Vegas is giving the Chiefs five points to beat the Chargers in Week 12.

The Kansas City Chiefs host the San Diego Chargers in a Week 12 AFC West showdown. Vegas likes the Chiefs to win — according to OddsShark, the Chiefs are 5-point favorites.

The way Bo tells it, he waited as long as he could, then he fired a slug into that bear’s skull. The bear kept coming. His buddy yelled, “Shoot him again!” and Bo shot him again, firing another bullet directly into the bear’s noggin. Bo 2, Bear 0. And then Bo skinned that bear on the spot and dragged the 70-pound hide the half-mile back to camp.

At the end of the excellent 30 for 30 documentary “You Don’t Know Bo,” we see Bo in the dimly-lit, semi-finished basement of his house. He just sits down there and makes arrows for his crossbow. Bo Jackson was once a global megastar, arguably bigger and more celebrated than any American athlete playing today. For a little while, by some measures, one could argue that he was even bigger than Michael Jordan. Now he is a regular guy in his basement with a dorky hobby.

Anyone who played Tecmo Bowl is well aware of Bo’s contributions to video gaming (the 30 for 30 documentary spent a full minute or two talking about it). By virtue of his speed and tackle-breaking ability, Tecmo Bo was perhaps the greatest athlete in the history of video gaming, and that is the Bo we aim to recreate here.

Even after beating the secondary, Tecmo Bo had to zig-zag up the field like he was running away from crocodiles. Thanks to some adjustments, which I’ll get into shortly, Madden Bo sort of had to do the same. At any rate, Madden Bo is at least as quick as Tecmo Bo, which is good enough for me.


the season rests on finding a way to beat the Bengals.

On Sunday afternoon, the Baltimore Ravens will play host to the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium in what amounts to just about a do-or-die type game.

For Baltimore, the season rests on finding a way to beat the Bengals. At 3-5, the Ravens can not afford another loss at this point in the schedule. As it stands, Baltimore is 1.5 games out of the last wild card spot in the AFC but has a bevy of teams to jump over, including the San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.

Ed Valentine of Big Blue View gives his choice of the Giants’ most improved player:

My choice, however, would be cornerback Prince Amukamara. The 2011 first-round pick is finally beginning to live up to his status as the 19th overall pick in that 2011 NFL draft. He has just one interception, but has played solidly and finally looks like the player the Giants were hoping for. He may not be an elite shutdown corner, but he certainly is a quality player.

Be sure to check out SB Nation’s team blogs, Silver And Black Pride and Big Blue View, for more analysis and highlights from the game.

Manuel was 2-2 as a starter before going down in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns. His rookie numbers were promising through four-plus games. On the season, Manuel is 85-for-150 passing for 985 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions.

There may be some considerable rust to shake off, but at the very least Manuel should improve upon Jeff Tuel’s production from last week. Tuel went 18-for-39 for 229 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Dolphins took immediate action on Richie Incognito offseason incident

The end result felt bipolar and insincere. Men have struggled to figure out what women want for centuries, so maybe it shouldn’t be such a surprise that the sports world is struggling to figure it out. Whether it’s offering women makeovers before a baseball game or a boxed set of HBO’s Girls on DVD with a basketball ticket, most of these “ladies nights” seem to miss the mark, and reflect that old, overcompensating confusion.

Maybe they’ll get it right eventually. Until then, I’ll just crack open a beer and watch the game on my own. I have a nice new opener.

head Joe Philbin addressed the media for the first time about an incident last year involving Richie Incognito at a team golf outing last year.

Philbin says Miami took “immediate action” and addressed the matter privately, via Pro Football Talk. “We were made of aware of the situation, we took immediate action,” he said. “Any club action we took against any player would remain private.”

Incognito was accused of sexually harassing a female volunteer at a Dolphins golf event. The Dolphins did not discuss what kind of action they took, and Philbin indicated that he would not discuss the incident any more.

The Dolphins continue to be in the middle of a firestorm due to the ongoing saga involving Incognito and Jonathan Martin. Neither player will be with the team when they play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week. Philbin says that he wants the focus to stay on the game coming up and avoid any further distractions. That may be a tall order under the bright lights of ESPN on Monday Night Football.


Every score and result from the 16-team international tournament, won by the United States

The greatest international baseball tournament on Earth was 17 days of fun, with the United States coming out on top of the 16-team field, winning the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

It was the first WBC championship for Team USA, which endured quite a gauntlet to capture the crown, first beating the defending champion Dominican Republic in an elimination game to get past the second round. Then the United States beat undefeated Japan in the semifinals, then undefeated Puerto Rico in the championship game to win it all.

About that 2017 NFL Draft, which includes four of the first 52 picks. Cleveland can take Myles Garrett at No. 1 without over-thinking it. Pair Garrett with Emmanuel Ogbah, who led the team with 6.0 sacks as a rookie. That’s a no-brainer.

