clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 11/2

Game Day!! I get to watch at home (liver and wallet are happy about this)!! Your Kansas City Chiefs are hosting The New York Jets this afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium. We have the latest news, analysis and predictions in today's news. Go Chiefs!!!

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

New York Jets vs. Kansas City Chiefs Game Preview from The Mothership

As a run-heavy team, the Jets will primarily rely on running back Chris Ivory (No. 33) to gain yards against the Chiefs. Ivory leads the team with five rushing touchdowns on the year and with 475 yards rushing on 101 attempts, offers the best yards-per-carry rate (4.7) among the Jets' running back group.

Vick's options through the air include wide receivers Eric Decker (No. 87), Jeremy Kerley (No. 11) and the newly acquired Percy Harvin (No. 16). Decker leads the team in receiving touchdowns and yards receiving, and Harvin in his debut with the Jets had just three receptions for 22 yards.

Expect Harvin, who has game-changing-play capability, to be more and more involved in the Jets' game planning as the weeks go on.

Game Day Info: Chiefs vs. Jets from The Mothership

Pregame Festivities

The National Anthem will be performed by Tabitha Fair, an Oklahoma native of Chickasaw descent, accompanied by 8 Performers from the Chickasaw Nation Youth Choir.

Chiefs Hall of Fame inductee, Priest Holmes will lead the drum ceremony. Moses Starr Jr., a Spiritual Leader of the Cheyenne-Arapaho of Oklahoma, 1 American Indian Youth Video: Chiefs Live: Air Attack Can Ground Jets Videos: Weekly Roundup: 7 Videos Tell the Story

Game Day Forecast from The National Weather Service

Today Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 61. Breezy, with a south wind 9 to 14 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 34 mph.

Chiefs elevate S Daniel Sorensen from practice squad from Chiefs Digest

The Chiefs are dealing with injuries to the defensive secondary with starting left cornerback Jamell Fleming (hamstring) and starting nickel cornerback Chris Owens (knee) out.

Prior to Sorensen's activation on Saturday, the Chiefs were set to play Sunday's game with only three cornerbacks on the active roster: Sean Smith, Marcus Cooper and Phillip Gaines.

Sorensen's presence allows the Chiefs flexibility with defensive back Ron Parker, who can play cornerback.

W2W4: New York Jets vs. Kansas City Chiefs from ESPN

4. Mirror images: If the offensive and defensive schemes look similar, it's because they are. Mornhinweg is a protégé of Chiefs coach Andy Reid, whose defensive coordinator -- Bob Sutton -- served as Rex Ryan's linebackers coach from 2009-12. The advantage goes to the Chiefs because of Reid's intimate knowledge of Vick, dating to their years in Philadelphia. Mornhinweg, who also was part of that Philly crew, noted, "Well, the good thing is, I know what he knows about Mike." Got that?

3 Jets vs. Kansas City Chiefs matchups to watch, featuring the Jets' front vs. Jamaal Charles from

This is weird

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is unquestionably playing better in Kansas City, where he arrived last year, than he did in his seven seasons in San Francisco. Smith cut his interception percentage nearly in half. He was picked off on 2.9 percent of his passes with the 49ers. That number with the Chiefs is 1.5. But he isn't throwing a drastically higher rate of touchdowns. He has thrown touchdowns on 4.4 percent of his passes with the Chiefs, compared to 3.7 with the 49ers. Smith knows he doesn't have to be spectacular. He just has to take care of the ball. And that's what he is doing. There is a lesson somewhere in here for Jets quarterback Geno Smith.

Chiefs LB Josh Mauga thriving with second chance after missing two seasons from Chiefs Digest

Mauga's journey in the NFL began in 2009 as an undrafted free agent out of Nevada with the Jets. And Sunday's contest against his former team carries special meaning because of Jets coach Rex Ryan.

"He was the only coach that wanted to give me a shot after I left college," Mauga said. "I thank him for getting my career started."

The admiration is mutual between the former Jets player and Jets coach.

"I think first off he's got great instincts," Ryan said. "That's the thing about Josh - smart, but instinctive guy. As an inside linebacker, the No. 1 thing that you need is instincts and that's him. He's smart, too. He can run your defense, all those types of things."

