The Morning Fix: Red Friday Edition

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It’s Red Friday. The Kansas City Chiefs will try to pull themselves into the thick of the AFC West race on Sunday by pushing their record to 2-3 with a win over the Colts.

We’ll have our game preview and five players to watch later today to get you ready but until then, here is your Morning Fix!

Q: Is Baldwin going to play Sunday?

HALEY: “I don’t know that yet. We’re working through roster numbers and all those things each night to try to sort through. We’ve got to have the best 46 guys out there that give us the best chance to win in all areas – offense, defense and special teams. So, we’ll see. Like I said, he’s had two really good days, so that’s been really, really encouraging to everybody.”

Allen’s first sack came after he disengaged Albert and looped across the line of scrimmage to pursue Matt Cassel as the quarterback scrambled towards the opposite sideline. Allen’s second sack came just behind the line of scrimmage after Cassel tucked and ran because of heavy pressure coming off the opposite offensive edge.

Albert handled Allen in the run game as well. The Chiefs averaged 7.7 yards per carry running off left tackle, finishing the day with 54 yards on seven attempts.

“That’s kind of how we have to play to win,” Haley said. “Defensively, we’ve got to try our best to stop the run, and we did, for the most part. We need to keep big plays from happening. We’ve got to win on special teams. Offensively, we’ve got to run the ball and stick to the plan and then make plays in the passing game without taking too much risk.”

Despite dealing with mounting injuries that increase the value of roster spots, the team has kept Manning on the active roster. At some point, he hopes to begin throwing. Then, the primary objective: Gain clearance to practice, perhaps even play in December.

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