Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 11/14

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Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

Chiefs' Dwayne Bowe Will Start Sunday, Lawyer Says He Is '100 Percent Innocent' from KC Star

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said during his news conference Wednesday that Bowe, who was arrested Sunday for allegedly speeding and possessing more than 10 grams of marijuana, would play in his regular role Sunday night at Denver when the 9-0 Chiefs play the 8-1 Broncos at 7:30 p.m. on NBC.

"Dwayne's been a team player since I've been here," Reid said, adding that he would let Bowe's legal matter run its course.

Bowe was not made available to reporters Wednesday, but he issued a statement through the team.

Chiefs Practice Resumes With Sights Set On Denver from The Mothership

Coach Reid continued by describing his team's collective focus on the most important task at hand, preparing for the 8-1 Denver Broncos.

"I'm sure the question will come up about the Dwayne part being a distraction," coach Reid said. "I think this football team is focused in on the Denver Broncos, solely on the Denver Broncos. That's how I felt this morning; I can't tell you about the future, I can tell you about this morning; I didn't see any part that this was a distraction and that's important that we're focusing on a good football team that we're playing in the Denver Broncos.

Chiefs' Brandon Flowers Embraces New Role As Nickle Cornerback from KC Star

If you think it's been easy, well, think again.

"In the slot, the receiver can go any way - inside, outside, over the top," Flowers said. "Everybody knows the slot has no help. You've just got to man up."

Unlike outside corners, who are protected against having to defend certain routes because of the sideline, nickel corners have to deal with slot receivers who have what football people call a "two-way go," which essentially opens up the receiver's entire route tree.

"That means that no matter what hash the quarterback is on, the receiver can run a deep post or a corner and still have a lot of room to get his feet inbounds," Chiefs safety Eric Berry said. "They don't put any slouches in the slot."

Andy Reid: Chiefs 'Have Ton Of Respect For Denver' from The Mothership

Q: When you took the job, did you look at the Broncos as the team to beat?

REID: "Well, yeah, I was aware that they (had won the division); I watched what they did. I saw that, just being a part of the NFL. Did I figure they would be good again? Yeah, I figured they would probably be pretty good. They were the champions of the AFC West, so that's a team that you have to get after, if they were on the same pace that they were last year, which they are. We have all of that. I understood that taking the job."

Alex Smith's Wednesday Presser from The Mothership

Q: How do you do better touchdown-wise this game?

SMITH: "Yeah, we've had a lot of ups and downs there, in the red zone. Early off in the year, we started off really well in that area and really executed well in that area, and as of late, we haven't. So, yeah certainly an area of focus for us and when you're down there, that's kind of across the board, across the NFL, you want sevens. When you get them, your chances of winning go up. For us, no question, when we do get down there, let's get some touchdowns."

Broncos QB Peyton Manning Expects To Return To Practice On Thursday from KC Star

Chiefs wide receiver/punt returner Dexter McCluster was listed as limited in practice due to an ankle injury, which probably was a factor in the club's claiming Kyle Williams on Wednesday.

Backup defensive end Mike Catapano was also limited with an ankle.

Wide receiver Donnie Avery (shoulder), tight end Anthony Fasano (knee/ankle), tight end Sean McGrath (knee), linebacker Dezman Moses (toe) and fullback Anthony Sherman (knee/calf) were full participants.

Chiefs Awarded WR Kyle Williams Via Waiver Claim from The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Wednesday that the club has been awarded wide receiver Kyle Williams, via waiver claim from the San Francisco 49ers. Additionally, the team released wide receiver Chad Hall.

Kyle Williams (5-10, 186) has played in 38 games (nine starts), in more than three NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (2010-13). His career numbers as a wide receiver include 47 receptions for 574 yards with four touchdowns.

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Peyton Vs. Perfection from MMQB

This AFC West showdown between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs is as good as it gets for football in November. No division rivals have ever squared off with fewer than two losses between them so late in the season. The Broncos (8-1) are scoring an obscene 41.2 points per game, by far the best in the NFL. The Chiefs (9-0) are giving up just 12.3 points per contest, also a league best. As Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton once taught us, something's gotta give.

