Game Day!! Chiefs at Jets this afternoon. We have today's Kansas City Chiefs news to get your morning started right. I can tell you it's cold here in Jersey and not expected to get much past 40. Here's to hoping for the offense to show up. Go Chiefs!!!
Ryan, meanwhile, is unlike most NFL coaches. He's colorful and brash, predicting in his introductory news conference that his Jets planned to win the Super Bowl in his first season. And, despite coaching in the era of secrecy, Ryan's Jets have been more successful than most teams with a different kind of agenda.
"You don't have to be like me. You don't have to be like Belichick or be like anybody else," Ryan said this past week. "You've just got to be yourself."
Jets QB Mark Sanchez has been turnover prone all season, giving the football away 16 times this year already. Those 16 giveaways have led to opponents scoring a league-high 66 points (nine touchdowns and one field goal).
Most of Sanchez's struggles have come in the first three quarters of play, where he owns a 75.5 passer rating this season. With that said, he's also one of the NFL's best fourth quarter quarterbacks, turning in a 96.8 passer rating in the fourth quarter this year.
New York Take Five from The Mothership
Today: Sunny, with a high near 40. North wind between 5 and 7 mph.
Game Day Forecast from The National Weather Service
A week after sweating the return abilities of the NFL's all-time leading man in Chicago's Devin Hester, the Chiefs must contend with another giant in Joe McKnight. The fleet-footed McKnight leads the league this season in yards-per-kick return average (32.4), including a team-record 107-yard return for a TD.
Five Things About The Jets from KC Star
Despite common perception, they can move the football
Dating back to 2010, the Chiefs average 133.8 rushing yards per game on the road - a pretty staggering number. This season, they're ninth in total rushing yards (fifth in total attempts) behind a trio of Jackie Battle, Dexter McCluster and former Jet Thomas Jones. The numbers show that when the Chiefs run effectively, they win. In their previous four victories, Kansas City averaged 36.5 rushing attempts per game and are 15-9 when running the ball 25 or more times since 2010. "These are guys that can make plays and this is a game that we can't walk into thinking ‘Well, you know, they've only scored two touchdowns in the last whatever,' " defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said. "You take that mentality, you're going to get beat."
Jets Gameday: Jets Host Kansas City Chiefs from The Star Ledger
Because they have such problems scoring points, the Chiefs have almost zero margin for error. They played about as well as they're presently capable of on offense last week and still needed a big effort on defense and special teams to beat the Bears. If they limit the turnovers, dominate on defense and win on special teams, they'll beat the Jets today. But does anybody really think all of that will happen again this week? Prediction: Jets 20, Chiefs 10
Chiefs-Jets Scouting Report from KC Star
The 33-year-old Jones has never been flashy during a career that has seen him bounce around like a journeyman, but has been marked by impressive numbers - entering Sunday's game 12 yards away from passing both Eddie George and Tiki Barber for 22nd on the NFL's career rushing list. He went from being a disappointing first-round pick in Arizona, to playing a season in Tampa Bay, three years and a Super Bowl appearance in Chicago and then being traded to the Jets and having his best three-year stretch.
Chiefs' Jones Fond Of Days Running With Jets from The Associated Press via The Wall Street Journal
Listen closely to the television broadcast today, and there's a good chance you will hear someone from Kansas City booed. The man's job will be called for by angry fans tired of watching their favorite NFL team struggle and it won't be Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli or coach Todd Haley or even quarterback Tyler Palko.
Won't be anyone from the Chiefs, actually.
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There Is Another Schottenheimer In The Crosshairs from KC Star
Lynn, now the Jets' running backs coach, and Haley, who leads the Kansas City Chiefs, were both offensive assistants for Parcells. They had celebrated the end of training camp that season by going out for pizza in the oceanfront city of Ventura, Calif., about 10 miles from their training camp site.
The details of what happened next will always be fuzzy for Lynn, the victim of a drunk driver's hit-and-run as he crossed the street after dinner. But Haley witnessed it all: The sickening sound of impact, his friend cartwheeling 45 to 50 feet in the air, the blood pouring out of Lynn's split-open face after he landed on a parked car.
Joplin High School senior Quinton Anderson is one of 50 athletes from around the nation named a semifinalist for the annual High School Football Rudy Awards.
Anderson, 18, lost his parents, Bill and Sarah Anderson, in the May 22 tornado and was himself critically injured. He said last week that he is eager to find out if he'll be among the 12 finalists when they are named today. The winners share $25,000 in scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $7,500...
...Since the storm, he said he's found a mentor and friend in Kansas City Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli, who helps in the college search and also gets him tickets to games.
With his parents gone, Anderson now lives with his sister, Grace, and her boyfriend in Neosho, commuting to school in Joplin every day.
Joplin Tornado Victim Named Semifinalist For Rudy Awards from The Joplin Globe
It would seem on the surface that the Jets would have an easy game Suday against Kansas City, a team at 4-7 with a third-string quarterback and an offense struggling to put up points. But the Jets utter just two words to counter the argument that the Chiefs will just roll over: Tamba Hali.
The Chiefs linebacker, in his sixth NFL season, has 45 tackles and eight sacks for the AFC West team and while he likely won't set career highs in either category this year, he's performing well for a depleted and struggling defense.
Jets Have Hands Full With Hali from Metro.us
Probably the biggest trap game comes when the Packers visit Kansas City. On paper, the Packers should easily defeat the Chiefs. However, there are too many factors that play into this one. For instance, the game is at Arrowhead. Second, the Chiefs got a huge boost to their confidence with their big win over the Bears last week ... Will they think they can beat the Packers? You bet they will.
In addition, the Chiefs defense has been playing well the last half of the season and if there's a way to get a win against the Packers it's to stop their offense.
If, as expected, Todd Haley does not survive in Kansas City, Josh McDaniels could end up with the Chiefs three years after many thought he would land there. Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli could hire his old buddy from their New England days to be his head coach-if he could sell McDaniels to Clark Hunt. Or, Pioli could hire a defensive minded head coach and make McDaniels the coordinator, assuming McDaniels is fired in St. Louis.
NFP Sunday Blitz from National Football Post
You think the Jets' offense has issues? The Chiefs can't do anything. Their only touchdown last week came on a tipped Hail Mary pass at the end of the first half. The Jets are 26th in the NFL in offense. The Chiefs are 27th. Chiefs quarterback Tyler Palko has thrown seven interceptions and just one TD. This should be a defensive day. The Jets defense looked good last week after a shaky start. Today's game presents them an opportunity to show dominance.
Jets' Playoff Push Must Continue vs. Undermanned Chiefs Today from The New York Post
At 7 a.m. sharp on Friday, Dustin Keller took his seat in the Jets' tight ends' meeting room and opened his backpack, pulling out a ballpoint pen and a red spiral notebook. On the front, five letters were written in blue ink: TMbok.
They stand for Tom Moore Book of Knowledge, the journal Keller has kept since training camp for his private master class in football, taught by Moore, considered one of the greatest offensive minds in N.F.L. history.
Jets' Tight End Guru Has Willing Protege from The New York Times
Matchup to Watch: Mark Sanchez vs. Himself
Despite beating Washington with another scintillating fourth-quarter comeback, the Jets committed a series of mistakes - ill-advised timeouts, dumb penalties, mix-ups in the huddle - that have undermined them all season. In one way or another, those mistakes lead to Sanchez, who has vowed to restore urgency and tempo to the offense.
Kansas City At Jets: Matchup To Watch from The New York Times