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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.

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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.

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