Bye Week Review: Abdullah Stepping Up for Chiefs Defense from The Mothership
The Chiefs defense is ranked second in the NFL at allowing third down conversions of 10 or more yards to go at just 10 percent.
Simply put, when teams have to make a big play against the Chiefs defense on third down, they aren't consistently doing it.
Overall on third down, the Chiefs defense is allowing just a 34.4 percent conversion rate, which ranks sixth in the NFL.
Much of this has to do with their pass defense, which had given up their fair share of big plays during the preseason. But once the games started to count, the defense has responded.
Bye Week Review: Justin Houston Leading the Linebackers from The Mothership
If you're going to talk about the Kansas City Chiefs linebackers, there's no way you can start with anyone but
Already known as one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, Houston has picked up right where he left off a year ago and is currently tied for the most sacks in the NFL so far this season with six.
"I think obviously [Houston] has had a great start to the season," defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said. "The sacks are the most noticeable thing for people. One of the things he's done a great job with is pushing our players in practice and being a real force in the way we want to practice. I really appreciate that effort from him because he's a guy that can give it..."
How the West Could Be Won from The Mothership
As you can see, the Chiefs have five of their six AFC West games remaining. In fact, the only AFC West game that has been played so far was the Chiefs' 24-17 loss to the Denver Broncos. That means that even through five weeks of football, 11 of the 12 AFC West matchups still need to happen.
This probably goes without saying, but when you want to win a division, winning divisional matchups is critical. If at the end of the season, the Chiefs are tied for first with another team, the tiebreaker comes down to first head-to-head matchups, and if that is split, divisional record.
That is what makes defeating the San Diego Chargers out of the break so pivotal.
Chiefs Weekly: Top Social Posts from The Mothership
Since it's the bye weekend, the Chiefs are hanging up their uniforms and putting on their blue to cheer on our neighbors, the Kansas City Royals. Chiefs players and fans alike are ecstatic right now - as they should be, considering the last Royals postseason win came during the week the first Blockbuster Video opened in 1985! It has been a long wait, but now Kansas City is electric.
KCChiefs.com Video: Arrowhead Update 10/10: Let's Go Royals!
KCChiefs.com Video: Chiefs Brief: Chiefs and Royals Similarities
KCChiefs.com Video: Cheerleaders in St Lucia: Act 2
KCChiefs.com Video: Cheerleader Chatter: Krystal
One of the interesting statistical notes for the Kansas City Chiefs this season is that a different receiver has been the recipient of the most targets in each of their five games...
...By necessity, Smith had to move the ball around. But if the Chiefs are going to grow their passing game, they'll have to begin targeting their best receivers more often. That means Kelce, who leads the Chiefs with 20 catches, 274 receiving yards and three touchdown receptions, but also Bowe and Charles and, to a lesser extent, Thomas.
Charles backed up a washed-up Larry Johnson for the first season and a half after joining the Chiefs. One of his early head coaches, Todd Haley, thought so little of Charles for a game against the Oakland Raiders in September 2009 that he deactivated a healthy Charles in favor of another of Johnson's backups, Dantrell Savage.
The Chiefs and Haley really stumbled onto Charles. He was an accidental star, one the Chiefs were left with no choice but to go with later in that 2009 season when Johnson's erratic behavior forced the Chiefs to get rid of him.
While we're on the subject of Jamaal Charles, I'm going to list my five favorites among the games he's played for the Kansas City Chiefs. He's had some games that statistically are better than some of those I've listed, but you'll notice the Chiefs won all of these.
1. Dec. 15, 2013 at Oakland: Interestingly, the Raiders are the one opponent that had historically been able to hold Charles in check. And he had just 20 yards on eight rushing attempts on this day. But Charles tied a career high in catches with eight and set career highs for receiving yards (195) and touchdowns (5) as the Chiefs clinched a playoff berth with a 56-31 victory.
When you look at the condition of many retired football players' hands, you realize one must be borderline insane to play in the NFL without gloves. Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry does exactly that, and it's helped him earn the utmost respect of his peers (the three Pro Bowls help, too).
Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin told NFL Network, "It's pretty cool [Berry] doesn't play with any gloves on. It's kind of old school." Although Berry goes gloveless, it certainly doesn't seem to affect his catching. He's got sick hands for a DB, having pulled down a number of tough interceptions over his first few seasons in the league. Berry's bare-skin approach is reportedly in honor of Sean Taylor, the late Redskins safety who opted for a bad*ss taped-finger look during his playing days.
Aaron Murray and girlfriend Kacie McDonnell get engaged from Larry Brown Sports
This is a big year of engagements for the Murray family. Aaron's brother, Josh, was a contestant on the reality TV show "The Bachelorette" and won the competition. He is now engaged to Andi Dorfman.
What does Flint football legend Andre Rison have in common with sports stars Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees, former NBA player Jalen Rose, and Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo?
All of them are nominees for the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2015.
Rison, a former NFL Pro Bowler, has a shot at entering alongside a star-studded list of Michigan athletes.
Judge won't delay deadline tied to proposed NFL concussion deal from The Los Angeles Times
A federal judge denied four motions Thursday seeking to delay the Tuesday deadline for retired players and their families to opt out of the proposed NFL concussion deal.
Attorneys representing the families of late NFL players Lewis Bush and Dave Duerson had asked U.S. District Judge Anita Brody to postpone the date until after the Nov. 19 fairness hearing.
Similar requests were made by two groups, 214 retired NFL players and 23 former Kansas City Chiefs.
Award for Outstanding Service to Cause and Community: Tony Gonzalez. The popular NFL analyst and record-holding athlete (Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons) will be recognized for distinction in service, where he matches his on-field talents with a fervor for community service.
Nothing like a good sport malapropism to lighten the mood from The Rochester Business Journal
Yogi, of course, is the Babe Ruth and Michael Jordan of malapropisms. No one in the history of sports could turn or mangle a phrase quite like the New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher. Entire books have been devoted to Yogi's linguistic faux pas, many of which contain kernels of truth. In honor of Yogi and Hank, I offer some of my favorite sports malapropisms. Enjoy...
...Former Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram: "Let's matriculate the football down the field."
An appreciation of the doink from A.V. Club
But the touchdown dancers continue to take their craft to new interpretive heights. Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce recently unveiled his "Hunting for the source of that smell... found it!" routine: