Andy Reid Says Preparation for Raiders Started Before Sunday from The Mothership
"[The players] are excited," Reid said. "But they also know we are soon getting on a plane to fly out and play a good Oakland team. So we've got to make sure we enjoy this today, but we have to get ourselves back and ready to go quickly so we understand that."
Reid explained the challenges of preparing on a short week and how they tried to get ahead in that preparation.
Alex Smith Praises Andy Reid's Consistency from The Mothership
"He's just so consistent every single day," Smith said. "It's an emotional game, long years, a lot of ups and downs and to have a head coach that every single day you come in, he does such a great job of balancing us, steadying us from the top down and he's just really a good football coach."
Through all of the injuries the Chiefs have suffered this season, Reid's stance never wavered on the "next man up" philosophy, which isn't a punch line, proven by Reid's ability to take those new faces and get them playing at such a high level.
"He's a really good teacher," Smith said. "He leads the locker room well, knows the body language of the guys. He knows when to spell guys, when to push guys. There are so many things that go into that."
Chiefs vs. Seahawks: Top Three Defensive Plays from The Mothership
FIRST PLAY -
Ron Parkermakes tackle in the red zone
Ron Parker finished the game on Sunday with 11 tackles to lead the Chiefs, and no tackle was bigger than the one on the Seahawks' leading receiver Doug Baldwin on the second-and-goal play from the 4-yard line midway through the fourth quarter.
With the Chiefs leading 24-20 and the Seahawks deep in Chiefs territory, Parker used his instincts to quickly diagnose a pass play and step up and make a great open-field tackle.
Parker didn't allow Baldwin a chance to turn up field and try to make a move of any sorts, which took great recognition and closing speed from Parker.
Chiefs vs. Seahawks: Top Three Offensive Plays from The Mothership
SECOND PLAY - Charles' 28-yard run in the second quarter
After the Seahawks responded to the Chiefs' first touchdown by Charles and tied the score 7-7, the Chiefs next drive had consecutive plays of 23, 28, 13 and then 16 yards. The Chiefs went 80 yards on four plays to reclaim the lead at 14-7.
But it was the 28-yard run by Charles, which started with a fake on the De'Anthony Thomas jet sweep, which got the Chiefs into Seahawks territory.
Charles did his thing with the ball in his hands, but he wasn't touched until 25 yards down the field.
Travis Kelceand right tackle Ryan Harrisdealt crushing blocks, which can be seen at the top of the screen. The blocks allowed for additional yardage at the end of this play.
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Week 12: Monday injury report from Chiefs Digest
The Chiefs list the following as full participants: Cornerback Jamell Fleming (hamstring), right guard Zach Fulton (ankle), cornerback Phillip Gaines (ankle, quadricep), tight end Travis Kelce (ribs, shoulder) and cornerback Sean Smith (groin).
Fleming practiced for the first time since suffering his injury in Week 8. He has missed three straight games, but this is a good sign he could return to action this week.
If Fasano can play in Oakland, the Chiefs can get back to the three-tight end formations they favored earlier in the season. At tight end they also have Travis Kelce and Phillip Supernaw.
Supernaw signed only last week but still wound up playing against the Seahawks and catching one pass.
Chiefs TE Anthony Fasano, CB Jamell Fleming expected to practice Monday from Chiefs Digest
But the team has good news for two players returning from injuries.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said during Monday's media conference call tight end Anthony Fasano (knee) and cornerback Jamell Fleming (hamstring) will practice Monday.
"We'll just see how those two do as we go forward," Reid said. "Those would be the two that have a chance, essentially, of playing."
On back of defense, Chiefs climb into first place from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City
The Seattle Seahawks kept driving deep into Kansas City territory. They kept getting stonewalled. First they were held to field goals, and then they were held to nothing.
The result? The Chiefs earned a 24-20 victory over the reigning Super Bowl champs.
Not only did the spirited performance on a bone-chilling Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium extend their winning streak to five games, it also pushed Kansas City into a tie with Denver atop the AFC West. The Broncos were stunned by St. Louis while the Chiefs were putting away Seattle.
The Seahawks frequently utilized an extra offensive lineman, playing as linebacker Tamba Hali called it a "big-boy style of football."
"We embraced this challenge," Hali said. "If you can't stop the run in this league, it's dangerous. We met the challenge. I'm sure they rushed for a lot of yards but we kept the points off the board."
He was right on both counts.
Chiefs' special teams hustle late in game placed Seahawks in bad spot from Chiefs Digest
Hemingway, who beat his man down the left sideline, said he eyed Seahawks punt returner Bryan Walters the entire time to take a cue on how to react to the football.
"If he was going to catch it, I was just going to hit him," Hemingway said. "When he moved, that told me to look up. I looked up for the ball and it hit the ground, I thought it was going to go in the end zone, but it didn't. It was just spinning in the air. I was like, ‘I'm about to go get this one.' I kept running and dove for it, and threw it back."
Hemingway's momentum carried him into the end zone after he batted the ball backwards, and he didn't initially know if his trailing teammates made the save.
The roar of the crowd, however, told Hemingway all he needed to know before he looked back.
