Steelers vs Chiefs AFC Divisional Playoff Game Inactives

Steelers: QB Zach Mettenberger, CB Al-Hajj Shabazz, RB Fitzgerald Toussaint, LB Anthony Chickillo, OT Brian Mihalik, TE Ladarius Green, DE Ricardo Mathews

Chiefs: QB Tyler Bray, TE Ross Travis, OL Mike Person, RB Knile Davis, LB Victor Ochi, CB D.J. White, DL T.J. Barnes

Steelers at Chiefs Thursday Injury Report

PITTSBURGH STEELERS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday RB Le’Veon Bell (not injury related), LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle), TE Ladarius Green (concussion), DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle), QB Ben Roethlisberger (foot), RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion), LB Vince Williams (shoulder)
  Thursday LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle), TE Ladarius Green (concussion), DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Sean Davis (shoulder), DE Stephon Tuitt (ankle)
  Thursday LB Bud Dupree (shin), RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Robert Golden (ankle)
  Thursday S Sean Davis (shoulder), S Robert Golden (ankle), QB Ben Roethlisberger (foot), DE Stephon Tuitt (ankle), LB Vince Williams (shoulder)
 
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
 
Practice Report
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday LB Tamba Hali (knee), LB Justin Houston (knee)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday S Eric Berry (achilles), RB Spencer Ware (rib)
  Thursday S Eric Berry (achilles), LB Tamba Hali (knee), LB Justin Houston (knee), RB Spencer Ware (rib)

Chiefs RB Ware Returns to Practice, Houston Misses Practice with Knee Swelling

Spencer Ware

The Kansas City Chiefs got some good news Wednesday in practice, as running back Spencer Ware was back on a limited basis. The team was without linebacker Justin Houston, who also missed Sunday’s 33-10 win with swelling in his knee.

Houston missed the Chiefs first nine games recovering from knee surgery.

Ware left the game against the Broncos Sunday due to injured ribs, but coach Andy Reid said the running back could have come back in but there was no need with a big lead.

Others listed by the Chiefs as practicing on a limited basis Wednesday were cornerback Phillip Gaines (knee), who missed the Broncos game, and outside linebacker Tamba Hali (knee). Wide receiver Chris Conley was listed as a full participant while dealing with an ankle injury.

Raiders vs Chiefs NFL Week 14 Capsule

OAKLAND RAIDERS (10-2) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (9-3)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

RAIDERS CHIEFS
SERIES LEADER   59-51-2
STREAKS   Past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Jack Del Rio: 3-5 Andy Reid: 7-3
LAST WEEK W 38-24 vs. Buffalo W 29-28 at Atlanta
LAST GAME 10/16/16: Chiefs 26 at Raiders 10. Kansas City RB Spencer Ware has 163 yards from scrimmage & rush TD. Chiefs LB Dee Ford has 2 sacks & FF.
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/3/16: Chiefs 23, Raiders 17. Kansas City RB Spencer Ware rushes for 76 yards & TD. Chiefs LB D.J. Alexander blocks punt through end zone for safety.
REFEREE Terry McAulay
BROADCAST NBC/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Trent Green. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Oak), 81 (KC). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Oak), 225 (KC).

STATS

PASSING Derek Carr: 300-458-3375-24-5-100.3 Alex Smith: 250-371-2567-11-4-92.5
RUSHING Latavius Murray: 140-553-4.0-11 (T3L) Spencer Ware: 163-734-4.5-3
RECEIVING Amari Cooper: 68-981-14.4-4 Travis Kelce (TE): 65-815-12.5-3
OFFENSE 391.7 333.3
TAKE/GIVE +12 (3L) +14 (1L)
DEFENSE 389.7 384.9
SACKS Khalil Mack: 10 (T3L) Dee Ford: 10 (T3L)
INTs Reggie Nelson: 3 Marcus Peters: 5 (T2L)
PUNTING Marquette King: 48.2 (2L) Dustin Colquitt: 46.3
KICKING Sebastian Janikowski: 101 (32/32 PAT; 23/29 FG) Cairo Santos: 99 (24/26 PAT; 25/28 FG)

