Good morning! We have a full day of Kansas City Chiefs news. O-line love and praise for the running game and a shout out to DJ are ahead. There are also a few articles on the Buffalo offense and how productive they've been recently. Read and Enjoy!
"Honestly, I correct people … when people in the organization say to me, ‘We’re this …’ whether it’s the owner, the general manager or coaches, or players, I say, we’re 1-1, trying to get to 2-1.
"I make my own schedule and it consists of 1-2-3-4 and a line … 1-2-3-4 and a line. So right now on the grease board in my office, I have one that says W-W-W-L, 3-1; and now I’m on the next box, and it says 1-1.
When Charles came off the field, guess who was among the first to hug and congratulate him? None other than Jones, the guy who did almost all the heavy lifting for that go-ahead score.
Most people assumed the two would be competitors when the Chiefs brought Jones over from the New York Jets and paired him with Charles, who was coming off a 1,000-yard season.
Most people were wrong.
Running game propels Chiefs into first place from The Washington Post
There are all sorts of reasons to be happy today, many more than the reasons to be skeptical. But just like there was confidence to be taken from parts of losses at Indy and Houston, there is worry to be taken from at least one part of the win against Jacksonville.
Specifically, it's Todd Haley's bizarre decision to go for a 4th-and-3 instead of a 42-yard field goal that would've given the Chiefs a two-possession lead in the fourth quarter.
Nitpicking a 22-point win by a team nobody expected to be this good from Don't Kill the Mellinger
As far as the pink attire, Carr said he had no problem donning a color symbolic of the fight against breast cancer.
"Actually, my mom is a survivor," Carr said. "She was diagnosed with breast cancer five or six years ago. This is important to me. She was here. She was on the field before the game letting the balloons out. I wanted to put together a good performance for her.
"After so much on my mind, the things we went through along that process of her going to chemotherapy and treatment and everything, we came away with a victory. I can say, so far, since she has game to my games, we are undefeated, so that's good."
Chiefs take down Jacksonville from The Examiner
KC Star Video: Chiefs Haley reflects on win over Jacksonville
The question most people would have is how to evaluate the O-Line based upon statistical evidence. Of course, it isn't as simple as a quarterback, but there are some good categories that can be used. The three that make the most sense are offensive rushing yards, offensive QB sacks and offensive QB hits.
Remember, there are really only two jobs the O-Line has - block for rushers and protect the QB.
I created a basic formula for this which I introduced yesterday. I'm simply calling it the Offensive Line Rating (OLR).
Chiefs Offensive Line - Unsung Heroes from Upon Further Review
Well, the Kiddie Korps management team has fallen flat. Whether or not Broncos owner Pat Bowlen even knows how bad it is, Rocky Mountain fans know that their team lacks the personnel and the direction to be a factor in the AFC West, a division now controlled by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Yes, the Chiefs are in first place in one of the NFL's worst divisions and probably some of the credit belongs to their general manager Scott Pioli, who knows how to build a team.
Denver mess shows experience counts from Fox Sports
"We play the people that we think are going to help us win," Gailey said Monday. "We felt like those two other outside backers [Arthur Moats and Antonio Coleman] gave us a better chance, especially on special teams, to help us win."
Gailey might not consider it a message, but sitting Maybin in his hometown of Baltimore is a clear sign of how dissatisfied the coaches are with his play.
Gailey: Maybin needs to improve from The Buffalo News
What a difference a quick-thinking quarterback makes for an offense.
Ryan Fitzpatrick was fabulous running the Bills' offense on Sunday. He read the Ravens' defense beautifully and consistently exploited matchup advantages downfield. He was especially effective in burning the Ravens' blitz.
Sharp Fitzpatrick was simply fabulous executing game plan from The Buffalo News
If you're looking for a reason behind the Kansas City Chiefs' surprising ascension to the top of the AFC West, then focus on the exceptional play of the team's rebuilt offensive line. Branden Albert, Brian Waters, Casey Wiegmann, Ryan Lilja and Barry Richardson have been outstanding. They have routinely dominated the opposition at the line of scrimmage, and their ability to blow defenders off the ball has been the catalyst to the team fielding the league's top rushing attack.
Fitzpatrick has faced questions in recent weeks about the possibility of the franchise looking for a new young talent at quarterback in the offseason, but he chooses to operate in the here and now, knowing all he can control is helping the offense put points on the board.
And since Fitzpatrick has been in the lineup Buffalo's attack has averaged 26 points per game. He'll have another opportunity to build on that point production for the Bills next Sunday at Kansas City. Though the Chiefs are one of the surprise teams in the NFL with a 4-2 record they rank just 25th against the pass.
Fitz flourishing in Bills offense from BuffaloBills.com
Only Pittsburgh and the Jets have allowed fewer points in the AFC and the good folks of Kansas City can put the Royals in their rear view mirror and have something to cheer about this winter. Their rushing tandem of Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles is averaging over 176 yards per game, tops in the NFL. The problem is that their offense is about as balanced as a see-saw as their passing game ranks 30th of 32.
AFC playoff picture murky but getting clearer from SBR Forum
A mom and son had the honor of performing the coin toss at Sunday's Chiefs game. Braden Hofen and his mom Deliece are both fighting cancer. The pair met Chiefs players, Owner Clark Hunt and GM Scott Pioloi.
Mom and Son Take Part in Special Coin Toss from Fox4KC.com
Head coach Todd Haley must be happy that he finally got on the same page as ILB Derrick Johnson this offseason, because his reinsertion of Johnson into the starting lineup has ignited the Chiefs' defense. That was certainly the case Sunday in a 42-20 win over the Jaguars.
Johnson had six tackles (including one for loss) and three passes defended in the victory, but no play was bigger than the interception he made in the third quarter, one which he returned 15 yards for a touchdown to give Kansas City an eight-point lead.
Johnson defensive playmaker Chiefs had been missing from Pro Football Weekly
Leo: The Bills are going to face another stiff test on the road Sunday at Kansas City. Fitzpatrick and his offense can prove the Ravens game wasn't a fluke, and he may have to throw 40-plus times again because the Chiefs have a strong run defense.
Sal: What worries me more about the Chiefs isn't their defense, it's their running game. No. 1 in the league, going against the worst run defense in the NFL. Sorry, but even while the Bills' offense is improving, I don't think it can outscore the Chiefs. I think 0-7 is on the horizon.
Should we be encouraged by Buffalo Bills’ offensive output? from ROCNow.com
Jacksonville Jaguars (20) at Kansas City Chiefs (42)
Jacksonville is just not very good. Kansas City is better than most people gave them credit for before the season started. The season is now 7 weeks old and this is no fluke. The Chiefs are pretty good and Chiefs wins won't be considered upsets from here on out.
Monday Morning Quarterback from Xtra Point Football