Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning owns the most talked about ankle in the NFL and it will be tested early and often Sunday night. That’s thanks to a ferocious Kansas City Chiefs pass rush headlined by linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, who have combined for 20 sacks.
Few know about dealing with a Chiefs pass rush more than Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway. After all, Elway must still have nightmares about fellow Hall of Famer Derrick Thomas collapsing the pocket.
The Broncos icon sees quite the challenge ahead of Manning and his offensive line.
“We know that they are a formidable pass rushing football team,” Elway told the Broncos official site. “And I think we’ll pull it in, we’ll do that realizing that we can’t afford to get Peyton hit.”
Elway and everyone else in Denver realized just how scary allowing Manning to get hit can be last week. That’s when the San Diego Chargers only managed to sack the quarterback twice, but knocked him down much more than that, including a low hit late in the game that nearly knocked Manning out of the game.
As for the resurgent team the Broncos will face in Denver this weekend, Elway doesn’t think it was never an issue of talent in Kansas City.
“It was a matter of getting that talent and everybody going on the same page,” Elway said. “And I think when you have a guy like Andy Reid who has been in this league as long as he has and has also been a head coach, I think 14 years in Philadelphia where he had four straight years they were in the NFC Championship game – players have a great deal of respect for him and I think that that’s showing.”
The Kansas City Chiefs made history this week when they became the first team 9-0 or better to be an underdog. The Denver Broncos weren’t just favorites over the Chiefs, but by 8.5 points.
Only three teams this week are bigger underdogs than than the Chiefs. Once you get past those four games things get a lot tighter with the Week 11 games.
Thursday night kicked off the week with a three point spread and the rest of the weekend will give us nine more that are 4.5 points or less.
Working with so many close games, I’m hoping to break a three-week losing streak. After scorching through seven weeks, my overall record is now just 10 games over .500. Here’s hoping to get back on the right track again!
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When the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs take on the Denver Broncos Sunday night on national TV, they’ll do it at full strength.
Seven players were listed on the team’s final injury report, but as expected all were probable. That means if any of them aren’t active they will be healthy scratches.
WR Dexter McCluster and DE Mike Catapano were limited on Wednesday, but were upgraded to full participants Thursday.
The only Chiefs player that was unable to practice during the week was P Dustin Colquitt. But his time away from the team had nothing to do with an injury, but instead was so he could be with his wife as she delivered their fifth child.
The Broncos final injury report included fifteen players, but they aren’t nearly as banged up as that number would indicate. Everyone listed was on the practice field Friday and QB Peyton Manning — really the only name that matters for this Denver team — was a full participant and is probable.
The Kansas City Chiefs upgraded two players from their first injury report of the week from limited to full participants, but they also added their most important special teams player.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to worry about P Dustin Colquitt missing the showdown vs. his brother Britton Sunday night in Denver. The veteran was away from the team Thursday so he could be with his wife while she gave birth to the couple’s fifth child.
Originally it looked like the Colquitts would be welcoming their new child during the bye week, but unfortunately you can’t rush nature!
The players moved up to full time participants were DE Mike Catapano and WR Dexter McCluster. The Chiefs are now the only team in the NFL that currently has every player healthy enough to practice.
Good news wasn’t limited to Kansas City. Things went well on the practice field in Denver as well with QB Peyton Manning able to participate on a limited basis Thursday after sitting out on Wednesday. The Broncos also saw WR Wes Welker upgraded from a limited to full participant.
Did Not Participate
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It’s pretty clear what the major storyline will be Sunday night when the Kansas City Chiefs face off against the Denver Broncos:
Colquitt vs. Colquitt.
Okay, maybe not. But Britton, the younger Colquitt and Broncos punter, was having fun with the family showdown after practice on Wednesday.
“I’ve met with [Peyton], individually, a lot this week just to – the brother-to-brother thing coming up,” Colquitt said, according to the Broncos official site. I wanted to talk to him about how he handled dealing with Eli.”
The two brothers sharing the same field in the NFL is starting to become routine. With both players holding down their jobs without incident, this will be the seventh time they have faced each other, with Britton and the Broncos taking four of those games.
Through nine games, both Dustin and Britton are both having solid seasons. Dustin has had more work and put a higher percentage of punts inside the 20 (47.3% to 33.3%), though Britton’s net is a yard and a half more.
If the Chiefs defense can do to the Broncos offense what they’ve managed to do to the other teams they’ve faced this year, Britton should have a busier day than he’s been used to since Manning came to Denver.
Fresh off their bye week, the Kansas City Chiefs are once again one of the healthiest teams in the league. Every player on the roster participated in Wednesday’s practice as Andy Reid’s squad prepares to take on the Denver Broncos.
Even though the news surrounding WR Dwayne Bowe this week has had to do with his arrest over the weekend, there is a bright spot. After missing practice time three weeks ago and spending time on the injury report two weeks back, Bowe was not listed Wednesday.
Also missing from the injury report is RB Jamaal Charles, who was forced to sit out practice leading up to the Buffalo Bills game.
Of the seven players that did make it onto the Chiefs injury report this week, only WR Dexter McCluster and DE Mike Catapano were limited. The other five were all full participants, leaving Kansas City in great shape for Sunday night.
The Broncos injury report is almost double at 13 and is headlined by QB Peyton Manning, who did not participate due to an ankle injury suffered last week. Manning was on the field for the walk-through portion and his head coach believes he’ll play.
“No doubt in mind there,” interim head coach Jack Del Rio said. “He participated a little bit in walkthrough today and then got some extra treatment and extra work. But no, he’ll be ready to roll.”
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It’s been an interesting couple days for the Kansas City Chiefs wide receivers.