NOTES

RAIDERS: Aim for 7th win in row…QB DEREK CARR has 95+ rating in 4 of past 5. Has 11 pass TDs vs. 2 INTs in past 5…RB LATAVIUS MURRAY ties for 3rd in NFL with 11 rush TDs, incl. 2 last week. Has 3 rush TDs in past 4 vs. KC… WR AMARI COOPER had 10 catches for 129 yards in last meeting. Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 vs. division. Since 2015, is 1 of 6 in NFL with 140+ catches (140) & 14.0+ yards per catch avg. (14.7). WR MICHAEL CRABTREE has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 meetings. Has 5 rec. TD in past 8 vs. division. WR ANDRE HOLMES had TD catch in last meeting…DE KHALIL MACK has 5 TFL & 3 sacks in past 3 meetings. Aims for 8th in row with sack. Has 10 sacks, 11 TFL, 4 FFs, 3 FR & INT-TD in past 9. Since 2015, leads NFL with 25 sacks. LB BRUCE IRVIN aims for 4th in row with sack. CB DAVID AMERSON had INT-TD in last meeting at KC…CHIEFS: Aim for 9th win in row vs. division…QB ALEX SMITH has 18 pass TDs vs. 3 INTs for 107.0 rating in 9 career starts vs. Oak…RB SPENCER WARE had 163 scrimmage yards (131 rush, 32 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD vs. Oak…WR JEREMY MACLIN has 3 TD catches in past 3 meetings. TE TRAVIS KELCE aims for 4th in row with 100+ rec. yards. WR TYREEK HILL ties for 2nd among rookies with 7 total TDs (5 rec., 1 rush, 1 KR-TD)…LB JUSTIN HOUSTON aims for 4th in row vs. Oak with sack. Has 4 sacks in past 2. S ERIC BERRY had INT-TD & INT for 2-pt conversion last week. LB DEE FORD had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. Ties for 3rd in NFL with 10 sacks. NT DONTARI POE had rush TD in last meeting.

Big Day for Berry as Chiefs Rally for Big 29-28 Win over Atlanta

Kansas City Chiefs v Atlanta Falcons

Eric Berry returned an interception for a touchdown, and then brought back another pick for a 2-point conversion that gave the Chiefs an improbable 29-28 victory over the Falcons on Sunday.

The Falcons, rallying from a 27-16 deficit, went ahead 28-27 on Matt Ryan’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson with 4:32 remaining.

Atlanta decided to go for 2, looking to stretch the margin to a field goal. But Berry stepped in front of Ryan’s pass and ran 99 yards the other way to give the Chiefs (9-3) their winning margin. It came after Denver stole a game in similar fashion last month, returning a blocked PAT for the winning points at New Orleans.

Sunday’s outcome meant even more to Berry, who grew up in suburban Atlanta and was playing in the city for the first time as a professional. Also, it’s where he was treated after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma near the end of the 2014 season.

“I shed a few tears before the game, I shed a few tears during the game and I shed a few after,” Berry said. “It was just a lot of emotions. I tried to contain them and let it show through my play.”

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Chiefs at Falcons NFL Week 13 Capsule

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-3) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (7-4)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  CHIEFS FALCONS
SERIES LEADER 5-3  
STREAKS   Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Andy Reid: 6-3 Dan Quinn: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 30-27 (OT) at Denver W 38-19 vs. Arizona
LAST GAME 9/9/12: Falcons 40 at Chiefs 24. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan passes for 299 yards & has 4 TDs (3 passing, 1 rushing) with 136.4 rating. Falcons WR Julio Jones has 108 rec. yards & 2 TDs.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/21/08: Falcons 38, Chiefs 14. Atlanta RB Michael Turner rushes for 104 yards & 3 TDs. Falcons CB Chris Houston has 10-yard INT-TD.
REFEREE Walt Coleman
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green, Jamie Erdahl (Field reporter). Westwood One: John Sadak, Ross Tucker. SIRIUS: 112 (KC), 82 (Atl). XM: 380 (KC), 82 (Atl).

