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New England Patriots New England won’t be getting a helmet change in 2018 after a long list of injury issues with their star players and head coach Bill Belichick and they won’t need to replace any of their players to avoid a repeat of what happened during the 2016 and 2017 World Cups.
Belichick will be replaced by longtime Patriots defensive coordinator Dan Quinn who has been in New England since 2013 and is familiar with the team’s defense.
Quinn is a former assistant with the New England defense.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft has long been an advocate of the helmets and the team has been a big proponent of the use of a helmet with the name of the team on the inside of the helmet.
The Patriots have been the only team to have a helmet for the entire tournament, but the team is also in the midst of a search for a replacement for former head coach Jim Caldwell, who has left the team.
The teams first two players on the roster who were hurt were defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt and linebacker Marcus Cannon.
Tuitt suffered a dislocated knee in the first half and Cannon went down with an injury in the second half.
Both players will miss the Patriots’ next two games, but their status for the rest of the tournament remains unclear.
Tuitch and Cannon have yet to return to practice, but both are expected to be ready for the next game.
The Pats will also have to replace quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who suffered a season-ending concussion in the third quarter of their last game, and who had been a key member of the Patriots defense during the World Cups last two years.
Garoppol was a key contributor in their Super Bowl run in 2016 and his status for 2018 remains uncertain.
Garopolo was injured in the opening half of the season and had surgery to remove a sprain on his left knee in February.
He is expected to miss the next two weeks and he will be placed on injured reserve.
He had not played since October and has been out of the lineup since then.
Kansas City Chiefs The Chiefs are one of the NFL’s hottest teams after their unexpected Super Bowl victory in the 2016 season.
The Chiefs finished in first place in the AFC West and they are also expected to finish atop the conference in 2018.
They are coming off of a season in which they had the second-most points in the league, averaging 29.3 per game, but that is expected not to be the case this season.
Kansas State will be the only other team to play in the Super Bowl in 2019.
Kansas Tech will host the game and Kansas State has been trying to get its head coach, Mark Mangino, to come back to Kansas City.
Mangino was fired after the 2015 season and the Chiefs did not make the playoffs after the 2016 campaign.
Kansas will be hoping Mangino will get his act together and lead the team to the playoffs.
Oakland Raiders Oakland is expected have one of its most productive offenses in the NFL.
Quarterback Derek Carr is expected back and the Raiders are expected back in the postseason for the first time since 2009.
Carr was benched in favor of Derek Carr Jr. and the offense will be led by former first-round pick Amari Cooper, who had an impressive preseason.
Cooper has been on fire since he was signed to the Raiders roster in the offseason and the defense should be able to contain the Broncos’ passing game.
Seattle Seahawks Seattle has had two of the best offenses in football this season, but it will not have the same success this year as they did in 2016.
The Seahawks will be without their starting cornerback Richard Sherman for the second straight year and will also miss star wide receiver Doug Baldwin, who will miss at least the first four games of the regular season.
Baldwin will miss a large chunk of the 2018 season because of the knee injury that kept him out of training camp.
Baldwin has missed the last four games and is not expected to return until early November.
Seattle has been one of three teams to reach the playoffs in the last five years and the Seahawks have also won five straight Super Bowls.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers The Bucs are one team to watch for in 2018 and it could be a long year for them.
They have been one step ahead of the pack in recent years but could be missing their best players for a number of games.
Quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Jameic Thornton are both expected to play and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will be back in 2018 as well.
Fitzpatrick played for the Bucs from 2009-2015 and is the current offensive coordinator for the team as well as a member of its coaching staff.
Fitzpatrick is also the offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay secondary.
He has been working with defensive backs coach Tony Dungy in recent weeks.
Fitzpatrick’s future with the Buccaneers is unknown, but he has played for Tampa Bay since 2009 and has played in all 16