Good morning! It's Thursday, and that means the media's focus has finally shifted to this Sunday's games. We have your Kansas City Chiefs news right here. Read on.
Todd Bouman and Patrick Ramsey began the week looking for work as an NFL quarterback. Either one might end it starting for the Jacksonville Jaguars when they play against the Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
That’s almost a worse-case scenario for the Jaguars, but for now it isn’t particularly pleasant for the Chiefs, either. They’re scrambling to find information on Bouman and Ramsey, the journeymen quarterbacks signed by the Jaguars this week.
The Chiefs are 3-2 with a very good shot at the playoffs in what we all thought to be another rebuilding year, yet even after good statistical games or team wins, the quarterback takes heat from fans.
The Chiefs’ power structure is frustrated by this, whether they admit it publicly or not. They think Cassel is being treated unfairly, that Kansas City fans and media are being too tough on the quarterback.
They’re wrong about that, but here’s what they need to realize: We wouldn’t be as tough on Cassel if we got the feeling he was tougher on himself.
Cassel needs to talk a good game, too from KC Star
Starting quarterback David Garrard was at home Wednesday still suffering from a concussion. Backup Trent Edwards was wearing a splint on his badly sprained right thumb and rode a stationary bike at practice.
Bouman, in his second stint with the team this year and fifth since 2007, although he's yet to take a snap with them in the regular season, ran the Jaguars' plays in practice Wednesday. Veteran Patrick Ramsey, who also was signed Tuesday, ran the scout-team plays.
It might be Todd Bouman's turn to start at QB for Jaguars from The Florida Times-Union
"Like all decisions," Haley said, "we will do as a staff what we think is best for our team. This is just one of those that didn’t work out.
"I really like Alex. I think he’s a very talented young defensive player who has a lot of potential and upside, and I think he’ll realize that."
The Kansas City Chiefs couldn't close out one of the top offensive teams in the NFL last week. Back home, the Chiefs' improving defensive unit may face a far less potent attack.
Kansas City looks to open with three straight home wins for the first time since 2003 on Sunday when it faces a Jacksonville Jaguars team that could start any of four quarterbacks.
Kansas City vs. Jacksonville from CBS Sports
Jacksonville at Kansas City: Chiefs fans gave me hell for predicting the Texans would score 31 points on the mighty KC defense in last week's "Cheat Sheet". Of course, I was wrong on that prediction. Houston didn't score 31; they scored 35...
...After a hot 3-0 start, it's back to reality for Kansas City at 3-2. Make it 3-3 after Maurice Jones-Drew and the Trent Edwards Show comes to town this weekend. The Pick: Jaguars 27, Chiefs 21
NFL Week 7 Cheat Sheat from Fox Sports
Tamba Hali vs. Eugene Monroe
Hali has proven himself to be the Chiefs top pass rusher with 4.5 sacks. The Jaguars offensive line has proven to be unable to protect a quarterback with the Jaguars considering signing free agent Patrick Ramsey for depth and third string quarterback Todd Bauman possibly starting with both David Garrard and Trent Edwards injured last Sunday night. Monroe and the Jags offensive line need to step it up or the Jaguars will need to start lining their QB back where the punters normally catch the long snap.
NFL Week 7: K.C. Chiefs vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Key Match Ups from Sports Haze
Start him: Matt Cassel, Chiefs
Wasn't Cassel in this spot last week? Yep, but he needs to be again with a home matchup on tap against the 28th-ranked Jaguars' defense. Cassel had a solid game against the Texans in Week 6, completing 20 of 29 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns. He's a spot starter in fantasy terms, and just happens to be in a second consecutive good spot.
Wide Write: Double Down on Cassel from Fox News
Todd Bouman, who's had several stints with the Jags is back, and the big cats signed Patrick Ramsey Wednesday.
So, five people from the First Coast stepped up and said they've got what it takes to be the Jags starter on Sunday.
CHECK OUT THE VIDEO LINKS for our five contestants, then take the poll and tell us who you think would be the best quarterback to start for the Jags.
VOTE FOR YOUR PICK: Jags Quarterback Challenge from First Coast News
McCluster, a second-round pick from Ole Miss, is one of six rookies who contributed to the Chiefs' 3-0 start-they since have sustained back-to-back losses to the Colts and Texans but still lead the AFC West-and could become a cornerstone class in Haley's and general manager Scott Pioli's rehab project in Kansas City.
