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Column: Biggest Chiefs Victory In A Decade Or More

Consider the ramifications of the Chiefs victory Sunday afternoon over the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium:

  • The winning effort lifted them to a 3-3 record; not bad for a team that started the season 0-2.
  • By beating the Chargers, the Chiefs assured themselves that the Bolts were not going to run off and hide with first place in the AFC West.
  • It was the Chiefs first victory in San Diego since 2007 and only the second victory there since and including the 2003 season.

However, more than anything else, the significance of the 23-20 winning performance was this: for the first time in over a decade they won a road game against a divisional opponent with a winning record.

“It was amazing out there today,” said running back Jamaal Charles. “Everybody got to see how it’s supposed to be out here.” …Read More!

Chiefs Little Guy Becomes Big Man In 23-20 Victory

It was a typical AFC West nail biter Sunday afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. The Chiefs chances for a rare victory in southern California eventually came down to their little big man from Brazil.

Rookie kicker Cairo Santos’ 48-yard field goal with 21 seconds to play gave the Chiefs a 23-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers.

It was a huge division victory on the road for the Chiefs, evened their 2014 record at 3-3, earned their first victory in San Diego since 2007 and ended a five-game winning streak for the Chargers.

“We took it on as a challenge,” quarterback Alex Smith said. “We understood coming into this game that we were a couple plays away from being 4-1. We understood that we didn’t make the plays and this was an opportunity for us to show what we were made of, show the country.”

The winning field goal came after the Chargers had tied the game just inside two minutes to play on their own 48-yard field goal from Nick Novak. Considering the fourth quarter prowess they showed over the season’s first six games, San Diego seemed set for another late victory before heading to their Thursday night game against the Broncos in Denver. …Read More!

Chiefs Better Be Tough To Win In San Diego

Asked what he liked about his team as it reached its bye week after five games, Andy Reid pointed to one trait displayed by his players.

“They’ve got a certain toughness about them, which I like,” Reid said of his 2-3 club. “That’s a tough thing to coach, that toughness thing. Until you are in the fight of playing the game, you don’t exactly know that part of it and you have to experience that.

“I would tell you that there is some grit to this team and some of the fundamentals and techniques we’ve got to get corrected, but that grit . . . we can take care of the other stuff but that a tough thing to coach and they’ve showed that they’ve got a little of that.”

The Chiefs are going to need a lot of that if they expect to win on Sunday afternoon at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego against the Chargers. Kickoff is 3:05 p.m. with television coverage by CBS.

Led by quarterback Philip Rivers, the Chargers are 5-1 and in first place in the AFC West. They’ve won five straight since losing the season opener by just one-point at Arizona.

There’s a lot left in the 2014 season, but losing to San Diego, the Chiefs would be three games behind the division leader with 10 games to play. That’s a tough hole for any team, including a tough one, to exit.

Toughness in football is a quality that seemingly easy to define, but that is just for those that want to use the physical to make the definition. There’s a lot more than being bigger and stronger. It’s also about being strong mentality, not being knocked off the path to victory because the game is played on the road. …Read More!

4 Keys To Victory For Chiefs Against Chargers



Keep a handle on Chargers tight end Antonio Gates in the red zone

The 34-year old Gates is in his 12th season and remains a factor in the San Diego passing game. He’s been very successful against the Chiefs over the first 11 seasons; the K.C. defense has been his favorite end-zone target, with 14 touchdown catches. In those scoring plays against the Chiefs, 10 came in San Diego victories. This season, Gates has 24 catches and 25 percent of those went for touchdowns (6). With the exception of a 21-yard scoring play, his TD plays have all come inside the opponent’s 20-yard line – from the 12, 8, 8, 8 and one-yard lines. With both Eric Berry and Chris Owens out of the game, the Chiefs depth in the secondary is going to be severely tested. Backup safeties Kurt Coleman, Kelcie McCray and Jamell Fleming are going to be very important in this game to provide help for starters Husain Abdullah and Ron Parker. Keeping Gates out of the end zone would significantly improve the Chiefs chances for a victory.

