Chiefs to Try and Market to Rams Fans Who Don’t Have a Team Anymore in St.Louis

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The Rams’ recent move to Los Angeles is a tough blow for St. Louis, but their recent departure, perhaps, leaves a vacancy the Chiefs can try to fill, Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.

Chiefs president Mark Donovan realizes that, but said the club will be sensitive to the feelings of St. Louis football fans, many of whom may feel spurned by the departure of the Rams.

“I’ve gotten texts and emails from fans saying I’m now a Chiefs fan, and we appreciate all that,” Donovan said. “But we’re going to take a strategic approach to that — we’re going to be respectful. They’ve been through a really tough process.

“We’re going to continue to do what we do, and we think with the success we’re having on the field and the success we’re having off the field, it creates a great opportunity for us.”

Donovan said the Chiefs could have the opportunity to market themselves in St. Louis in the future.

“The way the league rules work, there are differences with tickets, broadcast, television and radio (and) what you can and can’t do,” Donovan said. “Because it’s in the state we’re in, we have some rights there from a marketing perspective, but you’ve seen other teams reach out already. Indianapolis put a little campaign together to welcome fans over to Indy, and like I said, we’ll be strategic about it but we’ll be respectful about it.”

It’s a great move for a team that appears like they are going to be in the hunt next season for a playoff birth in the AFC. They more fans the better, as the team is still one of the more up and coming teams in the NFL.

It is going to be a tough for the Chiefs to sit at home in two weeks and watch one of their biggest rivals, a team they beat this past season in the Denver Broncos to play in Super Bowl 50 against Carolina. At least there’s the super bowl commercial 2016 to look forward to, which may be the only thing to enjoy if the Broncos can find a way to get Peyton Manning a Super Bowl in San Francisco.

Chiefs at Texans AFC Wild Card Capsule

SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2016

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS–AFC WEST (11-5) AT HOUSTON TEXANS–AFC SOUTH (9-7)

SERIES

  CHIEFS TEXANS
LEADER 4-3
STREAKS Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Andy Reid: 5-0 Bill O’Brien: 0-1
COACHES PLAYOFF RECORD Andy Reid: 10-10 Bill O’Brien: 0-0
VS. COMMON OPP. KC: 1-1 (Cin 0-1; Buf 1-0)

Hou: 1-1 (Cin 1-0; Buf 0-1)

PLAYOFF RECORD 8-15 2-2
LAST WEEK W 23-17 vs. Raiders W 30-6 vs. Jaguars
LAST GAME 9/13/15: Chiefs 27 at Texans 20. Kansas City QB Alex Smith throws for 243 yards &

3 TDs (118.6 passer rating). Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has 6 catches for 106 yards & 2 TDs.

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/13/15
LAST PLAYOFF
REFEREE Ron Torbert
BROADCAST ESPN/ABC (4:35 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters (field reporter). Westwood One: John Sadak, Mark Malone, Scott Kaplan (field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (KC), 82 (Hou). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (KC), 82 (Hou).

STAT LEADERS

PASSING A. Smith: 307-470-3486-20-7-95.4 Hoyer: 224-369-2606-19-7-91.4
RUSHING West: 160-634-4.0-4 Blue: 183-698-3.8-2
RECEIVING Maclin: 87-1088-12.5-8 Hopkins: 111 (3L)-1521 (3L)-13.7-11
OFFENSE 331.2 347.8
TAKE/GIVE +14 (1C) +5
DEFENSE 329.3 310.2 (3L)
SACKS Houston: 7.5 Watt: 17.5 (1L)
INTs Peters (R): 8 (T1L) Hal: 4
PR Thomas: 7.8 Mumphery (R): 7.8
KR Davis: 25.1 (3C) Mumphery (R): 24.1
PUNTING Colquitt: 44.4 Lechler: 47.3
KICKING Santos: 129 (2C) (39/41 PAT; 30/37 FG) Novak: 83 (29/31 PAT; 18/21 FG)

NOTES

TEAMS MEET for 1st time in postseason play.

