Chiefs release long time LB Justin Houston

The Kansas City Chiefs have released outside linebacker Justin Houston as he was set to eat up $15 million of the Chiefs salary for then upcoming season.

Houston was a third round pick by the Chiefs out of Georgia in 2011 and he quickly excelled by posting double digit sacks in two of his first three NFL seasons. In 2014, he ammassed 22 sacks (Second all-time and only 0.5 away from the NFL record) and four forced fumbles en route to earning a $101 million contract that made him the highest paid defensive player ever.

Whichever team picks up the four-time pro bowler will be getting a player who has only regressed since that superb 2014 season, however at only age 30 there is no reason not to believe that Houston has alot left to offer. He still ammassed 18.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries over the last two seasons.

Stellar Defenses Headline The Patriots Super Bowl 53 Victory

Super Bowl LIII was supposed to be one of the most high scoring affairs ever. After last season’s high flying Super Bowl that featured the Philadelphia Eagles instead of the Los Angeles Rams there was no reason to believe this one wouldn’t be more potent offensively. Wrong. The Rams and New England Patriots combined for just a measly 16 points in the Patriots 13-3 victory.

The first half of this year’s Super Bowl only featured three points between the Rams and New England Patriots. Neither team took a snap in the other team’s red zone while the Pats committed the only turnover on Tom Brady’s first pass attempt of the game. The Rams were only able to muster 52 total yards and two first downs in the half and Todd Gurley was again shunned as he only received three touches (He only had four all of last week). Both team played worse than usual and it led to the 3-0 stalemate that fans were left with at halftime.


New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman finished Super Bowl LIII with 10 receptions for 143 yards.

The second half began almost no different than the first half as both teams continued to struggle offensively. The Rams added on to a streak they began in the first half as they wound up punting on eight straight possessions through midway of the third quarter. The Patriots ended up with a few first downs in the third quarter but after the quarter the score was just 3-3 as Greg Zuerlein connected on a 53 yard attempt near the end of the third.

It all came down to the fourth quarter in this Super Bowl of defenses as neither team was able to create separation through three quarters. The Patriots were able to finally break through offensively with a one-yard Sony Michel touchdown to make the score 10-3. They coupled that with a Stephon Gilmore interception on the following Rams possession with under five minutes to play in regulation. That interception proved to be the biggest play of the game as Tom Brady and the rest of the offense ran the time down to under two minutes before Stephen Gostkowski put the game away at 13-3.

Super Bowl LIII was Tom Brady’s sixth NFL championship and it was also the Patriots’ 11th appearance in the big game (Third in a row). Their defense held the Rams usually superb offense to just 3 points, 12 first downs and 205 total yards in addition to the 4 sacks they got on Rams QB Jared Goff.

In a season where the Patriots were doubted repeatedly they persevered and showed everyone around the league why they are still the gold standard around the league.


Black History Athlete Of The Day: Bo Jackson

Former football and baseball superstar Bo Jackson has widely been considered one of the greatest athletes to ever live.

His legend began to grow the second he began attending Auburn University and started playing football, amassing 829 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in his freshman year. He then went on to add baseball to his aresenal the following year and he didn’t look back. In 1985, his final season of college football, Bo ran for 1,786 yards and 17 touchdowns en route to the Heisman trophy. He matched that same total of touchdowns in home runs that year om the diamond.

Jackson was selected first overall in the 1986 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers however he refused to sign his contract due to a previous dispute with the team. Instead, he signed with the Los Angeles Raiders after they drafted him the following season in the 1987 NFL draft. He only played in seven games his rookie year but he managed to rush for 554 yards

The Kansas City Chiefs Cut Kareem Hunt Following The Release Of Brutal Video

The Kansas City Chiefs have released running back Kareem Hunt after a video was released on Friday stemming from an incident in February.

The Chiefs had actually known about Hunt’s February incident yet they decided to move forward with the second-year back after they allowed the NFL and law enforcement to look into the matter. The video, released by TMZ, shows Hunt pushing a young woman and also kicking her as she was crouching to the ground in what appeared to be a hotel hallway.

“I deeply regret what I did.” Hunt stated in an apology. “I hope to move on from this.”


