Happy Weekend! Today's Kansas City Chiefs news includes thoughts from Indy reports on how the teams match up, Haley and some players taking in the NBA game, and not a lot of love for our team as they head into Sunday's game. Enjoy!
But though the Chiefs can’t win a Super Bowl or even qualify for the playoffs by beating the Colts on Sunday in Indianapolis, they can validate their 3-0 start with a strong showing against the defending AFC champions.
This game serves as a barometer for a vastly improved Kansas City team. I don't expect the Chiefs to win here, but I do expect them to be competitive -- and a year ago you couldn't say that. But a year ago Romeo Crennel wasn't calling defenses, and it's the Kansas City defense keeping the Chiefs in games. In three starts they have allowed five touchdowns and 38 points. A year ago opponents put 85 points on them through three games.
Peek at the Week: Chiefs' unbeaten mark gets put to test from CBS Sports
Crennel, the former coordinator in New England, game-planned for Manning many times, often in the playoffs, when the Patriots faced the Colts.
"It’s a tough task," Crennel said. "We hope that we can disrupt him just a little bit and know that it’s hard to get him on the ground, but if we can disrupt him and screw up the timing a little, then maybe we can help ourselves."
Chiefs notebook: Crennel concentrating on Manning from KC Star
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Chiefs players will start to become household names nationally. Sports shows will start to throw the word genius around in relation to names like Todd Haley, Scott Pioli, Romeo Crennel and maybe even Charlie Weis sans one gallbladder. Local talking radio heads Kevin Keitzman and frequent guest supposed star Jack Harry; will have their lips in constant pucker mode. That will be caused from all the behind kissing that will surely start on Sunday and continue until the Chiefs are handed their first loss of the season.
Ramifications of a Kansas City Chiefs Win This Sunday from Associated Content
Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon will be back in the lineup Sunday when Indianapolis hosts undefeated Kansas City.
Garcon was a full participant in practice Thursday after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury. He has just four receptions for 54 yards and zero touchdowns this year after hauling in 765 yards and four touchdowns last season.
Pierre Garcon to return for Colts from ESPN
This must be Kansas City.
Where a former Kansas Jayhawk holds more clout than the league’s two-time Most Valuable Player. Where courtside celebrity watching includes Chiefs coach Todd Haley slapping hands and laughing with Dwayne Bowe and Bill and Cindy Self kissing to the delight of 18,222 cheering fans.
Colts -7.5 versus Chiefs: It's not very difficult to shoot holes in Kansas City's 3-0 start. They won the opener in a monsoon, helped by two return scores. A defensive touchdown allowed them to squeak past Seneca Wallace and the Browns. They drew the self-destructing Niners at precisely the right time. Now they get Peyton Manning and Co. at the wrong time, off a division loss and in a desperate way. Order will be restored this week; Colts by 17 or more.
Throwing Darts: Exposing the Chiefs from Yahoo! Sports
Manning is going after the Kansas City secondary from the moment they go out for pre-game warmups. He will have had his two-hour workout getting ready for the afternoon battle. No doubt the Chiefs' defenders will straggle out to watch only to become mesmerized by his work ethic.
The Colts are a little embarrassed by their slow start, and Manning is coming out gunning this week. He is going after those corners like a boxer hitting a speed bag blat, blat, blat. They might have to call timeout to catch their breath and get a drink. Kansas City goes home 3-1.
NFL assistants should never get comfortable from The Palm Springs Desert Sun
The event included guest speakers 7th District Rep. Mike Lair, Mayor Chuck Haney, Superintendent Dr. Linda Gray Smith, Judith Sabbert (chief operating officer of the Heartland Foundation) and, much to the amusement of the students and faculty alike, the Kansas City Chiefs' own K.C. Wolf. Student Brett Shaffer did the official cutting of the ribbon.
New exercise area to help keep students mentally, physically fit from The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune
ESPN's Ed Werder is currently hosting a chat at ESPNDallas.com. He's been in Kansas City preparing a feature on Todd Haley and the Chiefs, but he's still plugged into Valley Ranch.
Ed Werder likes the Cowboys' chances from ESPN
Tony Gonzalez - While he is not in the Hall of Fame as yet, many argue that Gonzalez is the best tight end ever, and certainly, Gonzalez has been a great blocker. And with his career continuing to this day, Gonzalez has had thirteen productive seasons, with the first starting in 1997 and most spent with the Kansas City Chiefs. Of those thirteen seasons, Gonzalez's teams have been above the league average in rushing for a total of nine times, excellent in comparison to most aforementioned. Of note, Kansas City was 4th in rushing in 1999, 3rd in 2002, 5th in 2004, and 4th in 2005.
Shannon Sharpe: The Best Blocking Tight End Ever? from The Huffington Post
"It's an awesome opportunity. It's a chance for me to really make a name for myself in the NFL," said Kenny Moore, who might handle kicks and even punts Sunday, when undefeated Kansas City brings its highly ranked coverage teams to Lucas Oil Stadium. "This is what I've been working my whole life for."
Moore was a fifth-round draft choice of the Detroit Lions in 2008. He spent most of that season on the Carolina practice squad, then shared return duties with several Panthers in 2009. Moore returned 10 kickoffs for a 21.9-yard average and two punts for 4 yards.
Opportunity calls for return man from The Indianapolis Star
Indianapolis Star Video: Colts Game Preview: Defense vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Indianapolis Star Video: Colts Game Preview: Offense vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs rank third-best in Stuffed percentage (plays in which a player is stopped at or behind the line of scrimmage), and sixth-best in Open Field Yards (yards gained at least 10 yards past the line of scrimmage, divided by total carries). The Chiefs have been able to do two things this year -- bust out of boxes and get yards past the linebackers. These are things the Colts have trouble stopping -- they're 30th in stuffs, dead last in second-level yards, and 16th in open field yards.
NFL Week 5 preview from The Washington Post
8. LET ME IN might be what those pesky KANSAS CITY CHIEFS are beginning to whisper to the AFC West and the rest of us, as Messrs PIOLI, WEIS, CRENNEL, VRABEL and CASSEL look to continue as the NFL's only unbeaten at 3-0. But we think the team that fits this category best is the HOUSTON TEXANS, who are beginning to look a lot like the contender so many have foreseen for so long.
Friday Out-Takes: Football Fan-dango from Patriots.com