Chargers-Chiefs…Thursday Night Football…Chiefs (11-2)…Chargers (10-3)…Kansas City wins AFC-West with victory…Chargers win only puts them in tie with KC-but they lose tiebreaker based on Divisional record this year.
Chargers…RB-Melvin Gordon-limited in walk thru practice-gametime decision with knee injury…Rookie RB-Justin Jackson took all snaps with 1st unit….DT-Brandon Mebane remains away from team with family illness issues.
Chiefs..WR-Tyreek Hill practiced-has foot issue but running in practice…RB-Spencer Ware has minor shoulder issue…both should play.
..Chargers lost 9-in row to Chiefs
..Bolts (6-15) at Arrowhead Stadium dating to 2007
..Philip Rivers (5-7) at Arrowhead Stadium
..Rivers career vs Chiefs (36TD-31Int-56QB sacks-83-QBRating)
..Rivers (42-20) in career games in December
..Rivers (3,638P-29TD-6Int-23QB sacks-114QB-rating)
..Keenan Allen (89R-1,074-12YPC)
..Tyrelle Williams-Mike Williams-combined (62R-17PC)
..Melvin Gordon-Austin Ekeler-combined (2,155APY) could be out
..K-Michael Badgley (14-15) on Field goals
..PR-Desmond King (14.3Y) on returns
..Chargers (390YPG)-offense-ranked 6th…(273YPG) passing-9th
..Chiefs (437YPG)-offense-ranked 1st..(293YPG) passing-3rd
..Chargers (331YPG)-defense-ranked 8th..32 sacks-15 takeaways
..Chiefs (409YPG)-defense-ranked 30th
..Chargers-average (6.9Y) on 1st down plays-ranked 1st
..Chiefs-average (6.2Y) on 1st down plays-ranked 3rd
..Chargers-Chunk Plays (177-Plus 10Y)..(60P-Plus 20Y)
..Chiefs-Chunk Plays (211-Plus 10Y)…(81-Plus 20Y)
..Chiefs (5,687Y) total offense this year
..Chiefs Red Zone (43TD-60-trips) ranked 1st
..Chiefs (46%) 3rd down conversions-ranked 4th
..Chiefs (31TD) allowed in Red Zone-ranked 31st
..QB-Patrick Mahomes (4300P-43TD-11 Int-2Fum-23 Sacks-115R)
..Mahomes ranked (115R) 3rd in NFL..(107R) on 3rd down-3rd
..TE-Travis Kelce (86R-13.5-10TD-1159Y)
..Kelce…12 Receptions Plus 25Y this year
..WR-Tyreek Hill (I74R-17YPC-11TD-1258Y)
..Tyreek Hill (1382APY)..11.1-Punt Returns
..Hill-Career (17TD-Plus 50Y) in career
..Hill-Career PReturn TDs 78-82-86-91-95Y in career
..RB-Kareem Hunt (1201APY-14TD) before being released
..WR-Sammy Watkins (40R-519Y-3TD) before being hurt
..Andy Reid (35-11) home games Arrowhead Stadium
..Reid (9-2) vs Chargers while with Chiefs
..Reid (64-29) in career with Chiefs…(205-135-1) in coaching career
NFL-Union…Salary Cap-2019-raised to 191M…in 2015-was at 143M.
NFL-Rooney Rule..Revised-mandates each team must interview minorities from outside organization.
NFL..Announce 5-International games next year..1-Mexico-4 London…Chargers-Rams will both play abroad.
Oakland..Owner Mark Davis says he offered 7.5M-to rent Oakland Coliseum next season then was sued by city…says lawsuit is meritless and malicious…said Oakland had a decade to find a way to build a stadium-never did.
Oakland..GM-Reggie McKenzie leaves team…had (32-61) record in rebuilding effort.
Carolina..Former OG-Frank Garcia-not talkshow host..arrested-assualt on woman friend.
Monday Night Football…Seahawks-Vikings had (7.9R)-lowest Monday night since 2011.
