The Morning Fix: Back In First Place Edition


The Kansas City Chiefs are back in first place and all is right again in the AFC West. We’ll have our usual slate of post-game coverage for you today. We’ll give out our game balls and talk about which players earned their arrowheads yesterday. Also be sure to check in for Big Matt’s weekly column at  1PM EST.

Until then, here is your Morning Fix!

“It was one of those games where we were able to get some things done,” Waters said. “There was no great excitement. It was just one of those things where we were just able to get our job done. I like it that way.

“It was one of those games where we were productive. The defense did a good job of not letting them the end zone. It ended up going our way.”

Highlights and praise of Manning and Brady and a select other few make it easy to forget that a lot of coaches would trade their clipboards for a quarterback who could consistently do what Cassel did on Sunday: complete 15 of 24 passes for 193 yards, two touchdowns, and no turnovers even without Tony Moeaki and Dexter McCluster.

After the score, Bowe ran up the sideline, waited a moment for Haley to turn toward him and they slapped hands. These two have been through a lot, and Sunday’s exchange during the Chiefs’ 31-13 victory at Arrowhead Stadium illustrated how far Bowe has come since Haley began pushing him more than a year ago.

The Chiefs benched Richardson in favor of O’Callaghan in last week’s loss to Denver after he blocked the wrong player on a play in the second quarter. Quarterback Matt Cassel was sacked and fumbled. Denver recovered and returned it for a touchdown.

“I have 100 percent, complete confidence in Barry Richardson as a football player,” left guard Brian Waters said. “I’ve played next to him in games before and I’d have no problem playing next to him if it comes to that.”

“We weren’t perfect. But we had a decent day for our offense,” guard Brian Waters said with a big grin.

The decent day included 352 yards of total offense, zero turnovers and two more touchdown catches by Dwayne Bowe, who appears to be emerging as a topflight wide receiver. The Chiefs (6-4) also took advantage of Pittsburgh’s defeat of Oakland to go ahead by one game in the AFC West.

The first person I ran into while entering the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis for Sunday’s Falcons-Rams game was none other than Peterson, the former Chiefs’ president/general manager.

This call has to be made correctly on the field by the officials. Doucet was airborn when he was contacted by the defender and the ball came out immediately when he hit the ground. It’s a basic incomplete pass. The officials must get these type of calls right initially. This might be part of the reason there has been a pretty dramatic rise in the number of replays and reviews.

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