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Officials Preview: Referee Bill Vinovich & Crew

The San Diego Chargers will find the officiating crew in Sunday’s game against the Chiefs quite familiar.

Referee Bill Vinovich led the group of zebras that worked the Chargers regular-season opener against Arizona. That’s the only game San Diego has lost this season. In that game, the officials walked off six penalties for 47 yards against the Chargers. It’s not unusual for an NFL crew to see a team twice during a full season, but two games in seven weeks does not happen very often.

In six games this season, Vinovich and his crew have averaged 12.5 penalties walked off for 93.7 yards. Those numbers leave them near the top of the league’s list of least busy or least intrusive officiating groups. In those half-dozen games, the home teams are 5-1; the only visiting club that won with Vinovich and crew was Green Bay last week when the Packers beat the Dolphins in south Florida.

The last Chiefs game that Vinovich worked came in October 2013 when he handled the Chiefs 26-17 victory over the Titans in Nashville. Over his career, he’s worked five Chiefs games, and K.C. is 3-2 in those outings. …Read More!

Jamaal Reaches For Rushing Record In San Diego

The 32 career rushing leaders for each NFL team.

Ohio and Pennsylvania used to be the area of the country where an abundance of quarterbacks were developed. Florida always seemed to provide the wide receivers. The upper Midwest was home for linebackers and big linemen.

And Texas is where football has grown its running backs. That will be evident on Sunday, but not in the Lone Star State, but at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. That’s where Texas born and bred Jamaal Charles will take the field against the Chargers needing 53 yards to become the Chiefs career leader in rushing yards. He enters the game against the Chargers with 6,108 yards and he’s looking to pass another Texas-bred running back. Priest Holmes currently holds the franchise rushing yardage record with 6,070 yards in his 65 games wearing red and gold.

Going into this weekend’s schedule of games, there are 12 running backs from Texas among the top 100 career rushers in league history. No other state has more. Here’s the Lone Star State backs in that top 100 rushers.

There are a lot of goals Charles carries for his NFL career, starting with winning a Super Bowl and working down to a few individual honors. That includes moving past his fellow Longhorn for career rushing honors with the Chiefs.

“I think it’s cool,” Charles said on Friday after finishing up the practice week in preparation for the Chargers. “We went to the same school in college; we’re from the same state so I think that’s pretty cool more than anything. But at the end of the day, I just want to continue to make history.” …Read More!

Chiefs-Chargers NFL Injury Reports For Sunday’s Game

The Chiefs have declared two key members of their secondary out of Sunday’s game against the Chargers in San Diego.

On Friday the Chiefs reported safety Eric Berry and slot/nickel cornerback Chris Owens will not play. They join wide receiver Donnie Avery on the sidelines; Avery is recovering from sports hernia surgery.

Berry will miss a fourth game because of a high ankle sprain suffered on September 14th. Owens will not play because of a knee contusion and ligament strain he suffered near the end of the Chiefs game against San Francisco.

The Chargers will be without running backs Ryan Mathews (knee) and Donald Brown (concussion) and inside linebacker Manti Te’o (foot). …Read More!

Chiefs Practice Report / No Eric Berry – October 17

From the Truman Sports Complex

The Chiefs began their final practice of preparation week for the Chargers without safety Eric Berry.

After practicing on Wednesday, Berry did not participate Thursday and late Friday morning he was not on the field during the period where the media was allowed to watch practice.

Berry has been trying to return from the high ankle sprain that he suffered on September 14 in the first half of the Chiefs game in Denver. He’s missed the last three games and appears to be on his way to missing a fourth.

Also not on the field was cornerback Chris Owens; he did not practice all week because of the knee injury he suffered in the San Francisco game.

But, running back Cyrus Gray was part of practice for the first time this week, wearing a cast to protect his fractured left hand. His status for Sunday remains up in the air.

Official injury reports for both the Chiefs and Chargers will come late Friday afternoon.

