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Deshaun Watson trade tracker: Timeline of rumors, dysfunction detail Texans’ rift with franchise QB

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Not so elementary, my dear Watson.

The yearslong odyssey for the Texans to find a true franchise passer culminated in Houston selecting the Deshaun Watson out of Clemson in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but it looks like the pairing will soon come to an end, with tumult surrounding the quarterback and the franchise leading to lots of smoke and trade rumors.

With organizational chaos dooming the Texans in the last two seasons, ownership reportedly over-relying on the voice and opinions of Jack Easterby and reportedly completely ignoring the voice of Watson, it’s hard to fault Watson for wanting out. He’s a top-five quarterback coming off his best season, still young and with a contract that will prove to be a bargain in a few years.

Total organizational instability — from the top down — has led Watson to, reportedly, being incredibly pissed off and ready to move on from the team that drafted him in 2017. Here’s a timeline of reports and other rumors that detail the interworkings of the Texans organization and Watson’s displeasure with the situation.

MORE: Here are Deshaun Watson’s best trade fits, from Jets to Dolphins

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Jan. 18: Watson likes Instagram post linking him to Jets

Source: Instagram detectives

We’ve officially reached the “NBA drama” stage of Watson trade rumors, with Instagram users discovering that Watson liked a post of a New York Post back page with a story suggesting the Jets should trade for him. No trade requests have been made yet.

Jan. 18: Texans have no interest in dealing Watson, Panthers interested

Source: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Texans have no interest in trading Watson, instead wanting to keep him. Multiple teams, including the Panthers, have called Houston to gauge interest in the passer.

Jan. 18: Watson not answering calls from Texans organization

Source: Sarah Barshop, ESPN

According to Texans beat writer Sarah Barshop, Watson can’t be bothered to answer calls from Texans brass. Adam Schefter also reiterates what we already knew: Watson holds leverage here because of his no-trade clause.

Jan. 18: ‘Great lather’ to get Watson out, but leverage in his favor

Source: Josina Anderson, ESPN

Anderson reminds everyone a key point: Watson has a no-trade clause, and it’s not entirely in the Texans’ best interest to trade away a superstar of Watson’s caliber. In any case, it’s a weak argument, especially if the team is going to continue to do poorly by its star player.

Jan. 18: Watson has yet to ask for a trade

Source: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

Despite all the smoke surrounding Watson and the Texans at the moment, the superstar QB has yet to ask for a trade, per Rapoport. That hasn’t stopped teams from calling to check on Watson’s availability, though, 

Jan. 17: Watson has ‘played his last snap for Houston’

Source: Adam Schefter/Chris Mortensen, ESPN

If the weeks of turmoil and confusion have left any doubt about Watson’s future in Houston, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that some people surrounding the Texans organization feel Watson won’t play another down for the team. A source close to Chris Mortensen added that the only remedy for the situation between Watson and the Texans would be for owner Cal McNair to fire … Cal McNair.

Schefter also added that “Watson’s feelings cannot and should not be underestimated.” Whatever that means.

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Jan. 16: Watson ‘just wants out’ of Houston

Source: Greg Bishop, Jenny Vrentas, Sports Illustrated

Despite the Texans making moves to try and appease their disgruntled quarterback, Watson just wants out of H-Town, per SI. A culmination of the coaching and GM search and general organizational dysfunction has led to Watson taking a hard stance on his status with the team: Just get me out of here.

Jan. 15: A single tweet sets NFL world on fire

Source: Deshaun Watson’s Twitter

Coming from a Schefter report that Watson’s anger was “at a 2, but now a 10,” the Texans QB sends out a single tweet that seems to confirm this. A later tweet would actually indicate that these were actually song lyrics. (Sure, Deshaun.)

MORE: Deshaun Watson’s latest tweet sends Twitter back into trade frenzy

Jan. 15: Watson photographed in Falcons gear

Source: Instagram

A curious wardrobe decision by Watson, with a photo on an Instagram story showing Watson in a Falcons jacket, coincidentally, outside of a building in New York City. Watson is a Georgia native and likely grew up a Falcons fan.

It’s just a jacket, but let your imagination run wild.

Jan. 12: Texans request interview for Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy

Source: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

The Chiefs OC is a hot commodity on the coaching scene, and was even recommended to Watson by some guy named Patrick Mahomes. While the Chiefs hadn’t initially put in an interview with Bieniemy — missing the window in which coordinators can interview during the playoffs — new GM Nick Caserio is interested in speaking with him. Because of tampering policies, the Texans won’t be allowed to speak with Bieniemy until after the Chiefs are eliminated.