The Pressure's On Alex Smith, Because Threes Won't Fly At Mile High from FS Kansas City

What do you have to do offensively to beat Denver in Denver?

"Score more points," Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith said Wednesday, grinning slyly at the obvious. "This is a contest where, yeah, they put up a ton of stats and (have) done all that. For us, we've got to score more points, and that's the bottom line."

Three is nice. Three is cute. Three is swell.

Field goals work in Philly and Nashville and Buffalo.

Three in Denver?

Three in Denver, amigo, gets you beat.

Chiefs' Visit To Whiteman Leaves Lasting Impression from Chiefs Spin

The Chiefs contingent, which included team president Mark Donovan; defensive linemen Dontari Poe, Mike DeVito, Allen Bailey, Anthony Toribio and Jaye Howard; two cheerleaders; and KC Wolf, may have been in awe of the B-2 parked before them.

But the airmen standing in formation were in equal astonishment of their visitors.

Senior Airman James Clark of Warsaw, Mo., said Tuesday was the first time he's experienced an event such as the team's outing. Clark, who has served for four years, said he's a "lifelong Chiefs fan" and he coveted the players taking time to pay the base a visit.

Chiefs' Bowe Will Start Sunday; Attorney Says He's Innocent from FS Kansas City

Predictably, the Chiefs' locker room Wednesday was populated by only a dozen or so players, and all were hesitant to address the Bowe situation.

"We support all of our teammates," linebacker Derrick Johnson said.

Linebacker Tamba Hali said he had not spoken to Bowe directly to offer support.

"I don't have to," Hali said. "He knows he has our support."

Kyle Williams Lands With Unbeaten Chiefs from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

"He was a good friend. Sad to see him go," San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick said.

Williams missed the late run last season to the Super Bowl -- a 34-31 loss to the Ravens -- because of a serious knee injury that required surgery. He remained a key member of the team and was honored with the team's Ed Block Courage Award.

"Kyle Williams, in his case, fought back from injury, rehab and a great testament to him," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "So, it's tough. A really, really hard decision."

Kyle Williams Acquired By Kansas City Chiefs from NFL.com

Kansas City currently uses McCluster on punt returns and Quintin Demps to field kicks, but Williams gives the team added experience on both fronts. It's a depth move for a squad that doesn't push the ball downfield much with Alex Smith.

KC's Smith Knows Dangers Of Denver's WRs from ESPN

The last time cornerback Sean Smith played against the Broncos, he didn't see Denver wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker in all their glory. Smith, in fact, spent much of that 2011 afternoon defending the run as the Broncos were quarterbacked by Tim Tebow.

Things will change dramatically on Sunday night for Smith, then playing for Miami and now with the Kansas City Chiefs. Denver is now quarterbacked by Peyton Manning and the Broncos don't grind out their yards on the ground, but throw to Thomas, Decker, Wes Welker and tight end Julius Thomas to be the NFL's highest-scoring team.

Kansas City At Denver from CBS Sports

Manning will face a defense that has a league-best 36 sacks, with Justin Houston and Tamba Hali combining for 20. Denver has given up the second-fewest in the league (13), but eight have come in the last three games. The biggest concern has been at left tackle, where Chris Clark has been inconsistent since Ryan Clady was lost for the season with a foot injury.

"(Manning) will definitely play this week so that's good news," said Del Rio, who is leading the team while John Fox recovers from heart surgery. "We're definitely on high alert in wanting to protect our quarterback. We didn't do it as well as we could (against San Diego), and we have an even greater challenge this week in the team that's sacked quarterbacks more than anyone in this league."

Adding Kyle Williams Can Only Help Chiefs from ESPN

While it's unlikely the NFL would move so quickly as to suspend Bowe this season, the Chiefs could be preparing for a suspension by claiming Williams.

Williams also worked some as the 49ers' kickoff- and punt-return specialist, though this season he averaged only 5.1 yards on punts and 19.1 yards on kickoffs.

