e red zone, where Alex Smith threw a crucial intercept

e red zone, where Alex Smith threw a crucial intercept

Postautor: chenwen121314 » 30 lis 2016, o 17:42

KANSAS CITY, Mo. Sami Khedira Jersey . -- The Kansas City Chiefs felt on top of the world a week ago, when they were coming off a narrow win at Carolina -- mostly because they were suddenly on top of the AFC West.They sure didnt feel like that Sunday.Their offense continued to fizzle in the red zone, where Alex Smith threw a crucial interception in the fourth quarter. Their defense couldnt get Tampa Bay off the field on third downs, when Jameis Winston was able to repeatedly find Mike Evans and the rest of his wide receivers for first downs.The result was a 19-17 setback that changes the complexion of the Chiefs entire season.No longer are they fighting for the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. Now, theyre fighting to make the playoffs.Its just one game. We have to figure out what went wrong and move forward, Chiefs offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz said, trying to put things in perspective. It is an aberration, hopefully. Its not the type of thing a really top-tier team would let happen to them.Yet it happened. And it happened on both sides of the ball.So far this season, the Chiefs (7-3) have been able to bail out their defense by converting crucial plays on offense, while their defense has stood tall when the offense has been scuffling.When both sides went haywire Sunday, the result was obvious: a loss.We have to execute the plays. Thats the cause. We stopped ourselves, said running back Spencer Ware, held to 69 yards rushing in another dismal effort. We know what we need to fix and were going to continue to work on it as a team.That may be the biggest thing going for Kansas City as it tries to bounce back from its first loss since Oct. 2. There was no finger-pointing in an eerily quiet locker room, only resolve to fix the issues that have become the Chiefs biggest concern in the waning weeks of the regular season.On offense, its the failure to score inside the opponents 20-yard line.Kansas City came up empty on three trips two weeks ago at Carolina, and was converting touchdowns at a 40 percent clip heading into Sundays game against Tampa Bay. The Chiefs settled for a chip-shot field goal by Cairo Santos on their first trip, then Alex Smith threw an interception that spoiled their comeback.It also set up Tampa Bays touchdown march that essentially sealed the victory.Its hard when you get that far down there. The back line becomes another defender for them, Schwartz said. We need to be able to stick to it and be able to execute the plays.The interception was on a play designed to be a quick pass to a slanting wide receiver, but Tampa Bay safety Chris Conte never bit on it. He was there when Smith released the pass, and coach Andy Reid said later the fault for the call rested on his shoulders.We were rolling there at that point, Smith said. Had a good run on first down and were sitting there at second-and-goal, and you just cant have it. You cant throw it. Youve got to protect the play.On the other side of the ball, the Chiefs need to figure out ways to force fourth downs. The Buccaneers were 11 of 16 on third down, none bigger than Winstons pass to Evans on third-and-3 just before the two-minute warning. It not only gave them a fresh set of downs, but allowed them to run off all but the final 8 seconds of the clock.We didnt do a good job rushing the quarterback, said Chiefs pass rusher Justin Houston, who made his season debut after ACL surgery in February. He had plenty of time in the pocket. We didnt get in the pocket at all, no penetration. We have to do better.It didnt help that their secondary was missing top cornerback Marcus Peters, who has been dealing with a hip pointer. Peters hoped to play against Tampa Bay but the pain was too much.Now, the Chiefs hope hell be back for a Sunday night showdown against AFC West rival Denver.They need to have their other issues fixed, too.