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The visit with the airmen and their families provided a chance for the players, representatives of the VFW, a couple of cheerleaders and members of the Chiefs' front office to show their appreciation for the military. Veterans Day isn't until Friday, but Tuesday was an off-day for the players, and tours of military installations near Kansas City are a regular part of the team's community outreach.
The Chiefs closed the book on the first quarter of the season, thankful it was over, with a 1-3 record. Four weeks later, they've clawed their way into the driver's seat of the AFC West race.
Kansas City was able to hit the reset button thanks to a 3-1 second quarter that featured crucial division victories over Oakland and San Diego. The season flipped in only a month.
Chiefs Quarterly Report: 2nd Quarter from The Mothership
Sunday's loss might have been new - it was the Chiefs' first since the season's third week - but the absence of a pass rush was not. The team's nine sacks are the NFL's lowest total, and the most discouraging thing about it is that this wasn't supposed to be a weakness. Outside linebacker Tamba Hali was following a Pro Bowl season in which he led the AFC with 14 1/2 sacks, defensive end Wallace Gilberry was emerging as a solid pass-rusher, and rookie linebacker Justin Houston had a high upside. Help was supposed to have arrived for Hali, and quarterbacks weren't supposed to have it so easy at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs have a long history of supporting the military, going back to their late founder Lamar Hunt, who attended Culver Military Academy during his formative years.
The franchise regularly honors soldiers from nearby military bases, often inviting their families to take part in pregame festivities. There is usually a flyover each game - there's talk a stealth bomber is scheduled for Sunday's game against Denver. And the team organizes frequent visits to surrounding bases, of which there are several within a short drive of Kansas City.
Airing It Out: Chiefs sign Some Autographs, Clamber Into Cockpit During Air Force Base Visit from The Washington Post
The foursome's return to health is giving the Broncos hope they can make a second-half run and end their five-year playoff drought.
"I don't know what it is," Royal said, "but I'm happy it's coming along right now at the right moment, and we just need to keep it going, stay focused and come out and get a win against Kansas City. We'll see where we're at after that."
Denver Broncos Get Key Players Healthy Again In Time For Second-Half Run In Middling AFC West from The Washington Post
The Chiefs' mojo: The Kansas City Chiefs went from sky-high to wondering what went so terribly wrong in a matter of six days. The Chiefs followed up a thrilling overtime win over the San Diego Chargers on Halloween night with a 31-3 home loss to previously winless Miami on Sunday. This was not a matter of the Chiefs being flat coming off a big win; they were just flat-out smoked, ending a four-game win streak.
AFC West Stock Watch from ESPN
The defending division champion Chiefs have had an enigmatic season, dropping their first three games before winning four straight, only to lose to the previously winless Miami Dolphins last week.On Sunday they host the Denver Broncos, who are coming off a 38-24 win against the Raiders. Much of the Broncos' success came via the run-game, with Tim Tebow and Willis McGahee each topping 100 yards on the ground.
Teams Clash In Air-Tight AFC West from ESPN