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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 11/16

Game Day! What's that? You can't hear me? I said IT'S GAME DAY AT ARROWHEAD STADIUM AND IT"S GOING TO BE LOUD!!! Hell, even Marshawn Lynch wants Chiefs fans to turn it up. If you're going to the game, be loud for the rest of us (and dress warm). Here's today's Kansas City Chiefs news to get you started. Go Chiefs!!!

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Chiefs vs. Seahawks: Game Preview from The Mothership

Besides an obvious ability to run and his 500 yards rushing that go with it, Wilson can also hurt opposing teams by throwing the ball. So far this season, he has thrown 162 completed passes in 259 attempts for 1,841 yards, 11 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

Because he is such a dual threat, defensive play-caller Josh Mauga knows that it will be vital for the Chiefs to stay in position.

"We can't overplay plays," Mauga said. "Guys have to stay home and do their job and just trust that the next guy is playing their job."

Chiefs Sign Bailey to Contract Extension from The Mothership

The Sapelo Island, Georgia, native, originally entered the NFL as the second of Kansas City's two third-round draft picks in the 2011 NFL Draft. He played collegiately at the University of Miami (Fla.) and prepped at McIntosh County Academy in Darien, Georgia.

Chiefs Football & Arrowhead Stadium: A Family Tradition from The Mothership

When I think back to my fondest memories growing up with my dad, there are a few things that always stand out.

He and my mother rarely, if ever, missed a baseball game I was playing in as a kid. Whether it was a little league game at Miller's Woods (it will always be Miller's Woods, sorry), the one season I played at the University of Central Missouri or my three years pitching at Kansas State, they were always there.

But the other constant was always the Chiefs and Arrowhead Stadium.

We had season tickets when I was a kid, and that was something my dad and I shared. It was our thing.

We had the Chiefs.

Game Day Forecast from The National Weather Service

Today A slight chance of light snow before 9am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 26. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Chiefs sign DE Allen Bailey to 4-year contract extension from Chiefs Digest

Chiefs defensive end Allen Bailey entered the 2014 regular season in the final year of his contract.

He will now be around at least another four years.

The Chiefs on Saturday signed Bailey to a four-year, $25 million deal with a $10 million signing bonus, a source confirmed with

AP source: Chiefs sign Bailey to extension from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

The 25-year-old Bailey has had a breakout season for the Chiefs, starting all nine games and establishing a career-high four sacks. He's helped the Chiefs deal with season-ending injuries to starters Derrick Johnson and Mike DeVito and still become one of the NFL's best defenses.

The Chiefs (6-3), winners of six of their past seven, ranked first in the league against the pass and seventh in total defense heading into Sunday's game against Seattle.

Good move to sign Allen Bailey to extension from ESPN

The Kansas City Chiefs made a good move in signing defensive linemanAllen Bailey to a contract extension for four seasons and about $25 million.

Bailey's best seasons should be ahead of him. He is only 25 and has played well this season alongside Dontari Poe on the Chiefs' defensive front.

Chiefs extend Allen Bailey from ProFootballTalk

With no progress being made between the Chiefs and linebacker Justin Houston, Kansas City has opted to give some cash to another player on the team's defense.

Talking trash remains a fun part of the game from Chiefs Digest

Fans sitting within close proximity to a football field have to listen closely if they want to hear the on-field banter over the roaring crowd.

But even if fans don't hear it, rest assured trash talking occurs between players before, during and after a play.

Mailbag: 2014 Chiefs better than 2013 Chiefs? from ESPN

I'm going to dive into this topic a little more next week. But a quick answer, in my opinion, is yes. Their 9-0 record to start last season was more a product of their weak schedule and the fact they played against a string of backup, journeymen, inexperienced and just plain incompetent quarterbacks. It was obvious they were headed for trouble once they started playing against Peyton ManningPhilip Rivers and Andrew Luck. I'm not sure this year's Chiefs will make the playoffs, but if they do, I think they're better positioned to win a playoff game. They're far more solid in pass coverage than last year.

