first_imgThat seems very unfair given the Patriots’ continuing dominance, but a big part of that is down to having three division rivals who continue to provide very little in the way of competition.So who provide the biggest roadblocks for the Patriots in the regular season as they seek an unprecedented seventh Super Bowl title? The list is short, but includes some familiar suspects who have caused them problems in years gone by. Related News The Patriots’ path to the playoffs in 2019 does not look too difficult.New England, based on the 2018 records of their opponents, has the easiest strength of schedule in the NFL alongside the Redskins. The Texans have beaten the Patriots just once in their history, but each of the two games in which Deshaun Watson has been under center have been decided by one score. There remain questions over Houston’s offensive line and the back end of the defense but, with Watson’s dual-threat ability and J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney pursuing Brady, the Texans have enough at their disposal to pull off an upset.Vs. Kansas City ChiefsHad the Chiefs won a flip of a coin, we may be talking about them defending the title in 2019. In two games against the Patriots last season, Patrick Mahomes hung points on New England’s defense almost at will and there is little to suggest he should not do so once more against a unit now without pass rusher Trey Flowers. The big question, however, surrounds the Chiefs’ ability to stop Tom Brady. They failed to do so last season and the task may be even more difficult following the departures of pass rushers Dee Ford and Justin Houston. Vs. Cleveland BrownsGames against his old team may be tougher now for Bill Belichick than they were in the past, and you can file the Browns’ offense under the same category as that of the Chiefs – one blessed with young talent, a superstar receiver and a fearless quarterback playing for an offensive-minded head coach who maximizes his skill set. Throw in the depth on Cleveland’s defense and this is a home game that figures to be a very tricky proposition for New England.@ Baltimore RavensIt has long been thought that no team scares the Patriots and their fans more than Baltimore. This is a very different Baltimore team – Joe Flacco has been replaced by Lamar Jackson and the defense has been gutted of a lot of talent – but the prospect of a road game against a team led by a coach in John Harbaugh who has had success against New England is not likely to be an enticing one for the Patriots.@ Philadelphia EaglesThey may be reigning Super Bowl champions, but you can be sure the Philly fans will be keen to remind the Patriots of the one that got away a year earlier. Nick Foles may have taken his magic touch to Jacksonville, but if Carson Wentz is fully healthy this an Eagles team still good enough to contend with any in the league and revenge for their Super Bowl LII defeat is unlikely to come easy for New England.@ Houston Texanscenter_img NFL schedule 2019: 5 takeaways from the release NFL announces schedule for 2019 international gameslast_img read more

first_imgNew Orleans’ international-transfer Arina Kleshchukova crossed the finish line nearly 36 seconds after Girard and was named the Newcomer of the Year, along with garnering first-team all-conference honors. The rest of the first team included Lamar’s Katie Buckley, McNeese’s Gladys Jerotich and Stephen F. Austin’s Taryn Surratt.Incarnate Word’s men placed third with 82 points, followed by Stephen F. Austin and A&M-Corpus Christi. SFA’s women took bronze with 74 points, and McNeese and Incarnate Word rounded out the top five.For athletes who qualify, the NCAA South Central Regional qualifying race will take place on Friday, Nov. 9 in College Station, Texas, hosted by Texas A&M. The 2018 NCAA Cross Country Championships will take place at the Zimmer Championship Course in Madison, Wisc., on Saturday, Nov. 17. Final Results – Women | Final Results – Men | Photo GalleryLAKE CHARLES, La. – Through a muddy course at Enos Derbonne Park, the Central Arkansas men and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women emerged victoriously at the 2018 Southland Conference Cross Country Championships on Friday.With 57 team points, Central Arkansas dethroned reigning champion Lamar, the runner-up in the men’s race, to claim the program’s first ever conference title. With the lowest margin of victory in conference history, the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women hoisted the trophy for the first time since 2011 with 70 team points, edging out Lamar by just one point.C H A M P I O N S!@ucatrackxc coming home with its first @SouthlandSports title! #BearClawsUp— (@ucasports) October 26, 2018The Bears’ win was the epitome of a team performance with the top five individuals finishing between ninth and 15th and clocking in within 16 seconds of each other. Senior Markus Schweikert and sophomore Alex Hanson garnered second-team all-conference honors for finishing ninth and 10th, respectively.Lamar senior Jamie Crowe successfully defended his individual title, crossing the finish line just ahead of the 26-minute mark, followed by teammate Jordan Rowe at 26:17.5. Crowe was named the Athlete of the Year, and Rowe, an international transfer, took home the Newcomer of the Year Award. Incarnate Word runners Garrett Cortez and Baptiste Jard joined Crowe and Rowe on the all-conference first team, along with Stephen F. Austin’s Titus Kiplagat, the league’s Freshman of the Year.Islanders’ senior Allyson Girard is just the second individual champion to hail from A&M-Corpus Christi and the first since Anne Ronoh in 2009. Girard posted a 6K time of 22:15.6 en route to earning Athlete of the Year and first-time all-conference honors.last_img read more