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It's On: Chiefs' Hali Calls Raiders Dirty from KC Star
With the Chiefs and Raiders winning just one AFC West championship between them over the past eight seasons, the Kansas City-Oakland rivalry has seen better times.
But Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali added some spice to the 107th meeting between the teams that comes Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
Hali called the Raiders a "dirty" team.
Overheard: Ready For Battle from The Mothership
Eric Winstonon what he expects to see out of the Raiders defensive line:
"It's always chippy when you play those guys. I think being here in Kansas City and the rivalry now, it's going to be it's going to be a little bit more chippy. That's the way I'd probably describe it more so than anything. There's probably going to be a lot of late pushing and late shoving and everyone trying to work to get that last shove in on every play. It's just the kind of game that we're going to be playing in and we kind of know that going in."
Chiefs Notebook: Quinn Played For Raiders' Coach from KC Star
Brady Quinn's second start at quarterback for the Chiefs matches him against one of his former coaches. Quinn was a backup last season with Denver, where the Broncos defensive coordinator was Dennis Allen.
Both have since moved on, Quinn to Kansas City and Allen to Oakland, where he is head coach of the Raiders. They Chiefs and Raiders play on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
Oakland At Kansas City from CBS Sports
The Chiefs can start at home, where their current four-game skid dating to last season is the team's longest since a 10-game slide that bridged the 2008 and 2009 seasons. This will be their first home contest since the fans' controversial reaction to Cassel's injury that pushed Quinn into action.
Quinn, the 22nd overall pick in 2007 by Cleveland when Crennel was coaching the Browns, has completed 53.2 percent of his passes and averaged 156 yards with 10 touchdowns and 11 picks while going 3-10 as a starter.
"I'm excited about the opportunity," he said. "There's always pressure, but pressure is what you make of it. As a quarterback in this league, you're used to it."
Hali's Oakland Comments Are Stale from ESPN
Sure, the Raiders have a history of being dirty. But this team doesn't strike me as being dirty. Sure, Richard Seymour has racked up his share of personal fouls as a Raider, but this team is not considered as one of the league's most dirty teams. First-year coach Dennis Allen is working to cut down on penalties, and he doesn't seem to be the type who tolerates cheap shots.
Kansas City Chiefs Have Rough History Of Starting Quarterbacks from The Associated Press via The Columbia Missourian
The Chiefs are turning away from a former seventh-round draft pick whose career is spiraling toward ignominy, and putting the offense in the hands of a former first-round draft pick whose own career thus far has been a disappointment.
Matt Cassel is out. Brady Quinn is in.
Nobody is quite sure whether the Chiefs will be any better off when they host the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, but what's clear is that the quarterback situation in Kansas City is dire.
It's been that way for years, too.
Chiefs Hope To Get Boost From Hillis from ESPN
While starter Jamaal Charles has been fantastic with 591 yards, Hillis hasn't been unleashed because of an ankle injury. Hillis has missed the past three games with an injury. He has 93 yards on 21 carries this season.
Yet, the Chiefs may be getting close to getting Hillis back. He practiced on a limited basis and the team is hopeful he could play Sunday against visiting Oakland. Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel is looking forward to seeing a Charles-Hillis tandem finally develop.
Mailbag: Denver's Future At CB from ESPN
Lincoln from Kemmerer, Wyo., wants to know if I think any of the three current quarterbacks on the Kansas City Chiefs' roster will be on the team next year.
Bill Williamson: I think it may be too early to tell, but I could see a scenario where all three are gone. I really can't see a situation where all there are back. Matt Cassel will be gone. Unless there is a dramatic turnaround, the Chiefs will have a new starting quarterback next season and I wouldn't think Cassel would be kept to stay as the backup.
Kansas City Wants Relevance On The NFL Stage Again from The University Daily Kansan
For 18 long years, the Kansas Chiefs have failed to win a playoff game. Despite this, Chiefs fans have long been considered some of the best in the NFL.
Under GM Scott Pioli and Owner Clark Hunt, the Chiefs franchise has changed. I can't quite tell you when it happened, but this current management has changed my view on the Chiefs. Pioli and Hunt have an arrogance about themselves that has isolated the fans from the team.
The frustration of fans is hogging the radio, written about in the papers and is seen at Arrowhead Stadium. Arrowhead, which the Chiefs have dubbed "the loudest stadium in the NFL," is no longer a scary proposition for opposing teams.
Expect Trade Winds To Remain Calm from ESPN
The Bowe situation in Kansas City is also intriguing. At 1-5, the Chiefs are at the juncture where they could concede the season, but how will that go over with the fan base? Bowe is good enough to command a first-round price tag, but he's most likely going to be available after the season as a free agent. Even if the Chiefs would be willing to trade Bowe for a second-rounder, the team that acquires him would have to offer up a $9-10 million-a-year extension unless it wants to risk losing him as a free agent.
Where Will The AFC West Be Won? from The SDSU Collegian
We next arrive at the last place: Kansas City Chiefs.
Besides making me cry on Sundays, their hobbies include: turning the ball over and not scoring points on offense.
The Chiefs rank 29th in the NFL in points per game, averaging just 17.3 on Sundays.
Kansas City is also -15 in the turnover differential on the season, the worst in the NFL.
