Chiefs Talk Raiders, Film Study And Arrowhead from The Mothership
One of the many things coach Reid has noticed during his team's 5-0 start is the players' approach and focus, prior to each and every game, including this week's rival game against the Raiders.
"I just look at what they do out here and in the classroom," coach Reid said. "I think that's the most important thing. They came out, they worked hard, they've done it in the classroom and it looks like they (are studying) the right way."
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Flowers, who already has been dealing with a balky right knee, tweaked his other knee in practice, while Kendrick Lewis practiced "a little bit" and is making progress as he recovers from a sprained ankle. Reid did not offer more information on the status of either player, but Lewis is also listed as questionable.
Reid said that although Houston fully took part in Friday's light practice, he hasn't yet been cleared to play.
Guinness World Record Attempt from The Mothership
Another good thing to note, higher-pitch sounds create higher decibels. In addition, yelling into a rolled-up roster amplifies your voice and Comedian Rob Riggle suggests, "Cup your hands over your mouth and get loud and proud, Chiefs fans!"
When the defense is on the field, Chiefs fans need to be loud. 3M is providing earplugs and representatives will be handing them out, if needed. Chiefs fans not only need to be loud, they need to fill Arrowhead Stadium.
"If you asked me for the most important tip for fans, here it is - we will break this record if you are there," Aarons said. "Attendance is critical; we need every fan to be at Arrowhead on Sunday and be loud and proud."
What is the key to get pressure off of Bowe? Healthy tight ends, maybe?
That's a part of it, but I don't see the way teams play Bowe changing anytime soon. It's up to Jamaal Charles and Donnie Avery and Sean McGrath and Dexter McCluster, etc., to take advantage of it in the passing game.
Inside The Lines: Chiefs vs Raiders from The Mothership
- Through Week 5 of the 2013 season, the Kansas City Chiefs rank second in the NFL in the time of possession battle.
- The Chiefs defense currently ranks first in the NFL in points allowed per game. Kansas City has allowed 58 points in five contests (11.6 avg.).
- Kansas City's defense ranks first in the NFL in third down conversions. The Chiefs defense is the only team in the NFL, through five games, to not allow an opponent to convert on a 3rd-and-10 situation (26 stops in 3rd-and-10 situations).
Fullback Anthony Sherman Does Dirty Work For Chiefs from KC Star
"(Running backs) coach (Eric) Bieniemy always tells the guys that are blocking, take pride in your guy not making the play," said Sherman, who successfully sprung Charles for the touchdown. "That's what I try to do every play, just make sure my guy does not even come close to the running back."
More often than not this season, Sherman, 24, has excelled at that. According to Pro Football Focus, a site that evaluates every player on every snap of every game, the 5-foot-10, 242-pound Sherman has the highest overall grade (plus-7.5) and run blocking grade (plus-5.9) of any NFL fullback, with Tennessee's Collin Mooney coming in second in each category (plus-4.9 and plus-5.0).
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Johnson, however, isn't the biggest Heat fan on the team. He said that honor would go to defensive tackle Anthony Toribio.
Toribio, who is from Miami as well as a huge soccer fan, was torn on whether to attend Friday night's United States' men's World Cup qualifying match against Jamaica at Sporting Park or the Miami-Charlotte game.
He chose hoops.
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Raiders Week Not What It Once Was In Kansas City, But That's Not A Bad Thing from FS Kansas City
Yet the mood around the Chiefs' practice facility this week seems pretty much business as usual. You won't see any "Raider Week" signs, which Reid deems as somewhat unnecessary.
"The players know," Reid said, "They're aware of it. They understand that. I'm not into all that kind of stuff (signs). But you know when you're playing a rival, and you know it's an AFC West team so that's very important, too."
And that seems to be the theme this week -- beat the Raiders, not out of hatred but out of necessity. It is, after all, the first AFC West opponent of the season and the Chiefs, who are tied with the Broncos atop the West, need to be thinking potential tie-breakers, not rivalries.
And that's not such a bad thing.
