Kansas City Chiefs Beat Chicago Bears Behind Another Stellar Defensive Effort

The Chiefs ended up winning the bid and now Orton will be starting against the Bears rather than for them on Sunday. It's also clear the Chiefs cannot bring in Orton soon enough.

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Barry Richardson Is Weakest Link For Kansas City Chiefs Offensive Line

Ben Stockwell of Pro Football Focus noticed in his game tape notes of the Chicago Bears vs. Kansas City Chiefs game that the Chiefs’ weakest link along the offensive line was at right tackle. Barry Richardson earned the worst grade for the team, and yet that’s not surprising for anyone who’s been familiar with the club for some time. That’s because the same thing was being said about Richardson last year at this time and the Chiefs still failed to address it.

Stockwell writes, "After the Chiefs cut their ties with Jared Gaither this week they were left with no backup plan to the persistently disappointing Barry Richardson (-6.1) at right tackle. He didn’t exactly vindicate his coaches and front office with his display and was the lowest-graded player for the entire Chiefs’ offense this week. Whether Gaither was made a scapegoat for his false start in last week’s game or there were off-the-field issues that hastened his departure, there is little doubt that the Chiefs will need to act fast to get another contingency in for Richardson in the offseason.

“Once again, Richardson was beaten badly in both run and pass games, yielding two hits and a sack in pass protection along with a tackle for loss in the running game. Richardson was completely undone by Israel Idonije on that run play (Q2 2:20) and with Richardson now protecting the blindside of the Chiefs’ incumbent quarterback the rest of 2011, his poor play will come into sharper focus.”

The belief was that the Chiefs might get a right tackle in the draft in Gabe Carimi from Wisconsin, for instance, or another tackle later in the draft. They chose instead to give Jared Gaither a whirl as a free agent who slipped through his physical with the Oakland Raiders and that didn’t work out. Now they’re stuck with Richardson for at least the next four games.


Justin Houston, Derrick Johnson And Tamba Hali Dominated Chicago Bears On Sunday

Pro Football Focus has gone through the game tape of the Kansas City Chiefs 10-3 win over the Chicago Bears from Sunday afternoon, and the end results were good for the KC linebackers. Names like Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali and Justin Houston provided key stops for the Chiefs and kept the opposition close enough for a Hail Mary to win the game.

Ben Stockwell writes, "On a day where malaise and mediocrity was in vogue, the one unit that really upped their game was the Chiefs’ linebackers. All four of their starters contributed in extremely positive ways and fueled the Chiefs’ stifling defensive display. The play of Derrick Johnson (+4.5) has been well documented in our game reviews here at PFF this season, but he once again put a dominant display. His work in run defense was as strong as ever – his tackle that dealt Matt Forte his injury was a particularly impressive defensive play; going under the block of Matt Spaeth to get to the Bears’ runner at the line.

“Johnson was not alone this week as Tamba Hali (3.2) was his usual explosive self and rookie Justin Houston (3.7) recorded his strongest showing as a pass rusher with three sacks, a pressure and a batted pass.”


VIDEO: Tyler Palko Throws Hail Mary Touchdown To Dexter McCluster In Chiefs-Bears Game

It was the only touchdown on a day where defenses ruled and back-up quarterbacks looked like, well, back-up quarterbacks. It's clear that the fans paid to see a game with Jay Cutler and Matt Cassel and they're lucky that at least one desperation play turned into something. Of course, Bears fans will not agree with that statement.

Tyler Palko ended up throwing a Hail Mary at the end of the first half of Sunday's 10-3 win over the Bears and it was the only touchdown of the game. Here's the video of the Dexter McCluster catch:


Matt Forte Injury Update: Sprained MCL Could Still Keep Bears RB Out For Rest Of Regular Season

Jay Glazer is reporting that the injury Matt Forte suffered during yesterday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs is good news for the player and the team — going from a rumored torn ACL to a sprained MCL. Yet even then, with the season already in Week 13, it’s clear that Forte could still miss the rest of the regular season.

Glazer posted on Twitter, “Good news on Forte, they believe it’s a sprained MCL, not a torn ACL. MCL can go anywhere from 2-4 weeks, 6 if it heals slowly but NOT ACL.”

That’s good news for his rehab for sure, but with the way the Bears are playing lately, they’re losing major ground in the playoff race. The Wild Card is the Bears’ only hope but that’s the same line of thinking as the Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants and Detroit Lions. The loss of Forte and Jay Cutler exposes the Bears offense in a major way and the offensive line is a sieve as it is. The Chiefs had 7 sacks yesterday and came away with a road win in a game that Chicago needed to put one in the win column.


