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Arrowheadlines: Kansas City Chiefs News 9/24

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Chiefs vs. Packers: 10 Stats You Need to Know from The Mothership

There's every reason to believe Charles will be pretty motivated coming into this game on Monday night.

Through its first two games, the Packers defense has allowed an average of 154 yards rushing per game, which ranks second to last in the NFL.

In their Week 1 matchup with the Bears, running back Matt Forte rushed for 141 yards and a touchdown.

To go even further, the Packers have allowed 5.37 yards per rush on first down, which ranks 28thin the NFL. On second down, the Packers have allowed 5.89 yards per rush, which ranks last in the NFL.

Chiefs Tight Ends Teach Healthy Habits at Alta Vista Play 60 Event from The Mothership

On Tuesday, over on Belleview Avenue, Chiefs tight ends James O'Shaughnessy and Brian Parker teamed up with the Chiefs Play 60 outreach team in instructing students from Alta Vista Middle School in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

"We got a chance to put this middle school through some of our routines that we do, along with talk about nutrition and staying healthy," O'Shaughnessy said. "To have this platform as an NFL player is just great—giving back things that you've learned over the times, things that made you successful, things that have helped you out throughout the years."

QB Series Chapter 16: West Coast Wonder from The Mothership

Montana's arrival in Kansas City after a career that was already established as hall of fame-ready really had more to do with the offense the Chiefs were determined to run and the man whose responsibility it was to run it:  Paul Hackett.

Hackett was Marty Schottenheimer's choice for offensive coordinator after Joe Pendry was let go. The changes Schottenheimer made to his offensive staff were not easy, since almost all of those coaches he dismissed had come with him from Cleveland.  But he had asked for changes to open up the offense, he told the author, and they had not happened at a pace he expected, leaving him no choice, he said, but to leave the familiarity he had with these men and strike out in another direction.

Around the AFC West: The 1-1 Raiders Look to Win First Road Game Since '13 This Sunday from The Mothership

After defeating the Chiefs in Kansas City's home opener, Denver head coach Gary Kubiak realizes that his Broncos will face a similar challenge in Detroit's first game at home this Sunday night.

"It's their home opener. It's another tough place to play," Kubiak told the media Monday. "It's kind of the same challenge that we had in Kansas City in a lot of ways."

The Chiefs got to quarterback Peyton Manning for 3 sacks Thursday night, and Kubiak admitted that is a point of their game he'd like to see improved Sunday.

Chiefs wide receivers are lagging again from ESPN

Chiefs wide receivers are again at the bottom of the league in most significant categories. They have accounted for only 15 catches (tied for 28th in the league), 156 yards (31st) and 26 targets (28th), and they're one of three teams without a touchdown.

It's going to be difficult for the Chiefs to win on Monday night in Green Bay, the following Sunday in Cincinnati or in several of the subsequent games if that continues.

Chiefs have a glorious history at Green Bay's Lambeau Field from ESPN

Another thing unusual about Green Bay's Lambeau Field: The Chiefs have never lost there. The Chiefs also won their two previous games in Green Bay, in 1989 and 1990. They are one of two undefeated teams at Lambeau, the Houston Texans being the other. Houston is 1-0 in Green Bay.

Their Wisconsin winning streak gets tested in Monday night's game against the Packers. Green Bay has won 10 straight games, including the playoffs, at home.

Chiefs-Packers will be rubber game of Smith-Rodgers matchups from FS Kansas City

The Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers are coming off emotional Week 2 games with vastly different outcomes.

While the Chiefs look to turn the page on a bitter loss to a division rival, the Packers try to move on from a satisfying revenge win when the teams face off Monday night at Lambeau Field.

This prime-time matchup would have been between unbeatens had Kansas City (1-1) held on to a seven-point lead in the final minute of last Thursday's showdown with Denver, in which the Broncos scored two touchdowns in the final 36 seconds to pull out a stunning 31-24 decision.

'In Search of Derrick Thomas' is a moving story of his life from ESPN

Fans of the Kansas City Chiefs need to catch "SEC Storied: In Search of Derrick Thomas" when it appears at 8 p.m. CT next Tuesday on the SEC Network.

I just saw an advance version and it's a moving capture of Thomas' life. His story is told through the eyes of Matt Naylor, a son Thomas never knew he had.

