Microsoft Cortana — a virtual assistant that predicts the outright winner of every NFL game on Bing — went 2-2 during the divisional round of the NFL playoffs to push its record to 5-3 during the playoffs. The algorithm, which correctly picked 64% of games during the regular season, unwisely picked the Chiefs and Cowboys to win at home. This weekend, the penultimate weekend of the football season, Cortana likes both home teams to make the Super Bowl.
Martellus Bennett doesn’t know how Tom Brady is feeling. He doesn’t know how Brady’s been. When a reporter asked Bennett about Brady, Bennett responded with the kind of hilarious response he’s been known to produce. “I don’t have a Tom Brady mood ring,” he told reporters on Thursday. Brady sounded a little hoarse on Wednesday but said he’s “good” when asked if he has a cold. Brady was also not listed on the injury report on Wednesday. The reporters were surely asking what Bennett had observed of Brady at practice and in meetings. Bennett clearly was not willing to offer that information.
All the money Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is giving up in fines sure could buy a lot of shoes. The NFL docked Kelce $21,615, including $12,500 for a personal attack on an individual game official after last week's playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, a person with knowledge of the fine told USA TODAY Sports on Friday. The target of Kelce's criticism was referee Carl Cheffers, whom Kelce told reporters "shouldn't even be able to work at (expletive) Foot Locker" after a holding penalty wiped out what would've been a tying two-point conversion by the Chiefs. The other $9,115 fine for Kelce was the result of his inexplicable decision to deck Steelers defensive back Ross Cockrell after a play.