Next Opponent – San Diego Chargers

Quarterback Philip Rivers and the rest of the Chargers will be wearing their baby blues on Sunday vs. Chiefs

Game – No. 6.

Opponentthe San Diego Chargers.

2014 record – the Bolts are 5-1, riding a five-game winning streak. They lost the season opener to Arizona, 18-17. Since then, they’ve beaten Seattle by nine points, Buffalo by 12 points, Jacksonville by 19 points, the New York Jets by 31 points and last Sunday, they topped the Raiders in Oakland 31-28. They are plus-73 in point differential (164 scored, 91 given up), plus-7 in turnover ratio (2 giveaways, 9 takeaways) and plus-3 (9 allowed, 12 on defense.)

Franchise began – in 1960 as an original member of the American Football League and named the Los Angeles Chargers. The original owner was Barron Hilton, son of Conrad Hilton who began the Hilton Hotel chain that continues today. Barron Hilton branched out into many other businesses during his days as an active businessman. That included joining Lamar Hunt as a member of the so-called Foolish Club of original AFL owners. He’s the last surviving member of that founding group. Hilton moved the Chargers to San Diego in 1961 where they’ve been since. He sold his controlling interest in the Chargers for $10 million in 1966 to Los Angeles businessman Gene Klein, who also owned the Seattle SuperSonics team in the NBA. Hilton will turn 87 later this month and reportedly still holds a small sliver of ownership in the Chargers. And, he’s also the grandfather of Paris Hilton, who is famous for something but heaven knows what. …Read More!

Chiefs Practice Report – October 16

Not so good news for the Chiefs as they continued preparations on Thursday when safety Eric Berry did not participate in the team’s afternoon practice.

Berry continues to try to overcome the sprained ankle he suffered in the first half of the September 14th game in Denver. He was a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice but the Chiefs reported he did not practice on Thursday.

San Diego added center Rich Ohrnberger to the injury report with a back problem. He did not practice on Thursday.

Here are the participation/injury reports for both teams from Thursday:


DID NOT PRACTICE – Wide receiver Donnie Avery (groin), safety Eric Berry (ankle), running back Cyrus Gray (hand), cornerback Chris Owens (knee).

FULL PARTICIPATION – Cornerback Phillip Gaines (concussion), cornerback Sean Smith (groin).


DID NOT PRACTICE – Linebacker Jerry Attaochu (hamstring), running back Donald Brown (concussion), cornerback Brandon Flowers (groin), running back Ryan Mathews (knee), center Rich Ohrnberger (back), linebacker Manti Te’o (foot).

LIMITED PARTICIPATION – Cornerback Jason Verrett (shoulder),.

FULL PARTICIPATION – Right tackle D.J. Fluker (ankle), linebacker Cordarro Law (ankle), wide receiver Eddie Royal (elbow), linebacker Reggie Walker (ankle), cornerback Shareece Wright (knee).

It’s No Longer The Chiefs Town

A torch was passed early Wednesday evening at the Truman Sports Complex.

Actually, it wasn’t so much passed as it was taken by the remarkable Kansas City Royals.

For the better part of the last 25 years, it was the Chiefs that controlled the sporting interest in Kansas City and environs. But that came to an end the moment that reliever Greg Holland got the final Baltimore batter to groundout to end Game No. 4 of the American League Championship Series. The Royals are now on their way to the World Series, having won eight straight post-season games.

After 29 years, they will compete for the championship of their game, facing either the San Francisco Giants or possibly the St. Louis Cardinals.

This weekend the Chiefs will travel to San Diego in an attempt to even their record at 3-3 for the NFL season. Football fans in K.C. have been waiting 45 seasons now for their team to play for a Super Bowl.

So you see in many ways the Royals are mere babes in the waiting department. They did carry a heavy burden going 29 years without even a game in the post-season. Since Len Dawson and the Chiefs won Super Bowl IV, they have made the playoffs in 13 seasons, but got within a game of playing for the title only once, and that was now 21 years ago. …Read More!