Playoff percentages on Sunday's result at Kansas City from ESPN

Both the Seahawks and Chiefs enter the game 6-3. ESPN Stats & Information reveals that under the current playoff format, which dates to 1990, 84 percent of teams to start 7-3 went on to make the postseason.

The losing team still had a better than 50/50 shot to make the playoffs, but the percentage drops to 61 percent for 6-4 teams.

Santonio Holmes visits receiver-needy Chiefs from

Kansas City badly needs receiver help with Donnie Avery and A.J. Jenkins injured and no real threat at wide receiver opposite Dwayne Bowe. However, it's a wonder if Holmes would provide any upgrade. The Super Bowl XLIII MVP couldn't help the Bears, who were looking for a third option behind stars Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

Five matchups to watch: Seahawks at Chiefs from

That's right, the Chiefs have yet to allow a rushing touchdown this season, despite facing the Dolphins' Lamar Miller (six), Jets' Chris Ivory (five), Rams' Benny Cunningham (four), 49ers' Frank Gore (three) and Chargers' Brendan Oliver (three), who have combined for 21 rushing TDs. Ivory (108) and Gore (107) had 100-yard rushing performances against the Chiefs, but did not find the end zone. Now comes Lynch, who has 12 touchdowns in nine games (nine of the team's league-high 14 rushing; three receiving).

Beating Chiefs in Kansas City will prove too tough for Seahawks from The NY Post

CHIEFS (-2) over Seahawks: Champs face vicious six-week stretch before they catch a break against the Rams in their regular-season finale. The denizens of Arrowhead have enjoyed solid recent results against the 'Hawks, and that was before the arrival of coach Andy Reid to BBQ City.

Prediction time: Seahawks-Chiefs from The Seattle Times

And the Chiefs have some issues with their receiving corps that could give Seattle a pretty big edge with its back-to-health secondary against Kansas City's passing game.

But as I wrote along with the prediction, the Chiefs have also just simply seemed to find a way to win this season.


The Chiefs have won four straight games while the Seahawks head into Arrowhead winners of three contests in a row. Both teams offer similar defensive cache, solid running games and quarterbacks that take what opposing defenses give them.

However, the primary difference between these teams can't be overlooked. The Seahawks have better overall athletes and playmakers. On the other side of this match up ledger, the Chiefs might be the better overall team.

Bob McManaman's NFL Week 11 predictions from AZCentral

Key players/story lines: Both of these teams are starting to hit their strides. The Chiefs have rebounded from an 0-2 start to win six of their past seven games, including a 17-13 win last week at Buffalo after erasing a 13-3 fourth-quarter deficit. The Seahawks have won three in a row and are coming off a rout of the Giants in which they rushed for a franchise-record 350 yards. RB Marshawn Lynch ran for 140 and a career-high four touchdowns. The stats for each QB are remarkably similar: Seattle's Russell Wilson has completed 162 passes for 1,841 yards and 11 touchdowns with five interceptions and the Chiefs' Alex Smith has completed 182 passes for 1,869 yards and 11 touchdowns with four interceptions. Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is averaging 5.5 yards per carry in his career, the highest of any back in NFL history with a minimum of 750 rushing attempts.

Line: Chiefs by 11/2.

Mac says: Seahawks 27, Chiefs 23. Kansas City can topple Seattle if it gets its ground attack going, but I sense a second-half surge by the Seahawks coming.

Hawks enter beast mode from The Spokesman Review

Then, in the next breath, the Seahawks' coach added, "Kansas City is attracting our focus right now."

And more than just its team.

The Seahawks are heading into one of the loudest, most college-like venues in the NFL, to play a Chiefs team that has won four consecutive games following a playoff season in 2013. But uncharacteristically, Kansas City is just 8-5 at home the last two seasons. That includes a head-scratching loss to Tennessee to begin this season.