Jan. 12: Andre Johnson speaks, offers Watson advice

Source: Andre Johnson via Twitter

In the words of Deandre Hopkins, when ‘Dre speaks, we listen. The former Texans wide receiver took to Twitter to offer Watson some sage advice: Stand your ground. He also roasted the Texans and their devotion to Jack Easterby, who many question 

MORE: Andre Johnson thinks Deshaun Watson is right to turn on ‘pathetic’ Texans

Jan. 10: Watson’s anger reaching boiling point

Source: Adam Schefter, ESPN

Heads exploded when then head coach/GM Bill O’Brien opted to trade star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals, with Watson himself taking the trade in stride. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Watson’s anger vaulted from a “2 to a 10” with the organization opting not to hire ESPN analyst and former front-office exec Louis Riddick to its GM role.

Jan. 10: More details emerge about rift; Dolphins could be a trade destination

Source: Chris Mortensen, ESPN

If Watson were to be moved, then the Dolphins could be a viable destination for a trade, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Miami, who holds Houston’s first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, would reportedly be open to trading quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and trade assets in exchange for Watson, per Mortensen.

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Jan. 7: The Texans name Nick Caserio new GM

Source: “Literally us, the  Houston Texans.”

A major part of the reported rift between Watson and the Texans surrounded Houston naming a general manager without Watson’s input, a promise that had been supposedly made to Watson during the season. Instead, owner Cal McNair Jr. and Jack Easterby.

MORE: Ranking the NFL’s head-coaching vacancies

Jan. 5: J.J. Watt offers an ominous apology 

Source: JJ Watt’s mouth

After the Texans fell in Week 17 to the Titans in Week 17, NFL cams caught JJ Watt and Deshaun Watson in a candid moment as the two were walking off the field. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” Watt said. “We wasted one of your years.” The Texans would finish 4-12.

Oct. 5: Texans fire Bill O’Brien

Source: “Literally us, the  Houston Texans.”

Well, about a year, many losses and one too many trades too late, the Texans decided to fire head coach/general manager Bill O’Brien after a sluggish start to their 2020 season. The team would name Romeo Crennel the interim head coach.

O’Brien’s tenure as HC would be mired in personnel controversies and several lopsided trades that leave the Texans without a first-round pick in 2021. 

April 2019: Jack Easterby hired by Houston

Source: The Texans

“I think the best way to tell the story is by starting at the end, briefly, then going back to the beginning, and then periodically returning to the end, maybe giving different characters’ perspectives throughout.” — “The Other Guys,” 2010

Arguably the genesis of the chaos in Houston was the hiring of Patriots team chaplain — later “character coach,” whatever that is — as its executive vice president of football operations.

Easterby’s meteoric rise to a such a high office in an NFL franchise is met with skepticism from all avenues, and would come back to haunt the team later.

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Mets GM Jared Porter bombarded female reporter with lewd texts, report says

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Mets general manager Jared Porter bombarded a foreign female baseball reporter working in the U.S. with inappropriate text messages in 2016 while working as the Cubs’ director of professional scouting, according to a Monday night report from ESPN.

Porter acknowledged sending the messages, including one of an exposed penis but told ESPN the explicit photos were “kinda like joke-stock images” and not his own genitals.

Mets president Sandy Alderson said in a statement that the club would investigate the matter. Porter, 41, was hired by the team last month as it established new front-office roles under owner Steve Cohen.

“I have spoken directly with Jared Porter regarding events that took place in 2016 of which we were made aware tonight for the first time,” Alderson told ESPN. “Jared has acknowledged to me his serious error in judgment, has taken responsibility for his conduct, has expressed remorse and has previously apologized for his actions.

“The Mets take these matters seriously, expect professional and ethical behavior from all of our employees, and certainly do not condone the conduct described in your story. We will follow up as we review the facts regarding this serious issue.”

Porter met the reporter in an elevator in 2016 and exchanged business cards with her. What the reporter expected to be a professional correspondence quickly became unsettling — he at one point sent her more than 60 unanswered messages, according to the report.

ESPN did not use the woman’s name “because she fears backlash in her home country.” She said she connected with a Cubs employee about the Porter matter at one point, but characterized that person as often combative and unhelpful.

The Cubs said they weren’t aware of the allegations against Porter until this week, suggesting the unnamed employee who spoke with the reporter did so on their own accord.

“Had we been notified, we would have taken swift action as the alleged behavior is in violation of our code of conduct,” the Cubs told ESPN. “While (Porter and the unnamed employee) are no longer with the organization, we take issues of sexual harassment seriously and plan to investigate the matter.”

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Packers vs. Buccaneers picks, predictions against spread: Why Tampa Bay will advance to Super Bowl 55

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When Tom Brady’s Buccaneers travel to play Aaron Rodgers’ Packers (-3.5, 51 o/u) in Sunday’s NFC championship game (3:05 p.m. ET, Fox), it doesn’t get more marquee than that.

Brady is playing in his 14th conference title game after making 13 such AFC appearances with the Patriots. He is looking for a shot at his seventh Super Bowl ring in Super Bowl 55. Meanwhile, Rodgers is playing at home with a Super Bowl on the line for the first time in Lambeau Field, 10 years after he led the Packers on a successful Super Bowl 45 run as an NFC wild-card team.

