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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 12/6

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Three-Phase Thursday: Chiefs Coordinators from The Mothership

Charles, who last Sunday broke 1,000 rushing yards for the season, became the first player in franchise history to record four seasons with 1,000 or more rushing yards; he assessed his record-breaking season on Thursday.

"I'm just trying to stay consistent," Charles said. "I'm just trying to go out there and I always say I want to be the best running back in the league, so every year I try to do better and strive to do better. I'm just happy to have my teammates and linemen to push me and my coaches to push me. Many people don't have teammates and coaches to push them to go over 1,000 yards. I know it's a big deal. I grew up watching (former Chiefs RB) Priest Holmes and I played with (former Chiefs RB) Larry Johnson; they are both some of the great running backs, who have come through here. To be up there with some of the great running backs in Chiefs franchise history, I think that's big. I'm just blessed and happy to continue to be able to strive to be better."

Inside The Lines: Chiefs vs. Redskins from The Mothership

Fast Facts

- Kansas City has 259.0 sack yards in 2013 to rank second in the AFC and fourth in the NFL.

- The Chiefs are averaging 28.31 yards per kickoff return (821 yards on 29 kickoff returns), marking the highest kickoff return average for a single season in franchise history.

Twitter Q&A: Chiefs DT Dontari Poe from The Mothership

This week's Twitter Q & A, which gives fans the opportunity to ask their favorite Chiefs players questions, DT Dontari Poe took time to answer the questions below, revealing how adversity has made the team stronger and much more.

Chiefs Host Fantasy Camp from The Mothership

There are a limited number of spots available so register today.

Chiefs Fantasy Camp is open to all men and women 18 years and older. The fee to participate is $2,000 per person with $1,000 of the fee being tax deductible. All proceeds will benefit the Center for Concussion Management at The University of Kansas Hospital. This will help improve access to concussion testing, care and education for high school students and community members throughout the Kansas City region. Video: Focus Point: Week 14 Video: Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Washington Redskins Video: Who Will Be The Second Wild Card In The AFC? Video: Will The Kansas City Chiefs  Be One And Done?

Chiefs Revolving O-Line Finally Hits Stride from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

Branden Albert is hurt, so is Jon Asamoah, and the No. 1 overall pick in last April's draft has gone through a painful series of growing pains this season.

It's been a tough time to be a member of the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line.

Yet despite all the shuffling caused by a spate of injuries, the front five has played perhaps its best football of the season the last three weeks, which just so happen to have coincided with the offense's best performances of the season -- and a frustrating three-game losing streak.

Notebook: Charles Reflects On History; Jones Set As Plan B from Chiefs Spin

The sixth-year pro said he wants to continue making history. And if records fall during his career, the two-time Pro Bowl running back is fine with that.

"I mean, records don't stand for long," Charles said. "Somebody will come in and break my records one day as well. I'm just speechless and blessed to be just able to say that I'm happy and continue to strive to be better."

Andy Reid, Chiefs Come To Town With 3-0 Record vs. NFC East from The Washington Post

"Kansas City is a very talented team on both sides of the football. ... One of the things they've done a great job of is their turnover ratio - tied for first on defense, No. 1 on offense," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said of the Chiefs, who have recorded a league-best 26 takeaways while committing only 12 turnovers of their own. "When you do that you get some great field position and they've taken advantage of it. A lot of talent on both sides of the ball."

Washington Redskins vs. Kansas City Chiefs: 5 Questions from The Washington Times

5. Will the Redskins be motivated?

After being eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday, the Redskins' final four games will lack any true meaning - a familiar scenario as the schedule turns to December. Coaches and players alike will be fighting for their jobs over the next month, with several defensive players in the final year of their contract, and if team goals aren't attainable, individual goals still are.

Chiefs Look Past Three-Game Skid And Toward Chance To Clinch Playoff Spot from FS Kansas City

Even though a playoff spot seems inevitable, the Chiefs know the importance of simply righting the ship.

"We're not in panic mode at all, but a sense of urgency is definitely required during this time to get on the right track," linebacker Derrick Johnson said. "We have a great opportunity to go down to Washington and get win number 10, which in this league, regardless of anybody's record, is going to be hard to get it."

Here's One Way To Cure Dropped Passes from ESPN

If the Kansas City Chiefs are serious about reducing their number of dropped passes, as they should be, I have an idea for them: play Junior Hemingway more at wide receiver.

Hemingway is Kansas City's most reliable receiver when it comes to catching the ball. According to the insightful numbers from Pro Football Focus, Hemingway has caught all seven of the catchable passes thrown his way by quarterback Alex Smith. Not one dropped pass.

Fan Who Died Outside Kansas City Chiefs Stadium Was 'Beaten Unconscious By Tailgaters After He Got Into The Wrong Car' from The Daily Mail

One witness tried to stop the assault, but the tailgaters pushed him away.

