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Officials Preview: Chiefs Get Another Triplette Visit

It’s unusual for an NFL team to see the same officiating crew twice in a season, and it seldom works out that a team sees the same group of zebras twice in five weeks.

But that’s the case with the Chiefs as they host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium along with the officiating crew of referee Jeff Triplette.

This same group worked the Chiefs game against Miami on September 21st, where they walked off four penalties against the Chiefs, and 10 in all. That’s been a pretty good example of what Triplette’s crew has done all season. They average 12.1 penalties per game and 15.5 flags thrown each week. Those numbers rank them among the least active crews walking off penalty yardage in the league. They rank in the bottom third of total penalties.

This crew is no stranger to controversy, as Triplette and pals frequently come out on the wrong side of decisions. In 2014, they worked the Seattle at Washington game where three Percy Harvin touchdowns were nullified by penalty flags. …Read More!

4 Keys To Victory For Chiefs Against Rams



Continue to build momentum

The Chiefs are hitting a spot in their schedule where they can build momentum to carry them into the second half of the season. That includes winning games that they should win, and Sunday’s game against the Rams is one of those moments. They are at home, playing a team with a record off less than .500 and they are producing winning football on offense and defense. To date, they have not held a winning record this season, but a victory over St. Louis would leave them 4-3 with upcoming games against the Jets and Bills. There’s been a lot of notice given to the Chiefs 3-3 record over the tough starting stretch of their schedule. That’s all well and good, as long as it’s a foundation to more. The next floor on their post-season dreams must be built starting against the Rams.

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The Frequently Forgotten Governor’s Cup

Chiefs celebrating Governor’s Cup victory in 2002 regular season at Arrowhead.

Rivalry trophies have been part of college football for more than a century.

There’s the Old Oaken Bucket (Indiana against Purdue), the Little Brown Jug (Michigan vs. Minnesota), Paul Bunyan’s Axe (Minnesota vs. Wisconsin), the Apple Cup (Washington vs. Washington State) and dozens of other pieces of gridiron hardware that are handed out each year.

In pro football, the closest example of a rivalry trophy is the Governor’s Cup, to honor the winner of games between Missouri’s pro football teams, the Kansas City Chiefs and first the St. Louis Cardinals, now the St. Louis Rams.

The Guv Cup began in 1968, growing from the fertile football mind of Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt and with the interest of Cardinals owner Billy Bidwill. Hunt loved the pomp and ceremony that came from the world of college football, extras like marching bands, cheerleaders, pom-pom girls and special trophies. Hunt was forever trying to add college elements and ideas to the pro game. The frequently cheap Bidwill saw the trophy and games against the Chiefs as a way to possibly sell a ticket or two and increase revenue.

To say the Governor’s Cup became a coveted piece of hardware for the Show-Me State professional football teams would be a stretch. It never really caught on, certainly not with the players and coaches of the Chiefs, and it was no better across the state along the Mississippi River, whether the team was the Cardinals or ultimately the St. Louis Rams.

The best evidence of that disinterest came with the fact that Cup was frequently misplaced. The morning after the August pre-season game, it would land somewhere in the winning team’s facility, usually in a spot where everybody would remember its place a year later.

Except, sometimes they didn’t remember, or they just completely forgot about the trophy. …Read More!

Tale of the Tape – Chiefs vs. Rams

In the last three seasons the Chiefs and Rams have produced victories and defeats in almost matching numbers:

  • Kansas City – 16-23, .410 winning percentage.
  • St. Louis – 16-21-1, .434 winning percentage.

The Chiefs have an extra game in the equation because of their appearance in the first round of the 2013 AFC playoffs. It’s been nine years since the Rams were in the post-season tournament.

Still, there is a real difference between the clubs as they get ready to face off on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs have been trending up, while the Rams have been headed in the other direction, especially this season with its 2-4 record. Injuries have caused problems for St. Louis, but nobody with the Chiefs is providing any sympathy given the problems they’ve had with injuries.

Even with the Rams recent victory over Seattle fresh in everyone’s mind, there’s no doubt that on paper, the Chiefs have the edge in talent for this meeting. The key for Andy Reid and his team is to make sure what’s on paper comes alive on the field.

Here’s the tale of the tape in 11 key positions and areas between the teams: …Read More!

Next Opponent – St. Louis Rams

Game – No. 7.

Opponentthe St. Louis Rams.

2014 record – the Rams are 2-4, winners of their last game, beating Seattle 28-26 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis last Sunday. They lost the season opener to Minnesota, 34-6. But they’ve scored 2-point victories over Tampa Bay and Seattle. Along with losing to the Vikings, the Rams have fallen to Dallas by 3 points, Philadelphia by 6 points and San Francisco by 14 points.

