Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 11/12

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 09: Todd Haley, head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs' reacts to a call by the officials during the first half of play against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Field on October 9, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)

Good morning! We've almost made it to another gameday. Read up on today's Kansas City Chiefs news to make sure you're up to date on all the stories. Enjoy!

The Chiefs are not the first NFL team to lose three games by four or more touchdowns in the first half of an NFL season.

But they are the first team to do so and maintain at least a share of first place in the division.

It's been that kind of a season for the Chiefs. They've been all over the place with the quality of their play - they've suffered blowout losses to Buffalo, Detroit and, last week, previously winless Miami, a defeat that snapped their four-game winning streak.

Chiefs Still Trying To Get A Handle On Their Season from KC Star

Todd Haley is 2-2 all-time as a head coach against the Broncos, but each of those victories has proved significant for the Chiefs.

In the 2009 season finale, Kansas City used its 44-24 victory at Denver as a springboard for the 2010 offseason. It was a day that Jamaal Charles nearly established an NFL single-game rushing record and Derrick Johnson's two interception returns for touchdowns helped revitalize the linebacker's career.

More importantly, the win helped establish a core group of players at the end of a transitional first season under Haley.

Arrowhead Report: Another Significant Meeting With The Broncos from The Mothership

NFL.com Video: Playbook: Broncos vs. Chiefs

A hybrid linebacker with a multitude of pass-rush moves and wearing No. 58 will be tormenting the quarterback again inside Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

And if his style looks a little bit like that of the late Derrick Thomas, well, it's because Denver Broncos rookie Von Miller patterned his game after the Hall of Famer.

Be on the lookout Matt Cassel, Miller has made it his mission to show respect for his boyhood idol by sacking the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback over and over.

Broncos Rookie LB Von Miller Hoping To Shine In Stadium Of His Idol, The Late Derrick Thomas from The Washington Post

D+ Passing Offense

Other than big games against Minnesota and Indianapolis, it has been ugly at times. In his last three games, Matt Cassel is barely completing 50 percent of his passes, with four interceptions and just one touchdown. We also can't forget his costly pick in the loss at San Diego.

Chiefs Midseason Grades from KC Star

Cassel excelling in play-action: The Broncos will have to try to find a way to limit Kansas City from executing play-action plays. Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel is eighth in the NFL in play-action passing, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Cassel has completed 33 of 49 passes (a solid 67.3 percent) for 383 yards and two touchdowns on play-action plays.

Final Word: AFC West from ESPN

Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said Friday that, as much attention as Denver quarterback Tim Tebow and the option read have required this week, it would be foolish to ignore the Broncos' other playmakers.

Running back Willis McGahee has averaged 5.1 yards per carry this season, and Knowshon Moreno has averaged nearly 4 yards.

Chiefs Buzz: Broncs Have More Than Tebow from KC Star

The Chiefs' performance against Miami was one of the most humiliating we've seen all year. It's not like the Dolphins did anything tricky. They simply destroyed Kansas City in every facet.

Haley responded by giving his team a few days off this week in order to get fresh after two games in six days. The beard, however, will stay.

Todd Haley's Beard Is Not Going Anywhere from ProFootballTalk

The Broncos have routinely gone to their nickel packages (five defensive backs) against opposing offense's three-wide receiver sets, and Woodyard is a regular on those units.

With the Chiefs expected to play plenty of three-wide-receiver formations Sunday using Dwayne BoweSteve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin, the Broncos would have to make a major adjustment if Woodyard cannot play.

Status Of Broncos' Woodyard For Kansas City Game Still Uncertain from The Denver Post

The Kansas City Chiefs (4-4) are tied for first place in the AFC West, somehow managing to get by after losing tight end Tony Moeaki in their final preseason game, safety Eric Berry in Week 1, and running back Jamaal Charles in Week 2 - all to torn left knee ligaments.

That all happened after linebacker Brandon Siler, who was likely to start, went down in training camp with a torn Achilles tendon.

With Injuries A Given In NFL, Teams Need To Adapt from The Washington Examiner

It seems clear that, for whatever reason, the departures of Weis, Crenell and Pioli have resulted in the team being far less successful, particularly in the post season.  Seemingly gone are the days that Belichick would consistantly outfox rival General Managers on draft day or opposing coaches on game day.

In Bill We Trust? Not So Much from Examiner.com

"QUESTIONABLE" Game of the Week: Denver at Kansas City.

Be on the lookout for miracles in this game, especially after the Chiefs turned Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore into the AFC Offensive Player of the Week last week.

Which NFL Games Should You Watch This Sunday? from ESPN

Just know that if Tebow isn't on the cover of next year's game, we've all failed as a society. We knew he had special powers, but bringing back the option play and making Willis McGahee a genuine fantasy starter again? This is incredible. I'm grabbing the points because the AFC West has taught us the following things so far ...

  • Denver is better than Oakland.
  • San Diego is better than Denver.
  • Oakland is better than San Diego.
  • Kansas City is better than Oakland and dead-even with San Diego.

Naturally, we need a "Denver is better than Kansas City" to complete the "What the F is going on with the AFC West?" cycle.

Welcome To The National Mailbag League from Grantland

The Raiders had no answer for the combination of Tebow and Willis McGahee. This week Denver's rushing attack should add to its success.

The Chiefs rank among the bottom 10 in the league in rushing touchdowns allowed (eight) and opponent rushing attempts per game (29.2). Last season, the Broncos racked up 70 carries in two games against Kansas City, with an average of 4.8 yards per carry.

Matchup Meter: Pats' Defense Likely To Be Welcome Sight For Jets from Sports Illustrated

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