Tale of the Tape: Chiefs vs. Chargers

The Chiefs come back from their bye week and they face a real task – playing the AFC West leader in the San Diego Chargers on the road. The Bolts are 5-1 on the season, a half-game ahead of the Broncos and those two teams will meet next Thursday night in Denver. Before that game, the Chargers must take advantage of their strengths and handle the Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego’s lovely Mission Valley.

Break down the matchup between these two teams and the Chargers have a big edge. Here’s the tale of the tape: …Read More!

Chiefs Practice Report – October 15

From the Truman Sports Complex

It was not a surprise on Wednesday when the Chiefs declared wide receiver Donnie Avery out of this Sunday’s game against San Diego as he recovers from sports hernia surgery.

Head coach Andy Reid did say that Avery was “making progress” in recovery. Generally, the rehab for the procedure is six to eight weeks.

Also missing from Wednesday’s practice were cornerback Chris Owens and running back Cyrus Gray.

Owens is dealing with a bone bruise on his knee and a strained knee ligament suffered near the end of the game against San Francisco. “He’s day-to-day,” said Reid. “We’ll just see how he does.”

Gray suffered a fractured left hand and is wearing a cast. “Most likely he’s going to practice on Friday and he’ll be out these next couple of days,” said Reid. …Read More!

Chiefs Lose Nico To Bengals

From the Truman Sports Complex

Akeem Jordan, Joe Mays, Josh Mauga, James-Michael Johnson, Jerry Franklin – all have been added to the Chiefs 53-man roster in the last two years as inside linebackers. None of the five came to the team as a Chiefs draft choice.

Nico Johnson was a fourth-round choice in the 2013 NFL Draft out of the University of Alabama, but he was not able to take advantage of his status through on-field performance. That journey ended on Tuesday when Nico Johnson left the Chiefs practice squad and was signed to a spot on Cincinnati’s 53-man active roster.

To fill that spot on the 10-man developmental team, the Chiefs signed linebacker Orie Lemon.

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Answer Bob – After Bye Week #2

Here are the final batch of questions and my answers. Thanks for your interest. We’ll do this again soon.


R W says: Bob, do you think the Chiefs lament passing on WR Kelvin Benjamin and taking Dee Ford with their #1 pick this past year? Benjamin looks like a breakout rookie playmaker while Ford is still feeling his way. Also, how would you grade out Dorsey as GM at year 2 on the job? Is it still too early to tell? If so, when will it be fair to assess his performance as the guy sitting in the big chair?

Bob says: I’d say it is way too soon for anybody to pan the selection of Ford in the first round. I think they grabbed a talented young player, who has skills that are tough to find when it comes to rushing the passer. Now, it’s certainly debatable on the issue of whether the Chiefs needed to grab another linebacker, rather than a wide receiver. No doubt Benjamin has been an impact rookie, catching 31 passes for 416 yards and four touchdowns for Carolina. Right now, I don’t believe the Chiefs lament their decision to pass on Benjamin, who went five picks after Ford at No. 28 to the Panthers.

I would think the ideal time to gauge the performance of John Dorsey will be after this season. Two years on the job is at least a foundation for evaluation of his decisions. On the roster coming out of the bye week, there are 12 players inherited from previous regimes. Of that dozen, eight are starters on offense and defense, along with two more on special teams. The other 15 are starters added in the 2013-14 seasons. A lot of work has been done by Dorsey and his crew and they should get time to see how it plays out.

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Answer Bob – After Bye Week #1

The bye week is now in the Chiefs rearview mirror and work begins in earnest on Wednesday for a trip to San Diego to face the division leading Chargers.

We are also working in earnest to answer your questions from the bye week. Here’s segment one, with more to come.


Morten Nyholm says – Once again thanks for all your great work on this site; every morning here in Denmark starts with Here are my questions: 1.) the offensive line was much criticized in camp and after the Tennessee game. I know there is still work to be done, but how do you think they’ve improved so fast?
2.) Being 2-3 at this point, I guess many would have settled for that given the schedule. How far do you think we can go this season?
3.) You have followed the Chiefs for ages; within the organization is there a belief that this is a championship team in the making?
4.) Dwayne Bowe? Is it time to let him go after the season?

