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Good morning! Happy Red (and Blue) Friday!! Here's today's Kansas City Chiefs news.

Rob Carr

10/23 Practice Recap: Jamell Fleming Earned Role by Taking Practice Seriously from The Mothership

Practice hard and make the most of the opportunities that come your way. That's what cornerbackJamell Fleming's creed has been since his arrival from the Baltimore Ravens on September 12.

"Coming to a new team, you want to show them that you can play and that you're accountable and that you work hard," he said. "So that was my mindset coming in."

Fleming, who started his career with the Arizona Cardinals before finding his way to Kansas City by way of Jacksonville and Baltimore, has been on the Chiefs' active roster since then, competing at practice and working hard as a member of the special teams unit.

It was his efforts in both of those areas that earned him the start at cornerback replacing Marcus Cooper last week against the San Diego Chargers.

Coordinators Press Conferences 10/23 from The Mothership

Q: Your center, talk about his improvement (Rodney Hudson) not just the blocks on the line, but he's leading a lot of these sweeps. Just talk about Rodney.

PEDERSON: "I tell you, Rodney is the anchor of that offensive line obviously. And everything kind of goes through Rodney, from calls, from getting the other four guys going in the right direction. He's very quiet, he's very, kind of, to himself but yet he gets out onto the football field and he becomes a different player."

Q: Athletically?

PEDERSON: "Tremendous and we've asked a lot of him. As you mentioned, pulling and getting out in front of sweeps and throws and different things. When you have an athletic center like he is, it's good to be able to utilize him that way."

Chiefs vs. Rams: Five Things to Watch from The Mothership

Much has been made about the lack of sacks from this Rams front four so far this season. They have just four sacks through their first six games, which ranks last in the NFL.

But Chiefs coach Andy Reid and quarterback Alex Smith say they don't see a group struggling to cause problems up front.

"The hits on the quarterback have been there," Reid explained of the Rams defense. "Their interceptions are up a little bit, and they have scored a few touchdowns off of those. So they are still very efficient. This is a good defense. We look forward to that challenge."

Mailbag: Enough Weapons for a Super Bowl Run? from The Mothership

Lino from Amarillo: Do you think Alex Smith has the weapons to make a Super Bowl run?

I believe there's enough talent on this team to beat any team in the NFL on any given day.

You can see the way coach Andy Reid uses so many different personnel groups and combinations of different players based on favorable matchups. That's not the way it's done everywhere.

While every team tries to expose mismatches, the Chiefs do it with a variety of players and groups, and they have enough talent in each of these areas that they can score points with the best of them.

Look at guys like Travis KelceAnthony Sherman and De'Anthony Thomas. These are versatile players who can be moved around to do different things against different teams.

St. Louis Rams: A Closer Look from The Mothership

On his weekly conference call with the opposing team's media, Rams coach Jeff Fisher took time to praise his young signal caller.

"[Davis] is one of those guys that you could look and watch around the league and you know which guys are here at Friday night at 8 o' clock on his own studying tape," Fisher explained of his young quarterback. "He's one of those guys. It's important to him and he's taking advantage of the opportunity."

Besides the intangibles he's shown, Davis has demonstrated the ability to make plays when he steps out onto the field.

In just 206 pass attempts so far this season, Davis has already attempted 29 passes of 20 yards or more. Therefore, even as a young player in a role much bigger than expected out of him this season, he's not afraid to take his shots.

Governor's Cup from The Mothership

Since the Rams relocation to Missouri, the Chiefs own a perfect 5-0 regular season record against their in-state, I-70 foes.

The Chiefs and Rams will once again compete for the Governor's Cup on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. CT on Fox.

First Downs for Down Syndrome Step Up Walk from The Mothership

Over the weekend, Chiefs Ambassadors and other alumni supported First Downs for Down Syndrome (FDFDS) Step Up Walk at Arrowhead Stadium. This one-mile walk around the stadium helped raise awareness and funds to support education and medical needs in Kansas City youth with Down syndrome.

FDFDS is a unique organization that strives to support the families in the Kansas City area caring for a loved one with Down syndrome. With the help of FDFDS, these families have local access to vital medical, emotional, and educational support services.

Chiefs Weekly: Top Social Posts from The Mothership

Many of the Chiefs players visited The K this week to support the Royals in the World Series.

One Direction set to play Arrowhead Stadium from The Mothership

"We are excited that One Direction has announced that they will be playing at Arrowhead Stadium in the summer of 2015," Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. "Over the past number of years we have put an emphasis on making Arrowhead Stadium an entertainment destination for fans of all ages, interests and backgrounds. This is a great opportunity for One Direction fans throughout Chiefs Kingdom to experience all that Arrowhead has to offer as an iconic entertainment venue."

