Happy Thanksgiving! Here's some Kansas City Chiefs news to start out the holiday. Enjoy your friends and family today. If anyone's at the lighting tonight, see if you can get pics of Charles/Jones throwing the switch and post them.
"I’ll always have a soft spot for Kansas City. … It was a big part of my life," said Peterson, 66, who appeared as fit and relaxed and at ease as he ever was during his 20-year tenure as the Chiefs’ chief executive officer, president and general manager.
Although Peterson doesn’t instantly check the Chiefs’ box scores in the paper on Monday mornings, he takes some pride in watching the club’s resurgence to first place in the AFC West, especially because his administration formed the team’s nucleus in the last four drafts before Peterson’s departure after the 2008 season.
Things are at such an extreme that when asked whether the Seahawks could win without being plus in turnovers, Seattle coach Pete Carroll said, "Not very well and not very often. The football is everything to us. If in eight of our 10 games we had been plus, we’d be 8-2. That’s just the way I know football."
The situation isn’t as dramatic for the Chiefs, who are plus-5 in turnovers in their six victories and even in turnovers in their four defeats. But they’re protecting the ball better than any other team in the league with only seven turnovers.
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The 2006 addition of a Thanksgiving night game along with the death that same year of Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, a longtime advocate of rotating the Thanksgiving contests, quieted much of the internal chatter for change. And even with the Lions playing, the average television rating for the Detroit and Dallas games usually matches or exceeds what the league draws on Sunday afternoons. The Detroit-New England game Thursday should also do well primarily because of the Patriots (8-2).
The audience, though, would grow even more if the early game were played between two popular teams in a fresh market.
Tradition is costing NFL, players money from FOX Sports
In his latest effort to jump-start the Chiefs’ ability to win on the road, coach Todd Haley held practice outside Wednesday in noticeably Seattle-like conditions.
The Chiefs worked out in a steady drizzle, and though there was some slipping on the artificial surface, Haley said it could prepare his team for possible weather this weekend in the Pacific Northwest.
While the Chiefs control their playoff fate, they haven't controlled much while going 1-4 away from Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City, which has lost 43 of 57 away games in November or later during the last 13 seasons, plays three of four on the road beginning Sunday.
"This is a tough stretch," coach Todd Haley told the Chiefs' official website. "Like I said (Sunday), this is a marathon and this is the true grind-it-out period of the season where I think teams are going to start to define themselves as good teams, in-between teams and not-so-good teams."
Seattle vs. Kansas City from CBS Sports
Seahawks wide receiver didn't practice Wednesday and is still in a boot because of a foot injury suffered against the New Orleans Saints last week, but head coach Pete Carroll wouldn't rule his pest receiver out for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
"He had a really good recovery the first couple of days," Carroll said Wednesday.
"There's an optimism about the injury itself that it might be able to come back."
Carroll won't rule out Williams for Sunday from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch often refers to his style of play as "Beast Mode."
But last Sunday in New Orleans, he displayed a curious new style, "Least Mode." Lynch lost two fumbles, dropped two passes and was limited to seven carries, his fewest since joining Seattle.
Things got so bad that coach Pete Carroll benched Lynch early in the second half, replacing him with kick return specialist Leon Washington.
Seahawks: -1 Kansas City (6-4) At Seattle (5-5), Sunday, 1:05 P.M. from The Province
Kansas City Chiefs - It hasn't been the easiest ride to the top of the division and the hold is hardly strong, but there is no question that the Chiefs are on the right track under GM Scott Pioli, maturing head coach Todd Haley and superb coordinators Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel. Yeah, Haley could occasionally use a chill pill, but he's getting there.
32 reasons to give thanks in the NFL from Yahoo! Sports
The Chiefs have a 31-18 edge in their all-time series with the Seahawks, including a 35-28 home victory when the teams last met, in Week 8 of the 2006 season. Seattle won the previous meeting, a 39-32 affair at home in 2002. The Chiefs are 0-2 in Seattle since last winning there in 2000. The teams played twice a year as members of the AFC West from 1978 through 2001.
NFL Preview - Kansas City (6-4) at Seattle (5-5) from The Modesto Bee
TODD HALEY: Chiefs coach refused to shake hands with Josh McDaniels after a 49-29 blowout loss even though the Broncos passed up a field goal at the end of the game (and, remember, the Chiefs rang up 44 on the Broncos at the end of last season). Afterward Haley was so angry he skipped the Chiefs' postgame meal of juice boxes and Dora shaped fruit snacks.
Turkey of the Year Awards from ESPN