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  1. Last week was a decent 9-5 forecast, but the season tally of 52-41 is not as good as it should be. I’d like to blame the radar or even the sling psychrometer for misreading the NFL winds so badly, but it’s all on me.   Thursday Night - Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (+3): Denver has quietly been playing better football of late. Kansas City has noisily fallen from NFL elite to “what’s wrong” status in the last two weeks, both losses. A hobbled Patrick Mahomes is only part of that equation; the Chiefs defense gets no pass rush and is also terrible against the run. If just one of those issues was the problem, I’d feel good about a return to vitality for the visiting Chiefs. But both the offense and defense are now issues. The only upshot is the Broncos are also bad at rushing the passer. I still smell the upset cover, if not outright victory for Denver.   Chiefs 24, Broncos 23 Sunday Games  - Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers (-5.5): The XFL held its draft this week. The Packers hopefully paid attentio
  2. Running back Kenyan Drake could be on the move. The Dolphins have had trade conversations about him with teams and they would be willing to deal him if the right offer presented itself, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Drake was in extension talks with Miami not long ago, but there has been no momentum on that front since training camp. Meanwhile, Drake would welcome a new opportunity, RapSheet hears (video link). A deal would make plenty of sense for both parties. Drake is playing out the final year of his contract, doing so for a Dolphins team that underwent a radical philosophy change this year. Miami is 0-5 and has one of the worst point differentials through five games in NFL history. The former third-round pick out of Alabama has not rushed for 50 yards in a game this season and is averaging a career-worst 3.7 yards per carry behind one of the NFL’s worst offensive lines. The Dolphins still gave him a team-high 16 touches in Week 6 but used Mark Walton as their starter. Drake, 25, totaled 1,012 yards fr
  3. Kenyan Drake could be added to the list of talented young players the Dolphins have gotten rid of this season. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Miami is open to trading the 25-year-old running back for the right price. A third-round pick in 2016, Drake turned heads in his first few seasons before breaking out in 2018 with 1,000 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns. This season has been a much different story for Drake, but it appears his numbers and usage have been way down as a result of Miami playing from behind almost exclusively. The Dolphins have already flipped talented young players for draft assets in trades earlier this season. Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills were the first to go in August followed by Minkah Fitzpatrick last month. Clearly, Miami is stocking up on draft capital, so it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Drake was the next to go.
  4. Frank Gore has defied all football logic by continuing to be a useful starting running back even at age 36. He’s played so long that he’s now going up against a head coach against whom he played in college. Gore is in his first season with the Buffalo Bills and has 333 rushing yards and two touchdowns this season. He played college ball at Miami from 2001-2004 and was limited by a knee injury during his college career. In 2003, his Miami Hurricanes faced Boston College, which had Brian Flores at linebacker. Flores is now the Dolphins’ head coach and will be game-planning against Gore for Week 7. Flores talked on Wednesday about facing Gore in college. but downplayed it. Dolphins reporter Safid Deen tracked down video from their game and showed that Flores did get a nice hit in on Gore. Gore rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown in Miami’s win that game. Here’s where Gore beat Flores for a touchdown, and also another hit Flores made on Gore. It’s truly wild that Gore is still playing 16 years later. Flores alre
  5. The Dolphins are interested in extending running back Kenyan Drake and have engaged his agent in negotiations, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. However, Miami may also consider trading Drake before the NFL’s October 29 trade deadline. Within the Dolphins’ front office, a “sentiment” exists about not handing out large contracts at the running back position. That’s consistent with a league-wide devaluation of running backs, and Miami would likely only be interested in a new deal for Drake if it comes a team-friendly rate. Per Jackson, at least one source is “under the belief” Drake could be made available over the next two weeks. However, Miami is also “under the impression” it won’t receive much in return if it does attempt to trade Drake. As Jackson notes, the Dolphins intend to be aggressive in the 2020 free agent market, meaning they likely wouldn’t recoup a compensatory draft pick in exchange for losing Drake next spring, so a trade may make sense. A third-round pick in the 2016 draft, Drak