Game Preview: Browns vs Chiefs from The Mothership
Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton spoke about the decision-making process when game planning against playmakers like Cameron.
"We try to figure out who can beat us and what can beat us," Sutton said. "Those are two really important questions for us and you have to have some flexibility and you can't do the same thing every play out there or they're eventually going to take advantage of you. We try to mix those things up, but 84 (Jordan Cameron) on Cleveland is a handful. I think he's really an emerging player in our league. He's highly-skilled, he has a great ability to accelerate and get into his cuts - he's an impressive guy."
Surely, Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt could not envision his team starting 7-0 even after the organization made moves at head coach, general manager and quarterback that changed the face of the franchise:
The Chiefs, who were an unsightly 2-14 last year, weren't alone in making substantial changes after finishing at the bottom of their division in 2012.
Starting with firing their head coaches last New Year's Eve, these three teams took different routes in making changes at the three most important jobs in a football franchise.
Andy Reid has been an NFL coach long enough to know that you never disparage an opponent in the media, and if anything, you always err on the side of overpraising a guy, lest it come back to bite you.
But when asked this week about Browns tight end Jordan Cameron, a third-year pro who leads NFL tight ends in catches (45) and is second in yards (515) and touchdowns (six), it seems as if Reid's understandable rhetoric may actually match the reality.
"Size, speed and ability to adjust to the ball in the air," Reid said. "He's very talented. ... It looks like he loves to play the game."
Chiefs-Browns Scouting Report from KC Star
Bottom line: Chiefs 24-13
Cleveland's defense is a little better than you might think, and the Browns have a few pieces along the offensive line to counter the Chiefs' pass rush. But at the end of the day, it's going to come down to whether or not Campbell can make enough plays in the passing game to keep the Chiefs honest. He's a veteran who has had moments of competency in the league, but the chances of him leading to the Browns to victory in front of a raucous Arrowhead Stadium crowd seems far-fetched.
WR Dwayne Bowe Expected To Play from ESPN
Barring a pregame setback, coach Andy Reid expects receiver Dwayne Bowe to start Sunday for the Chiefs against the Browns at Arrowhead Stadium despite a slight groin pull suffered Thursday, a source told ESPN's Ed Werder.
Game Day Forecast from The National Weather Service
Sunny, with a high near 63. Light south southwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
Cleveland Browns vs Kansas City Chiefs: Five Things To Watch from The Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Chiefs have yet to play division rivals Denver (6-1) and San Diego (4-3). They also have a late-season date with the 5-2 Colts. They've already faced two backup quarterbacks in Tennessee's Ryan Fitzpatrick and Houston's Case Keenum, a rookie, and they're about to face another in Jason Campbell. They've yet to see the likes of Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers and Andrew Luck. So while 7-0 is fab, it might also be faux.
Cleveland Browns' Jason Campbell On Facing Kansas City Chiefs: 'Now It's My Turn' from The Cleveland Plain Dealer
It's Seven Floors of Hell with no way out.
It's the job where fallen quarterbacks are booed, coins are flipped to determined starters and passes are flipped to decide careers.
It's also a job that a nine-year veteran who's already been passed over twice this season for Brandon Weeden and once for Brian Hoyer can love.
"Now it's my turn,'' Campbell said on a conference call with Kansas City media this week.
Coming off their worst season in franchise history with a 2-14 record, the Kansas City Chiefs have mounted a turnaround of historic proportions in the NFL. After their win over Houston last weekend, coupled with Denver's loss at Indianapolis, the Chiefs are the only unbeaten team left through the first seven games this season. The Chiefs are making noise as a contender for the Super Bowl. Figuratively and literally.
Week eight the NFL season has the Browns visiting one of the loudest stadiums in the league, Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City to take the NFL's only remaining undefeated team, the 7-0 Chiefs.
Both teams are lead by new head coaches in Rob Chudzinski for the Browns and Andy Reed for the Chiefs. That's where the similarities end.
Game Preview: Browns-Chiefs from ClevelandBrowns.com
"They've got a fire in their eyes," McGahee said. "They're playing different than they were the past couple years. It's the same people, just a different scheme and a couple of coaching changes. They found something that lit those guys, and they're playing good ball.
"They always had a good defense, but their offense is complementing their defense. They're playing great ball. They're ranked in the top five in many categories, but Cincinnati has a great defense too, and we moved the ball against them. The ball can be moved on them."