The Browns, however, can enjoy the freedom with the No. 12 pick. It doesn’t have to be a quarterback if Deshaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky or the others do not feel right. It could be a bold pick or a small trade up for, say, a 240-pound running back who just ran a 4.51 at the NFL Combine. Hello, Leonard Fournette.

Remember that 2014 NFL Draft first round that landed Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel? A Garrett-Fournette combo would generate about 50 times more excitement in Cleveland. There’s your “Draft Day” script re-written. Only the quarterback question – the biggest question in Cleveland – hasn’t been answered.

Osweiler or whoever under center can work with that. It might not win the AFC North, but the progress could lead to the final step. That’s landing the franchise quarterback. If it’s not Osweiler or Garoppolo, then who is it?

Bleacher Report NFL columnist Mike Freeman wrote many NFL clubs genuinely hate Kaepernick and want nothing to do with him.

Plenty agree with Lee. His pro-Kaepernick post has drawn over 14,000 likes and counting on Instagram. But Jason Whitlock, co-host of FS1 is Speak for Yourself, said the world is most famous Knicks fan has no credibility when it comes to pro football.

The move is part of an offseason theme for the Colts this year, signing low-cost free agents to patch over the more expensive busts from free agency and the draft that were a regular part of the offseason under former GM Ryan Grigson. Aiken should provide an instant upgrade over Phillip Dorsett, who is been a bust since being picked in the first round two years ago.

I have been talking with my physical therapist as far as whether I can showcase anything, said Ramczyk, who will be headed to Indianapolis next month along with other injured prospects for a medical re-check. We are not sure yet.

It is just an injury where you don’t want to push too early and have something bad happen, especially before the draft. I should be cleared to be 100 percent full pads, full practice by May. My film is going to speak a lot for me.

Just the fact Ramczyk has any after his college path speaks well for what he has forged.

In terms of height, weight, quick release and overall passing style, Trubisky meshes more with the Browns’ current preferred prototype than either Watson or Notre Dame is DeShone Kizer.28

Ryan Broyles injury: Lions WR likely out for season with torn Achilles

Ryan Broyles is likely out for the rest of the 2017 season after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon during the Detroit Lions’ win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, according to the Detroit Free Press. Head coach Jim Schwartz confirmed that Broyles was potentially out for the season after the game.

“I’m hoping for the best, but it was a unique break,” Matthews told “I’m praying for the best when they take [the pins] out. It could be as early as Philadelphia. It could be as late as Thanksgiving [at Detroit]. Hopefully, there’s nothing unforeseen when they do that.”
This season, Matthews had racked up three sacks and 18 tackles in four weeks, spearheading the Packers defense. The former USC standout has not played in 16 games since his rookie season, playing in only 12 last year but recording 13 sacks.

Without Matthews, the team has continued to surge in the standings following a 1-2 start. Green Bay topped the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night 44-31, putting it at 5-2 and keeping it atop the NFC North by a half-game over the Lions.

Alex Smith was sacked six times, and the Chiefs defense was only able to get one of their own. Sunday’s game was another example of desperately trying to find a reason Kansas City is 8-0, only to have doubt turned on its head once again. This team has shown it can win when Jamaal Charles doesn’t have success, can win when Smith struggles, and now the Chiefs have proven they can win without elite pass-rush play, which they have otherwise had all season. Around the league this team is still seen as a paper tiger, but they’re a lot closer to the league’s best team than anyone wants to give them credit for.


Jets vs. Bengals 2016 picks and predictions: Cincinnati the majority favorite at home

The Cincinnati Bengals host the New York Jets in Week 8. Cincinnati is a comfortable favorite to win at home, being picked by a majority of online experts.

The Bengals needed a last-second field goal to beat the Detroit Lions, 27-24, a week ago. They move to 5-2 on the season and have a two-game lead in the AFC North. Cincinnati is the only team in the division with a winning record after the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns both lost.

Ryan is signed through the end of next season.

Despite starting rookie Geno Smith for all seven games this season, and seeing him throw 11 interceptions, New York is above .500 and coming off of a 30-27 overtime win over the New England Patriots. Much like it did during the first two years with Mark Sanchez, the Jets defense has carried the team to a respectable record.

The Jets have not won or lost consecutive games yet this year and travel to Cincinnati to take on the Bengals in Week 8. Ryan is 38-33 in his career with New York, but hasn’t made the playoffs since 2010.

How long can Thad Lewis keep this up? He’s been a pleasant surprise for Buffalo, beating the Dolphins and narrowly losing to the Bengals in overtime. The Saints will be a big test for him thanks to their rejuvenated defense. But this is close to a must-win game for the Bills, who are clinging to slim playoff hopes at this point.


