Chiefs Honor Salute To Service Month from The Mothership
The Chiefs Rookie Club, along with American Red Cross representatives and local veterans, visited Little Blue Elementary School on Tuesday, helping students in third, fourth and fifth grade write greeting cards for our military via the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.
Once a year, The Red Cross delivers holiday greetings to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world. The cards and personal messages provide a part of home for our troops during the holiday season and are sent by tens of thousands of Americans, now including Little Blue Elementary School students and Chiefs players.
Looking Ahead To Chargers vs Chiefs from The Mothership
Whenever AFC West rivals, like the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers, get together, the game intensity is never lacking. So, as the Chiefs return to practice later today, continuing their preparation for the Chargers, who visit Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, here's a brief look at some statistics from both teams, who are sure to make the Week 12 matchup a must-see event.
A Final Look At The Chiefs In Week 11 from The Mothership
Besides serving as the players' off day, Tuesdays are also good for one final look back at the game played on Sunday, before all of the focus shifts to the next opponent. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid highlighted some of the things that he took away from his team's performance in Denver.
Chiefs Sign DT Kyle Love, Release Toribio from The Mothership
Kyle Love (6-1, 315) has played in 41 games (25 starts) in three NFL seasons with the New England Patriots (2010-12). He has tallied 65 tackles (36 solo), 5.5 sacks (-22.0 yards), one fumble recovery and one pass defensed. Love was acquired via waiver claim by the Jacksonville Jaguars on May 16, 2013 and released by Jacksonville prior to the start of the regular season. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent of the Patriots in 2010. Love played in 44 games at Mississippi State, finishing his career with 71 tackles.
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Power Rankings: Mo. 3 Kansas City Chiefs from ESPN
We all knew the Kansas City Chiefs, after losing their first game of the season Sunday night in Denver, would drop from the top spot in this week's rankings. The issue was how far they would fall, and now we have our answer.
Who's Next? Bring On The Kansas City Chiefs from The San Diego Union Tribune
The weaklings are now bullies.
In the 14 games that spanned the last seven seasons, the Chiefs entered each contest against the Chargers as the underdog as judged by Las Vegas oddsmakers.
Sunday when the teams meet at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs will be favored over San Diego for the first time since Dick Vermeil's 2005 squad won as a one-point favorite, 20-7, in Week 16 in Kansas City.
Here's Where KC Can Grow Offensively from ESPN
The Chiefs have dropped some passes on Smith, particularly in recent games. The problem hasn't been as bad as with many other teams. Either way, Kansas City's passing game will continue to flounder until Smith and the Chiefs get him completing somewhere about 65 percent of his passes.
Charger Need Miracle, Visit Kansas City Sunday from CBS Sports
That said, San Diego (4-6) is still mathematically alive in the hunt for its first trip to the playoffs in four years.
After their 20-16 setback in Miami on Sunday, the Chargers headed home for several days of practice before heading out on the road once again, this time to Arrowhead Stadium for a Sunday morning date with the once-beaten Kansas City Chiefs (9-1).
So, what can the Bolts expect when they meet up with a Kansas City team that suffered its first loss of the season this past Sunday night in Denver? It's safe to say that San Diego will have its hands full with one of its oldest rivals.
Once Hungry Himself, Chiefs' Linebacker Buys And Serves Meals For K.C.'s Poor from The Catholic Key
"I grew up not eating," Hali said Oct. 29, as he prepared to fill the plates for some 375 people who came to St. James Place for the best and, for most of them, the only meal they would eat that day.
"During the war, there was no food. You had to go from village to village looking for food and shelter every day," he said.
The war was the civil war that broke out in 1986 in Hali's native Liberia, when he was three years old. His parents fled literally for their lives and the lives of their four children.
Broncos Rewind: Offense from ESPN
The Chiefs came into the game leading the league with 36 sacks, but are now No. 2 after not adding to the total. The Chiefs also rushed Manning with four or fewer rushers on all but six of Manning's dropbacks in the game, which meant Manning saw at least seven players in coverage on all but six dropbacks as well.
The Broncos had their first two pass plays for negative yardage against the Chiefs since their win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 3. Against Kansas City, Manning had a completion to Wes Welker go for a 1-yard loss and had another completion to Ball for a 1-yard loss.
Broncos Rewind: Defense, Special Teams from ESPN
Their 13-penalty evening against the Chiefs was fueled by plenty of defensive miss-steps, including many "non-contact'' penalties. In all, Broncos defenders had nine penalties in the game, including a taunting penalty from safety Duke Ihenacho after an incomplete pass on a second-and-8 plays from the Broncos' 12-yard line in the second quarter. Not only did Ihenacho taunt Charles roughly 24 inches from an official, but he turned what would have been a third-and-8 at the 12 into first-and-goal at the Broncos' 6-yard line. The Chiefs scored a touchdown three plays later. That is just the kind of play an undisciplined team laments when it happens in the squeaky-tight atmosphere of the postseason.
Time to Tinker from Warpaint Illustrated
For now, the Chiefs have to do some rethinking in regards to their passing game and Reid is the only man that can make those adjustments. The running game has to be more productive and that means carving up more playing time for back-up Knile Davis who had some nice moments against the Broncos.
He is the perfect change of pace back for Charles. Though his touches were few, he was one of the most productive players on the field Sunday night. He deserves more touches.
Broncos Mailbag: Wes Welker Taking A Beating, Where's The Flag? from The Denver Post
Wes Welker, even with his smallish size by NFL standards, is a monster player. He took a lot of abuse from Flowers on Sunday night and several cheap shots. And yet, Welker got up and went back for the next play. Will the NFL be looking at some of those cheap shot from Flowers? Or might the Broncos petition the league to look at them? Some of those were well away from the play and after the play was dead. Your thoughts please.
---Michael Hruza, Roxborough
No doubt Brandon Flowers should have been flagged in the first quarter for blasting Welker well after the play. Jack Del Rio wouldn't talk about that play specifically during his interim head coach press conference Monday, so that tells me the Broncos did ask the league to review it.
Carolina, Officials Escape vs. Patriots from ESPN
The Kansas City Chiefs have 23 coaches, including a "statistical analysis coordinator." None of them, not even the stats specialist, seemed aware the Denver Broncos are on track to break NFL scoring records. Trailing 17-7 late in the second quarter, the Chiefs faced fourth-and-goal on the Denver 1. Andy Reid sent in the field-goal unit, and TMQ wrote the words "game over" in his notebook. On the night, Kansas City rushed for 144 yards, with a 5.8 yard-per-carry average. Yet Reid was too timid to try to gain one single yard for a touchdown against the league's highest-scoring team.