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Good morning! We have your Kansas City Chiefs news from across the internet. Today's stories include recaps of Sunday's game, looks ahead to Sunday's opponent, an Ode to Arrowhead, and a very poorly translated article on a certain tiny, Brazilian kicker's improvement. Enjoy!

John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs to Honor American Indian Heritage Month Leading Up to Game on Sunday from The Mothership

The Kansas City Chiefs and the American Indian Community Working Group, in association with the American Indian Center of the Great Plains, will celebrate November as American Indian Heritage Month the week of Oct. 27. The week-long celebration will culminate with the team's American Indian Heritage Month game on Sunday, Nov. 2 when the Chiefs take on the New York Jets at Arrowhead Stadium.

"We are pleased to announce our alignment with the American Indian Community Working Group and details for American Indian Heritage Month this week," Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. "This represents the culmination of a number of positive discussions that focused on educating our fans and creating awareness of American Indian history and heritage within the Chiefs Kingdom."

Chiefs QB Alex Smith Has Shoulder Sprain from The Mothership

Reid said he believes the injury happened late in the first half.

"I believe it happened right before halftime," Reid said. "He just kind of landed on it. It's probably more of a bruise than anything but it's pretty tender."

Smith went 10 of 13 for 115 yards in the second half and didn't have to worry about throwing the ball when the Chiefs got the ball right after halftime because Knile Davis took it back 99 yards for the touchdown on the opening kickoff.

Chiefs vs. Rams: Game Takeaways from The Mothership

But the final score isn't at all representative of what the first four minutes of this game looked like.

On the opening drive, the Rams took the ball 65 yards in six plays and capped by a 1-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Austin Davis to tight end Lance Kendricks, the Chiefs found themselves trailing 7-0 just over three minutes into the game.

"I thought after the first drive they put together we settled down defensively and played pretty good," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "Offensively, I thought we started out sloppy and then picked it up as it went. The offensive line settled in and Jamaal (Charles) did a good job."

Andy Reid Press Conference 10/27 from The Mothership

Q: Eric Fisher has gone against some very good pass rushers in the last few weeks. What have you learned from him through the first seven games?

REID: "He had the one (sack allowed) just before half. Other than that, I thought he did a pretty good job throughout. You can see him growing every week and improving fundamentally. Not as much in the run game because he does a pretty good job right there. It's in the pass game that normally your young tackles have to learn the techniques and sometimes the pitches that those defensive guys are throwing at you. So you can see improvement here. I was pleased with how he played yesterday."

Chiefs vs. Rams: Game Changing Sequence from The Mothership

What was going to be a 24-yard chip shot for the lead suddenly became a 38-yard attempt that was ultimately missed wide right by Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein.

The defense stood tall during the biggest moment in the game, and the Chiefs ensuing offensive drive helped capture the momentum back on the Chiefs side, where it hadn't been for much of the first half.

"I thought that was important," Reid said of the end of the first half. "That was a tough change around for the Rams. Fortunate for us, Cairo stuck that thing. Cairo was impressive yesterday with the length of his kickoffs and then that one right there."

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Chiefs QB Alex Smith dealing with shoulder sprain from Chiefs Digest

A potential good sign on Smith's health surrounded his availability to the media following Sunday's game.

Smith's right arm wasn't in a sling during his postgame media session and he didn't appear to be in discomfort while taking questions.

The Chiefs typically have Smith available to the media every Wednesday, so a good gauge of his availability for Week 9's game will be known then.

Redskins End Cowboys' Six-Game Winning Streak from The Associated Press via The New York Times

CHIEFS' LEADER PLAYED HURT Alex Smith's efficient performance for the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday became even more impressive the next day.

Smith, the Chiefs' starting quarterback, sprained his throwing shoulder late in the first half against the St. Louis Rams. But Smith never missed a snap, and he went on to complete 24 of 28 passes for 226 yards in what turned into a 34-7 rout at Arrowhead Stadium.

3 in the Kee: You just can't stop Santos, Parker or the Power of Toub from FS Kansas City

It's starting to come together. For everybody. Rookie Dee Ford even joined the Kansas City Chiefs' garden party with a half-sack in the second half of Sunday's rout of the St. Louis Rams, his first in an NFL uniform.

"This team is resilient, man," the first-round pick out of Auburn said after the game. "We didn't start pretty at all. And we're starting to click because we work, man."

