Good morning! So thankful for a win. It makes digging through all of these articles a lot better. Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news.
After winning their first game of the season, the Chiefs can afford to look at the AFC West standings and see where they stand. The view isn’t pretty — they are two games behind San Diego and one behind Oakland — but it’s also not the desperate picture they had reason to believe it would be by now after being destroyed in their first two games.
"We control our own destiny," cornerback Brandon Carr said. "It’s up to us to go out there and put up a good effort and win football games.
"Everybody’s confidence is up. Guys are excited. We won at home, and that kind of brought the crowd back. Once you start winning, it’s a snowball effect. It’s contagious."
Peterson didn't exploit the Chiefs, which means the defensive line played an outstanding game. McNabb was sacked twice, which was nice, but the plays of the game came defending the pass.
Kelly Gregg and Tyson Jackson each batted down passes at the line of scrimmage on Minnesota's final offensive drive. On one of the deflections, McNabb was trying to sling the football to TE Visanthe Shiancoe who running free in the Chiefs Red Zone.
Minnesota Take Five Rewind from The Mothership
KC Star Video: Cassel Talks About Win
NFL.com Video: Not Seeing Eye to Eye
This week the Kansas City Chiefs hit all four bench marks and came away with a win against the Minnesota Vikings. The Chiefs rushed for more than 100 yards, passed for more then 200 yards, had 2 or fewer turnovers, and had a 3rd down conversion rate of over 38.5%.
Let's take a look at those bench marks...
Kansas City Chiefs: Cover 4 from Pro Football Spotlight
Q: With the emergence of
Steve Breaston and Dwayne Bowe over the last couple weeks, is that because of them or is that because of Cassel?
HALEY: "I think a little bit of both. I think they all work together. It's an 11-man operation on offense and everybody has to be doing their job. It won't ever generally come down to just one guy. Everybody's got to be doing their job. If everybody's doing it that way and the way they need to be doing it, then good things generally happen if guys make the plays. I thought all though all those receivers did a terrific job of focusing all week on catching the ball and getting up field and I think it showed some in the game.
Q&A with Todd Haley 10/3 from The Mothership
What to watch for: A lot was made of a heated exchange on the sideline between Kansas City coach Todd Haley and Cassel. The two men downplayed it after the game. Haley is fiery and he challenges his players all the time. He has had words with Cassel on the sideline in the past and it will happen again. I could see it happening again Sunday at Indianapolis. Again, no big deal.
Kansas City Chiefs: Moving On from ESPN
An Oakland Raiders fan has filed a lawsuit against the Kansas City Chiefs, saying he was assaulted during a 2009 Raiders-Chiefs game at Arrowhead Stadium.
Clifford Trammel said he suffered cuts to his face and mouth and lost four teeth after two men assaulted him. He said the Kansas City Chiefs were negligent in preventing the attack and later failed to step in and stop it.
Raiders Fan Sues Chiefs Over Stadium Fight from MSNBC
Le'Ron McClain posted a bold tweet a little over a week ago after another tough loss to the San Diego Chargers had dropped the Chiefs to 0-3.
The veteran fullback predicted Kansas City would win its next five games.
It doesn't sound so bold anymore.
Moxie Helps Chiefs Pull Out Of Nosedive from Tulsa World
By all means, keep Painter in there. His first touchdown pass to Garcon was 87 yards, longer by a yard than Manning's career longest. Painter deserves a shot at home against the Kansas City Chiefs this week, too, even if Collins returns to the active roster.
Painter's numbers (13-of-30 passing for 281 yards, a pair of scores and a 99.4 passer rating) won't make him an adopted Manning, but it's a good start.
Painter Shows Life, But Colts Lose Again from The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel
Once the coach and quarterback make up and apologize for their outbursts, they should look for OLB Tamba Hali in the locker room and give him a big thank you. The linebacker was all over the field on Sunday, halting the Vikings' run game, pummeling QB Donovan McNabb and leading the K.C. defense to its best performance of the season.
Chiefs Defense Needs to Save the Season from Pro Football Weekly
Matchup to watch - Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali vs. Colts LT Anthony Castonzo: Just the sixth rookie offensive lineman to start a regular-season opener for the Colts since 1996, the past four weeks have been a trial by fire for Castonzo, who has struggled while facing some of the league's premier pass rushers. Next on the docket is Hali, who has three sacks in the past two weeks and possesses the ability to change the course of the game if he's able to break free in the Colts' backfield.
Week 5: Bengals-Jaguars Preview from CBS Sports
Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe (5-107-1 with nine targets) is the only bright spot for the team, performing at an elite level despite how bad the team around him is.Steve Breaston (4-91-0 with five targets) had another good game and has a two-game average of 5.5 targets for 3.5 receptions for 73 yards and no touchdowns. He's someone to put on your watch list.
Del Pilar's Digest: Fantasyland WR Report from Pro Football Weekly
Coming up smelling like roses
Brandon Flowers last week looked down and out, fears of another Chief down with an ACL tear were quickly put to bed but the dreaded term "high ankle sprain" would have put some fear in to the Kansas City fans. Those fears passed as Flowers returned to the field, and did so at his best. Flowers was targeted twice and didn't yield a catch to Devin Aromashodu or Bernard Berrian on those two chances. With little pass rush to come by, that's an impressive display, Chiefs fans can at least be optimistic of more of the same from Flowers this season; they finally dodged an injury bullet in 2011.
Re-Focused - Vikings @ Chiefs, Week 4 from Pro Football Focus