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Royals! Just, wow. Now the Kansas City Chiefs need to step up their game. Here's the latest news from across the internet. Enjoy!

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Chiefs vs. Royals: Comparing Players from The Mothership

This is something that will be talked about for generations of Royals fans. Your kids, your grandchildren, they will hear of this time in some manner or another.

The book isn't finished but the pen is to the paper and with every extra-inning victory, the next chapter reads even more exciting than the last.

So in the spirit of what our neighbors are accomplishing right now and how much of the Kansas City fan base shares love for both the Chiefs and the Royals, let's have some fun comparing players of each team.

We're looking at 13 Royals players and finding out who their counterpart is on the Chiefs.

This is meant to be fun, but let me know in the comments if you have an incorrect opinion on why Lorenzo Cain is NOT like Justin Houston, or any others.

Where they Rank: Chiefs vs. Chargers from The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs head to San Diego for an AFC West divisional matchup with the Chargers on Sunday. The Chargers boast the league's best point differential ( 73) and are tied for the best record in the NFL at 5-1.

Here are some other statistical categories and where these two teams rank amongst one another.

KCChiefs.com Photo Gallery: BCA Lunch

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Chiefs sign TE Brandon Barden to practice squad from Chiefs Digest

Barden, who measures 6-4, 253 pounds, recently spent training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars before his release in late August. He recorded three preseason catches for 18 yards as a Jaguar during the exhibition games.

The 25-year-old Barden originally entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Vanderbilt with the Tennessee Titans.

Here's how much easier schedule gets for Chiefs from ESPN

We knew going in that this early-season stretch would be difficult for the Chiefs but now we have the numbers. They've played five games against opponents with a cumulative record of 16-12, for a winning percentage of .571. That's seventh highest in the NFL.

Their opponents for the final 11 games have a current winning percentage of 470. That's 24th highest in the NFL, 11th highest in the AFC and, maybe most importantly, fourth highest in the AFC West.

Chiefs developing to Andy Reid's liking from ESPN

The Chiefs have limped to a 2-3 start that includes a loss to the otherwise dismal Tennessee Titans, but also a blowout victory over the New England Patriots.

The Chiefs will need that grit if they're going to get back into the AFC West race. They're already 2½ games behind the first-place Chargers and will play in San Diego on Sunday. The game concludes a difficult five-game stretch that included only one contest at Arrowhead Stadium.

Opponent Profile: Chargers Look To Continue Momentum, Host Chiefs Sunday from CBS Los Angeles

Both fans and members of the San Diego Chargers will have a much better idea of just how good this team sitting at 5-1 really is late in the evening hours of Oct. 23. That is after the Chargers visit the Mile High City for a Thursday night encounter with the Denver Broncos.

Following a hard-fought 31-28 win Sunday in Oakland, the Chargers turned their attention to division rival number two: The Kansas City Chiefs.

While the Chargers have been pretty successful against the Chiefs in recent times (San Diego has won the last four meetings), Kansas City (2-3) is still a dangerous foe for the Bolts, especially having had this past weekend off.

Power Rankings: No. 18 Kansas City Chiefs from ESPN

The Chiefs have some numbers to suggest they should be even higher in the rankings. They have, to date, played one of the most difficult schedules in the NFL. They are the NFL's only team with a losing record to have scored more points (119) than it has allowed (101). The Chiefs can make a strong case to be ahead of the No. 16 Chicago Bears and No. 17 New Orleans Saints. Both of those teams have allowed more points than they've scored.

Chart: Only 8.3 Percent Of NFL Broadcast Is Actual Game Play from NESN

The greatest proportion of a broadcast - 35.5 percent - is "players standing around between plays," with another 24.5 percent made up of commercials, according to Vox.

McCoy: Fill Empty Seats With Chargers Fans from NBC San Diego

Heading into Sunday's divisional showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium, Chargers coach Mike McCoy doesn't want to give any advantages to the visitors.

There are about 2,500 tickets available for the game, and McCoy hopes nobody wearing red will get their hands on them.

NFL odds Week 7: Early betting lines and spreads to monitor from Sports Illustrated

Indianapolis is also tied with Philadelphia and San Diego with the best ATS mark in the league this season at 5-1. Philadelphia is on a bye in Week 7, while the Chargers play host to the Kansas City Chiefs as 5.5-point favorites on the opening NFL odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. San Diego had been rolling along with a perfect ATS record before failing to cover in their 31-28 win over the Oakland Raiders last week.

5 Reasons Autumn is Brutal on Native Americans from Indian Country Today Media Network

Ah, yes. This is the time of year when fans of the Washington football team and the Kansas City Chiefs, specifically, don faux Native American headdresses, chant god-awful nonsense in the stands, and even paint their faces red, all whilst quaffing beer and sucking down day-old dogs.

For decades, Native Americans have rallied against this ignorance and arrogance; for a time, our collective voice fell on deaf ears. But, now, the momentum builds. People everywhere are beginning to recognize the inherent discrimination in such harmful behavior. Yep, autumn - the launch of the NFL season - is a test of Native American patience, eloquence and fortitude.

Fantasy football waiver wire: 5 quarterbacks to target for Week 7 from SB Nation

Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (owned in 42 percent of leagues): The Chiefs are coming off a bye week and get the San Diego Chargers in Week 7. The Chargers were just gashed by a rookie quarterback, so maybe Smith can get it going in the road game.

Thanks to tight end Travis Kelce emerging as a weapon, Smith has seven touchdowns in his last three games and one of them was against a very tough San Francisco 49ers defense on the road.

Lock 'em in: Justin Forsett leads fantasy studs who will roll in Week 7 from USA Today

2. TE Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs
$6,400 salary | 12.8% of cap

Gates has seen fewer than five targets just once in six games and has scored three times in his last two. KC has allowed four touchdowns to tight ends this year and has been lucky to have faced a few clubs that didn't have a TE-heavy game plan.

Brandon Flowers in question vs. Chiefs from The San Diego Union Tribune

Brandon Flowers has two chances this year to play his former team.

It is possible he'll miss the first.

The Chargers cornerback was forced to exit Sunday's win against the Raiders with a third-quarter groin injury. The ailment is considered "not too bad," a source said, although his status is in question for this weekend, likely to be determined over the coming days.

The Film Don't Lie: Chargers from ESPN

When the Chargers host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, defensive coordinator John Pagano will try to dial up enough pressure to record a sack for the first time in two weeks.

The Chargers finished without a sack or quarterback in hit in a 31-28 win against the Oakland Raiders. Up until that point, San Diego had totaled 12 sacks through five games.

San Diego's leading sack man, Dwight Freeney, has not recorded a sack since Week 3 against Buffalo.