Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 10/25

NJ Chiefs Fan is out and about this week so today's Kansas City Chiefs news is coming from me.

The Chiefs' goal-line stand at Oakland took 10 men and, in the words of Chiefs coach Todd Haley, one missile, to keep the Raiders out of the end zone on Sunday.

That missile was inside linebacker Derrick Johnson, who was credited with stops on three of the four downs inside the Chiefs 5, including dropping Michael Bush for no gain from the 1 on fourth down.

Derrick Johnson sets the tone on Chiefs defense | Kansas City Star

"Sum up of the game; 28, zip," Bowe said. "Chiefs played not perfect, but near perfect. We're out here fighting, out here fighting every play, scrapping.

"Every time we come to the Black Hole it's like a Super Bowl game, that's why guys go out here and play so hard on both sides of the field; that's why you see a little aggression afterwards. Every time we play this game it's like a Super Bowl thing."

Rivalry recharge | KCChiefs.com

Video: Todd Haley Monday press conference

Haley is constantly preaching the gospel of complementary football. The players are starting to use the term in discussing their identity. But just what does it mean?

"It means offense, defense, special teams, we all have each other's back," said CB Brandon Carr. "It means we are a team, interested in helping other parts of the team and not doing things to put the offense in a bad position and the defense doesn't get put in a bad spot by the offense."

They were so complementary...Tuesday Cup O'Chiefs | Bob Gretz

The Zombie Chiefs are coming for the San Diego Chargers.

 

Last year, the heavens opened and the boys from San Diego were treated to some Monday Night Magic. They lost the game but managed to escape with their lives.

This year, however, there will be no magic. This year, the San Diego Chargers are walking into a Monday Night Nightmare.

Monday night nightmare: Attack of the Zombie Chiefs | Arrowhead Addict

The Kansas City Chiefs have changed their fortunes on the field over the last three games, but there is still one constant from their 0-3 start: no respect from oddsmakers.  For the sixth straight game, the Chiefs find themselves as underdogs.

When the San Diego Chargers come into Arrowhead Stadium for Monday Night Football, they will be favored by 3.5 points over the Chiefs.

Resurgent Chiefs still home underdogs | KC Chiefs Blog

"It really felt good to get out there," Baldwin said. "I've been practicing for a few weeks, but to finally get out there was great. Being out there with my teammates competing and sharing in this win felt good. It always felt real, but finally getting into the real action was a great thing."    


Lombardi writes, "This game has to scare Chargers fans. The defense was not able to get after Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez or control of the line of scrimmage in the run game. The Chargers also looked slow on defense. Takeo Spikes might help with leadership, but he is slow and struggles to make plays in space. I've always believed that when a team's inside or middle linebacker isn't fast, the entire defense follows suit. The Chargers show those signs"

The Chiefs had their worst rushing game of the season when they played the San Diego Chargers last month, gaining just three yards per carry. But that was before turning to Battle.

Look for the Chiefs to fare better next Monday night when the teams play again.

Jackie Battle emerging as force | Sporting News

Biggest area to fix: Quarterback Matt Cassel did not play great Sunday after playing very well for the previous 10 quarters. Cassel had his moments in Oakland and he never needed to carry the Chiefs on Sunday, but there will be weeks when he does, so his arrow needs to continue to point upward. 

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