By Marc Lawrence — In what was potentially a Super Bowl preview, the Kansas City Chiefs beat the New Orleans Saints, 32-29, improving to an NFL best 13-1 and retaining the top spot in the AFC playoff race. But toward the end of the game, Kansas City running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire — a rookie first-round pick out of Louisiana State who immediately stepped in as a vital part of Kansas City’s offense this season — had his left leg get trapped under him and had to be carried off the field with what appeared to be a serious injury to his leg and hip. The extent of Edwards-Helaire’s injury has yet to be announced… The Jets delivered the biggest upset of the season, beating the L.A. Rams, 23-20, after coming in as 17-point underdogs. Avoiding a winless season is surely a relief for the Jets’ players, but the victory, combined with Jacksonville’s 13th straight loss, has the Jaguars in line for the No. 1 pick in the 2021 draft with two games remaining for both teams… A pair of big wins at costly prices, for sure. To read more insight on last week’s games click here.
Sunday was a thirst-quenching day of sorts in the NFL. According to USA Today’s Nate Davis, Baltimore Ravens WR Dez Bryant caught his first TD pass in 1106 days. Tampa Bay’s Antonio Brown did the same for his first score in 462 days, and Arizona Larry Fitzgerald found the end zone for the first time in 364 days. They all rank in the Top 5 in career touchdowns catches among active players.
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From this week’s PLAYBOOK Football Newsletter: Just when we thought we’d seen every possible gut punch that COVID could deliver to the 2020 college football, along came this atrocity when 2-8 South Carolina was invited to play in the Gasparilla Bowl. Worse they were riding a 0-6 SUATS losing skein. Then word came out Tuesday that the Gamecocks had opted out of the game. We’re not quite sure what a ‘Gasparilla’ is, but all we can say is WTF were they ever invited for in the first place?