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Keeler: Heck, yeah, Broncos can beat Chiefs in prime time. Heck, yeah, they can beat Patrick Mahomes in Arrowhead. Here’s how.

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Keeler: Heck, yeah, Broncos can beat Chiefs in prime time. Heck, yeah, they can beat Patrick Mahomes in Arrowhead. Here’s how.

Darn straight, they can win in Arrowhead. What the Broncos can’t do is turn every junket inside the red zone into The Brandon McManus Show. (Six. Six, people. Not three.)

They can’t have any of those Tom McMahon Moments on special teams.

They can’t carry the ball like it’s a wet bar of soap.

Most of all, they can’t keep letting Patrick Mahomes off the hook.

Only the New York Jets have given the ball away more times (24) than the Chiefs (22) this season. If there’s a road to glory under the lights and above the din at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday night, a blessed end to that unholy 11-game losing streak to KC, that’s the path.

Since 2018, Mahomes is 4-5 in the games where he’s tossed two interceptions or more. Otherwise, he’s 47-9. It’s only happened nine times over four seasons. Three have come in the past eight weeks.

Kansas City has already lost the turnover battle in six games this season. They wound up going 3-3 in those games. They’re 4-1 in the others. When the Chiefs’ margin is minus-2 or more, they’re 0-3.

Context: Kansas City produced only four regular-season games with a negative turnover margin last season. 2019, same story.

The Broncos, meanwhile, have produced a plus turnover margin in five games in 2021, including this past Sunday’s victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. They’re 5-0 in those tilts, as opposed to 1-5 when the margin is even or negative.

Weeks like this one, stages like this one, are why they drafted cornerback Pat Surtain II. Why they traded for Teddy Bridgewater to play quarterback.

Nothing changes an NFL game the way takeaways do. Nothing keeps a coach up at night, especially a defensive guy like Vic Fangio, like self-inflicted wounds.

You can’t tip-toe your way into a victory at Arrowhead, but there are worse combos to take on the road than a salty defense and a power run game. The Broncos were giving it away only 1.1 times per game through Week 12 (12 in 11 games), which was tied for the fifth-fewest in the NFL as of Monday afternoon.

More context: Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur’s crew produced 32 giveaways in 2020, or exactly two per contest. In other words, the Broncos have cut that number pretty much in half from last season’s appalling pace. You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure out why.

(Hint: It rhymes with “Stock.” And “Block.”)

“We haven’t beat them in a while, the hatred runs deep,” outside linebacker Bradley Chubb said Monday when asked about the Chiefs.

“And when we do get over that hump, everybody’s going to be rejoicing and moving on to the next one. And I feel like that’s what we’ve got to do — just knock this one out and just keep moving forward.”

In a perfect world, granted, the Broncos would have their own Mahomes for these moments, their own Justin Herbert, their own Derek Carr, a quarterback who makes danger fun, whose rewards are worth every risk.

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Dear Abby: Boyfriend’s mission – talk to every woman he sees

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Dear Abby: Can’t budge lonely, needy friend from the phone

Dear Abby: I’ve been going out with this guy for a couple of months. The problem is, he has to ALWAYS talk to every woman he sees — from a two-second conversation to a several-minute conversation. He doesn’t even know 99% of them.

When we go to a store, I feel like I’m invisible. He’ll walk away from me and start talking to women. I don’t trust him completely because sometimes he flirts or says something that could be taken in a sexual way, and I worry that one of these women could take it like he’s interested in her.

I don’t want to break up with him. I love him. But I feel I have reason to be jealous. I wish I was the only girl for him. Please give me advice.

— Not No. 1 in Pennsylvania

Dear Not No. 1: If you have discussed this with him and it persists, listen to your intuition. If he loved you, he would not be chatting up other women. If a man makes you feel like you are not No. 1, get rid of him before he destroys your self-esteem.

Dear Abby: We have a neighbor who likes to go out with us to the casinos, restaurants and various other places. This is doing her a favor, but she never contributes toward the transportation. When we go out with other couples, we alternate driving or help to pay for fuel. All we get from her is, “Thank you. Let me know when you’re going next time.”

