Game Preview: Texans vs Chiefs from The Mothership
The Kansas City Chiefs collide with the Houston Texans for the sixth time in franchise history on Sunday, with kickoff set for 3:25 PM CDT.
Seeking their seventh win of the 2013 season, protocol remained the same at One Arrowhead Drive this week; the Chiefs continue to ignore team records, respect and prepare for their opponent, while aiming to improve in every facet of the game.
Andy Reid: 'Dwayne Bowe Is Phenomenal' from The Mothership
Q: Are you happy with the number of times you guys throw the ball deep to
REID: "Teams know that he's out there, so they have a tendency to roll their coverage and do that. We just let the offense roll, kind of like the Detroit Lions."
Q: Has he been accepting of the number of reps he's getting?
REID: "You know what, I'm telling you, I don't know where his perception is, but this is a phenomenal guy. He's all in. He's all about the team. Wherever we put him, wherever he can help win games, that's where he wants to be. He knows that teams respect him and cover him. He can do everything. He can play the deep game, you saw that Sunday. He can play the underneath game. It's a matter of getting him singled up, where they're not putting an extra guy to him."
Inside The Lines: Chiefs vs Texans from The Mothership
- The Chiefs defense has recorded 10 interceptions through Week 6 to tie for first in the AFC and the NFL. Kansas City's 193 interception return yards rank first in the AFC and third in the NFL.
- Kansas City is tied for first in the NFL with three interception returns for touchdowns.
- The Chiefs are first in the AFC and tied for first in the NFL with 18 takeaways.
Game Day Forecast from The National Weather Service
Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Southwest wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Texans To-Do List vs. Kansas City from HoustonTexans.com
Much has been said about Arrowhead Stadium being the loudest outdoor sports stadium in the world, reaching 137.5 decibels in last week's win over Oakland. The Texans need to take the home crowd out of the game early.
"I think we've practiced all week with the noise," Keenum said. "Doing that and working with silent cadence I think is going to be big. We've really worked a lot on the operation. I think operation, being able to get us in the right play, calling plays in the huddle, getting us out of the huddle with the right personnel, snap count, and all of that stuff reduces penalties and kind of creates fluidity in the offense. So I think that's going to be huge this week."
Houston At Kansas City from CBS Sports
The most opportunistic defense in the NFL and strong special teams have allowed the Kansas City Chiefs to overcome a mediocre offense for the second-best start in team history.
The Houston Texans haven't been quite as fortunate, with a glaring turnover problem weighing down its league-best defense and otherwise quality offense.
Kansas City (6-0) will look to capitalize on those issues Sunday when it hosts Houston, which will have to overcome a murky quarterback situation to avoid its first five-game losing streak in nearly eight years.
NFL This Week: Turnarounds In Kansas City And Houston from The Associated Press via The Mercury
How pretty the turnaround in Kansas City has been.
How ugly the turnaround in Houston has been.
When the Texans visit the Chiefs on Sunday, it will match up a title contender against a team trying to get things going in the right direction. With a twist, of course: The Texans are also-rans instead of AFC South leaders, and the Chiefs are undefeated rather than simply rebuilding from a 2-14 season.
Brandon Coleman has watched Marcus Cooper from afar. Formerly teammates at Rutgers, Cooper is now a cornerback for the Kansas City Chiefs, in the midst of an auspicious beginning to his career.
Cooper has blossomed into a starting cornerback for one of the best defenses in the NFL - doing so as a rookie already on his second team. Among the seven Rutgers players drafted last April, he may be making the most immediate impact.
Arrowhead Stadium: Home Of The... Chiefs? from FOX4KC
Arrowhead, Home of The Brave has gotten more than 600 likes on Facebook. John said they started the page last Sunday. He said he knows he probably won't change the minds of 80,000 fans, but he is writing a letter to the Chiefs organization next week, anyway.
Report: The Greatest NFL Comeback Teams from USA Today
Last year, the Kansas City Chiefs were the worst team in the NFL, winning just two games and scoring an average of 13 points per game. This year, after hiring long-time Eagles coach Andy Reid, the Chiefs are one of only two undefeated teams and appear on their way to at least a long playoff run, if not the Super Bowl.
