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Starting on Sept. 23, 2001, against the New York Giants and continuing through last Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, Wiegmann has played 10,141 consecutive snaps for the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs. Through 159 straight games and too many bumps, bruises and pains to remember, Wiegmann has not taken a play off.

Not one single play.

The Football Outsiders are not giving up on the Kansas City Chiefs now that the team has lived up to their preseason prediction.

The Chiefs are limping into Sunday’s wild-card game against visiting Baltimore after a 31-10 home loss to Oakland on Sunday. Still, the Football Outsiders have broke down three areas in which the Chiefs can exploit the Ravens. They revolve around the play of standouts Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe and Tamba Hali.

“This year, to show our pride, we are going to fire up the purple lights and paint the town purple,” said Rawlings-Blake in a prepared statement. “No team in the NFL will have as much hometown support as our Ravens.”

He finally played to his capabilities during a three-year stint with the Chicago Bears and was a major factor in helping that team reach Super Bowl XLI to close the 2006 season, only to be dealt from the Bears to the Jets. He churned out a career-high 1,402 rushing yards in helping the wild-card Jets reach the AFC Championship Game last season.

“The odds were always stacked against me,” Jones says. “I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder. I don’t think that chip ever left.”

Chiefs games averaged a 38.9 rating and 66 share this season, according to KCTV5, up more than 25 percent from last year. Comparing TV ratings over long spans of time is sort of an apples-to-oranges exercise, but this year’s numbers are more than 20 percent better than 2006, the most recent playoff season, and 10 percent better than 2004, the oldest numbers readily available.

“I think we understand how they’re trying to build,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. “It’s a lot of the New England philosophy obviously, along with (Chiefs coach) Todd (Haley)’s personality. They want to run the ball, stop the run, play well in conditions (and have) great quarterback play.

“(Charles) is a talented guy. He can break it at any time, so that’s always a threat. But I feel great about our run defense.”

In the 2009 draft, the Ravens were looking to sign kicker Ryan Succop as an undrafted free agent. But the Chiefs used the last pick of the entire draft on Succop, who became Mr. Irrelevant.

With Succop gone, the Ravens signed Graham Gano, who eventually lost the kicking job to Steve Hauschka before the season began. After Hauschka struggled, the Ravens replaced him with Cundiff.

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