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Bye week doesn’t mean break for Reid

The last time Andy Reid came off a bye week, the upcoming game was being described as the most important of his tenure.

Turnovers become points for Chiefs

Everything pointed to a special day for Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali on Sunday.

Chiefs ready for every team’s best shot

An undermanned Houston Texans team played the Chiefs to within a point. The Cleveland Browns, starting their third quarterback of the season, played the Chiefs to within a touchdown.

Kansas City follows Johnson’s lead

Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson made the first tackle in the game. And he made the last.

Browns’ defensive front gets to Smith

On a day in which he was sacked a season-high six times and hit a season-high nine times, one might think Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith would affirm the suggestion that the experience was similar to one opposing quarterbacks have often had at Arrowhead Stadium this season.

For some Chiefs fans, the game is about hope

“Today is Red Friday, which means I wear my Nigerian Nightmare t-shirt because, you know, I have a routine that I have to follow. A routine for the week. And I’ve got this new Alex Smith jersey that I’m really proud of — I always try to get the newest Chiefs’ jersey — and I’ve been wearing that on game days, but that’s not entirely the whole routine. I have to wear a white shirt under the red jersey. I wear the same pair of jeans. I wear red shoes and a white watch. And a red-and-white Kansas City Royals hat with a pink ribbon. And I know how crazy it sounds but I feel like they win because of me. Because of that routine.”

Joseph Randle could carry bigger load for Cowboys

DeMarcus Ware could miss a game for the first time in his eight-year NFL career.

Quarterback turmoil for Chiefs’ opponents

It’s been a charmed season for the Chiefs. They’ve taken advantage of a soft schedule and have made their own breaks in fashioning an unexpected 6-0 record.

Cooper continues making big plays for Kansas City

For all the plays he has made over the last three weeks, rookie cornerback Marcus Cooper says he didn’t know he would start against the Raiders until he arrived at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday morning.

Another rough outing for Smith

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was as frustrated as anyone in Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.

Minnesota coach Jerry Kill takes indefinite leave

Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill has taken an open-ended leave of absence from the team to focus on treatment and management of his epilepsy.

Brandon Flowers’ versatility paying off for Chiefs

When the Chiefs had Brandon Flowers work at slot cornerback in training camp, he didn’t think much of it. He had played on the outside for majority of his pro career, and as far as he knew, he was just being asked to get a little work on the inside as a precaution.

Chiefs’ Andy Reid stays up late watching Raiders

Chiefs coach Andy Reid couldn’t resist. A few hours after Reid arrived home from the Chiefs’ win at Tennessee, he grabbed the remote control for a late, late night of television viewing.

Kansas City keeps Titans' star runner Chris Johnson in check

Chris Johnson is used to running with a target on his back. Even still, the Tennessee Titans’ star runner — who has rushed for over 1,000 in each of his first five seasons — often finds a way to get his rushing yards.

Chiefs aware of Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick’s past success against them

In the NFL, defenses treat backup quarterbacks the way kids often treat substitute teachers. There’s often a certain amount of excitement — oh, so-and-so is starting? Time to pad my stats! — that borders on disrespect, depending on the quarterback.

Chiefs benefit from Cooper’s ability to change

Marcus Cooper saw the text message from his coach and immediately wondered what he’d done wrong.

Chiefs’ Houston earns AFC defensive player of the month honor

The awards keep coming for Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston.

Chiefs tights end McGrath has shown plenty of growth

Sean McGrath hears the question — have you ever seen “Duck Dynasty?” — and simply stares back.

Chiefs’ offense has been efficient at protecting leads

If the Chiefs’ offense were compared to a closer in baseball, its season so far would be much closer to say, Mariano Rivera’s in 1999, than Brad Lidge’s in 2009.

Cooper rises to occasion against NY

Marcus Cooper figured he might get a chance at extended playing time Sunday.

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