Just as the Chiefs were building some momentum in a season that initially appeared lost, they were forced to take a break.
Whether that stunts their growth remains to be seen, but the Chiefs seemed to have no regrets about their early-season bye as they returned to work Monday after a four-day break. Not only that, but they also believe it will help them for the final 2 1/2 -month push that begins with Sunday's game against the Raiders in Oakland.
Chiefs Can Benefit From Bye Week from KC Star
Acknowledging the importance of getting back to .500 and gaining ground on the top of the division, Kansas City officially began preparing for Oakland last week.
"This is big," LB
Derrick Johnsonsaid. "I was just talking amongst teammates today that this is a big game. It's a division opponent, it's on the road and we're in that range where we need to keep winning. We're coming out of the hole, but we're not there at all. We know that this game is going to be big for us."
Chiefs Search For Effective Post-Bye Recipe from The Mothership
The Kansas Chiefs had a rough start to the season on the defensive side of the football. The loss of their young safety, Eric Berry, has forced the defensive unit to shift their focus and find different tactical combinations that work when defensing opponents without him.
This article will focus on the defensive side of the football and analyze which areas the Chiefs are currently most vulnerable. Where teams are attacking them and possible contributing factors.
Let's look at those Chiefs...
Analyzing The Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Unit from Pro Football Spotlight
The week off gave the Chiefs a better chance to assess Jackie Battle at running back, Sabby Piscitelli and Jon McGraw at safety, and whether Leonard Pope and Jake O'Connell can give the Chiefs any kind of pass-catching ability out of the tight end position.
"I feel like we know a lot more about our team, which is normal," Haley said. "You have five games under your belt and we were able to do a bunch of research and study internally."
Coach Haley Says Chiefs Would Not Have Traded Bye Week For Any Other Point In Season from The Washington Post
By comparison, the Kansas City Chiefs' Arrowhead Stadium sells 16-ounce beers for $7, or almost 44 cents an ounce. That's down 4 cents an ounce from last year but still above the National Football League average of 42 cents an ounce.
Arrowhead Tops An NFL Average You Won't Want To Drink To from Kansas City Business Journal
The Chiefs and the Colts combined for 1,095 yards of offense-590 for Kansas City and 505 for Indianapolis-as the home team eventually prevailed, 45-35.Peyton Manning(notes) threw for 472 yards and 5 touchdowns in the losing effort. Trent Green passed for 389 and three touchdowns, while Priest Holmes ran for 143 yards, scored three times on the ground, and caught three passes for 82 yards for the Chiefs.
Just goes to show that having a Priest handy is always a good idea for those Halloween exorcisms.
Five Spooky Halloween Games In NFL History from Yahoo! Sports
Todd Haley vs. Josh McDaniels: Haley, coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, has an explosive temper and it detonated after a 49-29 loss at Denver last season. Feeling that McDaniels, then coach of the Broncos, had run up the score, Haley refused to shake hands with him after the game. Instead, he pointed his finger at him, turned and stormed away. TV cameras picked up Haley telling McDaniels, "There's a lot of ... being talked about you." The next day, Haley apologized for refusing to shake hands.
NFL Has History Of Confrontational Coaches from The Los Angeles Times
McCarty is the son of former TCU great Mickey McCarty, who played both basketball and baseball for the Horned Frogs in the late '60s, and won a Super Bowl ring with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1969 as a tight end. Mickey McCarty died in 2010 from pancreatic cancer, but had suffered ill health for a number of years, including surviving two heart transplants.
Mansfield Timberview Offensive Coordinator Cody McCarty, 29, Dies Sunday from The Dallas Morning News
Yuma High graduate Curley Culp will be among four former Sun Devils inducted into the Arizona State University Ring of Honor next month.
Joining Culp are Pro Football Hall of Famer John Henry Johnson Woody Green and Charley Taylor.
Culp played 14 seasons in the NFL and won Super Bowl IV with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Culp to be Honored by ASU from The Yuma Sun
Monday, Satele, with a smile and a slight limp, said he would be good to go this weekend against Kansas City.
"Oh yeah," he said. "Come on, man, we're playing the Chiefs.
Will Satele Be Ready For K.C.? from CSNBayArea.com