Justin Houston Wins Peter King's Defensive Player Of Week For Performance Against Bears

Every week, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King recognizes his favorite performances of the last week with his Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. The Kansas City Chiefs have to be quite pleased with the attention coming Justin Houston’s way, then, since that means their draft investment is finally coming around the way they were hoping.

Justin Houston had three sacks in yesterday’s game against the Chicago Bears, and the Chiefs poured it on with seven total. Tamba Hali, Jon McGraw, Derrick Johnson and Tyson Jackson also had one and it’s clear the Chicago offensive line is not something any other team would want to deal with. It’s a nice breakout for Houston that several have seen coming for the last couple of weeks.

King writes, “The rookie from Georgia made Caleb Hanie’s life miserable (well, Hanie helped too) with three sacks, two more quarterback hits, a forced fumble and a pass deflected. Houston contributed to a defense that allowed a weakened Bear offense just 181 yards. Great plan by defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel too. He’s having an outstanding run.”


'Hail Todd Haley': Chiefs Head Coach Did 'Smart Thing' With Hail Mary Against Chicago Bears

Todd Haley certainly has his detractors as the Kansas City Chiefs head coach, but he has a fan in Mike Silver of the way he handled the team’s playcalling on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. At the end of the first half, Haley decided to go for it with a Hail Mary to the end zone that wound up being the only touchdown scored for the entire game. Silver says it was the right move.

He writes, “The Kansas City Chiefs’ 10-3 victory over the Bears in Chicago reinforced the notion, addressed in this column last week, that it’s always better to take a shot at the end zone than to take a knee to end a half (or game tied in regulation). Kansas City scored the game’s only touchdown, and its first offensive TD in 12 quarters, when Tyler Palko threw a 38-yard pass up for grabs, Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher swatted it downward and scatback/receiver Dexter McCluster somehow got his hands under it for the score on the final play before halftime. Hail Mary – and hail Todd Haley for doing the smart and obvious thing.”


Matt Forte Injury Update: MCL Sprain Will Require MRI On Monday

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the injury to Matt Forte in today’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs is a sprained MCL. Charlie Casserly noted on CBS this afternoon that the team will seek more information on Monday via an MRI, so you can expect more details to come sometime late Monday or even Tuesday. For now, Jensen has the scoop:

Bears running back Matt Forte is believed to have suffered an MCL sprain in his right knee, according to a league source. Forte, though, will require further testing for he and the Bears to have a full handle on the severity of his knee injury.

He suffered the injury in the first quarter, when Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson drilled him in the right knee. He was tended to on the field, and he walked off under his own power, with a slight limp.


Justin Houston Has Coming Out Party For Kansas City Chiefs With Three Sacks

The Kansas City Chiefs have been waiting for this moment. And it was a move that the team could sense was coming.

Even last week when Justin Houston was still sackless in his NFL career, he was noticeably among the best defenders on the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Therefore, a breakout week was coming his way and it came today against the Chicago Bears. The Chiefs third round pick had a career day today, to say the least, with 7 tackles, 1 pass defensed and 3 quarterback sacks — the first three of his career.

Kansas City has long been searching for the counterpart for Tamba Hali on the field. The Chiefs have been woefully lacking the pass rush department and they drafted Houston out of Georgia for that very reason — his ability to get at the passer from the 3-4 outside linebacker spot in college. Yet thus far this year, he’s failed to deliver and no other Chiefs defender has stepped up in that role either. Now with three sacks against the Bears, he will likely be immediately christened as the new leader on the other side of the field.

Here’s hoping Houston only gets better from here and gives the Chiefs what they needed. If so, the Chiefs defense just got a whole lot beter.


Kansas City Chiefs Beat Chicago Bears Behind Another Stellar Defensive Effort

The Kansas City Chiefs have pulled off what they couldn’t quite accomplish the previous week with a road win over the Chicago Bears this afternoon with a 10-3 win that was all defense on both sides. The Chiefs defense looked as good today as it did against the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday, except this time the Chiefs got a lucky break with a hail mary touchdown pass at halftime from Tyler Palko to Dexter McCluster that gave the Chiefs all of the offense they would need.

Palko finished the game after being removed for new acquisition Kyle Orton. Orton dislocated his finger on his first play in the game, which brought Palko back in, yet that wasn’t even the story today. Instead, it was the Chiefs defense from beginning to end. The Bears turned the ball over three times — all Caleb Hanie interceptions — and the Chiefs also kept the Bears ground game at bay, allowing only 3.9 yards per rushing attempt.

