This made Sunday a perfect time for Pence to grandstand.

The Chiefs were up by six when Smith found West on an 8-yard touchdown pass to make it 13-0 in the second quarter. Houston rookie D’Onta Foreman fumbled two plays later to give Kansas City the ball right back and the Chiefs tacked on a field goal.

Foreman stepped out of one tackle before plowing over Marcus Peters as he tried to tackle him before two other Chiefs finally brought him down after a 25-yard gain that got Houston to the 10 on the Texans’ next drive. The Texans cut it to 16-7 when Watson found DeAndre Hopkins in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown pass with about two minutes left in the first half.

While I’m not expecting Pence to keep close track of NFL happenings — heck, I hope his focus is on more pressing matters pertaining to our country’s prosperity and security — it’s no secret that the Colts were playing the team that began the anthem protests in 2016. Colin Kaepernick may be gone, but the kneeling among 49ers players has continued in hopes of promoting racial equality and protesting social injustices.

If Pence didn’t know that, his advisers surely would. They also would know nothing has changed in the past two weeks like a team ownership or NFL mandate that would prompt participating 49ers to stand.

The detailed statement he sent on Twitter so quickly after splitting provides a strong indicator this wasn’t an impromptu action.

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There’s the right blend of experience and youth that will serve the team well.

The pool reporter with the vice president had been told to stay outside the stadium and that Pence might leave the game early.

Aides to the vice president did not respond to questions on whether he had planned to make the public walk-out in the game against the 49ers, who have regularly held the demonstrations.

Pence has attended other NFL games, including December’s Colts-Jets game at MetLife Stadium when he was the vice president-elect.

Since 1950, only eight running backs have had more non-PPR fantasy points through five games: Eric Dickerson (132.7), Billy Sims (112.6), Adrian Peterson (106.2), Marcus Allen (106.2), Gale Sayers (104.4), Kareem Hunt (99.9, though he plays his fifth game on Sunday Night Football), Marshall Faulk (99.3) and Joe Cribbs (97.1). Nine have had more using PPR scoring: Dickerson (150.7), Allen (127.2), Sims (123.6), Sayers (119.4), Cribbs (119.1), Faulk (116.3), Peterson (116.2), Hunt (112.9, pending Sunday night’s game) and Curt Warner (110.1). Fournette also finds himself on pace for 349 carries, which not only shows the Jaguars’ continued reliance on him as their offensive centerpiece, but also puts him on track for the fifth-largest total by any rookie running back in history.

In just two offseasons, Quinn has delivered the team 10 of its current 22 starters. He and his scouting staff piled on the building blocks to improve the team’s two biggest weaknesses in order — pass defense and rushing offense. That’s the formula for consistent winning teams, something Quinn should know from his significant time in New England.

With it, Quinn has made things a lot easier on Stafford to win games.
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4-1 teams separate themselves in jumbled NFC playoff race

A thousand miles northeast of Arlington, Texas, where the Cowboys and the Packers were re-legislating last year’s NFL playoff thriller, two teams engaged each other here at Ford Field on Sunday with designs on joining them.

While the Browns dropped to 2-30 in their past 32 games, they did finally get to see No. 1 overall draft pick Myles Garrett.

Garrett, who missed Cleveland’s first four games with a high ankle sprain, sat out the first two plays before recording a sack on his first snap.

He finished with two sacks in limited time.

“Sacks don’t mean anything if you don’t win,” Garrett said. “It’s nice to have stats, but you have to get the dub (W) at the end of the day.”

McCown threw a 2-yard TD pass to Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the third quarter and a 24-yarder to Jermaine Kearse in the fourth to give the Jets a 17-7 lead en route to their third straight victory.

Kearse’s TD capped a 97-yard drive after Jackson decided not to try a potential tying field goal — rookie kicker Zane Gonzalez missed two attempts in the first half — and went for it on fourth down.

However, running back Isaiah Crowell was stopped short by New York’s defense and McCown moved the Jets down the field, helped by a 34-yard pass on third down to tight end Eric Tomlinson.

Jackson said Gonzalez’s earlier misses factored into his decision, but he was confident that his defense would get the ball back in good field position.

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Watt decided the best way to combat this natural disaster was to start a fundraiser.

The first element to think about is, what role did Derby’s illegal block play in these two players going to the ground? Again, hard to say, making the alleged holding foul even more difficult to call.

“So what I do want to do is, I want to start a fundraiser, because I know that these recovery efforts are going to be massive,” Watt said. “I know that there are going to be a whole bunch of people we need to help get back on their feet. I know there’s going to be a lot we need to do to help rebuild.”

Looking back, his initial goal of $200,000 seems small.

By Aug. 30, Watt had raised the goal so many times, he was shooting for $5 million, and surpassed that mark by Wednesday morning. He updated everybody with yet another video on Twitter to share the progress of the fundraiser.

The $20 million mark was incredible. The next morning, Watt received a $5 million check from HEB CEO Charles Butt. He also announced that he was just a couple of hundred thousand dollars short of $27 million, which he announced was reached nearly a half hour later.

Watt’s fund received donations from Ellen DeGeneres, Titans owner Amy Adam Strunk, Chris Paul, Drake, Jimmy Fallon, and a pair of notable Patriots:

Again, an official is going to lay off of that because it just wasn’t big enough to call. It may have had an effect on the allegations of “holding” by King, but no official is going to throw a flag on this.
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