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Royals! Chiefs! Amazing!!! I admit, I thought it was over in the 6th last night. Shame on me. Anyway, here's the latest news on your Kansas City Chiefs. You can get all of the Royals info at Royals Review. Get caught up while you sleepwalk through the workday (I am).

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Reid Likes Fisher's Development from The Mothership

One player Reid mentioned in particular was left tackle Eric Fisher, who has already gone up against some of the best pass rushers in the NFL through the first four weeks of the season.

Week 1, it was the Tennessee Titans' Jurrell Casey. Week 2, it was the Denver Broncos tandem of Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware. Last week, it was the Miami Dolphins' Cameron Wake and Monday night, Fisher was matched up with the Patriots' Chandler Jones.

Having been tested every week, Fisher has earned the praise of Reid, an offensive-line aficionado.

Andy Reid Conference Call 9/30 from The Mothership

Q: On Stephenson, is he going to go right back into his role on the right side?

REID: "I've just got to see where we are at. I haven't spent a whole lot of time on that part yet, but we will see where he's at physically. I think he's probably in pretty good shape right now but we will see. Kind of get him back in the swing of things and see how he does."

Chiefs vs. Patriots: Game Takeaways from The Mothership

The Chiefs dominated all facets of the game against the Patriots-offense, defense and special teams.

They once again relied on the running game to set the tempo for this offense, as Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis split time in the backfield.

Charles and Davis combined for 34 carries and 199 yards and one touchdown on the ground, although Charles added two more scores in the receiving game.

After the game, Charles said he's proud of the way Davis has developed into the player he is today.

Joe McKnight to IR from The Mothership

McKnight was coming off the best game of his four-year career when he was injured. He had six receptions for 64 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs win against the Miami Dolphins.

KCChiefs.com Video: Arrowhead Update: 9/30

KCChiefs.com Video: Week 4 Report Card: Chiefs

If Chiefs' defense keeps playing like this . . . from ESPN

Turnovers can be fickle, plentiful during some stretches and hard to come by during others. Perhaps the Patriots game starts a stretch of games that will see a flurry of turnovers.

If so, the Chiefs might have something going defensively. They are creeping up in the statistical rankings and are 11th in yards allowed and eighth in points per game.

If they can add some turnovers and touchdowns to the mix, so much the better.

Chiefs' rushing attack powering offense in recent weeks from Chiefs Digest

Once is a fluke, but twice or more is generally considered a habit.

The Chiefs' current two-game winning streak appears to lean to the latter after scoring a combined 75 points since Week 3.

To put the scoring output in perspective, the Chiefs totaled 27 combined points in the two losses. The offense has also amassed 785 total yards in the past two games.

Jamaal Charles-Knile Davis rotation is effective for Chiefs from ESPN

Andy Reid started rattling off the things the Kansas City Chiefs did well in their Monday night thrashing of the New England Patriots and didn't really know where to stop. There were that many things the Chiefs did well in their 41-14 victory at Arrowhead Stadium.

Reid lingered a little longer in one area, and that was a pretty strong hint about his feelings. The Chiefs got 199 yards rushing, 28 more receiving, plus three touchdowns from running backs Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis, and this seemed to please Reid as much or more than anything.

Chiefs expected to activate RT Donald Stephenson from Chiefs Digest

The move to bring back Stephenson could occur as early as Tuesday. But the Chiefs want to evaluate Stephenson before deciding to insert him in the starting lineup.

"We'll see where he's at physically," coach Andy Reid said during Tuesday's media conference call. "I think he's probably in pretty good shape right now."

The NFL suspended Stephenson the first four regular-season games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.

What to do about Donald Stephenson? from ESPN

Pro Football Focus gave both of the Chiefs' tackles, Eric Fisher on the left side and Ryan Harrison the right, their best grades of the season.

The urgency to get Stephenson back into the lineup is gone. It may be best at this point for the Chiefs to sit tight with Fisher and Harris, have Stephenson ready as a backup for Sunday's game against the 49ers in San Francisco and then reassess if necessary during the subsequent bye.

