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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 9/10

Good morning! We're just a day away and that makes me happy. Keep reading for previews of tomorrow's game, a closer look at the opponent, and the rest of today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

"The guys are excited. We had real good energy, focus, tempo, all those things, a good round of meetings this morning. You can tell that you’re getting close to a game Sunday. I just know the coaching staff, the players, everybody is really fired up to get this thing going here at home. You can see around town some of the Red Friday stuff. That’s all just great stuff, great fans and we’re looking forward to a packed house. Hopefully we’re able to make them make a lot of noise. [We’re] under 50 hours now until kickoff, so it’s happening fast."

Q&A with Todd Haley from The Mothership

Last season, the Chiefs and Bills played five full quarters at Arrowhead Stadium and combined for just 23 points. The Chiefs won 13-10 on a Ryan Succop field goal with no time left on the clock in overtime.

The Chiefs and Bills also struggled to score points in the preseason. The Chiefs were last in preseason scoring, and Buffalo was not much better.

Chiefs Not Anticipating Shootout With Bills from KC Star Video: Playbook: Bills vs. Chiefs

Offensive coordinator Bill Muir spoke Friday for the first time about his role as the team’s offensive play-caller, a new trick for him.

"You see all this gray hair?" Muir, 68, said after the team’s morning practice at Arrowhead Stadium. "I’m done being nervous."

Chiefs Notes: Muir Ready To Make The Play Calls from KC Star

Earlier this year, the Kansas City Chiefs mourned the passing of musician Tony DiPardo and broadcaster Bill Grigsby. Today, the team announced plans to honor the two icons, beloved by the franchise and its fans.

The team will name a Tony DiPardo Fan of the Year, who will be featured in the Chiefs Hall of Honor presented by Time Warner Cable, and will rename the home radio broadcast booth the Bill Grigsby Radio Broadcast Booth in ceremonies later this season.

Chiefs to Honor Tony Dipardo and Bill Grigsby in Lasting Tributes from The Mothership

Fortunately for the Chiefs, they play in the AFC Worst, make that West. This is a division where Oakland went 6-0 in 2010, but 2-8 against everybody else. It’s a division where the San Diego Chargers squander their embarrassment of riches. And it houses the Denver Broncos, whose run defense could give up record-setting numbers.

The Chargers by all rights should win this division. But like Kansas City, the Chargers have a tough schedule and 9-7 is a real possibility -- which could be enough to win since chances are Oakland and Denver are going to be well under .500.

Chiefs Looking at .500 Season from The McPherson Sentinel

Now, the Chiefs’ offense, which was supposed be a strength, must play without Baldwin and tight end Tony Moeaki, who is out for the entire season with a knee injury he suffered last week at Green Bay.

Free-agent addition Steve Breaston, a receiver, was limited in practice with a hamstring injury. He is listed as probable.

Cassel Likely In, Baldwin Out for KC from ESPN

Chiefs' owner Clark Hunt, Chiefs cheerleaders and others were outside the University of Kansas hospital selling the Red Friday magazine.

Excited Chiefs fans were forking over $2 for the magazine. All proceeds will benefit Joplin tornado relief.

Chiefs Owner, Cheerleaders Help Kick Off Red Friday from KCTV5

The Chiefs and their in-house production team, 65 Toss Power Trap Productions (65 TPT), achieved another organizational first last week with their first-ever Emmy nominations.

In total, the Chiefs were nominated for 13 separate Emmy Awards by the Mid-America Chapter of NATAS (The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; the governing body of the Emmy Awards).

65 TPT Nominated For 13 Emmy Awards from The Mothership

Bell's hold on the job was tenuous just days leading up to Sunday's season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, who feature outside linebacker Tamba Hali, the AFC leader in sacks in 2010. Arrowhead Stadium figures to be raucous with fans welcoming the defending AFC West champions and the range of emotions surrounding the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, making it even more demanding for Bell and the offensive line.

Bell Tries to Find His Rhythm at Left Tackle from Buffalo News

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Kansas City Chiefs

Offensively the Chiefs will be one-dimensional, and that one dimension may not even be thaty great. Matt Cassel is a serviceable fantasy quarterback, but he in reality football he really isn't very good. A couple things worked in Cassel's favor last season. Kansas City had a much improved defense last season and it should be solid once again. The Chiefs also had a top notch running game to take pressure off of Cassel, but Thomas Jones is a year older (he has to stop being good at some point, right?). I'm still not sold on Jamaal Charles as an elite runner, and Charlie Weis is gone as offensive coordinator. After making the playoffs last season, the Chiefs look primed for a step back.

SportsOlogy's Rationally Irrational NFL Preview: The AFC from ...Ology

The Bills are counting on Dareus’ production to carry over in preparing to open the season at Kansas City on Sunday. Buffalo drafted him with the intention of plugging a big body into what was a porous defense that finished last in the NFL against the run — the Bills allowed 200 yards rushing eight times last year — and had difficulty applying pressure.

Veteran defensive tackle Kyle Williams has already seen a difference.

With Combination of Brute Force and Agility, Bills Rookie DL Dareus Making Immediate Impact from The Washington Post

For a politician, rooting for the Chiefs says, "I'm one of you." Pulling for the Rams may offer a different message: Results matter.

So where does Missouri's political class stand? Here is a sample — the answers may be surprising.

For Missouri Pols, a Line in the Turf: Chiefs or Rams? from STL Today

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