"If the word is something somebody doesn't like, that's just too bad," he said, before reiterating his point. "There's things they do — that we do — to get the ball in your playmakers' hands, and that's what it's all about."
When Reid was first asked about the comments two months ago, he noted that the Chiefs were just scheming things up, which is what every team tries to do, and added the shifts and motions "looked good" against Oakland.
"Look, you know, there are all kinds of stories out there," Riggle said. "And this is a great story. This is a happy story. I hope people keep telling it because it's worth being told."
Houston has four sacks in the last two games. Inside linebacker Derrick Johnson has been to the Pro Bowl in four of the last five seasons and he'll be going back again this year. Third-year linebacker Dee Ford had 10 sacks in Houston's absence, putting him among the NFL leaders and justifying the selection of him in the first round in 2014. And rounding out the unit is Tamba Hali, who might be past his prime, but is still valuable and has been to the last five Pro Bowls.
Should the Raiders beat the Chiefs Thursday, they would improve to 11-2 on the season, retain their top spot in the division and their top seed in the conference and in control of their own destiny for a first round bye and home field advantage throughout.
In Thursday Night Football’s 11-year history, there are only two games (after Week 5) in which the combined win percentage of the two teams involved exceeded that of the Chiefs and Raiders headed into this game.
Well, here's what I like about the Chiefs in this game: They might be getting Jeremy Maclin back, they already beat the Raiders once (26-10) and Alex Smith has an 8-1 career record against Oakland with some impressive numbers to show for it (18 touchdowns, three interceptions).
It’s a tough one, and as much as Broncos fans will hate to hear this, I think they should be rooting for a Raiders victory Thursday night. A Chiefs win would give Denver a better chance of winning its sixth consecutive AFC West title, but a Raiders victory gives it a better chance at a wild card and the playoffs overall.
Kelce had eight catches for a career-best 140 yards in Sunday's win over Atlanta, which allowed Kansas City to remain a game behind Oakland in the AFC West. It was the former third-round pick's third straight 100-yard receiving effort, one shy of the franchise record set by Tony Gonzalez in 2000. He'll have a chance to match it in a pivotal Thursday night showdown with the Raiders.
Kansas City fell for the trap against the Bucs a few weeks ago at home in a game the team was "supposed" to win. I don’t expect the Chiefs to make that same mistake again. This matchup against Oakland is the biggest game of the season, and is essentially a pick ‘em game, so I expect Kansas City to be well-focused and disciplined. This is the game the team has prepared for all season long.
Elsewhere in the AFC West, the Raiders are sitting in the driver's seat at 10-2, but a majority of our panel doesn't think they'll stay there for long. The 9-3 Chiefs are a favorite to beat their rivals at Arrowhead Stadium and retake the top spot in the division.