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Good morning! Am I the only one confused by the fact that it's only Saturday? We've got a good lineup of Kansas City Chiefs news today. Read on to find info on Seahawks' injuries, where a Chiefs scout was yesterday, and who is a little lighter in the wallet. Enjoy.

Wide receiver Verran Tucker had the same objective as all other undrafted rookies when he joined the Chiefs last summer. He just hoped to make the team.

So, it’s one of the most improbable developments of the Chiefs’ season that Tucker, who initially joined the team to run pass patterns at training camp, is now playing ahead of veterans such as Chris Chambers and Terrance Copper.

Undrafted rookie Verran Tucker beats out veterans for starting spot from KC Star

Name the most efficient quarterback in the NFL over the past six weeks.

Here's a hint, Kansas City Chiefs' fans, it's the guy that many of you have asked to be replaced.

Yep, Matt Cassel is playing at a high level. In fact, Cassel has quietly become quarterback the Chiefs thought he would become when they traded for him and signed him to a $40 million contract in 2009. 

Matt Cassel is on an impressive streak from ESPN Video: Playbook: Chiefs vs Seahawks

The Chiefs went through their third straight day of practice without cornerback Brandon Flowers, making it unlikely he will play Sunday against the Seahawks in Seattle. Flowers was listed as doubtful for the game on the Chiefs’ official injury report.

Asked how he feels about the Chiefs’ depth at cornerback, coach Todd Haley said, "Injuries of any kind for us, I think, are going to be a huge obstacle at most spots."

Chiefs notes | Flowers sits out another practice from KC Star

"We are thankful that we're here coming back to Qwest (Field), I promise you," head coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday. "It's great to be coming home."

Not only are the Seahawks formidable at home, the Chiefs have struggled on the road. They are 1-4 on the road, including a blowout loos to the woeful Denver Broncos. In an age of NFL parity, Carroll is not surprised.

"Well I don't think that's uncommon," Carroll said. "That's why they call it home-field advantage. They've been great at home. They're undefeated in Kansas City."

Five things to watch in Seahawks-Chiefs game from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Marcus Trufant has cleared concussion tests and is set to play for the Seattle Seahawks against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Receiver Mike Williams is listed as questionable.

Trufant took a knee to the head from New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory that knocked him out of the game a week ago. He passed an array of tests during the week ranging from physical stress tests to reciting numbers backward to clear him to return to practice on Friday.

Trufant cleared, Williams to be gametime decision from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"I'm thankful to the great Lamar Hunt," said Christi. "I appreciate what Lamar brought to football. I'm thankful to teams in the past that's brought us great excitement and memories to the present team who has brought us hope and a brand new fire. To the TRUE fans, who through thick and thin have stuck, and I'm also thankful to the players that not only appreciate the fans, but support their communities as well!"

"I'm thankful for the vast improvement in our team that the Hunt family and Scott Pioli have made possible," said a fan from the Chiefs' official Facebook fan page.

Brown: Plenty to be thankful for with division-leading Chiefs from The Examiner

And so the streak begins anew.

Sunday's Oakland Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins game did not sell out in time and will be blacked out in the Bay Area.

Raiders Blackout Streak Resets, Steelers Loss To Blame? from Football News Now

$7,500 against Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey for his fourth-quarter hit on Arizona Cardinals quarterback Derek Anderson. Officials flagged Dorsey on the play. The league fined him for striking Anderson in the knee area.

Hits on NFC West quarterbacks draw fines from ESPN

Only one scout, from the Kansas City Chiefs, was in Tuscaloosa for the Iron Bowl. It's not surprising to see the Chiefs in town, however. Over the past four years, the they have spent their top pick on a Southeastern Conference player: Tennessee safety Eric Berry in 2010, LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson in 2009, LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey in 2008 and LSU receiver Dwayne Bowe in 2007.

IRON BOWL SCENE: Plenty of bowls interested in Crimson Tide, Tigers from

The Seahawks could be in trouble against Kansas City's league-best running game. The Chiefs aren't just able to bull it up the middle with Thomas Jones; they also have the most running plays of 10 yards or more with 45. Seattle's been susceptible against the run of late, but they have their own advantage. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw for 366 yards against the Saints' top pass defense on Sunday, and the Chiefs are struggling in the secondary - after a very strong start to the season, KC now ranks 21st in defensive efficiency against the pass.

Week 12 NFL preview from The Washington Post

"Sry i wudnt shake ur hand after da game but dat wuz sum bs in da 4th q ... blitzing 25 times wth?" - Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley to Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels

"its cool i wuz just soooo excited cuz we usually cnt score vry much ... lol ... cn i wrk 4 u nxt yr?" -McDaniels to Haley

LOL! NFL’s biggest beefs squashed via texts from Yahoo! Sports

Left guard. Mike Gibson will start against the Chiefs, coach Pete Carroll said today after practice, because he has recovered sufficiently from the sprained knee that sidelined him the past two games.

It's a timely recovery, with Chester Pitts out because of a sprained ankle and the other option being Tyler Polumbus - a tackle who has not played guard since high school.

"That's a great recovery for Mike," Carroll said. "He said from the day that he hurt his ankle, ‘You know, I've been here before and I'm going to make it back. If I can't make it back the first week for sure, then I will the second week.'


The Kansas City-Seattle game features rookie safeties drafted among the first 14 overall choices. These guys deserve our attention Sunday. The Seahawks' Earl Thomas has five interceptions, having picked off Philip Rivers (twice), Bradford and Drew Brees. The Chiefs' Eric Berry had two sacks and two interceptions during a three-game stretch ending in Week 9.

Final Word: NFC West from ESPN

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