The Bucs are also trying to get the glory as a wild card. The Packers were the best team record-wise wire-to-wire in the NFC with the league’s highest-scoring offense that should return Rodgers to NFL MVP status.

Who will win this battle of No. 12s, No. 1 seed vs. No. 5 seed? Using some key numbers, here’s a deep dive into the matchup between Tampa bay and Green Bay, a rematch of a Week 6 game that the Buccaneers won at home, 38-10.

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Packers vs. Buccaneers picks, predictions

  • Buccaneers running game vs. Packers run defense

The Buccaneers can get too downfield pass-happy under Arians as Brady also likes taking his shots against one-on-one coverage. They can get enamored by Brady’s myriad of receiving weapons at wideout and tight end where they can go away from power football even when it’s right there for the taking.

Tampa Bay ended up with the No. 28 rushing offense in the regular season. The Packers, despite a few hiccups, ended up in the top half,  No. 13 against the run — tied to many teams needing to throw often trying to play catchup with Rodgers in the second half.

The Rams gashed the Packers well with rookie Cam Akers, before game script forced them to go away from the run in the second half. The Buccaneers dropped 30 carries in a split between Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones to pile up 127 yards on a good Saints run defense. They stuck with it until they got key second-half chunks and Fournette also was a force in the short passing game.

In the first meeting, the Bucs nicely featured Jones (23 carries, 113 of his team’s 158 rushing yards, 2 TDs) as they won going away 38-10 after spotting the Packers a 10-point lead in the first quarter. Should the Bucs stay committed to the run again, as they should to work the clock and try to limit opportunities for Rodgers to answer Brady, they will have a another solid ground game with their offensive line playing stout. Advantage: Buccaneers

  • Packers running game vs. Buccaneers run defense

The Packers pounded well on the Rams with their No. 8 rushing attack, getting to nearly 200 yards with mostly pending free agents Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams pushing through. The Buccaneers top-ranked run defense had some issues with the Saints’ Alvin Kamara, but overall contained a very strong power running game.

The Bucs simply don’t spring many leaks up front and are all-around much more sound than the Rams were in that capacity. They would prefer to not commit an extra defender to run support so defensive coordinator Todd Bowles isn’t handcuffed with his back-seven blitzes. Other than a couple long runs from Williams and rookie A.J. Dillon, there wasn’t much room for them or Aaron Jones. The Bucs should be confident they at can least keep the Packers one-dimensional to give Bowles a better idea of how to pressure Rodgers. Advantage: Buccaneers

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  • Buccaneers passing game vs. Packers pass defense

The Buccaneers were No. 2 in the NFL in passing, sandwiched between the AFC finalist Chiefs and Bills. They have trusted Brady plenty with high volume and throwing downfield often, because it is Bruce Arians after all. The Packers were No. 7 against the pass, with a combination of “The Smith Brothers” (Preston and Za’Darius) putting some edge pressure and Jaire Alexander and Adrian Amos leading a fine seconary.

Brady leaned on the run well in Week 6, didn’t hold the ball long and was calculated in mostly spreading the ball around on short-to-intermediate routes. He should have.a few shots develop off play-action. The Packers do agood job of covering tight ends and Alexander could once again slow down Mike Evans. But the Bucs can scheme to get slot Chris Godwin and their other wide receivers open away from Alexander. Advantage: Buccaneers

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  • Packers passing game vs. Buccaneers pass defense

The Packers had the No. 9 passing attack during the regular season. Rodgers could have thrown for a lot more to pad his already MVP-worthy stats, but the Packers were in control of many matchups in the second half, turning games over to effective running and pass defense. The Buccaneers have good young defensive backs, led by corner Carlton Davis and rookie safety Antoine Winfield Jr. They also have two savvier 3-4 edge rushers for Bowles in Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaquill Barrett.

But sometimes there”s a disconnect and the Buccaneers have been more vulnerable to some chunk plays, either after the catch on the second level or as a result of a breakdowns downfield. The Packers worked to get Davante Adams open in key spots away from the Rams’ Jalen Ramsey and will do the same against Davis, Sean Murphy-Bunting and Jamel Dean. The Bucs need linebackers Devin White and Lavonte David to have another good coverage game after they dominated against the Saints.

