Chiefs vs. Broncos: By the Numbers from The Mothership
The numbers always seem a little sweeter after a victory.
Just like we've done every other week, let's take a closer look at the Chiefs offense in their 34-15 victory over the Dolphins last Sunday.
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Eric Berry has high ankle sprain from ESPN
Berry, who suffered the injury in the Chiefs' Week 2 loss to the Broncos, missed last Sunday's victory over the Miami Dolphins with the injury. Chiefs coach Andy Reid has previously described Berry's injury as an ankle sprain.
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as too much Dontari Poe, Chiefs fans from FS Kansas City
It sounds like complete and utter sacrilege, said out loud, but that doesn't make it any less true: Like Halloween candy, burnt ends and free rounds at Oktoberfest, as much as we love it, there is such a thing as too much Dontari Poe in one sitting.
Fun Fact No. 1: This past Sunday's 34-15 win at Miami was the first time the Kansas City Chiefs' Pro Bowl nose tackle had played on fewer than 78 percent of the snaps of a game he'd started since Week 17 of 2012 in Denver, his rookie year.
Fun Fact No. 2: It was also easily his best defensive afternoon of the young season, and by a large margin.
Davis had a big game while replacing the injured Jamaal Charles, rushing for a career-high 132 yards and a touchdown. But his performance was marred by a couple of fumbles, one of which happened at a most inexcusable time, with the Kansas City Chiefs trying to kill the clock in the fourth quarter.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid didn't seem troubled by these developments, at least not publicly.
"The crazy part of that is that both of them were high and tight," Reid said. "We always talk about that, keeping leverage on the ball. One of them he probably should have put that second hand on it in traffic. The second was kind of a fluke deal. I really don't worry much about him in that area. You saw we came right back to him. It wasn't like we sat him down."
I might be willing to, like Reid, dismiss Davis' fumbles as just a one-time thing. Except they aren't.
The Film Don't Lie: Chiefs from ESPN
A weekly look at what the Chiefs must fix:
Despite getting their first victory Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs have a few things to clean up heading into next Monday night's game against the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium. Foremost is their protection of quarterback Alex Smith.
The Film Don't Lie: Patriots from ESPN
A weekly look at what the New England Patriots must fix:
The Kansas City Chiefs rank fourth in the NFL in sacks per opponent pass play, which makes this game a bad match for a Patriots team that is struggling to protect quarterback Tom Brady.
Specifically, the Chiefs can bring the heat off the edge with outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston.
Patriots travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs from Patriots.com
RETURN TO ARROWHEAD
The Patriots haven't played in Kansas City since 2005. The Patriots have played in every NFL city over that time span, with the exception of St. Louis as the Patriots were the away team vs. the Rams in London in 2012. The Patriots last visit to St. Louis was in 2004.
PATRIOTS VS. CHIEFS ON MNF
This week's game will be the fourth time that the Patriots and Chiefs have played on Monday Night Football and their second straight meeting on Monday Night Football following a 34-3 Patriots in 2011 at Gillette stadium.
Patriots need to be wary of all three Kansas City Chiefs running backs from The Providence Journal
Whether or not the team's defensive coordinator will have to come up with a scheme to stop the dangerous Jamaal Charles, however, remains to be seen.
The All-Pro running back didn't play Sunday after suffering a high ankle sprain in Week Two. Reports out of Kansas City indicate that he could return to practice. But even if the Patriots don't face Charles, they still could have their hands full.
PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK: New middle man in line for Pats? from The Patriot Ledger
With the problems they're experiencing in the offensive line, might the Patriots be ready to convert their relief pitcher into a starter?
Might Monday night's game with the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium be the time when the Patriots start Bryan Stork, the rookie center who has been inserted in the fourth quarter of the past two games?
The New England Patriots get the prime time treatment in Week 4, as they travel to face the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday Night Football. The Patriots opened as 3-point favorites, with the line then climbing to 3.5 points and 4 points at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
3. Kansas City Chiefs: A One-of-a-Kind Bacon-Wrapped Party
So unique is the Kansas City experience that tailgating at Arrowhead stadium attracts visitors from around the country - many of whom aren't even that interested in the game. The serious tailgaters arrive around dawn for noon games, especially if you want to get invited to the good parties, like those hosted in the Chiefs-themed postal van. You can also rely on bribing people with beer and bacon (or anything wrapped in bacon) to make new friends. Check out the chili contests, homemade barbecue sauce competitions, and the Tee Pee group in Lot C, which has even had acoustic bands to prepare kick-off.
