It's Friday; I know you don't want to be at work. Enjoy these NFL links.
Earlier this season, the Jets had three straight road games including one in Oakland followed by games in Baltimore and New England. This week, they played the Patriots on Sunday night then were across the country to play the Broncos at altitude with, essentially, one full day to prepare. So when Jim Leonhard bitches about the schedule, I tend to agree.
As I've mentioned before, football statistics are -- in many cases -- useless as an ashtray on a motorcycle. Here, statistically speaking, is why Mark Sanchez is just fine, everyone. Just fine. The Jets are 10th in the AFCwhen it comes to playoff scenarios. Tenth. Lance Briggs is making sense. Others teams have sucked too after losing their quarterbacks, but nobody's quite sucked like the 2011 Indianapolis Colts. Not denying the fact the Colts are bad, but I wonder if they're even a six-win team with Manning. Pass-rushers. Who needs 'em? The Chiefs don't know who the hell they think they are.
As the July 31 trade deadline inches closer, the American League East-leading Boston Red Sox are exploring the market for bullpen help. According to FanCred Sports' Jon Heyman, Boston is one of several suitors lining up for talented Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton.
"He looks like the Britton of old," a scout told Heyman, who reports that the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Atlanta Braves are also inquiring about a deal for him.
Britton made his 2018 debut last month after recovering from an Achilles injury, and has a 3.68 ERA with four saves in 15 appearances. He hasn't allowed an earned run in seven straight appearances, dating back to a blown save in a June 27 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports that Orioles scouts have been checking in with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, with particular interest in prospect Michael Chavis.
Baseball America ranks Chavis as the No. 2 prospect in the Red Sox system, but does not have him in its most recent Top 100 prospect rankings. In 10 games split between Portland and Low-A Lowell this season, Chavis is hitting .222/.364/.500 with two home runs and six RBIs.