STATS

PASSING Alex Smith: 229-346-2297-10-4-89.7 Matt Ryan: 262-380-3516 (3L)-26 (3L)-6-114.3 (2L)
RUSHING Spencer Ware: 149-705-4.7-2 Devonta Freeman: 161-729-4.5-5
RECEIVING Travis Kelce (TE): 57-675-11.8-3 Julio Jones: 65-1140 (1L)-17.5-5
OFFENSE 328.3 411.5 (3L)
TAKE/GIVE +14 (1L) +3
DEFENSE 381.9 381.0
SACKS Dee Ford: 10 (T2L) Vic Beasley: 9.5
INTs Marcus Peters: 5 (T2L) Deion Jones (R), Robert Alford: 2
PUNTING Dustin Colquitt: 46.1 Matt Bosher: 46.9
KICKING Cairo Santos: 96 (T3L) (21/22 PAT; 25/28 FG) Matt Bryant: 108 (1L) (36/37 PAT; 24/26 FG)

NOTES

CHIEFS: Have won 18 of past 21 regular-season games…QB ALEX SMITH has 7 TDs & 92.3 rating in past 6 vs. NFC. Threw TD pass & game-tying 2-point conv. with 12 sec. remaining in 4th quarter last week…RB SPENCER WARE ranks 5th in NFL averaging 107.7 scrimmage yards per game…Rookie WR TYREEK HILL became 1st NFL player since 1965 (GALE SAYERS) to record rush TD, rec. TD & KR-TD in same game last week. Ties for 2nd among rookies with 7 TDs (5 rec., 1 rush, 1 KR-TD). TE TRAVIS KELCE aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards. Ranks 3rd among NFL TEs with 57 catches & 675 rec. yards. In 4 career games vs. Atl., WR JEREMY MACLIN has 446 rec. yards (111.5 per game) & 4 TDs…LB JUSTIN HOUSTON had 10 tackles, 3 sacks & FF last week. Had sack in last meeting. Since 2012, ranks 3rd in NFL with 53.5 sacks. LB TAMBA HALI had sack last week. Has 88.5 sacks since 2006, 6th most among active players… FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN ranks 3rd in NFL in pass yards (3,516) & rating (114.3). Has 2,307 pass yards (329.6 per game) with 15 TDs & 4 INTs for 115.5 rating in past 7 at home…RB DEVONTA FREEMAN has 4 rush TDs in past 4 at home. Aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB TEVIN COLEMAN aims for 4th in row vs. AFC with TD…WR TAYLOR GABRIEL had 75 rec. yards & 2 TDs last week, 1st career multi-TD game. WR JULIO JONES leads NFL with 1,140 rec. yards. Had 6 receptions for 108 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Is averaging 117.4 yards per game in past 5 vs. AFC. WR MOHAMED SANU had TD catch in 11/18/12 meeting (with Cin.)…In past 3 vs. AFC, LB VIC BEASLEY has 6.5 sacks & 3 FFs. Ranks 2nd in NFC with 9.5 sacks. Rookie CB BRIAN POOLE had 1st career sack in Week 12. S KEANU NEAL leads NFL rookies with 72 tackles & 4 FFs. Is averaging 8 tackles per game in 4 at home.      

Andy Reid Not Worried About the Struggles of QB Alex Smith

Alex Smith

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says he is not worried about the performance of veteran quarterback Alex Smith despite his recent slump according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.

“I think Alex is OK,” Reid said. “We’ve had a couple of weeks here when we’ve been in a little bit of a slump and we’ve got to pull out of it and get better. That’s all of us.” Smith might be able to bust out of his slump down the stretch, but his numbers are down across the board from last season including yards per attempt (7.4 last year to 6.9), touchdown percentage (4.3 to 3), passer rating (95.4 to 91.2) and rushing (31 yards per game to 6). Smith’s struggles have showed up most noticeably when they hurt the most: on third down and inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Smith is the NFL’s 26th-rated passer on third down.

And the problems cannot be completely blamed on Smith’s struggles as the entire offense has only scored 18 touchdowns thus far this season. That’s not going to be good enough in a stacked AFC West division where even the last-place San Diego Chargers have loads of offensive firepower.

Chiefs Upset at Home by Tampa Bay 19-17 to Fall to 7-3

Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs

Jameis Winston sliced up a Kansas City defense missing top cornerback Marcus Peters, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held on for a 19-17 victory Sunday that snapped the Chiefs’ five-game winning streak.

Winston threw for 331 yards to help set up four field goals by Roberto Aguayo, and hit tight end Robert Cross for a touchdown with just over 6 minutes left to give the Buccaneers (5-5) a cushion.

The Chiefs (7-3) marched swiftly downfield, and Alex Smith hit Albert Wilson with a short touchdown pass with just over 2 minutes left. But their defense couldn’t stop Mike Evans on third-and-3 just moments later, and the big wide receiver’s sixth reception gave the Buccaneers a first down.

By the time Kansas City finally forced a punt, there was 8 seconds left in the game.

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