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Move Over Cowboys, There’s A New America’s Team in the NFL | ESPN 99.1 FM

Ever since then along with the success came more and more fans who wanted to cheer for America’s team and the franchise value boomed to the best by far in the NFL.

The success though has dried up and when teams like the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Arizona Cardinals and others are making Championship games while the Cowboys are in a two decade drought, the nickname has to go.

America is full of winners, not losers and the name “America’s Team” needs to be attached to some winners.

There’s a new “America’s Team” and they reside right in the heart of America as the Kansas Chiefs are the new era darlings of the NFL.

Why have the Chiefs pumped the brakes on Mecole Hardman? | ESPN

Hardman understands he needs to be more than a deep threat to become a regular.

“The deep balls — getting behind defenders, tracking the ball, catching — that’s kind of easy, I think,” Hardman said. “Any guys with speed, I think that’s the easy part. The dig routes, the stop routes, the curls, [beating] the press, catching in traffic, contested catches is what we’ve got to work on. I worked on that a lot in the offseason and I’m continuing right now even in practice [to] focus on the ball and catching everything.

“Those tools will kind of make you a better player. I know I need to improve on that [more], which I am and which I’m trying to do.”

Chargers legend LaDainian Tomlinson on why KC was always favorite NFL city to visit | Kansas City Star

Tomlinson made that admission last week during an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit, but the reason why he loved playing at Arrowhead Stadium may be surprising.

“I just loved the hospitality the Chief fans gave us even being the opposing team,” he wrote. “Even the Chiefs themselves. I remember the late Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas’ mother would always cook us BBQ, she’d make us all entire plates of food after the game to take with us on the bus, it was just awesome man. Never saw anything like that in the NFL before.”

NFL Week 7 game picks: Giants top Eagles; Patriots edge 49ers |

Kansas City Chiefs 30, Denver Broncos 27

4:25 p.m. ET (CBS) | Empower Field at Mile High (Denver)

This is a dangerous matchup for the Chiefs. Their most convincing wins this season have been followed by letdowns, and Vic Fangio’s underrated defense will make it tougher for Patrick Mahomes to convert third-and-longs when Andy Reid’s new run-run-pass approach hits a roadblock. Drew Lock played better than his numbers showed last week, and the Broncos might be adding Melvin Gordon, Noah Fant and KJ Hamler to a potent offensive stew. Picking against the Chiefs is foolish, but I feel great picking the Broncos to keep the game closer than expected.

2021 NFL Mock Draft: Giants add game-changer at receiver, Ravens keep adding to defense and all of Round 1 | CBS Sports

Round 1 - Pick 32

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Kansas City

Kansas City has done more with less along their offensive line. There is a half billion dollar investment that the team must insure, and the Chiefs opt to invest significant assets into the offensive line.

Around the NFL

Minnesota Vikings trade DE Yannick Ngakoue to Baltimore Ravens |

The Minnesota Vikings are trading Ngakoue to the Baltimore Ravens, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. Minnesota will receive a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2022, per Pelissero.

The Vikings sent a 2021 second-round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth-rounder to the Jaguars for the then-disgruntled Ngakoue less than two weeks before the start of the season. Just six games into that same season, Minnesota has pulled the plug on Ngakoue, shipping him east to Baltimore where he’ll join his former fellow Jaguars teammate Calais Campbell.

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson believes Antonio Brown is ‘humbled,’ should get another chance |

But with Brown eligible to come off suspension following Week 8, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is making it known he’s interested in Seattle bringing in the former All-Pro and believes he deserves another chance.

“I think Antonio definitely has taken those steps [in the right direction], and like I said, nobody’s perfect,” Wilson said Thursday, via ESPN. “From the conversations I’ve had with him, he’s really been remorseful and he’s been humbled along the way. Like I said, I pray that he can continue to grow, just like anybody.”

Miami Dolphins’ decision to start Tua Tagovailoa ‘heartbreaking,’ Ryan Fitzpatrick says | ESPN

“I was shocked by it. It definitely caught me off guard. It was a hard thing for me to hear yesterday, just kind of digesting the news. My heart just hurt all day. It was heartbreaking for me,” Fitzpatrick said Wednesday. “Flo kind of said what he said and said what he said to you guys as well, and that’s the decision and the direction that the organization is going in.”

Giants QB Daniel Jones sprints to memorable 80-yard stumble |

“I just … I don’t know … I tried to run faster than I was running and I got caught up,” Jones said after the game, via’s Ralph Vacchiano. “We finished the drive and scored a touchdown. That was a relief.”

Trailing 14-7 in the third quarter and backed up at their 12-yard line, the Giants’ drive began with the second-year quarterback finding a mammoth opening at the line and sprinting through and past the Eagles defense. Just when it became apparent that Eagles defenders weren’t going to catch the Giants’ season-leading rusher, Jones caught himself.

His legs and gas tank appeared to simultaneously bellow, “Not so fast.”

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Breaking down Patrick Mahomes’ latest no-look pass — and more

The Bills played with light boxes the entire night — and positioned linebackers deeper. They were daring the Chiefs to take the ball out of Mahomes’ hands and into the grasp of rookie running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Mahomes had picked on soft coverage with short routes on the outside and let Edwards-Helaire run wild all over a strategically minimal run defense. The Bills weren’t the first team to try this, but the Chiefs made them pay this week. That’s important — and moving forward, they’ll need to be able to win when they have the numbers.

The recurring challenge for Mahomes will be patience. Teams are taking serious measures to dictate how the Chiefs will score — death by a thousand papercuts. This can make for some boring football at times compared to what Chiefs fans have grown used to watching. There are less explosive plays and more sustained drives.

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