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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 11/6

Game Day! Ribs are in the oven and I'm about to open a beer. Dolphins at Chiefs. Today's Kansas City Chiefs news includes some previews of the game and interesting stories on Battle, McGraw and Hali. Good stuff. Go Chiefs!!

Jamal Battle says his mother again went missing in August 2010, and her disorder has worsened. On the good days, she's able to hold a conversation, though she quickly forgets what has been said. On the bad days, she speaks about a handful of topics from her past, often her deceased father or a dog that her boys took in during their childhood.

The worst part, Jamal says, is that Acynthia, 51, has no idea that Jackie's ride has taken him into the starting lineup of an NFL team. That Jackie Battle has become the most dependable rusher on a team stunned by a season-ending injury to Jamaal Charles and the decline of 33-year-old Thomas Jones.

"Jackie wound up making it," Jamal says.

Chiefs' Battle Can't Share His Success With One Special Person from KC Star

1. An Electric Start

The Chiefs biggest challenge is keeping Arrowhead's atmosphere off the charts. Just as the players left everything on the field in Monday night's emotionally-draining victory over San Diego, the fans left everything in the stands as well. Arrowhead was as [loud] as ever.

A hangover might be expected, but a big play early in the game can work the home crowd into frenzy just six days after it was last at the stadium.

Miami Take Five from The Mothership

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 63. West southwest wind between 6 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

Game Day Forecast from The National Weather Service

Hali listens politely. He nods his head.

"I appreciate people writing stories about me, but our team is really based around a collective group of guys," Hali says. "Sometimes you don't see those other guys who are able to contribute. Just because they don't make the plays or get the job done in a way that's in the light doesn't mean they don't contribute."

And with that, Hali unwittingly brings up the most important point: this response is exactly why he is not only the most dominant player on this team but the one who best embodies what the rest of the organization strives to be.

Tamba Hali Praised For Pass Rushing But Passes Credit To Teammates from KC Star


Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley and Dolphins coach Tony Sparano were both 0-3 and facing talk of being fired the first month of the season. Both decided to grow facial hair. Haley went with a full-on beard and Sparano decided on a goatee. Haley kept the beard and has it to this day. Sparano abandoned the goatee, shaving it, and then regrowing it. The Chiefs have recovered to 4-3. The Dolphins are still winless. Clearly Sparano should have had, as Don Shula used to say, the courage of his conviction, and not benched the goatee. ADVANTAGE: Beard.

Breaking Down The Game: Dolphins At Chiefs from The Miami Herald

Bottom line

It doesn't take a particularly active imagination to picture these teams with the records reversed, Miami at 4-3 and the Chiefs at 0-7. The Dolphins have their weaknesses but they're not the abysmal team one could rightly expect from a team that's still winless. The Chiefs struggled to beat another still winless team, Indianapolis, last month. The Chiefs should prevail again, but this one could be closer than it might look to be on its surface. Prediction: Chiefs 23, Dolphins 13

Scouting Report: Dolphins At Chiefs from KC Star

No one expected cornerback Vontae Davis to play in Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs because he's had a chronic hamstring injury that has had him in and out of the lineup.

Well, moments ago the Dolphins confirmed Davis indeed will not play -- missing his fourth game of the season. But the club announced it was for 'non-injury" reasons.

Miami Dolphins In Depth from The Miami Herald

WHAT: Aramark and the Kansas City Chiefs will hold a silent auction of Breast Cancer Awareness game-worn or game-issued shoes, gloves, towels and caps from October Chiefs games. Payments of cash or credit card will be accepted with all proceeds from the silent auction being donated to the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

WHEN: Sunday, November 6, 2011. 9:30 AM on Club Level, 10:30 AM in Hall of Honor until the end of the third quarter.

Aramark and the Kansas City Chiefs Plan Silent Auction to Support the Fight Against Cancer from The Mothership

Here's a guy from Riley County, a tiny Class 3A high school, located just down the road from Manhattan, a former walk-on at Kansas State. He later became an All-Big 12 free safety for the Wildcats in 2001 and was chosen in the second round of the NFL draft by the New York Jets, playing there for three years before leaving for the Detroit Lions for two seasons. He has been with the Kansas City Chiefs the last five.

In his 10th NFL season, McGraw has evolved from a free safety into a strong safety, where he plays for a Kansas City team he grew up rooting for as a youngster.

McGraw Still Living The Dream from The Manhattan Mercury

As the Dolphins lug the embarrassing yoke of an 0-7 record into Kansas City Sunday, longtime Dolfans desperate to escape the current malaise might use this game as an excuse to cast the memory back to one of the franchise's shining, halcyon moments.

It was Christmas Day, 1971, in Kansas City.

Fans Will Remember This As 'The Longest Season' from The Miami Herald

Kevin from Kansas City wants to know what I think the Chiefs' plan is for rookie receiver Jonathan Baldwin for the rest of the season. 

BW: I think we saw it Monday night against San Diego --- Baldwin is being cut loose. In his second NFL game, the Chiefs' first-round pick led the Chiefs with five catches for 82 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown pass. He looked terrific.

AFC West Mailbag from ESPN

The Vikings' game-losing play in Kansas City came with 13:51 left when Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe ran a simple hitch-and-go route. Cornerback Cedric Griffin slipped. And Bowe's 52-yard score gave Kansas City a 22-10 lead. Both teams were 0-3 at the time. The Chiefs, however, seized confidence and momentum from their first victory and haven't lost since.

Those Are The Breaks: Fie Miserable Viking Moments from The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cornerback-Brandon Flowers, Chiefs. He may not be as gifted as some, but he plays the ball exceptionally well. Scouts also mentioned Charles Woodson, Champ Bailey, Chris Gamble and Carlos Rogers.

NFP Sunday Blitz from National Football Post