Good morning, and happy Victory Monday. Despite the certainty that I will die a few years earlier than I should due to the simple fact I am a Chiefs fan, it felt good to win again. As you can imagine, we've got a lot of Kansas City Chiefs news for you this morning. Enjoy!
"I’m impressed, proud, happy with our guys," coach Todd Haley said, "that they were able to go out there and stick together."
Perhaps Haley should have been relieved, too. It was his idea to pass up a 36-yard field goal in the second quarter and try converting a fourth down. That’s becoming a Haley trademark, and when Kansas City went double or nothing and came up empty, the coach surrendered points that could have made overtime — and all the nail-biting and hand-wringing — unnecessary.
Four times, the Buffalo Bills were in Chiefs territory Sunday with a chance to win their first game of the season.
And four times, the Chiefs’ defense came up with stops — on Buffalo’s final possession of regulation and all three drives in overtime — before Kansas City managed a 13-10 victory on the game’s last play.
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Sometimes when he watches Jamaal Charles from the sidelines, fellow Chiefs running back Thomas Jones forgets he’s in uniform, too.
"It’s a pleasure to watch him," Jones said of the times he gives way to Charles. "I’m watching like a fan from the sidelines because of some of the things he does. He’s got great speed, deceptive power and can break tackles."
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Haley said his technique isn’t as refined as other coaches’.
"I’ll openly and honestly say I don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to icing the kicker," Haley said. "I saw Chan going down the sideline on that last one; he was faking us out. I’m like, the kicker can’t see. Maybe there’s something to it. I’ll be right out front and say I’m a work in progress in a lot of areas, and icing the kicker is one of them."
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The inventory of mistakes that you and I might point to revolve mostly around fourth-down decisions, peculiar play-calling and an out-of-place goatee.
For his part, Haley wanted "a little regroup factor" before expanding on the coaching mistakes — he mostly defended the fourth-down decisions — but the point is he knows he messed up and is willing to admit it and this is the part that you should feel good about.
Haley seems open to self-examination from KC Star
Why can’t Derrick Johnson hold on?
Johnson, a linebacker, seems to have the chops to be frequently in the right place at the right time, but he also is developing a tendency of dropping sure interceptions. It’s a maddening thing, and as good as Johnson’s instincts are, his hands don’t seem as reliable. He dropped two would-be picks Sunday; if he held on to all the passes that come his way, he’d be a sure Pro Bowler.
The Buffalo Bills have the NFL's worst run defense. The Kansas City Chiefs own the NFL's best rushing offense.
This looked like the classic mismatch on paper, and it turned out to be one on the field.
The Bills' run defense was trampled once again, giving up a season-high 274 yards in a 13-10 loss to the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. It was the fourth time in five games the Bills have allowed at least 200 yards on the ground.
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Much, if not all, the credit should go to the Chiefs defense that made three sacks, forced three fumbles and Eric Berry made an interception. The Chiefs defense held the Bills to three points for the first three quarters before the Bills broke through late to take the game to OT.
This is a good win for the Chiefs, although they should have lost. They survived a threat from an underdog and took advantage of their second chance.
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"Raider Nation, hear me, I hope you get this, we need you in those stands supporting us, we need to have a great twelfth man from here on in because we're doing our part and it's coming together."
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The NFL's roller-coaster season swooshed toward the midway point Sunday with players, coaches, and fans holding their collective breath after a series of dips and swerves during the season's first half.
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A couple who loves each other -- and the Kansas City Chiefs -- tied the knot outside of Arrowhead Stadium before Sunday's game.
Because the wedding fell on Halloween, the bride opted to dress in a black witch's costume.
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Gailey was more emotional than I've seen him after Sunday's crushing, 13-10 overtime loss to the Chiefs. His voice was halting. He seemed on the verge of tears. But Gailey said he felt for his players, who had battled again only to fall short. Personal redemption had nothing to do with it.
"Ah, that's overblown," Gailey said. "It really is. It's overblown. I would love for it to have been here because it was this game. That's part of it. You hurt. You hurt, and in my gut, I don't believe we're a bad football team, but the record says differently."
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The NFL has a policy that no alcohol can be served at team functions. That policy includes everything, including the team flight. I think the NFL should have given Chan Gailey an exemption. That man deserved whiskey. Straight. Maybe even a double. That trip back from Kansas City had to be rough. Victory number one was there for the taking. But once again the NFL's only winless wonders found a way to give it right back. How did it happen?
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So it was a close call. It was also another Kansas City victory. And, with it, the Chiefs became the seventh club in league history to win their first four home games one year after losing their first four. Now the bad news for the rest of the AFC West: Four of the previous six teams finished their seasons unbeaten at home.
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But a lopsided defeat would not do for the Bills, not this year. Buffalo came back, took the game to overtime and made the game-winning field goal ... that was immediately taken off the board by a last-second Kansas City timeout before the snap. The second attempt hit the upright.
Then KC missed a field goal, restoring hope. Then Buffalo drove, but stumbled. Then and only then, as the final seconds of overtime ticked off, did the Chiefs finally put the Bills and their fans out of their misery. Final: Chiefs 13 Bills 0.
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Despite the fact that Jason Campbell led Oakland to its first winning streak since 2008, Oakland Raiders Coach Tom Cable said that Bruce Gradkowski will return as the starting quarterback as soon as he is healthy -- which could be next week's AFC West showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Ryan Succop got a second chance to test out his new approach to dealing with the swirling wind at Arrowhead Stadium.
Flabbergasted at the way his 39-yard attempt in overtime hooked left, Kansas City's place kicker took a different aim when given another opportunity to win the game.
The Chiefs and Raiders can't play defense. The teams' dominant running games are helping to keep the defenders fresh and rested, allowing their coordinators to be aggressive rushing the passer. Next week's Chiefs-Raiders matchup at Oakland actually has meaning.
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But not so much in Moore's case. The Browns tight end appeared to survive a vicious hit by Kansas City Chiefs rookie Kendrick Lewis on Sept. 19 and went back out on the field after sitting out just one play. Then Browns Stadium began to spin.
"I went back out and ran the pass route," Moore said. "And I knew there was a problem. I was dizzy, and felt like I was going to fall over."
Moore was escorted off the field and underwent a vigorous battery of tests before being cleared to practice again.
"I love football," he said. "But when you start putting your head at risk, it's not happening."
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The Kansas City Chiefs and their Head Coach Todd Haley had their share of, "What are they doing?" moments during this game. You can call those decisions dumb, stupid, or any other less kid-friendly words that you want to, in order to display your disappointment. It really is okay because, I was right their along with you, screaming at my TV set.
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