Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 4/24

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Good morning! Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Tons of reaction to yesterday's schedule release. Enjoy!

Kansas City Chiefs 2014 Schedule Announced from The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs will be featured in four nationally televised games, including three in regular season play. Kansas City will take on the New England Patriots on ESPN's Monday Night Football in Week Four and then have back-to-back nationally televised contests in Weeks 12 and 13, when they travel to Oakland for a Thursday night contest against the Raiders, followed by a Sunday night matchup vs. the Denver Broncos on NBC. This season will mark the fifth-consecutive year the Chiefs have held at least one primetime contest. The last time Kansas City held three nationally televised games was in 2010.

2014 Chiefs Schedule Highlights from The Mothership

WEEK 13 - Sunday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 PM CT - NBC's Sunday Night Football -

Denver Broncos

Any time you're scheduled to play a divisional opponent, it's always a highlight, but when that opponent is also the defending AFC Champion, who you're playing in primetime on your own home turf, you have a must-see matchup. When the Denver Broncos come to town in Week 13, they'll again be led by future Hall of Fame QB Peyton Manning, as well as some newly-signed teammates, WR Emmanuel Sanders, DE DeMarcus Ware, CB Aqib Talib and SS T.J. Ward, among others. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid has always embraced the opportunity to play the best and Denver certainly applies. The Chiefs hold a 24-17 record against the Broncos at Arrowhead.

KCChiefs.com Video: 2014 Kansas City Chiefs Schedule Release Video

KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: Official 2014 Schedule

This Easter, The NFL Loaded The Chiefs' Schedule With Darn FEW Cream Puffs from FS Kansas City

The heart says 11-5 is doable, if every star aligns, if all that crappy, wicked January Chiefs karma stays in hibernation.

The head says 8-8.

The head, more often than not, usually wins these kinds of arguments.

Still, reality probably falls somewhere in the middle -- Nine wins? Ten? -- once the dust finally settles on the Kansas City Chiefs' 2014 schedule, now that we officially know what that schedule will look like.

Some Thoughts Before Schedule Release from ESPN

Given a schedule that includes two games against Denver and San Diego and singles with Seattle, San Francisco and New England, it seems reasonable to think the Chiefs would have a couple games on Sunday or Monday night. It's also time for the Chiefs to have at least one of these games at Arrowhead Stadium. It's almost as if the NFL has been going out of its way not to showcase Arrowhead. The Chiefs' last four prime-time games have been played on the road.

Kansas City Chiefs Schedule Analysis from ESPN

The Chiefs have an early stretch with four of five games on the road. Included are road games against Denver, the San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers and a home game against the New England Patriots. They could be buried by the time this stretch ends on Oct. 19. If they can find a way to win two of those games, including a matchup with the Dolphins in Miami, the Chiefs might be able to survive.

Chiefs Get 3 Prime-Time Regular Season Games from Chiefs Spin

While the schedule appears tough on paper, things aren't often what they seem when it comes to the NFL where parity rules supreme.

As examples, the 2012 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens finished last season at 8-8 and didn't make the playoffs. The Atlanta Falcons are coming off a 4-12 season, a year removed from finishing 13-3. And there's the Houston Texans, a 2013 summer pick to make the playoffs, finishing 2-14 after starting 2-0.

Breaking Down The 49ers' 2014 Schedule from The Contra Costa Times

Oct. 5, vs. Kansas City Chiefs (1:25 p.m., CBS): Quarterback Alex Smith returns to face his original team. He thrived upon last season's trade and helped the Chiefs reach the playoffs under new coach Andy Reid. Since then, the Chiefs have had a flood of free-agent defectors.

15 Worth The Price Of Admission from National Football Post

15. Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers (Week 7, Sunday, 4:05pm eastern): The Andy Reid-Mike McCoy rivalry didn't disappoint in its inaugural campaign, as McCoy's Bolts squeaked by Reid's Chiefs in both showdowns last season via a 26-yard touchdown pass with 24 seconds remaining on November 24 and a 36-yard overtime field goal on December 29. Four of the last six meetings between Kansas City and San Diego have been decided by a field goal or less.

Breaking Down The Raiders' 2014 Schedule from The San Jose Mercury News

Thurs., Nov. 20, Kansas City Chiefs, 5:25 p.m.: Unless the Raiders have another game flexed to Sunday night (which can begin after Week 5), this will be the lone prime-time affair. The last time the Chiefs were in Oakland, Jamal Charles kept getting open on screen passes and the Raiders elected not to cover him. He had eight receptions for 194 yards and four touchdowns.

2014 NFL Schedule: Seahawks Appear In Four Of 10 Can't-Miss Games from CBS Sports

This year, the choices were harder than ever to make. How do you cut it down to 10?

There are so many intriguing potential storylines out there that I didn't even include. I left off several good teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals and perennial contenders Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

For the complainers, you try and cut it to 10.

Seahawks 2014 NFL Schedule Released - Some Quick Thoughts from The Seattle Times

Sunday Nov. 16: at Kansas City Chiefs 10:00 a.m. FOX

Comment: By this time. we'll know if Chiefs' rise a year ago was a sign of a long-term return to being good or just a flash in the pan.

