Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 12/9

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Game Day! Chiefs at Browns. Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news to get you ready for kickoff. Go Chiefs!!

Tragedy Clouds Fates Of Crennel, Pioli from KC Star

Even if the Chiefs, 2-10, manage to win a few of their four remaining games, starting with today's visit to Cleveland, 4-8, this season will rank as one of the most disappointing in franchise history.

Chiefs Nation, through protests on game day and failing to fill Arrowhead Stadium as in years past, is demanding a housecleaning. Fans want changes in the front office, coaching staff and at quarterback, though the tragic events of last weekend muffled the outcry as a show of respect for Crennel and Pioli.

On The Road Again, Chiefs Set For Road Test In Cleveland from The Mothership

Like Winston, Chiefs WR Jon Baldwin agreed that getting RB Jamaal Charles space to run will do great things for the team.

"That'll be one of the main keys, being able to establish the run game so it will open up the pass game for us," Baldwin said. "We're going to do the best thing we can do, as far as getting open and with Jamaal running how he's been running, it's going to open it up for the receivers on the back end."

Chiefs-Browns Scouting Report from KC Star

The situation is improving for the Chiefs, who after not holding a lead during their first eight games have led in each of their last four. They finally converted that to a victory last week. But it took some improbable things (a near-career game from Quinn, touchdowns from Hillis, Jon Baldwin and Tony Moeaki, etc.) to get there. It's probably going to take similar things from other unsung players for the Chiefs to win again, and that's something they can't count on. Prediction: Browns 23, Chiefs 16.

Santschi: My Take from The Mothership

The Chiefs committed one penalty in Sunday's game. It marked the fewest total penalties committed in a single game this season. It was the fewest penalties the Chiefs have committed in a single game since committing one penalty vs. Buffalo (9/11/11).

DT Shaun Smith played in Cleveland for two seasons (2007-08) and QB Brady Quinn originally entered the NFL as a first-round selection (22nd overall) of the Browns in the 2007 NFL Draft.

Chiefs Release Hicks; Elevate Bellamy To 53-Man Roster from The Mothership

Bellamy (6-0, 206) originally joined the Chiefs as a rookie free agent on April 30, 2012. He has been serving on the club's practice squad all season. He played in 26 games (17 starts) in two seasons at Louisville, compiling 53 catches for 681 yards (12.8 avg.) with seven touchdowns.

Terry Pluto's Pre-Game Scribbles For Cleveland Browns-Kansas City Chiefs from The Cleveland Plain Dealer

As for Hillis, don't be shocked if he fumbles. That often happens when he is excited and tries to make big plays. He had a chance to own this town, but blew it with his revolving agents, contract snits and general sense of entitlement. Browns players remain surprised how Hillis changed from a gritty, bruising back in 2010 to a fragile, self-absorbed person in 2011.

Kansas City Chiefs End Difficult Week Against Cleveland Browns from The Associated Press via The Morning Journal

Still searching for normalcy one week after linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, and then drove to the team's practice facility and committed suicide, the Chiefs will return to the field Sunday. They visit the Cleveland Browns, a team also touched by heartbreak after a member of its grounds-keeping staff took his life.

For Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel, who had pleaded with Belcher to put down his gun, the pain and sorrow linger. Crennel, though, understands he must lead his grieving team.

Chiefs Players Attend Kasandra Perkins' Memorial Service from USA Today

At least a dozen members of the Kansas City Chiefs organization flew to Austin on Saturday morning to attend a memorial service for Kasandra Perkins, the 22-year-old woman killed by Jovan Belcher, her Chiefs linebacker boyfriend, a week ago.

The Chiefs contingent included at least 10 players as well as team CEO Clark Hunt and general manager Scott Pioli.

In The Spotlight: Kansas City Chiefs Running Back Jamaal Charles from The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"He's got that great speed down the field," Browns defensive coordinator Dick Jauron said. "He is a very good zone runner. It doesn't mean he doesn't run the scheme plays well also, the other plays well also like the counters and the toss cracks. He does those very well, too. He's different and somewhat similar to Ray Rice. Both of them are very good. They are very, very good readers of the defensive scheme and where the holes are. They get there quickly, get in and out of the hole quickly and down the field and really attack a defense and make things happen."

Defining Moment For Brady Quinn? from FS Ohio

In the strangest and probably most trying week of his life, Brady Quinn comes back to his future Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs visit Cleveland for a game most notable for its homecoming themes.

Browns-Chiefs will pretty much be dismissed nationally outside of Cleveland and Kansas City, and Quinn knows the feeling. For two years after being traded from the Browns to the Denver Broncos, he didn't play. He's on a one-year deal with the Chiefs, who first turned to Quinn seven weeks ago for two games and have started him in the last two.

Browns v. Chiefs... In Four Downs from ESPN Cleveland

4. Fourth Down: Sorry, Charlie.

Running back Jamaal Charles figures to be the Chiefs' best hope at generating some offense. The three-time 1,000-yard rusher (he already topped that mark through 12 games this season) had a 154-yard game against the Browns in a 2009 loss in Kansas City. The Browns' run defense has been on a roll since tackles Phil Taylor and Ahtyba Rubin reunited for the first time this year. In their three games together, the Browns have limited opponents to team rushing totals of 63, 49 and 85 yards. That clampdown has improved the Browns' ranking against the run to 17th in the NFL - their highest mark in the expansion era.

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