Still Rodgers, will find the holes, take advantage whenever the lapses happen and settle into a few matchups he likes. Rodgers will be motivated to make up for his shaky Week 6 in Tampa Bay and will stay on point in a high-level locked-in QB duel with Brady. Advantage: Packers

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The Packers and Bucs have some ancillary players in the passing game who could surprise to boost Brady and Rodgers with big plays. The Packers saw wide receivers Allen Lazard and Equanimeous St. Brown have big moments against the Rams. The Bucs wouldn’t have beaten the Saints without clutch catches from Tyler Johnson, Scotty Miller and No. 2 tight end Cameron Brate. The running backs also can be key on checkdowns with the defenses worrying about all the other pieces. Advantage: Packers

The field-goal games are pretty even with the Packers’ Mason Crosby and the Buccaneers’ Ryan Succop, although they are more known for accuracy than range. The Packers have had a notoriously bad return game this season while the Bucs aren’t that much better. The Packers’ J.K. Scott and the Buccaneers’ Bradley Pinion make this close in punting. The Bucs struggled in coverage against the Saints and it nearly cost them. Give the emotional and familiarity edge to the Lambeau team, too. Advantage: Packers

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Arians has won lot of games with different teams at age 68. Matt LaFleur, 27 years his junior at 41, has developed his own reputation as one of the game’s sharpest offensive minds and in two years leading Green Bay, he’s done good situational work without any egregious mistakes. Arians’ teams can tend to get undisciplined at times and between him, Byron Leftwich and Bowles, they can get too aggressive at the wrong times. Advantage: Packers

Brady wants to prove he can get to a Super Bowl without Bill Belichick and the Patriots. Rodgers, after the team drafted Jordan Love, has used that latest chip on his shoulder to have one of his greatest seasons, too. The Bucs also know they can be the first team to play in the Super Bowl in their home stadium. There will be no lack of intensity on either side. Brady has done this often, but his Bucs are new to this stage. But the Packers also are limited in big winning experience around Rodgers. Advantage: Buccaneers

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NFC championship game prediction

This game will be an instant classic with Brady and Rodgers having an epic duel. This game will come down to whichever team has the ball last. With 10 meetings, Green Bay and Tampa Bay would each win five. When Brady is involved in games like these and playing this well, it’s hard to go against the six-ringed GOAT, even with a three-time MVP to be on the other side. The coin flip lands on Tampa over Green Bay this time.

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Antonio Brown injury update: Will Buccaneers’ receiver play vs. Packers in NFC championship?

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One of the Buccaneers’ top offensive players is at risk of missing the NFC championship game against the Packers on Sunday.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown limped through much of the divisional round with a knee injury and had an MRI on Monday afternoon, according to ESPN. Results of the test have not yet been announced.

Brown’s devastating bursts on short routes make him an important part of quarterback Tom Brady’s game plan. Opponents must account for him near the line of scrimmage while also protecting from Mike Evans and Chris Godwin sprinting past the secondary to haul in deep balls. Without him in the lineup, an entire dimension of a potent attack would be hampered.

Coach Bruce Arians declined to speculate on the severity of Brown’s injury after Tampa Bay beat New Orleans this past weekend.

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Godwin has been plagued by drops this month after being sure-handed throughout the regular season. In potentially frigid conditions at Lambeau Field, that problem might be magnified. Brown has appeared in 12 playoff games in his career and caught 62.1 percent of his targets — better than Godwin’s rate of 47.4 percent in a limited sample size.

Brady did connect with unheralded receivers late in the win over the Saints, making key completions to Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson. They would take on a larger role if Brown was limited moving forward.

Plus, Brady can always look to trusted tight end Rob Gronkowski — one of his favorite teammates and another proven playoff competitor.

The Buccaneers are 7-3 in games Brown has participated in this season.

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Bills vs. Chiefs picks, predictions against spread: Why Kansas City will advance to Super Bowl 55

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The Chiefs will be playing in their third consecutive AFC championship game when they host the Bills on Sunday (6:40 p.m. ET, CBS). The reigning champions and conference top seed are two wins away from repeating in Super Bowl 55.

Kansas City is in the playoffs for a sixth straight season. Meanwhile, second-seeded Buffalo is in the playoffs for the third time in four seasons after breaking an 18-year drought in 2017.

The Chiefs last lost in the playoffs two years ago against Tom Brady’s Patriots. Will Josh Allen’s Bills deliver the same result in Arrowhead Stadium, fresh off their first two playoff wins in 25 seasons?

Assuming Patrick Mahomes returns from the head/neck injury that kept him out late of the Chiefs’ 22-17 win over the Browns in the divisional round, it will be a battle of passing quarterback heavyweights between him and Allen.

When the teams met in Week 6 of the regular season, the Chiefs won 26-17.

Here’s how Buffalo and Kansas City stack up against each other in all three phases.

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Bills vs. Chiefs picks, predictions

  • Bills running game vs. Chiefs run defense

The Bills had the No. 20 rushing attack in the NFL in 2020, getting a little better down the stretch and getting a boost from the legs of Allen, who leads the team in rushing so far in the playoffs. The Chiefs ranked No. 21 against the run during the regular season.  The Bills managed only 32 yards on 16 attempts against the Ravens in the divisional round. The Chiefs gave up 112 to the Browns, at a clip of 5.1 yards per carry.