Brandon Carr, Javier Arenas and Jon McGraw all caught interceptions today, but the bigger story was the Chiefs seven sacks today against the Bears. Justin Houston had a coming out party with three sacks himself.

The Bears not only lost today’s game but lost Matt Forte for a while — possibly the entire season with a knee injury. There’s nothing official to report at this point, but it doesn’t look good for the Bears going forward and now their playoff hopes are slimmer than ever. As for the Chiefs, this was a must-win game on the road to keep any hope alive and they now move to 5-7 in a division that’s a bit closer with the Raiders loss today.


Kyle Orton Injury Report: Still In Uniform On Sidelines For Chiefs

There’s not much news coming out of Kansas City on the state of the Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton, who suffered a dislocated finger upon entering the game for the Chiefs for the first time since being claimed on waivers from the Denver Broncos. In total, he was 0 for 1 and failed to generate what the Chiefs were hoping for when they claimed him. Yet the Chiefs have been lucky today to have such a strong defense and they will walk away with a win in Chicago most likely today.

As for Orton’s future, no one knows anything at this point — or at least they’re not telling. Josh Looney is reporting that Orton is still in uniform on the sidelines so he’s apparently not suffering enough to be in the locker room — giving good notice that he might still be available next week if the Chiefs want to turn that direction.


Matt Forte Injury: Reportedly Torn ACL Might Keep Bears RB Out For Season

Unfortunately for Chicago Bears fans and really for Matt Forte most of all, the talented Chicago Bears running back might be out for the rest of the season if a report is true that the back has torn his ACL in today’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Ryan Baker from CBS in Chicago is reporting, “Unconfirmed reports circulating that Matt Forte has a torn ACL and is done for the season. If true, Bears playoff hopes could be shot.”

Forte has been desiring a new contract for some time and the Bears have held out and now it seems like Forte might not get his big payday after all even though he’s played through his frustrations and provided the Bears with some incredible offense all season. He’s rushed 198 times for 985 yards and 3 touchdowns. Even more, the 25-year-old has caught another 52 catches for 490 yards on the season — on pace for around a 2,000 yard season of total offense from scrimmage.


Kyle Orton Injury Update: Chiefs Backup QB Injures Finger On First Play

With second-string quarterback Tyler Palko struggling for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Chicago Bears, Todd Haley decided to pull the string and put in the newly signed Kyle Orton into the lineup.

Then Orton went down. Quickly. Per the NFL Network's Rich Eisen's twitter account:

Kyle Orton makes first appearance as Chief...and dislocates a finger on this throwing hand. Good lord.

Tyler Palko has been re-inserted into the lineup and the Bears and Chiefs are tied 0-0 early in the second quarter. Matt Forte has also left the game with an apparent knee injury and will not return to the game for the Bears.

Here is the video of Orton's injury to his finger, he is questionable to return to the lineup for the Chiefs.

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Matt Forte Injury Update: Bears RB Out For Remainder Of Game Vs. Chiefs

When it rains it pours in Chicago. First it was Jay Cutler, now is it Matt Forte? The Bears running back left Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs with an apparent right knee injury.

Per the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora twitter account:

Matt Forte out for the day, and perhaps longer, with a knee injury. Yikes.

The Bears tailback was running the ball to the left side when his right foot planted in the field when Chiefs star linebacker Derrick Johnson tackled him on his right knee. Forte immediately went to the sideline and had his knee checked by the Chicago Bears' medical staff.

For a man who has laid his season literally on the line, you can only keep your fingers crossed that Forte will be able to return for Chicago for the remainder of the season and beyond.

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NFL Picks: Peter King Predicts Chicago Bears Will Beat Kansas City Chiefs In Week 13

In his week 13 NFL picks, Peter King follows suit with a lot of other sportswriters around the country in predicting the Chicago Bears will best the Kansas City Chiefs at Soldier Field on Sunday. The final score? Bears 22, Chiefs 12. It's an odd score, but then again, this is an odd game with a string of unlikely quarterbacks that include everyone but who it should -- Jay Cutler and Matt Cassel.

King writes, "Just think: The quarterbacks in this game by the start of the third quarter could be Josh McCown and Kyle Orton. How weird would that feel for Orton, trying to beat the team that traded him for Jay Cutler, trying to beat the team that claimed him when Cutler got hurt, trying to beat the team that wishes he were their quarterback today instead of Caleb Hanie and Josh McCown."

King also predicts the Raiders to lose to the Dolphins, the Broncos to beat the Vikings and the Chargers to beat the Jaguars.


