Good morning! We have your Kansas City Chiefs news right here. Today's stories are a mix of looking back at the Pats and ahead to the Steelers. Be sure to chack back later today for my post on going to the Pats game (didn't get it done to have it posted yesterday). Enjoy, and be safe if you're traveling.
The latest lopsided debacle, a 34-3 defeat at the hands of the Patriots on "Monday Night Football," also meant the team's second three-game losing streak only 10 games into the season.
Neither nugget suggests the Chiefs are a legitimate playoff contender, but coach Todd Haley insisted Tuesday that it's too soon to count them out.
Haley: Chiefs Won't Wave White Flag from KC Star
Sunday Night Football returns to Kansas City and Arrowhead Stadium this week for the first time since the Chiefs hosted Buffalo (10/26/03). It will mark the second primetime game at Arrowhead Stadium after the team played San Diego (10/31) on Monday Night Football. Kansas City will be making its third primetime appearance of the season.
Chiefs vs Steelers - Game 11 from The Mothership
Quarterback Tom Brady paced a slow-starting offense by completing 15 of 27 passes for 234 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
"I don't think it could have gotten much worse than what we did in the first half," said Brady, referring to his club's tenuous 10-3 halftime advantage. "But I thought we came out strong in the second half and took control in the third quarter."
Pats Have Their Way, Rout Chiefs 34-3 from USA Today
The truest, most unfiltered version of the Chiefs coach is a risk-taker. A gambler. A man who calls blitz after blitz after onside kick after blitz. That man has been gone.
He tried to come back on Monday, when what's left of the Chiefs lost 34-3 to the Patriots. Underneath the rubble of a crumbling season are three strange but significant truths:
1. This is the coach the Chiefs need.
2. It happened too late to save this miserable season.
3. It may have happened too late to save his job.
Todd Haley Needs To Take Risks As Coach from KC Star
Biggest area to build on: The Chiefs' played very aggressive on defense in the first half. The game got away from them in the second half, but Kansas City was pushing around the New England offensive line and making life uncomfortable for Tom Brady early. Kansas City had three sacks in the first half and none in the second. Also, credit Kansas City for containing New England receiver Wes Welker.
Kansas City Chiefs: Moving On from ESPN
Ben Roethlisberger's fractured right thumb didn't put him on the sidelines the day it happened - the Steelers' Nov. 13 win at Cincinnati. Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin says it won't keep him out this Sunday, either.
Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethlisberger will start at quarterback against the Kansas City Chiefs. And while Tomlin can't tell how much the thumb will affect him, he expects Roethlisberger to be effective.
Steelers: Roethlisberger Should Play Against Kansas City Chiefs from The Washington Post
Q: With Cassel done, do you guys bring in another quarterback?
HALEY: "We'll continue to work on that subject. There's been a bunch of discussions and again, I feel good about where we are as far as Tyler [Palko] and Ricky [Stanzi] and it's just a matter of if we feel like there's somebody that can come in and either help us at some point or make us better at any position we'll obviously explore."
Q&A With Todd Haley 11/33 from The Mothership
Gronkowski's near-admission is one of those rare moments when the player's public front falls and for once, we hear something honest said, but it is unnerving to hear him laugh so freely about possibly losing consciousness during a game-especially since he reportedly passed his sideline concussion test. After the score, the Boston Herald reports, he "ended up on the bench attempting to convince the training staff that he could count to 10"
Head Injuries Make Rob Gronkowski Giggle from Deadspin
But a serious neck injury ended his career in 2007, sending him to the sidelines - and back to his communities, both his hometown of San Antonio and his "adopted" home, Kansas City.
By 2005, Holmes had launched the Priest Holmes Foundation, a charity whose mission is to provide incentive programs and scholarships for Bexar County graduating seniors.
Homes 'Gives Back' With Foundation from The San Antonio Express
Scott Pioli, the former Vice President of Player Personnel for the New England Patriots, parted with the team in 2008.
He caught up with Tom E. Curran and talked about what it's like heading back to Foxboro.
Pioli: 'It's Neat To Come Home' from CSNNE.com
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski on Monday night joked that he likely wouldn't reveal if he was suffering from a concussion after he landed on his head and neck while scoring a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Asked in a post-game interview by ESPN analyst Steve Young about appearing groggy after the violent impact with the turf, Gronkowski joked, saying, "I remember the moment, and everything. ... If I didn't I still wouldn't even say I didn't, because I want to play this week."
Eventually, Brady puts a touchdown and a field goal on the board and you head in the tunnel for halftime down only 10-3. Then the voice in your head says, "OK, this isn't over, the second half is all yours, Tyler. Just protect the ball and give the defense an opportunity to make some plays." At this point, anything seems possible for you, a game-winning drive, a Monday-night upset, even a playoff run. Well, it didn't work out that way. The wheels completely came off, and that little voice somewhere in your psyche is no longer so supportive. "Tyler, maybe the NFL isn't for you," it says. "Maybe you should just bow out now and re-sign with the Montreal Alouettes." Perhaps that little part of your psyche is right, too. On Sunday, you host Pittsburgh, which has a defense that makes New England look like the Alouettes. OK, you can stop imagining you are Tyler Palko. Feels a little better being you now, doesn't it?
Bad Quarterback League Scorecard: So... Tyler Palko? from Grantland
KC is tied for last, has the hardest remaining schedule and they no longer have their quarterback. You do the math. I see last place. Although the "Suck for Luck" campaign is over in KC, what is not over is getting a high enough draft pick to get a solid quarterback - should Pioli have a conversion.
Chiefs: There's Always Next Year! from Upon Further Review
Former University of Pittsburgh and West Allegheny High School quarterback Tyler Palko gets his first chance to beat his hometown NFL team this weekend.The Pittsburgh Steelers will travel to Kansas City for a Sunday night game against the Chiefs, who are now quarterbacked by Palko because of Matt Cassel's season-ending hand injury.
Roethlisberger practiced with a splint under his glove Monday and admitted there's a twinge when he takes the snap.
"It's definitely different," Roethlisberger said. "It hurts, first off, just to grip the ball. It's something you have to get used to. I want to get some reps, I wanted to throw some (today)."
Roethlisberger's Thumb Painful As Steelers Return from The Intelligencer, Wheeling News-Register