Ultimate NFL Road Trip from NFL.com

Monday, Sept. 29 -- Patriots at Chiefs, Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

A trip to Kansas City means two things: a game at Arrowhead Stadium and some Gates BBQ. The former is why you're heading to K.C. in the first place. The latter is why you'll want to return in the future. Trust me. It's that good. Total miles traveled: 7,915

'Fail Mary' Reunion Perfect Way To Start 2014; More To Schedule Snaps from Sports Illustrated

The NFL landscape will no doubt change considerably between now and late December -- we never know what we think we know about this league -- but from the vantage point of late April, the all-divisional rivalry format in Week 17 offers little to get excited about.

Of the 16 games that will wrap up the regular season, only one features a pair of teams that both made the playoffs in 2013: San Diego at Kansas City. And I don't think anybody considers either the Chargers or Chiefs a mortal lock to return to the postseason this year or to be playing meaningful games come the stretch drive.

NFL Schedule: 10 Games to Watch In 2014 from The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

New England at Kansas City, Week 4, Monday, Sept. 29, 7:30: So Tom Brady is unflappable? Let's see how he does in a Monday night game at Arrowhead, where the Chiefs are itching to show they weren't a one-and-done playoff fluke a year ago. It might be a matchup of 3-1 or 4-0 teams.

Kansas City at San Francisco, Week 5, Sunday, Oct. 5, 3:25: A week after perhaps beating Tom Brady, Alex Smith takes the Chiefs to face his old team. It'll be up to Smith not to invest too much meaning into it. But, boy, wouldn't he like to show the 49ers?

Jets First Draw Patriots In Week 7 In Foxboro from The NY Post

Three toughest games...

...Nov. 2 at Chiefs: Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg get to renew acquaintances here and the Jets will see some old friends in Kansas City defensive tackle Mike DeVito and defensive coordinator Bob Sutton. The Chiefs lost three games at Arrowhead Stadium last year - all to playoff teams.

2014 Schedule Filled With Stroylines from DenverBroncos.com

Kansas City makes a rare early-season visit to Denver in Week 2. The Chiefs have not played at Denver in September since Week 2 of the 2006 season, when the Broncos eked out a 9-6 overtime in a game where placekickers accounted for all of the points. Regardless of venue, the teams had played nine consecutive games in November, December or January since the Chiefs' 33-19 win over Denver at Arrowhead Stadium on Sept. 28, 2008. The Broncos have won four consecutive games against the Chiefs; it is their longest winning streak in the series since 1988-90.

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Falcons Make Move To Land Jadeveon Clowney from CBS Sports

23. Kansas City Chiefs -- Brandin Cooks, WR Oregon State: He would add much needed speed outside in the passing game.

Letting Alex Smith Leave Chiefs After '14 Is Like Throwing Draft Picks Down The Drain from FS Kansas City

If you're a Kansas City Chiefs fan, don't look at Smith as the best signal-caller the franchise has had under center since Trent Green, even though that's patently true. Look at him for what he cost: That is, two second-round draft picks.

Given that, when pondering the question of whether to try and extend Smith, who's slated to make $7.5 million in base salary this fall and could become a free agent in 2015, well -- it's not really much of a question.

Chiefs Tackle Eric Fisher Glad To Return To Left Side from KC Star via Salina.com

"I met with coach (Andy) Reid a few weeks ago and he just told me 'Hey, this is what's going to happen,' " Fisher said. "Obviously, I was pretty excited about it because deep down inside, I think I'm truly a left tackle."

The Chiefs obviously feel the same way, despite watching Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft, struggle as a rookie. His Pro Football Focus grade of negative-17.8 ranked 70th among 76 offensive tackles who logged at least 25 percent of their teams' snaps, and he also allowed seven sacks (53rd) and 35 hurries (63rd).

Source: South Carolina State's Kimario McFadden Met With Chiefs This Week from National Football Post

McFadden was a second team All-MEAC selection at safety last season.

He recorded 57 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one interception last season for the Bulldogs, who lost to Furman in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs this past fall.

Editor's Note: Enjoy The Outdoors from WacoTrib.com

Proms got under way in April but there's plenty more ahead for this month. Tamika Johnson, the wife of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson, is helping a group of Waco High girls who might otherwise not get to enjoy prom. Her concept, the Prom Xperience, makes for some very happy seniors. Amanda Rush provides the details beginning on page 62.

Former UM Hoops Star Erik Swoope Learning Tight End With Help Of 'Madden 25' from The Miami Herald

Swoope is a muscular, explosive 6-5 power forward with good hands and good grades. He figured he'd be playing basketball somewhere in Europe next fall. He is "so shocked" to find himself on the must-see list of at least a half-dozen NFL teams.

Scouts are trying to unearth the next Jimmy Graham, the 6-7 former UM basketball player-turned-Pro Bowl tight end. Over the past few weeks, Swoope has worked out for the Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs are also interested.

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