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The Chiefs have enough to correct from the 40-24 loss - in which the Falcons scored on their first eight possessions - that Crennel under old NFL rules might need to keep them on the field continuously until their next game Sunday against the Bills in Buffalo.
The Chiefs also started poorly on defense last year, when they gave up 41 points to the Bills. If last year was an omen, things will get worse for the Chiefs before they get better. They allowed 48 the following week to Detroit.
Kansas City and Buffalo are both looking for their first win on Sunday after suffering defeats in Week 1. The Chiefs were beaten 40-24 by the Atlanta Falcons at Arrowhead Stadium while the Bills fell 48-28 to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
The Chiefs and Bills meet for the fifth consecutive season with the first contest at Ralph Wilson Stadium between the squads since 2005. The Bills have claimed victories in Kansas City in three of the last four seasons.
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Outside linebacker Cameron Sheffield was waived Tuesday, clearing a spot on the 53-man roster for outside linebacker Tamba Hali, who was suspended for the season opener for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
Sheffield, a fifth-round draft pick from Troy in 2010, appeared in Sunday's season-opening loss but was not credited with any tackles on defense or on special teams.
Chiefs Waive Sheffield from KC Star
The Kansas City Chiefs via Twitter are apologizing to their fans for a private tweet that was sent to a unhappy Chiefs fan - or by his standards - a former fan.
It started Monday night when Travis Wright, aka @teedubya, vented his disappointment in the Chiefs. In a profanity-laced tweet, he said the Chiefs have $30 million to spend on players and suggested that the failure to do so is unethical.
Chiefs Apologize For Private Tweet Made Public from FOX4KC
Without their best pass rusher, the Chiefs rarely pressured Atlanta QB Matt Ryan, who had as much time as he wanted to find open receivers.
"We all know that Tamba brings a lot to the table as far as his ability to rush the passer," coach Romeo Crennel said Monday. "When you have that kind of pressure that you can apply to an opposing offense, that's good for us and bad for them. They have to be concerned about it. We'll get him back and hopefully he'll be at a level that he can impact the opponent and then be able to help us win some games."
The Bills will do everything they can to fix things defensively in practice. But the Jets' offense was by no means a juggernaut. The Chiefs can present more problems on paper with running back Jamaal Charles, receiver Dwayne Bowe and others. Buffalo's defense needs to be more detailed and feed off the energy at home.
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Q: Will there be any bad blood Sunday between Chiefs safety Eric Berry and Bills receiver Stevie Johnson given their history?
A: "When the injury happened, a day or two later, whenever it was, maybe later on in the day, [Berry] tweeted out some stuff that said, ‘hey they were coming after me. They wanted me out of the game.' But then you ask him about it, during OTAs was really the first chance I had to ask him about that, and he's like, ‘I was kidding. I can't believe you have to ask me that. You couldn't tell?' Well, it didn't look like he was kidding at the time. I do think there's a little bit of bad blood there.
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Some fans may be unfamiliar with Bill Kenney, the Kansas City Chiefs' signal caller from the 1980s. Most fans who even know Kenney are scratching their heads right now to figure out what he has to do with Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers.
On the surface, the two have very little in common. But they share one startling similarity: Rodgers and Kenney are two of the worst quarterbacks of all time when it comes to fourth-quarter comeback opportunities:
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Some very sad news came out of Alabama on Tuesday night, as CBS42 reports that the brother of Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was a victim in a triple homicide over the weekend.
CBS42, citing a source close to the family, reports that Dareus is heading home to Birmingham to be with his family.
Report: Marcell Dareus' Brother Killed In Triple Homicide from USA Today
The trouble for the Chiefs is Ryan was sacked just once and was largely unencumbered in the pocket for most of the day. And the Chiefs knocked down just one of Ryan's passes in coverage.
And after the Chiefs face the Bills this week, they get Drew Brees, Philip Rivers and Joe Flacco over the following three games. Hali will fix some of the pass-rush issues, but not all.
The team has used four of its last six first-round selections on defense over the last five drafts. That's a lot of high-profile draft capital used by a team to have such obvious trouble getting to an opposing passer. That defense allowed the Falcons to score the first eight times - yes, eight - they had the ball.
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While attending Harvard Law School, Roberts spent two weeks with then Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach researching a paper. And just like that he dropped his dreams of being governor of Texas or even making a run for president - he had found a new calling. Roberts sent 164 letters to coaches around the country and received one offer: a three-week unpaid internship from former Kansas City Chiefs football coach Herm Edwards. Not quite the Supreme Court clerkships his classmates were pursuing but enough of an opportunity for Roberts to leave for training camp on the day he was scheduled to take the Bar Exam. Today, he's one of the sport's most promising young coaches.
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Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 24) - The Chiefs get Pro Bowl pass rusher Tamba Hali back this week from suspension. They could also use Buck Buchanan, Curley Culp and Willie Lanier to fix this defense.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 24) - There wasn't much good about that season opener, but patience, people: The Chiefs were torched for 40 in last year's first game and nearly recovered by the end of the season.
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Two members, Charles Bidwell and Al Davis, moved their teams twice. Bidwell, then later his son, moved the Chicago Cardinals to St. Louis, and then to Arizona. Davis moved his Oakland Raiders to Los Angeles and then back to Oakland.
Modell wasn't even the first Cleveland owner to move a team, and go into the Hall of Fame. Dan Reeves moved the Cleveland Rams to Los Angeles after the 1945 season, making room for the Browns in the All-American Football Conference. Lamar Hunt is the other "mover and shaker," taking his Dallas Texans of the AFL to Kansas City, where they became the Chiefs.
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No one in the league will be under more pressure to win in Week 2 than the Bills, whose deflating performance against the Jets might as well have been the proverbial balloon flying around backwards as it furiously loses air. Buffalo plays host to Kansas City in its home opener, and it's already must-win time for Chan Gailey and his players.
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