Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 9/23

Rich Schultz

Good morning! The Chiefs are undefeated and hosting a totally defeated team this Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium... and I am nervous. Why? Because I'm a Kansas City Chiefs fan and I've been bitten before. Really would have rather the Giants won yesterday. Am I alone on that? Anyway, here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!

Chiefs Teammates: 'Justin Houston Is A Beast' from The Mothership

Speaking of takeaways, Chiefs Pro Bowl LB Justin Houston recovered two of the team's four forced takeaways on the night. He also added 4.5 sacks, totaling 7.5 sacks in 2013, as well as four tackles for loss, four QB pressures and three passes defensed in the game.

"We wanted to win the game for coach Reid," Houston said. "We also wanted really to win one for the fans and ourselves. We want to keep up the great motivation and keep winning the games we play. This was a nice team win."

Chiefs coach Andy Reid described his team's defensive performance from Thursday and added what he appreciated most from Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton's group.

Chiefs Safety Eric Berry Plays The Way His Favorite Player Once Did from KC Star

Berry doesn't quite have Taylor's imposing stature, though he's not a small man by any means at 6 feet and 211 pounds. However, teammates have marveled at Berry's ability to serve as the Swiss Army Knife of sorts for the defense.

In three games this season, Berry has racked up 14 tackles, a half-sack and two pass deflections, all while lining up as an inside linebacker, playing the deep zone and matching up in man-to-man coverage against a variety of receiving threats, all the while offering a dash of playmaking ability - which he proved with his interception Thursday.

"When he's out on the field, wherever he's at, we know he's going to be OK," said veteran cornerback Dunta Robinson. "You don't have to put a guy over the top of him when he's on a tight end because he's going to go out there and get the job done."

NFC East Hits Rock Bottom With Winless Giants, Redskins; More Snaps from Sports Illustrated

And then there are Chip Kelly's Eagles, who dropped a 26-16 decision to Andy Reid and his upstart Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night in Philadelphia, getting the whole Week 3 carnage started in the division. After a spectacular first two quarters in their opener at Washington in Week 1, the Eagles have been pretty pathetic, and find themselves sitting 1-2 and facing a three-game road trip in the coming weeks. The air has come out of the balloon in Philly in the blink of an eye, and the loss to the Chiefs looked an awful lot like many of the 12 defeats the Eagles incurred last year, when things spiraled out of control in Reid's final season.

NFL Week 3: Lessons Learned from NBC Bay Area

Renaissance in Kansas City?: Andy Reid and Alex Smith just needed a change of scenery. After Reid was fired by the Eagles and the 49ers picked Colin Kaepernick over Smith this offseason, both coach and QB have found their respective games in KC. Through three games, the Chiefs are undefeated and Smith has 669 yards passing with four TDs and no interceptions.

Giants Fall To 0-3 After 38-0 Loss To Panthers from NJ.com

A season that began with a countdown calendar that tracked the days until the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium has reached an unforeseen crossroad.

With a game against the white-hot Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) coming down the barrel, when will their first win come? Where does their strength lie? What can they count on?

If it was possible, the Giants looked worse in the second half as Carolina, a winless team coming into the afternoon, continued to pour it on.

NFL.com Video: Grading Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Tackle Eric Fisher

Giants-Panthers Final Score: Giants Humiliated By Carolina, 38-0 from Big Blue View

The last time the Giants started 0-3 was 1996. They finished 6-10 that season, a year in which they were shut out twice. The winless Giants now have to get ready for a trip to Arrowhead Stadium next Sunday to face the 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs.

Giants Fall Even Deeper After 38-0 Dismantling from NY Post

Up next: Kansas City, which has already had a fun time turning half the NFC East to seed, bruising Dallas and battering Philadelphia. The last place on earth you want to try and turn around a season is Arrowhead Stadium in front its 80,000 barbecue-fed zanies, and that's when the Chiefs are awful, let alone when they're 3-0 and soaring.

NFL Pregame Shows Week 3 Sound Bites: NFL Network's 'GameDay First' And 'NFL GameDay Morning' from The Schenectady Daily Gazette

"Alex Smith and what he does, it travels; it doesn't matter if he's in San Francisco or Kansas City, he gives a football team a chance to win because he's not going to turn the football over. With that defense, this team is starting to look like a young San Francisco 49er team that we watched grow." - Marshall Faulk on quarterback Alex Smith and the 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs

NFL Unlikely To Investigate Chiefs For Faking Injuries from Philadelphia Magazine

Problem is, how can you tell if a player is really hurting or not? And in an era where player safety is a dominant issue, can you really accuse a player of faking an injury?

Meanwhile, with the suspicion of fake injuries on the rise, the innocent can be accused. Cornerback Brandon Flowers, as an example, was questionable heading into the game with a knee injury, yet also caught some grief when he went down in the second half.

Fake or real, the effect is the same.

All-22: One Play Chip Kelly Will Steal From Reid from Philadelphia Magazine

"They're throwing a down-the-field shallow route and picking up blockers," Kelly explained. "It's a neat little play, but we've got to be able to get off blocks and recognize what they're doing and get off of blocks and make plays. But they did a decent job.

"It was an underneath throw and then their receivers really aren't running routes. They're turning into blockers. It's kind of a down-the-field screen, but not a screen. They don't throw the blocks until after the ball is completed. It's a good little scheme and they executed it and we didn't."

Translation: You're damn right we're stealin' that one!

Eagle Eye In The Sky: Quick Thinking from PhiladelphiaEagles.com

This play will see inside zone run-action with left tackle Jason Peters sealing Kansas City linebacker Tamba Hali on the outside, guard Evan Mathis sifting to the linebacker at the second level and the trio of Jason Kelce,Todd Herremans and Lane Johnson blocking the three most dangerous men in front of them. In the circle above, you'll see defensive lineman Mike DeVito, who the Eagles will not block. It will be up to Vick to read DeVito and decide what he will do with the football. Will he give it to Brown, or tuck it and run?

Former Packers Tackle Peay Dies from Packers.com

Peay came to the Packers from the New York Giants, who drafted him in the first round, with the No. 10 overall pick, in 1966 after he earned All-America honors at Missouri. Peay played nine years in the NFL in all, including a stint with the Kansas City Chiefs.

How The NFL Fleeces Taxpayers from BeyondChron

Judith Grant Long, a Harvard University professor of urban planning, calculates that league-wide, 70 percent of the capital cost of NFL stadiums has been provided by taxpayers, not NFL owners. Many cities, counties, and states also pay the stadiums' ongoing costs, by providing power, sewer services, other infrastructure, and stadium improvements. When ongoing costs are added, Long's research finds, the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Tennessee Titans have turned a profit on stadium subsidies alone-receiving more money from the public than they needed to build their facilities.

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