CHIEFS: Aim for 1st road playoff win since 1/16/94 vs. Houston Oilers in Divisional round…Have won 10 consecutive games, longest streak in club history & longest active streak in NFL. 1st team in NFL history to win 10 consecutive games & have 5-game losing streak in same season…In 3 career playoff games, QB ALEX SMITH has passed for 873 yards with 9 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 108.6 rating. Aims for 4th playoff game in row with 97+ rating. Has 3-0 record vs. Hou as starter, passing for 642 yards with 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 88.1 rating. Since 2011, ranks 2nd in NFL in INT pct. (1.4 pct.). Rushed for 498 yards in 2015, 2nd-most among AFC QBs & most ever by Chiefs QB in season…In past 4 on road, RB CHARCANDRICK WEST is averaging 88.5 scrimmage yards per game (196 rush, 158 receiving, 354 total) & has 3 total TDs (2 rush, 1 receiving)…WR JEREMY MACLIN led team with career-high 87 catches (most ever by Chiefs WR) for 1,088 yards & 8 TDs. In 2 career postseason games (with Eagles), has 10 catches for 219 yards, including 76-yard TD. In 2 career meetings at Houston, has 11 catches for 210 yards & 2 TDs. Has 6 TDs in past 7 overall, including 25-yarder last week vs. Raiders. Aims for 4th in row with TD. TE TRAVIS KELCE had career-best 72 catches in 2015, joining TONY GONZALEZ as only Chiefs TEs with 70+ receptions in single season. Since 2014, ranks 3rd in AFC & 4th in NFL amongst TEs with 1,737 receiving yards…KC led AFC & ranked 2nd in NFL with 22 INTs. Rookie CB MARCUS PETERS tied for 1st in NFL with 8 INTs (most among rookies) & 2 INT-TDs. Led NFL with club-record 280 INT-return yards. 1st rookie to tie for league lead in INTs since 2009 (JAIRUS BYRD). Has 4 INTs in past 5. In past 21, LB JUSTIN HOUSTON has 22.5 sacks, 4 FF & 2 INTs. Since 2012, ranks 2nd in NFL with 50.5 sacks (J.J. WATT). Had sack in only career playoff game (1/4/14 WC vs. Ind). LB TAMBA HALI posted 6.5 sacks in 2015 & has 86 career, eclipsing NEIL SMITH (85.5) for 2nd-most in franchise history. Has 2.5 sacks & 2 FF in past 2 meetings. Club had 5 players selected to 2016 Pro Bowl (TE Kelce, LBs Hali & Houston, S ERIC BERRY, CB Peters).

TEXANS: Won AFC South for 3rd time in club history & 1st time since 2012. Are 2-0 at home in postseason…QB BRIAN HOYER will make postseason debut. Passed for career-high 19 TDs in 11 games in 2015. In past 10, Hoyer has passed for 2,370 yards with 18 TDs vs. 6 INTs for 93.3 rating. Has 2+ TD passes in 7 of past 10. Has won 4 of past 6 starts…RB ALFRED BLUE led team with career-high 698 rush yards. Rushed for 254 yards in past 3 (84.7 per game), incl. 2 100-yard games. Last week, RB JONATHAN GRIMES became 3rd player in Texans history with rush TD & TD catch in same game, joining RBs ARIAN FOSTER & STEVE SLATONWR DE ANDRE HOPKINS led team with 111 catches for 1,521 yards & club-record 11 TD receptions. Joined ANDRE JOHNSON as only Texans with 100 catches & 1,500 receiving yards in single season. In 2015, became 3rd-youngest player in NFL history to reach 200 career catches. In 2 career meetings, has 12 catches for 174 yards & 3 TDs, including 9 receptions for 98 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. WR NATE WASHINGTON posted 47 catches for 658 yards & 4 TDs in 1st season with Texans, including 6 catches for 105 yards vs. KC on Kickoff Weekend…Texans ranked 2nd in AFC in total defense & pass defense (210.4 yards per game). Only team in to have 2 players with 12+ sacks in 2015 – DE J.J. WATT (17.5) & LB WHITNEY MERCILUS (12). Watt led NFL with 17.5 sacks in 2015 & is 1 of 7 players to lead league twice since 1982. In past 21, has 28.5 sacks, 5 FF, 2 FR, safety, 10 PDs & TD catch. Since entering NFL 2011, leads league with 74.5 sacks. Last week, joined HOFer REGGIE WHITE (3) as only players with 15+ sacks in 3 of 1st 5 NFL seasons. Has 3 sacks & FF in 2 career meetings. Mercilus has 10 sacks in past 10, including 3.5 last week vs. Jaguars. LB BRIAN CUSHING led team with 110 tackles. S ANDRE HAL led team with career-best 4 INTs, including 31-yard TD in Week 6 vs. Jaguars. In past 3 at home, LB JADEVEON CLOWNEY has 2.5 sacks…Club had 2 players selected to 2016 Pro Bowl (WR Hopkins & DE Watt).

