Chiefs Place Commings On IR, Elevate LB Martin from The Mothership
Martin joined the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent on May 13, 2013. He was inactive for the club's first three games and then moved to the team's practice squad.
Broncos DE Derek Wolfe Has Seizure-Like Symptoms, Won't Play vs. K.C. from The Denver Post
Broncos defensive lineman Derek Wolfe is being treated for seizure-like symptoms and remains in Denver in advance of the team's Sunday game in Kansas City.
Wolfe, who fell ill on the team's bus ride to Kansas City on Friday and was taken by ambulance to a Denver-area hospital, was officially ruled out for the Chiefs game early Saturday. At the time, the team released a statement saying he was being monitored by doctors to determine the origins of his symptoms.
Chiefs Can't Escape Peyton Manning, Who Keeps Beating Father Time from The KC Star via The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
This is especially true in the NFL. The average career is 2 1/2 years. Wide receivers that sign big contracts running 40 yards in 4.4 seconds are selling cars when they're at 4.5 seconds.
Peyton Manning is, perhaps, sports' greatest challenger to Father Time since George Foreman won the heavyweight championship at 45. Manning, 37, came into the league the same year as Hines Ward and Randy Moss. There are only three others from his draft class still in the league, and none of them are having the best seasons of a Hall of Fame career.
None of them are at the height of their powers, despite obviously lacking physically.
Game Day Forecast from The National Weather Service
Today: Patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 51. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon.
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Broncos vs. Chiefs Preview: Carpe Diem from Warpaint Illustrated
1. QB Alex Smith - If the Kansas City Chiefs defense can't adjust their pass defending schemes the second time around against the Denver Broncos, Smith is going to have to carry this team on the back of his jersey.
Much like last week Smith should have some mighty big open targets against the Broncos suspect defensive secondary. Smith showed signs in the first match against Denver of doing just that but his receivers didn't help out by dropping so many passes.
In successive weeks, Smith has already begun to shake the label he's more than a dink and dunk game manager.
Broncos Game Plan Against The Chiefs from The Denver Post
When the Chiefs run
Although Jamaal Charles is certainly a threat, Kansas City's rushing offense is pretty much him and only him, whereas the Broncos' run defense is among the best in the NFL. Only the 49ers and Patriots have kept pace. The fact that the Broncos have seen Charles once before this season also will help - especially if the Chiefs can't offer much more variety in what they run. Edge: Broncos
Quarterbacks Rule Roost In NFL from The Denver Post
Kansas City can boast of at least four legitimate Pro Bowl defenders, yet the Chiefs have almost zero chance of winning the Super Bowl, because while Smith is competent under center, he's not a QB capable of leading a team to a championship.
This is not meant to be a nostalgic longing for the days of Vince Lombardi diagramming a power sweep, but the NFL, our favorite team game, has ceased to be about the team. It's all about the quarterback.
NFL Week 13 Rundown from FOX Sports
The Chiefs win if... Jamaal Charles submits a video game-like performance, KC defense brings the heat on Manning.
The Broncos win if... Manning gets back on track, the KC offense struggles to keep up with Denver's high-octane ways.
Prediction: Broncos 30, Chiefs 20
Newsmaker Q&A: Herman Edwards from The Allentown Morning Call
Q: You coached in two cities, New York and Kansas City. Were they very different?
A: At a New York press conference, there were 25 reporters. In Kansas City, there were four. But as far as the city's passion, they were the same. New York has so many other sports teams that if you're having a bad week, they just move on to the next team. In Kansas City, they live and die with the Chiefs. There are just two pro teams and the Royals have been struggling for so long, so it's all about the Chiefs.
Ten Big Moments From Indy Colts' 499 Games from The Indianapolis Star
They entered the game double-digit underdogs against the No. 1-seeded Chiefs but exited with a 10-7 victory. The Jim Harbaugh-led offense, and the defense, did just enough, including getting kicker Cary Blanchard in position for what would be the game-winning 30-yard field goal in the third quarter. The defense, playing without flu-ridden tackle Tony Siragusa, kept Kansas City at bay. Linebacker Quentin Coryatt and cornerback Eugene Daniel came up with fourth quarter interceptions while Chiefs kicker [name redacted] missed 39- and 42-yard field goals in the final quarter, the last with 37 seconds remaining.
Butter Fingers Plaguing Broncos from The Colorado Springs Gazette
The Broncos lead the league in an exhaustive list of offensive categories: Points, yards, passing, first downs, third down efficiency.
Oh, and fumbles.
What once looked like a quirk - an odd curiosity for the league's most prolific offense - is now turning into a trend.
NFP Sunday Blitz from The National Football Post
"It's not like we bring up the Belcher thing a lot, but guys definitely remember," said standout inside linebacker Derrick Johnson, who has spent his entire nine-year career in Kansas City. "How could you not? He was a part of us, and he always will be in our thoughts . . . but this is a new team. We've tried to put a lot of the stuff from the past, the (Belcher) thing, the losing, behind us. There have been some rough times, believe me, on and off the field. But it's a different time here now."
Kansas City is slumping a bit, with back-to-back losses, injuries, and only one sack in the past three games, but, barring a total collapse, the Chiefs, who face Denver on Sunday in a huge AFC West rematch, will make the playoffs. And given where the Chiefs were only a year ago, that's a major accomplishment for the club.
Hillis Remembers Belcher from Long Island Newsday
"I had a locker right beside [Belcher], so yeah, it affects you," said the Giants running back who played for Kansas City last season. "He was a real quiet guy on and off the field. A funny guy, too, so it was a shock to all of us."
Hillis said the mixed emotions the players experienced the following day when the Chiefs beat the Panthers were intense.
It's understandable that Maine would try to avoid the reminder of what happened a year ago tomorrow; the Belcher incident, just like the Strzelcyk one, was ugly and tragic all the way around. But pretending like a traumatic event never happened is exactly how seemingly healthy and virile athletes become broken men.