Chiefs' Reid Stays Up Late To Study The Raiders from KC Star
Chiefs coach Andy Reid couldn't resist. A few hours after Reid arrived home from the Chiefs' win at Tennessee, he grabbed the remote control for a late, late night of television viewing.
Reid tuned in to the Oakland-San Diego game that didn't begin until 10:35 p.m. Sunday and got an early jump on preparations for his first look at the Raiders.
"I did a peek at it," Reid said of the Raiders, who beat San Diego 27-17, and will come to Arrowhead Stadium for a noon game this Sunday, the unbeaten Chiefs' first matchup against an AFC West team this season.
"It's Raiders week, and I'm all about rivalries. It's exciting. I know our fans are going to be completely crazy. I've got it. Our players will be fired up, too."
Andy Reid: "I'm All About Rivalries" from The Mothership
Q: Did you know much about
Marcus Cooperor was he one of John Dorsey's guys?
REID: "He was one of John's (guys). I remember him as a wide receiver at Rutgers; that's what I remember."
Q: What has allowed him to succeed?
REID: "Well, he's a smart kid and has good coaching. He wants to be good. He goes out there every day and doesn't let anything get in the way of him getting better, each and every day. He's willing to challenge and he also knows that he's a big kid in size, so he's not afraid of matchups or whatever."
Chiefs' Justin Houston Suffers Head/Neck Injury from KC Star
Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston "took a shot" to the head and neck in Sunday's victory at Tennessee, coach Andy Reid said Monday.
Houston, the Chiefs' sack leader with 8 1/2 and AFC defensive player of the month for September, did not miss a defensive play in the game.
"He seems to be OK," Reid said Monday.
Chiefs Start 5-0: Stats, Pics And Commentary from The Mothership
Tamba Halirecorded a sack and strip of Tennessee QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, giving him four sacks and two forced fumbles in 2013. He now has 66.5 sacks (fourth in team history) and 26 forced fumbles (third in franchise history) for his career. Tamba's -411.0 sack yards rank third in team history.
Meanwhile, Hali's fellow Pro Bowl LB,
Justin Houstonalso sacked Fitzpatrick on Sunday, giving him 8.5 sacks for the season. He added four solo tackles, including one for loss, and one QB pressure. He now has 24-career sacks (-151.5 yards).
Chiefs 26, Titans 17: Insta-Reaction! from KC Star
- The Titans aren't a great offensive team, and Ryan Fitzpatrick SUCKS - how bad were the Chiefs last year to turn him into Dan Marino? - but give the Chiefs credit for holding strong on four straight snaps at the 1.
- The game momentarily got away from the Chiefs when they couldn't keep Fitzpatrick in the pocket, which is just a really strange thing to type.
- Basically, the Chiefs had the game won at halftime, screwed it up in the third and then won it again in the fourth. It's like they went 2-1 on the day.
A is for Arrowhead Stadium, where Guinness World Records will be on hand Sunday to measure the peak decibel level as Chiefs fans try to break the world record for loudest stadium set at 136.6 decibels by Seattle Seahawks fans earlier this season.
B is for blisters on the feet of running back Jamaal Charles, who thus was limited in practice last week but had few apparent limitations against the Titans: He unleashed his first 100-yard rushing effort of the season (108 yards on 22 carries) and again led the Chiefs in receptions with five.
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Three Pressing Questions For A Chiefs Team That Has Fewer Questions All The Time from FS Kansas City
Field goals are sweet and all, but when will the Chiefs' red zone issues come back to bite them on the back side?
Coming away with only one touchdown to show for four red-zone trips Sunday didn't sit well, but the Titans aren't the Giants or Jaguars. Besides, the healthier way to look at it is like this: As long as a Chiefs drive is ending in some kind of kick -- a punt, a field goal or an extra-point try -- this bunch will be fine, long-term.
Reid Hopes To Improve Offensive Efficiency from Chiefs Spin
Chiefs coach Andy Reid made it a point during Monday's media session to say the offensive efficiency is an area to improve.
"We've got to work on a few things offensively," Reid said. "The red zone, we were only 1-for-4 there. We've got to do a better job there."
A series that jumps out occurred in the second quarter after the Chiefs stuffed the Titans on a fourth-and-goal from inside the 1-yard line.
Chiefs Are On Pace To Become Best Fourth-Quarter Team In Club History from FS Kansas City
The Kansas City Chiefs treat the fourth quarter the way John Goodman treats a buffalo wing. At the end of it, the meat's gone, the bone's gone, the whole damn thing.
The Andy Gang isn't just finishing what it starts; it's stomping it, Godzilla style, into tiny little pieces.
