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Good morning, AP. Sorry I missed you yesterday. I was traveling for work and couldn't connect from the hotel. We do have today's Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet. Enjoy!!

Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis were major contributors Monday night to a Chiefs defense that held last year’s highest-scoring AFC team to two touchdowns.

They also were the last line of defense when the Chiefs allowed San Diego a 59-yard touchdown after leaving the receiver, Legedu Naanee, uncovered.

That’s what teams tend to get when they make liberal use of two rookie safeties.

Rookies learning on the job as Chiefs’ safety net from KC Star

"I just can’t wait to play football," said Harrison, a Browns running back, clearly in a good mood as he talked with Kansas City reporters this week. "It’s something I love to do. I’m just excited to play the game. I don’t care what color you’ve got on or what city you represent."

Harrison should have a fondness for the Chiefs. They made a hero of the previously unheralded Harrison last year when he rushed for 286 yards and three touchdowns in Cleveland’s win at Arrowhead Stadium.

Browns' Harrison itching for another shot at Chiefs from KC Star

The Chiefs got their firmest signal yet Friday that Cleveland quarterback Jake Delhomme will be held out of Sunday’s game. The Browns listed Delhomme as doubtful because of an ankle injury.

Delhomme doubtful for Browns from KC Star

Rumors fill the void when there is a vacuum of information and that seems to be the case with the resignation of president Denny Thum. I’m not certain how voluntary his resignation was but after talking with some people familiar with the situation, I’m convinced there’s nothing sinister going on here.

Regarding Denny Thum from The Red Zone

The Chiefs stepped onto the national stage and won. There’s plenty that still isn’t right about the Chiefs, and like Todd Haley says, the Chiefs aren’t pulling it off pretty but despite Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports calling it a fluke, I think fans left feeling better about their team.

It wasn’t a playoff game, just the first game, but it had the vibe of being a big game. The players and the coaches had to perform. The Chiefs were put under the microscope, but unlike last season, they didn’t buckle. For the first time in many seasons, fans saw a team with character, defense and heart.

Fans Feel Better About the Chiefs from The Examiner

...and everyone has a favorite Crennel story.

Like the time that Browns head coach Eric Mangini shared a house with Crennel, and both were, well, rather rotund.

"It was like one of those reality shows," Mangini said Friday, laughing. "He was a great houseguest. We watched a lot of bad TV together. Obviously, we snacked together. We both appreciated our snacks. We had a lot in common."

Cleveland coaches familiar with Kansas City Chiefs' 3-4 defense: Browns Insider from The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Naturally, other teams follow suit on occasion with other games at other sites. The one that's stuck best, and makes the most sense, is the Border War between Kansas and Missouri in Arrowhead Stadium.

But even with that matchup there are drawbacks, especially in this economy. Many of those will be seen Saturday in the form of empty seats when Kansas State and Iowa State complete their two-year experiment in Arrowhead. The Chiefs even put out a last-minute pitch Friday to draw more ticket buyers, but their stadium just isn't that suitable. Not for a game that isn't a rivalry in the first place.

Column: Last harvest in Arrowhead from The Topeka Capital-Journal

One week is way too small a sample size to judge a team, obviously. And we're not going to really know about the Kansas City Chiefs until they come back from their Week 4 bye and play two straight roadies at Indianapolis and Houston. But there they are, alone in first place in the AFC West after their 21-14 win over division favorite San Diego -- with a winnable game at Cleveland coming up.

Haley Making All the Right Moves from Chiefs; 10 Things to Watch for from Sports Illustrated

On Friday, Studebaker told the Journal Star he and the Chiefs came to terms on an agreement last week. He politely declined to reveal specifics of his new deal.

"I absolutely love it here," Studebaker said. "It’s a team that’s getting better and it’s fun to be a part of that process.

"Hopefully, I can be around a long time in Kansas City. It’s a Midwestern city and it’s a perfect fit for me and my wife (Mallory)."

Studebaker runs like a dream from The Peoria Journal Star

Even after Tampa Bay played "go ahead, ruin my week" with his life, Rob Ryan seems to be having a blast this week.

One game in, Ryan and his team are trying to save a season, and the guys who are trying to turn it into "go ahead, ruin my year" are Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel.

In Sunday’s home opener, Ryan will match his Cleveland defense against a Kansas City offense run by Weis.

"A lot of the plays are the same," Daboll said. "You go through your game plan and get all these plays set up. I have daily conversations with these guys after practice? ‘What are you feeling?’ One might say, ‘I don’t really like that one. I like that one a little better.’ You take the one out and weed it down from there."

Daboll said 20 Wildcat plays are in the Browns playbook. Wallace can run all of them or drop back and throw like a normal pocket passer.

Wallace likely to get the start against Kansas City from The Morning Journal

Romeo Crennel wasn’t a fan favorite during his tenure as Browns head coach from 2005-08, but he’s got plenty of fans inside team headquarters.

Not only do many of the players rave about their time with Crennel, his replacement, Eric Mangini, considers him a mentor from their days as assistants with the Jets and Patriots under coach Bill Belichick.

"He is one of the best people I know," Mangini said Friday. "He’s a really good coach."

Browns notes: Romeo’s back … with the other guys from The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram

(On needing to set an edge because of Jamaal Charles)- "The big thing with (Jamaal) Charles is he sets his own edge a lot of times. Guys will set an initial edge and he’ll actually go underneath him and back outside. That’s a very difficult thing to do you can’t simulate it in practice. He’s unique, I don’t see many guys doing that on Sunday’s and I’ve seen a lot of them. I’ll tell you what, that guy he really does a nice job."
Rob Ryan Talks Browns Defense from The Cleveland Leader
Forget an 18-game schedule, the NFL has a problem with the 16-game schedule. The Sunday games need to be evenly distributed between 1pm and 4pm. This week, there are nine 1pm games and five 4pm games. Last week, there were only three 4pm games because of the Thursday night opener and Monday night double-header. This sucks.

The Buccaneers sent a message to the rest of the NFL last week – stop Josh Cribbs and you stop the Browns.

It’s like taking away the engine and expecting the car to start.

BROWNS NOTEBOOK: Controlling Cribbs key to stopping Browns from The Morning Journal

The Chiefs managed to win Monday night despite Matt Cassel’s 10-for-22, 68-yard stat line. That’s 3.1 yards per wobbly attempt (as depressed Dwayne Bowe owners can tell you)...

...USC now stands for Underperforming Signal Callers. Having a Trojan in your pocket might make you feel safe and secure, but it won’t help you score.

USC Keeps Churning Out Bad QBs from Fox Sports

"It's obviously a pretty big growth area for the business, just because of the number of stadium wins that we have had over the last 12 to 18 months," a Cisco spokesman told TheStreet. In addition to the Jets and the Giants, Cisco has also clinched recent deals with the Miami Dolphins, the Dallas Cowboys and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Eric Fisher, a staff writer at Sports Business Journal, told TheStreet that these high-tech projects are part of a broader strategy driven by the NFL itself.

Tech Titans Seek NFL Touchdown from The Street

Meanwhile, the elements are breaking Kansas City's way in 2010: a monsoon at home in Week 1, then Seneca Wallace in Week 2, then San Fran's screwed up coaching staff that can't hear each other in loud stadiums coming to Arrowhead in Week 3. That's three natural disasters in a row! The Chiefs are starting to look a little sleepery.

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