Good morning! Not a lot of Kansas City Chiefs news out there this morning. Somehow the AZ/KC match up hasn't captured the national media's imagination. Go figure. Enjoy.
"I was a good player when he got here, but I was far from a complete player," Fitzgerald said. "I never watched film, I didn’t study my opponent. We started at 8 o’clock. I was getting in the building at 7:55. We were done at 3 o’clock, and I was out of the building at 3:05. I came to work and did my job, but that’s about it.
"Todd made me understand that to be … a great player, you have to do more. You have to do extra. I’ve taken that to heart even since he’s left. I continue to do things he taught me: run routes after practice, catch extra balls."
The Kansas City Chiefs defence has been dropped down a peg to questionable. Led by a rookie cast, including No. 5 overall pick Eric Berry, the Chiefs D has been a pretty good bend-but-don't-break outfit. But after Sunday's 49-29 loss to Denver, by which 42 points were scored against that defence, it's hard to still have faith in them.
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The Chiefs will be missing one of their most potent offensive weapons Sunday when they take on the Arizona Cardinals, after rookie tight end Tony Moeaki was listed Friday as out for this weekend.
Moeaki suffered a head injury last week while on the onside kick team. He took a hard hit and then struggled to reach his feet before heading to the sideline.
Anyway, you can see where he is coming from. Fitzgerald is one of the few Cardinals still around from those terrible days pre-Whiz, when losing was practically ordained from training camp. Instead of making this four-game losing streak easier to deal with, it's made it harder.
"This is way worse than before," Fitzgerald said. "I had never won on this level before. I have tasted the caviar now, and eating out of the garbage is not where I want to be."
Friday Before the Chiefs from AZCardinals.com
The Cardinals (3-6) have dropped four in a row heading into Sunday's game in Kansas City. The secondary has been staggered, but the prevailing belief is that the trend can be reversed.
"I believe in my heart we are a better unit that we put on tape," defensive backs coach Donnie Henderson said. "However, what you put on tape is pretty much how you've played lately."
Arizona Cardinals' secondary looking to respond against Kansas City Chiefs from The Arizona Republic
Chiefs fans may recall that Peterson raced to Miami after he
got sackedstepped down at the end of the Chiefs' 2008 season. Peterson stood on the sidelines of a Dolphins playoff game, a flipper pin in his lapel, in attempt to let everyone know he was still important.
But he's not. No NFL team has asked Peterson to help them draft terrible defensive linemen or soak fans, two of King Carl's specialties.
The Chiefs' running game was slowed some by Oakland in Week 9 and was held to 51 yards by Denver in a blowout loss. I don't think this is cause for alarm. The Chiefs ran the ball well at times against the Raiders and because they fell behind 35-0 in the second quarter against Denver, the Chiefs had to abandon the run. The Chiefs are well aware that they are a team that wins on the ground. I expect them to stay committed to the run.
The AFC West rundown from ESPN
Titans can lay the rest of the division to waste by getting hot down the stretch. They'll host a weak Washington team this week and face a fading Chiefs team in Kansas City in week 16.