Chiefs Hold Off Mistake Filled Saints 27-21 to Move to 4-2

New Orleans Saints v Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes in another efficient outing, Daniel Sorensen returned an interception of Drew Brees for another touchdown and the Kansas City Chiefs held off the mistake-prone Saints 27-21 on Sunday.

Spencer Ware ran for 77 yards to go with his 46-yard touchdown reception, and Tyreek Hill made an acrobat 38-yard TD catch to help the Chiefs (4-2) win their ninth straight at home.

Brees got the Saints (2-4) within 24-21 with his touchdown pass to Brandon Coleman with 2:33 left, but the ensuing onside kick went out of bounds. Kansas City added a 41-yard field goal, and the Saints could do nothing in the final 28 seconds to change the outcome.

Brees finished with 367 yards and three TD passes, but much of that offense came while he was trying to rally the Saints. It was actually another uneven performance away from the Superdome for the star quarterback, who was coming off a 465-yard game last week against Carolina.

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Saints vs Chiefs NFL Week Seven Inactives

Saints: RB/KR Marcus Murphy, CB Delvin Breaux, CB Sterling Moore, LB Stephone Anthony, LB Dannell Ellerbe, OL Andrus Peat, RB Daniel Lasco

Chiefs: QB Tyler Bray, OL Jordan Devey, CB Phillip Gaines, CB Terrance Mitchell, LB Sio Moore, TE Ross Travis, OL Bryan Witzmann

Saints vs Chiefs NFL Week Seven Capsule



STREAKS 2 of past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Sean Payton: 1-4 Andy Reid: 3-3
LAST WEEK W 41-38 vs. Carolina W 26-10 at Oakland
LAST GAME 9/23/12: Chiefs 27 at Saints 24. Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles rushes for 233 yards & TD. Chiefs LB Justin Houston records 3 sacks & safety.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/16/08: Saints 30, Chiefs 20. New Orleans QB Drew Brees passes for 266 yards & TD. Saints RBs Pierre Thomas & Deuce McAllister combine for 106 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Clete Blakeman
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (Field Reporter). SIRIUS: 126 (NO), 84 (KC). XM: 383 (NO), 230 (KC).


PASSING Drew Brees: 150-225-1734-14 (T3L)-4-103.1 Alex Smith: 128-190-1297-5-2-91.1
RUSHING Mark Ingram: 70-272-3.9-1 Spencer Ware: 78-415-5.3-2
RECEIVING Michael Thomas (R): 26-307-11.8-3 Travis Kelce (TE): 25-252-10.1-2
OFFENSE 413.4 (2L) 352.0
DEFENSE 419.4 353.2
SACKS Nick Fairley: 3.5 Dee Ford: 3.5
INTs Sterling Moore, B.W. Webb: 1 Marcus Peters: 5 (1L)
PUNTING Thomas Morstead: 51.4 (1L) Dustin Colquitt: 43.0
KICKING Wil Lutz (R): 39 (18/18 PATs; 7/11 FGs) Cairo Santos: 37 (10/11 PATs; 9/11 FGs)


SAINTS: QB DREW BREES passed for 465 yards & 4 TDs last week. Performance marked 15th career 400-yard game, most in NFL history. Passed for 240 yards & 3 TDs in last meeting…RB MARK INGRAM is averaging 109 scrimmage yards per game in past 6 vs. AFC…WR BRANDIN COOKS had 7 receptions for 173 yards, incl. 87-yard TD in Week 6. Rookie WR MICHAEL THOMAS had 78 rec. yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with TD. TE COBY FLEENER had 6 receptions for 74 yards with TD catch & added 1st career rush TD in Week 6…DE KASIM EDEBALI had sack in Week 6. LB CRAIG ROBERTSON has 11+ tackles in 4 of past 5. CB STERLING MOORE had INT last week…CHIEFS: Aim for 9th consecutive win at home…QB ALEX SMITH passed for 299 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs for 103.2 rating & had rush TD in last start vs. NO (1/14/12 Div. with SF)…RB SPENCER WARE has 358 scrimmage yards (119.3 per game) & 2 TDs in past 3 at home. Ranks 3rd in NFL averaging 129.2 scrimmage yards per game, incl. 163 yards (131 rush, 32 rec.) last week. RB JAMAAL CHARLES rushed for 233 yards with TD (91 yards) & had career-high 288 scrimmage yards in last meeting. Averages 5.45 yards per carry, highest in NFL history (min. 1,000 att.). Has 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in past 5 vs. NFC. Ware, Charles & DT DONTARI POE each had rush TD last week at Oak…WR JEREMY MACLIN has TD catch in 3 of past 4 games at home. TE TRAVIS KELCE has 12 catches for 163 yards (81.5 per game) & TD in past 2 at home…CB MARCUS PETERS has 10 INTs (1 TD) in past 12, incl. playoffs. Has 3 INTs in past 4 at home. Since entering in 2015, has 13 INTs, most in NFL. LB DERRICK JOHNSON leads team with 40 tackles. Had 9 tackles & sack in last meeting. Has 25 tackles & 55-yard INT-TD in past 3 games at home. LB DEE FORD had 2 sacks & FF last week.