Tablets: Too Complex for NFL's 'Old' Folks from The Wall Street Journal
"Coaches don't like the tablets; some of the older players don't, either," Borland said. "They are creatures of habit. These are guys are used to using chalkboards."
Indeed, coaches can be even more confused than veteran players. Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he keeps younger assistants around to figure out the technology. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick-who is famous for being on the cutting edge tactically-admitted that he hasn't figured it out.
"I'm totally overwhelmed by it," Belichick said. "There's no way I could without somebody holding my hand and helping me through it."
NFLers Cannot Figure Out How To Use Tablets from Deadspin
The other is actually a stronger argument against tablets for coaches in general. On one hand, sure, Andy Reid and Bill Belichick should be able able to use a tablet without leasing a teen. But Reid and Belichick are actually two interesting edge cases. Reid's system is notoriously complex, with tiny little permutations of route clusters and formation shifts and feints, eventually expressed as something like, "shift to halfback twin right open, swap 72 all-go special halfback shallow cross wide open." Belichick's, meanwhile, needs enough space in the ledger to accommodate in-game notes and adjustments that used to be just scribbled on a paper faxed down from the assistants' box.
Timeout got Rob Gronkowski on field for a TD from The Boston Globe
Matt Patricia, the Patriots' defensive coordinator, said the defense will prepare for Charles, but also must be ready for running backs Knile Davis (who rushed for 79 yards at Denver after Charles went down, then 132 yards against the Dolphins) and Joe McKnight (two touchdown receptions at Miami).
"If you look at Kansas City and their offense right now, they're moving toward a very efficient, high-powered offense, starting with the running backs," Patricia said. "They certainly have some very dangerous weapons in the backfield that they can take advantage of, whether to match up in the passing game or in the running game, and exploit pretty quickly."
Patriots, Chiefs Both Experiencing Offensive Line Woes from CBS Connecticut
The offensive line for New England is struggling this season. It hasn't looked this bad since 1999, when a Patriots team that went 8-8 allowed starting quarterback Drew Bledsoe to be sacked 55 times. By comparison,Tom Brady was sacked only 41 times in his first full year as a starter in 2001 and he has not been sacked as many times in a single season since then. So far this year, Brady is on pace to get sacked 37 times, but he has yet to face teams with elite pass rushes such as the Cincinnati Bengals (Week 5) and the Denver Broncos (Week 9).
Reading the Defense: Revis Island open for business? from NFL.com
Rookie quarterback Derek Carr wasn't afraid to take his shots at the veteran cornerback. Revis was targeted by the Raiders six times on Sunday with five completions for 63 yards.
It certainly wasn't Revis' best game, but I'd slow down before we decide that the island is open to offensive tourism. In New England's two previous games, opposing quarterbacks threw 10 passes to Revis' side of the field with just three completions for 40 yards. Next week, New England travels to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs and their anemic passing game. If after Week 4 we're talking about the huge game Dwayne Bowe had at Revis' expense, I'll be willing to re-evaluate the situation. But for now, this seems like a case of a player having a down week. It happens.
Arbanas to be honored Friday from The Blue Springs Examiner
Arbanas was a tight end for the Chiefs during their glory years in the 1960s, including the Super Bowl champs from the 1969 season. He's in the Chiefs Hall of Fame.
For the last 42 years, he's been a county legislator, and he's retiring when his current term runs out at the end of the year. Arbanas, 75, has said he loves the work, but football took a heavy toll on his body - he's had several surgeries over the years - and he has a hard time getting around.
He will be honored Friday with a gathering at 1 p.m. on the steps of the downtown County Courthouse, 415 E. 12th St.
Kansas City Chiefs owner builds incredible luxury suite from FOX Sports
Everything one expects when the owner is part of a family valued at approximately $15 billion really ...
Owner's suite at Arrowhead stadium is insanely lavish from Sports Illustrated
The designer even threw in a couple marble Roman busts, just in case the whole thing wasn't opulent enough.