Nov 7, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick (81) and wide receiver Diontae Spencer (11) celebrates a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos snap Cowboys’ six-game winning streak

Teddy Bridgewater threw for a touchdown and rushed for another to lift the visiting Denver Broncos to a 30-16 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Bridgewater completed 19 of 28 passes for 249 yards, including a 44-yard scoring strike to Tim Patrick early the second quarter. Patrick finished with four catches for 85 yards and Jerry Jeudy had six receptions for 69 yards.

Melvin Gordon rushed for a touchdown and rookie Javonte Williams added a season-high 111 yards on the ground to send the Broncos (5-4) to their second straight win.

Dallas’ Dak Prescott completed 19 of 39 passes for 232 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in his return from a one-game absence due to a calf injury. Prescott connected on 5- and 4-yard touchdown passes to Malik Turner late in the fourth quarter for the Cowboys (6-2), who saw their six-game winning streak come to a halt.

The Broncos recorded a pair of early defensive stops before Gordon opened the scoring by rushing in from 3 yards out with 1:48 remaining in the first quarter. Brandon McManus pushed his extra-point attempt wide right following Gordon’s team-leading fourth rushing touchdown.

Denver made good on its next possession, with Patrick getting a step on Trevon Diggs before reeling in a 44-yard touchdown reception. Patrick got just inside the pylon for his team-leading fourth touchdown reception.

McManus later kicked a 53-yard field to give Denver a 16-point lead.

The Broncos added to their total following an usual sequence during an attempted punt.

Turner blocked Sam Martin’s punt, however the ball traveled beyond line of scrimmage and was touched by a Cowboys’ player. Jonas Griffith recovered the ball for Denver, which went an additional 10 plays and 72 yards before McManus drilled a 27-yard field goal to increase its lead to 19-0.

Bridgewater muscled his way into the end zone from 1 yard out early in the fourth quarter to cap 13-play, 85-yard drive. Bridgewater then found Courtland Sutton in the back of the end zone for the two-point conversion to push the Broncos’ lead to 27-0.

The Cowboys pressed their luck on the ensuing possession. Rookie Caden Sterns intercepted Prescott on fourth down, and McManus tacked on a 42-yard field goal to essentially seal the win.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) calls a play against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Gordon joins Chiefs ahead of AFC title rematch with Bills

The latest buzz enveloping the Kansas City Chiefs unsurprisingly centers on another piece for their potent offense.

With newly acquired Josh Gordon elevated to the active roster, Kansas City (2-2) could have another gifted receiver to unleash Sunday when it hosts the Buffalo Bills (3-1) in a rematch of last year’s AFC championship game.

Gordon, an All-Pro in 2013 with Cleveland, has not played since 2019 and has served six suspensions imposed by the NFL during his checkered career. Apparently, though, Gordon looks fit and ready.

“The talent, you can just see, how fast he is, how big he is, the way he gets in and out of cuts,” Patrick Mahomes said. “I’ve been able to throw to him off to the side a little bit. We’ll try to bring him up to speed as quickly as possible and utilize his skill set.”

Chiefs coach Andy Reid did not commit Wednesday to actually playing Gordon this week, electing instead to “see how it goes.”

Mahomes leads the NFL with 14 passing touchdowns and Gordon could provide another target alongside Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Yet the attack is far from one-dimensional. Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 100 yards in each of the last two games.

The Chiefs, however, have been uncharacteristically careless with the football, committing seven turnovers, including four interceptions by Mahomes.

“It’s something I have to build on, not throwing interceptions in the middle of the field,” Mahomes said. “I have that aggressive nature where I want to make things happen and get a first down, but sometimes you have to just punt.”

Short fields only make things worse for the Chiefs defense, which is allowing 6.9 yards per play to rank last in the NFL. In contrast, the Bills rank first, allowing 4.0 yards per play, with a league-best 11 takeaways.

The teams are tied for second in scoring with 33.5-point averages. The Chiefs, however, allow 31.3 points, while the Bills’ stingy defense allows 11.0 after already securing two shutouts. The last NFL team to blank two opponents in the first four weeks was the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.

“They embrace whatever the game plan is with total confidence and leadership,” said Bills coach Sean McDermott, “and it takes leadership to do that week to week.”

McDermott did not cite the 38-24 loss in last year’s AFC Championship game, which Buffalo led 9-0 after the first quarter, as a motivator for this week’s primetime rematch.