They are minus-47 in point differential (129 scored, 176 given up), minus-3 in turnover ratio (10 giveaways, 7 takeaways) and minus-12 in sack ratio (16 allowed, 4 on defense.) Overall in offensive yards they rank #13 in the league, #18 in the running game and #11 in passing yardage. In yards allowed on defense they are #23 overall, #28 against the run and #14 against the pass. …Read More!

Chiefs Injury Report – October 24

From the Truman Sports Complex

There’s a chance that safety Eric Berry will play on Sunday against St. Louis; it would be the first action he’s seen since the first half of the Chiefs game in Denver on September 14th.

“You know he actually looks pretty good and he feels pretty good,” said head coach Reid about Berry. “We will just see how the next couple days go. I don’t want to say one way or another, that’s why we listed him there (as questionable.) We will just see how it all works out for him.”

Here are the official injury reports for both teams turned into the NFL office ahead of Sunday’s game at Arrowhead:

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Finally, Relief At Quarterback For Chiefs Defense

Super Bowl winner Peyton Manning one week, multiple Super Bowl champion Tom Brady pops up a few weeks later. It’s Super Bowl starter Colin Kaepernick and Philip Rivers in consecutive games. The Chiefs have opened the season against some of the best quarterbacks in the National Football League and beaten two of them – Brady and Rivers.

The quarterback cycle for the Chiefs defense turns in a different direction starting Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium when they host the St. Louis Rams.

Coming up first is second-year, non-drafted Rams starter Austin Davis (left), followed by the Jets struggling second year starter Geno Smith. There’s a trip to Buffalo to face the Bills and journeyman Kyle Orton. Seattle visits Arrowhead with Russell Wilson leading the Seahawks before the Chiefs head to Oakland and face the Raiders with their rookie starter Derek Carr.

Last year, the Chiefs started their season winning nine consecutive games with most of those coming against inexperienced and marginal quarterbacks. When they faced quarterbacks like Manning, Rivers and Andrew Luck in six of the season’s last eight games, they were 2-6 and done after losing a first-round game in the playoffs. …Read More!

Chiefs Practice/Injury Report – October 23

From the Truman Sports Complex

Wide receiver Junior Hemingway moved off the Chiefs did-not-practice designation on Thursday, as he was active in several offensive drills geared to the passing game during the club’s afternoon session. Because of a strained hamstring, Hemingway appears to be right on the fringe of being active against St. Louis on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Only wide receiver Donnie Avery and cornerback Chris Owens did not work for the Chiefs. Across the state, the Rams did not get any practice snaps from starting cornerback Janoris Jackson and backup center Tim Barnes.

Here are the injury/practice reports for both the Chiefs and Rams on Thursday: …Read More!

Chiefs Lose Practice Squad Linebacker To Tampa Bay

From the Truman Sports Complex

Linebacker Orie Lemon stay the Chiefs practice squad lasted less than a week, as he signed on Wednesday to a spot on the 53-man roster with Tampa Bay.

It’s the second practice squad linebacker to leave for a spot on the active roster of another NFL team. Nico Johnson moved on last week to the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Chiefs announced they signed linebacker Darin Drakeford to fill the practice squad spot previously held by Lemon. The 6-1, 240-pound product of the University of Maryland, Drakeford signed with the Chiefs last year as an undrafted rookie free agent, spending the 2013 pre-season with the club and registering six total tackles and a forced fumble. He was released in the final roster cut before the 2013 opener and signed to the Chiefs practice squad where he spent four games.

Since then he’s spent time with the New York Giants, Indianapolis and Atlanta.

Jamaal’s Career Built On His Toughness

I’ve written these words many times over the last seven NFL seasons; spoken them quite often as well. I feel compelled to repeat:

Pound-for-pound Jamaal Charles is the toughest football player I’ve seen play.

Tough is a word with many branches off its trunk, involving physical, emotional and mental qualities all rolled into the definition.

Charles has all of that . . . and more. The swirl around him over the last few days – did he suffer a concussion in San Diego or not? – was caused by Charles himself. It was probably not the smartest move to talk publicly about having flashes of light in his vision, or that he did not want to take concussion tests because he wasn’t going to leave the game.

It had nothing to do with setting the franchise record for career rushing yards. It had everything to do with how Charles views his place with this team – he is the man, the engine, the star, the motivator, the leader by what he says and does especially how he plays with a level of toughness that exceeds that of ordinary players. When he gets knocked down, Charles gets back up, sometimes bouncing up like nothing happened. More than once he took a rib-rattling shot from a tackler, got immediately to his feet and patted the defensive player on his head before heading back to the offensive huddle. …Read More!

Chiefs Practice/Injury Update – October 22

From the Truman Sports Complex

There was plenty of discussion Wednesday at the Chiefs facility about the question of whether running back Jamaal Charles did or did not suffer a concussion in last Sunday’s game against San Diego.

