Good morning! Game Day!! Can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to today's game, not just because it's Chiefs-Raiders but because it's a reason to stop watching the Weather Channel. Here's your news. Go Chiefs!
He finished playing for the Chiefs in 1976, but even after all these years, no one despises the Oakland Raiders quite like former offensive lineman Ed Budde.
Budde's blood still reaches a quick boil at the mere mention of, say, Ben Davidson's late hit on Lenny Dawson in a 1970 game between the teams.
That's why Budde was cheered this week when he read that Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali called out the Raiders for dirty play. It was a rare sign that somebody still cares about what used to be the NFL's fiercest rivalry.
Kansas City Chiefs Have Talent On Paper, But That Doesn't Add Up To Wins from The San Jose Mercury News
Quarterback Carson Palmer surveys the Kansas City defense and sees five starters who were first-round picks -- ends Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey, linebackers Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson and free safety Eric Berry.
That doesn't include Dontari Poe, a first-round pick in 2012 who is a reserve nose tackle.
"Personnel-wise, they're as good as there is in the NFL," Palmer said. "It's a very talented group that's desperate for a win coming off a bye."
Oakland Raiders/ KC Chiefs NFL Week 8 Game Preview from Examiner.com
The Kansas City Chiefs play their historically most-bitter rival on Sunday at Arrowhead, but judging by the way head coach, Romeo Crennel, is handling it, Chiefs fans are getting little more than a shrug that this is an important game.
Maybe it's election-time TV ad weariness combined with absolute frustration over the Chiefs inept 1-5 start to the season, but fatigue has set in for many fans. The battle cry of "IT'S RAIDERS WEEK!!!!!" that Chiefs fans reveled in during Marty Schottenheimer's glorious tenure as coach (18-3 record ... ‘nuff said), has turned into "It's Raiders Week?" with Crennel.
Raiders Should Be Familiar With Kansas City QB Quinn from The Sacramento Bee
The Raiders thought enough of Brady Quinn to bring him in for a visit when they owned the top pick in the 2007 NFL draft.
The Raiders were coming off a 2-14 season under Art Shell, and owner Al Davis was looking for a quarterback for new coach Lane Kiffin.Davis was partial to JaMarcus Russell, whose LSU Tigers destroyed Quinn's Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Sugar Bowl...
...The Raiders, of course, took Russell No. 1.
Raiders-Chiefs Rivalry Lacks Sizzle from ProFootballTalk
Indeed, it's been 21 years since the two teams played a truly big game, with the Chiefs beating the Raiders at Arrowhead in the playoffs. The Chiefs haven't been doing much beating of the Raiders at Arrowhead lately, with Oakland winning five in a row in the place where once upon a time the Chiefs rarely got beat.
Frustrated Chiefs Fans Record Song from FOX 4 KC
Chiefs fans have been crying foul over certain players, and the management of the football team. And now, they're singing their complaints too.
A group of fans released a song on YouTube Saturday morning.
Sporting World Is Positively Frightful from NBC Sports
A few nights ago, I left my couch long enough to see "Sinister," which had a solid scare-per-minute ratio, although the most terrifying part was when I did the math and realized my teen crush Ethan Hawke is over 40 now. Reality DOES bite. I also spent the next few hours in a horror hangover, which happens every time I watch something unsettling. I imagine monsters crouching in every dark corner and can find something, well, sinister in every situation. Even sports. Especially sports. There are scary things scattered throughout every league, things like...
...Brady Quinn, Kansas City starting quarterback
A Glorious Saturday For Patriot Nation (U.K.) from The Providence Journal
The folks at NFL Properties would have been delighted to see the array of team jerseys represented - almost every team in the league.
Perhaps they ought to consider team kilts, which is what four lads down from Scotland for the game were proudly wearing.
"We're color-coordinated," said Steven Murphy of Ayrshire, who wore a red-plaid tartan that went well with his Kansas City Chiefs jersey.
Raiders Key Matchup No. 2: Burris vs Charles from CSN Bay Area
Charles is averaging 5.1 yards per carry and had a 91-yard scoring run against New Orleans in Week 3. He is most dangerous when he bounces outside, and that figures to be where the excitable rookie Miles Burris figures to have a shot at him.
"A lot of intensity," Raiders cornerback Michael Huff said of Burris. "On every play he's fired up, intense, just running around making plays. You can tell he's a young guy who's just hungry and wants to go out there and make plays. He's been playing well."
Interestingly enough, the Chiefs lead the league in most runs for a loss, with 33. Might that play into Burris' skill set, or would an over-pursuing, over-excited rookie play right into the shifty Charles' hands?
A Steel Curtain To Wrap Around RG3 from USA Today
Maybe the fix that worked against the Jacksonville Jaguars last weekend -- a no-huddle package -- will become a key weapon Sunday at the Kansas City Chiefs as Carson Palmer is on track to post career-best passing numbers. Oakland used the hurry-up scheme to find a rhythm and overcome a 17-6 halftime deficit last week. Then again, that rhythm might have also been linked to the matchup against an injury-riddled Jaguars secondary that faces an even tougher task on Sunday at the Green Bay Packers.
Raiders Line Works At Protecting Palmer from The San Francisco Chronicle
Of all the reasons your mother told you to stand up straight, here's betting that this wasn't one of them:
So that a 6-foot-3, 275-pound mercenary can't knock you off balance with a quick burst, get by you and kill your quarterback.
But not slouching is one of the many things on Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer's plate Sunday as he goes against Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali.
Quick-Hit Thoughts Around NFL & Pats from ESPN Boston
The NFL's trading deadline is Tuesday and if Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli can get a second-round pick or better for receiver Dwayne Bowe, I think that's a move he'd make. Bowe was inherited by Pioli and doesn't appear to be part of the Chiefs' future; his contract expires after the season. It would be similar to the Dolphins' trading Brandon Marshall to the Bears. When I think of receiver-needy teams, the Jets come to mind. Would be surprised if the Patriots had any interest at that type of price.
NBA Big Markets Collect Stars, The Rest Collect Losing Seasons: Bud Shaw's Spin from The Cleveland Plain Dealer
Crennel changed a sign at the K.C. facility. It read: "Eliminate Bad Football."
Now, it reads, "Play Good Football."
With that kind of seismic change in positive thinking, Chiefs fans attending today's Oakland game might want to borrow something else from Cleveland- that banner from the Bengals game that reads "11-5 starts today."
Injury Riddled Raiders Hope To Have Enough Players On The Field This Sunday from CBS Sacramento
20 players were listed on Friday's injury report. That doesn't include cornerback Ron Bartell who is on the temporary unable to perform injured list as well as linebacker Aaron Curry. Curry you may recall missed the first six weeks of the season recovering from knee injuries and the Raiders have one more week to list him as a roster exemption.
Head coach Dennis Allen says Curry is making strides and expects him to be added to the 53-man roster when the exemption expires.
Chiefs' Anders Adds To United Way Fundraising Event At School District from The Wyandotte Daily News
Kimble Anders, a former Kansas City Chiefs player, was on hand to sign autographs. There was face painting and a clown was on hand to make balloons for the kids. They even had a raffle to benefit Wyandotte County United Way.
Former Chiefs Running Back Bennett Gets 15 Months For Fraud from The Associated Press via The Columbia Daily Tribune
Michael Bennett, a former NFL first-round draft pick who played nearly 1½ seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for taking part in a fraud scheme.
Bennett was sentenced to 15 months on Friday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The former running back pleaded guilty to wire fraud three months ago.