Through five games, the cumulative fourth-period score reads like this: Chiefs 47, Everybody Else 17. That's a clip of +30 through five weeks, or +6 per tilt.
Upon Further Review: Chiefs Week 5 from ESPN
The Chiefs were penalized on defense three times against the Titans and it's no coincidence the penalties all happened in Sunday's third quarter, their worst defensive period of the season. Tennessee had 153 yards in the quarter and scored 10 of their 17 points. Their last touchdown happened on the first play of the fourth quarter. Two holding penalties and another for pass interference allowed the Titans to continue two different scoring drives. The Chiefs had been penalized just four times on defense in the first four games.
Chiefs Getting A Big Boost From Middle-Of-The-Road Acquisitions from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
The Chiefs made some splashy moves in the offseason to turn over a roster that had talented players but far too many holes. They traded with San Francisco for quarterback Alex Smith, who has stabilized the most critical position on the field, and used their No. 1 overall draft pick on right tackle Eric Fisher, who has shown signs of progress when he's been healthy.
But more than anything else, it's been the middle-of-the-road acquisitions who have allowed the Chiefs to rise to the top of the AFC West, where they're tied with the Denver Broncos.
Titans Should Know: Keep Away From QB from ESPN
The Titans should have known that. Hands off the quarterback at all times, even when according to the rules he's no longer a passer. If it's close, it's a penalty.
"It's a bang-bang call by the officials," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "As long as the quarterback is working his way out of bounds ... you can split the hairs here. If his foot is in the air going out of bounds, I would probably tell you he's out of bounds.
Chiefs Can Upset Broncos from ESPN
The most important lesson that should've been learned in the Denver Broncos' 51-48 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday is that the Broncos aren't going to lose a shootout this season. The team that ultimately beats them will have to control tempo. It will need a strong defense. It also will have to know how to win ugly.
In other words, it will have to be the Kansas City Chiefs.
Of all the teams the Broncos will play in the next month, Kansas City is the only one with a real chance of pulling an upset.
With Avery Injured, Chiefs May Need Other WRs To Step It Up from FS Kansas City
The Chiefs seemingly already have been living offensively without their star receiver Dwayne Bowe, who has been predominantly double-teamed and has just 17 catches for a pedestrian 183 yards this season.
They may have to live without speedy wideout Donnie Avery as well.
NFL Week 5 Winners, Losers: Peyton Manning Tony Romo Impress As Giants Struggle from The Huffington Post
5. Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles - The Chiefs improved to 5-0, but it wasn't easy. The Chiefs got only one offensive touchdown and consistently stalled in the red zone, settling for three short field goals. Charles was the consistent bright spot with 101 yards rushing, including a 1-yard touchdown, and 37 yards receiving on five receptions.
NFL Week 5 Roundup: Denver, KC, New Orleans Remain Unbeaten from CBS New York
Only three of the NFL's five unbeaten teams could make it to five wins.
Kansas City, New Orleans and Denver moved to 5-0 Sunday, while New England and Seattle finally lost.
The Chiefs' latest victory in their sensational turnaround came at Tennessee, a 26-17 win in which they blew a 13-0 halftime lead, then rallied.
The teams that are 5-0 (New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos) have put themselves in a great statistical area. Since 1990, 90 percent of the teams to achieve this record have made the playoffs.
But here's a look at 5-0 teams over the past five seasons for a reality check:
2012: Texans and Falcons; made playoffs, didn't reach Super Bowl
2011: Packers and Lions; made playoffs, didn't reach Super Bowl
2010: No team was 5-0
2009: Colts, Broncos, Giants, Vikings and Saints; Giants and Broncos didn't make the playoffs; Saints beat Colts in Super Bowl
2008: Titans; made playoffs, didn't reach Super Bowl
Put it all together and the past 10 teams to be flying high at 5-0 produced one Super Bowl champion. There's a lot of work still to be done for the 2013 undefeated teams.
Broncos O, Chiefs D On Collision Course from The Clarksville Leaf Chronicle
Kansas City's defensive dominance may not be as pretty, but it's proven to be just as effective. Denver has scored almost 80 points more than any other team in the NFL, the Chiefs are one of two teams to have allowed only 58, or just 10 points less than the Broncos gave up Sunday.
So, which approach will be most successful? An explosive, entertaining offense or a relentless, rock-solid defense designed to make opponents look ugly?
That brings us to the best part. Since Denver and Kansas City are both in the AFC West, we get to find out over a series of two intense battles for division superiority.
Upon Further Review: Titans Week 5 from ESPN
The Titans should be looking closely at the Chiefs and trying to model some of their running game after the team that just beat them. I've complimented Mike Munchak and his staff for not being stubborn about game plans and approaches. Sunday, with the way they tried to run against the Chiefs and the personnel they deployed for some clear run situations, they were stubborn. Either that or they've totally overestimated their personnel. Stubborn is the better of those two options, and it's easier to fix.