Chiefs place RB Joe McKnight on injured reserve from Chiefs Digest

McKnight, who is in his first year with the Chiefs, becomes the third player to land on injured reserve with an Achilles injury since the season started.

The Chiefs previously placed inside linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive end Mike DeVito on injured reserve after Week 1.

McKnight tweeted a photo Monday evening while the Chiefs were getting ready to host the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium:

Another sign of K.C.'s great sports time from ESPN

This shouldn't be surprising given the lopsided nature of Monday night's game between the Chiefs and Patriots, but Kansas City also crushed Boston in the TV ratings contest. Kansas City registered a combined overnight rating of 43.7 while Boston's was 30.1. Combined rating includes the telecasts for both ESPN and the local station showing the game in each market.

The Film Don't Lie: Chiefs from ESPN

The Chiefs are playing well against the pass, but their run defense has shown more than a few leaks. They allow 5 yards per opponent's rushing attempt, which ranks 27th in the NFL. They have allowed 15 running plays of 10 yards or more, the fifth-highest total in the league.

The Chiefs can improve by getting more physical with their opponents.

Video: Kansas City Chiefs Abdullah penalized for being Muslim from The Arab Daily News

I am not sure a prayer counts as an excessive celebration. Abdullah's "prayer" took less than 3 seconds. Maybe 4 seconds as he knelt down in his red Chief's uniform to bow his head to the ground.

It was something Abdullah said he planned to do, and I think that is the real issue. The fact that he is Muslim and wears it on his uniform bothers many Americans who hate Muslims.

The Muslim American Football safety had  told a reporter for the Kansas City Star, Tod Palmer, that he had made a promise to himself that he'd show his respect if he ever scored a touchdown. "If I get a pick, I'm going to prostrate before God in the End Zone," he said.

The NFL is claiming that Abdullah was not penalized for praying as a Muslim, but for "sliding" on both knees. (And the penalty was later revoked after much protest.)

NFL: Husain Abdullah penalty wrong from ESPN

Abdullah, a devout Muslim, took to Twitter to thank fans Tuesday.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, a civil liberties and advocacy organization, issued a statement early Tuesday asking that the NFL take steps in response to the penalty.

"To prevent the appearance of a double standard, we urge league officials to clarify the policy on prayer and recognize that the official made a mistake in this case," CAIR spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said.

Father Of Kansas City Chiefs Safety Reacts To Prayer Penalty from CBS Los Angeles

"I watched the ref. He eased the flag and threw it, and I thought that's not a very good call," Yusuf Johnwell, Abdullah's father, told KCAL9's Erica Nochlin.

Johnwell said he spoke with his son by morning and said he knows Abdullah wasn't just celebrating but was being appreciative.

He said that's how he raised him since he was a star football player at Pomona High School.

A Scandal-Plagued NFL Stupidly Penalizes a Muslim Display of Faith from The New York Observer

Here is a league being universally condemned for its soft approach to domestic violence and the Ray Rice incident. Here is a league besot by scandal over the Adrian Peterson corporal punishment episode. And here is a league engulfed in controversy over Commissioner Roger Goodell's response to both.

You'd think that a league which is being accused of looking the other way in order to generate bucket loads of cash would appreciate the morality of players who believe in God, lead religious lives, and offer harmless gestures of faith in a game.

You'd think that a league being accused of amorality would treat religious players like Husain Abdullah as a godsend and celebrate rather than penalizing them.

Kansas City's Chief Weapon from The Wall Street Journal

In the time that it takes to read this sentence, the Kansas City Chiefs can maul you.

If you are looking for a reason why Kansas City crushed the New England Patriots Monday night, looking like a Super Bowl contender in the process, it starts with the Chiefs quietly emphasizing the first half-second of a given play-the so-called first step-and building their team around it. And that all starts with fixating on a physical attribute that has long been more associated with basketball: long arms.

