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Topeka Capital-Journal Oct 14, 2016

Jack Del Rio's gambles help carry Raiders into 1st place; Chiefs up next

OAKLAND, Calif. — Whether it’s going for the win with a late 2-point conversion instead of kicking the safer extra point or passing up easy field goals for fourth-down attempts, Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio has been consistent so far this season. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Oct 13, 2016

Chiefs prep for high-powered Raiders offense

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When coach Jack Del Rio arrived in Oakland in January 2015 the Raiders held the fourth overall pick in the NFL Draft, were coming off a 3-13 record and had burned through eight coaches in 12 seasons without posting a winning record. Just 19 months later, the Raiders bring a 4-1 record into Sunday’s matchup against the Chiefs (2-2) fueled by a high-powered offense. Oakland is led by quarterback Derek Carr, who is capable of scoring from anywhere on the field at anytime in the game. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Oct 13, 2016

Chiefs-Raiders Capsule, for Sunday, Oct, 13, 2016, afternoon game

KANSAS CITY (2-2) at OAKLAND (4-1) Sunday, 3:05 p.m. CST, CBS OPENING LINE - Raiders by 1 1/2 RECORD VS. SPREAD - Kansas City 1-3, Oakland 3-2 SERIES RECORD - Chiefs lead 60-52-2 LAST MEETING - Chiefs beat Raiders 23-17, Jan. 3, 2016 LAST WEEK - Chiefs had bye, lost to Steelers 43-14 on Oct. 2 ; Raiders beat Chargers 34-31 AP PRO32 RANKING - Chiefs No. 12, Raiders No. 10 CHIEFS OFFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (21), PASS (15). CHIEFS DEFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (29), PASS (13). RAIDERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (4), RUSH (9), PASS (8). read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Oct 12, 2016

Chiefs LB Houston cleared to resume football-type activities

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro linebacker Justin Houston cleared one more hurdle in his recovery from offseason knee surgery, receiving medical approval to resume football-type activities. Coach Andy Reid said Houston appears in good shape and eager to return to the field. “Right now he’s running around and doing a lot of things,” Reid said. “Other than that, we’ll just have to see. It’s going to be a day-by-day thing and everybody’s different. When he has an opportunity to get out and practice, I’ll be able to see it first hand.” read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Oct 12, 2016

Terry Blount: Tom Brady worth the wait for fantasy owners; Pats tight ends also on rise

Week 5 is in the books. New England quarterback Tom Brady seemed to take out his frustration from his suspension on the Cincinnati defense and scored about a million fantasy points. Something tells me the owners who drafted Brady and waited out the four games are going to be rewarded for their patience. This week the bye teams are Tampa Bay and the surprising Minnesota Vikings. Let’s get started. My friend Harold is a huge New Orleans fan. The other day he asked me, “Terry, what do you think of the Saints?” read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Oct 12, 2016

Chiefs RB Charles ready to 'let training wheels off'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles returned in a limited role against the Pittsburgh Steelers before the team’s bye week. Now the veteran says he’s ready to resume the lion’s share of work out of the backfield as the Chiefs prepare to face the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Don’t believe it? Just ask Charles himself. “I’m ready,” Charles said. “Tell them to let the training wheels off me. I know how to ride now, so take them off and let me ride.” read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Oct 12, 2016

Chiefs' Justin Houston cleared for football-related workouts

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs certainly needed some good news after their lopsided loss in Pittsburgh. Turns out they got it the very next day. Four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Justin Houston was examined by Dr. James Andrews on Oct. 3 and was given clearance to resume football-related activities. Houston has been rehabbing since February, when he had surgery to repair a non-functioning ligament in his left knee. read more

Chiefs enter by week trying to turn around stagnant offense

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs stumbled into their bye week with the worst offensive showing of what has been a miserable four-game stretch for coach Andy Reid and Co. Alex Smith threw 50 passes and still managed just 287 yards. Running back Spencer Ware fumbled again. The offensive line gave up four sacks to a Pittsburgh defense that had just one total. In short, it was about as ugly as things could get. All of which made the return of Jamaal Charles both encouraging and confounding. read more

Chiefs head into week off reeking of loss to Steelers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In the aftermath of a lopsided loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, in primetime no less, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith acknowledged that “you own this right now, you wear it and it stinks.” The Chiefs will smell for quite a while. Their embarrassing 43-14 loss on Sunday night left them 2-2 through their first four games, and with more questions than answers heading into a week off. Their offense was inept, their defense was fileted by Ben Roethlisberger and Co., and even their usually solid special teams were a stumbling mess. read more

Early deficit too much for Chiefs vs. Steelers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A little more than 12 hours did little to sweeten the sour mood of Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who watched his team lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night in a 43-14 rout. “I’ll say what I said last night,” Reid said, “that it’s my responsibility that I have my football team ready to play. I didn’t do that, so I take full responsibility for that.” read more

Chiefs no match for Steelers

The sight of Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos slipping to the ground in the mud of Heinz Field as he banged a 48-yard field goal try off the left upright epitomized his team’s 43-14 loss Sunday night at Pittsburgh. Nothing seemed to go right for the Chiefs (2-2) in the debacle at the hands of the Steelers (3-1). A series of turnovers, penalties, special teams miscues and other execution errors buried Kansas City under a 29-0 halftime deficit, the second-largest in the career of head coach Andy Reid. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Sep 30, 2016

Chiefs' Jamaal Charles still listed as questionable despite injury to Charcandrick West

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jamaal Charles remains a question mark as the Kansas City Chiefs prepare for Sunday night’s game at Pittsburgh, but one thing became clear Friday regarding the Chiefs’ backfield. Running back Charcandrick West, a backup to starter Spencer Ware throughout Kansas City’s 2-1 start this season, was one of two players the team ruled out for Sunday’s clash with the Steelers. West is sidelined with an ankle injury. Offensive lineman Jah Reid (knee/ankle) also will miss the game. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Sep 29, 2016

Smith's skill set provides Chiefs with option attack

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When the Chiefs offense faces a key third-down conversion or a critical call at the end of a game to keep the ball moving, quarterback Alex Smith possesses options — more specifically, the option. Option plays — which give Smith the choice to keep the ball, hand off or pass based on the defense’s response — played critical roles for the Chiefs in recent seasons and through a 2-1 start this year. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Sep 29, 2016

Eyes light up for Chiefs defense when they see red (zone)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The bend-but-don’t-break defense of the Kansas City Chiefs has so far done an exceptional job of making coach Andy Reid rip out whatever red-tinted fuzz is left of his hair. You see, the Chiefs are masters of giving up yards when it doesn’t matter. They’ll give up passes under their coverage, long runs between the tackles, quick crossing routes as opponents drive downfield. When they get close to the end zone? It’s a whole different story. read more
Topeka Capital-Journal Sep 29, 2016

Chiefs-Steelers Capsule for Sunday night game

KANSAS CITY (2-1) at PITTSBURGH (2-1) Sunday, 7:30 p.m. CST, NBC OPENING LINE — Steelers by 5 1/2 RECORD VS. SPREAD — Chiefs 1-2, Steelers 2-1 SERIES RECORD — Steelers lead 20-11 LAST MEETING — Chiefs beat Steelers 23-13, Oct. 25, 2015 LAST WEEK — Chiefs beat Jets 24-3; Steelers lost to Eagles 34-3 AP PRO32 RANKING — Chiefs No. 9, Steelers No. 7 CHIEFS OFFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (21), PASS (22). CHIEFS DEFENSE — OVERALL (T11), RUSH (T24), PASS (11). STEELERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (21), RUSH (18), PASS (14). read more