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Carolina Panthers pose many problems for Kansas City Chiefs | ESPN

The Panthers are 3-5 but have won two straight games. Carolina is strong up front defensively and allows a league-best 3.3 yards per rushing attempt. Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles was a problem for the Chiefs last week with his scrambling and they will see another mobile quarterback Sunday in Cam Newton.'

Mellinger Minutes: Royals, Chiefs, colleges, and not a word about the election | The Kansas City Star

"Starting with Travis Kelce, I didn’t appreciate the way he handled that. It’s been addressed. Obviously, you can’t punt the ball in the stands after the nice play we made down there on a turnover." Again, without any context, that reads fairly soft. But if you know Reid, you know he never says anything negative about any of his players, and you know this is his equivalent of dog cussing each guy publicly. Then, he did it again on Monday.

KC boy whose father died serving in Iraq receives thank you gift from Chiefs’ Chris Conley |

"That is our way of saying thank you to not only you, but your family for the sacrifice that your father made for our country. It’s something that we don’t take lightly at all," Conley said. "I’m from a military background so I know the sacrifice that a family makes.  We’re giving this to you as a way of saying thank you for your father’s service and that your father will always be with you and let this be a reminder of that." Conley explained that his dad served for 20 years. He said his mom and dad actually met in the Army.

Steven Nelson’s impact is being felt from start to finish for the Chiefs | The Kansas City Star

"Being around EB (Eric Berry), Ron Parker, 22 (Marcus Peters), picking their brains," Nelson said. "We lean on each other, feed off each other and make each other better." Take that final pass break-up. Nelson saw Walters lining up as an inside receiver on the left side. Walters shuffled his feet and darted across the field through traffic. Nelson was in his hip pocket the entire route. "Just knowing the situation," Nelson said. "They were running a lot of underneath routes, trying to pick me off. I recognized what they were trying to do."

Chiefs' Dee Ford goes from draft bust to breakout star |

"There's no way in our league that you can be an effective rusher unless you're just relentless. It just can't be done," Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said. "He has such great speed that if a quarterback does step up or does step out, even if it's away from him, he can track them down. You have to be relentless within the play, and then, relentless within the game."

Kansas City Chiefs announce a flurry of practice squad moves | The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs made a number of practice squad moves on Tuesday. The club signed guard/center Jordan Devey, safety Jimmy Hall, cornerback Tyler Patmon and quarterback Joel Stave to its 10-man practice squad. To make room for them, the team released running back Zac Brooks, offensive guard/tackle Jarrod Pughsley and offensive lineman Zach Sterup.

Chiefs-Jags film breakdown: Going deep with Nick Foles and Dee Ford | The Kansas City Star

If you think the Chiefs are good, you saw a team without its starting quarterback, best two running backs, starting left guard, and for much of the game its best two pass catchers still win an NFL game. If you think the Chiefs are too flawed, you saw a sloppy performance aided by one of the NFL’s worst teams playing to character. If you think Alex Smith does not stink, you saw Nick Foles throw deep, and make a few plays, and keep a boat with holes from sinking. If you think Alex Smith stinks, you saw Nick Foles miss too many passes, throw at least two that should’ve been intercepted, and are probably talking about how the Chiefs’ scoring drives went for 23, 5, 5, 25, and 38 yards.

Broncos not considering quarterback change after loss to Raiders | USA Today

Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian still has the support of head coach Gary Kubiak, even after a rough performance in Sunday’s loss to the Oakland Raiders. "I feel really good about what Trevor’s doing, but Trevor’s like any other player. He has to get better," Kubiak said Monday.

Chiefs take a look at Isaiah Pead | ProFootballTalk

Pead was one of seven players to work out for the Chiefs. The others were quarterback Joel Stave, safeties Jimmy Hall and Earl Wolff, wide receiver Dres Anderson and linebackers Amarlo Herrera and Dwayne Norman.

Snap decisions: Chiefs’ Albert Wilson sees more playing time due to Jeremy Maclin’s injury | The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs’ decision to go with only two active running backs the last two weeks is interesting; perhaps it’s a sign that Chiefs coach Andy Reid is very comfortable with Tyreek Hill and De’Anthony Thomas — two smallish do-it-all tazer types — logging some reps here, if necessary. Both have lined up as traditional running backs sparingly this season, though I mainly attribute that to Reid wanted to show the defense a unique formation/personnel grouping/etc.

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