Chiefs Top Raiders with Impressive Road Effort 26-10 in Oakland


With two weeks to stew over a lopsided loss, the Kansas City Chiefs went back to basics and put together a balanced offense that allowed the running game to shine.

Spencer Ware ran for a career-high 131 yards and a touchdown, Alex Smith picked apart Oakland’s struggling defense and the Kansas City Chiefs shut out Derek Carr and the Raiders in the second half of a 26-10 victory Sunday.

“That’s the game we play,” said defensive lineman Dontari Poe, who got into the act on offense with a TD run of his own.

“You come out sometimes and it doesn’t go your way, but you got to make sure it goes your way the next time. Can’t keep on the downward spiral. You got to get it back up.”

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Chiefs at Raiders NFL Week Six Capsule



STREAKS 5 of past 6  
COACHES VS. OPP. Andy Reid: 6-3 Jack Del Rio: 3-4
LAST WEEK Bye (Wk. 4: L 43-14 at Pittsburgh) W 34-31 vs. San Diego
LAST GAME 1/3/16: Raiders 17 at Chiefs 23. Kansas City QB Alex Smith passes for 156 yards & 2 TDs. Chiefs RB Spencer Ware rushes for 76 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/6/15: Chiefs 34, Raiders 20. Kansas City QB Alex Smith passes for 162 yards & 2 TDs with 0 INTs for 123.7 rating. Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin has 9 receptions for 95 yards & TD.
REFEREE Pete Morelli
BROADCAST CBS (4:05 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 136 (KC), 145 (Oak). XM: 229 (KC), 227 (Oak).


PASSING Alex Smith: 109-168-1073-5-2-87.7 Derek Carr: 129-193-1383-11 (T3L)-2-102.3
RUSHING Spencer Ware: 54-284-5.3-1 Jalen Richard (R): 25-175-7.0-1
RECEIVING Travis Kelce (TE): 22-220-10.0-2 Michael Crabtree: 29-355-12.2-5 (T1L)
OFFENSE 338.5 391.6
TAKE/GIVE +3 +7 (3L)
DEFENSE 370.0 452.6
SACKS Dee Ford: 1.5 Stacy McGee: 2.5
INTs Marcus Peters: 4 (1L) Sean Smith: 2
PUNTING Dustin Colquitt: 43.4 Marquette King: 49.6
KICKING Cairo Santos: 29 (8/8 PAT; 7/8 FG) Sebastian Janikowski: 34 (13/13 PAT; 7/9 FG)


CHIEFS: Aim for 7th consecutive division win…QB ALEX SMITH has won 7 of 8 starts vs. Oak. with 18 TDs, 3 INTs & 106.1 rating. In 3 starts at Oak., has 9 TDs, 0 INTs & 133.7 rating.…RB SPENCER WARE has rush TD in both career meetings. Ranks 4th in NFL averaging 120.8 scrimmage yards per game. RB JAMAAL CHARLES has 518 scrimmage yards (129.5 per game) & 8 TDs (5 rec., 3 rush) in past 4 meetings. Had career-high 5 TDs (4 rec., 1 rush) & 195 rec. yards in 12/15/13 game at Oak. Averages 5.47 yards per carry, highest in NFL history (min. 1,000 att.)…TE TRAVIS KELCE aims for 3rd in row with TD. WR JEREMY MACLIN has 3 TDs in past 2 meetings…CB MARCUS PETERS had INT & FF in last game at Oak. Has 9 INTs (1 TD) in past 11, incl. playoffs. Has 5 INTs (1 TD) in past 4 on road. Since entering league in 2015, has 12 INTs, most in NFL. LB DERRICK JOHNSON leads team with 31 tackles…RAIDERS: QB DEREK CARR has 11 TDs, 2 INTs & ranks 3rd in AFC with 102.3 rating…RB LATAVIUS MURRAY has 3 rush TDs in 2 home games vs. KC, incl. 90-yard TD. Aims for 3rd in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD…WR AMARI COOPER had 6 catches for 138 yards & 64-yard TD last week. Has 7 career 100-yard rec. games & Oak. is 6-1. WR MICHAEL CRABTREE aims for 3rd in row vs. KC with TD catch. Has TD in 5 of past 6 vs. division…DE KHALIL MACK has 11 sacks in past 11. Has 7 sacks & 11 TFL in past 5 division games. Had 2 sacks in last home game vs. KC. CB DAVID AMERSON had 24-yard INT-TD in last meeting. DT STACY MC GEE had 1.5 sacks & 2 FFs last week. Since entering NFL in 2007, S REGGIE NELSON is only active player with 30+ INTs (31) & 5+ sacks (6.5). Since 2014, LB BRUCE IRVIN is 1 of 2 in NFL with 10+ sacks (14) & 2+ INT-TDs (2). Rookie S KARL JOSEPH had 1st INT last week.

