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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The odds are once again stacked for Joe Gibbs Racing, the team with all four of its drivers in NASCARs playoffs.Throw in Martin Truex Jr., who is aligned with the team, and the numbers point to a Toyota winning the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship for a second consecutive year.Kyle Busch gave Toyota its first Cup title last season, and the first championship for team owner Joe Gibbs in a decade. His bid to repeat begins Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, where the 10-race Chase begins.His top competition could again come from within his own organization.Including Truex, who drives for Furniture Row Racing in an alliance with JGR, the five Toyota drivers have combined for 13 wins through the first 26 races. Theyve led over 4,000 laps and again routed the field in the regular-season finale at Richmond by leading 385 of 407 laps in a Denny Hamlin win.So can anyone beat their effort?Well, Gibbs isnt preparing any championship speeches just yet.Theres so many, I think, well prepared cars. This is going to be a battle, Gibbs said. Theres no way that you can pick a favorite right now. Everybody thats in there is going to have a shot.I think its the greatest reality show going.So who can beat the Toyota contingent?- KEVIN HARVICK: Although he has only two wins this year, Harvick should have been in victory lane a few more times.The 2014 champion has been plagued by recurring pit crew problems, and Stewart-Haas Racing last week made two changes to his team after a slow final stop at Darlington cost him the win.He doesnt have the finishes to show for how good hes been, but Harvicks 1,211 laps led this year trails only Busch (1,244) and Truex (1,234). He also leads the series in top-five finishes (13) and top-10s (21).Theres nothing at all to suggest Harvick wont be in the final four at the Nov. 20 finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He made it last year, only to finish second to Busch in his bid to repeat his title.Few are as hell-bent on winning as Harvick, who takes no prisoners and spares no feelings in his pursuit of a title.- BRAD KESELOWSKI and JOEY LOGANO: Theres no doubt that Team Penske was deeply disappointed not to win the title the last two years.Keselowski had six wins in 2014 and a strong Chase until a mechanical failure in the first race of the third round put him against the ropes. A pair of top-four finishes wasnt enough to get him into the finale, and he settled for fifth in the final standings.Last year was Loganos year and he seemed unbeatable, particularly when the Chase began. Like Keselowski the year before, he too won six races, including three straight in the Chase.But a feud with Matt Kenseth that wouldnt go away blew up badly at Martinsville Speedway (same place as Keselowskis problem a year earlier) and Kenseth intentionally wrecked Logano in a race Logano seemed poised to win.Logano didnt recover and failed to make the finale as Penske was denied in yet another season it had dominated.- KYLE LARSON: So, Larson may be a stretch, and definitely not a favorite. But its hard to count him out considering the way hes running.Larson has hit a groove this year, especially since winning his Chase-clinching race at Michigan last month. The third-year driver followed it with a third-place finish at Darlington, then hustled from 12th to second on a two-lap overtime sprint Saturday night at Richmond.Its Larsons first appearance in the Chase, but he raced like a participant during his 2014 rookie year. He wasnt eligible that season, but reeled off five consecutive top-six finishes in the first half of the Chase.He hasnt hit career numbers this year in many categories, but his 241 laps led is his best to date.Larsons biggest fight will be advancing through the first three rounds, but should he somehow make it to the final four, he considers Homestead one of his favorite race tracks. Hes not finished lower than 15th there, and was a career-best fifth last season. USA Basketball Jerseys Outlet .C. -- Manny Malhotra had two goals and an assist, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Womens USA Basketball Jerseys . "Jeff is a hard worker who was an important special-teams contributor for us last season," said Stamps GM John Hufnagel. http://www.cheapteamusabasketballjerseys.com/ . 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SEATTLE -- Dan Quinn took over as the Atlanta Falcons head coach in 2015 with the expectation that his respected defensive mind would overhaul one of the leagues most porous defenses.The former Seahawks defensive coordinator returns to Seattle on Sunday with a defense that hasnt made many noticeable strides over the past 19 months, but armed with a red-hot offense that ranks first in in the NFL in points (35.0), total yards (457.4) and passing yards (333.4) per game. The rushing attack? Thats the black sheep of the offensive family, ranking seventh at 124.0 yards per game.So the stage is set for Quinn to bring his NFC South-leading Falcons (4-1) to the Pacific Northwest for Sundays 4:25 p.m. ET tilt (FOX) against the Seahawks (3-1), who are coming off a much-needed bye week and looking to create some early breathing room in the NFC West.Their offense is just out of this world right now, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of the Falcons. Their quarterback is on fire. Theyre doing a great job. I know Dan is fired up about it and were excited to see him play well, and itll feel like a championship matchup, just like we like. