Fans might not shed many tears each time QB Fitzpatrick moves on to his next NFL stop, but probably his tight ends do. According to ESPN, the 34-year-old this decade owns the league’s No. 1 passer rating (109.7) when throwing to tight ends. That’s during stints with the Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, New York Jets and, now, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Fitzpatrick makes his first start on Sunday for the Bucs, his seventh NFL club. What’s more, “Fitz” hasn’t been intercepted a single time while throwing to tight ends, yet has tossed 19 TD passes to tight ends.
Number of rushing first downs allowed by Kansas City so far — second worst total in the league, after San Francisco’s 72. No other team has allowed more than 56. As well, the Chiefs rank third last in rush defence. These are further ominous signs for K.C. Good playoff teams usually aren’t so feeble at stopping the run.
“Hurts my heart to see such a fierce competitor and even better man go down. However, I know God only chooses his strong to go through adversity. You have made the NFL a better game and I can’t wait to see you back out there. Get healthy, my friend!”
— Golden Tate, Detroit Lions WR, tweeting about his former Seattle Seahawks teammate CB Richard Sherman, who tore an Achilles on Thursday night and is done for.
Ryan The Arizona Cardinals may have to turn to Blaine Gabbert, seen here dressed as the tooth fairy, to start next week if Drew Stanton’s sprained knee isn’t healed.