Arizona..Vote confidence QB-Josh Rosen (68-QBR-55% completions..10-TD-14-turnovers-10 starts)
Ravens..Lamar Jackson stays as starting QB-Joe Flacco healthy-sat 5-weeks with hip injury.
Vikings..Coach Mike Zimmer preaches ‘loyalty’…criticized fro going thru 5-Off Coord in 4-years…responded ‘not wasting this season’.
Eagles..QB-Nick Foles to start with Carson Wentz injury problems.
Broncos..Workout CFL-QB-Bo Levi Mitchell-led Calgary to 2-Grey Cup titles in 3-years.
Broncos…workout CB-Kam Kelly-ex Aztecs..WR-Greg Ward-ex Houston
Packers..Sign FA-OG-Nico Siragusa-ex Aztecs-was on Ravens taxi squad
Miami..Sign FA-C-Hroniss Grasu-ex Bears
Jets..Sign FA-RB-Joel Bouagnon-ex Western Michigan star
Raiders..Release RB-CJ Anderson
Saints..Release WR-Brandon Marshall
49ers..Sign FA-S-Tyree Robinson-ex Dallas
Washington..Sign FA-OT-Kyle Fuller-ex Texans
Bears..Sign FA-CB-Marcus Williams-ex Tampa Bay
Steelers..Workout FA-K-Kai Forbath-ex Minnesota..Matt McCrane-ex Raiders
Eagles..QB-Carson Wentz-back ailment-will not play Sunday
Seahawks..LB-Mychal Kendrick-broken leg
Cowboys..RB-Ezekiel Elliott-treated for neck stinger
Bills…K-Stephen Haushka-hip injury
Giants..Activate WR-Cody Latimer from IR
Arizona..RB-David Johnson-miss practice-quad injury
Steelers..QB-Ben Roethlisberger-miss practice-rib injury…RB-James Connor-still out-ankle
Houston..Activate CB-Kayvon Webster from IR
USC..Hire Chad Kauha’aha-Def Line-was at Boise State
USC..Hire Mike Jenks-RB coach-was head coach Bowling Green
Richmond..Special Teams LB-Augustus Lee-freshman-passes away in school dorm.
Syracuse…2Y-contract extension-Coach Dino Babers after (9-3) season
SMU…Record setting QB-Ben Hicks transfers out as Grad Student…threw for (9,083Y-71TD) in 3-years.
Padres-Rockies…Trade conversations involving 1B-Wil Myers…Talks stalled when San Diego asked for P-Tyler Anderson in straight up swap.
Padres-Indians..Trade talks stall-Indians interested in Will Myers but want Padres to pay a portion of his 20M a year contract that kicks in next season…San Diego wants P-Trevor Bauer.
Dodgers-Tampa Bay…Trade talks involving Matt Kemp stall…Rays not interested in taking on all 21M of salary..despite hitting (.290) last year.
Dodgers-Miami…Marlins propose deal C-JT Realmuto for OF-Yasiel Puig and P-Alex Wood.
Angels…Sign 5-minor league free agents-including:
..P-Matt Ramsey-ex Astros..(2.69-ERA in AAA)
..SS-Will Tovar-ex Cardinals-strong glove man
..OF-Cesar Puello…(.317-at Reno)
..P-Forrest Snow..ex-Tampa Bay
Rule 5-Draft on Thursday…Padres could lose as many as 3-players from their system.
Yankees..Re-sign FA-P-JA Happ (3Y-45M)..was (7-0)-2.69ERA in NY
Tampa Bay..Sign FA-P-Charley Morton-ex Astros (2Y-30M)…(15-3) 3.13-ERA
Texas..Sign FA-P-Lance Lynn-ex Cardinals-Yankees-Twins…had (4.77-ERA) last year
Texas..Sign FA-OF-Danny Santana-ex Braves
Tigers..Sign FA-SS-Jody Mercer-ex Pirates
Washington-Cincinnati…Trade…Nats deal P-Tanner Roarke to the Reds for young P-Tanner Rainey-AAA…..