Jets-Kansas City Chiefs predictions: Our staff picks for Sunday's game from

Darryl Slater, Jets beat writer (5-3 against the spread, 5-3 straight up): It's hard to believe the Jets actually won two playoff road games in each of coach Rex Ryan's first two seasons, 2009 and 2010. Since then, they are 7-20 on the road, with just two wins in their past 11 road trips since the start of last season. Arrowhead Stadium is one of the NFL's toughest venues. Enough said. Chiefs 27, Jets 10

To Rebuild, Jets Can Use Chiefs' Blueprint from The New York Times

Once there was a 1-7 team. It had the worst turnover margin in the N.F.L. and the worst quarterback situation, too. It gave up a lot of points, despite Pro Bowl talent on defense, and scored not nearly enough. Its fan base fumed and frothed, shamed by the on-field product and disenchanted with the leadership and direction.

Every loss increased the scrutiny and accelerated a potential overhaul.

Two years before the Jets spiraled toward a rotten season that could yet produce sweeping change, the Kansas City Chiefs endured the same misery - only worse. When the teams play Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, the Jets could look across the field and glimpse a model for rehabilitation.

Q&A: Can Chiefs afford Justin Houston, Tamba Hali? from ESPN

Possible, yes. One outside linebacker, Tamba Hali, is scheduled to cost $12 million against the Chiefs' salary cap next year. That's one reason it's important the Chiefs sign the other, Justin Houston, to a long-term deal next year as opposed to making him the franchise player. They would get Houston at a much cheaper 2015 cost if they do. Hali is playing well enough that the Chiefs should at least try to keep him. The alternative to Hali is Dee Ford, who hasn't yet proved he's ready for a full-time role.

Rex Ryan oddly explains game plan on how to stop NY Jets QB Mike Vick from NY Daily News

Rex Ryan can't figure out how to win these days, but one thing he does know is how to stop his own quarterback.

And the coach wasn't shy about sharing that game plan with The News, perhaps giving the Chiefs all the answers they need to shut down Michael Vick in Kansas City on Sunday.

The head coach of the Jets (1-7) stood in a hallway in the team's practice facility in Florham Park this past week, opening up his mental playbook, dictating positions to a reporter, a PR representative and himself - moving each like a pawn on a chessboard - as he simulated the plan his defensive line executed to stop Vick when he was an assistant for the Ravens in 2002.

Chiefs vs. Jets: some history there from KMBC

The 2007 shootout between quarterbacks Brodie Croyle and Kellen Clemens (for 4-12 teams) wouldn't suggest this, but the Chiefs and Jets have some history between each other.

Before Sunday's newest game at Arrowhead, the Jets lead the all-time matchup with a slim 18-17-1 record, according

The Jets have also hosted the last six of eight meetings.

NFL Insider: Who's hot, who's not and more from The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Kansas City Chiefs have not allowed a rushing touchdown this season. They are the only team in the league yet to allow one.

NFL whip-around: What we're watching Week 9 from USA Today

What to expect: Jets' wide receiver has a history of huge games at Arrowhead Stadium from his tenure with the Denver Broncos, and maybe Decker can help Jets' fans forget about the Twitter war his wife started this week with another big day. Still, this is a tough matchup for the Jets' offense, with the Chiefs' best defensive back, safety Eric Berry, returning this week, and a strong pass rush duo in Tamba Hali and Justin Houston. If the Jets' offense falters early, it could get ugly.

Jets promote Matt Simms, adding QB insurance from ESPN

Michael Vick will start Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, but the No. 2 spot remains a question. Smith, hurt in last week's loss to the Buffalo Bills, practiced fully on Thursday and Friday. Coach Rex Ryan expressed optimism that the demoted Smith will be able to assume the No. 2 role.

Week 9 Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Tony Romo, Robert Griffin III, Alex Smith from Athlon Sports

Head coach Andy Reid revealed earlier this week that Smith suffered some sort of shoulder injury last Sunday and initially expressed some doubt that his quarterback would be able to play in Week 9. Smith has since put to rest any questions about his availability, as he was a full participant in practice every day and is listed as Probable. Smith is not known for being a stat-stuffer, but he gets the Jets, the team that is giving up the most fantasy points to opposing QBs. With six teams on bye, Smith is definitely on the QB-2 radar this week and is certainly worthy of QB1 consideration as well.