Bob says – God  Morgen Morten. Thanks for your support and the kind words. Here are my thoughts:

1.) So much successful offensive-line play depends on the coordination within the five guys. It’s only something that can be developed over time. A single blocker can work in here or there, it’s something else when you have a second-year guy moving to left tackle, a left guard that was on the street the week before the final pre-season game, a rookie at right guard and a left guard at right tackle for a game, before he was replaced by a journeyman tackle. If this group did not improve from game-to-game the Chiefs offense would really be in trouble. There’s no question stability has led to improved performance as a group. The next step comes with defining just how talented any of the five starters are individually – that will show the future direction of the unit, not only this season, but beyond.

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Chiefs Add Tight End To Practice Squad

The Chiefs released a tight end from the practice squad last week and came back and added another one on Monday.

Brandon Barden was signed to the 10th spot on the developmental roster. A 6-5, 245-pound Georgia native has been on the street since he was released by Jacksonville on the final pre-season cutdown back at the end of August.

Barden came into the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with Tennessee in 2012. He was released after training camp that year, signed to the practice squad and was elevated to the 53-man active roster for the final three games of that season. He was released in 2013 and signed by the Jaguars.

He began his college career at Virginia Tech University, but transferred to Vanderbilt University after one semester. At Vandy, Barden caught 107 passes for 1,234 yards over his career.

Chiefs Return To Work; Berry Ready To Practice

The Chiefs returned to other team’s facility on Monday after enjoying the last seven days in a bye-week vacation gift from head coach Andy Reid.

“What I do is the players get a week off and coaches get a few days off and they were able to go back and do some self-scout work without any distractions where they have to worry about meetings,” Reid said Monday during a conference call with the media. “With the players, I thought it could kind of rejuvenate guys and get them back healthy.”

With a 2-3 record, coming off a loss to San Francisco and facing a game this Sunday against the Chargers in San Diego, might it have been more useful to have the players together and on the practice field for at least the one or two sessions that were allowed last week?

“Listen, I’ve done it this way for a long time and it’s been fairly successful,” said Reid, in his 16th season as an NFL head coach. “I think it’s good to step away whether you’re doing well or not doing well. Coming off a win or a loss I think sometimes it’s good to get away and get recharged.” …Read More!

. . . Suggestions & Comments On

The Chiefs bye week provided your intrepid internet maven the first days of this year where the pace of life was not so frantic. The slower merry-go-round provided time for contemplation of many things, including this website. The support so many of you have shown since began in 2008 has been powerful. So much has happened over the last seven years, especially with Kansas City’s football team, the league it plays in and the fans so interested in the red and gold.

At this point, I wanted to provide a venue for suggestions, questions and comments involving the site. Please, take the time to let me know what you like and what you don’t like. Or, items and post you’d like to see more/less of on certain subjects. Are there missing elements you’d like to see return to the site? Ideas of your own that may work? There are no restrictions on the subject.

Let me know by either leaving your thoughts in the comments on this post, or more privately by sending your message to I’ll answer all comments and questions, some collectively and others privately.

Thank you.

Defense At Bye – Consistency Grows Despite Injuries

Last year when they started the season with a nine-game winning streak, all the attention was on the Chiefs defense. Bob Sutton’s group was impressive and the foundation in Andy Reid’s club building that quick start that pushed them to the playoffs.

This season after five games, the K.C. defense has not been as productive as last year’s unit and the defense deserves its share of the blame for the team’s 2-3 record at the bye week.

Still, the defense has been the most consistent part of the Chiefs on-field efforts through five games. The offense has been all over the place and the special teams have not been consistent producers and have made a number of key mistakes.

The defense has been consistent even though they’ve been forced to play without key starting players at all three levels, especially the unit’s emotional and tackling leader in linebacker Derrick Johnson. Sutton’s side of the ball has performed from average to good all season: …Read More!

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