Buffalo and Kansas City both tend to abandon the run when it’s not working early. The Bills are comfortable keeping the ball in Allen’s hands, knowing that he can often be their best rusher with his legs. But they are down to Devin Singletary to trust in the traditional attack with rookie running back Zack Moss done for the season with his ankle injury.

The Bills aren’t the best ball-control team and won’t be grinding away at the Chiefs’ biggest weaknesses. They will take the approach of being aggressive with Allen to the point he can try to outduel Mahomes in a high-scoring affair. Advantage: Chiefs

  • Chiefs running game vs. Bills run defense

The Chiefs aren’t known as a running team, either, but they finished in the upper half of the league, ranking No. 16 and averaged a healthy 4.5 yards per carry. The Bills ranked No. 17 against the run during the regular season. That was third-worst among playoffs teams behind the Titans and Chiefs.

There’s a chance rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire returns, but if not, the Chiefs would be fine pounding away with Darrel Williams, who needed only 13 carries to get 78 of his team’s 123 yards against the Browns, outproducing Nick Chubb. In the first meeting, the Chiefs ran for 245 yards, with Edwards-Helaire getting 161 of them. Because of the running game having so much success to complement Mahomes, they held the ball for nearly 38 minutes.

The Bills held their own against the Ravens’ mighty rushing attack, but they still gave up 150 yards to mostly Lamar Jackson and Baltimore’s backs. Before then, the Colts ran for 163 yards off 30 attempts in the wild-card meeting. Edwards-Helaire and Williams can be handfuls with hard-charging between the tackles. The running of Mahomes and backup Chad Henne were timely factors against the Browns. The Chiefs’ offensive line has done a good job adjusting to injury and is imposing its will again. Advantage: Chiefs

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  • Bills passing game vs. Chiefs pass defense

The Bills weren’t far behind the Chiefs in prolific passing during the regular season, finishing two spots lower at No. 3. They draw the No. 14 pass defense here. The Chiefs haven’t gotten a lot of sacks (32) but they feature good inside-outside pressure with Chris Jones and Frank Clark in front of a versatile playmaking secondary led by Tyrann Mathieu. The Chiefs contained the big plays from Stefon Diggs and others in Week 6 but had their biggest (typical) struggles in the red zone.

The Chiefs can throw different coverage and pressure looks at Allen. Those were effective in keeping him off-balance in the first meeting. They can make the middle of the field daunting and be more calculated with their blitzes knowing his success rate against them.

Allen was great against the Colts and shaky against the Ravens. He may see the middle covered often, but he should do more downfield damage this week. The Bills also should have some big-play confidence after some of the Browns’ success at wideout against the Chiefs last week. Advantage: Bills

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  • Chiefs passing game vs. Bills pass defense

The Chiefs’ top-ranked passing offense will try to stay hot against the No. 13 pass defense. They face an Bills inconsistent pass rush that isn’t much better than the one they saw from the shaky Browns last week.

The Bills had multiple lapses in coverage against the Ravens last week and were fortunate that Jackson and Tyler Huntley weren’t able to take advantage. The same won’t happen with Mahomes, so top cornerback Tre’Davious White needs more secondary help, especially inside from nickel back Taron Johnson and safety Micah Hyde when the Chiefs spread the field.

The Bills struggle more than most teams to cover high-quality tight ends and Travis Kelce has been the best of the best this season. He burned them for five catches, 65 yards and two TDs in Week 6. Tyreek Hill was limited to only 20 yards receiving in Week 6 as the Bills worked to take away the big play, but the Chiefs can scheme him open for deep shots or chances to run into open field after short passes. When Mecole Hardman and Demarcus Robinson are the on the field with Kelce and Hill, the Bills simply cannot put out the right combination of size, speed and quickness to slow all of them down for Mahomes. Advantage: Chiefs

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The Chiefs tend to push all the right buttons with their personnel usage and play calling. Hill and Mecole Hardman provide wrinkles in the running game. The defense has developed better depth in the front seven, providing more creativity there, too. The Bills have their version of occasional big playmakers in wide receivers Gabriel Davis and Isaiah McKenzie. They also have been on a stretch of scoring defensively. The Bills have the confidence but the Chiefs are completely unflappable. Advantage: Chiefs

The Chiefs and Bills both have good kickoff return games with Hardman and Andre Roberts, respectively. The Bills are a little better at fielding punts and they have the punter edge with Corey Bojorquez vs. Tommy Townsend. The Chiefs have a money kicker in Harrison Butker with good range, but rookie Tyler Bass is headed to a long career with his accuracy in tougher conditions, too. Advantage: Bills

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​Reid is on fire coaching with his decision-making and motivation. Bieniemy and Steve Spanguolo are coming up with the ideal complementary concepts offensive and defensively. Reid’s former mentee Sean McDermott is also calling the right shots for his team, with huge schematic help from coordinators Brian Daboll and Leslie Frazier. McDermott has been a rising star since getting the Bills’ gig, but Reid has greater big-game experience and the ring. Advantage: Chiefs

