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Good morning! Got your red on? Welcome to Arrowheadlines where we'll help you kick off your Red Friday with today's Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet. As you might expect, we have a lot of stories waiting for you this morning. Enjoy.

"Stevie Johnson obviously started to get a lot of notoriety as the year went on last year," Haley said. "It looks like he’s got a chance to be a really, really good player.

"You’ve got a lot of different shapes and sizes, which creates problems. I think it’ll be a great test for us as a defense in trying to cover all the different weapons in addition to two running backs that not only can run the heck out of the ball, but can catch it, too."

Expecting the Unexpected from The Mothership

They’d pinned much of their hope for this season on simply fine-tuning a high-flying passing attack until Moeaki, a second-year tight end out of Iowa, tore the ACL in his left knee during last week’s final preseason game at Green Bay and was placed on injured reserve two days later.

Now, that fine-tuning is looking more like an overhaul.

Chiefs Forced to Shore Up Offense After Moeaki Injury from KC Star

NFL.com Video: Week 1: Bills vs. Chiefs Preview

Following his first career Pro Bowl appearance, Charles is once again shying away from making any yardage or touchdown predictions for 2011. He says he has numbers in mind, but is keeping those goals quiet as the season approaches.

"Everybody saw what I did last year and I know that everybody is going to key on me more, but I just have to go out there and be me," Charles said. "At the end, it’s still football."

Arrowhead Report: Charles Talks 2011 Goals from The Mothership

Haley held back Javier Arenas, Dexter McCluster and Steve Breaston while a handful of fringe players were given chances.

Those players didn’t make a solid impression, and now Kansas City’s marquee returners are back in the spotlight.

Haley Unleashes Top Kick Returners from KC Star

Q: How much can you glean from last year’s Buffalo game?

HALEY: "I think they’ve improved in a number of areas. And that being said, the game last year was one of those knock-down, drag-outs that went right down to the wire, obviously, with us having to clock it to get the final kick off to fortunately get a win here at home. They’re a team that’s had… I believe they had seven games that were decided by seven points or less. That means they were in a lot of games last year, and like I’ve said, they’ve added a bunch of guys that look like have got a chance to really help them.

Q&A with Todd Haley 9/8 from The Mothership

The backup became the man two years ago and after one of the best seasons of his career in 2010, Cassel has promises to keep.

The Kansas City Chiefs are expected to contend for the AFC West crown, if not claim it outright, and become one of a cluster of AFC teams trying to chip away at the supremacy of Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Cassel is the unquestioned leader who will be called upon to pull it all together.

Cassel: The Unquestioned Chief from Buffalo News

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey has rolled into the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City and asked that KC Wolf kickoff BARNUM 200 SM Friday night at 7:00 PM. The Greatest Show On Earth Just…Got…Greater!

Lions and Tigers and KC Wolf... Oh My! from The Mothership

The Chiefs ranked 18th among the 32 National Football League teams, with a franchise value of $986 million. That’s down from last year, when the Chiefs ranked 14th with a value of $1.03 billion.

Kansas City Chiefs' Value Dropped Despite Division Title from Kansas City Business Journal

He was supposedly a washed-up flameout with prodigious talent never quite realized, safely onto the next phase of his life as an assistant coach at Southern Cal. His days as a wide receiver in the NFL were over, his rookie season that showed so much potential a distant memory.

Then he decided to make a comeback, the sort of longshot story that Disney likes to spin into tear-jerking films.

Colbert Making Most of Second Chance at NFL Life from The San Jose Mercury News

Saying they should’ve won the game might sound strange for a defense that surrendered 274 rushing yards, but Buffalo’s pass defense was effective in keeping big plays to a minimum. Of the 74 plays run by Kansas City only five went for more than 10 yards, and two of those came on the ground. The Chiefs converted just 4-of-15 third down opportunities and went just 1-for-4 in the red zone. Buffalo’s defense also sacked Matt Cassel three times in the game.

OT Battle in KC not Forgotten from BuffaloBills.com

It looks like David Garrard’s decision on where to play next year might go into next week. That likely means no teams want to guarantee his contract by signing him this week. I think Kansas City could be a possibility and there has been a lot of speculation around the league that Oakland could be interested.

Matt Cassel Practices Fully Again from ESPN

First, I screamed like a girl when I saw that KC Wolf – the Chiefs’ mascot – ran out of the tunnel accompanied by Warpaint – the other Chiefs’ mascot who’s an actual horse previously ridden by a fat man dressed as a Native American, but now ridden by a woman with large breasts and a cowboy hat. This was a brilliant presentation move by EA.

A 'Madden'-ing Experience from The University Leader

For a moment, I actually thought about swapping the Chiefs for the Chargers. Their 10-6 record and division title a year ago were no accident. They crashed and burned against Baltimore in the wild-card loss, but that sort of thing happens to a team making the transition from nobody to somebody. Talk all you want about WR Dwayne Bowe and RB Jamaal Charles, but I love watching SS Eric Berry and LB Tamba Hali.

Predicting Steelers-Saints Super Bowl from ESPN

3. Defensive line play: The Kansas City defensive front didn’t play well in the preseason. It has to set the tone against a weak Buffalo offense. The time is now for the unit to come alive.

Three Things: Chiefs vs. Bills from ESPN

Kansas City Chiefs: Jamaal Charles is the No. 1 fantasy running back this year. My thinking: Schedule, schmedule. He was the third-best fantasy running back last year and scored only five rushing touchdowns. If he gets that up to eight or nine ...

Boldly Going Into Week 1 from ESPN

People attending the Chiefs’ opener Sunday also will see increased security.

"Obviously we are sensitive to this game falling on the 10th anniversary of 9/11," said Chiefs president Mark Donovan. "Safety and comfort of our fans is always important — not just this game but every game. Obviously across the league there will be some precautions taken," including a greater law enforcement presence at stadiums.

For 9/11, Tighter Security from KC Star

What Tagliabue remembers most vividly was the chill he felt as the Giants charged through the Arrowhead Stadium tunnel and soaked up the symbolic warmth of a battered yet resolute nation.

"When that crowd erupted with applause for the Giants as the opposing team appeared on the field, it was an incredible symbol of unity and an understanding of what happened in New York, that these football players were representing New York's citizens," Tagliabue says. "It was what you hoped for, and it was tremendous. That said it all – that we'd done the right thing by [pausing], and now we could move on, together – and I think the 10 years since then have confirmed it."

9/11 Forced Ex-NFL Commish to Make Decision of Lifetime from Yahoo! News