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Good morning Chiefs fans and hello NFL schedule! There are a lot of Kansas City Chiefs stories out there this morning. Most of them about that schedule, and most of them doom and gloom. It's just like the old days (and by old days I mean the last few years). Read on for your news.

Check out the Chiefs 2011 regular season schedule, especially the second half of the season and it creates a very distinct impression that somehow Todd Haley must have really pissed off the guys at the league office that crunch the games and create the schedule.

The Chiefs knew that they were set to face a very demanding set of opponents over 16 games, including meetings against the NFL's final four post-season teams and six games against teams from the playoffs.

What the schedule makers decided to do was put all of those teams together on the Chiefs schedule. In a span of 28 days from November 21 through December 18, Haley's team will play five games in a football death march that's the toughest stretch on any schedule in the league.

No NFL Favors... Wedmesday Cup O'Chiefs from Bob Gretz

The Chiefs took advantage of one of the NFL’s easiest schedules last season by winning 10 games and their first AFC West championship since 2003.

This year, they’ll pay the price. The NFL unveiled a schedule that has the Chiefs playing six of the 11 other playoff teams.

The Chiefs will face a particularly brutal five-game stretch beginning in November when they will play only against last year’s playoff teams, including both Super Bowl teams and both conference finalists.

Chiefs Will Face Tougher Schedule in 2011 from KC Star

Some have questioned whether the two sides were committed to negotiating while awaiting U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson's ruling on the players' request to lift the lockout. Michael Hausfeld, the lead attorney for a group of retired players, said both sides are working hard to reach a settlement, as was Nelson's hope when she ordered the mediation on April 6.

"This is no charade. This is no illusion. This is going to come to a resolution either by the parties compromising or agreeing or by a judgment," Hausfeld said before the talks began. "And even with a judgment, many times there is then a discussion as to how to compromise the judgment so there is not a winner-take-all situation.

"This takes time. The court is doing everything within its power to get the parties to realize that."

NFL, Lock-Out Players Set for Day 4 of Talks from KC Star

The Chiefs five opponents in Weeks 11-15 combined to post a 55-22 (.725) record last season. Opponents slated for the other 11 games combined to go 75-101 (.426) in 2010.

Todd Haley often talks about "banking games" in his four-quarter approach to the NFL season. The goal is to win three of every four games, but sweeping a quarter allows for a greater margin of error later in the season.

Banking games in September, October and early November will provide extra cushion for what looks to be a very challenging stretch of games in late November and December.

Banking Quarters from The Mothership

USC cornerback Shareece Wright has visited the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Carolina Panthers and the Dallas Cowboys, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Projected by many scouts and personnel executives to go somewhere between the 35th and 60th overall selections, Wright conducted roughly 15 private interviews at the NFL scouting combine.

CB Shareece Wright Visited Titans, Chiefs, Panthers, Cowboys from National Football Post

The Kansas City Chiefs announced ticket package information and onsale dates for the 2011 season today. The ticket packages offer fans the flexibility to choose one, two, five or a full 10-game season at Arrowhead, which features three nationally-televised, primetime games in 2011. Chiefs Season Ticket and Pick 5 packages are currently on sale and the 2-pack option will go on sale to Jackson County taxpayers on Monday, April 25.

Press Release: Chiefs Announce Ticket Packages and On Sale Dates for 2011 Season from The Mothership

NFL schedule-makers are resigned to the fact that they can't make everyone happy, and this year is no different.

But did they have to be quite so harsh to both Missouri teams?

Thanks to some extremely difficult stretches of games, the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs -- both of whom fall under the up-and-coming category -- might have a hard time showing just how much more competitive they are than last year.

Upstart Rams, Chiefs Could be in for Rude Awakening in 2011 from NFL.com

SUNDAY, NOV. 27 - WEEK 12
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs (Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.)
"Sunday Night Football" heads to Kansas City, a town known for its rabid support of its football team, for the first time ever. The defending AFC West Champion Chiefs, one of the surprise teams in the NFL last season, host the defending AFC Champion Steelers.

2011 "Sunday Night Football" TV Schedule Announced from TV by the Numbers

Nevada standout quarterback Colin Kaepernick has declined an invitation to attend the NFL draft in New York at Radio City Music Hall, according to his agent.

Kaepernick also declined requests from ESPN and NFL Network to be with him at his home during the draft. He will spend the draft with his family in Turlock, Calif...

...He has worked out for the Indianapolis Colts and the Titans. Among Kaepernick's other workouts: the Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Colin Kaepernick Declines Invitation to Attend the Draft from National Football Post

On Saturday, April 23, Glenn Dorsey of the Kansas City Chiefs will host the third Annual Easter Bash in Gonzales  at Municipal Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is open to children in kindergarten through fifth grades. The bash will include a variety of activities.

Glenn Dorsey's Third Annual Easter Bash from WAFB.com

Don't expect a lot of rising in the AFC West. The San Diego Chargers dominated the AFC West until the Kansas City Chiefs took the division crown last year, but repeating won't be easy for the Chiefs. Last year, they rose to a 10-6 record, thanks in part to playing the league's easiest schedule, a .414 slate that benefited from four games against the NFC West and four games against the AFC South. The Chiefs, the Chargers and the Denver Broncos each have .520 schedules this season, tied for third-toughest in football. The Chiefs face 10 teams that had at least a .500 record in 2010. Last year, they faced four.

NFC East has Favorable '11 Schedule from ESPN

25. Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Over the past 1 1/2 seasons, he has been second to Johnson in yards gained. Like Johnson, he is a big-play threat, averaging 6.3 per carry last season.

27. Tamba Hali, OLB, Kansas City Chiefs: He has made a smooth transition from down end to 3-4 outside linebacker. Hali plays with a relentless style and he has the speed to beat opposing tackles. Finished second in the NFL in sacks last season.

Top 100: Dazzling QB Duo Can't Get Separation from CBSSports.com

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Ryan Sims was drafted sixth overall out of UNC in 2002. Too bad they weren't fortunate enough to land his Tar Heel teammate second that year; Julius Peppers. Sims never lived up to the hype or expectations like his former defensive line partner, as he lasted just five seasons in Kansas City. At least he was consistent, giving the Chiefs an average of one sack per year.

Biggest All-Time Draft Busts of the AFC West from NFL Gridiron Gab

NBC starts with Dallas, the NFL's biggest TV star, at the New York Jets on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. NBC has a question mark with Pittsburgh at Kansas City in Week 12 - are the Chiefs ready? - but by then NBC will have flexible-scheduling options and might sub a better game.

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