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Chiefs' Travis Kelce believes NFL's overtime playoff rules are unfair

Chiefs' Travis Kelce believes NFL's overtime playoff rules are unfair

Travis Kelce apparently has sour grapes about the NFL's playoff overtime rule.

Kelce's season ended unceremoniously in the AFC Championship Game thanks to that rule, as the New England Patriots won a coin toss to receive possession in overtime and promptly marched down the field to score the game-winning touchdown without the Kansas City Chiefs getting a shot of their own.

Kelce was asked about how the game ended Thursday on 98.5 The Sports Hub's "Felger & Mazz" radio show and admitted he thinks the playoff overtime rule should be changed to allow both teams to possess the ball.


It's a cool discussion to have. I think it's a little bit more fair. Does it take the game longer in terms of TV, in terms of all that stuff? Yes. But I think if it was the other way around -- if Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs go down, they win the toss, they go down they score a touchdown -- we're not talking about, 'Oh, Brady should have gotten a chance; he should have gotten this and that.'

It's kind of funny how everyone in America wanted to see Patrick Mahomes be a legend in that moment. 

We know some Patriots fans who disagree with that last point.

Kelce then was asked point-blank if he felt the Chiefs lost the AFC title game on a coin flip and responded, "Yes."

"It's definitely going to lead to some questions throughout the NFL and whether or not they should change playoff overtime," Kelce added.

Folks who watched the NFC Championship Game would remind Kelce that the Los Angeles Rams lost the overtime coin flip to the Saints but still won 26-23 after stopping New Orleans on its offensive possession.

But Kelce seemed undeterred by logic, even admitting he probably wouldn't care about the overtime rule had it benefited Kansas City.

I'm definitely in favor of (both sides getting the ball). Especially being in a situation like that. I would probably be a little more, I don't want to say careless, but like, 'Yeah, they could change it if they want, but it doesn't really affect me.'

Being in that situation, really having no control, no rebuttal or no retaliation on playing against an amazing offense like that -- it kinda sucked.

The NFL may reconsider its archaic overtime rule anyway in favor of the modern college format, but Kelce won't earn any sympathy in these parts for his comments.

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NFL strength of schedule rankings 2019: Did the Patriots get a gift?

NFL strength of schedule rankings 2019: Did the Patriots get a gift?

The NFL strives for parity. So, there's no way they'd give the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots one of the easiest schedules in the league this season, right?

Well...

The NFL's full 2019 schedule came out Wednesday night, and if you use opponents' 2018 win percentage as your gauge, the Patriots actually have the second-easiest schedule in the league this year.

Here's the full list, ranked from hardest (highest opponent win percentage) to easiest (lowest opponent win percentage) schedule:

1. Oakland Raiders (.539)
2. Denver Broncos (.537)
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (.531)
4. Houston Texans (.527)
T-5. Chicago Bears (.520)
T-5. Kansas City Chiefs (.520)
T-7. Indianapolis Colts (.518)
T-7. Atlanta Falcons (.518)
9. Tennessee Titans (.514)
10. Minnesota Vikings (.512)
11. San Francisco 49ers (.510)
T-12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (.508)
T-12. Arizona Cardinals (.508)
T-14. Green Bay Packers (.504)
T-14. Dallas Cowboys (.504)
T-16. Carolina Panthers (.502)
T-16. Los Angeles Chargers (.502)
18. Miami Dolphins (.500)
T-19. Pittsburgh Steelers (.496)
T-19. Baltimore Ravens (.496)
T-19. Detroit Lions (.496)
22. New Orleans Saints (.488)
23. Cleveland Browns (.484)
24. Buffalo Bills (.480)
25. Seattle Seahawks (.479)
26. Philadelphia Eagles (.477)
T-27. Cincinnati Bengals (.473)
T-27. New York Jets (.473)
T-27. New York Giants (473)
T-27. Los Angeles Rams (.473)
T-27. New England Patriots (.473)
32. Washington Redskins (.469)

Before Patriots haters accuse the NFL of playing favorites, New England's cushy schedule is mostly the product of good fortune. Each NFL division matches up with a full AFC and NFC division every year, and the AFC East drew the AFC North and NFC East this season, meaning the Patriots get to face models of futility like the New York Giants, Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals.

It also helps that New England plays in one of the worst divisions in football; the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills all had sub-.500 records in 2018 and show no real signs of improvement.

Of course, past results don't necessarily predict future performance, as the revamped Cleveland Browns won't be the 7-8-1 club it was last year.

It's still a pretty good barometer, though, so Patriots fans can take extra pleasure in seeing the AFC rival Kansas City Chiefs in the top five of hardest schedules.

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Tom Brady stopped his workout to watch Kyrie Irving's Celtics highlights

Tom Brady stopped his workout to watch Kyrie Irving's Celtics highlights

There's no offseason in Boston's busy sports landscape. So, if Tom Brady wants to follow his contemporaries, he has to do a little multi-tasking.

That's what the New England Patriots quarterback opted for Thursday morning, tweeting out a video of him watching highlights of the Boston Celtics' first-round Game 2 win over the Indiana Pacers during a workout session.

"Good game," Brady says after seeing the final score. "That's awesome. Go Celts, baby. Let's f---ing go!"

Brady apparently saw the box score, too, because he gave a special shout-out to point guard Kyrie Irving, who willed the C's to victory with a game-high 37 points.

It sounds like Brady stayed in Wednesday night, but if he had made his way to TD Garden, he would have encountered several of his Patriots pals, including wide receiver Julian Edelman and head coach Bill Belichick.

But the grind never stops for the 41-year-old quarterback as he aims to pack on a few extra pounds this offseason.

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