Mahomes and the Chiefs want to go down as one of the league’s all-time great teams and work to build a dynasty with a follow-up Super Bowl victory. The Bills have good mojo, too, as they try to restore the Super Bowl glory days with Allen. They have felt like they’ve gotten better all season and will take a fearless swing as underdogs. But the Chiefs are the new Patriots in the AFC with their intimidation factor and consistent execution in big moments. Advantage: Chiefs

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AFC championship game prediction

The Chiefs (-3, 54 o/u) match up very well against the Bills because their run defense won’t get exploited as much as their passing offense won’t be slowed down much. Allen may try to play Mahomes’ big-armed, athletic game, but Mahomes is better performing against a lesser degree of difficult. Kelce and the running game get some help from Hill or Hardman on a homer run, while Allen faces intense pressure in a one-dimensional attack while playing catch-up. The Chiefs flip the script and limit the time Allen is on the field while they turn in another complete effort to lift up Mahomes.

Chiefs win 30-17 and cover the spread.

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NBA trade rumors: Cavs planning to move Kevin Porter Jr. after locker room outburst

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Kevin Porter Jr. appears to be on his way out of Cleveland.

The Cavaliers are expected to trade or release Porter following the 20-year-old’s recent locker room outburst, according to The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd, Joe Vardon, Kelsey Russo and Shams Charania. Porter reportedly began yelling and at one point threw food after he entered the locker room Friday and learned the team had given his old locker to Taurean Prince, who was acquired by Cleveland as part of the blockbuster James Harden trade.

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Porter was “combative” with Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman, per The Athletic, and coach J.B. Bickerstaff was “shocked and disgusted” by what had transpired. After the incident, other Cavs players were told Porter would no longer be a member of the team, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

The Bucks selected Porter with the No. 30 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and traded him to the Pistons. Detroit then sent Porter to Cleveland, and the former USC standout showed promise as a rookie, averaging 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 2019-20.

Unfortunately for Porter and the Cavaliers, he was unable to carry that momentum into this season. He had not been available for any games in 2020-21 prior to the outburst, sitting out for unspecified personal reasons. Porter has dealt with off-the-court issues while at USC and with the Cavs, but he was on his way to rejoining the rotation. Now all hopes of Porter sticking in Cleveland seem to be gone.

Given his limited NBA experience and personal troubles, it’s difficult to envision a scenario in which the Cavaliers trade Porter for a real asset. It’s far more likely Cleveland releases Porter or waits to include him as a piece of a larger deal closer to the trade deadline.

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Yankees’ Luis Castillo trade talk stopped by intentionally ridiculous demand from Reds

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The Reds have reportedly asked the Yankees for shortstop Gleyber Torres and prospects if New York wants to acquire starting pitcher Luis Castillo in a trade.

That realistically would never happen, at least not this offseason, and Cincinnati likely realizes as much. The club has chosen to project strength not only to Brian Cashman but also to other general managers around the league who might be eyeing Castillo. Cincinnati to this point is uninterested in considering reasonable offers.

Castillo staying through the 2021 season would preserve the Reds’ playoff ambitions. At 28, he’s in the prime of his career and still under team control for three more years.

The right-hander might be underrated nationally because of the excellence of teammates Sonny Gray and Trevor Bauer. He posted a 3.21 ERA in 2020 and struck out more than 11 batters per nine innings. His peripheral numbers suggest a yearlong ERA below 3.00 is possible if not likely in the near future; his 2020 FIP was 2.65, and his expected ERA based on types of contact against him was 3.04. In other words, he pitched better than his already stellar basic stats imply.

With Bauer leaving Cincinnati in free agency, the Reds have little incentive to give Castillo away.

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Castillo would obviously be a difference maker for the Yankees who could alter the course of a playoff series. He would give New York an ace behind Gerrit Cole without commanding ace money.

Torres, however, is a 24-year-old shortstop with two All-Star appearances in three years. As rare as a top-end starting pitcher might be, such a talented player at a premium infield position is even harder to attain. He’s virtually untouchable in trade discussions.

The Reds (31-29 last year) could always change their tune and deal Castillo at the deadline this year or beyond, but for now, they are happy where they are. Prospects far from MLB do nothing to assist their pursuit of a postseason bid and are therefore less desirable centerpieces.

As much as it might irk Yankees fans, that’s probably the correct mindset.

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Deshaun Watson calls off fans who gathered to protest Texans’ treatment of QB

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Texans fans are devoted to Deshaun Watson.

And as such they are, presumably, on edge as rumors swirl about the franchise quarterback’s future in Houston. That future appears more likely to take place with any team but the Texans, with reports of a growing rift between Watson and Houston brass growing wider.