KCChiefs.com Podcast: Chiefs Download 10/24

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Week 8: Thursday injury report from Chiefs Digest

Hemingway joins strong safety Eric Berry (ankle), tight end Travis Kelce (ribs) and cornerback Sean Smith (groin) as officially listed as putting in a limited practice.

Thursday marked the second straight day of a limited workout for Berry, who hasn't played since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 2.

Running back Cyrus Gray (hand) and outside linebacker Justin Houston (ankle) practiced fully for the second straight day.

Chiefs, Rams both riding high as they take aim at Governor's Cup from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

The Chiefs look to continue their dominance over a St. Louis Rams team that's coming off an impressive victory of its own when the two teams meet up Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Two weeks removed from a frustrating five-point loss at San Francisco that dropped its record below .500, Kansas City (3-3) snapped San Diego's five-game winning streak with a 23-20 road victory last Sunday. Rookie Cairo Santos' wobbly 48-yard field goal with 21 seconds left capped a nine-play, 62-yard drive and helped the Chiefs remain a threat in the AFC West.

Unassuming C Rodney Hudson the rock on Chiefs offensive line from Chiefs Digest

The Chiefs rely on Hudson as the quarterback of the offensive line and his athleticism to often pull as the lead blocker on sweeps.

"When you have an athletic center like he is," Pederson said, "it's good to be able to utilize him that way."

The attention on Hudson, who enters the final year of his contract, isn't limited to the Chiefs.

Hudson's skillset also drew appreciation from Sunday's opponent, as St. Louis Rams middle linebacker James Laurinatis singled out Hudson during Wednesday's media conference call.

Rams vs. Chiefs preview from ESPN

Teicher: Nick, big win for the Rams last week, but they obviously put a lot into that game, and I wonder how much they'll have in the tank for this week's game, at least from an emotional standpoint. How do you think the Rams will respond against the Chiefs?

Wagoner: The Rams do and have lacked a lot of things this year, but in a general sense, effort and enthusiasm have been pretty constant. The only time they looked wholly unprepared was the beginning of their loss to Philadelphia, and even then they came back and had a late possession with a chance to win the game.

Rams wary of Chiefs QB Alex Smith's rushing skills from Chiefs Digest

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has nine touchdown passes against an interception in the last four games.

Smith takes care of the football, evidenced by a 1.4 interception percentage in 2013, which marked the best among quarterbacks with a minimum of 350 passing attempts last season...

...The Rams are aware of the challenges defending Smith when he's passing.

But another area where Smith excels raises caution flags for the Rams, especially after Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson rushed for 106 yards against St. Louis in Week 7.

NFL Preview - St. Louis (2-4) at Kansas City (3-3) (ET) from The Miami Herald

The Kansas City Chiefs haven't played at Arrowhead Stadium in almost a month and hope to give their fans something to cheer about when the St. Louis Rams come to town Sunday...

...Kansas City, which is playing at home for the first time since a 41-14 rout of New England on Sept. 29, hopes running back Jamaal Charles can continue his recent surge on the ground. Charles ran for a season-high 95 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers, and passed Priest Holmes' mark of 6,070 career rushing yards.

Charles has 6,113 rushing yards and is the third player in team lore to record 6,000 or more rushing yards. He is averaging 89.0 rushing yards per game in the last three after running for a total of 23 in his first two games. The Chiefs are third in rushing this season with 140.3 yards per game and will face a St. Louis defense that is 28th against the rush (145.0).

St. Louis Rams (2-4) at Kansas City Chiefs (3-3) from Lindy's Sports

PREDICTION: The Rams unloaded the special teams bag of tricks at home last week and still barely held off rival Seattle. On the road against a solid playoff contender, St. Louis' youth is too much to overcome in the din of Arrowhead.

OUR PICK: Chiefs 28-20

Don't look for a rivalry when Chiefs meet Rams from ESPN

To most everyone else involved, players and fans from both sides, the Governor's Cup, presented whenever the NFL football teams from Kansas City and St. Louis face one another, is just a meaningless piece of hardware.

Though the Rams and their backers get worked up about games with Seattle, San Francisco and Arizona, and the Chiefs look forward to their AFC West rivalries, this Missouri battle is just another game.

After early trouble, Chiefs' Santo becoming clutch from The Associated Press via The Fresno Bee

The Brazilian youngster with the booming leg missed another kick the following week at Denver, but has made six straight over the last three games. The coup de grace: A winning, 48-yarder with 21 seconds left in a 23-20 victory at San Diego last Sunday.

"With kickers, sometimes it's a roller coaster," Santos said. "You can't run from it. It's about being mentally strong. If you make one, it's onto the next kick. Just like if you miss one. Nothing I did in San Diego is going to help us beat the St. Louis Rams."