---For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL. Andre Schurrle Jersey . The (11-11-4) Jets are seventh in the Central Division with 26 points. Fifth place Dallas and sixth-seeded Nashville also have 26 points, but the Stars have three games in hand on Winnipeg while Nashville has two. Marco Reus Jersey . -- Matt Ryan needed one of the best games of his career to lead the Falcons and their depleted offence out of their three-game losing streak last week. http://www.germanyfcsoccershop.com/c-8- ... ersey.aspx . - The Oakland Raiders re-signed offensive lineman Khalif Barnes on Friday.LATROBE, Pa. -- Mike Tomlin tried to sound resolute. The look on his face however, suggested otherwise. Asked if he was sending a message by having rookie running back LeVeon Bell take snaps with the first team at the end of his third practice as a professional football player earlier this week, the Pittsburgh Steelers coach failed to fight back a smile as he answered. "None," Tomlin said before quickly adding "but Im sure you guys will run with it so go ahead." Hey, why not? The battle for the right to replace the departed Rashard Mendenhall has been simmering since the moment the Steelers selected Bell with the 48th overall pick in the NFL draft. Even though the team signed restricted free agents Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman to one-year tenders, theres little doubt the 21-year-old Bell has a future lining up behind quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Redman and Dwyer are simply hoping to hold off that future for as long as they can. The duo combined for 1,033 yards while splitting carries with Mendenhall in 2012 but couldnt stay healthy, leaving their ability to become a true feature back in question. Each worked aggressively in the off-season to shed weight, hoping slimmer waistlines would lead to a heavier workload. Dwyer estimates he dropped 25-30 pounds while Redman cut 15 pounds off his 6-foot frame. "This is definitely the best shape I have ever been in since I have been in the league," Dwyer said. "I just want to continue to be like this the rest of my career." A career that will likely continue elsewhere next season if he fails to gain any traction this fall. The same goes for Redman, who rushed for a 121 yards in a loss to Denver in the playoffs two years ago and has shown flashes of brilliance but cant seem to stay out of the training room. The issue isnt necessarily production, but persistence. Every step forward for both players has been met by a step back. Dwyer posted consecutive 100-yard games last October only to go down with a hamstring injury. Redman responded by piling up a career-high 147 yards in a victory over the Giants but was ineffective a week later against the Chiefs and collected just 26 carries total over the final seven games. Dwyer wasnt the same after his hamstring healed. A pair of ill-timed fumbles didnt help matters. While the Steelers hardly batted an eye whhen the enigmatic Mendenhall opted to sign with Arizona in free agency, they also left little doubt Redman and Dwyer little wiggle room when they picked up Bell in the second round in April. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen Germany Jersey. Bell is younger, taller (6-2) and more versatile than either of the two players hes competing again. In addition to leading the nation with 383 carries last fall at Michigan State, he also caught 32 passes. After spending most of the last four years sending Mendenhall on the field on first and second down and bringing him out in true passing situations, Bell gives the Steelers a well-rounded option. One that is humble but well aware of the expectations. "Im just going to compete," Bell said. "Ive been competing from day one. Just make those other guys better, make the other running backs better, and at the same time theyre going to make me better. Im going to help this team the best that I can and get a Super Bowl." Bell played at around 245 pounds during his final year at Michigan State but arrived at Saint Vincent College more than a dozen pounds lighter. His height has him resemble something more akin to a safety than a feature back and theres more than a little bit of tenacity beneath his shoulder pads. Each year, in full gear includes a "back on backers" drill that pits a running back and a linebacker against each other designed to simulate what happens when a back is required to pick up a blitz. On Monday Bell found himself lined up against first-round pick Jarvis Jones. Four times Jones hurtled his 245-pound frame at Bell. The fact they fought to a draw didnt go unnoticed. "Im sure theyll continue to see more of each other," Tomlin said. At least in camp. Things could change in the regular season if Bell and Jones both work their way into starting roles since the guys at the top of the depth chart typically practice against the backups. While Tomlin appears to be impressed by Bells quick grasp of the offence, he is serious when he says hell wait to see how things play out before anointing a starter for Week 1 against Tennessee. Then again, if Tomlin has his way, he wont have to name one. Itll become self-evident. "You would like a known feature guy," he said. "I think everybody is of that mentality, but its got to be something thats taken by someone. " Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '
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