Since a logic-defying crapola sandwich of a loss at home to the Titans during Week 1 -- Tennessee is 1-5 since -- the Chiefs (4-3) have won four of six and become one of the NFL's most under-the-radar rising stocks, plausibly raising the possibility that the AFC West could snatch three playoff spots for a second straight season.

"We're so close," Ford continued. "We're so close, and then we lose pieces, and important pieces, you know what I mean? But we have guys who step up and we just try to keep this team chemistry going and really just hone in the little things in practice. We are a complete team. We are a complete team."

Chiefs' pass defense takes over No. 1 ranking in league from Chiefs Digest

The Chiefs' No. 1 ranking against the pass is highlighted by a secondary not allowing a 300-yard passer in today's pass-happy NFL.

And that statistic arrives with the Chiefs already facing notable NFL gunslingers Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Philip Rivers.

"It makes you better," Reid said. "It's going to make you play at the top of your game and they are going to challenge you every which way. It's a game of matchups, so the NFL they are going to try to match their guy on you and you've got to be able to stand up and meet that challenge. These guys have done that fairly well. We do have room to improve, though."

Chiefs' dink and dunk passing game working, for now from ESPN

If the Chiefs keep playing as well as they have been on defense, if their special teams score a touchdown as they did against the Rams and if the Chiefs continue to play inferior opponents, as they will this Sunday against the New York Jets at Arrowhead, then this won't matter. The Chiefs can dink and dunk all they want against the Jets and they'll still win, as long as the other elements are in place.

Houston on pace for Chiefs' season sack record from The Associated Press via The Houston Chronicle

The superb play of Houston and the rest of his pass-rushing cohorts is a big reason why the Chiefs have had one of the best pass defenses in the NFL, despite losing Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers in the offseason and Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry to an injury several weeks ago.

Michael Vick replaces Geno Smith as Jets' starting quarterback for Sunday's game at Kansas City Chiefs from NJ.com

The Jets are going with veteran Michael Vick as their starting quarterback for this Sunday's game at Kansas City, coach Rex Ryan said Monday.

Vick replaced second-year pro Geno Smith in last Sunday's 43-23 loss to the Bills after Smith threw interceptions on three straight first-quarter drives.

Smith said he had "no reaction" when Ryan told him of the decision to start Vick.

"I just went on with my day," Smith said.

Jets name Michael Vick starter against Chiefs, replacing Geno Smith from The Associated Press via FOX Sports

"My focus is just on Kansas City and trying to find a way to get a win," Ryan said. "That's why this decision was made."

Vick was 18 of 36 for 153 yards against the Bills, and also ran for a team-leading 69 yards on eight carries. But he threw one interception -- and nearly had another that was ruled incomplete after being overturned by video review -- and lost two fumbles.

His first start with the Jets will come against Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who helped revive the quarterback's career in Philadelphia after he served nearly two years in prison for his role in a dogfighting ring. Vick called it "kind of ironic" and added that it isn't exactly what he wanted, but is happy to be starting -- regardless of the opponent.

"I love Andy Reid for the man that he is," Vick said. "As far as the football game, football is football. I just want to go out there and do what's best for the team and hopefully try to get a win."

Vick to start against Andy Reid's Chiefs from ESPN

The Jets take their 1-7 circus to Kansas City this Sunday, where they will face Reid's Chiefs in a Week 9 matchup. Vick was named the Jets' starter for the week after replacing Geno Smith in the first quarter of a 43-23 loss to the Bills in Week 8. Smith threw three interceptions in 10 minutes, and Vick played marginally better as a replacement.

Geno Smith prepares to sit from ESPN

Smith acknowledged he is being treated for a right shoulder injury that he described as "sore" and "a minor sprain." Jets coach Rex Ryan said Smith was too sore to throw Monday and he wasn't sure if Smith would be available Sunday, in the event he was needed.

"No, it doesn't seem to be a serious injury," Ryan said, "but there is an injury to his shoulder, so it's not 100 percent right now. We'll see. Hopefully, he'll be able to throw the football on Wednesday. I'm not so sure he could do it right now."

If Smith can't go, Ryan said the Jets would activate Matt Simms to be the backup in Kansas City.

