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Chiefs get back to normal with loss to Browns

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Chiefs get back to normal with loss to Browns

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Returning to normal for the Kansas City Chiefs is equal parts welcoming and frustrating.

The players, coaches and front-office staff may never truly get over the murder-suicide involving teammate Jovan Belcher, which shook the franchise to its very core last week. But they've now played two games since their world was sent spinning, and getting back to normal means finally moving on from a tragic set of circumstances.

That's the good news, of course.

The bad news is that normal for the Chiefs generally means losing.

Kansas City played an inspired game the day following the tragedy, beating the Carolina Panthers to end an eight-game losing streak. But the Chiefs struggled as much as they have all season on Sunday in Cleveland, when they scored a touchdown on the game's opening play and then watched the Browns pile up 30 unanswered points in a rout.

The loss dropped the Chiefs to 2-11 on the season, and leaves them still searching for one more victory to avoid matching the 2008 team for the fewest wins since the late 1970s.

``I'm disappointed because it's one I would have liked to have won, for no other reason than I used to coach there,'' coach Romeo Crennel said. ``But we didn't win it. Guys tried. We had several guys who were banged up and were productive in their play, but still not enough to get it done.''

Yes, guys getting banged up. That's something else that's quite normal for Kansas City.

The latest in a long series of injuries this season may prove to be the most crippling: Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Oakland with hurt ribs, and Crennel said Bowe could miss the rest of the year.

He was undergoing an MRI exam and other tests Monday to detail the extent of the injury.

``He represents some dependability to our offense, playmaking ability,'' Crennel said. ``Now with him being out, we have to rely on other guys to step up and make plays for us, so we can generate some offense.''

The offense struggled mightily when Bowe went out after the first quarter. The Chiefs didn't manage to score again the rest of the game, despite Jamaal Charles having another big game on the ground. Kansas City's wide receiver corps failed to get open and quarterback Brady Quinn, who was at his best against Carolina, couldn't get anybody the ball.

``We had a lack of consistency in all our drives,'' said right tackle Eric Winston, pointing out that penalties and missed assignments contributed to several ending prematurely. ``We weren't able to consistently keep drives going.''

Bowe is once again leading the Chiefs with 59 catches for 801 yards and three touchdown catches, and remains the only viable deep threat with former first-round pick Jonathan Baldwin struggling to contribute on offense.

Bowe is also playing this season on a $9.5 million, one-year deal after getting the franchise tag last season. He decided to skip most of training camp before signing his tender, and there are some who believe the Chiefs won't put the tag on him again - perhaps instead using it on left tackle Branden Albert.

That means, depending on the severity of Bowe's injury, he may have played his final game in a Chiefs uniform.

``We've lost one of the top receivers in the league,'' Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki said. ``We have to step up at the skill positions to make up for his production.''

The Chiefs have several other injury woes heading into Sunday's game at Oakland.

Albert remains hampered by a back injury that flared up in Cleveland, and Crennel said he's not sure whether the big left tackle will be able to play. Safeties Abe Elam (hamstring) and Kendrick Lewis (shoulder) are also trying to recover from injuries, and running back Cyrus Gray sustained a stinger against the Browns and never returned to the game.

Crennel said he's focused on picking up wins down the stretch, even though the Chiefs are in position for the first overall pick in the NFL draft. And even though he'd never acknowledge it, Crennel knows that his job could be on the line - along with that of general manager Scott Pioli - once the season comes to an end.

After playing the Raiders, Kansas City finishes up at home against Indianapolis and at Denver.

``We've just got to keep finding ways to get better,'' safety Tysyn Hartman said. ``I mean, that's what today's all about, getting in and watching film and watching the game, and then getting on to next week.''

Summer Guide: The top pizza places in and around Washington, D.C.

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Summer Guide: The top pizza places in and around Washington, D.C.

Last summer, NBC Sports Washington put together guides that highlighted the best bars and restaurants to watch the Capitals' Stanley Cup run and the FIFA World Cup. Earlier this summer we provided some spots around Nationals Park and Camden Yards too. 