In the first six weeks of the season, no NFL team has received more out of its rookie class than Kansas City. Roll call, please.
Chiefs Rookies Stepping Up from The Sporting News
Last week we got some stats on Kansas City Chiefs CB Brandon Flowers that showed just how remarkable of a season he is having. While I was impressed with Flowers' stats I wondered how well the Chiefs other CB's, Brandon Carr and Javier Arenas were performing...
...After five weeks, I wanted to take a look at how well the Chiefs young corners are performing. After the jump, get the real numbers on Brandon Flowers, Javier Arenas and Brandon Carr.
Breaking Down The Chiefs Cornerbacks from Arrowhead Addict
Jacksonville Jaguars at Kansas City Chiefs
The fourth regional game during the day for CBS is the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs. This game will be announced by Bill Macatee and Rich Gannon.
NFL Television Coverage Map for CBS Early and Late Games for Week 7 from Associated Content
Like Sunday, when the football-mad people of Kansas City suffered a horrendous tragedy when their beloved and finally resurgent Chiefs gave up a heartbreaking, 35-31, snatching-defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victory loss in Houston. From a careful reading of the mountains of text messages and Facebook updates yours truly saw before, during, and for an entire 24 sullen hours after Sunday's game, we can reconstruct Kansas City fans' emotional journey-and see it as a model for how other sports fans handle traumatic games.
The 5 Stages of NFL Fan Grief from The Atlantic
Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Sims-Walker could be in danger of his third zero-catch game of the season. The Jaguars may be without their top two QBs, and the Kansas City Chiefs secondary has given up just six scores.
11. Kansas City Chiefs (15) - So now the pass game shows up. That happens, and the defense falls apart in Houston. Still, they have proven to me they are a legitimate team that can win any given Sunday. However, can they reach the next level? Jamaal Charles has to be that guy to put them over the top. We will shall it soon.
SGN Columnist Russ Loede’s Week Seven Power Rankings from NFL Gridiron Gab
Kansas City has been in the AFC West cellar for a couple of years, and now the Chiefs might be favored to win the division. It's been said that Broncos coach Josh McDaniels has three or four years to turn things around. But if the Broncos finish 5-11 or 6-10 this year, does team owner Pat Bowlen pull the trigger and find another head coach?
Q&A: Broncos' Bowlen won't have a quick trigger finger on a coaching change from The Denver Post
Kansas City has (by far) the easiest remaining schedule of any playoff hopeful in the AFC (0.419 win percentage for opponents) and also has 6 home games left, while San Diego has tossed away what looked like the easiest part of their schedule with horrible road losses. Also, the loss to Oakland could prove costly in the tiebreakers. If Kansas City can go 6-5 against that easy schedule, the Chargers may need to get to 10 wins. I think the Chargers rebound this year, but not enough to catch the Chiefs, who get enough wins.
Predictions for the AFC Playoff Seedings from The Big Lead
Thomas Jones(KC) - It's time to consider this Kansas City Chiefs team as way better than we expected, despite two straight losses. Coaches Todd Haley and Charlie Weis are figuring out how to use both Jones and Jamaal Charles effectively, and in close games, Jones seems as if he'll continue to handle a big part of the load. On Sunday, he carried 19 times for 100 yards and a TD. The Chiefs obviously want to keep Matt Cassel from having to do too much, and fortunately they have an effective two-headed monster for doing so. Jones is certainly a viable flex option. He looks really good.
Stock Watch: Going to the Matt from Yahoo! Sports
Jacksonville returns to action on a short week as they travel to Kansas City to battle the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. The game will be the first of back-to-back road games for the Jaguars before they observe their bye in week nine.
The Jaguars fell 30-3 to AFC South rival Tennessee on Monday Night Football thanks in part to four turnovers including two in the red zone.
Jacksonville Jaguars look for redemption in Kansas City from Examiner.com
Their final two run plays came with a first-and-goal at the Titans 7 with 7:46 left in the game. Maurice Jones-Drew ran the ball on first and second down.
"I wasn't real wild about the consecutive runs there," Del Rio said. "... I would have loved to have seen us be able to score at all, but score quicker. We spent too much time, in my opinion. We have to be better in that situation."
Jaguars Notebook: Offense dawdled during late drive against Titans from The Florida Times-Union