De'Anthony Thomas Plays a Role in Chiefs Win Over St. Louis Rams from Auten Zoo

Former Oregon Ducks Running Back De'Anthony Thomas continued to show his versatility on the field on Sunday in the Kansas City Chiefs victory over the St. Louis Rams. Thomas had plays on both the offense and special teams. In the win he had four punt returns for twenty-seven yards. Thomas lost the battle on rushing yards, which went to Starter Jamaal Charles who had thirteen rushes for seventeen yards and two touchdowns. He did better on the receiving end.

Team Grades: Rams Get Tomahawked By Chiefs, Earn Low Marks In Rough Loss from CBS St. Louis

St. Louis looked fantastic in driving right down the field on the opening drive of the game for a touchdown that gave the Rams a 7-0 lead.

But just about everything after that was a veritable nightmare for the Rams, who wound up suffering a 34-7 beatdown at the hands of the cross-state rival Kansas City Chiefs.

Finding a silver lining in Sunday's effort would be difficult for even the most optimistic of Rams' sunshine pumpers.

Column: An ode to Arrowhead from The Maneater

So my expectations were high as we pulled off I-70 at 10:30 a.m. for the noon kickoff. We parked about a half mile away from the Arrowhead, theoretically a 15-minute walk from the stadium. It took us well over a half an hour. Why? Because when you walk through the Sistine Chapel of tailgating, you take your time. You savor it.

I found out anything can be turned into a tailgate. Buses, vans, bikes. I saw an old meat truck that had been completely gutted in the back and now housed two bars, along with hardwood floors.

Donovan McNabb finally bests Ronde Barber... in the broadcast booth from Philly.com

Needless to say, I was curious to see how good McNabb would be in the broadcast booth of an NFL game. To my surprise, he was great. He seemed completely comfortable with his delivery, he didn't over-talk, he didn't talk about himself (a huge pet peeve), and he clearly did his research.

For example, at one point, McNabb dropped a reference to Kansas City Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain, a comment that would clearly resonate with Kansas City Chiefs fans preoccupied with the Royals' World Series appearance. McNabb's performance (if that's what you'd call it) was impressive, especially considering it was his first time calling an NFL game.

The Bills were justifiably offended by being underdogs to the Jets from For The Win

The Bills won't have a chance to be disrespected next week, as the team is on a bye. But the week after, Buffalo may face the indignity of being a home underdog when the Kansas City Chiefs come to town.

Better clear some room on the bulletin board.

Michael Vick to start over Geno Smith from Larry Brown Sports

The problem is New York is a bad team all around. Vick will need to find a way to motivate his teammates if he wants them to play well enough to allow him to keep the starting job. Making his first start of the season at Arrowhead Stadium will be no easy task.

Week 8: Eagles' Studs And Duds from CBS Philly

Foles now has nine interceptions (t-3rd in NFL) and three fumbles lost in seven games. The Eagles turnover differential? Minus-seven, fourth worst in the NFL. Their 17 turnovers, second worst in the NFL only to Jacksonville.

And their eight fumbles is most in the NFL. They're one of only two teams (Kansas City Chiefs, -2) with a winning record and negative turnover differential.

NFL Week 8 winners and losers from USA Today

Jamaal Charles and Justin Houston: The Kansas City Chiefs stars had huge days - Charles produced 117 yards from scrimmage and two TDs while Houston had three sacks - as Kansas City decisively claimed the battle of Missouri 34-7 over the St. Louis Rams and went above .500 for the first time this season.

Cardinals prove they're a serious playoff threat from The Boston Globe

Who's getting hot?

Chiefs: Andy Reid's team routed the Rams in all three phases of the game on Sunday. It was the Chiefs' fourth win in five games and suggested they could make the AFC West a three-way race with the Chargers and Broncos.

Rapid Reaction: What We Learned NFL Week Eight from The Pigskin Report

The Kansas City Chiefs were written off a few weeks ago. They are suddenly back in the playoff discussion. The San Diego Chargers now have 2 division losses. Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles now has 25 touchdowns since Week One of the 2013 season- the most of any non-quarterback during that span.

NFL: Cairo Santos, um brazuca que vem conquistando a torcida do Chiefs from Notícias do Dia Online [translated (poorly) from the original Portuguese]

This proves growth kicker in the NFL, since the first few games, he struggled to score and generated distrust. Only now he has won the fans. - Cairo Santos saved the Chiefs season. And if I had doubts about this Brazilian discreet and whether it was a veteran to waive penalties bet on a rookie, they ended.