Thursday NFL preview: Monitoring injuries to Lacy, A.J., Murray and more from ESPN

Eric Fisher is scheduled to be reinstalled as the starting right tackle as the Chiefs return to practice after a two-day break. Fisher has not started since the opening game of the preseason because of a sprained ankle. It's important that Fisher gets up to speed quickly. Right tackle has been a problem without him in the first two games. -- Adam Teicher

NFL Picks Week 3: Jamaal Charles, Chiefs Eye Upset Over Packers At Lambeau from NESN

Monday, Sept. 28 Kansas City Chiefs (1-1) at (-7.5) Green Bay Packers (2-0), 8:30 p.m.

Ricky: Packers. Green Bay's run defense isn't all that, which could prove troublesome against Jamaal Charles. But the Chiefs' crushing Week 2 loss is the type of defeat that can linger. And while the Packers' offense has question marks, it still is led by Aaron Rodgers, who is all that, especially at home.

Ben: Chiefs. The Packers will take care of business straight-up, but this is too many points to make up against a good K.C. defense, considering the banged-up state of Green Bay's offense.

Mike: Packers. I'm not entirely sold on a Chiefs defense that allowed noodle-armed Peyton Manning's offense to score three times last week. Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau is a scary proposition for the Chiefs.

Pete Prisco's Week 3 NFL Picks: Cowboys over Falcons, Colts win from CBS Sports

Kansas City Chiefs (1-1) at Green Bay Packers (2-0), 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN): The Chiefs lost a tough one to the Broncos last Thursday and now face a tough challenge of playing the Packers on the road. They will have added rest, while the Packers played Sunday night. Doesn't matter. Aaron Rodgers will get his points, while the Chiefs won't be able to keep up.

The pick: Packers 33, Chiefs 20

Defense faces next test in Charles from The Fond du Lac Reporter

Charles, a four-time Pro Bowler in his own right, will challenge the outside zone more than Lynch, who's primarily a between-the-tackles bulldozer. At 28, the 5-foot-11, 197-pound running back remains as dynamic as ever so long as he holds onto the football.

Ball security overshadowed Charles' otherwise brilliant performance against the Broncos. He had 21 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown, but the second of his two lost fumbles was returned for a touchdown in the final minute of a tied game.

Charles has 27 fumbles and lost 19 of them in 99 career games (including playoffs). That works out to a lost fumble every 5.2 games.

Backup plan: Packers have trust in James Starks if Eddie Lacy can't play from ESPN

Two of the NFL's hardest-charging running backs will share Lambeau Field on Monday night.

And that doesn't even include Eddie Lacy.

No two running backs gained more yards after contact in Week 2 than James Starks and Jamaal Charles.

Eric Berry's Arrowhead return more than a feel-good story for Chiefs from KC Star via The Wichita Eagle

What's more, Berry appears to be taking on more of a workload. After playing on 48 of 77 possible defensive snaps in the Chiefs' season-opening win over Houston, Berry played in 71 of 73 snaps against the Broncos.

Berry replaced safety Husain Abdullah — a starter last year — in the Chiefs' base defense.

"He's just been doing well," Reid said of Berry. "He keeps getting better and better."

Reid said Berry, who finished with four tackles, is close to where he was physically before the illness.

Upon further review, court reverses call in Chiefs lawsuit from The Kansas City Business Journal

Cox argued that Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt had stated a desire to "go in a more youthful direction," which resulted in the organization instituting a companywide policy of terminating or forcing out older employees to make way for younger replacements.

Attorneys for Cox were not allowed to depose Hunt and were not allowed to present evidence from 20 former Chiefs employees who would have testified about their ages, the circumstance of their release from the Chiefs, the age of employees who replaced them and whether they had filed age discrimination suits against the Chiefs.

Ruling gives discrimination suit against Chiefs fresh life from The Associated Press via The Springfield News-Leader

The Missouri Supreme Court also found in its 5-2 decision that the trial court erred in barring a former employee from testifying that he overheard then-general manager Scott Pioli say: "I need to make major changes in this organization as so many employees of CP (Carl Peterson) are over 40 years old."

Pro Hogs Vol. IV: Mallett Davis Seize NFL Opportunities from The Arkansas Traveler

Mallett's former Arkansas teammate and Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis, has also played well in his backup role. In the Chiefs' matchup against the Texans, Davis had a forgettable day with six carries for 16 yards. None of the Chiefs' running backs, including starter Jamaal Charles, could find much running room against the powerful Houston defense.

