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ESPN senior writer Mike Sando asks league insiders to pick winners in selected games each week. Three personnel evaluators took the challenge in Week 2. The games on the docket: Chiefs-Texans, Bengals-Steelers, Buccaneers-Cardinals, Cowboys-Redskins and Packers-Vikings.Kansas City Chiefs at Houston TexansSunday: 1 p.m. ET, CBS |?Point spread: Texans by 2One insider picked the Texans, another leaned toward the Chiefs, and the third had a hard time deciding. Brian Cushings absence from the Houston defense could make Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce a matchup nightmare for the Texans, as one insider put it. But all agreed the Chiefs would have their own matchup issues in this game.Brock Osweiler did not play a lights-out game [against Chicago in Week 1], but he made some big-time throws down the field, and they have enough receivers to make you match up in coverage, one of the insiders said. Im not sure the Chiefs have a guy outside of their second-year corner [Marcus Peters] who can match up.The Chiefs embarrassed the Texans in the playoffs last season. Houston is a different team with Jadeveon Clowney contributing and the offensive backfield having undergone an overhaul. The Chiefs are a different team as well -- better on offense, not as good rushing the passer. Matt Holliday Jersey . Jon Montgomerys gold medal in skeleton at the Whistler Sliding Centre and his subsequent auctioning off of a pitcher of beer in the village square elevated him to folk-hero status. Jamie Garcia Jersey .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. http://www.authenticmlbshopyankees.com/Dellin-Betances-Jersey/ . No. 13-seeded John Isner and No. 21 Philipp Kohlschreiber were among six players who dropped out of the tournament on Tuesday, joining No. 12 seed Tommy Haas and two other players who withdrew on Monday. Luis Severino Jersey Starlin Castro Jersey . James, who turned 29 on Monday, injured his groin Friday during the Heats overtime loss at Sacramento. He sat out the following game, a 108-107 win Saturday in Portland, before coming back to help send the Nuggets to their seventh consecutive loss. It wasnt so long ago that ultra-talented Argentine tennis teams were better known for their collapses and the bickering and political infighting that impacted morale at every turn.Right in the middle of the controversy was Juan Martin del Potro. An emerging star, he had a running feud with the more established but cankerous David Nalbandian. A Davis Cup stalwart in the same league as John McEnroe and Andy Roddick, Nalbandian was the dominant leader of the Argentinian team in his time. He had the backing of the tennis establishment as well as the public. But his King David status didnt sit well with everyone, including del Potro.When it became clear that del Potro wasnt quite as all-in for Davis Cup, especially with Nalbandian playing a large role in team decisions, the friction increased. The testy relationship of the two stars became a long-running national sporting soap opera.But this weekend, in the Davis Cup final, which will played at the Zagreb Arena in Croatia, del Potro has a chance to put this behind him and lead Argentina to its first title. Recovering from another long injury hiatus -- and the depression and anxiety that accompanied it -- del Potro leaped 1,004 places in the ATP rankings to finish at No. 38.Ive had a great year, del Potro told reporters Tuesday in Zagreb. I [need to have] a good weekend. We are confident. Its a very special moment for us, and we are very, very positive.That positive frame of mind is never a given when it comes to Argentinas Davis Cup team. The squad has featured some outsized talents, starting Guillermo Vilas. The other Davis Cup luminaries include Nalbandian, Jose-Luis Clerc, Guillermo Coria, Martin Jaite and Juan Ignacio Chela. Yet all have failed to lead the team to the land of milk and money. For Argentina, a nation with a hyper-enthusiastic fan base, the repeated Davis Cup failures border on a national embarrassment.The team will play its fifth final. Ten other teams that have also been in five or more finals, and all have won at leasst once.ddddddddddddDavis Cup has been one of the furthest things from del Potros mind in recent years. He has played just six Davis Cup matches in four ties since 2011.So here we are. Del Potro is healthy, and Nalbandian is gone. The atmosphere in the Argentinian locker room is no longer poisonous. The perfect emblem for the transformation was Argentinas semifinal win in September against Andy Murray and his British cohorts. Del Potro handed Murray one of the very few losses he suffered this fall, and Leonardo Mayer gamely quelled a British fight-back, clinching in the final match.The final will be challenging. In some ways, Croatias No. 1 Marin Cilic is a mirror image, as well as a good friend and generational peer, of del Potros. They are both 6-foot-6, 28-year-old former US Open champions with bone-jarring serves and atomic forehands. Cilic is ranked a career-high No. 6, but he was overwhelmed in the World Tour Finals, winning just one match. Hes 2-8 against del Potro and hasnt beaten him since 2011.Now that del Potro has logged more wins, and his first title (in Stockholm) since 2014, hell be playing No. 1 for Argentina. His teammates have taken turns stepping up all year, but the Croatians have a truly unpredictable factor in 37-year-old ace machine Ivo Karlovic. Hes blasted his way to No. 20 in the rankings despite his age. The indoor hard court in Zagreb is said to be fast, which will surely help Karlovic. Argentinas likely No. 2 is No. 41 Federico Delbonis.As hosts with higher-ranking players, Croatia clearly will be the favorite, but many former players from Argentina can ruefully attest that doesnt mean all that much. Confidence, momentum and team spirit can count for a lot.This is no longer David Nalbandians team; it is Juan Martin del Potros. He has a long-deferred chance to step forward, out of Nalbandians shadow, to become a national hero. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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