One tailgater in particular, the 24-year-old who is now a suspect, showered Van Winkle with blows until he was unconscious, according to police.

Someone propped him up, unconscious against a bus.

The 24-year-old assailant and his friends went back to their tailgate party. The Jeep owner and his son left.

An unknown amount of time later, a bystander noticed that Van Winkle was turning blue.

Witnesses called paramedics - but it was too late. He died at the hospital.

Sizzlers And Fizzlers: Chiefs' Smith A More Potent Passer from USA Today


QB Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs: Smith, well known for his short throws, is suddenly connecting downfield consistently. Smith has multiple touchdown passes in three consecutive games, and has topped 290 yards each of the past two weeks. This surprising trend could continue with several favorable matchups upcoming.

Fantasy Football Week 14 Preview: Playoffs? Are You Kidding Me? Playoffs?!? from Grantland


1. QB Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs: Aside from Tyler Bray's continued presence on the roster, the most baffling development of Kansas City's season is that the Chiefs arguably looked more like Super Bowl contenders during their three-game losing streak than during their prior nine-game winning streak. Sure, their defense has gone in the tank (remember when Eric Berry's equinophobia was the unit's biggest concern?), but at least they've proven themselves capable of scoring 38 points in frigid conditions and (almost) keeping pace with the Broncos.

Redskins Injury Report: Trent Williams Practices Fully from The Washington Post

Left tackle Trent Williams practiced fully Thursday, seemingly increasing the chances that he will be in the Washington Redskins' lineup Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Williams missed Wednesday's practice because of a bruised foot.

'Fighting Eagle' Soldier Surprises Family On Thanksgiving from The 1st Infantry Division Post

Before coming on stage to meet his wife, Bell waited in a nearby tent set up to appear as if he was making an Internet phone call from Afghanistan.

Bell was told to greet his wife and then say, "I wish I could be there on stage with you," after she greeted him.

When Bell said the line, the camera zoomed out revealing that Bell was not actually alone, but he was with actor Rob Riggle, who also is a Kansas City native, and Dustin Colquitt, punter for the Kansas City Chiefs.

"Wish granted," Riggle said.

Fantasy Football: Week 14 Matchup Breakdown from The New York Times

Spoiler alert: Several members of the Kansas City Chiefs, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears are set up to perform at a high level in the first playoff week.

3 And Out: What's At Stake vs. The Chiefs? from CSN Washington

Although the Redskins have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, there's still plenty to play for over the final four weeks-most notably job security. When a season unfolds as this one has, almost everyone, from coaches to veteran players, must prove they are part of the solution, not the problem, if they hope to return.

The process of weeding out the problems starts Sunday when the 9-3 Chiefs visit FedEx Field. Here are three areas we'll be monitoring:

Why Bill Belichick Deserves To Be A Candidate For Coach Of The Year from WEEI

While there's still time for things to go south for any one of the candidates between now and the end of the season, it appears there's a groundswell of support in favor of Reid. In truth, if voters are looking to reward a reclamation project, they'd be hard-pressed to pass on the Chiefs coach, who has made Kansas City into a bonafide contender in the AFC playoff picture. The same is true for Arians and Kelly, both of whom have helped deliver a jolt of life to previously struggling franchises.

But at the same time, Belichick's 2013 resume certainly compares favorably with the rest of the candidates.

D-lirious Over D-fense from The Boston Herald

Kansas City (-3) at Washington - It became clear early this season that the Redskins were frauds but now we find the Chiefs are the same. Redskins, 24-13.

Carolina's Surge Powered By More Confident Approach from

Are the Redskins the cure for what ails the Chiefs' pass rush? Kansas City has just one sack in its past four games -- the past three of which were losses. That's the fewest sacks in the league during that span. However, Robert Griffin III has been sacked 19 times in the past four games -- the most during that span. He also leads the league with 11 fumbles this season -- and the Chiefs have forced 17.

Week 14 Predictions: Niners Edge Seahawks; Saints Rebound from

This is an interesting one all the way around. Yes, the Chiefs are still 9-3, though it doesn't feel like it, thanks to their three-game losing streak. Then you have the Redskins, whose passing offense wouldn't pass muster if there weren't about 20 other teams in the league playing like Division I squads. Washington must get its ground game going. We'd love to see Roy Helu get 15 to 20 carries, as he has such burst -- and he can catch the ball, too. The Redskins might have trouble with Alex Smith, as their defense hasn't fared well against quarterbacks who can move: They lost to the Eagles in Week 1, to the Vikings in Week 10 and to the 49ers two weeks ago. No, Colin Kaepernick didn't exactly run all over the Redskins like Michael Vick did, but Washington still was caught eyeing the backfield a couple of times. Kansas City moves to 10-3.

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