November 17, 2013 |
Eleven weeks of NFL Sundays are in the books, and this much is undeniable: Nobody's perfect. The Denver Broncos knocked the NFL's last remaining undefeated team off its perch Sunday night, beating the visiting Kansas City Chiefs, 27-17, to claim a share of first place in the AFC West. Both teams are 9-1. Peyton Manning was sharp, but it was Denver's defense that set the tone, upstaging a stifling Chiefs defense that rumbled into Sports Authority Field having allowed a league-best average of 12.3 points in its first nine games.
November 16, 2013 |
The Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) are the NFL's only undefeated team, and quarterback Alex Smith is playing it close to the protective vest. He's ranked 27th in passing yards, yet has a league-low four interceptions. Kansas City's defense leads in several categories - sacks, takeaways, and efficiency in the red zone and on third downs - - but its keep-it-under-the-speed-limit offense hasn't scored a touchdown in the last six quarters. Sunday night's showdown at Denver (8-1) pits the Broncos' top-ranked offense, averaging 458.7 yards per game, and a Kansas City defense that has surrendered a league-low 12.3 points per game.
November 11, 2013 |
The Kansas City Chiefs are 9-0 and the NFL's only undefeated team. But how good are they, really? We'll know a lot more Sunday when the Chiefs play at Denver in a pivotal AFC West showdown. None of the teams the Chiefs have beaten have a winning record, but the Broncos are 8-1 and have Peyton Manning, who is in good position to win an unprecedented fifth most-valuable-player award. Manning took a physical beating in Sunday's victory at San Diego and had an MRI exam on his sore right ankle Monday, but the examination revealed no new damage.
October 30, 2013 |
David Welch vanished from his Kansas home on Labor Day weekend, driving away without telling anyone. When he hadn't returned after a few days, his family reported him missing. It took more than six weeks to find out what had happened, and the why is still a mystery. Welch, 54, died trapped in his wrecked minivan at the bottom of a Utah ravine, nearly 900 miles from his home in Manhattan, Kan. The Utah Highway Patrol found his body Oct. 18 after a hitchhiker spotted the car from Interstate 70. His family last saw him Sept.
October 30, 2013 |
As David Welch penned notes to his family during his dying moments to tell them he loved them, the city he left was making a valiant effort to find him. Welch, 54, drove away from his home in Manhattan, Kan., on Sept. 2 without telling anyone where he was going or when he'd be back, according to Riley County police spokesman Matthew Droge. Welch was found dead Oct. 18 at the bottom of a Utah ravine, nearly 900 miles from home. The letters were found with him. During the six-week search, the city rallied behind his wife, Kelly Welch, a professor at Kansas State University, spreading the word about her husband and raising money to help find him. Great to see @KSU_DeltaChi @KSUChiOmega & @AGRAlphaZeta come together to help @DrKellyWelch !
October 11, 2013 |
Sometimes, our expectations zig and the NFL zags. Like a LeSean McCoy cutback, the league has taken some surprising turns in the first five weeks, with San Francisco stumbling (then regaining its footing), Atlanta doing a face plant, and Andrew Luck-led Indianapolis seamlessly transitioning from Chuckstrong - last season's mantra in honor of ill Coach Chuck Pagano - to Luckstrong. Because it's Week 6, here are six eyebrow-raising developments so far: Hello, Cleveland When they traded running back Trent Richardson and gave the starting quarterback job to Brian Hoyer, the Browns looked like they were waving the white flag.