NCAA basketball bracket 2017: West region led by Gonzaga, Arizona

The NCAA tournament’s field of 68 was unveiled Sunday night. They’ll have a fight on their hands, but Mark Few’s Gonzaga Bulldogs are the West region’s top seed.

You can check out the full bracket right here, and find a printable bracket here.

Gonzaga has had a remarkable season. The Bulldogs finished the regular season with a loss to BYU, then recovered in time to win the WCC tournament and lock in the West’s top seed. Their task now: to finally reach a Final Four after more than a decade of contending and then failing sometime in March.

The Zags have been consistent for a long time, and this season was no exception. They’ve made every Big Dance since 1999, a streak that started in Dan Monson’s last year running the program and that’s continued under Few.

Wizards forward Markieff Morris stepped out of bounds shortly before hitting a game-winning jump shot with 0.4 seconds remaining, but officials were unable to review the play because the rulebook does not permit it. Damian Lillard missed a near halfcourt heave on the ensuing possession.

Still, games are not won or lost on the final possession, especially when a team blows a 21-point lead.

John Wall powered Washington with 39 points on 13-of-23 shooting from the field. He finished with nine assists, diming five other players to score in double figures. Bradley Beal also helped pick apart the Trail Blazers defense for 26 points on 5-of-10 shooting, and Washington outscored Portland by 27 with Marcin Gortat on the floor.

The Wizards won despite a monstrous effort from Lillard and C.J. McCollum, who combined for 67 points on 26-of-50 shooting. Skilled big man Jusuf Nurkic got into foul trouble and only posted seven points and seven rebounds, though he was able to block three shots in his 28 minutes on the floor.4

The Denver offense was bogged down by inexperience at quarterback coupled with an inability to consistently run the ball.

Starting Trevor Siemian with a splash of Paxton Lynch probably isn’t what the Broncos had in mind for 2016 after winning Super Bowl 50. Brock Osweiler was supposed to take over for Peyton Manning, but left in free agency, which may have been a bullet dodged by the Broncos.

The Denver offense was bogged down by inexperience at quarterback coupled with an inability to consistently run the ball.

Lynch may be the Broncos quarterback of the future, but getting an established veteran to serve as a bridge while the 2016 first-round pick is groomed for the role would make sense.

The Broncos aren’t loaded with cap space, but could certainly fit Romo into the budget and could make it even easier by clearing $10.9 million by releasing Russell Okung.

Either way, Romo in Denver is a scenario that has made sense for months.

It takes a rough rookie season for Nowitzki to adjust to the NBA before emerging as a star his second year. His transition off the court might have been even more difficult, though. Nowitzki couldn’t figure out the postal system, didn’t know how to pay his bills, and left his apartment unfurnished for weeks. It wasn’t until Cuban bought the Mavericks in 2000 that the team hired a dietitian. Before that, Nowitzki’s pregame meal was usually a Snickers and some chips.

“He had a phone bill, and a cable bill, and I had to go show him how you pay it, and how you write a check,” Steve Nash said in a 1998 television interview.

One discovery that helps Nowitzki feel more at home was a German restaurant called Kuby’s, located in Highland Park just a few miles north of downtown. There, Nowitzki finds some hometown comfort in the German dish of schnitzel.


Josh Ho-Sang got called up to the Islanders this week. And he chose the number 66.

Harden, meanwhile, continues to put up absurd numbers regularly for a very good team. Oh, and LeBron James is putting up career numbers in assists and rebounds, which says something considering we’re talking about LeBron Freaking James.

It’s here where I note that I declared Kawhi the victor after his transcendent moment against Houston; never forget that Twitter isn’t real and I am not an authoritative voice on anything, much less basketball. I have also in the past made the case for Harden over Westbrook, and I have been sympathetic to Paul Flannery’s argument that it should go to LeBron based on his regular season excellence and his inevitable postseason dominance.

Really, instead of making grand declarations in early March, we should appreciate how strong the four cases are and let this play out over the next five weeks.

A player whose outspoken, contentious comments about his abilities, his place in the game and his perceived mistreatment throughout his career stand in stark contrast to the team-first, me-last culture that hockey’s most die-hard supporters aim to instill? Is Ho-Sang a selfish malcontent? A problem child? Or is he just a confident kid being himself?

Good question! I’m going to lean toward the latter. But his first week in the NHL shone a gigantic spotlight on the exhausting conflict between the NHL’s ultra-sensitive culture when it comes to #respectingthegame. Or whatever.

You see, Josh Ho-Sang got called up to the Islanders this week. And he chose the number 66. He wore it all through juniors. His idol is Pittsburgh Penguins legend Mario Lemieux.

And suddenly this is a thing. People are not happy. People like well-respected NHL writer Michael Farber.