Five Stats You Need to Know: Offense from The Mothership
TWO PLAYERS TO HAVE 1,000-PLUS YARDS?
Entering the bye week, tight end
Travis Kelcehas 538 yards receiving and wide receiver Jeremy Maclinhas 566 yards receiving. Maclin leads the team despite missing an entire game due to symptoms of a concussion.
Both players are on pace to have MORE THAN 1,000 yards receiving this season. The closest to achieve that last year was Kelce, who finished the year with 862 yards receiving.
Five Stats You Need to Know: Defense from The Mothership
The Chiefs have 21 SACKS on the year entering the bye week. That mark ties the Chiefs for sixth place in the league. Against the Detroit Lions in London before the bye, linebacker Justin Houston recorded a sack and an interception for the first time in his career.
Houston has a team-leading 5.5 sacks, defensive lineman Allen Bailey has 4.5 sacks and LB Tamba Hali has 3.5 sacks. In their careers, Houston and Hali have combined for 137 sacks.
Chiefs LB Justin Houston Talks Records, Redemption and the Art of a Sack from The Mothership
According to the people over at Pro Football Focus, Houston is still the best 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.
But now in his fifth season, Houston understands the process it took for him to develop as a player—something that was helped by Hali, his veteran teammate who had already established himself as one of the best pass rushers in franchise history when he arrived as a third-round pick back in 2011.
It's not the physical side of the game that Houston said has been the biggest difference for him in developing as a player. It's the mental side.
Fans who cannot make it to the event on Thursday are still encouraged to visit any of the three KC Pet Project locations in the Kansas City area listed below to adopt throughout the week:
Kansas City Adoption Center: 4400 Raytown Road, Kansas City, Mo., 64129
Petco Adoption Center: 11620 W. 95th Street, Overland Park, Kan., 66214
Zona Rosa Adoption Center: 7351 NW 87th Terrace, Kansas City, Mo., 64153
Chiefs Kingdom Rewards members will receive 500 points for adopting pets at KC Pet Project that can be used to enter for unique opportunities and autographed memorabilia.
Emmitt Thomas predicts greatness for Chiefs rookie CB Marcus Peters from Chiefs Digest
"He's a good football player, and I'm glad we got him," Chiefs defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas said. "In the future, he's going to be one of the better ones in the league."
Thomas would know about greatness as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he likes what he sees from Peters not only on game days but on practice days as well.
"The ball skills came with him," Thomas said. "That's something that's an innate ability, but the thing ... that is really impressive is the way he practices. He practices like it's a game, and it's a carryover into the game."
Numerous attributes of Peters make Thomas optimistic about the career the young cornerback has in front of him, but the player's enthusiasm for the game is the first one the coach mentions.
With the Kansas City Chiefs having their bye this week, we'll take a look at how their nine rookies are faring. We started Wednesday with the four offensive rookies and continue here with their five defensive rookies.
The good, not so good, ugly for Chiefs at midseason from Chiefs Digest
Andy Reid has given the Chiefs players a week off to rest up, lick their wounds and prepare for the second half of the 2015 season.
Seems like a good time to sit back and look at the good, the not so good, and the ugly of the first eight games of a season where the club is 3-5.
The KC Pet Project teamed up with the Chiefs Thursday to spread the word about pet adoptions. As the weather gets colder, more pets will end up at the shelter.
"We're really hoping to find pets homes this weekend," said Tori Fugate of the KC Pet Project.
Chiefs lineman Zach Fulton adopted a dog at the shelter. People who came to the KC Pet Project Thursday said they hope the dogs find a home soon.
12News talked to Charles's aunt, Arlene LeBlanc, who Charles calls "Nanny". LeBlanc says the retiring of her nephew's jersey is a great honor for the family and for Charles.
LeBlanc also said when she told Charles about the honor, he was elated. He said, "Nanny, whether I have to come in a wheelchair or on crutches, I will be there."
So he will be at Port Arthur's Memorial Stadium on crutches.
After starting the season 1-5, the Chiefs have now won back-to-back games and are 3-5, just two games under .500.
During their five-game losing streak, the playoffs may have seemed like a longshot to people outside of Kansas City, but within the Chiefs locker room, confidence remained high even in the face of all the losses.
Which Games Would AFC Teams Love To Have Back? from Football Insiders
Kansas City Chiefs- 3-4- Week 5 vs. Chicago: Kansas City was defeated by one of the league's worst defenses and held to 17 points at home, blowing a 14-point lead. Week 6 at Minnesota: The Chiefs out-gained the Vikings, but could only score 10 points in the loss. As bad as K.C. has seemed at times this year, just one of those games puts them in the Wildcard. Both gives them a commanding lead.
Arizona Cardinals running back Chris Johnson wasn't supposed to be doing this. His best days were apparently behind him, his possibilities seemingly all but evaporated, his career having run into that dreaded dead end that comes with being 30 years old. Johnson's numbers had been declining and he'd also survived a drive-by shooting. The last thing anybody expected was to see him become the best story nobody is talking about this fall.
Aside from Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry beating cancer, there isn't a better comeback in the NFL than the one Johnson is authoring every week in Arizona.
7 dark horse teams creeping into the NFL playoff picture from SB Nation
Kansas City Chiefs
It really looked like the Chiefs were dead in the water when they lost to the Bears on the same day they lost Jamaal Charles for the season, then the loss the week after to the Vikings put them six feet under in my mind...
...I do not think Kansas City has much of a shot at this thing, but again, the AFC is a mess and when you see that their three non-division games down the stretch are against the the Browns, Ravens, and Bills, you think they could still be alive. It's an uphill climb, but don't start shoveling dirt on them quite yet like I did a few weeks ago.
The most notable thing about this latest trailer is the inclusion of footage of David Morse, who plays Mike Webster, a player for the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers who suffered major damage during his playing years between 1974 and 1990. Webster is kinda the heart of the story, which originally started as a GQ article, "Brain Game," written by Jeanne Marie Laskas, but the film's scope is anchored to Omalu's personal and professional struggles when faced with the repercussions of his discoveries.