Good morning and welcome to Arrowheadlines. We have your Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet. Today's stories include injury updates, game previews, and an interesting article on some emerging sports technology. Enjoy!
The Kansas City Chiefs month-long support of October’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month will kick off with several activities and events planned for the Oct. 2 game vs. the Minnesota Vikings. The team’s efforts, which coincide with NFL and NFL Players Association initiatives surrounding this cause, are being presented by Hy-Vee and will benefit breast cancer patient care at The University of Kansas Cancer Center.
Chiefs Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month from The Mothership
It is a play that at worst can ruin a quarterback’s career or at best linger in his mind for awhile.
So Cassel did the only thing he knew how to do this week. He picked up the pieces as best he could and prepared for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings at Arrowhead Stadium.
Cassel Tries To Put Mistake Behind Him from KC Star
Coach Todd Haley said Friday that Flowers’ participation would be a game-time decision.
Flowers was listed as questionable on the injury report after being limited in practice for the third consecutive day.
Chiefs Buzz: Flowers May Play Against Vikings from KC Star
Johnson spent extra time this preseason working on catching drills after practice and has continued that emphasis throughout the recent practices.
"We did more ball drills with him and hopefully that will work," Crennel said. "DJ has a knack for getting to where the ball is, but he doesn’t always catch them. Hopefully he can start to catch them and that would help this team if he can."
Arrowhead Report: Baldwin Out, Flowers GametIme Decision from The Mothership
The Vikings could easily be entering this game with a 3-0 record if not for their unexplained second-half mishaps, while the Chiefs have been woefully uncompetitive for the majority of this season and beset by injuries as well. If Minnesota is able to come through with another strong start, its defense is well-equipped to deal with the precious few scoring threats Kansas City possesses. Expect a much more focused and consistent effort from a Vikings team that's in desperate need of a win, and Haley to once again spend the next week searching for answers following another disappointing result.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Vikings 24, Chiefs 13
Vikings, Chiefs to Battle for Elusive First Win from FOX News
Official Vikings-Chiefs Prediction:
I get drunk and miss the only second half of football the Vikings play this year in which they maintain a lead. Jared Allen has the game of his life, Adrian Peterson touches the ball more than twice in the second half, and the Vikings win 27-17.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Kansas City Chiefs Preview and Prediction from Midwest Sports Fans
Contrary to Bowe's take on things (and the Chiefs very much excepted), NFL passing offenses in general are running at the kind of clip we've never seen before. There are currently nine different quarterbacks averaging more than 300 yards per game, Brady already has 22 passes of 20 yards or more, and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is averaging 9.0 yards per attempt despite the fact that at times his offensive line and receivers appear to be playing for the other team.
Dwayne Bowe Blames Lockout for Chiefs' Slow Start, NFL Data Proves Otherwise from Yahoo! Sports
Jared Allen is awesome for many reasons, including but not limited to: his relentless pass-rushing motor, his taste in restaurant slogans, his hairstyle/lifestyle choices, his locker-room wardrobe choices, his restraint in dealing with those who insult his girlfriend and, best of all, his honesty.
In addition to being one of the NFL’s best players, the Minnesota Vikings’ Pro Bowl defensive end is a fantastic interview, precisely because he doesn’t try to shade the truth. So when Allen, in a conference call with Kansas City reporters Wednesday in advance of his impending return to Arrowhead Stadium, was asked what prompted him to demand that the Chiefs trade him in 2008, he got right to the point.
Bitterness Burns in Week 4 Grudge Matches from Yahoo! Sports
The 0-3 Minnesota Vikings will play at the 0-3 Kansas City Chiefs. Something has got to give, right? A matchup of two winless teams after at least three weeks is relatively rare; it's happened six times in the past 10 years of NFL play. The Vikings haven't given up on their playoff hopes quite yet. After all, three teams have advanced to the postseason over the past 21 seasons after starting 0-3.
Final Word: NFC North from ESPN
Kansas City Star photographer David Eulitt began covering the Kansas City Chiefs in 1992, when he was shooting for the Topeka Capital-Journal. He now covers the team at home and away, and has earned a reputation among his peers as one of the best football photographers currently shooting pro football.
David Eulitt: Talking Football Photography from Photo District News
One of the factors that hurt the Chiefs ability to stop the run is how much time they've spent in their sub-defense. The percentage of snaps between the base 3-4 defensive alignment and their 2-3-6 set for passing downs drops the front seven to just five bodies. That creates more opportunities for running lanes at the line of scrimmage.
Chiefs' Run Defense Gearing Up for Peterson from FS Kansas City
Every so often, a new idea or technology comes along that changes the sports world.
Three former Pittsburg residents may have found the latest game-changer as they are on the ground floor of a technology that could revolutionize the sports and physical therapy industries...
...So almost eight years after Patrick Moodie first developed the theory, the science is being put into reality at their headquarters in Overland Park. Several athletes, like Kansas City Chief Dexter McCluster, have used the service, and the technology is going through a third-party verification process at KU.
Three Colgan Grads Develop Sports Technology from The Morning Sun
The Chief showed their only fight of the young season in the second half at San Diego last week. After not converting a first down in the first half (it was the first time that has happened in the NFL since the 2009 season according to ESPN Stats & Information), the Chiefs scored 17 second-half points in a 20-17 loss. The Chiefs scored a total of 10 points in the first 10 quarters of the season. To further give the Chiefs confidence, the Vikings have been horrid in the second half this season. The Vikings have blown double-digit halftime leads in all three games.
Final Word: AFC West from ESPN
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs - If Kansas City's going to notch a win this year it will need a heavy dose of Bowe to do it. Count on Cassel forcing it to him often in a winnable matchup with the worst closing team in football.
Fantasy Players to Watch in Week 4 from FOX Sports
Noise is its primary asset. The steep pitch of the triple-decked seating bowl acts as canyon walls that trap and reverberate decibels off the concrete.
"The place can get extremely loud," said Vikings special-teams coach Mike Priefer, who held the same title in Kansas City from 2006-08. "The only place that's as loud, other than Mall of America Field, would be Seattle. That's what makes it intimidating.
"My last couple years there, our Achilles' heel was we didn't get the crowd into it enough and win enough games. That's what they're running into now. We can't let their team or their crowd into the game."
Vikings-Chiefs: A Rivalry of Less-Than-Historic Proportions from The Pioneer Press