“They’re an explosive offense in more ways than one, so we’ve got to have a good plan,” McDermott said. “What happened in that (title) game does not affect this game. These are two separate games, two separate teams.”

Quarterback Josh Allen said immediately after missing out on the Super Bowl that he would use the hurt and pain as fuel to improve. Allen, however, also downplayed the motivational theme.

“Everybody wants to make a big deal about the AFC Championship rematch and I get that’s what it is,” Allen said. “They have the gold standard of what you want to be as an AFC team. Until somebody knocks them off in the playoffs that won’t change, but again, this is Week 5.”

Buffalo running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring), linebacker Matt Milano (hamstring) and defensive end Greg Rousseau (toe) did not practice at the beginning of workouts leading into the Kansas City game.

Defensive end Chris Jones continues to deal with a wrist injury and did not practice leading into the Chiefs’ preparations for the Bills. DE Frank Clark, cornerbacks Charvarius Ward and Rashad Fenton and linebacker Willie Gay Jr. all practiced. Gay has been out since the preseason with a toe injury.

–Field Level Media

Sep 12, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) against the Cleveland Browns during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Adding WR Josh Gordon gets Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes giddy

Beyond admitted baggage and possible rust, here is what quarterback Patrick Mahomes knows about his newest wide receiver: Josh Gordon brings All-Pro credentials to the Kansas City Chiefs.

“Everywhere he’s been, he’s kind of dominated,” Mahomes said Wednesday, prior to his first practice with the former Browns, Patriots and Seahawks wide receiver. “He can make plays in one-on-one coverage. He’s a big receiver. Even if he’s covered, he’s not covered. You can kind of throw it up there and he can make plays.”

And, in Mahomes’ words from a few weeks ago talking about Tyreek Hill, “sometimes it be like that.” Gordon was an All-Pro in 2013, leading the NFL in receiving yards with the Cleveland Browns.

Years removed from his most dominant and productive seasons, Gordon could eventually help Mahomes and Co. He’s joining the practice squad, not the 53-man roster, and will be given extra time to re-acclimate to an NFL locker room, system and lifestyle. Head coach Andy Reid plans to be intentionally patient with Gordon, 30, who is back in the NFL for the first time since 2019.

“It’s going to take awhile,” said Reid, adding he doubted Gordon would be on the roster this week. “We’ll just see how it goes over the next week or two.”

Gordon has the size and speed to make an impact if all other variables fall into place.

The Chiefs are in need of a wide receiver to draw attention from the All-Pro Hill, who has 70 yards on eight receptions in the past two games.

“I’m sure they’ll incorporate him with a couple roles in the offense as the season goes on, as we get him up to speed, and we’ll see where that takes us,” Mahomes said. “He’ll have his role. He’s a great football player, but in this offense everybody gets a chance to make plays.”

In December 2019, Gordon was given an indefinite suspension for substance abuse and performance-enhancing substance violations.

It marked Gordon’s sixth suspension since the 2013 season. A subsequent reinstatement in December 2020 lasted only a month — with no on-field appearances — and was rescinded in January 2021.

ESPN’s report said Gordon had a setback in his recovery.

Gordon entered the league in the 2012 supplemental draft, selected in the second round by the Browns. He played in Cleveland until 2018 — he missed 2015-16 due to suspension — then played parts of 2018-19 with the New England Patriots before moving on to Seattle.

Gordon has 247 career receptions for 4,252 yards with 20 touchdowns in 63 games (56 starts).

–Field Level Media

Sep 29, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon (10) takes a knee in the end zone prior to the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs sign WR Josh Gordon

Recently reinstated wide receiver Josh Gordon is joining the Kansas City Chiefs.

Gordon responded to news of his imminent deal with the AFC championship with a Twitter emoji all but confirming the pact, which comes one day after Kansas City lost to the Los Angeles Chargers to fall to 1-2 this season.

“Time to get to work (dartboard emoji) @ Chiefs,” Gordon posted.

Gordon joins a wide receiver group led by Tyreek Hill but without a clearly defined pecking order among the other receivers. Mecole Hardman had three catches and a touchdown on Sunday but hasn’t been as involved as projected following the departure of Sammy Watkins (Baltimore Ravens).

