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HOUSTON - OCTOBER 17:  Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs is brought down by strong safety Bernard Pollard #31 of the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 17 2010 in Houston Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 17: Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs is brought down by strong safety Bernard Pollard #31 of the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on October 17 2010 in Houston Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Good morning, Chiefs fans! A decent day for Kansas City Chiefs news. We have stories from The Star, Jacksonville's Florida Times-Union, and NFL.com to name a few. Enjoy.

"It seems like that," said McGraw, who now plays for the Chiefs. "When I came into the league, it was Tony Gonzalez, and (Antonio) Gates was just getting started. There were those two guys, and then it seemed like everyone else was in the same kind of (category). Now it seems like every week there’s a really talented receiving tight end you’ve got to game-plan for."

The Chiefs benefited from this development this season when they drafted Tony Moeaki, their leader in receptions. But the Chiefs have had problems covering opposing tight ends.

Chiefs need to get better at defending the tight end as Jaguars come to town from KC Star

"I'm proud of how we're doing because we're a team that hadn't been very good for a number of years and we're trying to become a good team," said Haley, a University of North Florida graduate. "We're not there yet. ... I feel like we're making progress, and that's what's critical."

In a lot of ways, the Jaguars and Chiefs are similar teams. Yet because they're so similar, the game could look very unfamiliar.

Rebuilding Chiefs have their own concerns going into game vs. Jaguars from The Florida Times-Union

Chiefs coach Todd Haley said Friday afternoon that defensive end Tyson Jackson was held out of last Sunday’s game at Houston for reasons other than health, in effect indicating that Jackson’s practice performances weren’t impressive enough to warrant a spot on the team’s 45-man gameday roster.

Tyson Jackson cleared from injury report but still working way back into Chiefs’ plans from KC Star

It looks like journeyman Todd Bouman will make his first start in nearly five years.

The Jacksonville Jaguars ruled out starter David Garrard on Friday because of a concussion and listed backup Trent Edwards as questionable with a badly sprained thumb on his throwing hand. That leaves Bouman as the healthiest and most knowledgeable option on the roster.

Garrard out, Edwards uncertain, Bouman likely in from KC Star

David Garrard woke up and knew something was wrong.

His father was sitting on his bed, ready to restrain him, and he could hear his younger sister crying upstairs.

That's when the weight of the truth fell on the then-16-year-old's shoulders: His mother, Shirley, had lost her two-year fight against breast cancer.

Breast cancer month isn't a passing fad for Jaguars' David Garrard from The Florida Times-Union

"Bouman is one of those savvy vets," tight end Marcedes Lewis said. "It's easy to rally around him. We respect him. He's coming in there to win ball games. His presence in the huddle is good, good energy. That's what he brings. We're blessed to have somebody that's been in it, been here."

Signs point to Todd Bouman as Jaguars' starter; David Garrard won't make trip from The Florida Times-Union

Let it sink in, but last season's 4-12 Chiefs could have been 5-0 headed into tomorrow's game. Not wishful thinking, but it's been that close.

Todd Haley says the Chiefs have more to do, but even with the construction, I love what I see. Still, this is football not "IF"-ball. The Chiefs as a whole are very young, especially on defense, but this is the happiest I've been after a two-game losing streak. I have no doubt, and I mean that, of where the Chiefs are going. Things are looking way up for the Chiefs.

Arrowhead could be good medicine for Chiefs from The Examiner

Well, if the Chiefs don't win the AFC West, which team will? 

No other team in the division has showed it is ready to be a consistent winner. The Chiefs are looking down at Denver, Oakland and San Diego. The three teams are in a dead-heat for second place (and for last place) in the AFC West at 2-4.

Which team will win a weak AFC West? from ESPN

To help fans park and get to their seats as efficiently as possible, the Chiefs will be utilizing some new communication channels to alert fans coming to the Truman Sports Complex of any traffic delays and/or road or gate closures. Please refer to the following resources for traffic conditions:

Breast Cancer Awareness Activities Planned For Chiefs Game from KCTV 5

The Kansas City Chiefs are leading the league in rushing attempts and have given up only 4 sacks all season long. That means they have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, right?

Not necessarily. Sometimes scheming and game planning can make up for a lack of talent in certain areas.

So what is going on in Kansas City? Are their offensive successes a result of their offensive lineman consistently beating their man, is it coaching and scheme or is it a little of both?

Breaking Down The Chiefs Offensive Line from Arrowhead Addict

Against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7, the proper response now is to come out guns blazing. The Jaguars need to play with tremendous effort to show the team knows it's 3-3 and has not given up on itself or coach Jack Del Rio. Rally around a substitute quarterback, facilitate a big game for tailback Maurice Jones-Drew, make sure Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is uncomfortable. It's a test of leadership, at least to a degree.

Final Word: AFC South from ESPN

Against the Texans, Kansas City led 24-14 early in the fourth quarter before collapsing. After the game, Chiefs coach Todd Haley said the team was very angry and he said he was glad to see that emotion. The Chiefs are young and Haley has to make sure they channel their anger the right way and take it out on the Jaguars. If so, this team will be headed in the right direction.

Final Word: AFC West from ESPN

Just 13 teams since 1990 have gone from 2-4 to the playoffs. Just two have done so since 2003. Only three of those 2-4 teams became 2-5 en route to the postseason.

Of course, the Chargers not only have their recent experiences to draw on but another more present comfort.

They are in the AFC West.

Slumping Chargers draw on recent experience from The San Diego Union Tribune

The Chiefs are for real on defense, and watching them on offense last week against the Texans, they looked really good -- but everyone should look good against the Texans. This is a key game for the Chiefs, because they are better than the Jags in all areas. Even Kansas City's offense should have success, but the Chiefs are still a young team, and young teams struggle in games they are supposed to win. If they take the wounded Jags for granted they could get beat.

Packers' plethora of issues begins with lack of run game from NFL.com