NFL Midseason Awards (MVP, OPOY, Etc.)

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The 2017 NFL season is halfway through and like any other season this season is full of commonalities and surprises. As for commonalities, the Cleveland Browns are still the worst team in the league and they’ve already started multiple players at quarterback. In other news, the Patriots and Steelers are still very dominant and an Andy Reid coached team (The Chiefs) looks great throughout the first half of the season. As for surprises, Deshaun Watson looked like he easily could’ve won MVP, Rookie of the Year and even Offensive Player of the Year, but an unfortunate ACL tear will sideline the rookie sensation for the rest of the season. Tom Coughlin has Jacksonville looking like a contender minus Blake Bortles, while the Colts are amongst the NFL’s worst teams as Andrew Luck has been sidelined all season.

All in all, let’s take a look at what we believe the NFL awards would be if they were given out today.

 

Most Valuable Player (MVP): Carson Wentz

With his team sitting atop the NFL at 7-1, Carson Wentz has his team in prime position to lock up one of the top two spots in the NFC playoff race behind his stellar play and a defense that is playing as well as any unit in the league. Through 8 games Wentz has 19 touchdowns (Best in the league) to go along with 2,063 yards (3rd in the league) which has his looking like the early MVP front runner. The huge question will be can he carry this momentum into the playoffs?

Runner-Up: Alex Smith

Offensive Player of the Year (OPOY): Kareem Hunt

Before Spencer Ware’s injury, many thought that Kareem Hunt would be either RB2 or RB3 in Kansas City. With Ware sidelined for the year, Kareem Hunt got his opportunity to shine and has clearly made the most of it in every showing. After fumbling his first NFL carry, Hunt exploded for 246 all-purpose yards and 3 touchdowns on opening night against the defending NFL champions, the New England Patriots. Hunt has gone on to lead all running back’s in rushing this season with 763 yards while maintaining an impressive 5.2 yards per carry. Look for him to continue to trend upward each week as his aggressive yet patient rushing style fit Andy Reid’s west coast offense perfectly.

Runner-Up: Tom Brady

Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY): Demarcus Lawrence

Demarcus Lawrence was basically an afterthought coming into the 2017 season. Last season, he posted 1 sacks in 9 games. So far this season he already has an NFL high 10.5 sacks, 3 fumble forced and 2 fumble recoveries.

Runner-Up: Ryan Shazier

Offensive Rookie of the Year (OROY): Kareem Hunt

Offensive player of the year and offensive rookie of the year for Kareem Hunt? Yeah it’s a stretch, but the way he’s been playing it certainly isn’t impossible. Also if the Chiefs keep winning that would help his case.

Runner-Up: Leonard Fournette

Defensive Rookie of the Year (DROY): T.J. Watt

Many wondered how T.J. Watt would handle being the younger brother of a three time NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He’s faired pretty well in his first 7 NFL games as he has four sacks and an interception while constantly wreaking havoc in opposing offenses backfields. He is actually on pace to have a better rookie season than his older brother had. However, J.J. has been a dominant force ever since. Can T.J. do the same thing?

Runner-Up: Marshon Lattimore

Comeback Player of the Year: Rob Gronkowski

Guess who has the most touchdown receptions in the NFL since 2010? Rob Gronkowski. That’s amazing considering how much time he misses due to injury. In 2016, he missed basically the entire season (He only played 6 games) while his team went on to win the Super Bowl without him. In 2017 he’s already posted 34 receptions for 509 yards to go along with 5 touchdowns while the Patriots are a quiet 6-2. While there are concerns about the defensive effort this season, there’s no concern over Gronk’s health and his connection with Tom Brady.

Runner-Up: DeAndre Hopkins

Coach of the Year: Sean McVay

First time head coach Sean McVay has the Rams looking like actual contenders for the first time since Marshall Faulk last wore Navy and Gold. McVay’s best work has been the development of second year QB Jared Goff, who has limited turnovers which hurt his rookie campaign. Behind Goff, a re-renergized Todd Gurley and an underrated defense, McVay has the Rams at 5-2 and looking good in the playoff race.

Runner-Up: Sean Payton