Breaking Brad: Dickson's Instant Government Shutdown Fix from Omaha.com
The Kansas City Chiefs are 5-0. Instead of CBS, their next game is on the Syfy channel.
The Daily Fix: Whatever Romo Does, It's Never Enough from The Wall Street Journal
The Kansas City Chiefs-sorry, the Kansas City Chiefs!-remained unbeaten for the first time in a decade as Alex Smith stayed ahead in his quest to win more games than Colin Kaeperick. (Who had an OK game himself as the San Francisco 49ers sent the Houston Texans back to the pile of "all right, maybe next year" teams.)
NFL Power Rankings And Standings For Week 6: All 32 Teams from The Epoch Times
3. Kansas City Chiefs (5-0) - Arguably the best defense in the game, with the dynamic playmaking ability of Jamaal Charles on offense. The Chiefs lead the league in the turnover differential column. On Sunday, they forced three against the Titans.
Instant Impressions For Week 5 from ESPN
Taking a page from starter Darren McFadden's playbook, Raiders backup RB Rashad Jennings played decently in the first half Sunday night, then suffered a hamstring pull and was never heard from again. In his stead, Marcel Reece got the backfield work and was just fine. If the universe is merciful, we'll get DMC and Jennings ruled out early this week for Oakland's Sunday tilt against the Kansas City Chiefs, and Reece will be named the starter. In such a scenario, at minimum he'd be a decent flex option.
Great googly moogly, no team's 5-0 start is more stunning than that of the Chiefs, owners of the league's worst record in 2012. With a 26-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans at LP Field in Nashville, the Chiefs became the first team in the 94-year history of the NFL to start a season 5-0 after losing 14 or more games the previous season.
Helping lead the charge toward contention is Charles, whose fourth-quarter touchdown gave Kansas City the lead for good. Charles finished the day with 108 yards rushing (the most for any player in Week 5) against a Titans defense that had helped fuel a surprising start of their own. For Charles, it was his fifth consecutive game with 100 or more yards from scrimmage and a touchdown. That run is the best since 1975 when the Buffalo Bills' O.J. Simpson had nine consecutive such games.
Cullen: 50 Points On NFL Week 5 from TSN
In Kansas City, WR Donnie Avery (3 REC, 91 YDS, 4 targets) is emerging as a more productive option than big-money WR Dwayne Bowe (4 REC, 35 YDS, 6 targets). For the season, Avery has 304 yards and one touchdown, while Bowe has 183 yards and two scores. While this can be considered a credit to Avery, it's also an indictment of Bowe, who is barely a factor in the Chiefs' offence.
TV Ratings For Dallas Cowboys' Loss To The Denver Broncos Game Best since Academy Awards from The Dallas Morning News
The game peaked in its final minutes at 24.4 from 6:30 to 6:45 p.m., which means almost one quarter of all homes in the major markets were tuned to Broncos-Cowboys.
Denver was the No. 1 market with a 42.9 rating. Surprisingly, Dallas-Fort Worth was only No. 3 at 29.9. Kansas City, home of the Bronco's AFC West rival Chiefs, was second at 33.3.
Gallo: The Peyton Manning Effect from ESPN
To show all those NFL teams what they're missing, let's fire up the ol' what-if machine and see what the past two seasons would have been like for every NFL team with Peyton Manning...
...Kansas City: Romeo Crennel would still be the head coach of the Chiefs and 49ers fans would be calling for Alex Smith to start in place of the struggling Colin Kaepernick.
Cowboys Wrangled, Again from Grantland
Even more impressive are the folks in Kansas City. The Chiefs were dismal on defense last year, allowing offenses to score basically at will; their 26.6 points allowed per game was eighth-worst in football. After holding the Titans to two touchdowns in their 26-17 win on Sunday, the 5-0 Chiefs have let opposing teams score just 58 points, an average of 11.6 points per game and 43.6 percent of their previous rate.
Teams cutting their points allowed rate in a new season by just about half is pretty exciting stuff. Obviously, as you can see with the records from the Chiefs and Saints, it's usually a pretty strong indicator that they're going to win a whole bunch more games.
AFC Situation Not Looking Good For Offensively-Challenged Pats from The Providence Journal
Kansas City, which won just two games in 2012, also is unbeaten at 5-0 under new coach Andy Reid, who was fired by Philadelphia last year after 14 seasons as coach of the Eagles.
Having won Sunday at Tennessee, 26-17, the Chiefs now play their next three games at home, against the Raiders, Texans, and Browns.