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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 9/26

KANSAS CITY MO - AUGUST 27: A general exterior view of renovated Arrowhead Stadium prior to a preseason game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles on August 27 2010 in Kansas City Missouri.  (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY MO - AUGUST 27: A general exterior view of renovated Arrowhead Stadium prior to a preseason game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles on August 27 2010 in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)
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Game Day! We've got all the latest articles to get you ready for today's game. Anybody that goes to Arrowhead today, be sure to make enough noise for those of us that can't be there. Here's your Kansas City Chiefs news. Go Chiefs!

"When you’re winning games consistently," Haley said, "you realize real quick that no matter how big the previous game was, the next one is bigger. Some way, somehow, even though before you played that game before that one, you thought there’s no way that the next one could be bigger.

"This is the biggest."

It might be Haley’s latest attempt at a psychological breakthrough. The center of this one is that the Chiefs must play beyond their talent, because with talent alone, they are at a disadvantage. They have to outwork and outsmart their opponents; they have to be close to perfect.

Unbeaten Chiefs not taking start for granted from KC Star

Tom Brady doesn’t do many one-on-one interviews, especially not for out-of-town newspapers, but he returned this phone call because of his respect for Cassel.

Brady says he is sure Cassel will succeed because of his attitude. Long before this season’s struggles, long before the big contract, and even before Cassel got to play for the Patriots, he was the insignificant backup who treated every moment with significance.

"I’m telling you," Brady says, "he always had energy for practice, for games, for meetings. Just a great guy to be around. He’d always add something, no matter what."

Cassel remains steady in face of criticism from KC Star

Bottom line

Despite playing a decidedly imperfect game against the Browns last week, the Chiefs won because they were the superior team. They can claim no such supremacy today, so the Chiefs will need a functional passing game to get a victory. The Chiefs have some momentum after an improved second half in Cleveland, so perhaps they can get some things done today against the 49ersPrediction: Chiefs 24, 49ers 20.

Chiefs-49ers scouting report from KC Star

"I don't know if we can or will be a good team anytime soon," Kansas City coach Todd Haley said. "But we are making progress and that's what matters to me."

After a 4-12 record last year, the Chiefs, who are unbeaten despite ranking 30th in the NFL in total offense and 24th in total defense, may indeed be in rebuilding mode entering today's meeting against San Francisco at Arrowhead Stadium. But the Niners are at least flirting with must-win mode.

Chiefs can't pass, play defense -- or lose from The Press Democrat

The 49ers need a win, and they need one bad. In other words, the Chiefs will be in for a long day. In their first game, a matchup with the Chargers, the Chargers made mistakes that they should not have, which in turn equated to a Chiefs victory. Last week the Chiefs faced the Browns, and well, somebody had to win, and it wasn’t going to be the Browns. The Chiefs are 2-0 and the 49ers are 0-2, only on paper however.

What will it take for the Niners to beat the Chiefs? Simple, just stop the run. That is the only offense that the Chiefs have.

Gridiron Gab Week Three Preview – San Francisco at Kansas City from NFL Gridiron Gab

Question his use of running backs and Todd Haley fires back with a question of his own.

"What's our record?"

It's 2-0, as Kansas City's combative head coach knows well, a stunning turnaround from last year's 0-2 start. Against San Francisco on Sunday the Chiefs will seek to validate their march toward respectability by going 3-0 for the first time since 2003.

So Haley and his staff must be doing something right.

But how, ask many fans and critics, can they let the accomplished but aging Thomas Jones share carries with young Jamaal Charles, who possesses rare game-breaking speed?

Chiefs seek to go 3-0, plunge 49ers to 0-3 with RB tandem of Charles and Jones from The Canadian Press

We're only two weeks into a long season and already a quarter of the league looks fragile at the game's most critical position.

The NFL loves to trumpet the game's elite passers, but for every Peyton Manning, you can find scrubs like Matt Moore and Matt Cassel.

In a league defined by the passing game, rarely have so many clubs scrambled so quickly in an effort to find stability under center.

Lack of depth at QB hurting several teams from The Tampa Tribune

Anthony Davis didn't have to be told twice. The rookie right tackle, who is scheduled to start today when the 49ers play the Chiefs, handled Saints defensive end Alex Brown at the line of scrimmage, then hustled downfield and knocked Saints defenders off the pile at the end of the play. If a defensive back jammed a shoulder into Frank Gore's back after the whistle, he suddenly found the 325-pound Davis pulling him backward by the collar.

Rookie Tackles His Role Head-On from The Sacramento Bee

As you watch the 49ers play at Kansas City this morning, ask yourself: What would Chucky do?

That's Chucky, as in Jon Gruden, the NFL coach who resembles the doll from the "Child's Play" movies...

...So as Alex Smith fails to understand a play from Jimmy Raye or Mike Singletary delivers a snappy quote about what went wrong today, remember to ask: What would Chucky do as the 49ers' head coach?

It would be fun to find out next season.

Leading Off: 49ers Would Not Be Child's Play to Gruden from The Sacramento Bee

49ers over Chiefs — Alex Smith and the Niners played well against a tough Saints team in Week Two, and I like their chances over a team that might have the worst quarterback situation in the league in Kansas City.

NFL Week Three: Chris J. Nelson's Game Predictions from Bleacher Report



Those are the only three words that matter to anybody connected with the 49ers, and every 49ers fan should be as angry as they’ve ever been. This is a talented football team that has put itself in a predicament that few teams have ever been able to overcome.


The 49ers are 60 minutes of football away from becoming completely irrelevant in 2010, and they only have themselves to blame.


Liotta: Time for the 49ers to make some adjustments from The San Francisco Examiner

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