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Good morning, AP and welcome to the weekend. As always, you'll find today's Kansas City Chiefs news below. Lots of love today. The O-line, Crennel, Happy Haley, and our Rookies should be feeling pretty proud of themselves according to today's stories. Enjoy.

"Our coaches did a great job of picking certain types of guys," Waters said. "Casey has been gone for two years, but he was here for such a long time, we were able to play with him; we knew exactly what we were getting.

"Even a guy like Ryan, he fits in perfectly with what we do, based off his personality, based off the way he works, based off his physical talents and being able to do a lot of things good.

"Are we the youngest? No. Are we stacked with these humongous talents who just maul people off the ball? No, but one thing we do: We do everything well, and that’s something that our coaches can use to their advantage."

Chiefs’ success all starts up front from KC Star

Letter From Kansas City Chiefs Fans: Thank You Romeo! from KC Sports Central

Three games, two accusations and now one $10,000 fine for the Chiefs’ Shaun Smith.

On Friday the league handed down fines, none for more than the penalty laid on Smith for grabbing San Francisco offensive lineman Anthony Davis in the groin area.

NFL fines Shaun Smith $10,000 for his groin grab in victory against 49ers from KC Star

Are the Chiefs for real, and can I expect consistent production from rookie TE Tony Moeaki?
— Clint

Cecil Lammey: I give the Chiefs a lot of credit for their hot start this year but I don't feel they can maintain this level of play. That being said, rookie TE Tony Moeaki has looked great. He's extremely athletic and creates mismatches every time he's on the field because of his size/speed combination.

Fantasy Spotlight: Chiefs aren't for real, but TE Moeaki is from The Denver Post

Star readers may recall that Whitlock wasn't a fan of Chiefs coach Todd Haley and general manager Scott Pioli.

He's still not. Whitlock begrudgingly admits that the "Chiefs are better than I anticipated. However ..."

There's always a "however" with the columnist who isn't afraid to cry:

Jason Whitlock gives Kansas City Chiefs backhanded compliments, compares 'em to Boise State from The Pitch

The Kansas City Chiefs are off to a surprising 3-0 start and experts wonder if they are for real. Their defensive formation might say yes.

The Chiefs are one of seven teams that changed to a primary 3-4 defense since the start of 2009. While 70 percent of NFL teams used the 4-3 defense just two years ago, only half of the league uses it now. A strong reason might be because the 4-3 defense tends to be predictable as the season progresses.

Is this the year of the 3-4 defense? from ESPN

Even real Chiefs fans will admit that we won't truly know about this team until they go to Indianapolis and to Houston after their bye this week. If Kansas City can win one of those games, then we will think they're for real.

Just one.

So back off, Chiefs fans. I have your club ranked where they need to be in my Power Rankings. And look at the bright side. I'm not picking against them this week.

Of course they don't play, so that's easy.

But ease up, Kansas City. I like your city, even if your airport is 100 miles from downtown and you're the second-best city to visit in Missouri.

Pete's Mailbag: Addressing my picking problem from CBS Sports

A snarling, cursing Todd Haley no longer prowls the Kansas City sideline like an angry grizzly crisscrossing his cage.

"Road Rage," as some fans dubbed him, has adopted a gentler approach. This was evident from the first days of training camp, when Haley warmly greeted people by their first name and stuck around after practice signing autographs, sometimes for almost an hour.

How much this shift in attitude by their second-year head coach has had to do with the Chiefs' 3-0 record is impossible to know.

A softer, gentler Todd Haley is running the Chiefs this year from The Canadian Press

NBC Sports reported yesterday that NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora believes the Chiefs will "strongly consider" cutting ties with Cassel after the 2010 season. The negative keeps coming for Cassel. Am I missing something, or are the Chiefs winning despite Cassel? Every player needs help from his team, but critics look at McCluster turning a 6-yard pass into a 31-yard touchdown as a knock on Cassel’s ability. Huh?

I think that’s when it turns into just not liking Cassel.

Chiefs continue to change minds heading into bye week from The Examiner

Indianapolis-based MainGate Inc. has installed a vending machine with Minnesota Vikings merchandise at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn...

...MainGate's NFL clients are the Vikings, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams.

NFL teams look to vending machines as sales option from The Associated Press

I like the Kansas City Chiefs a lot more than I thought I would, and I understand they haven’t played a very tough schedule. They come out of their bye now and meet Indy and Houston on the road, and that’s where the rubber will hit the road. I’m not saying they are going to be a very good team. The young players…these guys are not playing like rookies. I kind of look at them, and I am fascinated by the Chiefs and I wish I had taken their rookies more seriously than I did before the season. There is no doubt in my mind, they are a better team than any of us thought.

PETER KING ON D&H: EXPECT ’SOME POINTS’ ON MONDAY NIGHT from WEEI

I spent the entire past weekend covering football games. Friday night football produced an exciting game between Blue Springs High School and Lee’s Summit High School with the final score 69-42 – both solid football teams. Saturday I traveled with William Jewell College as they played Evangel. The score of that game was 28-25 Evangel over William Jewell; still a very good game. And last but not least, how about those Chiefs?! Kansas City was dominant over the 49ers.

A common thread in all three of the victories was speed.

Speed can be a game-changer in many athletic endeavors from The Examiner

Last Sunday, 100 percent of the 69 percent of NFL.com fantasy owners who own the San Francisco 49ers defense/special teams were disappointed for the third consecutive week.

Coach Singletary's fellas once again failed to live up to all the preseason hype, but -- if you were watching that game -- the solution was right there in front of your eyes in the form of the Kansas City Chiefs.

It might be hard to believe (at least for you -- I picked KC to win the AFC West before the season), but that "D" has playmakers at all three levels, and Dexter McCluster and Javier Arenas give you a great chance at some special teams touchdowns every week.

Best part is, they're only owned in 13 percent of NFL.com, so you should have as easy a time picking them up as Matt Cassel had throwing three TDs on the Niners D.

It's time for an extreme makeover, Pulp Fiction style from NFL.com