Donovan McNabb Happy to See Familiar Faces in KC from The Mothership
On Sunday, McNabb makes his debut as a game analyst for the FOX TV broadcast of Chiefs-Rams. It's only fitting that he'll call his first game for the coach who drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick out of Syracuse back in 1999.
But it isn't just Reid that McNabb is familiar with on this Chiefs staff, which was apparent for anyone around the facility when McNabb showed up on Friday morning.
Coach Reid has surrounded himself with a lot of guys he coached with back in Philadelphia and even guys who played with McNabb during his career.
There were a lot of smiles, hugs and laughs as McNabb made his way onto the Chiefs practice field Friday morning.
Game Day Info: Chiefs vs. Rams from The Mothership
FCA Faith and Family Chapel
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) is joining the Kansas City Chiefs to offer a non-denominational pregame chapel service for Chiefs fans at Arrowhead Stadium who may miss their normal Sunday worship opportunities due to Chiefs games.
The service will be held inside of the East Pavilion on the south side of Arrowhead Stadium at 9:30a.m. and will be led by Chiefs Chaplain Phillip Kelley alongside Mike DeVito.
Pink Seat Honoree: Catherine Fabien from The Mothership
This weekend, the Chiefs will celebrate Catherine Fabien who was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2013. After seven rounds of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, followed by 33 rounds of radiation and six more rounds of chemotherapy, Fabien is finally cancer free.
The Chiefs, along with Hy-Vee and The University of Kansas Hospital will recognize Fabien on Sunday as the Chiefs Pink Seat Honoree.
"We are so excited for this opportunity on Sunday," Fabien noted. "I'm really humbled. I've listened to other women's stories. I know women who have had to go through days and days in the hospital, had complications with their treatment, or things just haven't gone smooth. There are a lot of other women who have gone through worse and I think they deserve to be honored. I'm just so humbled."
Game Day Forecast from The National Weather Service
Today Sunny, with a high near 86. East wind 7 to 17 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.
Chiefs bring back DT Jerel Worthy to practice squad from Chiefs Digest
The 6-2, 308-pound Worthy rejoins the organization four days after the Chiefs released him on Tuesday in favor of guard Jarrod Pughsley.
The Chiefs released offensive tackle Curtis Feigt to make room on the 10-man practice squad for Worthy.
Worthy and the 6-6, 310-pound Feigt originally signed with the Chiefs practice squad on Sept. 9.
Rams-Chiefs: Matchup breakdown from ESPN
Rams left tackle Jake Long vs. Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali
At this point, Justin Houston has emerged as the better of the Chiefs' two primary pass-rushers but that doesn't mean Hali can be taken for granted, especially considering he has what should be a favorable matchup against Long. Long has had his share of ups and downs this year but the downs traditionally seem to come when he faces elite pass-rushers. Hali still qualifies.
Through six games, Hali has four sacks and 12 quarterback hurries and is still able to convert speed to power as well as just about any edge rusher in the game.
The NFL's apparent desire for more offense has paid off.
Teams league-wide combined to score 4,250 points two weeks ago, marking the most points through six weeks of action in NFL history.
To put the scoring binge in perspective, the Chiefs currently allow 20.2 points per game entering Week 8, yet rank as the sixth-best defense in points allowed. This clearly isn't the NFL of a decade ago when a defense allowing 20-plus points per game cracked the Top 10.
Since his playing career ended, McNabb has worked as an in-studio analyst for both ESPN and Fox and he hasn't shied away from controversial conversation...
...You know he's going to say something out of the blue in the KC broadcast booth, Sunday. Here are some possibilities.
When the Chiefs throw the ball on a dozen, or so, straight plays.
"You know Andy only runs the ball to give the wide receivers a rest,'' McNabb might say.
Or when the camera flashes to KC offensive coordinator Doug Pederson.
"I love Doug,'' McNabb could mention. "He made it so easy for me. Taking over for him at quarterback was great, because he was so bad.''
W2W4: St. Louis Rams from ESPN
1. Defending the perimeter: The Chiefs boast one of the NFL's most unique and difficult to defend rushing attacks behind running backs Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis. It's a run game that can beat defenses any number of ways but is particularly tough to stop on the edge. Through six games, the Chiefs are fourth in the league running outside the tackles with an average of 5.96 yards per attempt. That doesn't bode well for a Rams defense, which ranks last in the league in defending runs on the edge by surrendering 8.15 yards per rush on 48 carries.
Chiefs-Rams: Beware of something special from KC Star via The Wichita Eagle
The trick play was designed and first implemented by Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub in 2011 when he was at Chicago. It calls for 10 members of the return team to lure the coverage unit by pretending to be blocking for a return on one side of the field. Meanwhile, a solitary return man on the opposite side actually returns the punt.
Toub brought the play to Kansas City. The Chiefs tried to use it last season against Denver, but the punt hit the ground before it could be returned.
The Rams pulled it off brilliantly after noticing through film study that Seattle's Jon Ryan punted to his left nearly every time.
NFL whip around: What we're watching in Week 8 from USA Today
For Entertainment Purposes Only: Despite beating Seattle last week, the St. Louis Rams find themselves the biggest underdogs of the week, with the Kansas City Chiefs a 7.5-point favorite for the battle of Missouri. Both of the Chiefs' last two games - a win against San Diego, and a loss at San Francisco - were decided by five points or less.
