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Good morning! Lots of Kansas City Chiefs news for you today. We have previews of Sunday's game and wish lists for Christmas. Enjoy!
Chiefs Playing For A Win, Not Spoiler Role from The Mothership
"No. I'm not worrying about being a spoiler," Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel said.
"I'm just worried about trying to win a game. I don't care who it's against. Or I don't care what the situation is; I just need to win a game. If I can win a game, I can feel better about myself and about this team, knowing that we can get something positive done."
The just-win mentality isn't just from the coaches.
Game Day Activities: Chiefs vs Colts from The Mothership
It's the last Chiefs game day of 2012 so we are honoring you! It's Chiefs Fan Appreciation Day at Arrowhead Stadium this Sunday! The weather is supposed to be partly cloudy with a high around 35 degrees so bundle up and come early to tailgate.
See the full list of gate openings below:
Indianapolis At Kansas City from CBS Sports
Kansas City has lost its last two games by a combined 45-7. The Chiefs gained a season-low 119 yards and recorded seven first downs - two on penalties - in a 15-0 defeat at Oakland last week.
They were playing their first game without leading receiver Dwayne Bowe, out for the season due to ailing ribs.
"We continue to struggle to develop any consistency," coach Romeo Crennel said. "We're not very good on offense. This past game we couldn't run, we couldn't throw it, and it's hard to be in a game when that happens."
Five-Orite Friday: Christmas List Edition from SBN Kansas City
Tis the season for wishing and hoping for gifts that you probably won't end up getting. So what better way to celebrate the holiday season then with a Five-Orite Friday Wish List Edition. These are the top five things I want to have happened for the upcoming year.
1. Kansas City Chiefs Draft a QB:
This has to happen right? I mean it is such a given its akin to candy in your stocking right? No matter what gifts you do or don't receive you know you will at least have candy in your stocking. The Chiefs have to finally draft a QB in the first round this year.
Stephen Brown: Feeling Nostalgic For Chiefs' Lost Attitude from The Examiner
With Hali, Johnson, Houston, Flowers and Berry I've seen each strut their stuff. I have visuals of them making a difference. Houston's flex against the Carolina Panthers was old-school Chiefs. Brandon Flowers showing off in front of a hostile Oakland crowd was brave and cool. Berry on his knees signaling "no-go" in 2010 is classic Chiefs.
Attitude, fans want that back, a past the Chiefs need to reclaim. A history Hank Stram and Marty Schottenheimer worked hard to create.
Problem is, today's leadership doesn't have the same stomach as past Chiefs teams.
A Sports Fans Christmas Wish List from The Hannibal Courier
Speaking of Christmas, I know everyone makes a list about what they want. Myself, I think I have been a good boy this year, so hopefully Santa will find it within himself to fulfill my Christmas list. Here are the five things I want for Christmas.
1. Kansas City Chiefs - a new quarterback.
Plenty Of Heads To Roll In Dismal 2012 Chiefs Season from The Arkansas City Traveler
Rumors persist that both head coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli will be fired, but new management will have its hands full in the coming months before spring practices.
I think Crennel and Pioli should go. Neither has accomplished anything resembling a coherent football team. The Chiefs were predicted by many to win the AFC West this season, with the return of running back Jamaal Charles, tight end Tony Moeaki and defensive back Eric Berry from serious injuries that derailed the 2011 season. However, the Chiefs have turned in one of the most pathetic seasons in NFL history.
Final Word: AFC West from ESPN
The Chiefs host the Indianapolis Colts and rookie quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, has led the Colts to the cusp of the playoffs. The 2-13 Chiefs are on pace for the No. 1 pick in next year's draft, and quarterback is their greatest need. But there are no Lucks in the 2013 class, so the Chiefs will have to either take a chance on someone like West Virginia's Geno Smith or acquire a veteran and take the best player available. Seeing Luck on Sunday won't make reality easier to take.
Colts Seek Pagano's Welcome-Back Playoff Berth from The News Sentinel
The Colts are set up about as well as they can be to clinch a playoff berth at Kansas City. The Chiefs have a decent defense, with a pair of strong pass rushers in Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. They have a strong running game, led by Jamaal Charles. But they're also 2-12, playing out the string, mediocre in the passing game and facing reports that the front office and coach Romeo Crennel are on their way out as soon as the season ends.
If a playoff contender can't get the job done against a reeling team like the Chiefs, is it really a playoff contender?
The Flip Is Dead. Long Live The Touchdown Celebration from The New York Times
On Oct. 17, 1965, the speedy Jones caught a pass from Earl Morrall and raced 89 yards for a touchdown. When he arrived in the end zone he emphatically hurled the ball to the ground. The spike was born. The game was changed forever.
Other N.F.L. players began copying Jones's signature move. So did a University of Houston receiver, Elmo Wright. But the N.C.A.A. banned the spike, so Wright, as Jones did before him, got creative. When he had to high-step to evade a tackler, he kept high-stepping all the way to the end zone, where it evolved into the first touchdown dance. After joining the Kansas City Chiefs, his end zone moves made their debut on Nov. 18, 1973, another first.
Three Keys: Colts vs Chiefs from Stampede Blue
There is so much that could distract this Colts team right now. Christmas falling just two days after the game. Andrew Luck in a heated rookie of the year race. Chuck Pagano returning on Monday. The playoffs right around the corner. A young team just getting worn down as the season goes on. I mean, there is so much to focus on besides the game, and it doesn't help that the team they are playing has two wins all year. The Colts shouldn't have trouble with the Chiefs - that is, unless they overlook them.
Colts Game Preview vs Chiefs: Analysis, Prediction, TV Info from CBS Sports
What matters: For the Chiefs, nothing. For the Colts, well, everything. A win Sunday and Indianapolis will clinch a wild card berth. Even with a loss the Colts could back into the playoffs, but it would certainly feel better getting a road win and earning the berth that way. Plus, a loss to the 2-12 Chiefs could do a number on the Indianapolis psyche, so, as with any game, winning Sunday is the most important thing.
Chiefs Game Preview vs Colts: Analysis, Prediction, TV Info from CBS Sports
Stat you should know: The Chiefs have not scored in seven quarters, which is how long they've been without leading WR Dwayne Bowe.
Nearly Showtime from Colts.com
"I really feel like Kansas City is going to do like we did. Last year at this time, we didn't quit. We still wanted to go out and win. We still wanted to do everything you have to do to get a ‘W,' " said
Reggie Wayne. "We're professionals. Nobody wants to continue to lose every week, even when you know you're not in the hunt.
"I expect Kansas City to be ready. They're playing at home, in front of their fans. I really feel like they're going to give us everything they've got. There's no quit in that team. The record does not indicate the team they are. We have to be ready. We know what's at stake. They know what's at stake. We have to find a way to win on the road."
Seven Things from Colts.com
NEGATE THE CROWD - Arrowhead Stadium is one of the league's special venues. Chiefs partisans are among the heartiest, most loyal and most ardent fans. This is their last home game of the season, and the players would love to send the home crowd away as happy as possible. The Colts need to seize momentum early and never relinquish it. Make their cheer at the end of the anthem be their loudest of the day.
Key For Colts To Beat The Chiefs, Earn Playoff Berth: Stop The Run from The Indianapolis Star
If the Chiefs can't run, they almost certainly won't win. Their passing game ranks 31st in the NFL. No team has thrown fewer touchdown passes than Kansas City's eight. No team has thrown more interceptions than the Chiefs' 18, and quarterback Brady Quinn is playing with sore ribs behind shaky protection.
What Kansas City has is a strong running game.
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