Kansas City's second game of the season against the Denver Broncos went much smoother for Davis, and he scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Packers vs. Chiefs: Five things to watch from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

2. Bucking the odds: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was the 73rd pick in the 2008 draft. Eight backs went before Charles, but Charles has outperformed all but Chicago's Matt Forte and Chris Johnson, who's now on his third team. Charles is instant offense and has averaged at least 5.0 yards per carry in each of his seven NFL seasons. Charles (5-11, 199) lacks durability, though, and is a fumbler.

QB Rank, Week 2: Johnny Manziel proves he belongs in NFL from USA Today

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If you thought Smith's three-touchdown performance in Week 1 was a sign of change, think again. This is still the same old conservative Smith, who'd rather eat a sack or throw a hopeless ball to the flat instead of taking a chance for a big play. Sigh.

Jets' Antonio Cromartie thinks the Eagles' offense looks slower under Sam Bradford from Newsday

Perhaps, it just seems like the Eagles (0-2) are moving slower because their offense is often going nowhere most of the time. They have the second-worst third-down conversion percentage behind the Kansas City Chiefs. Philly has converted just five of their 23 third-down attempts (21.7 percent), according to ESPN.

Receivers Ty Montgomery, Jeff Janis could be extra targets for Aaron Rodgers from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Integrating Montgomery into the offense will partly come from necessity because even though Adams was able to finish the Seahawks game, it's hard to imagine him being close to 100% against Kansas City on Monday night. What's more, Cobb still isn't completely back from a shoulder injury he suffered in the third exhibition game Aug. 29.

Having failed to make a reception of more than 34 yards this season, the receivers may start seeing tighter zones and more aggressive man-to-man coverage, starting Monday night with a Chiefs defense that can provide pressure with just its front four. Jones has been the best deep threat so far, but he's not as fast as Montgomery or Janis.

Chris Ault, Father of the Pistol Offense, Headed to Coach In Italy from American Football International

The College Football Hall of Famer (inducted 2002) who won more than 230 games in 28 years with the Nevada Wolf Pack, has signed on to coach the Milano Rhinos in the Italian Football League.

Ault retired in 2012 and spent the last two seasons as an offensive consultant for the Kansas City Chiefs. Four different European teams approached him last year, but he didn't want to cut short his time with the Chiefs.

Sports Management alumni take center stage in NFL from The Wichita State Sunflower

Kellen Begnoche, client services manager for the Kansas City Chiefs, oversees all aspects of the Suite Services team and VIP hospitality for all suite members and corporate partners.

"My position with the Chiefs is the perfect blend of business and football," Begnoche said. "I view my role with the Chiefs as a member of a business unit, and the product that we happen to sell just so happens to be football."

Week 3 Preview: Chiefs at Packers from Sports Xchange via Football Insiders


Following a blue print created by the Bears in Week 1, the Chiefs slow the pace to stick around and keep fresh bodies coming at QB Aaron Rodgers. The Packers find the winning mix again to deal the Chiefs another painful defeat.

*Our pick: Packers 33-27.

The Odds Are: A DFS overview for Week 3 from CBS Sports

Green Bay vs. Kansas City -- The Chiefs have been one of the worst teams in the league so far this year against wide receivers and one of the best against running backs. Add in the fact that Eddie Lacy is banged up and it's hard not to love Aaron Rodgers ($9,100) and his trio of receivers.

I'm most likely to use Packers in tournaments, with Randall Cobb ($8,200) being my favorite play outside of Rodgers. I will have multiple Rodgers/Cobb lineups with Davante Adams($6,400) in some lineups and James Jones ($5,700) in others. If we find out by Sunday thatEddie Lacy is out, James Starks ($6,500) will become a very popular play.

Opinion: The NFL isn't admitting it has a drinking problem from Market Watch

The Buffalo Bills shut off their taps at the end of half-time, while the New York Jets and Giants do so at the start of the second half. The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots don't extend beer sales beyond just a few minutes into the third quarter. The Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons are among teams that don't serve beer after half-time during night games.

But this brings up a bit of a touchy subject for the league in regard to both its teams and its alcohol partner, Anheuser-Busch InBev.

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