Game Day Info: Chiefs vs. Dolphins from The Mothership
Sunday will mark the Chiefs first trip to Miami since 2006. Kansas City and Miami last met at Arrowhead Stadium in 2011. Miami holds a 16-12 all-time advantage over the Chiefs. The Dolphins have won eight of the last 10 meetings between the two teams.
Kansas City and Miami have played three times in the postseason. They met twice in the Wild Card round at Sun Life Stadium in a span of four years (1991, 1994) and once in the Divisional round in 1971 at the Orange Bowl.
Game Day Forecast from The National Weather Service
Today A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Keys to the game: Miami Dolphins vs. Kansas City Chiefs from The Miami Herald
Behind shaky protection (six sacks in two games), Smith's accuracy has suffered. The Chiefs do have a very good tight end corps, led by former Dolphin Anthony Fasano, that also includes Travis Kelce, who leads the team with an 18.6-yard-per-catch average. Fasano has caught a touchdown pass in four of the past six games. The Dolphins had a great pass rush in Week1 against New England but did not muster a sack against Buffalo last week. They want to get back to their New England level of performance.
While their 1-1 record sounds about right for such an up-and-down team, the Kansas City Chiefs are winless but represent a tougher matchup than their 0-2 record would suggest. They were soundly beaten in their home opener in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans, in which starting quarterback Alex Smith was picked off three times. But they were right in it until late in Week 2 on the road against the Denver Broncos when Smith wasn't able to throw a completion on a goal-line play with time running out.
How each team responds to their struggles will go a long way towards one of them getting a crucial Week 3 victory. Let's dive into a few of the story lines for more insight.
The experts at CBS Sports believe Miami will take care of business to the tune of a 6-3 margin. A similar bias exists on the ESPN crew with a 12-2 edge in favor of the Fins. Finally, both of Yahoo Sports' pros have Dolphins on top.
W2W4: Miami Dolphins from ESPN
Slow starters: The Dolphins have had issues in the first half to start the season. Miami has been outscored 29-10 in the first half and trailed at halftime in both games. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said falling behind early is "no way to live" and starting fast is a priority against Kansas City. Miami must have the right intensity and focus at home against a desperate Chiefs team looking for their first win of the season.
Mailbag: How does Santos do in practice? from ESPN
Rookie kicker Cairo Santos has been great in practice since he joined the Chiefs in May as an undrafted free agent. He's a little guy, but he has a big leg and was extremely accurate. I saw him make a couple of 60-yard field goals in the warmups before the Tennessee game at Arrowhead Stadium a couple of weeks ago. So it is the pressure that's getting to him in games.
Tannehill upset with his slow starts from The Associated Press via Florida Today
"I'm upset with myself at the way I've played," he said. "The first two weeks were both bad. That's not a good start. It's huge to be able to bounce back and perform well."
Tannehill will try to do so today when the Dolphins (1-1) play host to Kansas City (0-2). He came into his third NFL season expecting to make big strides toward becoming a franchise quarterback, but instead he continues to be inaccurate, indecisive and inconsistent.
Tannehill ranks 29th in the league with a passer rating of 76.1, and the Dolphins rank last at 4.4 yards per pass play, sacks included.
St. Augustine specialists Sturgis, Santos set to meet on biggest stage from The St. Augustine Record
Caleb Sturgis and Cairo Santos always envisioned playing against each other.
For years, the chances of that appeared unlikely because St. Augustine High and St. Joseph Academy almost never play each other, their collegiate alma maters haven't met in 30 years and professional football was just a pipe dream.
The first two remain a reality, but the latter has been a dream come true.
Our addiction to fantasy football knows no boundaries from The Orlando Sentinel
Kansas City (0-2) at Miami (1-1) - Fish favored by 4
Fish went to Buffalo and came back fried but get a break with battered Chiefs up next. Kansas City has already lost seven starters to suspension or injury. Fish QB Ryan Tannehill may have his greatest day as Chiefs have given up five passing TDs, most in league. Chiefs have only won twice in last 10 games, while Fish are 8-3-1 (ATS) in last 12 at home.
Jerry says: Fish by 7.
Betting the NFL: Ride the road teams from The New Haven Register
Kansas City at Miami (-4): Tough to figure out these two teams, but I'll take the Chiefs' running game to dominate this game whether Jamaal Charles or Knile Davis starts. Nowak's pick: Chiefs 24-20.
Fletcher: Memorial for Haughton hero Delaney in sight from The Shreveport Times
After his untimely death, plans were made to honor Joe in Haughton with a Memorial Park. Those plans fizzled.
Why the idea remained dormant for 31 years is hard to explain. President Reagan honored Joe posthumously with the Presidential Citizens Medal less than three weeks after Joe made the ultimate sacrifice, sending then-Vice-President George Bush to make the presentation to Joe's family at Haughton High School on July 15, 1983.
31 years later, the pieces are coming together to build the park that honors Joe Delaney properly thanks in part to Sam Pullig, a home-builder with a big heart; Alexander Montegna a member of the Haughton High Class of 2013; the Haughton Fire Department, who share Joe's courage; and members of Haughton's city government jumping into action.