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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.''

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Bills cornerback trolls Kirk Cousins after Buffalo beats Minnesota

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Bills cornerback trolls Kirk Cousins after Buffalo beats Minnesota

Former Redskins and current Minnesota Vikings' quarterback Kirk Cousins famously coined the phrase "You like that?" after leading a Redskins' comeback victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015.

The phrase took off, leading to Cousins filing for a trademark on the phrase in 2016.

Well unfortunately for Cousins, the phrase has been used as a way for other players to mimmick him, especially when things don't go his way.

The Vikings, who entered Sunday's clash against the previously winless Buffalo Bills as 17-point favorites, fell 27-6 at home in what has been the biggest upset thus far in the 2018 NFL season.

In the visiting tunnel following the Bills' victory, Buffalo cornerback Tre'Davious White shouted exactly what you would expect.

The second-year cornerback looked straight into the camera with a big grin on his face, then shouted Cousins' famous phrase twice before jogging into the locker room.

After the Bills' dominating performance, you can't blame White for having a little fun.

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Conforto’s bases-loaded triple brought Mets to 8-6 over Nationals

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Conforto’s bases-loaded triple brought Mets to 8-6 over Nationals

WASHINGTON -- Michael Conforto hit a go-ahead, bases-loaded triple, rookie Jeff McNeil matched a career high with four hits and the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 8-6 on a slow and soggy Sunday afternoon.

The first pitch was delayed 25 minutes, and rain continued during the game, which lasted 4 hours, 14 minutes. Washington's grounds crew tended to the infield between innings throughout the day.

The Mets finished their road slate at 40-41, better than their 33-42 mark at home, where they have six games left.

The Nationals, who fell to .500 (78-78), led 3-1 before New York rallied in the fourth. Wander Suero (3-1) entered with one out and two on and issued a walk before McNeil singled in a run.

Conforto then poked a shot to left-center past a diving Michael A. Taylor to clear the bases and make it 5-3. Suero surrendered two more runs in the fifth when Kevin Plawecki delivered an RBI double and scored on Amed Rosario's infield single.

Drew Gagnon (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the Mets, who took three of four from the Nationals in the teams' final series of the season. Anthony Swarzak recorded the final five outs for his fourth save in five tries.

New York starter Steven Matz allowed three runs in three innings. Washington's Erick Fedde surrendered three runs in 3 1/3 innings.

McNeil improved his batting average to .328 in 195 at-bats since his big league debut on July 24.

Rookie Victor Robles homered, tripled and drove in three for Washington.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: Manager Mickey Callaway said the team still plans to activate 3B David Wright from the disabled list before Tuesday's game against Atlanta. Wright, who has not played for the Mets since May 2016 because of neck, back and shoulder injuries, is scheduled to start Saturday against Miami in what will likely be his final appearance in the big leagues. However, he could also make an earlier appearance. "I wouldn't mind getting him in there and getting him a pinch-hit at bat when it makes sense in the Braves series," Callaway said.

RECORD SWIPE

Washington SS Trea Turner stole second base in the third to set the Nationals' career record with 123. The previous steals leader since the club moved to Washington in 2005 was Ian Desmond's 122 from 2009 to 2015. Turner's 42 steals this season lead the majors.

UP NEXT

Mets: New York has Monday off. RHP Noah Syndergaard (12-4, 3.36 ERA) is scheduled to start Tuesday against Atlanta.

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (9-7, 3.83 ERA), who is 17-7 with a 3.04 ERA in 30 career starts against Miami, gets the nod as Washington opens its final home series of the season Monday against the Marlins.

 

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