Phillies Need To Cultivate Arms from Lancaster Newspapers
You may have noticed that the Kansas City Chiefs are one of only two undefeated teams left in the NFL this season, along with their AFC West rivals, the Denver Broncos.
And, yes, the Chiefs are coached by erstwhile Eagles head man Andy Reid.
It would be unbelievably ironic if Reid won a Super Bowl in his debut year with Kansas City after never achieving that pinnacle in 13 seasons with the Birds, despite playing in five NFC championship games.
And I really think it could happen.
The N.F.L. Forecast Calls For Defenses To Turn Tougher from The Associated Press via The New York Times
KANSAS CITY Ball hawks everywhere. Like Cincinnati, the Chiefs get after the quarterback, and they do it with their linebackers more than almost any other team. If Justin Houston is not the top defensive player in the league so far, maybe Tamba Hali is.
NFL Update: Week 7 Preview from The Boston Globe
Comments: There is some good news in Houston: RB Arian Foster (AFC-high 531 rushing yards) is still a beast. That's about it, though . . . Plenty of good news in KC: RB Jamaal Charles has collected at least 100 scrimmage yards in six straight games . . . LB Justin Houston, who plays for Kansas City (sorry for the confusion), has 19½ sacks since 2012 . . . For the record, Kansas City was my favorite room at the Hilltop (R.I.P.) . . . Player to watch: KC's Dwayne Bowe had six catches for 108 yards and two TDs in last game vs. Texans.
Clemson Tigers Fall Short Of Breaking World Record from FOX Carolina
A representative from the Guinness World Records was monitoring the volume in the stadium during the game. Officials said the crowd reached 125 decibels.
NFL Insider: Who's Hot, Who's Not And More from The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Kansas City Chiefs lead the league with 31 sacks. They are averaging a sack every 8.3 passing plays, also tops in the league.
Mess With Texans Could Cost Kubiak His Job from The NY Post
The Texans, after a 2-0 start, have been outscored 72-16 in their past two games, including a 38-13 home loss last week to the Rams, a 10-point underdog. After a Week 3 blowout loss to the Ravens, they blew a 20-3 second-half lead to Seattle and lost 23-20 three weeks ago. Dating back to last season, in the Texans' last seven regular-season losses they have either blown leads or been blown out.
On Sunday, the reeling team plays the 6-0 Chiefs in Kansas City. Good luck with that.
Wade Phillips Will Coach Texans After Father's Death from NFL.com
A team spokesman told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that Phillips is traveling with the team to Kansas City following the passing of coaching legend Bum Phillips.
'Boys, Eagles Out To Put Teeth In East from FOX Sports
As much as you may hate overhyped, big-market bullies, the NFL is a better place when the NFC East has a fearsome team (or teams). We mean no disrespect to the West, South or any other direction - but let's be honest.
While teams like the Seahawks and Chiefs make great stories, how many people spit up their coffee when Kansas City is discussed over breakfast?
Five Questions Entering Week 7 Texans-Chiefs Matchup from Ultimate Texans
Can quarterback Case Keenum, starting his first game, possibly play well enough to help the Texans end their losing streak and upset the undefeated Chiefs?
Let's be honest: Do you believe in miracles? Most Texans fans are fired up about the change at quarterback because Keenum is the local hero who has mobility. He played well in preseason, but that was preseason. This is the real deal in one of the most hostile environments in the NFL - Arrowhead Stadium, the Sea of Red. Yes, the Texans are capable of winning, but they'd have to play better in every area to make this a football fairy tale of epic proportions. Keenum hasn't played since the bowl after his senior year. He was undrafted. He's been inactive for every game. He's on an offense that can't score touchdowns in the red zone and commits too many penalties.
Wade Phillips Lauds Charles As NFL's "Most Explosive" from The Port Arthur News
Don't write the Texans cause off as hopeless today in Kansas City, just because rookie Case Keenum is making his first start at quarterback, and the 6-0 Chiefs have the NFL's least QB friendly defense. KC is probably the least feared 6-0 team ever because it's been so limited offensively. For the most part, it's Jamaal Charles or bust for the Chiefs and opposing defenses are ganging up on the Memorial ex more and more.