N.F.L. Week 11 Game Probabilities: Can Chiefs Finish Undefeated from The New York Times

If a team were so good that it had a 90 percent chance of winning any one game, it would only have a 19 percent chance of going 16-0. In fact, a team would need a 96 percent chance of winning any one game before it had better than even odds of going undefeated. So it's a rare thing for a reason.

Unfortunately for Chiefs fans, they're far from a 96-percent kind of team. They're much closer to a 50-percent kind of team that has been lucky so far.

Vallejo Grad Rashand Ross Finds A Team With Chiefs from The Vallejo Times Herald

After being released by the Tennessee Titans practice squad on Oct. 29, Ross was signed by the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday to their practice squad.

"(Kansas City) called me up, told me they were interested in me and they flew me in for a workout," Ross said. "I ran the 40 for them, weighed in for them and ran some wide receiver drills. Then they signed me. It's something that's happened all at once."

Goodman: Broncos Must Beat The Chiefs from Mile High Sports

No one wants to hear this, or even acknowledge it, but the Chiefs defense is built to stop the Broncos offense. They've got the best pass rush in football, even when they don't blitz, combined with big, physical defensive backs to play press coverage.

Oh, and here's a little more for you to chew on. Kansas City has the perfect scheme. A 3-4 defense has historically given Peyton Manning fits. As a matter of fact, the Broncos last three losses have been against 3-4 defenses - the Colts this season, and the Ravens and Patriots dating back to last season.

NFL Awards Watch: Week 10 from Sports Illustrated

1. Justin Houston, OLB, Kansas City Chiefs (1): I can't fault Houston for the Chiefs' bye last week, although his competitors in the race for DPOY played extremely well. The Colts were able to shake Manning with edge pressure earlier this season. If Houston can lead the charge for the Chiefs against Manning, he will take charge of this race.

Broncos' Line Determined To Keep Peyton Manning Upright from USA Today

It was perhaps the most dissected afternoon stroll of the NFL season.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, wearing his orange No. 18 practice jersey on top of an oversized sweatshirt, took long strides as he approached a group of waiting reporters and half dozen television cameras.

Is he limping? Are his ankles taped? Is he wincing?

The answers, it appeared, were no, lightly, and definitely not.

Peyton Manning Should Sit, Steve Young Says from The Washington Post

"If you cannot protect yourself and you can't go out there and be as productive as you could have been ... is this game more important than the one in January, the one in February? No," Young said. "I know it's the Chiefs, [the undefeated Chiefs, Scott points out], but, Peyton, I want you to go the distance. ... He's a guy that never takes a down off and I think that at 36, 37 years old, that's a mistake."

Broncos' Coaching Staff Well Aware Of Chiefs' Talent from The Denver Post

Even before the Kansas City Chiefs hired Andy Reid and signed Alex Smith, they were pegged for considerable improvement in 2013 by the Broncos' coaching staff.

"Listen, we coached how many of their guys in Hawaii last winter?" Broncos interim coach Jack Del Rio said. "We were like, 'Wow. They've got a good group.' "

Six Chiefs played for the AFC Pro Bowl team that was coached by John Fox and his Broncos coaching staff.

QB Alex Smith At Center Of Kansas City Chiefs' Great Turnaround from The Denver Post

On paper, this looks like one of those dynamic NFL coach-quarterback pairings, the likes of Tom Brady-Bill Belichick, John Fox-Peyton Manning and Mike McCarthy-Aaron Rodgers.

On paper, that is, because this quarterback is Alex Smith, and this coach is Andy Reid. Their team is the 9-0 Chiefs, and for all the great things Reid and Smith have done, Kansas City's defense has gotten most of the credit this season.

Don't underestimate the Smith-Reid pairing, however.

Studs And Duds: Matchups Favor McCoy, Beware Of Lacy from USA Today

Duds..

...TE Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos: The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs have given up the fewest fantasy points to tight ends. Their pass rush may also prompt Denver to keep Thomas in more frequently to block.

'This Is What It's All About' from DenverBroncos.com

The Kansas City Chiefs are the last undefeated team in the NFL. Nine times they've suited up this season and nine times they've come away with a win.