Quick Take: Raiders, Chiefs Renew Bitter Rivalry from NFL.com
Why this game is intriguing: It's a little disheartening to see this classic rivalry so far down the list. Who'da thunk it? But that's the state of these teams, who have a combined record of 3-9. The reason it's not last is that it should still be as intense as ever, even in front of the Kansas City Chiefs' disgruntled fan base.
Oakland Raiders Don't See No-Huddle Offense As A Full-Time Solution from The San Jose Mercury News
It is a popular solution to an occasionally sputtering offense on Twitter and in the frustrated corners of the Raider Nation cyber world.
Because Carson Palmer is getting so much production out of the no-huddle offense, the Raiders ought to use it full time. Simply bypass offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and allow Palmer to run the show.
There are problems with that theory, not the least of them being that Palmer says it won't work and that even in the no-huddle, Knapp is more often than not still calling the plays.
So when the Raiders visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, they will attempt to move the ball through conventional means and use the no-huddle as it is intended to be used -- a tool to change the tempo if necessary.
Raiders: 5 Questions For Carson Palmer from CBS Sports
Question: What do you see when you watch the Chiefs on tape? What jumps out at you?
Palmer: "The first thing that jumps out at you is you look at their record and you watch them play, and you look at the personnel they have. They've lost some weird games in really kind of some weird ways, but defensively, personnel-wise, it's a very, very good group. Personnel-wise as good as there is in the NFL. Coach says there are six first-round draft picks, a handful of guys that have been to the Pro Bowl and four guys drafted in the top five or 10 picks. So it's a very, very gifted group. A very talented group that's desperate for a win coming off a bye. It's going to be an extremely physical game and we've got our mind set for that and we're ready for that. But it's going to be a battle. It's going to be a four-quarter battle."
AFC West Stock Watch from ESPN
Patience in Kansas City and San Diego: Fans are not happy into these two cities. The combination of disappointments on the field and issues off the field have fans surly. Keep an eye on both of these situations. Things could blow up in both organizations if the trouble persists.
More than 76,000 football fans can gather for a game at Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs. And thanks to a team of tech professionals that included STEALTH® http://www.stealthconcealment.com, those fans can now text, Tweet, Facebook and talk to their hearts' content.
That's because the stadium has installed a robust Distributed Antenna System (DAS), which accommodates sharp increases in wireless signal.
Steelers Back On Track, Now Must Face RGIII from The New Pittsburgh Courier
Even though the Steelers should be able to outscore the Redskins, the New York Giants, 5-2, are another story. It will be a battle of two of the big three quarterbacks drafted in the 2004 draft, Eli Manning and Roethlisberger. Both have two Super Bowl rings, and both seem to play just good enough to win. But in this game somebody has to lose.
Then comes the lowly Kansas City Chiefs, 1-5, who have played just about everybody tough but have managed to lose. The Steelers can ill afford to stumble against them, looking ahead to the big Ravens game.
Breaking Down 10 NFL Coachs On The Hot Seat from CBS New York
The Chiefs may have been victimized by their desire to read too much into a decent late-season finish last year when they hired Crennel to be their full-time head coach. While his players like him and play hard for him, the Chiefs make too many errors and repeat them regularly. Crennel has also been hurt badly by Matt Cassel's poor performance. He may hang on for one more year, but Crennel appears to be a disappointment.
Which Division Is Leading The Way? from FOX Sports
Biggest disappointment: The Chiefs were a popular preseason playoff pick by pigskin prognosticators (including yours truly). Kansas City is instead a legitimate contender to finish with the NFL's worst record. On the bright side, that would allow the Chiefs to finally land a big-time quarterbacking prospect who can replace Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel.
Cobb A Fantasy Star In The Making from Pro Football Weekly
Rumors of a trade to the Dolphins came and went while Bowe idled during a Week Six bye. Alas, the gifted receiver, due to become a free agent in the offseason after signing a franchise tender in mid-August, remains in Kansas City for now. It's unfortunate the rumors weren't true, since a pairing with talented young QB Ryan Tannehill might have pumped up Bowe's fantasy value. He has caught 34 passes for 427 yards and three TDs despite the struggles of the Chiefs' quarterbacks, though his most recent game was a 3-25-0 dud against the Buccaneers in Week Six, with Brady Quinn starting at QB for the Chiefs in place of the injured Matt Cassel. Quinn is starting again this week, but Bowe owners are nonetheless hoping their man can do damage against Oakland's 22nd-ranked pass defense.
Pat Richard, Tim Callaghan Named Chiefs High School Coaches Of The Week from The Mothership
The Kansas City Chiefs have announced the latest recipients of the Missouri and Kansas High School Coach of the Week awards. Oak Grove's Pat Richard (Missouri) and Shawnee Mission West's Tim Callaghan (Kansas) each received this honor after a strong performance by their respective teams last week.
As a result, both schools will receive a $500 grant towards player health and safety equipment and/or education. Additionally, Richard and Callaghan will be presented with congratulatory footballs autographed by Chiefs Head Coach Romeo Crennel and a certificate recognizing their selection in addition to a special edition Chiefs Coach of the Week hat.
KCChiefs.com Video: From The Podium: Romeo Crennel