Those reports spurred the Houston faithful to take action: On Monday, a group of diehard fans decided to gather at NRG Stadium and march for Watson, in support of the quarterback in light of the team’s treatment of him.

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The Houston QB, though, is ever aware of the current, y’know, global pandemic currently happening in the country. He urged the fans to disband and head home, hoping to protect them from illness (and also potential heartbreak).

“I’m hearing there is a march planned on my behalf in Houston today,” Watson tweeted. “Although I am humbled I ask that whoever is organizing the march cancel for the sake of public safety. Covid is spreading at a high rate & I don’t want any fans to unnecessarily expose themselves to infection.”

Speaking of diseases, the Houston front office apparently is fighting a bit of one, considering owner Cal McNair has supposedly hitched his wagon to mysterious front office guy Jack Easterby to try and right the Texans ship, a move that has been seen as questionable at best and horrifying at worst by various NFL personalities, including former Texan standout Andre Johnson.

While rumors currently peg the Panthers, Dolphins and Jets are potential trade partners for Watson, there’s no denying the Texans would prefer to keep the superstar QB around. But if Houston decides to part with him, expect a much less peaceful protest the next time around.

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Nick Kyrgios labels Novak Djokovic ‘a tool’ over COVID-19 protocol complaints at Australian Open

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Nick Kyrgios has labelled Novak Djokovic “a tool” after the world No. 1 reportedly issued a list of demands for players under strict quarantine conditions ahead of the Australian Open.

Defending women’s singles champion Sofia Kenin is among 72 players who are consigned to their hotel rooms due to positive coronavirus tests on flights they took to head out for the first grand slam of the year.

Players have posted social media clips of them training and in their rooms, with some complaining about the conditions they are having to contend with for 14 days.

Bernard Tomic’s girlfriend, Vanessa Sierra, expressed her grievances over the standard of food and having to wash her own hair and dishes during her period of quarantine with the world No. 228 so far.

Djokovic does not have to adhere to such strict rules in Adelaide, where he is due to play in an exhibition tournament before the Melbourne major, as he arrived on a virus-free flight.

Yet the 17-time grand slam champion is said to have asked for less time in isolation for players, requested they are given private housing with access to training courts, and better food.

Kyrgios tweeted on Monday: “Djokovic is a tool. I don’t mind Bernie [Tomic] but his Mrs obviously has no perspective, ridiculous scenes Man.”

Three weeks before the Australian Open is due to get underway, Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said the players will not be getting any “special treatment.”

He said: “The virus doesn’t treat you specially, so neither do we. I know there’s been a bit of chatter from a number of players about the rules.

“The rules apply to them as they apply to everybody else and they were all briefed on that before they came and that was the condition on which they came. So, there’s no special treatment here.”

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Why a Deshaun Watson trade to Jets has plenty of pros, minimal cons for New York

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Is Deshaun Watson ready to take flight?

Among organizational turmoil, it seems like Watson’s future with the Texans is murky at best, leading to plenty of trade rumors over the last two weeks. While the story of Watson’s prospective trade partners are at the forefront, the Jets — yes, the New York Football Jets — make a lot of sense as a destination.

Several speculative — allow me to repeat, speculative — reports indicated that the Jets, armed with a war chest of trade assets, would be in the mix to trade for the Houston franchise passer, reaffirming that idea:

But what if paper came to practice? What if the Jets and Texans get serious like Chip and LaFawnduh, and trade talks start to heat up between the two franchises?

Save your “Same Old Jets” jokes. Close out of the buttfumble gif. Yes, this is a team that recently employed Adam Gase. This is a team that finds a way to spell “dog” as “C-A-T.” But with top head coach candidate Robert Saleh taking the Jets job and general manager Joe Douglas living up to reputation as a well-respected front-office guy, maybe the Jets’ fortunes are starting to turn around. 

With the Jets one of just a few teams in prime position to trade for Watson — and if Watson were to waive his no-trade clause and invite a trade to New York — then there’s plenty of reason for both sides to get a deal done. 

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The pros

Really, any article worth its salt would begin and end with this: It’s Deshaun Freakin’ Watson. But there’s a little more to a Watson trade than that.

Let’s start with the obvious: Here’s a list of Jets quarterbacks who have started a game for New York since 2000:

  • Vinny Testaverde
  • Chad Pennington
  • Quincy Carter (?)
  • Brooks Bollinger
  • Kellen Clemens
  • Brett Favre
  • Mark Sanchez
  • Greg McElroy (??)
  • Geno Smith
  • Michael Vick
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick
  • Bryce Petty (???)
  • Josh McCown
  • Sam Darnold
  • Luke Falk (????)
  • Trevor Siemian
  • Joe Flacco

Need we go on?