Here's how big the win vs. Seattle is from ESPN
According to ESPN Stats & Information, teams with a 7-3 record after 10 games have made the playoffs 84 percent of the time since the NFL went to its current postseason format in 1990.
3. Carroll To Seek Explanation For Fourth-Quarter No Call
Down 24-20 with just over seven minutes to play in the game, the Seahawks elected to go for it facing 4th-and-goal from the Chiefs' 2-yard line.
Quarterback Russell Wilson targeted wide receiver Doug Baldwin in the left corner of the end zone. The pass fell incomplete and the Seahawks turned the ball over on downs, but there was contact to Baldwin's backside that appeared to affect the Seattle wideout's chances at catching the football.
Carroll told "Brock and Salk" he plans to send the play into the NFL for an explanation as to why no flag was thrown.
What people are saying after the Seahawks' frustrating losses - plural - at Kansas City from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Things are not looking up for the Seahawks as they try to defend their Super Bowl title. At this point, it seems the infamous Super Bowl Jinx - the fact that no Lombardi-winning team has returned to the playoffs since 2005 - will hold steady this year.
Well, we don't want to get ahead of ourselves. But that's the attitude among local and national media after Seattle's 24-20 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. Check out the gallery above for a selection of what people were saying Monday after the frustrating loss.
This just isn't the Hawks' year from The Spokesman-Review
Kansas City averaged 6.3 yards a carry folks, which is a little too much to be giving up. The Chiefs faced just six third downs all day - six - and converted half of them. If it weren't for the fumbles the Hawks recovered, this one wouldn't even have been close. Yes, Kansas City is a good team. Yes, the game was in the cold of Missouri. And, yes, it was still a 50/50 game, with the Hawks having multiple chances to win in the fourth quarter. But they didn't. And with a scheduled loaded with NFC West games left, the Hawks must start winning - must win is the right way to describe this Sunday's game with Arizona at home - if they want to get back into the postseason.
Chiefs rookie WR Albert Wilson making impact on special teams from Chiefs Digest
"I've been waiting for this moment to come," Wilson said after Week 11's game. "I've been waiting to get on the field, and any type of way they put me on the field, I'm going to do my best. I'm going to put 100 percent effort into it."
That determination showed in Week 10 when Wilson and fullback Anthony Sherman combined to force a fumble, which Sherman recovered, on Buffalo Bills cornerback/punt returner Leodis McKelvin.
The undrafted free agent out of Georgia State also came up big in Week 11 against the Seattle Seahawks to help down a Dustin Colquitt punt inside the 5-yard line late in the fourth quarter.
What's the key to Andy Reid and his offense bucking the NFL trend by rushing into the end zone rather than passing?
"Well, we've got a good running back I guess," Reid said. "I don't know necessarily the answer to that. I would probably just say our guys have done a nice job of executing down there. It's tight quarters; normally it is pretty tough to run down there."
Charles has scored 37 rushing touchdowns in his career with the Chiefs. Two more against Seattle gives him eight for the 2014 season; only Seattle's Marshawn Lynch has more, with nine. Davis now has five scoring runs.
MONDAY MORNING PLACEKICKER: Seahawks-Chiefs postmortem, NCAA men's tourney returns and time to Zag Up from The Pacific Northwest Inlander
If you're having a case of the Mondays this morning because of that should-have-won-it Seahawks loss, you're not alone. But you know who's not in the group? Dan Nailen, who's one half of the Monday Morning Placekicker Team. He's bouncing around and wearing a goddamn Chiefs hat around the office.
We both documented the game as we watched, me from the perspective of a lifelong 12, and fan of the morally superior Seattle Seahawks, and Dan as a Chiefs fan, because he lived there once or knew someone who lived there or something. We noted our thoughts at each quarter break. Here's how it went:
The Kansas City Chiefs are 7-3 on the season as the team heads into the game in Oakland against the Raiders, and the fan base is energized.
"If you're a Chiefs fan with a pulse, you're excited right now," Arrowhead Pride blogger Joel Thorman said.
He regularly writes about the Chiefs and believes the team will get through Thursday with a win.
3 in the Kee: Chiefs' start is for real, and Oakland may be ... dangerous? from FS Kansas City
The Kansas City Chiefs have four.
So, no, don't let anyone tell you this 7-3 start isn't for real, or that this team is riding some kind of lucky schedule bounce. The Andy Gang has already played the four teams that appeared in the two conference championship games last January and won half of those marquee matchups -- knocking off New England and Seattle at home while falling to Denver and San Francisco on the road.
They're tested. They're legit. And it doesn't look as if they're going anywhere anytime soon. Well, except for Oakland, but we'll get to that.
Coach Sparano Turns Attention Toward Chiefs from Raiders.com
Q: Can you talk about the challenges of trying to cram stuff in? I know you have been prepping for Kansas City for a while now.
Coach Sparano: "Yeah, there are challenges any time you do this, but obviously every team in the league has to do this at some point, where you're playing on a short week. I've done it a bunch of times. The challenges are more in getting the players' routine down more than anything else. I think we did a good job here today of trying to keep practice at a time when the game is going to be played, so that was really important for us today - to give them maximum rest between the time that the game ended yesterday and the time we actually took the field today."
