills' locker room , defensive tackle Kyle Williams watched his two young sons climbing around in his stall. ''What do you think, boys?'' Williams shouted. For their dad and most Buffalo fans, Sunday was a long time coming.

Bills sneak into AFC playoffs; Rams to host Falcons

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Reigning NFC champion Atlanta found a way into the playoffs on Sunday with a win over the Carolina Panthers in the regular-season finale, while the Buffalo Bills reached the postseason with a huge assist from the Cincinnati Bengals. Buffalo will make

QB-in-waiting Mahomes shows flashes of talent in Chiefs win

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

The Kansas City Chiefs got an enticing glimpse of their quarterback-in-waiting with the debut of Patrick Mahomes II. Here's something good to know: Should he be called upon, Mahomes can step in with little worries after leading the Chiefs to a winning field goal during a 27-24 win over the Denver Broncos on a frigid Sunday in the regular-season finale. Well, meaningless except for Mahomes getting an extended look to see what he can do.

Winston throws late TD pass, Buccaneers beat Saints 31-24

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

The New Orleans Saints weren't in much of a mood to slip on t-shirts and hats to celebrate their first NFC South championship in six years. Despite achieving a goal of winning the division and ensuring a home playoff game, Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers left the team with a bittersweet feeling. ''It's a little solemn obviously just the way that game ended,'' quarterback Drew Brees said after Chris Godwin's 39-yard touchdown reception with nine seconds remaining put the Bucs ahead for good with nine seconds remaining.

Hellebuyck holds down fort as Jets light up Oilers to end year on high

Sunday, December 31st, 2017
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Connor Hellebuyck made 35 saves to record his third shutout of the season and Kyle Connor and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist on Sunday as the Winnipeg Jets blanked the Edmonton Oilers 5-0.

Mahomes leads Chiefs past Broncos 27-24 in 1st start

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Patrick Mahomes II made both his first NFL start and his first NFL relief appearance a success. After handing off a two-touchdown lead midway through the fourth quarter in his spectacular NFL debut, the rookie first-round QB returned to rescue the Kansas City Chiefs , driving them 67 yards in 11 plays to beat Denver 27-24 on Harrison Butker's 30-yard field goal as time expired. ''You always have to be ready,'' Mahomes said.

2018 NFL draft order: Top 20 set; Browns have two picks in top four

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

John Dorsey might want to send Sashi Brown a holiday card. The new general manager of the Browns is staring at a boatload of draft capital, especially after the Texans lost Sunday, thanks the Browns' old GM. Houston's loss to Indianapolis gave Cleveland the No. 4 overall pick in addition to the No. 1 overall selection that the Browns had locked up in Week 16.

With playoffs set, so are top 20 teams in 2018 NFL Draft

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

For 20 NFL teams, the push for the playoffs — next year’s playoffs — starts tonight. And while it’s little solace for the teams that didn’t make the postseason, most of them at least know when they’ll be picking in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Browns (0