This list is pretty context independent, but if you’re looking solely at the QBs drafted and expected to be franchise passers — Pennington, Sanchez, Smith, Darnold — the Jets have been searching for a franchise-altering signal-caller since Joe Namath wagged his finger after Super Bowl 3 (Ken O’Brien notwithstanding).

By the way, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Christian Hackenberg experiment that couldn’t even make it past the hypothesis stage; Hackenberg never took a snap in a regular-season NFL game and the only passes he completed were to Jets beat reporters on the practice field sideline.

Simply put: This team is in desperate need of a quarterback, with 2018 No. 3 overall pick Darnold not reaching his ceiling, and it’s becoming increasingly apparent that ceiling won’t be in New York.

Even on a 4-12 Texans team, Deshaun Watson is coming off an all-world season: 33 touchdowns to just seven interceptions while leading the league in passing yards with 4,823 on a team that was otherwise devoid of offensive talent. Watson is the type of player to elevate those around him, meaning the talent gap on the Jets wouldn’t be as wide as some think it might be.

There’s also the question of contract, which would be a major boon in favor of the Jets: Watson’s deal, which runs through 2025, is actually pretty team friendly for the caliber of player he is and the amount of money QBs are making now. By the way, the Jets are scheduled to have over $70 million in cap space entering this offseason, more than enough to help supplement the roster in key areas.

It also helps the Jets that new head coach Robert Saleh was reportedly a choice of Watson’s to get an interview from Houston during their coaching search. Those suggestions fell on deaf ears, though, with owner Cal McNair choosing not to interview Saleh.

Speaking of Saleh, what a gift it would be for a neophyte head coach to not have to worry about navigating a rookie quarterback or having to develop or babysit one: Trading for Watson instantly gives the Jets one less area to focus on improving about while GM Joe Douglas continues building out the rest of the roster.

Trading for the 25-year-old Watson would finally give the Jets an answer at quarterback, removing most if not all doubt under center after toiling and floundering for years (decades) trying to find the next guy.

Really, it’s hard to spot a downside here …

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The cons

… But there are some red flags you can spot.

Here are a few cons in trading for Watson:

Questionable taste in music:

Watson shared this tweet on Jan. 15. Who listens to Future in the year of our lord 2021?

Controversial wardrobe:

Watson doesn’t really look great in black and red, right? He’d look much better in Gotham Green and Spotlight White (and occassionally Stealth Black).

Eh, no matter. Plenty of time for shopping in New York’s fashion district, or when he’s getting fitted for a Jets uniform.

On a serious note, it’s hard to pinpoint the exact cons here if you’re the Jets.

Watson is a proven leader and player. He’s young. He’s due just over $10.5 million in 2021 before his big-money extension kicks in, with $35 million, $37 million, $32 million and $32 million due every year between 2022 and 2025. Considering that quarterbacks will continue to earn more and more, that’s a relatively friendly number for a team. The Texans would also be on the hook for Watson’s signing bonus, just over $5 million a year if he is traded.

If you’re going to point to a single flaw in potentially trading for Watson — and really, there’s only one — it’s the draft picks it would take to acquire him. The Jets aren’t exactly a team rife with talent, meaning they could really, really use those first-round picks, especially the ones they gained in the Jamal Adams trade, to help turn the roster around in the immediate to help the quarterback and the roster in general.

Any package going Houston would likely contain three first-round picks, plus more. The Jets are currently scheduled to pick No. 2 overall — where some rumors indicate they’ll likely select a quarterback — and No. 23 in the first round of this year’s draft. They have both their own first-round pick and Seattle’s first-rounder in 2022.

The Jets haven’t exactly had the propensity to hold onto or develop their first-round picks over the last decade, with just three picks on the team from the last 10 drafts (Darnold, Quinnen Williams, Mekhi Becton), putting them in the situation they are today.

Douglas had a strong showing in his first draft with the Jets in 2020, with rookies having an immediate impact on the team: first-round pick Mekhi Becton looks like the goods at left tackle, second-round pick Denzel Mims flashed after dealing with injuries early in the second and the Jets mid-round picks — Ashtyn Davis, Bryce Hall — both provided something on the defensive side of the ball. If the Jets are going to build without the excess of first-round picks, then the margin of error for Douglas to get those mid-round picks wrong is pretty slim.

But it’s not impossible: Plenty of teams have shown they can build without first-round picks. The Rams gave up some pretty hefty draft capital to trade up to select Jared Goff (and this is Jared Goff, mind you), and went to a Super Bowl a few years later. The Eagles did the same thing, in the very same draft, to get Carson Wentz, and won a Super Bowl in 2018.

The packages both squads gave up isn’t congruent to giving up three, first-round picks, obviously, but even if the Jets gave up that capital, they would likely still have an opportunity to pick in the first in either this year’s draft or next year’s. Not exactly leaving them without the capital in the future.

Still, if the byproduct of trading away three first-rounders is a perenniel MVP candidate in Deshaun Watson?

That’s a risk worth taking.

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