Browns vs Chiefs Week 16 Inactives

Browns inactives: WRs Terrelle Pryor and Rannell Hall, CB Justin Gilbert, RBs Daryl Richardson and Glenn Winston, LBs Jayson DiManche and Armonty Bryant

Chiefs inactives: LB Tamba Hali, LB Justin Houston, WR De’Anthony Thomas, S Husain Abdullah, QB Aaron Murray, DL David King, DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches

Chiefs LB Justin Houston Has Strained Ligament in Left Knee

Kansas City Chiefs v Denver Broncos

Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston appears to have a strained ligament in his left knee, though the team is still awaiting MRI exam results to determine the severity of the injury, the Associated Press reports.

Coach Andy Reid said Monday that Houston would be examined later in the day. He was hurt during the first half of Sunday’s 30-22 victory over Buffalo when he tripped over a teammate.

Houston sustained a similar injury a playoff loss to Indianapolis two years ago.

The All-Pro pass rusher had 22 sacks last season, which earned him a six-year, $101 million contract this past offseason. He has 7 1/2 sacks through 11 games.

Chiefs at Broncos NFL Wednesday Injury Report

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday G Ben Grubbs (neck), LB Tamba Hali (knee)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Mike Devito (concussion), TE Travis Kelce (groin), LB Ramik Wilson (ankle)
 
DENVER BRONCOS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday TE Owen Daniels (shoulder, knee), QB Peyton Manning (foot), WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle), LB DeMarcus Ware (back)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Jordan Norwood (hamstring), LB Shane Ray (knee), G Louis Vasquez (back)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday RB C.J. Anderson (ankle), TE Virgil Green (finger), T Ryan Harris (knee), RB Ronnie Hillman (quadricep)

NFL Week Eight Preview – Detroit vs Kansas City in London

Kansas City Chiefs v Detroit Lions

Two foes who don’t meet very often will go at it on foreign soil Sunday morning in London, as the 1-6 Lions will take on the 2-5 Chiefs in the final overseas game of the year in the NFL.

Detroit has fond memories of playing in London, last season they trailed big against the Atlanta Falcons, but rallied for a one-point win on a Matt Prater field goal as time expired.

“We’ve shown we can play inspired ball in London and we’re hoping for that again,” Lions cornerback Rashean Mathis said.

“But we’d rather get on top of the Chiefs early. No more dramatic comebacks. We just want to dominate from the first snap Sunday.”

The Lions had a rough week, making changes to the offensive side of their coaching staff. The team fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and two of their offensive line coaches.

Detroit’s offense will now be in the hands of Jim Bob Cooter, who takes over a unit 13th right now in the NFL, putting up 346.6 yards per game, 221 passing and 127 rushing.

Last week the Vikings shut down the Lions offense, holding them to 274 yards while falling 28-19 at home.

While the offense has been inconsistent, one player for the Lions catching fire is Calvin Johnson. The star wide receiver has 11 catches for 252 yards and two touchdowns in the last two games after scoring once in the previous five.

Joique Bell could see an increased work load. He missed three games with an ankle injury and was limited to three carries for 21 yards against Minnesota, while rookie Ameer Abdullah had 43 on eight attempts.

While it will be up to Cooter to lead the Lions offense, there’s also major problems on defense for Detroit. The unit ranks 27th overall this season, with an average of 392.3 yards allowed, nearly 100 more than last season.

The Chiefs are coming off a 23-13 home win over the Pittsburgh Steelers to break a five-game losing streak.

Alex Smith led a spirited display on offense, finding tight end Travis Kelce for some big plays at key times of the 10-point victory.

Another player that stepped up is running back Charcandrick West. Filling in for the injured Jammal Charles, he ran for 110 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries to eclipse his previous career highs of nine rushes and 33 yards.

Kansas City’s defense is going to give Matt Stafford and the Lions fits. They showed last week against the Steelers they have speed to come off the edges, and I like them to pressure the Lions QB enough to force some mistakes.

Look fro the Chiefs to get out of London with their third win against five losses.

Kansas City 17 Detroit 10

Fantasy Projections:

Detroit – Matthew Stafford 216 yards 1 TD, Ameer Abdullah 39 yards rushing, Calvin Johnson 70 yards receiving 1 TD
Kansas City – Alex Smith 211 yards 1 TD, Charcandrick West 118 yards 1 TD, Jeremy Maclin 62 yards receiving 1 TD

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Lions vs Chiefs NFL Wednesday Injury Report

DETROIT LIONS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday WR Calvin Johnson (not injury related), LB DeAndre Levy (hip), T LaAdrian Waddle (knee)
 
  LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday P Sam Martin (left knee), TE Brandon Pettigrew (elbow), LB Stephen Tulloch (illness)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday RB Joique Bell (ankle), QB Matthew Stafford (quadricep)
 
