Happy Friday! This is clearly not my week for getting posts in early. Sorry about that. Better late than never, right? Here is your Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy!
Amon Gordon sat in a corner of the Chiefs' locker room Thursday, talking about the winding routes the road can take you.
He's an NFL defensive lineman, 30 years old, and the Chiefs are Gordon's ninth team in seven seasons. This isn't the kind of story that will explain a troubled past or an inability to learn what coaches are trying to teach him. Instead, Gordon's path explains the difficulty for many players to not only make it - but hang on long enough to make an impact.
"It's just kind of been that way for me," he said.
In both games, Kansas City's defense accomplished its primary goal and played at a winning level. Unfortunately, both New England and Pittsburgh found other ways to beat the Chiefs.
This week, Kansas City's defense has another tall task in front of it: contain Bears RB Matt Forte.
Forte's 985 rushing yards make him the NFL's third-leading rusher and his 490 receiving yards are the second-most of any NFL running back.
Add Forte's yardage totals together and he leads the NFL with 1,475 yards from scrimmage.
Arrowhead Report: Forte In Focus from The Mothership
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The Chiefs didn't reach the end zone in either of their last two games, both losses, and they have played the last nine quarters without a touchdown. Their most recent trip to the end zone came on a 1-yard pass from Matt Cassel to fullback Le'Ron McClain nearly three weeks ago in a 17-10 loss to the Broncos.
"The good thing is," Haley said, "our kicker is doing a good job."
Chiefs Buzz: More TDs Please from KC Star
In fear of overloading Houston, a third-round pick, the Chiefs began the season with him as a starter, but they took him out in obvious passing situations. Later, they removed him as a starter but used him as a designated pass-rusher in passing situations.
Now he has progressed to the point where the Chiefs are comfortable using Houston in all situations, and he's rewarding that decision.
Kansas City Chiefs Team Report: Justin Houston Grows Into Full-Time LB from SportingNews
Somewhere over the Dwayne Bowe: The Chiefs feature two wide receivers whose names you will hear often on Sunday. Bowe is one of the league's top receivers, with 55 catches for 819 yards. Steve Breaston has 43 catches for 600 yards, which puts him just behind Johnny Knox, the Bears top receiver. Both men have been slowed by Cassel's injury.
Know Your Enemy: The Kansas City Chiefs from NBC Chicago
Defensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs Tamba Hali, or better known to fans as TambaHawk, has earned the top spot on Brand Affinity Technologies' monthly ranking of 'Rising Sports Stars,' which calculates those with the most significant leap in popularity during the previous thirty days. Hali helped the Chiefs to victory against the favored San Diego Chargers last month with two sacks and a forced fumble.
Kansas City Chiefs Tamba Hali Secures Top Spot On 'Rising Sports Stars' Ranking from The Sacramento Bee
We last spoke in 2003, when McGlockton was on the tail end of a 12-year NFL career as a defensive tackle. He was with the New York Jets then, and no longer the impenetrable force that earned him four trips to the Pro Bowl, but he still had a nasty stare that could melt a bronze statue. And yet when we began chatting about the peculiar pleasures of the Black Hole, that dreaded spot at what was once known as the Oakland Coliseum, where Raiders fans go to flaunt their tattoos and practice their manners, McGlockton was a generous fountain of anecdotes and charm.
Even After Transformation, McGlockton Remained Larger Than Life from SportingNews
The huge lines to get into Soldier Field could be even longer this Sunday, officials said.
That's because the Bears are adding another security check to fans attending the game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Arrive Even Earlier, Bears Fans: Security To Screen Fans With Wands Sunday from The Chicago Sun-Times
Now in his second year with the Kansas City Chiefs, Jones, 33, is no longer a featured runner in Todd Haley's offense. Even with Chief's star rusher Jamaal Charles on injured reserve, Jones is splitting time with Dexter McCluster and Jackie Battle.
Regardless of how the Chiefs' depth chart looks, Bears defenders are taking Jones very seriously as they prepare to battle Kansas City on Sunday at Soldier Field.
Chiefs' Jones Has Fans In Ex-Bear Mates from ESPN
Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested Thursday on misdemeanor assault, firearms and other charges after police said he fired a gun during a fight in his Alabama hometown.
McClain, 22, held a gun beside a man's head during an altercation and the man begged him not to shoot, according to a statement released by Lt. John Crouch of the Decatur Police Department.
Raiders LB Rolando McClain Facing Assault, Firearms Charges from The Washington Times
Sure, quarterback Matt Cassel is out for the season with an injured throwing hand, and tight end Tony Moeaki has missed the whole year with a torn left ACL, the same injury that dropped All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles in the second game of the season. The offensive line has been bullied and bruised, and a perilous lack of depth across the board has been exposed.
But the fact remains that plenty of teams with uncertain quarterback situations and a plethora of injuries have managed to score a touchdown -- at least one measly touchdown -- in nine quarters of play.
Chiefs Mired In Touchdown Drought from HutchNews.com