Then, you go around Kansas City and talk to people walking at the famous jazz corner of 18th and Vine, people standing in front of the old Muehlebach Hotel where Harry Truman predicted he would pull the all-time political upset and win the 1948 Presidential election, people shopping at the Country Club Plaza (the first outdoor shopping mall in America), people munching on America's best barbecue at Arthur Bryant's or Oklahoma Joe's (which is inside a gas station) or Jackstack or Gates and you ask THEM the same question: What the (bleep) is going on with the Chiefs anyway?
And the first thing they talk about is Andy Reid.
Preview: Chiefs Look To Break Six-Game Home Losing Streak vs Raiders from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
Although the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs are off to their best start in 10 years, coach Andy Reid thinks his team has plenty of issues to work on as they head into their first AFC West contest.
The Chiefs look to keep rolling by ending a six-game home losing streak to the rival Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
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In the meantime, anyone doubting the Chiefs crowd can approach the record should take heed of rookie linebacker Nico Johnson's thoughts on Arrowhead Stadium.
Considering he played at SEC powerhouse Alabama, Johnson is no stranger to playing in front of large crowds.
"The last home game against the Giants, there was one point in the game it got real loud and I turned to one of our coaches and said, ‘Yep, it's loud,' because it gave me chill bumps," Johnson said. "If I get chill bumps, it's loud. Being fresh out of college, it's fun."
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Jamaal Charles is the only player in the NFL with at least 350 rushing and 250 receiving yards in 2013. His 647 scrimmage yards are the second most in his career through five games (669 last season) and the fourth most through five games in franchise history.
Fans on the ground will try to become the loudest crowd ever, but high above Arrowhead Stadium, at least 45 planes will try to break the world record for largest civilian formation flight.
The current record is 37, set back in 2009 at an airshow in OshKosh Wisconsin.
When the planes fly over Arrowhead on Sunday they will release pink smoke for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
NFL Preview - Oakland (2-3) At Kansas City (5-0) from Athlon Sports
This is a dangerous week for the Chiefs, facing an opponent against whom they've had little success and one that's seemed to reinvent itself with a dynamic young QB.
That said, we'll believe in the new Reid magic until given definitive reason not to.
Sports Network predicted outcome: Chiefs 24, Raiders 16
Raiders' Best Hope vs. Chiefs: Run The Football from NBC Bay Area
In a 26-16 victory in October, McFadden had 29 carries for 114 yards; in a 15-0 win in December, he had 30 carries for 110. That's a whopping 59 carries in two games.
The Raiders' best chance to keep the score close or pull the upset would be to repeat that, running the ball with McFadden and loosening up the defense for Pryor's passing and occasional breakout runs while controlling the clock and keeping the ball away from Smith & Co.
Oakland ranks ninth in the league in rushing, with 130.8 yards per game, thanks to the 1-2 punch of Pryor and McFadden.
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"This is big. They're undefeated and we're trying to give them their first loss," added Young. "We're going to have to set the tone early, not let the crowd get the best of us because they're going to be into it; it's going to be loud in Arrowhead Stadium. I've been there before so I know how tough it is to play there. We're going to have to man up and play physical football."
Chiefs fans are attempting to break the Guinness Book of World Records noise record of 136.6 decibels. The Raiders players have two things to say about that - 1) Do not let the noise be a distraction. 2) Don't give the Chiefs fans a reason to cheer.
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HC Andy Reid - This is his first taste of the AFC West hit parade that he'll face this season. It's critical that he adapt to the same philosophies as one of his predecessors, Marty Schottenheimer.
The former Chiefs coach owed the AFC West for much of his ten-year service in Kansas City. Reid, who inked a five-year deal last January, knows the best chance he has to win the AFC West crown now and in the future, is to beat the teams within his division.
This is one of six such games remaining on the schedule and Reid has to come out of this game with a red blaze of glory at its conclusion. He can't suffer a letdown in this game by playing it conservative.
Chiefs Shouldn't Back Off From Pryor from ESPN
Pryor has running ability like that of Vick, who had runs of 61, 24 and 14 yards against the Chiefs.
The Chiefs didn't back off from pressure against Vick, and that strategy eventually paid off. The Chiefs intercepted Vick twice, returning one for a touchdown, and forced him to fumble once.
