"I would say they were fundamental things that let us down there," Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said. "We had a good chunk of yardage where, I would say, we contributed to our demise."
No kidding. The Chiefs were plagued Sunday by misalignments where they were outnumbered in the box on running plays, which is a deathknell for a defense. The Chiefs' coaches counted this happening 11 times Sunday, costing them 88 yards.
"You feel like a bird," said the son, now in his third season as the Chiefs' kicker. "Just all of a sudden, you're at ground level and then you start seeing the horizon. That's the coolest thing, seeing where the sky touches the ground.
"Because you end up appreciating the horizon, too."
Houston sit out practice for the second-straight day after coach Andy Reid said the team planned to back off on the veteran due to inflammation on his surgically repaired left knee. Reid called the issue commonplace and did not regard the swelling as a long-term problem for the linebacker.
Topping the list is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, but Broncos fans will have to do a bit of scrolling before finding Trevor Siemian's name on the list. Pro Football Focus ranked Siemian the 27th best starting quarterback in the league.
The alternates include quarterback Alex Smith and tackle Eric Fisher on offense. Defensive tackle Dontari Poe and linebackers Dee Ford and Justin Houston also earned honors. Special teams alternatives include punter Dustin Colquitt, Cairo Santos and D.J. Alexander.
Former Broncos quarterback John Elway (now Denver’s general manager) was the bane of Kansas City’s existence back in the day, and he felt the same way about the Arrowhead crowd. So much so, he actually complained (or whined?) to the referees about the crowd noise until the refs threatened to actually penalize the crowd.
The Chiefs have not only been lucky — they've been the luckiest team in the NFL this season. And Kansas City, if it plans on being a contender in the AFC playoffs, needs to find that lucky again ahead of the postseason.
Defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said March-Lillard looked fine in his first practice. But he and coach Andy Reid need to see more from the linebacker before making the judgement returning him to the lineup.
Kansas City would need to beat its bitter AFC West rival to clinch its postseason spot if the Ravens win. But more importantly, the Chiefs (10-4) could move atop the AFC West, position themselves for a first-round bye and earn some level of home-field advantage if Oakland loses to Indianapolis on Saturday, and then they beat the Broncos (8-6) at what should be a festive Arrowhead Stadium.