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan leads the NFL with 1,740 passing yards and 10.4 yards per completion while throwing 12 touchdowns against just two interceptions through five games. He has 26 completions of 20-plus yards and 10 of 40-plus, which both lead the NFL. And he certainly is not doing it alone, as Ryan is buffeted by a supporting cast that includes Julio Jones along with upgraded complementary wideouts and a two-headed backfield featuring Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman -- each a versatile threat who contributes to the passing game.Jones had a 300-yard game two weeks ago when the Carolina Panthers gambled on man coverage and got repeatedly burned. Most other opponents have dedicated an extra man to Jones, opening opportunities for Mohamed Sanu, among others, to do the bulk of the damage.Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman has shadowed the Jets Brandon Marshall, among others, in recent seasons, but there is no guarantee how the Seahawks will game-plan to face the Falcons.Im not their coach to decide that, Jones said when asked if he expects to be shadowed by Sherman. Its whatever they do. Im not calling anyone out or anything, nor am I going to shy away from competition. Im definitely going to compete every play, it doesnt matter whos guarding me.Ironically, it will be a unit whose foundation was built by Carroll and current Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley and then continued by Carroll and Quinn that will now be charged with showing the rest of the NFL that Ryan & Co. can be tamed.Seattle has led the league in scoring defense for four consecutive seasons -- including twice under Quinn -- and currently ranks third in scoring defense (13.5 points per game), first in yards allowed (264.0), second in passing yards allowed (183.8) and seventh in rushing yards allowed (80.2).However, the Seahawks havent faced anything this season the likes of the Falcons, with Seattles first four games coming against the fledgling offensive units of the Miami Dolphins (29th in total offense), Los Angeles Rams (32nd), San Francisco 49ers (31st) and New York Jets (17th).For much of Quinns tenure in Seattle, he oversaw a defense that was the identity of a hard-nosed team along with the Marshawn Lynch-led ground game. What he will contend with Sunday is an offense now well-equipped to engage in a shootout, especially if quarterback Russell Wilson is close to full health following a bye week to resst his right ankle and left knee sprains.dddddddddddd.Seattle doesnt use a traditional fullback anymore, with coordinator Darrell Bevell increasingly playing Wilson off the line of scrimmage and setting him up to spread the ball to a deep receiving corps, with the ground game now a complement off the passing attack.Quinn came to Atlanta as a noted defensive mind, but he returns to Seattle with a unit that is ranked 27th in points allowed (28.0 per game), 26th in yards allowed (388.8) and 26th in passing yard allowed (290.2). The pass rush, so critical to a scheme that doesnt feature heavy blitzing, has produced just 10 sacks through five games despite consistently facing offenses in must-pass situations. Pass rusher Vic Beasley, a 2015 first-round draft pick, has 4.5 of the teams sacks.Pretty similar, a lot of things, Carroll said of the scheme Quinn brought to Atlanta. Theyve got their own coaches that coach things differently and stuff like that. Theres a lot of basics too that are similar.The Seahawks scored a total of 15 points while squeaking past Miami in Week 1 before a 9-3 loss in Los Angeles in Week 2. But as has been customary under offensive line coach Tom Cable, the front five has steadily improved and Bevell has made adjustments while Wilson battled through limited mobility that all but eliminated the rollouts and read-options that were so critical to the offenses success the past three seasons. Wilson is getting the ball out quickly, and the return of tight end Jimmy Graham has added yet another weapon to a quietly deep arsenal.For all of Atlantas offensive prowess, the defense remains vulnerable. The pass rush has struggled to generate consistent pressure, and the secondary comes under constant attack everyone other than Pro Bowl cornerback Desmond Trufant -- a former star at the University of Washington who grew up in Tacoma, Wash., and is the younger brother of former Seahawks star Marcus Trufant.Trufant is intimately familiar with Husky Stadium, where the Falcons have been practicing this week after Quinn opted to have the team travel to the Pacific Northwest following a Sunday win at Denver rather than travel home and back. Quinn saw it as an opportunity to engage in some team-building, which sounds Carroll-esque.We thought it would be a unique time for our team to have that week together, and as well as the players not to battle back and forth through some time zones and some long flights, said Quinn, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It just so happened this is how the schedule worked out. Were fortunate we have an opportunity to practice out here.There is a lot on the line Sunday, perhaps as much as home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. But there are also a lot of respected ties between the two teams, including Quinn bringing his upstart Falcons to Seattle to battle his former mentor for an early pecking order in the conference.I dont know about pride, but its exciting to see (Quinn), Carroll said. Hes having fun. Hes working hard. He has a team with an attitude and a personality. They had a great start last year, and they battled back and finished well at the end and theyre off flying again.They seem to be really be utilizing their talent well and the people they picked up. Theyre doing a lot of really good things. Its really exciting to see, but Im not going to get to caught up in the pride thing right now. We need to go play them. 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