BELL RUNS WILD AS STEELERS HAND THE CHIEFS THEIR FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — And all is normal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, thanks to another heady Antonio Brown play.

Brown’s wild, game-clinching touchdown bounced off Kansas City Chiefscornerback Phillip Gaines‘ hands and head and into Browns’ arms, who did the rest for a sideline-streaking, 51-yard score with 3 minutes, 24 seconds left. Brown’s description of how he got the ball was as miraculous as the play itself.

“Called God and asked him,” he said.

After weeks of anthem drama, Gatorade-cooler drama and does-the-QB-still-have-it drama, the Steelers put it all to sleep by defeating the Chiefs 19-13, and looking like themselves again behind Le’Veon Bell‘s staggering 179 yards and a late-game sack by James Harrison.

The Chiefs’ 5-0 start didn’t faze the Steelers, who liked this matchup to start the week. They felt their offensive line could win up front on Kansas City’s 20th-ranked rushing defense and let Bell exhaust the defense. Roethlisberger had won five straight against Kansas City and getting a sixth would calm the storylines about his poor play.

“I guess this old cowboy’s got a little bit left in him,” Roethlisberger said when asked if he had a told-you-so response coming off his five-interception performance in Week 5 against Jacksonville.

But the Steelers didn’t need vintage Big Ben — at least not Sunday. They needed steady Roethlisberger, which they got. The Steelers had a stingy defense that allowed one first down in the first half. And they had Bell, who was right when he said last week that dedicating to the run is “a formula for winning.”

That’s how this team won last year, and that’s mostly how it’ll win this year.

Need evidence that Bell is all the way back? Five of Bell’s first 19 carries went for 10 yards or more. The Steelers utilized pulling guards and two-tight end sets to spring Bell open on the perimeter, giving him the chance to work the outside or cut back inside.

“He was in the hole all night,” guard David DeCastro of Bell. “He was making those cuts and running like the Le’Veon we know.”

The defense looked inspired after Leonard Fournette rushed for 181 yards on it last week. In response, the Steelers held the league’s leading rusher, Kareem Hunt, to 21 yards.

Defensive end Stephon Tuitt was getting consistent pressure up front, linebacker Vince Williams was an effective blitzer and linebacker Ryan Shazierand Artie Burns each recorded key pass breakups.

The Steelers’ defensive players barely got any sleep this week thinking about their poor showing vs. Jacksonville, Tuitt said.

“We just wanted to show the world what we really are,” he said.

Roethlisberger (17-of-25, 252 yards, one touchdown, one interception) made his share of impressive throws. Touch passes to Brown and Vance McDonald over the middle created crucial first downs. Roethlisberger’s only interception came on a miscommunication with Brown, who ran a hitch instead of a slant for an easy first down.

But the uninspired Chiefs were all but asking the Steelers to put them away early in the second half. The Steelers couldn’t quite do it, opting for a punt on the Chiefs’ 35-yard line on fourth-and-2 with a $12 million running back with 124 yards at that point. Coach Mike Tomlin likely didn’t want to give the Chiefs any momentum, but the game felt like Pittsburgh was up by 25, even though it never was.

The Steelers had two touchdown chances in the second quarter but messed around in the red zone, which has become an odd habit. An ugly defensive sequence on third-and-8 didn’t help: Safety Mike Mitchell missed on a sack, then drew a penalty for going low on Alex Smith after the pass, gift-wrapping the Chiefs into the red zone.

That’s when the Steelers punctuated a dominant defensive day. The Steelers’ defense faced fourth-and-2 from their own 4-yard line, up 12-3 early in the fourth. The Chiefs decided to go for it, threatening the Steelers’ near-shutout of one of the NFL’s best offenses. Smith dropped back, rolled to his left and targeted Demetrius Harris over the middle. Safety Sean Davis made a clutch, body-contorting play to knock the ball out as Harris was landing. He nearly had an interception, but no matter: The stop punctuated a dominant day for the Steelers.

Now, at 4-2, the Steelers remain atop the AFC North with the Cincinnati Bengals coming to town Sunday.

“We are excited about being in the thick of it,” coach Mike Tomlin said.

CAN PACKERS SURVIVE WITH RODGERS?

MINNEAPOLIS — This is 2013 all over — and maybe worse.

At least four years ago, Aaron Rodgers came back from his broken collarbone in time to get the Green Bay Packers into the playoffs.

This time, it might be up to Brett Hundley — or whoever else ends up playing quarterback for coach Mike McCarthy — for the duration. Rodgers broke his collarbone after a hit from Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr in the first quarter of Sunday’s 23-10 loss at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Four years ago, Rodgers cracked his left collarbone and missed seven starts. After weeks of will-he-or-won’t-he return, Rodgers came back for the regular-season finale at Chicago — a game the Packers won on Rodgers’ last-minute touchdown pass to Randall Cobb that gave them the NFC North title.

This time, it’s the collarbone on Rodgers’ right side — his throwing side — which is why the Packers said he could miss the rest of the season.

Matt Flynn, the quarterback who kept the Packers afloat in 2013, most likely isn’t walking through the door. Although he’s only 32 years old, Flynn hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2014 — his last year in Green Bay as a backup.

Hundley, 24, the only other quarterback on the active roster going into Sunday’s game, became the first Packers quarterback not named Aaron Rodgers to throw a touchdown pass since Flynn’s last one in Week 16 of the 2013 season.

The third-year pro played the first meaningful regular-season action of his career. After a rough start — he threw an interception his first pass of the game — he settled in and got a few things accomplished, albeit with significant field-position help thanks to a couple of takeaways (Clay Matthews’ 67-yard fumble return and Damarious Randall’s 14-yard interception return).

