Eli Apple has a good reason for sitting out Sunday.
The Giants cornerback is a healthy scratch for the team’s Week 11 matchup against the Chiefs, according to multiple reports.
Despite their issues, the Chiefs (6-3) are still the best team in the AFC West and it’s really not close. With no other team above .500, the Chiefs will win the division. It’s just a matter of correcting their mistakes over the last half of the season to see how far theygo in January.
Denver takes on the Bengals Sunday at home. Cincinnati is another team that has not played up to expectations so far this season, and their head coach Marvin Lewis has been on the hot seat because of it. Broncos head coach Vance Joseph’s job is not on the line yet as Elway backed him up at the ceremony Friday, but he certainly isn’t giving the rookie head coach’s team a pass.
“I’ve gone through losing streaks before and losses and tough seasons, but the way we’ve lost these games has been the most disappointing thing,’’ Elway said. “But I think we have the right type of guys. They’re working hard and the desire is still there. They know the expectations and we’re not out of this thing.’’
The Jaguars wanted Blake Bortles to cut down on his turnovers and be smarter with the ball and he has done both — for the most part. Until the last two weeks, anyway. He lost a fumble and then tried to throw a pass away over his shoulder with a hook shot against the Browns on Sunday and threw two interceptions in the final two minutes of regulation against the Chargers the week before. Bortles is in a tough situation because he doesn’t have two of his top receivers, who are out with injuries, so he’s working with a rookie who made his NFL debut against the Browns and a first-year player who didn’t make his first catch until last week. Bortles hasn’t killed the Jaguars in any games this season, but he hasn’t exactly put the team on his back, either. That’s OK, though, because the defense has become one of the league’s best. If Bortles plays smart football, the Jaguars can win the AFC South. — Mike DiRocco