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Good morning! An early Arrowheadlines for you today (need to run some errands before the snow hits out here). Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!
Something else about Charles' season is historically notable and it involves levels of individual greatness and team ineptitude.
Charles' rushing output this season ranks seventh in franchise history, and 100 yards against the Broncos would give him the fourth-best total.
But there's also this: If the Chiefs lose Sunday, they'll match the franchise's worst record set in 2008.
How can an individual performance so good happen in a season so bad?
Chiefs' Goal Remains The Same, Finish Strong from The Mothership
Now, in its final performance of the year, the team faces a tough Denver Broncos team and the temptation to begin looking for improvement for 2013. Nonetheless, Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel remains focused on the present task at hand.
"You kind of maybe let that run through your mind a little bit, but you don't dwell on it because you have to dwell on the here and now," Crennel said. "After the season when you evaluate the team, evaluate the performance totally, then that's when you can put that puzzle together about what you think you need to really improve the team."
In all, the Chiefs ran for 148 yards in the Week 12 loss, which is far and away the most the Broncos have given up on their winning streak. To wit, Denver's defense has allowed a paltry 76.4 yards per game on the ground during the streak - the only team to go over the century mark was, you guessed it, Kansas City.
Chiefs Unplugged: Pro Bowl Edition - Part II from The Mothership
Here's an extended version of the Pro Bowl interviews.
Broncos Game Preview vs. Chiefs: Analysis, Prediction, TV Info from CBS Sports
Who matters: Manning still managed to complete 22 of 37 passes against Kansas City on Nov. 25 despite the spate of fourth-quarter incompletions; as usual, the Broncos' offense will flow through him. LB Wesley Woodyard led the Broncos with nine tackles -- including two for losses -- in Kansas City and will be key in containing Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles, who gained 226 yards on 22 carries last week.
Chiefs Game Preview vs. Broncos: Analysis, Prediction, TV Info from CBS Sports
The fate of the coaching staff has probably been decided already -- either Clark Hunt is going to give Romeo Crennel a second year or cut him loose, whether the Chiefs win or not. But some Chiefs could be playing for a roster spot in 2013. DE Tyson Jackson's contract is up after this year and Jackson, who has not always lived up to his draft position (he was taken third overall in 2009), has played better the second half of this season. Jackson or LT Branden Albert could be two players the Chiefs consider to use their franchise tag on. The other guy to watch is Brady Quinn, who, with a good performance, could get kept around in Kansas City to back up a rookie starter next season or start the year until the rookie is ready.
It's hard to imagine Kansas City being anything more than a speed bump for a Broncos team intent on earning a first round bye.
"I think it's real important that we win this week against Kansas City -- all our focus will be on that," Fox said. "Whatever that brings, we'll react to."
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Broncos 27, Chiefs 10
Five NFL Coaches Most Likely To Get Fired With Their Potential Replacements from Yahoo! Sports
Kansas City Chiefs - Romeo Crennel deserves a medal for what he has been through this season, particularly the murder-suicide involving Jovan Belcher. Sadly, his work as head coach fell far short of acceptable.
Possible replacements - Bruce Arians, Jim Caldwell, Ray Horton (Cardinals defensive coordinator), Jay Gruden (Bengals offensive coordinator), Kyle Shanahan (Redskins offensive coordinator), Brian Schottenheimer (Rams offensive coordinator).
The Best, The Worst In 2012 National Sports Media from The Charlotte Observer
Worst predictions:.. 4) CBS' Bill Cowher predicting the Kansas City Chiefs would make the playoffs.
In NFL A Team Can Only Go As Far As Its Stars from The Green Bay Gazette
Now compare the Packers with the Kansas City Chiefs, who had five Pro Bowlers. It's hard to argue with any of their selections - safety Eric Berry, outside linebacker Tamba Hali, running back Jamaal Charles, inside linebacker Derrick Johnson and punter Dustin Colquitt. Yet the Chiefs are 2-13 because their quarterback play is among the worst in the NFL - the collective passer rating of Matt Cassell and Brady Quinn is 64.2, which ranks No. 31 in the league.
Know Your Stats Event from The Star Journal
Howard Young Medical Center, Marshfield Clinic and NFL Hall of Fame kicker Jan Stenerud are teaming up to encourage men to "Know Your Stats About Prostate Cancer®," the second-leading cause of cancer death for American men.
The free event will be held Thursday, Jan. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Thirsty Whale, 428 Park St., Minocqua. Appetizers will be provided.
Stenerud will be the featured speaker and will be available for autographs and photographs at the conclusion of the event.
Broncos-Chiefs: A To-Do List For Denver To Get Its 11th Consecutive Win from The Denver Post
Give Manning some personal space. Kansas City was the site of the hit that almost changed everything for the Broncos. The Chiefs' defense was the one that delivered it.
Manning took what is likely the biggest hit of his season, then threw a touchdown pass to Jacob Tamme with 18 seconds left in the first half of the game at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City's Tyson Jackson knocked Manning to the ground on the play.
Manning was given a concussion test at halftime of that game and was cleared. He played in the second half and hasn't missed any time since.
Wish List: What Eliminated NFL Teams Need In 2013 from NFL.com
Kansas City Chiefs: The franchise will have to start over nearly from scratch on offense. The team truly has no viable quarterback options who are likely to be on the roster next year.
Final Word: AFC West from ESPN
Chiefs are on cusp on top pick: The 2-13 Chiefs will secure the No. 1 overall pick in the draft with a loss to Denver or a Jacksonville win over Tennessee. The Chiefs hold the tiebreaker because they have played an easier schedule. The Chiefs have never owned the No. 1 pick in the common draft era.
Big Ten Friday Mailbag from ESPN
The Ferentz-to-NFL rumors seem to be an annual thing, and I doubt this year will be an exception, despite his recent struggles at Iowa. The job to watch is Kansas City, as Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and Ferentz are close from their time with the Cleveland Browns. Pioli thinks very highly of Ferentz, but Pioli's own job
shouldcould be in jeopardy. My sense is that Ferentz doesn't want to leave Iowa on such a down note and would be likelier to make a jump when the program is in a bit better shape. His youngest son, Steve, just finished his freshman year on the team, and some think Ferentz, 57, wants to stay at Iowa until all of his children have graduated. Money clearly isn't a problem for Ferentz, although it's hard to resist the pull of the NFL.
In the coming days, we will hear all about coaching candidates like Oregon's Chip Kelly, Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton. But unless the teams eyeing any of these fine coaches are willing to set up the right organizational infrastructure, they'll just be making change for change's sake. Teams must find the right leader for the organization.
Pinstripe Bowl-Pick, Preview And Analysis from Fantasy CPR
On a full Saturday of College Football, the mid-afternoon game is the New Era Pinstripe Bowl as Syracuse returns to the Bronx for the second time in the last three years looking to get a victory over a familiar foe the West Virginia Mountaineers. WVU appeared headed for much a much bigger bowl after a red-hot start to the season but a mid-season swoon has them representing the Big 12 in Big East country as they take on the Orange. This should be a high-scoring, pass-heavy shootout and it may just be the first team to fail to score loses as two of the top quarterbacks in the nation throw down in what should be a great game to watch.
When to Watch: 3:15 PM ET, Saturday, December 29, 2012
Where to Watch: Live on ESPN from Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Foto Friday, Top Shots 2012