Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 12/28

Cincinnati Bengals running back Larry Johnson (27) glared at his former teammate, Kansas City Chiefs safety Mike Brown, who had just tackled Johnson out of bounds on December 27, 2009 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. The Chiefs lost 17-10 to the Bengals. DAVID EULITT/The Kansas City Star (via KansasCity.com)

Another Monday, another loss to talk about.

We've got plenty more for you this morning but for now, here are your morning links:

Chiefs come up one drive short in 17-10 loss to Bengals - KansasCity.com
The locals were restless, having seen the Chiefs get chewed up last week by the lowly Cleveland Browns. Cincinnati Bengals fans expected the home team to make quick work of an overmatched opponent and booed heartily at various points when it didn’t happen.

Notes: Leonard strikes again
What would a Bengals’ last-ditch comeback be without a spectacular first down from third-down back Brian Leonard? "That’s all the guy does," said Keith Rivers as he looked over at Leonard’s locker after the 17-10 thriller. "He just gets first downs."

Cincinnati Bengals' Rey Maualuga breaks ankle, leaves Kansas City Chiefs game - ESPN
Rookie Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga broke his left ankle late in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. Maualuga limped to the sideline, then was put on a cart and taken for an exam that found the fracture.

The Latest Denver Broncos Playoff Scenarios - Mile High Report
Not much has changed since the last post, but I thought it relevant to share a few more scenarios that would get the Broncos into the postseason, including those involving a Loss to the Chiefs on Sunday - I know, I cringe with the thought as well.... Here are all the scenarios - not counting games that end in a tie - as it stands right now(unofficial) The Broncos will get in the playoffs with a....

With warts exposed, Broncos' season on the brink - Clifton Brown - NFL - Sporting News
Only two teams have missed the NFL playoffs after starting 6-0. The Broncos could become the third. After a heartbreaking 30-27 loss the Eagles on Sunday, the Broncos (8-7) need help to make the postseason. Even if they beat the Chiefs in Week 17, the Broncos could join the '78 Redskins and the '03 Vikings as teams that started 6-0 but missed the playoffs.

Charles measures up well to Bengals’ Benson - KansasCity.com
If Cincinnati might need Johnson, the Chiefs will definitely need Charles. His speed and shiftiness have given Kansas City a weapon it didn’t possess with Johnson, and Charles again was the most impressive player for a team starving for playmakers. Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel said Charles has emerged as perhaps the most dependable player on Kansas City’s offense. Big plays seem to be a given, and he has helped open a playbook that had stalled only a few weeks ago.

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