7 things to watch: Rams at Chiefs from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A KC MASTERPIECE
KC's offense runs through three-time Pro Bowler Jamaal Charles. Although on the small side at 5 feet 11, 199 pounds, Charles isn't shy about pounding it up the middle. But the real danger comes when he changes direction and bounces outside. That's when he becomes a home-run threat. The Rams' run defense improved noticeably the past two games - at least when it came to Frank Gore and Marshawn Lynch - but they're still having problems setting the edge and holding the perimeter.
Bell Tolls: Reality bites some NFL teams entering Week 8 from USA Today
Did somebody mention turnovers? That's significant when considering what's happened with the Kansas City Chiefs, who were an inspiring 11-5 playoff squad last season, but are 3-3 at the moment.
The Chiefs won so many games last season by generating takeaways and setting up Alex Smith with short fields. The Seahawks were the only team in the NFL with more takeaways than Kansas City last season, but now the Chiefs are experiencing life from a different perspective.
Just one team, the New York Jets, have produced fewer than Kansas City's four takeaways.
So much for that formula. The Chiefs rank 27th in the NFL for points off turnovers.
Noise is a chief concern for Rams in KC from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
He made hay in Tampa Bay. Nearly lassoed the Cowboys. Didn't stink in the Linc.
He stared down the San Francisco defense for a half before stubbing his toe. And plucked the Seahawks with a little help from the Rams' special teams.
The further adventures of young Austin Davis continue Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. Welcome to the Sea of Red...
...And the entire Arrowhead experience is unique. As the Rams' team buses pull into the parking lot Sunday, sweet-smelling smoke from hundreds - and hundreds - of charcoal grills will be rising in the morning sky.
Shortly before kickoff, the KC Wolf, the Chiefs' mascot, will commit unspeakable acts upon a likeness of Rampage, its St. Louis counterpart.
And with hands on heart, 76,000 red-blooded Chiefs fans will conclude the national anthem by singing:
"O'er the land of the free, and the home of the ... CHIEFS!"
And then the noise begins.
Rams-Chiefs: What to Watch 4 from The Belleville News-Democrat
3. Will the Chiefs be able to exploit a potentially thin Rams defensive backfield?
While cornerback Trumaine Johnson (knee) remains a possibility to return this week, starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins (knee) is questionable and cornerback Brandon McGee is out with a foot injury. Even with the NFL's "next man up" motto, that leaves rookies E.J. Gaines, Lamarcus Joyner and Marcus Roberson as potential cornerback candidates. The Chiefs' most significant injury loss is safety Eric Berry (ankle).
NFL: Week 8 Confidence Picks from AllMediaNY
(11) Kansas City Chiefs vs. St. Louis Rams: KC has the best point differential (plus 21) among the 3-3 teams. Over the past five games, the Chiefs have wins over San Diego and New England, while giving Denver and San Francisco all they can handle. They look like a playoff team, which is something I'm not ready to say about St. Louis despite their upset of Seattle.
NFL Insider: Who's hot, who's not and more from The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Kansas City Chiefs have allowed no 300-yard passing games despite playing Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Colin Kaepernick and Philip Rivers, among others.
Free agent moves, the best and worst from The Boston Globe
The NFL has done a good job in recent years of improving its concussion protocol and educating players and coaches on the dangers and long-term effects of concussions. But the NFL's policies only work if the players cooperate.
Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles brought the issue to light this past week when he admitted that he didn't seek out the Chiefs' medical staff for a potential concussion after a helmet-to-helmet collision with San Diego's Brandon Flowers that left the cornerback with a concussion.
Charles has a history with the NFL's concussion protocol, of course. Last year in the playoffs against Indianapolis, Charles suffered a concussion in the first quarter, and per the protocol, was not allowed to return to the game, which the Chiefs lost.
Charles admitted last week on ESPN Radio that he saw "this light buzzing around my eyes" after the Flowers hit but didn't want to go through the protocol and potentially come out of the game.
Caesar's NFL Week 8 picks: Chief problem looms for Rams from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
RAMS AT CHIEFS
Line: Chiefs by 7
The Rams' secondary is banged up, so Kansas City might throw a little more than usual. But the Chiefs' forte is their Jamaal Charles-led ground game (No. 3 in the NFL), and with the Rams' run defense being poor (No. 28), expect KC to go to that attack often. STL beat SEA last week with trick plays. Magic act leaves the stage here.
Chiefs 30, Rams 20
Your Week 8 Sunday Preview from National Football Post
Kansas City (-7) vs. St. Louis
Right now, the fans in Kansas City are having a ball. The Royals are in the World Series and the Chiefs are coming off an exciting road win in San Diego.
Most handicappers will be taking the Rams, especially after that huge upset win over Seattle last week. I can't agree. The Chiefs are tough at home and quarterback Alex Smith is playing well. Smith was excellent last week in San Diego. What makes the situation more difficult for St. Louis is that the Rams may be without their top corners.
I can't see Rams quarterback Austin Davis continuing to play at a high level, especially on the road. Kansas City wins and covers the spread.