Chiefs at Steelers NFL Week 4 Capsule

Pittsburgh Steelers v Kansas City Chiefs




STREAKS 3 of last 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Andy Reid: 3-3 Mike Tomlin: 3-2
LAST WEEK W 24-3 vs. New York Jets L 34-3 at Philadelphia
LAST GAME 10/25/15: Steelers 13 at Chiefs 23. Kansas City QB Alex Smith throws for 251 yards & TD. Chiefs RB Charcandrick West rushes for 110 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/21/14: Steelers 20, Chiefs 12. Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger throws for 220 yards & TD. Steelers WR Antonio Brown has 7 catches for 72 yards & TD.
REFEREE Ron Torbert
BROADCAST NBC (8:30 PM ET): Al Michaels, Chris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (Field reporter). Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, James Lofton. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (KC), 81 (Pit). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (KC), 225 (Pit).


PASSING Alex Smith: 79-118-786-3-1-90.6 Ben Roethlisberger: 70-118-816-6-4-83.2
RUSHING Spencer Ware: 41-202-4.9-1 DeAngelo Williams: 66-258-3.9-2
RECEIVING Travis Kelce (TE): 17-197-11.6-1 Antonio Brown: 24 (T1L)-305-12.7-2
OFFENSE 332.3 354.0
TAKE/GIVE +5 (T3L) -1
DEFENSE 348.0 407.3
SACKS 3 tied: 1 Arthur Moats: 1
INTs Marcus Peters: 4 (1L) James Harrison, Ryan Shazier: 1
PUNTING Dustin Colquitt: 43.6 Jordan Berry: 49.9
KICKING Cairo Santos: 27 (6/6 PAT; 7/7 FG) Chris Boswell: 17 (8/8 PAT; 3/4 FG)


CHIEFS: QB ALEX SMITH has won 12 of past 13 starts…RB SPENCER WARE is 2nd in NFL with 387 scrimmage yards. Incl. playoffs, has 7 rush TDs in past 12. RB CHARCANDRICK WEST rushed for 110 yards & TD in last meeting. RB JAMAAL CHARLES averages 5.47 yards/carry, highest in NFL history (min. 1,000 att.)…TE TRAVIS KELCE had 6 catches for 89 yards & TD last week. WR JEREMY MACLIN has 7 TDs in past 12 (incl. playoffs)…Chiefs had 6 INTs & 2 FRs last week. CB MARCUS PETERS aims for 3rd in row with 2+ INTs. Has 9 INTs (1 TD) in past 10, incl. playoffs. Has 5 INTs (1 TD) in past 3 on road & 7 INTs in past 6 road games. Since entering in 2015, has 12 INTs, most in NFL. LB TAMBA HALI had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. LB DERRICK JOHNSON had 55-yard INT-TD last week…STEELERS: QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has won past 3 starts vs. KC. Has 13 pass TDs in past 4 at home & aims for 5th in row at home with 3+ TDs…RB LE’VEON BELL rushed for 121 yards in last meeting. RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS has 647 scrimmage yards (129.4 per game) & 4 TDs in past 5 at home…WR ANTONIO BROWN had 6 catches for 124 yards in last game vs. KC. Since 2013, leads NFL with 399 catches, 5,336 rec. yards & 24 100-yard rec. games. WR SAMMIE COATES is averaging 29 yards per catch (7 catches, 203 yards), best mark in NFL. Had max speed of 21.27 as ball carrier last week, fastest in Week 3 by WR…DE CAMERON HEYWARD has 2.5 sacks in past 2 meetings. LB RYAN SHAZIER leads team with 20 tackles. CB WILLIAM GAY has 5 INT-TDs since 2013, tied for most in NFL.

Chiefs Collect Eight Turnovers; Top Jets 24-3

New York Jets v Kansas City Chiefs

Derrick Johnson saw everybody else picking off passes for Kansas City and decided to join the party.

Then he figured he might as well score, too.

The veteran linebacker snagged one of six interceptions thrown by Ryan Fitzpatrick, scored one of the Chiefs’ two touchdowns off turnovers, and put an exclamation mark on a rather bizarre 24-3 victory over the hapless, turnover-prone New York Jets on Sunday.

“We put an emphasis on taking away the ball all the time,” said Johnson, who scored his fourth career TD. “If you can get a turnover, it’s a big momentum changer. And if you can score, it’s even bigger.”

A turnover? How about get eight.

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Jets at Chiefs NFL Week 3 Inactives

Here’s today’s inactives for the Jets at Chiefs at Arrowhead.


Erin Henderson (LB)
Mike Catapano (DE)
Bryce Petty (QB)
Darryl Roberts (CB)
Christian Hackenberg (QB)
Troymaine Pope (RB)


Jamaal Charles (RB)
Tyler Bray (QB)
Sam Barrington (LB)
De’Anthony Thomas (RB)
Kenneth Acker (CB)

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