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NFL rumors: Could Chiefs emerge as Jalen Ramsey trade suitor to combat Patriots?

NFL rumors: Could Chiefs emerge as Jalen Ramsey trade suitor to combat Patriots?

The Kansas City Chiefs defense cost the team a Super Bowl berth last season when it couldn't stop Tom Brady and the New England Patriots offense in the fourth quarter and overtime of the AFC Championship Game.

The Chiefs have remained the Patriots' only competition in the AFC through the first two weeks of the 2019 NFL season. While a lot can/will happen over the next several months, it's hard to envision these teams not meeting in the AFC Championship Game again, barring any major injuries. 

Kansas City's defense was improved in the offseason with the additions of Frank Clark and Tyrann Mathieu, but are these upgrades enough to beat an improved Patriots passing attack that just added elite wide receiver Antonio Brown last week?

Well, the Chiefs might not be done adding pieces to their defense. CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora reported Tuesday an interesting update on Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey's situation. Earlier in the week it was reported he has requested a trade, and the Chiefs could be a potential landing spot for him.

Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill even tried to recruit Ramsey via Twitter on Tuesday:

Ramsey would fill a huge need for the Chiefs as a shutdown corner, which they currently don't have. Kansas City's defense has allowed opposing quarterbacks (Derek Carr and Nick Foles/Gardner Minshew) to post a 70.4 completion percentage through two weeks. We should learn a lot about the KC defense Sunday when it goes against the Baltimore Ravens and their red-hot quarterback Lamar Jackson.

The Patriots have their own shutdown cornerback in Stephon Gilmore, who played fantastic Sunday with a pick-6 in the 43-0 win over the Miami Dolphins. New England's secondary arguably is the best unit in the entire league and probably best equipped, both in terms of overall talent and depth, to slow down Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and his high-powered offense. 

Acquiring a cornerback of Ramsey's caliber certainly would improve the Chiefs' chances of beating Brady and Co. when it matters most. Kansas City's window to win is right now -- while Mahomes is still on his rookie contract. Ramsey also is just 24 years old, so he probably wouldn't be a short-term addition for the Chiefs defense.

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Bill Belichick explains why he gave Patriots QB Tom Brady a game ball after Week 6 win

Bill Belichick explains why he gave Patriots QB Tom Brady a game ball after Week 6 win

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made history Thursday night against the New York Giants when he passed former rival Peyton Manning on the NFL's career passing yards leaderboard.

Brady moved ahead of Manning in the first quarter for second place on the all-time list, and that milestone was part of the reason why Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gave a game ball to his starting quarterback after the 35-14 win.

Belichick, in a conference call Monday with reporters, explained what was behind his decision.

"Well, I mean Tom breaks a record every week, so we could really probably give him the game ball after every game," Belichick said. "But, I think this one’s – I mean, in terms for what he’s accomplished in terms of total career passing yards, it’s pretty noteworthy. And, I thought he played well in the game. We, offensively, had to kind of keep it together here with some limitations in the second half. I thought he showed a lot of leadership and toughness and just passing ability and accuracy that helped us win the game."

The Patriots, as a result of injuries to wide receivers Phillip Dorsett and Josh Gordon, were forced to play out of only one personnel grouping on offense during the second half of their win against the Giants. New England still outscored New York 14-0 in the second half to improve their unbeaten record to 6-0. Brady completed 31 of 41 pass attempts for 343 yards and two rushing touchdowns in the victory. 

The veteran quarterback admitted Monday during his weekly appearance on WEEI's "The Greg Hill Show" that he was surprised to receive the game ball from Belichick, but thought it was a "very kind" gesture by the legendary head coach.

Brady could pass Manning for another impressive milestone later in the season. The 42-year-old quarterback needs just 13 touchdown passes to break Manning's record for the most passing touchdowns in league history (regular season only). Breaking that mark definitely would be worthy of receiving another game ball.

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Jarvis Landry gives candid, but true take on Patriots vs. Browns Week 8 matchup

Jarvis Landry gives candid, but true take on Patriots vs. Browns Week 8 matchup

The Cleveland Browns have been the NFL's most disappointing team through the first six weeks of the 2019 season, and the next matchup on their schedule will be the toughest.

Cleveland has a bye in Week 7, but after its much-needed time off, the AFC North franchise travels on the road to play the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

Unless the Patriots surprisingly let their guard down and lose to the rival New York Jets on the road in "Monday Night Football", they will host the Browns on Sunday, Oct. 27 with an unbeaten 7-0 record. The Patriots have been favored by 10 or more points in four of their six games so far, and it wouldn't be shocking at all if oddsmakers again made New England double-digit favorites when Cleveland rolls in to Gillette Stadium.

Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry was asked Monday about his team's next game against the Patriots, and he gave an honest take on the team's situation:

It's hard to argue with Landry.

Luckily for the Browns, the toughest part of their schedule will end with the trip to New England. After playing the Patriots, the Browns will play just more two teams currently in a playoff spot in either conference entering Week 7.

Cleveland isn't yet out of the playoff race despite its horrible start, but the margin for error is thinning quickly. A victory over the Patriots on the road is exactly the type of result that could catapult the Browns toward a strong finish to the regular season, but they likely will need to play their best game of the year to end New England's 19-game home win streak.

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