Oakland Raiders Vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Prediction, Betting Odds, Preview For Week 12 Thursday Night Footballfrom The International Business Times
Rookie quarterback Derek Carr has more passing yards and touchdowns than Alex Smith, but he's been far less productive this season. Smith has limited his mistakes, completing 66.3 percent of his passes and only throwing four interceptions. Carr ranks 28th with a 76.8 passer rating, and he hasn't had a game with a passer rating higher than 68.8 since Week 8.
Stopping the Raiders shouldn't be a problem for the Chiefs, even in Oakland. They are seven-point road favorites, having beaten both the Dolphins and Bills away from Kansas City in 2014. The over/under is 43 points.
PREDICTION: Kansas City over Oakland, 24-10
Practice Recap - November 17 from Raiders.com
Thursday night's game against the Chiefs will mark Carr's first primetime game in his young career, and the quarterback spoke about his excitement to play on the big stage and what it would mean to him to notch the team's first win.
"Man. It would be awesome," he said. "It'd be great for our fans, it'd be great for our team, for our coaches. That's what I get excited for, that's what I play for. I want to see everyone else smile. I want to see our fans happy. I want to see our coaches happy, my teammates happy. I want to see everyone smile and that's what makes me excited."
Chiefs vs Raiders sold out, will be televised locally from Silver & Black Pride
Evan at 0-10 on the season, the Raiders still managed to sell out their game against the Chiefsthis Thursday night. They have now sold out all five of their home games this season. This sell out makes some sense because it is against a division rival -- their third this season -- but they also sold out against the visiting Cardinals and Texans this season.
You have to hand it to the Chiefs. They are now tied with Denver for the lead in the AFC West, although Denver beat the Chiefs earlier this season, so they are technically in first place. Kansas City beat Seattle, despite the Seahawks rushing for over 200 yards. Kansas City got 159 yards and two touchdowns from Jamaal Charles. Alex Smith threw for 106 yards. That's not a formula for sustainable success. It can get them to the playoffs, but it won't win it. They need more from that passing game.
But I just can't help but look past it and all the way to Nov. 30, when the post-Thanksgiving football feast the NFL has in store is too tasty to ignore.
Patriots-Packers, in Green Bay. Followed by Broncos-Chiefs, in Kansas City in the nightcap.
One could be a Super Bowl preview. The other could help determine the Patriots' path in getting there...
...Should the Pats lose, can the Chiefs wrestle the opportunity from New England and grab the home field advantage spot atop the conference?
The Chiefs out-slugged the Seahawks in a Sunday slug-fest, showing incredible toughness late in the game to stuff two Seattle fourth-down attempts, including one on the goal-line (they also stuffed Seattle's last-ditch effort for a game-winning 96-yard drive). Kansas City ran the ball well and wore out the Seahawks' defense with Jamaal Charles and the run game. Alex Smith only needed to complete 11-of-16 passes for 108 yards to move the Chiefs into a 7-3 tie with the Broncos in the AFC West.
4. Kansas City Chiefs (7-3)
The Chiefs pushed their winning streak to five with a hard-fought victory over the defending champs. (Last week: 8)
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Winner: Arrowhead Stadium
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The Chiefs took care of Seattle in a slugfest that both teams desperately needed. Jamaal Charles had himself a game, running for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns. In the end, it was the K.C. defense, spurred on by an angry Arrowhead crowd, that delivered the final death blows; stopping a Seattle team with Marshawn Lynch on fourth down on three separate occasions. Don't look now, but Kansas City's 7-3, riding a five-game winning streak and right back in the AFC hunt.
Shutdown Corner NFL Power Rankings: Trouble in Denver? from Yahoo! Sports Canada
If the Broncos' injuries linger longer than expected, maybe we will have to reevaluate them. And who knows, if the Kansas City Chiefs beat them in a couple weeks at Arrowhead Stadium (don't discount that happening, with how well the Chiefs are playing), maybe the Broncos will just be one of those really good teams that has to settle for a wild-card spot.
But we'll see about all that. For right now, the Broncos are just fine, even with two losses in three games. A few teams might be playing better, but I wouldn't rank many ahead of them. The talent on that roster is too good for them to be average. Relax.
The Seahawks were playing at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday when they were inspected. The Chiefs weren't checked out. However, the Chiefs travel to Oakland to play the Raiders on Thursday Night Football this week.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said he is not concerned about the DEA talking to Chiefs head trainer, Rick Burkholder.
"Rick does everything by the book so I'm not worried about any of that," Reid said. "I'm not sure how all of that works to be honest with you."
Reid said there is a unique relationship between players and trainers especially on the part of players.
Players claim teams gave out drugs "like candy at Halloween" and combined them in what they call in the lawsuit "cocktailing."
"So you were taking Darvocet for pain which makes you drowsy as a side effect, then you would take a caffeine pill to get your jittery again," Chris Martin, a former Chiefs player, explained.
Martin thought it was normal at the time.
"It got to be so regular that I would just take it before I got the headache," he said.