So don't look for them to back off against Pryor even though he's Oakland's leading rusher with 229 yards and a 6.2 yards-per-carry average.
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Reid's early success shows why he was hired so quickly by the Chiefs after his 14-season tenure ended in Philly. One of the NFL's best coaches for more than a decade, who's to say he wouldn't be working the same magic in San Diego or Arizona, two other places that wanted him when the Eagles no longer did.
Typically, Reid displays no satisfaction with being tied with Denver atop the AFC West.
"Listen, were 5-0 and we're not ashamed of that," Reid says. "But we also know that we got a ton of room to improve. It's important that we continue to do that."
Raiders Don't Play Prevent from The Sacramento Bee
Being Alex Smith means dealing with backhanded compliments.
The quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs got another one the other day, courtesy of Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
Pryor, when asked if he aspired to the kind of efficiency displayed by Smith, said, "I think I'm a little more risky than him. He does his thing and that's him. I just go play ball.. . . I know they've got a lot of checkdowns. That's efficient, I guess. We want to be explosive and try to attack."
Oakland Raiders Receiver Denarius Moore Beginning To Emerge from The San Jose Mercury News
"Seems like every game they're right there with the wide receivers, and they put themselves in the running game, too, coming up and making tackles," Moore said.
Toward that end, Raiders wide receivers and defensive backs were given boxing gloves urging them to win one-on-one battles this week with the following message taped to their locker:
"Will you fight on the line of scrimmage this week?"
Raiders Still Uncertain About McFadden's Status from The Sacramento Bee
McFadden practiced for a third straight day and continues to make progress from the hamstring injury he suffered in late September. Raiders coach Dennis Allen sounded optimistic about the former first-round pick's chances of playing this week against Kansas City.
"I like where he's at, I feel good about where he's at," Allen said Friday. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow, but I think every day he's gotten a little bit better."
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Houston's limited participation in practice on Thursday was a good sign, but the Chiefs might err on the side of caution with their young defensive superstar. Starting free safety Kendrick Lewis is also nursing an ankle injury, and hasn't practiced all week.
Again, key injuries upfront and in the secondary won't necessarily cause Kansas City to crumble, but will limit their one weak spot: rushing defense. The Chiefs are 21st overall against the run, and gave up 98 rushing yards to the woeful New York Giants, who are 29th in total rushing yards.
On Sunday, the still-undefeated Kansas City Chiefs will take the field to face their mortal enemy: the Oakland Raiders. In this month's "A Fan's Notes," commentator Victor Wishna tells us why it feels so good... to be a Raider-Hater.
3M Donates Ear Plugs for Chiefs' Game from Occupational Health & Safety
Watching the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs' home game on Sunday, Oct. 13, at Arrowhead Stadium against the 2-3 Oakland Raiders could be a painful exercise for even its most faithful fans. The goal of many fans is to break the world record for the loudest crowd at a sports stadium, which will require them to exceed 136.6 decibels (dB), according to 3M, which is stepping in to assist.
More than 85 dBA can cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus, after all.
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Where they have been impressive, though, is in completely shutting down opposing offenses. They surrendered just 318 yards and 16 points to the Cowboys. In their four other games this year, the Cowboys have averaged 392 yards and 36.25 points. The following week, the Chiefs grounded the previously high-flying Eagles, holding them to 16 points and 431 yards, both of which are season lows. I have serious trouble believing Terelle Pryor's first career start at Arrowhead will yield the Raiders different results. This might not be a blowout, but the Chiefs will win comfortably.
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The Chiefs will win a lot of games with their current formula: good defense that takes the ball away (15 times so far) and an offense that doesn't turn it over (just five) for an NFL-leading plus-10 in giveaways/takeaways. But to beat the good teams, they're going to have to start stretching the field. Defenses know QB Alex Smith is overly conservative, so they're dropping a safety down and playing a lot of man. The Chiefs have a big problem with receiver Dwayne Bowe. Not sure what has happened to him, but he lacks explosion and can't beat man coverage anymore. Defenses don't fear him at all.
