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KANSAS CITY MO - SEPTEMBER 26: A pair of Kansas City Chiefs fans look on during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium on September 26 2010 in Kansas City Missouri. The Chiefs won 31-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY MO - SEPTEMBER 26: A pair of Kansas City Chiefs fans look on during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium on September 26 2010 in Kansas City Missouri. The Chiefs won 31-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Good morning Chiefs fans! We're just days away from the game of the century week. As always, we have a lot of Kansas City Chiefs news for you today. Read up and fill your brain with Chiefs goodness.

Todd Haley told Dwayne Bowe that the requirements were simple: If he wanted to make the big plays he seemed to crave, then he would have to earn them....

..."Compared to where he was the year before, (Bowe) showed that sense of urgency," Haley said this week. "The players respond how you coach them. If you enforce the idea and make it clear that that’s the way it’s going to be, generally guys get on board or they jump off."

Chiefs’ Bowe blocks out distractions in pivotal year from KC Star

Cassel took 42 of the Chiefs' 45 sacks in 2009. Behind an improved line that includes former Colts guard Ryan Lilja, Cassel has been sacked twice this year.

"I picked his brain about Peyton (Manning) a little bit," Cassel said. "I thought he was going to bring out some fairy dust and I was going to be excited about it, but he didn't."

Learning from chaos from The Indianapolis Star

Coach Todd Haley has repeatedly said the Chiefs need to use all of the 45 players available to them on game day if they’re going to be successful. To that end, he said he spent time recently researching the number of snaps the players have been in the lineup on offense, defense and special teams.

What the exercise told him: Some players are used too heavily and others not enough.

Haley says Chiefs must find way to ease load off certain players from KC Star

"This is the same defense that went to the Super Bowl last year," the Indianapolis Colts middle linebacker and defensive captain said.

That's the problem: Hard-running Kansas City is coming to Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, and that defense just isn't playing the same.

Colts defense, hearing criticism even from team's GM, must stop the run and start making big plays from The Indianapolis Star

After a Week 3 performance, McCluster showed that the Chiefs are better off when he is involved in the offense. Thanks to Allison Loucks of ESPN Stats & Information, we have two charts that show the impact McCluster has had on the Chiefs' offense as both a receiver and a running back.  

Dexter McCluster makes big impact from ESPN

Finally, I think K.C. will try to run the ball and win the time of possession battle, keeping the ball away from Indy. On defense I would expect them to play their safeties deep to take away the big play and make the Colts be patient. Usually this strategy results in a low-scoring game that the Colts win. To beat the Colts you have to be aggressive and score points.

Five things to watch: How will Moss mesh with Vikes? from CBS Sports

It can't happen, right? No way the NFL owners and players are dumb enough to kill their $8 billion-a-year golden goose.

No way this insane game of chicken the two sides are playing is going to continue into next spring and summer and fall and threaten the 2011 season. Right?

Wrong, says one former league executive.

 

Paul Domowitch: Carl Peterson expects work stoppage in 2011 from The Philadelphia Daily News

Penalty yards assessed: Rank #1

Return yardage margin: Rank #2

Sack margin: Rank #5

When you think about all the penalty yards in a game, all the return yards in a game and all the yards affected by sacks, these are huge issues.

Here's why the Chiefs are 3-0 from Upon Further Review

NFL.com Video: Scout's take: KC masterpiece?

NFL.com Video: Week 5: Chiefs vs. Colts Preview

NFL.com Video: Playbook: Chiefs vs. Colts

NFL.com Video: Greatness on the road: Can KC stay unbeaten?

A flier posted in the Raiders' locker room quotes longtime nemesis Marty Schottenheimer as saying the "Raiders would eventually fold" and "that is still the perception around the league."

One small problem: Schottenheimer never said those things earlier this week on Sirius NFL Radio as the flier states.

Oakland Raiders notebook: Incentive to fire up team misquotes nemesis Marty Schottenheimer from The Oakland Tribune

In 2009 Jamaal Charles had 5 runs of 40+ yards in just 190 carries. In addition to Charles, since 2005 only Chris Johnson (2009), Steve Slaton (2008), DeAngelo Williams (2008), Adrian Peterson (2007), Frank Gore (2006), LaDainian Tomlinson (2006) and Tiki Barber (2005) have had 5 or more runs of 40+ in a season and only Charles did it in under 230 carries.

Speedy Running Backs are the Colts' Achilles Heel  from Opposing Views

14. Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf (CBS) Kansas City Chiefs @ Indianapolis Colts: Game of the week gets tagged with worst announcing pair of the week.  Mute button.  Don't want to hear "background noise", rather hear the crowd noise and Peyton's cadences.  Similar to a bad rapper with a good beat, let me hear the beat not the rap.  The bad rapper's lyrics = Gumbel/Dierdorf and good beat = Kansas City Chiefs-Indianapolis Colts.

NFL Announcing Schedule, Rankings for Week 5  from NFL Gridiron Gab

Kansas City, Brandon Flowers, cornerback: The third-year cornerback is looking for an interception in his third straight game as the 3-0 Chiefs go to Indianapolis. Facing Peyton Manning is a tall task for any cornerback, but expect Flowers to be ready. He's one of the more underrated defensive backs in the NFL.

One player to watch from ESPN

10Kansas City (3-0) - They still haven't received much in the way of credit on a national scale, but the Chiefs clearly have something working right for them this season, with a suffocating defense and a dominating rushing attack. They'll have to bring all of that and more this Sunday on the road in Indianapolis.

Power Rankings – Week Five from NFL News & Rumors