Hundley stepped up in the pocket and found a wide-open Davante Adams for a 14-yard touchdown after Matthews’ return. He later hit Jordy Nelson on the back-shoulder throw that Rodgers has perfected for a 26-yard gain to set up a field goal after Randall returned the Case Keenum pass that linebacker Blake Martinez tipped.

However, with the Packers down by 10 points in the fourth quarter, Hundley got picked off again when it appeared he didn’t see safety Harrison Smith underneath on a throw for Nelson. He finished with 157 yards passing on 18-of-33 with one touchdown and three interceptions.

The Packers went 2-4-1 without Rodgers, 33, in 2013. Flynn was the third option after Seneca Wallace got hurt and Scott Tolzien got benched. The journeyman backup managed to pull out a tie against the Vikings in relief of Tolzien and then went 2-2 as a starter before Rodgers returned for the regular-season finale. The Packers’ season ended a week later with a home wild-card playoff loss against the 49ers.

The Packers were 5-2 when Rodgers broke his left collarbone in 2013. They were 4-1 entering Sunday’s game at Minnesota thanks to some lights-out play from Rodgers, who was 12-2 with 37 touchdowns and five interceptions in the 14 games prior to Sunday.

The problem this time around isn’t just Rodgers; the Packers have been ravaged by injuries. Already without three of their top four defensive backs (Kevin King, Davon House and Morgan Burnett) entering the game, they lost cornerback Quinten Rollins (ankle) during the game. They also lost left guard Lane Taylor (ankle, knee) and both of their starting tackles against the Vikings when Bryan Bulaga (concussion) and David Bakhtiari(hamstring) dropped out. It was the first time all season that Bulaga and Bakhtiari had played together.

It’s not like they have an unstoppable running game for Hundley to rely on, either. McCarthy tried to split series between Ty Montgomery (playing his first game since he broke multiple ribs last month) and rookie Aaron Jones, and neither found much of a rhythm or room to run.

The Packers have relied heavily on Rodgers all season. Entering Week 6, they had the second-highest dropback percentage in the NFL at 71 percent, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Maybe the outlook won’t appear to gloomy when the sting of this day wears off, but if the Packers can’t beat with a team quarterbacked by Keenum, who was without his best receiver (Stefon Diggs), then maybe this will be even worse than 2013.

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COLIN KAEPERNICK HAS FILED A SUIT AGAINST THE NFL

Colin Kaepernick has formally filed a suit against the National Football League, alleging the sports entities in the organizations have engaged in collusion.

The Bleacher Report reports that the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback charges that the owners have participated in “collusion under the latest collective bargaining agreement.”

Kaepernick reportedly hired famed attorney Mark Geragos to assist him in his legal grievance with the NFL.

The 29-year old activist was the first football player of note to take a knee during the United States National Anthem in protest of police brutality and social injustice. Last year, Kaepernick didn’t continue his contract with the San Fransisco 49ers, but he was not picked up by another team. Many teams have stated on the record they didn’t want the attention that he has generated over his beliefs.

Kaepernick has not retired, contrary to previous reports.

LITTLE ROCK ARKANSAS CANCELS MONEYBAGG YO CONCERT

A concert featuring CMG artist Moneybagg Yo has been scrapped over security concerns.

The newly signed artist to Yo Gotti’s label was supposed to perform tonight (October 13), at the iHeart Media Metroplex Live, in Little Rock Arkansas.

Police chief Kevin Buckner? raised concerns about the performance earlier this week, after a string of altercations at Moneybagg Yo’s shows came to the attention of local authorities attention.

In November, one person was shot and killed at a Moneybagg Yo concert in Mississippi, while another man was shot and wounded at a show in March 2017, in Columbus, Georgia.

And, in late August, Moneybagg Yo and two associates were targeted at a New Jersey rest stop, company by local Bloods gang members.

When Moneybagg Yo refused, his van was shot up, resulting in two of Moneybagg Yo’s associates being shot.

The cancellation comes on the heels of a high-profile shooting in Little Rock at a club last July when gunfire injured 25 people during a concert at the Power Lounge.

The shooting came during a performance by Memphis rapper Ricky Hampton.

Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola was pissed that he was kept in the dark and said the local community is too sensitive after the Power Lounge shooting.

“I’m trying to find out why I was not briefed earlier,” Stodola told The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. “I thought it was a pretty dumb thing to book this concert, not because of the nature of the music but because of the individual performer’s pattern of documented violence and the nature of our city in the aftermath of the shooting in July.”

Ricky Hampton’s bodyguard was charged with 10 aggravated assault counts for the shooting.

NELLY NOT OUT THE CLEAR YET???

Rapper Nelly may have breathed a sigh of relief when his alleged rape accuser decided she would not testify against him earlier this week.

But the Saint Louis rapper is not in the clear yet, according to Auburn, Washington police.

Even though his accuser said she was traumatized by the media coverage and is not coming forward to testify against the rapper, police are still going to continue with their investigation.

“We will continue to investigate thoroughly, we will follow every available lead and we will present our findings to prosecutors,” said Auburn Police Commander Mike Hirman.

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Kendrick Lamar Headlining The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Kendrick Lamar is heading overseas to Abu Dhabi, Where he will be the highlight of the Abu Dhabi F1 After Race Concert series.

Kendrick has been announced as the final performer for the concert series, which takes place at du Arena On November 24th.

It will be Kendrick’s debut at the Abu Dhabi F1 After Race Concert in addition to his first performance in the country.

Other artists confirmed To perform during the four-day event, which includes performances by Mumford & Sons, DJ Calvin Harris, and Pink.

Unfortunately, the only way fans can attend is if they purchase a ticket for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.