Report: Gary Kubiak expected to be fired today
Peter King of Sports Illustrated says he expects Texans coach Gary Kubiak to be fired today, after his team endured an 11th straight loss last night in Jacksonville.
Houston's fall has been quick, and severe. It's quite something to go from supposed SB contenders to possibly picking first overall in the draft.
What are the chances Kubes ends up back working with Shanny, assuming the tan one doesn't also get canned?
Team Efficiency Rankings: Week 13
The New England Patriots are increasingly resembling the good-offense-bad-defense teams of recent seasons…At this point, they may just be a poor man’s Denver, which is a problem considering they’ll likely have to face the real Denver.
Denver remains at #3 in overall efficiency; another flag-filled game (10 for 75 yards and four first downs vs. KC) has them at #23 (tie) in penalty avoidance.
On offense, they're again #1 overall: #1 in passing, #7 (tie) at avoiding picks, #5 (tie) running, and dead last in fumbling, even with Sunday's clean performance.
Defensively, they're down to #19 (allowing KC 452 yards didn't help): #20 against the pass, #13 (tie) at intercepting the ball, and #3 (tie) versus the run.
Seahawks can clinch playoffs tonight, more teams can clinch Sunday
In the AFC, the Broncos will clinch a playoff berth if they beat the Titans on Sunday. Even if the Broncos lose to the Titans on Sunday, they’ll clinch at least a wild card if the Dolphins lose to the Steelers.
Yes, they're aiming for much bigger things than a Wild Card spot, but clinching a postseason berth in Week 14 would still be pretty great.
A quadruple Decker
“DT got hurt on the first play of the game,” Manning explained afterward…“That third down to him, in that type of play, usually he can go up and make it,” Manning said. “He couldn’t even reach with his other hand. He goes up with one hand and obviously tips it, and it ends up getting intercepted. I probably told him he could have told me that earlier, that he only has one hand, and I might not have thrown to him.”
It was easy to criticize Manning for that pick - and we did - but as usual, context is king.
Broncos looking positively Super after crucial win; more Snaps
But when I look at the current order of things in the AFC, the list of elite teams starts and ends with 10-2 Denver. There’s no one else who seems as poised and primed for a Super Bowl run than this record-breaking Broncos team in a 2013 season that seems to give us a new and impressive statistical accomplishment to ponder almost every week.
Denver might still be the favorites today even if they'd lost on Sunday, but the win does provide them a distinct advantage over the rest of the AFC field.
N.F.L. Week 13 Quick Hits: Picked On by Peyton Manning
For a stretch in the second half, Manning targeted Cooper on every drop-back — at one point, even aligning four split receivers to the left side of the formation and just one (Decker) to the right, across from Cooper. The Chiefs still tried to give Cooper help on that unusual play, and Cooper was still beaten for a defensive pass interference.
Until about three weeks ago, some chuckleheads in the media dared call this Chiefs defense among the greatest of all time.
But KC has allowed an average of 480.8 yards over its past four games, and 34.3 points during its three-game losing streak.
Broncos game day roster moves: DRC, Julius, Hillman, Champ, Huff
The Broncos are expected to place cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and tight end Julius Thomas on their inactive list for their game today against the Kansas City Chiefs.
According to Klis, Denver is expected to dress Michael Huff and Ronnie Hillman, who has not played since October 20.
Broncos' Derek Wolfe ruled out for Kansas City game with illness
Wolfe is being treated at a Denver hospital after becoming ill on the team’s bus to Denver International Airport on Friday. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital after becoming sick and is being evaluated to determine the cause of his symptoms.
Here's the team's statement on Wolfe. Feel better, Derek!
Week 13 N.F.L. Game Probabilities: The Value of Aaron Rodgers
0.71 Denver at Kansas City 0.29
This should figure, given that Burke's efficiency figures have Denver at #3 overall (#3 offense, #17 defense) and Kansas City all the way down at #21 (31, 7).
FWIW, I don't think Burke's model treats whatever perceived home-field advantage there is at Arrowhead for the Chiefs any differently than another team's HFA.
Chiefs’ Reid: Good chance that Tamba Hali plays Sunday
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said that injured linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali would not practice Wednesday.
There was some encouraging news on Hali. Reid said there was a good chance Hali would play Sunday against the Broncos.
Houston finally underwent an MRI on his dislocated elbow today, because there was too much swelling for an earlier scan.