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In looking at Kansas City's roster, it's more of a shock that the Chiefs went 2-14 last season than it is that they're 5-0 now. They have six Pro Bowl players and are in a division that's traditionally been among the weaker ones, top to bottom.
Yes, the addition of Coach Andy Reid and quarterback Alex Smith has made a big difference. But the most dramatic change is the Chiefs now force turnovers and hang onto the ball.
Raiders Have Too Many Running Backs Injured To Face Chiefs from CBS Sacramento
With all the backs injured, the Oakland Raiders will have a tough game this Sunday against AFC West rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs. The match was presumed to be a tough one anyway for the Raiders, even with a completely healthy squad.
The irony of the Raiders situation is that the Chiefs weakness is their inability to stop the running game. It is not too bad, but it is a weakness that could be taken advantage of.
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It's amazing the hoopla for Pryor since he's made just five NFL starts, but he's been a standout Fantasy option over that span with at least 20 Fantasy points in four of those outings. The Chiefs will be the toughest defense Pryor has faced in his career, but we still expect him to shine. Pryor is limiting his mistakes with only two interceptions on the season, and Kansas City has already allowed two quarterbacks -- Vick and Ryan Fitzpatrick -- to run for at least 50 yards, which is something Pryor has already done twice this year. Pryor remains a great bye-week replacement for Matt Ryan or an injured Vick (hamstring).
Friday Q&A With Coach Allen from Raiders.com
Q: Did you do a lot of noise work out there?
Coach Allen: Yeah, but we really work that every week. We work that when we're on the road. We work that when we're at home because the defense has to deal with crowd noise too. Crowd noise can be beneficial at times, but it can be a factor for their defense too.
Q: Did you crank it a little louder because of the record attempt this weekend? Did you put it at full blast?
Coach Allen: It was up loud enough.
An Offensive Line Between Love And Hate from Grantland
Harbaugh spent the 2011 season repairing Smith's confidence in San Francisco, singing his praises and making sure everyone knew that ALEX SMITH IS MY GUY. Total bullshit. As soon as fate allowed Harbaugh to upgrade at quarterback - in the form of Smith's concussion and Colin Kaepernick miraculously becoming Randall Cunningham 2.0 - he handed ALEX SMITH IS MY GUY a clipboard and a headset.
Will Reid shank Smith like that someday? For 2013, it doesn't matter, not when Andy's undefeated Chiefs were gift-wrapped a schedule that would cripple their hypothetical BCS ranking. It's a relatively loaded team with one pulsating question mark: the quarterback, someone who's never going to be Brees or Brady. But if he carries himself like them? That's 75 percent of the battle. As long as Smith's teammates believe in him, the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs have a chance in January and maybe even in February. Andy Reid knows this. So he's pumping him up now.
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Again, it's the helmet that puts this throwback over the top. The jerseys and pants themselves are not all that different from what the Chiefs usually trot out on game days. But the helmet logo - an outline of the state of Texas - is simple without being boring, and it offers a cool reminder of the team's history. Before moving to Kansas City in 1963, the Chiefs won an AFL championship as the Dallas Texans.
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Right now, the likely Coach of the Year winner is Andy Reid, the man in charge of a 5-0 Chiefs team that finished last season tied for the worst record in the league. Reid and Alex Smith have helped arm Kansas City with a passable offense, but the real reason the Chiefs are still undefeated is that they boast the best defense in football. If you're looking for who's been the best coach on Kansas City's staff, it's probably been defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.
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Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs: My Projection: 10 FPTS
Oakland has allowed the top opposing receiver in every game to post at least nine Fantasy points. Eight receivers have hit that number through five weeks. If Donnie Avery is out then I'd say it's a pretty safe bet that Bowe gets to at least nine points. I'd feel pretty good about starting him.
A die-hard Kansas City Chiefs fan was about to miss a home game at Arrowhead Stadium for the first time ever.
But, thanks to some loyal friends and some generous strangers, he will finally be able to cheer on his favorite team, thanks to a last-minute donation.
Kurt Hixson's motorized wheelchair recently broke, leaving him no way to get into Arrowhead Stadium.