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Good morning Chiefs fans. It's Tuesday and that means we're one day further away from last Sunday's butt kicking. Most of today's Kansas City Chiefs news focuses on sportsmanship and apologies. That's not all that's out there, but the other stories aren't much better (Raiders are in 1st and Chargers are... charging). It's a tough one this morning, friends.

Haley refused to shake hands with McDaniels after the game when the two met on the playing field. Instead, Haley pointed his index finger and, as heard on video captured by a Denver TV station, told McDaniels, "There’s a lot of (expletive) being talked about you," before walking away.

That comment would seem to indicate that Haley’s refusal to make the customary postgame greeting involved more than just Sunday’s game. Either way, the relationship between the two coaches didn’t appear to be a cordial one even before that game.

Haley apologizes for snub of Broncos coach from KC Star

Because here's the rub: now Haley comes off to most just as immature, maybe more, than McKid. And that might be a problem for the Chiefs going forward.

It's an absolutely TERRIBLE look to be the head coach of an NFL team and give the impression that you think the other team was trying to show you up, run up the score, because this is the big-boy league and if you don't want to get blown out you are free and encouraged to play better.

Todd Haley overreacted, but that doesn't mean we have to do the same from Don't Kill the Mellinger

Arizona has not had a losing record in any of Whisenhunt's three full seasons. His achievements led to a big new contract in the offseason. But without Kurt Warner's talents to bail the team out of difficulties, the coach finds himself confronted with a squad that has had issues at quarterback and many other places on both sides of the ball.

"We've set the standard here of making plays in critical situations and now what's happening is we're not making enough plays in all facets of our game," Whisenhunt said. "I think that's carrying over because we're seeing other teams make plays on us but we're not answering those plays. That's what hurts."

Cardinals search for answers in 4-game skid from KC Star

The Raiders awoke Monday to find themselves in first place in the AFC West, a rather unusual position in the team's recent past.

The Denver Broncos' 49-29 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday vaulted the Raiders into a first-place tie with the Chiefs at 5-4. The Raiders had a bye last weekend, yet they improved their playoff outlook.

"We put ourselves in a good position going into the bye (week), and the other teams took care of the rest for us," left guard Robert Gallery said. "Obviously, we have to take care of business the rest of the year, but it's a good position to be in in November."

Raiders notebook: Worst to first not just dream to Oakland from The San Jose Mercury News

The Chiefs also might not have been happy the Broncos called a timeout with 10 seconds remaining in the game, before the Chiefs attempted a two-point conversion after their final touchdown.

McDaniels said the timeout was called on the field, by linebacker D.J. Williams, because Williams saw the Chiefs sub in tight ends against the Broncos' smaller dime defensive package, with six defensive backs, including a handful of rookies. Broncos coaches had decided to not substitute back to the base defense.

Broncos' McDaniels, Chiefs' Haley try to play down non-handshake from The Denver Post

The Chargers will now go from rooting for the Denver Broncos to trying to beat them. But the Chargers can thank Denver, too, for helping bring the AFC West back to them.

Not like it's a surprise.

"I felt like it was something that was going to happen," cornerback Quentin Jammer said Monday. "No one was going to run away with it."

Chargers know West up for grabs from The San Diego Union-Tribune

GUNS N' ROSES guitarist D.J. Ashba will perform the national anthem during the Arizona Cardinals at Kansas City Chiefs NFL football game on Sunday, November 21 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist D.J. ASHBA To Perform National Anthem At KANSAS CITY CHIEFS Game - Nov. 15, 2010 from Blabbermouth.net

Heading into the weekend, the AFC West was ruled by the pragmatic, plodding Kansas City Chiefs, a team of emerging talent who seemed to be arriving ahead of schedule.

Their opponent on Sunday was that dog of a team the Denver Broncos, a team which was on a four-game losing streak had been outscored 73-30 in their past two outings.

But this being the NFL, the reverse pulled true as the Chiefs got whacked 49-29, which dropped them to 5-4 and lifted the resting Raiders into a first-place tie.

Standings tighten up in the NFL from The Toronto Sun

The Kansas City Chiefs, because since roaring out to a 3-0 start, they have gone 2-4 and are beginning to look like a young, immature team that has a whole lot of growing to do.

Replicating Brady's steady play tough for young Patriots from NFL.com

Snapping a four-game skid, the Broncos (3-6) kept alive their thin hopes of getting back into the playoff race by handing the Chiefs (5-4) their second straight loss.

The only time the Broncos scored more was in 1963, when they put up 50 on the San Diego Chargers.

NFL Roundup: Broncos show Chiefs who's boss; Brady wakes up against Steelers; Dolphins don't need QB from The New York Daily News

Credit Josh McDaniels for putting together a creative game plan that took advantage of the Kansas City Chiefs' youth and inexperience.

The Broncos used a heavy dose of deception and misdirection to generate big plays in the passing game. Their opening 15-play script included reverses, play-action and reverse-action passes designed to slow down the Chiefs' aggressiveness up front, and create uncertainty in the secondary. Kyle Orton masterfully executed the sleight of hand in the backfield by hiding the ball on play fakes before firing high-arcing bombs down the field.

Cowboys show effort, execution that had been missing from NFL.com

The Chiefs have screeched to a halt on the ground in the past two weeks, with 51 yards against the Broncos a week after 104 yards against the Raiders, a sharp comedown for the No. 1 rushing team in the league (still averaging 165.3 yards a game). Those numbers are skewed by the Chiefs being blown out in the first quarter in Denver but still are troubling.

Fantasy or reality: Relax, Aaron Hernandez will be OK from USA Today

Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley needs to head back down to the schoolyard to get a refresher course on sportsmanship after he refused to shake hands with Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniel following Sunday's game.

Todd Haley Needs to Take Some Tips on Sportsmanship from Pee-Wee Football from Babble.com

Kansas City has to regroup. The Chiefs were soundly beaten and now face the toughest challenge any young team has to overcome -- dealing with and overcoming adversity. Being able to beat a bad Arizona team this week would be a good start. ...

Still waiting for dominant team to emerge amid surprises from NFL.com