With summer 2019 halfway over, now is the time to highlight some go-to spots for pizza in and around the district.

Here are, in no particular order, some of the top pizzerias in and around Washington, D.C.

Etto, 1541 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005

  • Logan Circle
  • With veggies specials and pizza alike, the leisurely atmosphere at Etto provides a needed respite from the hustle of D.C.
  • Check out the roasted cauliflower pizza, or the seasonal zucchini and squash blossoms pie, two non-traditional menu options

 

Wiseguy Pizza, 300 Massachusetts Ave NW, Ste 1, Washington, DC 20001

  • Near the Judiciary Square Metro stop.
  • Wiseguy owner Tony Erol perfected a New York-style pizza without making it chock-full of grease, ensuring a crispy slice. 
  • Between the expected Buffalo chicken pizza and the unexpected paneer tikka pie, Wiseguy's menu appeals to many palates. 

 

Menomale Pizza Napoletana, 2711 12th St. NE, Washington, DC 20018

  • Between the Rhode Island Ave and Brookland Metro stops.
  • Neapolitan pizzas are Menomale's specialty, but with stellar crust the pizzeria also produces delicious calzones and sandwiches.
  • Take a look at the menu, which houses all the tasty carb-loaded food, plus a surprising range of craft beers. 

 

2 Amys Neapolitan Pizzeria, 3715 Macomb St. NW, Washington DC 20016

  • Near Washington National Cathedral
  • 2 Amys' wood-fired pizzas and family-friendly setting combine for an authentic atmosphere.
  • The menu offers some less-known pies, like the Etna 2.0, which in part features fried eggplant. 

 

All-Purpose Riverfront, 79 Potomac Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003

  • Navy Yard, across from Nationals Park
  • With All-Purpose, chef Mike Friedman revamps classic Italian-American flavors, like his garlic knots coated with a fonduta reminiscent of alfredo. 
  • Head to happy hour on weekdays from 4-7 p.m. for drink and food specials, like the Little Caesar or the Crispy Chicken Wings. 

 

Ghibellina, 1610 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

  • Logan Circle
  • Does $10 pizza happy hour sound appealing? Then head to Ghibellina from 3-6:30 p.m. (or 4-6:30 pm. Monday's).
  • Between pizzas, specialty cocktails and other Italian cuisine, the restaurant and its authentic atmosphere is sure to please. 

 

OUTSIDE OF D.C.

Pupatella, 5104 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205

  • On the outskirts of Downtown Arlington
  • After growing from a food cart in Ballston, Virginia, Pupatella has grown to a reputable source for classic pizza pies. 
  • Check out the red or white pies, which include the Mimosa and Buffala Bianza pizzas. 

 

Inferno Pizzeria Napoletana, 12207 Darnestown Rd., Gaithersburg, MD 20878

  • Out past Rockville, Maryland
  • While a bit of a trek from inside the district, the variety of pizzas including the Smoky Meatball is sure to make the trip worthwhile. 

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This video of early Thomas Bryant-Isaiah Thomas chemistry should make Wizards fans smile

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This video of early Thomas Bryant-Isaiah Thomas chemistry should make Wizards fans smile

One of the best parts of the NBA offseason, behind free-agency and the draft, has to be the open run's that go on all summer long. These sessions give an opportunity for NBA players to team up with each other, while also playing alongside high school, college, and overseas talent. 

Some new Wizards teammates, Isaiah Thomas and Thomas Bryant, made their way to the Rico Hines private run in Los Angeles, California to establish some chemistry before training camp opens in late September.  

As seen above, IT is no stranger to sharing the sugar as he finished top 20 in the league in assists per game (5.9) in 2016, the last season he was fully healthy. While TB is one of the most efficient rim-runners in the league, leading the NBA in two-point field goal percentage (68.5) last season. 

Could this be a preview of what to expect come season's tip? Wizards fans sure hope so. 

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