Around The NFL: Smith Is KC's Latest Stop On QB-Search Highway from The Canton Repository
Nobody changes quarterbacks like Cleveland, unless, maybe, it's Kansas City.
OK, the Chiefs haven't operated a revolving door quite as wild as Cleveland's. Like the Browns, though, Kansas City always is looking, never finding.
Give Andy Reid credit for a culture change in Kansas City, where the Chiefs won a total of two games a year ago. But look down the sideline to new defensive coordinatorBob Sutton for his part in the Chiefs' remarkable turnaround. Breathing new life into Kansas City's schemes and reviving a host of talented players, Sutton has a defense on his hands that has yet to allow more than 17 points in a game. More amazing, the Chiefs have 35 sacks through seven games - which, almost amazingly, puts them on pace to shatter the 1984 Bears' NFL single-season record of 72.
During the 2008 season, the one in which the Eagles eventually played the Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game, the Eagles reportedly had a deal done with the Kansas City Chiefs to acquire Tony Gonzalez for a 3rd round pick and a player. This was revealed by Jay Glazer on Mike Francesa's radio show on WFAN.
Browns: More Than Solid Play From Campbell Needed To Beat Chiefs from The Morning Journal
The CBS announcing crew of Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts will focus on Campbell because that is easy, but they might want to dig a little deeper into what is going on with the Browns' defense.
There is no reason to expect Campbell to perform miracles against a defense that has allowed a league-low 81 points while scoring four touchdowns on defensive returns. But if the Browns are going to pull the upset, the guys on the other side of the ball are going to have to live up to their lofty status as the seventh best defense in the league - in yardage allowed, anyway.
Everything You Need To Know: Week 8 from FOX Sports
If you're wondering when Alex Smith's stink-bomb is going to come, this may be the juncture. The Browns secondary is suffocating quarterbacks to a league-low six yards per attempt and allowed only nine touchdowns (four of which derived from Matthew Stafford two weeks ago). I know Smith is lauded for his guidance and management, and the Kansas City receivers don't do him any favors, but the Chiefs need a little more production than hitting 58 percent of intended targets (26th in the NFL) if they plan on going far in the playoffs.
By the way, to whoever created the Andy Reid as Kool-Aid Man GIF: you're doing the Lord's work, friend.
Kickin' It With Kiz: Broncos Nation Turns To You, Mr. Anderson from The Denver Post
A whole lot of Broncomaniacs in this Dusty Old Cowtown have their orange knickers in a knot after one loss. The Chiefs do have legit talent on both sides of the football. But, come January, Andy Reid will discover what Jim Harbaugh already knows: It's highly unlikely you can go deep in the NFL playoffs with Alex Smith as your quarterback.
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Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles has averaged 5.55 yards per carry in his career. That tops all running backs in NFL history with a minimum of 750 carries. Jim Brown is second on the list with a 5.22-yards-per-carry average.
Browns: Jeff Schudel's Browns-Chiefs Scouting Report from The News-Herald
Running back Jamaal Charles leads the Chiefs in rushing and receptions. The Chiefs have studied tape and no doubt concluded they can isolate Charles on linebacker Craig Robertson. Alex Smith is averaging a touchdown pass a game. Dwayne Bowe is his favorite target among the wide receivers, but he has a groin injury. Donnie Avery, averaging 16.3 yards a catch, is the deep threat. Smith will look for Avery working on Buster Skrine.
Jeff Schudel's prediction: Chiefs 27, Browns 10
Just in time for a trip to one of the NFL's loudest venues to face the season's only undefeated team, the Browns have made a switch to Jason Campbell - their third starting quarterback in eight games. In Kansas City, Campbell will meet the defense that leads the league in sacks, third down conversions, red zone and scoring. The eardrum-rattling noise in Arrowhead Stadium mandates unbroken concentration from the offensive line to avoid motion penalties that could put the offense in unwinnable situations.
For Some Chiefs Fans, The Game Is About Hope from The Wichita Eagle
Shawn Larson is talking about a relationship he has had all his life - one that psychologists will tell you is as real as a best friend, wife or girlfriend.
He is talking about the Kansas City Chiefs. And about a game he went to 23 years ago at Arrowhead Stadium with his father, Dean, and several of his uncles.