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
 
Practice Report
  DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday DE Mike Devito (concussion), G Ben Grubbs (neck), LB Tamba Hali (knee), LB Ramik Wilson (ankle)
 
  FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
  Wednesday TE Travis Kelce (groin), WR Jeremy Maclin (concussion), LB Joshua Mauga (groin, achilles), DT Dontari Poe (ankle), QB Alex Smith (right thumb), RB Charcandrick West (pectoral)

Lions at Chiefs NFL Week Eight Capsule

NFL INTERNATIONAL SERIES, WEMBLEY STADIUM, LONDON, ENGLAND

DETROIT LIONS (1-6) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (2-5)

SERIES

  LIONS CHIEFS
SERIES LEADER   7-5
STREAKS   4 of past 6
COACHES VS. OPP. Jim Caldwell: 1-1 Andy Reid: 3-1
LAST WEEK L 28-19 vs. Vikings W 23-13 vs. Steelers
LAST GAME 9/18/11: Chiefs 3 at Lions 48. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford throws for 294 yards & 4 TDs. Lions RB Jahvid Best rushes for 57 yards & TD & adds 66 rec. yards & TD catch.
LAST GAME AT KC 12/14/03: Chiefs 45, Lions 17. Kansas City RB Priest Holmes rushes for 94 yards & 3 TDs. Chiefs WR Derrick Blaylock catches 63-yard TD pass.
REFEREE Jeff Triplette
BROADCAST FOX (9:30 AM ET): Sam Rosen, John Lynch, Pam OIiver (field reporter). Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Derek Rackley. SIRIUS: 108 (WW1), 83 (Det.), 93 (KC). XM: 227 (WW1), 225 (Det.), 226 (KC).

STATS

PASSING Stafford: 171-263-1866-12 (3C)-9-86.8 A. Smith: 152-242-1824-7-3-90.3
RUSHING Abdullah (R): 62-222-3.6-1 West: 43-191-4.4-1
RECEIVING Johnson: 43 (3C)-574 (3C)-13.3-3 Maclin: 39-531-13.6-1
OFFENSE 346.6 346.1
TAKE/GIVE -7 +1
DEFENSE 392.3 368.0
SACKS Ansah: 6 (T2C) Bailey: 4.5
INTs Quin: 2 Peters: 3 (T3C)
PUNTING Martin: 46.5 Colquitt: 47.8
KICKING Prater: 35 (14/15 PAT; 7/7 FG) Santos: 58 (3C) (13/13 PAT; 15/19 FG)

NOTES

LIONS: Defeated Atl 22-21 at Wembley last year…QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 294 yards, 4 TDs & 106.1 rating in last game vs. KC. Last year at Wembley, threw for 325 yards & 2 TDs…RB THEO RIDDICK had 8 catches for 74 yards & TD in last UK game. Is 2nd among NFL RBs with 36 catches. RB AMEER ABDULLAH is 1 of 4 NFL rookies with both rush TD & rec. TD…WR CALVIN JOHNSON had 2 TDs in last meeting. In past 17 vs. AFC, has 105 catches for 1,808 yards (106.4 per game) & 12 TDs. Since 2011, leads NFL with 6,788 rec. yards & 102.8 rec. yards per game. TE ERIC EBRON had career-high 89 rec. yards & TD last week. Has TD in 3 of his past 5. WR GOLDEN TATE had 7 catches for 151 yards & TD last year at Wembley…DE EZEKIEL ANSAH has 4 sacks, 3 FFs & FR in past 4. S GLOVER QUIN aims for 3rd in row vs. AFC with INT…CHIEFS: QB ALEX SMITH is 4-0 vs. Det. with 717 pass yards with 4 TDs vs. 1 INT. Since 2011, ranks 2nd in NFL in INT pct. (1.4 pct.)…In 1st home start last week, RB CHARCANDRICK WEST led team with 110 rush yards with TD…In past 4, WR JEREMY MACLIN is averaging 7.5 catches & 105.4 rec. yards per game (30 rec., 422 yards). Has 8+ catches & 85+ yards in 3 of past 4. In last meeting (10/14/12 w/ Phi.), had 6 catches for 130 yards, incl. 70-yard TD. Aims for 3rd in row with TD vs. Det. Last week, rookie WR CHRIS CONLEY had career-highs in catches (6), yards (63) & 1st career TD. TE TRAVIS KELCE is 2nd among NFL TEs with 473 rec. yards…In past 17, LB JUSTIN HOUSTON has 19 sacks & 4 FF. Since 2012, ranks 2nd in NFL with 47 sacks (J.J. WATT).

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