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鈥?Von Miller wishes Sunday’s season finale meant something and he yearns for the day his sage advice hits home with his younger teammates.With the AFC West crown locked up http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/landon-collins-jersey , Kansas City (9-6) gets to treat Sunday’s game at Denver (5-10) essentially as an exhibition, playing backups and resting starters for the playoffs that begin next week.The Broncos are closing out one of their most disappointing seasons in franchise history, one that began with high hopes and a 3-1 record before a historic eight-game skid rendered them also-rans for a second straight season.“I’m not eager to play the second guy,” Miller said of Chiefs rookie QB Patrick Mahomes II, who’s making his first NFL start. “He is the guy of the future, though. So, it’s good to go and play against him for the future.“But you just would like the circumstances to be totally different. You would like for this game to mean more than what it means, and you would like for all of the starters to play.”The Broncos haven’t been to the playoffs since Miller’s MVP performance in Super Bowl 50, when his two strip sacks of Cam Newton ignited Denver’s 24-10 win over Carolina on Feb. 7, 2016.Since then, they’re 14-17, raising questions about the direction of the franchise, including the front office, the coaches corner and the roster 鈥?even the dominant defense, which is ranked No. 2 Denzel Ward Jersey Youth , behind only Minnesota.“We’d still be living in the past if I say we’re still a championship defense,” Miller said. “We still have a really good defense that can win championships. Yes, we do have that. We’ve just got to build on that. And I think we will.”That’s because Miller still believes in general manager John Elway.“If you just look at the leadership we have here, two times not going to the playoffs is just not going to ride. There’s going to be some drastic changes this offseason and I’m all for it,” Miller said.“I want to get back in the mode of being competitive and winning. We have championship leadership here. We might not have a championship defense, but we still have championship leadership, championship facilities, championship staff here. As long as we have that nucleus, the championships will come.”With Peyton Manning retiring last year and DeMarcus Ware calling it a career this year, Miller took on more of a leadership role this season, something that came naturally.“I always had a big personality in that locker room. So, I always felt like I had a huge role in the way this team flows and the energy of the team,” Miller said.Like his boss, Elway, Miller isn’t afraid to tell it like it is .“I love telling people uncomfortable stuff Jordan Howard Jersey Youth ,” Miller explained. “I love keeping it brutally honest. I think that’s one of my best characteristics. I love keeping it brutally honest with not only my teammates but my family. I just like keeping it real. Maybe it’s just a little sick feeling I get from telling people the truth.“My profession is all about the truth. What you put out on the field is what it is. You can’t sugarcoat that,” Miller added. “And I feel like over time if the rookies develop that same mindset, we’ll be a hell of a team to beat in the future.”At times this season, Miller practically had to beg teammates to join him in the weight room. Other times, Miller was among the veterans incredulous over a seeming sense of entitlement the younger players displayed.That dynamic created an uncomfortable stew that boiled over last month when star cornerback Chris Harris Jr. got into a fight with rookie receiver Isaiah McKenzie in a Thanksgiving Day practice scuffle that Harris blamed on McKenzie disrespecting the veterans.Coach Vance Joseph recently implored his established stars to take the raw rookies under their tutelage, but Miller’s not so sure his words of wisdom have hit home with those players.“I don’t know. I mean, I don’t know,” Miller said, adding he only hopes the rookies realize he’s speaking the truth.“And I hope they just appreciate it and over time, if we continue to have that relationship and that dialogue with each other, we’ll build on that and our team will be phenomenal, if we could just keep it real.”Miller concurred with Elway calling the team soft last month in the midst of their eight-game slide, their longest losing streak in 50 years.“That was the team that we had, it was a soft product that we were putting out on the field,” Miller said.“He was brutally honest about it and you can only respect him for that. Individually Brian Urlacher Bears Jersey , not. But as a team and the product that we were putting out there, it was soft.” The Buffalo Sabres saw defenseman Victor Antipin taken off the ice on a stretcher after being boarded. Then, they took it out on the Nashville Predators by scoring three goals on the ensuing 5-minute major.

”We were able to make them pay a little bit,” Buffalo center Sam Reinhart said.

Reinhart had a hat trick with Jack Eichel adding a career-high five assists as the Sabres stunned the NHL-leading Predators 7-4 Saturday night.

”It’s never easy to see a teammate get injured,” Eichel said. ”It was a good job by our team responding and putting it on the scoreboard where it counts.”

The Predators needed a win and a regulation loss by Winnipeg to clinch their first Central Division title, and a loss by Vegas in any fashion for the defending Western Conference champs for their first conference banner in the regular season. But Winnipeg beat Toronto 3-1, and the Predators played a sloppy game giving up a season-high in goals to the NHL’s last-place team.

Despite a league-worst 60 points, the Sabres outshot Nashville from the start and chased goalie Pekka Rinne after he gave up six goals on 29 shots through two periods.

Jason Pominville and Ryan O’Reilly also scored for Buffalo, and Eichel tied a franchise single-game record with his assists.

P.K. Subban, Austin Watson, Kyle Turris and Nick Bonino scored for Nashville.

The Sabres took control with the three goals – two by Reinhart – during those 5 minutes after Antipin was boarded by Nashville forward Scott Hartnell behind the Buffalo net at 14:09 of the second. Antipin was strapped to a backboard and taken off the ice on a stretcher.

”The guys rallied around Victor and made a point to come out, and that was the difference in the game,” Buffalo coach Phil Housley said.

Reinhart tied it up at 4 just 55 seconds into the power play, and he put Buffalo ahead at 17:18 with his second goal. Kyle Okposo scored his second of the night at 19:00 for the big lead.

”You’re taught as a young kid obviously to finish your checks,” Hartnell said of his hit on Antipin. ”I wasn’t head-hunting. We were leading the game at that time. A 5-minute penalty Denzel Ward Jersey , and they scored three quick ones and it’s a totally different ballgame. It’s just unfortunate. I feel really bad about it.”

This game also marked the NHL debut of Nashville rookie Eeli Tolvanen , and coach Peter Laviolette gave Filip Forsberg the night off and replaced him with the Finn who set the KHL scoring record for an 18-year-old with Jokerit before being eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.

Pominville started the scoring 43 seconds in. Nashville led 2-1 at the end of the first with Subban scoring on a slap shot that deflected off Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen at 2:59 for a rare Nashville power-play goal. The Predators came into the game 3 of 49 on the man advantage since March 1.

Nashville led 2-1 at 17:00 of the first on Watson’s goal, and Turris made it 3-1 a couple minutes into the second.

O’Reilly scored at 5:45 of the second on the power play, and Okposo tied it up at 3 with a wrister from the slot off a rebound at 7:20. The Predators took a 4-3 lead at 12:50 when Bonino hopped over Johnson’s left leg and backhanded the puck into the net. Buffalo lots its challenge for goaltender interference with Johnson on his belly in the crease.

Reinhart got his hat trick at 11:43 of the third. Buffalo finished 4 of 9 on the power play.

”We came out flat the whole 60 minutes,” Nashville captain Roman Josi said. ”We never played up to our potential, and it just wasn’t good enough.”

NOTES: Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson, Nashville’s leading goal scorer, played only 43 seconds of the second before going to the locker room to stay. The Predators had no update on his status after the game. … Eichel had Buffalo’s first five-point game since Thomas Vanek on Jan. 31, 2013, at Boston. Eichel now has 102 career assists. … Fisher played in his 1,100th career NHL game.

UP NEXT

Sabres: Visit Toronto on Monday night.

Predators: Visit Tampa Bay on Sunday.



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