Miami Dolphins Fan Guide to the NFL Playoff Race and Teams to Root For During Week 9 from The Phinsider

New York Jets (1 - 7) at the Kansas City Chiefs (4 - 3): Root for the Jets to winthe Kansas City Chiefs to lose.

I hear you - nobody wants to root for the Jets. However, it would be very helpful for the Chiefs to lose this game since they have a head-to-head tiebreak advantage over the Dolphins, so the Dolphins will have to finish with more wins than the Chiefs earn a Wildcard spot ahead of them (unless there's a tie that includes at least 3 teams). The Dolphins' playoff chances are maximized if the Chiefs don't win enough games to contend for a Wildcard spot at all, and that requires that the Chiefs lose to some of the weaker teams their schedule.

Jets will be facing an old friend in assistant coach Bob Sutton from Newsday

The similarities between both defenses are uncanny, and the Chiefs do "a lot of what we did in New York and what Rex brought to New York from Baltimore,'' Sutton said. But the Jets aren't worried about their opponent knowing the ingredients of their secret sauce, so to speak.

Coaching is like cooking, Jets defensive assistant coach Jeff Weeks said. "There's a certain way to bake a cake. But there's a Cake Boss in New Jersey that, I'm sure, cooks a whole lot better than I would,'' he said Thursday during a break from team meetings. "It's like anything. There's fundamental defensive philosophies and different guys put their spin on it.

Jets vs. Chiefs: 3 things to watch from Metro

There is a mutual respect between these two coaching staffs, born from the coaches knowing each other very well. Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton was on the Jets staff from 2006 to 2012, serving as a coordinator in New York.

And the Jets have Marty Morninhweg, who was the offensive coordinator for Chiefs head coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia before taking the same position with the Jets. The close ties could make this a great chess match. Reid said the reason he hired Sutton was because he was "a Rex guy."

Reeling Jets need a blast from the past from Michael Vick from The NY Post

All these years later, after he broke his right fibula and missed the first 11 games of 2003, after Reeves was fired later that season, after a younger football generation declared that it wanted to "Be like Mike," after all the breathtaking magic that turned horrifically into dog-gone tragic, after 23 months in prison, after Andy Reid gave him a second chance in Philadelphia in 2009, after winning the job then losing it to Nick Foles, after watching Geno Smith self-destruct after eight games ...

Michael Vick gets the ball again Sunday against Reid's Chiefs at deafening Arrowhead Stadium. And he tries to awaken, at least for one day, a franchise from its 1-7 coma.

Fantasy football: Surviving Bye-maggeden Part 2 from The Carroll County Times

Hail to the Chiefs

With the exception of Jamaal Charles, there aren't a lot of Kansas City Chiefs I'd usually recommend to start week to week. This week, though, against the Jets horrific secondary and because of the number of teams of bye, I think QB Alex Smith, WR Dwayne Bowe and TE Travis Kelce could be nice starts in almost all formats. Kansas City's defense is a strong play too against the afformentioned turnover-prone Vick, although I'd feel better about them if Geno Smith were still playing.

Can Michael Vick salvage any pride for the Jets? from NY Post

Welcome to The Walking Dead - Gang Green Edition.

The 1-7 Jets are a dead team walking as they head to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday to face the 4-3 Chiefs. The Jets are coming off a week where that began with a 20-point loss that resulted in a change at quarterback, continued with an embarrassing press conference by their general manager and ended with the wife of one their wide receivers in a Twitter war with the fans.

Just another week in Florham Park.

Chiefs: Duvernay-Tardif waiting for his chance from La Presse [translated from the original French]

"It is often the injury dictate when we play. I obviously do not want injuries to my teammates, even though I'm excited to play. My coaches give me time to learn, "said Duvernay-Tardif during a recent telephone interview with La Presse.

Unless the injury does not change their plans, the Chiefs will probably not brusqueront things with him in whom they see a "project". Recall that Duvernay-Tardif evolves on the offensive line for several years. In addition, it comes from the Canadian university system.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Arrowhead Pride Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your Kansas City Chiefs news from Arrowhead Pride