I know she reads your column. I hope she reads this and realizes this sounds like her and takes the hint. What do you think is the best way to handle this situation?

— Always the Taxi

Dear Always: Your friend may be an avid “Dear Abby” reader, but what if — heaven forbid — she misses the column today and doesn’t see your letter? The “best” way to handle this would be for you to take the bull by the horns and address the problem directly with her.

Dear Abby: My 4-year-old grandson, “Johnny,” is obsessed with all things military. Everything he picks up is a pretend gun, sword or blaster. I know we played cowboys and Indians as kids, pointing sticks or our hands and shouting, “Pow! You’re dead!” and none of us turned into shooters. But today’s climate is more violent. Johnny has already gotten into trouble at preschool for pointing and making shooting noises. Is there anything we can do to discourage this behavior? Does he need professional help?

— Unclear in California

Dear Unclear: Because Johnny has gotten into trouble for pretending to play with guns, his parents should explain to him why it is not OK to do that at school. Unless there is something going on with your grandson that you omitted from your letter, he should not need professional intervention for acting like a normal boy.


Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at DearAbby.com. 

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Matt Stone is an award-winning photojournalist who has been working at the Boston Herald for the past 26 years. Matt has won numerous awards for his work in the area of spot news, sports, photo essays and features. Thanks to the success of our New England sports teams, Matt has been able to bring Herald readers along for the championship runs of the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins.

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Men’s hockey: Ben Meyers’ overtime goal lifts Gophers over Michigan in thriller

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Men’s hockey: Gophers’ five-goal rally sweeps away Michigan State

Minnesota co-captain Ben Meyers is a fairly stoic, no-drama kind of guy, on and off the ice. But his role on Friday could’ve won him an Oscar, handed out by his team’s hungry fan base.

Meyers scored a power play goal in overtime to lift the Gophers to a dramatic 2-1 win over the Michigan Wolverines in the opener of their two-game Big Ten series at Mariucci Arena.

With Michigan frantically trying to kill a major penalty, Meyers took a cross-ice pass from defenseman Jackson LaCombe that pulled the Wolverines’ goalie out of position, and potted his team-leading 10th goal of the season into a mostly-empty net.

“That was a pretty good hockey game tonight,” deadpanned Gophers coach Bob Motzko, mastering the understatement. “We played a complete game tonight, and I’m sure their coach would say the same thing. That was a good hockey game.”

Meyers’ goal came after Matthew Knies had tied it for the Gophers early in the third period of a back-and-forth battle between the conference’s two heavyweights. Dylan Duke scored to give Michigan a 1-0 lead in the second period.

Blake McLaughlin appeared to score a power play goal with 12.1 seconds left in the third period, but after review it was determined that the puck was kicked in, and the game went to overtime.

Gophers goalie Justen Close had 26 saves as the Gophers improved to 14-9-0 overall and 9-4-0 in the conference.

“He was incredible, some of the saves he made,” said Meyers, after Close notched a career high for saves. “They’ve got a talented team, so to hold them to one goal was just incredible.

The opening period ended with nothing on the scoreboard, but there was end-to-end action as the Gophers had three power plays and Michigan had two. Protecting their goalie, the Gophers blocked
five Michigan shots and held the Wolverines without a shot on goal for the first 13 minutes of the game.

The announced crowd of 8,204 included a packed student section and one of the more lively audiences of the season in Minneapolis, which added to the fun for the players.

“It was really exciting. Honestly, it’s pretty indescribable walking out with that kind of crowd and that kind of student section,” Knies said. “It was really fun to be back in that kind of atmosphere.”

Michigan turned up the heat offensively in the second period, outshooting the Gophers 16-5 and finally breaking the scoreless deadlock when Dylan Duke got free at the top of the crease and snapped off a quick shot that just barely eluded Close’s sweeping attempt at a glove save. That was the only blemish on an otherwise stellar 20 minutes for Close, who was making his third collegiate start.

For the Wolverines (18-7-1, 9-6-0) the more telling number was the 23 minutes in penalties they were assessed, including the major penalty late in a tight game.

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