Chiefs' offensive line paving way to success from Lindy's Sports

Over 200 rushing yards and only two sacks of the quarterback are evidence that the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive line is starting to come together. That was visible in the Monday night victory over New England.

Starting offensive linemen Eric Fisher, Mike McGlynn, Rodney Hudson, Zach Fulton and Ryan Harris have now started three games together and that continuity is beginning to show. They were able to control the Patriots' defensive line, especially big tackle Vince Wilfork and defensive end Chandler Jones.

Three Thoughts: Dominant Chiefs humiliate dismal Patriots, Brady from Sports Illustrated

Whether Kansas City truly has turned a corner or this two-game win streak is merely a blip could be answered over the next three weeks. The Chiefs travel to San Francisco on Sunday, sit Week 6 on a bye, then visit San Diego in Week 7. Because they already have two losses in the bank, anything less than a 1-1 mark there would make it tough to crawl back into either the AFC West or the wild-card race.

The Kansas City team we all saw Monday night, however, has the aura of a dangerous contender.

Zolak: ‘Worst A** Whooping I've Seen This Team Take' Under Belichick from CBS Boston

Gresh said that the Patriots' 41-14 loss in Kansas City against the Chiefs on Monday Night Football was, "even worse than 31-0 in Buffalo when you cut Lawyer Milloy, and even worse than going to Cleveland and getting beat by Eric Mangini's Cleveland Browns."

The 27-point loss was the second biggest loss in the Belichick-Brady era and was ugly for all to watch. Zo went on to say how the flight home was dead and that it should have been.

"I'm glad they're embarrassed," Zo said about the poor showing.

11 Lesser-known Facts about 49ers-Chiefs History from 49ers.com

Six Chiefs quarterbacks, including the current one, also played for the 49ers.

They are Steve DeBerg, Bob Gagliano, Montana, Steve Bono, Elvis Grbac and Alex Smith. Only Gagliano started his career in Kansas City.

Oh, and Kansas City hasn't won a playoff game since Montana was under center for the '93 season.

49ers-Chiefs line opens at San Francisco -5, proceeds to move around from Niners Nation

The San Francisco 49ers welcome the Kansas City Chiefs to town in Week 5, and the odds are already a little bit funky. The 49ers opened as 5-point favorites, but the line has moved around. It dropped down to 49ers -4.5, but has now climbed up to -6. For those wondering, the minus sign is indicative of the favorite, so the 49ers are currently sitting as 6-point favorites at some sportsbooks.

Why Isn't The Media Outraged About The Kansas City Chiefs? from The Federalist

Last night on Monday Night Football, the ESPN crew couldn't stop praising the loud, engaged home crowd at the Kansas City Chiefs' Arrowhead Stadium. They opened the game with a ceremony where running back Christian Okoye, "The Nigerian Nightmare", pounded on a giant drum as tens of thousands of Chiefs fans cheered on. The crowd, many of whom wore feathers and American Indian-themed garb, chanted and did the Tomahawk Chop...

...But I gotta ask, where's the outrage from the politically correct?

Bob Costas? Phil Simms? Keith Olbermann? Don't you have anything to say about this?

NFL player who killed girlfriend in murder-suicide had brain damage from CBS News

An autopsy performed one year after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his 22-year-old girlfriend and killed himself found signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the degenerative brain disease found in athletes and others with a history of repetitive brain injuries.

Are NFL Head Injuries Causing Domestic Violence? from Time

In December 2012, after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend before fatally shooting himself in the head in the team parking lot, you couldn't help but wonder: could head injuries associated with football have contributed to this horrible act? Aggression and lack of impulse control are known symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disease that had ravaged the brains of over 30 deceased NFL players. A few of them had committed suicide.

Still, you had to approach the question gently, because casually linking the game to Belcher's actions was irresponsible. Belcher also had "no long concussion history," the Chiefs said at the time. There was no evidence that he had brain damage.

Until now.