First news broke that Dwayne Bowe was arrested over the weekend following a police stop. Then the Chiefs signed Rashad Ross to the practice squad. They wrapped up the excitement by claiming Kyle Williams off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers and releasing Chad Hall.
While Bowe won’t be suspended for Sunday’s game — or likely at any time this season — it’s interesting the Chiefs felt the need to make a move at the position on the active roster.
Williams was in his fourth season with the 49ers after they drafted him in the sixth-round of the 2010 draft out of Arizona State (the same school that produced Ross). During his stay in San Francisco Williams played in 38 games (nine starts) and caught 47 passes for 574 yards and four touchdowns.
Unfortunately for Williams, he is most known for costing Alex Smith and the 49ers a trip to the Super Bowl.
Facing the New York Giants in the NFC Championship game at the end of the 2011 season, Williams fumbled twice on punt returns. The first led to a go-ahead touchdown and the second a field goal in overtime that sent the Giants to the Super Bowl.
Hall came to Kansas City as part of a large group of waiver claims just after final cuts, also from the 49ers. He played in seven games for the Chiefs but only caught one pass for nine yards. Having played for Andy Reid in Philadelphia and now Kansas City, Hall could find his way back to the Chiefs if Williams or A.J. Jenkins, another former 49er, don’t end up working out.
The Kansas City Chiefs were busy considering it was an off day. First the news of Dwayne Bowe’s arrest over the weekend broke and then added wide receiver Rashad Ross to the practice squad.
Ross was an undrafted free agent of the Tennessee Titans this year out of Arizona State. He spent time on the Titans practice squad before being released at the end of last month.
In college the wide receiver caught 55 passes for 864 yards with seven touchdowns and also turned in two return touchdowns over two seasons. He is the latest Chiefs player to bring sprinter speed to the field having been clocked at 4.36 in the 40-yard dash.
To make room on the practice squad for Ross, the Chiefs parted ways with Chandler Burden, another former Titans player. The guard also spent time with the Miami Dolphins before signing with Kansas City early in October.
Burden signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted free agent out of Kentucky in 2012. Though he didn’t stick with the Titans, he caught on with the Miami Dolphins as a member of their practice squad for the season.
The offensive lineman was cut in August and it’s curious he couldn’t find his way back to the Dolphins practice squad considering his familiarity with the system.
When the Chiefs cut ties with Drakeford, it seemed like they were making room to sign one of the tight ends they worked out this week. But Burden helps with another injury-plagued position that has four of the five starters currently on the Kansas City injury report.
This is just the kind of thing the Kansas City Chiefs didn’t want to happen during their week off before the biggest game of the season. WR Dwayne Bowe was arrested for possession of marijuana Sunday after he was pulled over for speeding.
Here is the official police statement, per Fox 4.
Shortly before midnight on November 10th a Riverside Police Officer was parked on West Platte Road and NW Business Park using radar to check for speed violations when a black, 2011 Audi A8 registered a speed of 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. The police officer, in a marked police car, subsequently stopped the car on West Platte Road at Riverside Street.
While questioning the driver the Officer detected a strong odor of marijuana from inside of the vehicle. The officer then requested the driver and two passengers to get out of the vehicle. Once out of the vehicle the Officer explained to the driver, who owned the vehicle, that he was a K-9 Officer and that the dog would alert to an illegal substance. Subsequently, inside of a black bag the officer discovered the wallet of the driver and vehicle owner, Dwayne L. Bowe, and two containers that had 6.6 grams and 3.8 grams respectively of what is believed to be marijuana in them. Bowe was then placed under arrest for the possession of a controlled substance. The K-9 alerted to a black backpack and inside of that was found a container that had 4.2 grams of what is believed to be marijuana in it.
One of the passengers, George A. Thompson, said the backpack belonged to him. Subsequent to his arrest for possession of a controlled substance, Thompson was searched and on his person two hand rolled cigarettes, containing what is believed to be 2.2 grams of marijuana were also found.
Bowe and Thompson were both transported to the Riverside Police Department for booking on the following municipal charges: Bowe for speeding and possession of a controlled substance with a bond of $750; Thompson for the possession of a controlled substance with a bond of $500. The third passenger in the car, who was not charged, posted bond for both men and they were released with a court date of December 18, 2013.
This shouldn’t become a discussion on anyone’s feelings about the legalization of pot or how it is or isn’t a big deal. Or how he wasn’t exactly burning up the road at 48 mph.
Instead once again the focus needs to be on how Bowe has put his team in a tough spot because of his inability to act like an adult. In 2009 the wide receiver was suspended four games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
So far the Chiefs aren’t commenting on what — if any — repercussions Bowe could be facing. But just as Andy Reid’s undefeated Chiefs are set to hit the practice field to prepare for the Denver Broncos, they now have to deal with this sort of distraction.
The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs will find themselves in an unusual position Sunday night when they take on the Broncos in Denver. After spending most of the season as favorites, Andy Reid’s squad hits the road as underdogs.
It’s not as if the Chiefs are just getting a few points. They are currently 8.5 point dogs (some books have it as high as 9.5), which is a historic number.
Since 1990, this is the first time a 9-0 or better team has been an underdog, according to RJ Bell. It wasn’t long ago the Chiefs were one of the biggest favorites in the NFL, but of course they weren’t facing Peyton Manning on his home turf.
Being such big underdogs allows Reid to play the “us against the world” card, something that could fall on deaf ears for most teams carrying the best record this late in the season. It also gives us all a chance to make some money betting against Manning.
I certainly have my doubts about Alex Smith and the Kansas City offense being able to score a ton of points, but the way the Chiefs defense has been playing they might not have to. Even if you think Denver will win Sunday night, you have to feel good about getting at least 8.5 points.