Seattle-Cleveland..Open trade talks for Mariners 1B-Carlos Santana
Reds-Yankees..Open trade talks for P-Sonny Gray
Reds-Blue Jays..Open trade talks for P-Marcus Strohman
Reds-Marlins..Discuss JT Realmuto trade for C-Tucker Barnhart-OF-Taylor Trammel.
Rockies-Indians..Open trade talks for 1B-Edwin Encarnarcion
Rockies-Seattle..Open trade talks for 1B-Carlos Santana
A’s-Texas..Open talks for SS-Jurickson Profar.
Mets..Meet with Orioles FA-OF-Adam Jones
A’s..Talk to FA-SS-Troy Tulowitzki-released by Blue Jays
Washington..Talk to FA-2B-Ian Kinsler-ex Tigers-Angels
Mets..Talk to FA-C-Martin Maldonado-ex Angels
Texas..Hire former P-Brandon McCarthy to work as Assistant GM.
Hall of Fame-Media Wing…names Jason Stark-ex ESPN to Writers Wing…former Dodgers-Giants-Mutual Game of Week voice Al Helfter to broadcasters wing.
Aztecs….F-Jalen McDaniels hit with 2-civil lawsuits for videotaping sex act with 2-girls…then showing the videos to teammates and friends and posting them on social media…..Police investigated 2016 incidents in Tacoma and wanted to charge McDaniels with ‘voyeurism’ but Prosecuting Attorney did not take action…..2-suits will be for invasion of privacy….SDSU decided not to take any action to remove McDaniels from team since he was never charged in the incidents…Coach at Federal Way High School placed on leave with reports he was told of incidents and did nothing about it.
Lakers-at Houston….Lakers (17-10) on season…Rockets (12-14)…2nd worst record in NBA-West…Heading into Thursday night matchup.
Clippers-at-San Antonio….Clippers (17-9)
Clippers…NBA reports Clippers, with salary cap space, will make ‘max’ contract offers to upcoming free-agents Kawhi Leonard-Kevin Durant.
Lakers-Houston-Phoenix..Now discussing 3-way trade…Lakers would get F-Trevor Ariza…Rockets get G-Kantavious Pope…Suns would get draft picks from both teams.
Suns…Phoenix owner Robert Sarver threatens to move NBA team unless city of Phoenix and Maricopa County come up with 130M to pay a share of renovations at their basketball arena.
Suns…G-TJ Warren-fined 15,000-obscene language directed at officials.
Aztecs-W-Cal State-Dominguez Hills (99-46)….SDSU builds (48-16) lead by halftime in terrible mismatch…Aztecs hit 14-3 point shots in win….snapping two game losing streak amid the Jalen McDaniels controversy…….
USD-L-Oregon (65-55)….Ducks rally from halftime deficit…..USD gets into foul trouble in 2nd half….Isaiah Pinero-Isaiah Wright both saddled with 4-fouls much of second half…Bol Bol scores 20-for Oregon in win…USD now (8-3)
Ducks-W-Dallas……Anaheim storms from behind bombing Stars G-Ben Bishop in 3rd period…led (5-3) late in 3rd period at press time…Ondrej Kase scored hat-trick in rally…Brandon Montour had go-ahead goal.
LA Kings-at-Columbus-Thursday night game..Kings (11-19-1) record.
Kings..D-Drew Doughty-Dion Phaneuf-both banged up on road trip
Kings..Callup D-Dan Brickley from Ontario-AHL
Rangers…D-Kevin Shattenkirk-out 4W-shoulder
Edmonton…Put D-Oscar Klefbom on IR-hand injury
TSN-Canada..Reports Houston banker Telman Fertitta talks to owners of Arizona Coyotes about selling team…with eye to move it to Houston.
Gulls…Go thru workouts with 4-netminders on team roster….Veteran G-Jared Coreau returns from Anaheim…..Rookie Angus Redmond-called up from ECHL-Reading….starter Kevin Boyle….and newly acquired Toronto goalie Jeff Glass all in workouts.