Gordon, 30, is vaccinated against COVID-19 and said to be ready to play. He has been subject to random drug testing.

The NFL reinstated Gordon last Friday.

“We are grateful that the NFL appreciates the work that Josh put in and now he has earned another opportunity to be part of this league, said Zac Hiller, Gordon’s new agent, to ESPN. “We are proud of Josh, and I know all the fans can’t wait to see him on Sundays.”

While with the Seattle Seahawks in December 2019, Gordon was given an indefinite suspension for substance abuse and performance-enhancing substance violations.

It marked Gordon’s sixth suspension since the 2013 season.

A subsequent reinstatement in December 2020 lasted only a month — with no on-field appearances — and was rescinded in January 2021.

ESPN’s report said Gordon had a setback in his recovery.

Gordon entered the league in the 2012 supplemental draft, selected in the second round — No. 1 overall — by the Browns. He played in Cleveland until 2018 — he missed 2015-16 due to suspension — then played parts of 2018-19 with the New England Patriots before moving on to Seattle.

Gordon has 247 career receptions for 4,252 yards with 20 touchdowns in 63 games (56 starts).

–Field Level Media

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Seahawks RB Penny practices after 12-month absence

Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny was back on the practice field Wednesday, one year and one day after tearing the ACL in his left knee.

Penny has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of training camp.

“We’re really excited to get him back on the field with us,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said prior to practice. “It’s just been a long haul. It’s very meaningful for him to get back out there. You really want to see him bang his breaks and really get down and hit it and give good tempo in practice. I’ve said it the whole time, the last thing we’re going to do is rush the timing of this.”

Penny was a 2018 first-round pick by the Seahawks out of San Diego State. He has rushed for 789 yards and five touchdowns and caught 17 passes for 158 yards and one score in 24 NFL games.

Penny rushed for 370 yards last season prior to the major injury suffered against the Los Angeles Rams. He sported an impressive 5.3 average per carry.

Cornerback Quinton Dunbar (knee) also was back on the practice field after a four-game absence. Carroll appears to be leaning toward sticking with D.J. Reed as the starter for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.

“We’ll take it one day at a time,” Carroll said. “I’m really thrilled that he’s back; he’s worked really hard to get back out here, but we’ve got to see in practice and see him work and see where he is.

“D.J did a really nice job for us again last week, and we feel very comfortable there, so we don’t have to rush Quinton back out. So we’re going to hopefully bring him back in the right pace so that he can really be strong and ready to finish the season with us.”

Also, receiver Josh Gordon cleared COVID-19 protocols and is allowed in Seattle’s facility.

Gordon has been conditionally reinstated from his latest substance-abuse suspension but isn’t eligible to practice until after the Week 15 game against the Washington Football Team. He would be eligible to play in Week 16 against the Rams.

–Field Level Media

Sep 14, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) looks to pass in the fourth quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos QB Lock looks set to return vs. Patriots

Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock appears ready to return from a shoulder injury and start Sunday’s road game against the New England Patriots.

The Broncos listed Lock as questionable on their Friday injury report and coach Vic Fangio said the second-year pro “is trending the right way.”

However, Fangio stopped short of pronouncing Lock as the starter, saying the club would wait to make sure he has no shoulder soreness on Saturday before taking that step.

Lock injured his throwing shoulder in Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He missed the past two games for the Broncos (1-3).

Running back Melvin Gordon also is listed as questionable after missing Friday’s practice with an illness. Gordon was arrested on a DUI charge on Tuesday and missed Wednesday’s workout before returning to practice on Thursday.

It hasn’t yet been decided whether Gordon will travel with the team on Saturday.

“He’s come down with an illness today that was totally unrelated to COVID and totally unrelated to his situation on Tuesday night,” Fangio said. “The doctors are in complete control … they’ve diagnosed it. It’s nothing too serious. Until we get the report on that where he’s at tomorrow in regards to that, that will have a major impact on our decision.”

Gordon leads the Broncos in carries (65), yards rushing (281) and rushing touchdowns (three).

If Gordon doesn’t travel, Fangio said Jeremy Cox will be promoted from the practice squad to give Denver a third running back behind Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman.

Denver also listed tight end Noah Fant (ankle) and nose tackle Mike Purcell (knee) as questionable. The Broncos ruled out receiver KJ Hamler (hamstring) and outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu (quadriceps).

–Field Level Media