In the process, no team has scored more than 17 points against them and their defense boasts a league-best 12.3 points allowed per game.

The Broncos, on the other hand, have lost just once so far this season and have racked up the most points through nine games in league history along the way.

Sunday night, in primetime, these two teams will meet for the first time this season.

Andy Reid Compares His Talent At A Buffet To Peyton Manning's Talent On A Football Field from Larry Brown Sports

That led someone (supposedly another heavy-set gentleman) to ask if Manning's mind and brain are responsible for his success as much as anything else. That's when Reid busted out his crowd-pleasing line.

"I would tell you he's talented. There's talent there. You and I could do this at a buffet, but he does it on the football field. There's some athletic ability that takes place there. He's got that figured out."

Broncos' Britton Colquitt On 'Distraction' from ESPN

With the Broncos set to face the 9-0 Kansas City Chiefs Sunday in Denver and quarterback Peyton Manning's right ankle an issue that has the football nation all abuzz, Colquitt added a little levity to the festivities Wednesday.

With a straight face -- usually -- and the most professional of deliveries, Colquitt calmly told several media members Wednesday he had met with Manning "individually, a lot this week," to pick Manning's brain on how Peyton had prepared for the matchup with his brother, Eli, in Week 2 this season.

Most Preposterous Yet Statistically True Comparison In The NFL from Sports NOLA

Sometimes, it's best to just lay what you have to say out there. So here it goes: the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs are on the same path with the same numbers and identical fortune as the 2000 Baltimore Ravens.

There, I said it. This year's Chiefs are essentially numerically compatible to the team most people age 30 and under remember as being the most dominant in any single season. It's a unit that produced one Hall of Famer (Rod Woodson) and another member in five years (Ray Lewis).

Chasing Perfection And Imperfection from FOX Sports

Meanwhile, it's unlikely that the Chiefs will go 16-0 for a few different reasons: they're not that much better than their opposition; they could be hit by injuries; they might just have a bad day or night.

It's also important to remember that for the Chiefs, 16-0 would be nice, but it isn't the priority. NFL teams have to prepare for the playoffs first and foremost once they enter the back quarter of the season. Even if the chance is there that they could win the rest of their games, most coaches will still rest their quarterback or some of their starters because 16-0, in the minds of fans, players, coaches, and executives, is nothing compared to a Super Bowl ring. (The 2007 Patriots, everyone!)

Start 'EM, Sit 'Em: Defenses For Week 11 from NFL.com

Owners beware - Chiefs defense at Denver Broncos: The Chiefs have the highest-scoring defense in fantasy football, but this week's matchup against the Broncos makes it a risk. Opposing defenses have combined to score the fewest fantasy points (3.67 PPG) when facing Peyton Manningand crew, so temper expectations for Kansas City.

Fantasy Hints From Next-Level Data from ESPN

While no Kansas City Chiefs receiver qualifies for the list, look for Dexter McCluster's value to rise significantly over the next couple of weeks. Regardless of whether Dwayne Bowe gets disciplined for his latest transgressions, McCluster should improve because the Chiefs have the best schedule for wide receivers the rest of the way. Initially, you may think this is because of two upcoming games against the Denver Broncos. The reality is that the Broncos defend opposing wide receivers better than any of the other opponents left on the Chiefs' schedule, and the Broncos don't do it particularly well.

Chiefs Need To Play Their Game, Not Denver's from ESPN

This isn't going to be a 3-0 game. But if it becomes a high-scoring affair, count the Chiefs out once the points get to, say, the upper 20s. The Chiefs have scored more than 30 points just one time this season, in a late September game against the New York Giants, and they got there only with the help of a punt-return touchdown by Dexter McCluster.

Judging from the comments of quarterback Alex Smith, it sounds as if the Chiefs understand this and appreciate it.

Dwayne Bowe Asked Cops If Sonic Was Open Before His Weed Arrest from Deadspin

What's the world coming to when a football player can't even get stoned and buy a chili cheese coney on his bye week?

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