That may be true to some extent, but the kick that sent the Chiefs (3-3) past the Chargers last Sunday certainly filled Santos with confidence. And it also filled the rest of the Chiefs with confidence, too - if the offense can get the ball to an opponent's 35, they know now that they will come away with at least three points just about every time.

Trade Chase Daniel? Not without big return from ESPN

Chiefs should not trade for Jackson or Williams: Jackson would look good in a Chiefs uniform. He's just not practical. He'll be 32 in January. Buyers should be aware of receivers at that age. He also makes a salary of $10 million this year and about $10 million in each of the next two seasons. So the Chiefs would have a large chunk of their salary cap tied up in two over-30 wide receivers, Jackson and Dwayne Bowe. That's a one-way ticket to salary-cap purgatory.

EarQ and the Kansas City Chiefs Huddle up Against Hearing Loss from IT Business Net

On October 21, the EarQ team provided the children of Kansas City with greater access to hearing healthcare services as part of the 2014 NFL & United Way Hometown Huddle event hosted by the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO.

Alongside other healthcare participants, like representatives from Team Smile the EarQ team, which included audiologists from Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, NE, and Sertoma Speech and Hearing in Palos Hill, IL, offered hearing screenings and video ear inspections to local children.

Chiefs need the help return game is capable of providing from ESPN

The Chiefs should be better in this particular phase. They've built the bottom of their roster with an eye on special teams, keeping backups such as running back Cyrus Gray and linebacker Jerry Franklin because of their value in the kicking game. Their main returner, Knile Davis, averaged more than 32 yards per chance last year and had a 108-yard touchdown.

Davis has started a lot of his returns from deep in the end zone, when he might be better off taking a touchback. But he's only doing what Toub has coached him to do.

QB Smith writes career's second act with Chiefs from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Alex Smith was in the midst of his finest NFL season in 2012 when he suffered a concussion in a Nov. 11 game against the Rams.

On a scramble late in the first quarter, Smith fell awkwardly and was hit from behind by linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar. Smith stayed in the game but took another hit on a quarterback sneak early in the second quarter.

"It was probably a combination of both (hits)," Smith told the Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas after that season. "I definitely got my bell rung (by Dunbar) and continued to play. I didn't have any (concussion) symptoms after that, though. Then on the QB sneak is when my vision went and I was really kind of disoriented a little bit."

Chiefs Tickets 17% Above Average For Game Vs Rams from The Pitch

An in-state Missouri battle brings this game to a premium on the secondary market as the game is 17% above the remaining season average for Chiefs tickets at home. The average price for Chiefs vs Rams tickets is $137 on the secondary market with a get-in price of $50. Needless to say, fans are getting a pretty nice deal for what could be a potential blowout win.

Of course, blowout wins are a lot easier said than done.

Denver Broncos Take Stranglehold On AFC West, Beat Chargers 35-21 from Inquisitr

The Broncos are the better team right now, an unquestionable statement through the season's halfway point. They sit alone atop the AFC West. They're 6-1 The Chargers are 5-3, having now suffered two division losses now, to the Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Encouraging a Walk in the Hall of Fame from The New York Times

Unlike pro baseball teams, which have long marketed their history, many pro football teams have left NFL Films, the league's documentarians, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton to chronicle their stories.

Yet in the last few years, with the N.F.L. looking forward to its centennial in 2019, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New England Patriots, the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers and other teams have curated their history to burnish their images and attract a few extra dollars. The Miami Dolphins and the Minnesota Vikings are following suit.

Tales of the Tape: How will the Chiefs respond to Austin Davis? from Sports Illustrated

So, how can Kansas City counter Davis' dink-and-dunk approach?

Well, one answer is to ... not. In other words, just allow Davis to throw three-yard routes all afternoon, counting on the run defense or an occasional miscue to push the Rams into third-and-medium/long situations.

Another key: pressure, as always.

NFL Week 8 game picks: Seahawks, Bengals bounce back from NFL.com

For the first time since Bill Kenney and Todd Blackledge were embroiled in a blazing-hot quarterback controversy, fans in Kansas City are more excited about the Royals than the Chiefs. Kansas City hasn't been involved in the Fall Classic since 1985, when the opponent was, ironically, the St. Louis Cardinals. Don Denkinger blew a call of Hochulian proportions in Game 6, allowing the Royals to ultimately prevail in seven. But I think the real question here is, can the visiting Rams' offense score seven? Or can Buddy Biancalana play wideout for either of these teams? 

Yes, St. Louis toppled Seattle on Sunday, but its offense mustered just 275 yards -- special teams can't bring home the barbecue every week. Meanwhile, these two clubs might boast the two most ineffective wideout groups in the league. Thank goodness for No. 25 in cherry red. #STLvsKC