Fan Movement Could Turn Arrowhead Dark from KC Star
The grassroots organization also has organized what it is calling a "blackout" and is encouraging fans to wear black instead of Chiefs red.
They also plan to brandish signs with the words Fire Pioli on one side and statistics from his three-and-a-half years as general manager on the reverse side.
"We chose black specifically, because it's the color of mourning," said Granell, who works in tech support for Cox Communications in Wichita. "That's how we feel about the team right now. It's not what it was, and if you go to Arrowhead, it feels like a graveyard ... thousands of empty seats and no life in the stands because there's not a whole lot to cheer about."
Chiefs Place TE Jake O'Connell On IR; Elevate OL Rich Ranglin To 53-Man Roster from The Mothership
Chiefs-Bengals Scouting Report from KC Star
The Chiefs haven't scored more than 20 points in a game since September, so it stands to reason that they'll need to keep the score down, as they did in Pittsburgh, in order to have a chance to win. The only way the Chiefs can do that is by eliminating turnovers, as they did in regulation last week. But it's going to be difficult for a team with 30 turnovers in nine games to repeat that kind of performance. And the Chiefs have shown us that once the turnovers start, things will get ugly. Prediction: Bengals 24, Chiefs 13.
Stopping The Bengals Starts With Stopping Dalton from The Mothership
The Bengals have the fifth-best passing game in the AFC (252.9 yards/game), led by Dalton, who has thrown for 2,329 yards and 18 TDs this season.
"He gets the ball out real fast," Chiefs RILB
Derrick Johnsonsaid. "So, you kind of have to play a bend but don't break defense against him, because it's a West Coast offense and he's going to complete some balls. We gotta mix up the zones (and) mix up the man calls. We're going to have to play really good against Dalton. He's a young guy but plays kind of like an old veteran."
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The Chiefs are fourth in the NFL in rushing offense, averaging 149.0 yards per contest on the ground.
Kansas City ranks second in the NFL allowing only 150 first downs.
Crennel did add that Quinn was "doing a lot better," and he wasn't kidding, because Quinn has already been cleared by the Chiefs for Sunday's game.
But here's the rub: Quinn will still back up Cassel against Cincinnati.
This is odd because, well, Quinn's supposed to be Kansas City's starter. Cassel suffered a concussion in Week 5, and Quinn took over for him. Even when Cassel returned from the injury, Quinn remained the starter, a decision that surprised everyone including Quinn himself.
Now, that the thinking is on the record, the onus is on the Chiefs to get something done. Obviously, it won't be this season. But after being the franchise player, Bowe is on pace for a record statistical year. He has 49 catches for 626 yards and three scores. He's put himself in position to get paid.
Will he if Scott Pioli is the GM? I doubt it. But everything is up in the air next year in KC.
Bengals' Road To Playoffs Is Easier from Cincinnati.com
Kansas City comes in with the league's 11th-ranked defense but is 23rd against the run. Even though the Chiefs are eighth against the pass, Sanu and Green could have an advantage over the Chiefs undersized corners.
Said Dalton about the Chiefs: "I think guys are finding holes and finding windows that they're able to get in, and guys are making big plays. Some of them have come on screens, some of them are just guys making plays. So when you get those chances, you've got to hit them."
Could Matt Barkley's Draft Stock Be Slipping? from ProFootballTalk
Farmer spoke with a few NFL scouts to get their evaluation of Barkley. The scouts he talked to questioned Barkley's arm strength and ability to make something happen when the play breaks down.
"Physically, he's very average," one scout said. "When he's throwing it across the field on a deep out, the ball sort of hangs in the air. He doesn't have that ability to just drive it. In the NFL, with the corners, they break so much quicker. They see it quicker, they close. A lot of those balls are going the other direction at the next level."
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