Fantasy football injury advice Week 11: What to do about Brandon Marshall, Marshawn Lynch from

Marshawn Lynch, running back, Seattle Seahawks (questionable, calf)

Despite being listed as questionable, Marshawn Lynch should be in your fantasy football lineup. He's been on an absolute tear, and a calf injury isn't likely to slow him down.

Advice: Play him

Three things to watch: Seahawks-Chiefs from The Seattle Times

3. Can Seattle prevent a Justin Houston sack party? Kansas City's pass defense is aided greatly by a rush that ranks tied for fifth in the NFL with 28 sacks. That includes an NFL-leading 12 by outside linebacker Justin Houston - consider that Seattle has 13 as a team. Houston moves around a bit, but has had his most success this season lining up over the opponent's right side, which means going against Seahawks rookie right tackle Justin Britt, and whichever Seahawks tight ends end up there with Seattle using Luke Willson, Cooper Helfet and newly-signed Tony Moeaki with Zach Miller now officially out for the season.

NFL Whip Around: What we're watching in Week 11 from USA Today

Game-time decision: Just when it looks like the Seattle Seahawks have rediscovered their offensive identity as a power running team, starting running back Marshawn Lynch (calf) pops up as questionable on the injury report. Lynch was able to practice for the Seahawks on Friday, giving him a decent chance to play against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Seahawks like backups Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, but they aren't Lynch.

Expect a loud crowd at Arrowhead Sunday from ESPN

Officially, the Chiefs' fans hold the record at 142.2 decibels, set on Sept. 29 this season in the 41-14 victory over the New England Patriots.

The 12s at CenturyLink Field are No. 2 on the list from the game Dec. 2 last season when the crowd's decibel level was 137.6 in the 34-7 Monday night victory over the New Orleans Saints.

Fantasy Football Week 11: Start 'em, Sit 'em advice roundup from ESPN, CBS and from

Travis Kelce, Kansas City: The Seahawks struggle to stop tight ends, and Kelce has just one touchdown in the past four games. His hot start to the season looks like it is starting to cool down.

Week 11 "Three and Out" from ProFootballTalk

2.  How has the Kansas City defense weathered the storm of injuries?

Pretty well.  With linebacker Derrick Johnson and defensive lineman Mike DeVito lost for the year in a Week One home thumping from the Titans (yes, the Titans), it was supposed to be a long year for the defense.

Since a close Week Two loss to the Broncos in Denver, the Chiefs have rolled to six wins in seven games.  They have the top passing defense in the league and the No. 6 overall defense in yardage allowed - and No. 2 in points allowed.

So, yes, things have worked out well.  While it's easy to wonder how good the defense could have been with Johnson and DeVito, it's better to think about how good the Chiefs eventually can be if they keep playing like they have in the team's last seven games.

Seahawks underdogs for the first time this season from The Seattle Times

But it speaks to some of the unexpected hurdles Seattle has faced this season, which includes the Percy Harvin trade, having 12 players go on injured reserve and losing a number of other key players for at least a few games.

It also speaks to Kansas City's rise from a team that started 0-2 to a club that has won six of its past seven and held five of its last seven opponents to 15 points or less (and to throw in one more Vegas-related number, the Chiefs have covered the spread in eight straight games by a combined 93 points).

My favorite Packers: Jan Stenerud, the man who started it all from Lombardi Ave

In 1980, Stenerud left Kansas City and became a Packer, where he played for three years. It is here where my journey started.  I am not sure what it was about the soccer style kicker that I found so engaging. Maybe it was his Norwegian name  (me being half Swedish). Maybe it was because he never seemed to miss. I just know that when I watched games with my Dad, he was the only player that never caught the unloading of screaming and yelling like the others did. He was consistent and he was exciting. He made me want to become a kicker (never happened).

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