Charles told ESPN Radio that he thought he did suffer a slight concussion after he was hit in the end zone by Chargers cornerback Brandon Flowers. But the Chiefs say tests conducted on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday did not show concussion effects and the running back was scheduled to take part in Wednesday’s practice on the advice of an independent evaluator. There’s more coming up later today on the Charles concussion situation.

There were three Chiefs that were not scheduled to take part in Wednesday’s practice, the first in the preparation week to play St. Louis this Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium – wide receiver Donnie Avery (sports hernia surgery), cornerback Chris Owens (strained knee ligament) and wide receiver Junior Hemingway (hamstring strain.)

Also on the injury report were tight end Travis Kelce (ribs) and strong safety Eric Berry (ankle). Both players were expected to take part in some and/or all parts of practice.

Here are the injury/practice reports for both the Chiefs and Rams: …Read More!

Chiefs Do The Practice Squad Shuffle Again

Churning the 10-man practice squad is something the Chiefs do on a weekly basis. This week, the attention fell on the big boys on the line of scrimmage, as they released a defensive tackle and signed a guard.

Gone is Jerel Worthy, a defensive tackle out of Michigan State University who spent six weeks with the Chiefs since signing on September 9th.

Filling the open spot on the practice squad is guard Jarrod Pughsley, a 6-4½, 308-pound blocker from the University of Akron. Pughsley played in 35 games over four seasons with the Zips, where he joined the program as a walk-on out of Lima High School in Lima, Ohio. He made starts at both left and right tackle, and left guard over his college career.

Pughsley went undrafted back in May and signed with Dallas on May 12. Two weeks later, he was waived injured by the Cowboys and then moved to the injured-reserve list with a torn biceps muscle. He was waived on July 24 after reaching an injury settlement with Dallas.

He becomes the 21st player that’s been part of the Chiefs practice squad this season.

Alex Smith & Snap Judgments – San Diego

It’s hard to boil down a quarterback’s performance in a game down to a single play.

But in the Chiefs 23-20 victory over San Diego on Sunday, there was one play that epitomized all the things about Alex Smith that head coach Andy Reid loves.

There were 95 seconds left in the game and the Chiefs faced a second-and-15 play at their 27-yard line. It was a pressure situation for Reid and his offense. There was enough time to at the least move the ball into range to kick a field goal. On the other hand, the score was still tied – a conservative move would have been to kill the reset of the clock and play for overtime.

Smith took the shotgun snap and scanned the field. Pressure came at him from his right side, forcing him out of the pocket and running to his left. As he neared the sideline and with more pass rushers honing in on his position, Smith found wide receiver Dwayne Bowe open in the middle of the field.

First down Kansas City, as they were now at their 46-yard line. Four plays later, Cairo Santos kicked the 48-yard field goal that provided the winning points for the Chiefs.

But it was that Smith play that showcased what he brings to the offense. …Read More!

Andy Updates Chiefs Injury Situation After San Diego

From the Truman Sports Complex

In his normal Monday meeting with the media horde, head coach Andy Reid updated the Chiefs injury situation after the victory over San Diego.

The only new injuries came with wide receiver Junior Hemingway and tight end Travis Kelce. Hemingway strained his hamstring injury and Reid said “we’ll just have to see how he does day-by-day.”

Kelce has a problem in his rib cage area. “We’ve just got to see how he does,” said Reid, who indicated the injury was not to a rib, but to cartilage in the rib cage.

Reid also updated the status of middle linebacker Joe Mays, who is now eligible to begin practicing after missing the season’s first six games, will not work this week. He’s recovering from a torn ligament in his wrist that required surgery. Mays is on injured-reserve/designated for return and can begin practicing at any time. The Chiefs would then have three weeks to decide whether to move him to the active roster or leave him on the injured-reserve list for the remainder of the 2014 season.

“We are most likely not going to practice him this week,” said Reid. “His clock starts when he starts practicing. We are going to hold off until we can get his arm rehabbed a little bit. We just want to get the arm in better shape before he gets back on the field.” …Read More!

Statement Made With 23-20 Victory Over Bolts

With two weeks to prepare the Chiefs did something on Sunday in San Diego that does not happen often – they won.

When rookie kicker Cairo Santos made a 48-yard field goal with 21 seconds to play giving the Chiefs a 23-20 victory, Kansas City’s favorite football team had its first victory in seven years in San Diego and only their third in this century.

It was a performance where all three parts of the Chiefs game made big contributions. The offense did not give the ball away and kept the San Diego offense on the sidelines. The defense gave the Chargers very few opportunities when they did stay on the field and the special teams provided three field goals from Santos, including that game winner.

Now 3-3 on the season, the Chiefs have two straight home games coming up against St. Louis and then the New York Jets.

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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!

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