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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 10/13

Happy Wednesday! Your Kansas City Chiefs news is waiting for you below. Today we have articles on the Texans' recent struggles and love for the Chiefs' defense. Read and enjoy!

Haley said the Chiefs’ biggest problem Sunday was lapses in fundamentals. Catching, blocking, tackling, protecting the ball. Those things happen. In Kansas City, though, those are the same problems that doomed the Chiefs the previous three seasons, when they lost 38 of 48 games and had little reason to believe the next week, or the next year, would feel much different.

The Chiefs will spend part of this week, before they travel to Houston for Sunday’s road game, working on those mistakes that they can’t afford to repeat.

Chiefs deal with strange feeling: rebounding from a loss from KC Star

Of those 13 offensive plays, nine were negative: two passes batted at the line, a fumble by Matt Schaub, a pass for a loss, two runs for a loss, an interception, a pass breakup that was nearly another pick and a throw-away from Schaub while under pressure...

...On defense, the Chiefs can be quite good, but KC doesn't rush the passer as well as New York. 

Without a better plan and better execution, the Texans could come out of the Kansas City game no longer holding a share of first place.

Looking at early Texans' offense from ESPN

KC Star Photo Gallery: Punt Pass and Kick competition at Indian Hills Middle School

KC Star Photo Gallery: Chiefs' Matt Cassel plays 'Financial Football'

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel tossed financial footballs Tuesday to Kansas teenagers.

Cassel represented the National Football League and the NFL Players Association to help introduce an online money-management skills game to high school and middle school students.

Chiefs QB promotes game that teaches kids how to manage money from KC Star

The Kansas City Chiefs may be the surprising leader of their division, but they've got ground to make up in winning the hearts of football fans, according to a new poll.

Kansas City Chiefs win on field, but poll says team lags with fans from Kansas City Business Journal

So here's how it's probably going to play out Sunday at Reliant Stadium when the Kansas City Chiefs come in laughing, overconfident and trying to take the Texans seriously after watching tape of their wretched performance against the Giants.

When the Texans win and start to feel good about themselves, they stink it up.

When they get ripped for playing bad, or they have obstacles placed in front of them few believe they can overcome, they usually respond with a vengeance.

McClain: Mad team outplays one that's happy from The Houston Chronicle

Going back to the start of the 2009 campaign, the Texans are 5-6 at home and 7-3 on the road.

In those six home losses, including two this season, the average margin of defeat was 12.1 points a game. Only once have the Texans been beaten by fewer than seven points, and that was a 20-17 loss to Tennessee last season.

They had better find the right tonic because the surprising Kansas City Chiefs, who currently lead the AFC West at 3-1, are coming to town on Sunday.

Texans hungry for some home cooking from The Houston Chronicle

The Kansas City Chiefs were the last team in the NFL to be knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten Sunday, but it wasn't the fault of their defense.

Brandon Carr, a third-year starting cornerback from Grand Valley State, led the Chiefs with seven solo tackles and kept Colts All-Pro receiver Reggie Wayne without a touchdown.

Area NFL roundup: Brandon Carr leads Chiefs in tackles in loss to Indianapolis Colts from The Grand Rapids Press

Fearfully, it appears that Matt Schaub is returning to his early-Texans form and allowing the pass rush to throw him off his game.  This week the Texans take on the Kansas City Chiefs at home.  The Chiefs do an excellent job of pressuring the quarterback so Texans head coach Gary Kubiak should prepare ahead of time to remedy Schaub's frantic passing under pressure.

Schaub struggling compared to last year’s Pro Bowl performance from NFL Gridiron Gab

I wonder when the oddsmakers are going to take the Chiefs seriously, this line is way too high. It seems like the bookies are not paying attention to what the Kansas City defense is doing this season. They held Peyton Manning to his season lows and were close against the Colts at Indy, no one except for the Patriots can do that.

NFL Week 6 Predictions from

Kansas City Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali always has had the talent -- the speed and the pass-rush ability -- but what has changed is the talent around him in Kansas City has gotten better. They're getting a little more pressure up front. Inside linebacker Derrick Johnson is having a solid year. And their corners are developing, which causes the quarterback to hold the ball a little longer. It's all kind of trickled down, and Hali is reaping the benefits.

Scouts' views: Falcons, Texans emerging as Super Bowl contenders from The Sporting News

How is it that no one thought the Chiefs were good when they were 3-0, but after their first loss of the season they're getting more respect? I think this club has a shot in the AFC West, and they are a young team that could be around for a while!

Big Chief's NFL TOP 10 - week #6 from

Fortune Does Not Favor the Bold? Kansas City and St. Louis both opened with onside kickoffs, and went on to lose. The football gods toyed with the Chiefs, allowing them to have a 16-play drive that produced no points. From the late third quarter to early fourth quarter, Matt Cassel threw six straight incompletions, leading to consecutive three-and-outs for the Chiefs.

Oregon's frenzied offense is a blur from ESPN

Kansas City is the AFC's most improved team at the quarter pole. Todd Haley brought in Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis as his coordinators this season and it's paid immediate dividends. Offensively their basics have improved and the creativity of their playcalling has improved. Defensively their key has been production from high draft picks from this and previous years.

What Do We Have Here? from The National Football Post

Jay Sirianni, Southwestern High School head football coach has been named the Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week for week six of the high school football season after his Trojans clinched the C South Division with a 27-20 win over Fredonia last weekend...

...Sirianni's older brother, Mike, is the head coach at Washington & Jefferson while his younger brother Nick is an offensive assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs.    

Sirianni of Southwestern named Bills HS coach of the week #6 from

Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson and CB Brandon Flowers

Defense is the biggest reason Kansas City was the NFL's last unbeaten team. Johnson (34 tackles) is finally living up to his 2005 first-round draft status. And former Virginia Tech star Flowers has become one of the NFL's better cover corners.

The Chiefs (3-1) lost to the Colts Sunday, but held Peyton Manning without a touchdown pass.

Unsung Heroes Key to Success from American Chronicle

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