Peter King Predicts Kyle Orton Will Back-Up Tyler Palko Against Chicago Bears

Todd Haley has been saying that Tyler Palko is the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs all week. So it’s not really surprising to hear that Sports Illustrated’s Peter King agrees that Palko will start the game against the Bears. But King also notes that he believes Orton has a timeline of his own, starting this week against the Bears.

King writes, “Today is the one-week anniversary of Orton’s first practice with the Chiefs. He probably won’t start Sunday at Chicago in his return to Soldier Field, where he started 33 games for the Bears from 2005 through 2008, but he could come off the bench early if Tyler Palko falters. Which Palko likely will do. I expect Orton to start the next two games for Kansas City after this one (at the Jets, home with Green Bay) as the Chiefs try to keep their microscopic hopes alive in the AFC West.”

The interesting note is that Orton might only start the next two games for Kansas City. In short, if the Chiefs are still alive with some sliver of hope for the playoffs, then Orton will continue to be the starter. However if the Chiefs are done by the time that Jets game rolls around, then it’s curious if Ricky Stanzi will be given a chance to grab the last two starts against the Broncos and Raiders. If so, it will mean KC used four quarterbacks this season.


Chiefs Vs. Bears: Anthony Adams Going To Miss Second Consecutive Game

The Chicago Bears will be missing a key member of their defensive interior on Sunday for the second consecutive game as Anthony Adams is reportedly not going to be available for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. ESPN’s Jeff Dickerson reports that Adams and D.J. Moore will both be unavailable for the game:

Adams will be listed as questionable after he suffered a back injury in the middle of the week, which kept the defensive lineman off the practice field on Thursday and Friday. He was inactive last week in Oakland as the Bears opted to dress a fellow defensive tackle Matt Toeaina, instead of Adams.

Meantime, nickel back D.J. Moore is questionable to return to action this weekend after missing the previous two games due to a sprained ankle. If Moore is inactive for the third consecutive week, Corey Graham will once again handle the nickel duties versus Kansas City. The Bears defense hasn’t missed a beat with Graham, who has intercepted a pass in each of the last three contests while filling in for Moore.

Adams has only 12 tackles on the season so far, but he’s definitely a large force on the front line of a defense that misses his presence.


Chiefs Vs. Bears: Marion Barber Could Play Large Role For Chicago

Matt Forte will earn his share of the carries on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. After all, he's been a force all season for the team. However, Brad Biggs of the National Football Post says that another running back could enter the picture Sunday for the Chiefs to watch for: Marion Barber.

"The Bears continue to lean on complementary running back Marion Barber more," he writes. "He got 10 carries for 63 yards last week at Oakland and his downhill running style has fit what the offense has been able to produce on the ground recently. In the last three games, Barber has 30 carries and starter Matt Forte has 50, showing you offensive coordinator Mike Martz is comfortable mixing it up. Opponents have focused on limiting cutback lanes for Forte and he’s danced around the hole too much, leading to more chances for Barber."

He's been especially useful in the red zone with 5 touchdowns on the season, and he has 237 total rushing yards on the year in 62 carries.


Chiefs Vs. Bears: Caleb Hanie Has His Own Future On Line Against KC

Young quarterbacks hope for the chance to shine in the spotlight for a number of reasons -- from gaining a starting spot to earning a major paycheck. Caleb Hanie of the Chicago Bears gets that chance on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, and Albert Breer says this is a prime chance for him to earn that check this off-season.

"A fourth-year pro, Hanie is an interesting spot to compete for the eyes of clubs that might try and bargain shop for quarterbacks in the offseason, and get into a group that could include fellow young veterans Matt Flynn (Packers) and Brian Hoyer (Patriots)," writes Breer.

"Hanie's story is an interesting one, too, that relates back to Romo. In 2003, Romo was considering offers as an undrafted free agent, and took less to go to Dallas, rather than Denver (Mike Shanahan was an Eastern Illinois QB just like Romo) where the quarterback situation was more settled. Five years later, Hanie came into the NFL, and made a similar decision, that tied him to Romo, as the Cowboys came after him as an undrafted free agent. Because Romo had just signed a six-year deal with Dallas, he saw more opportunity in Chicago, and took less money to go there. Now, the decision could well pay off, not to the degree it did for Romo, but for similar reasons."

Hanie hopes to make a strong showing against a Chiefs team losing any remaining grip on the season fast, but their defense is their strong suit. They already made Ben Roethlisberger work for a win and Hanie should expect the same.


Casey Wiegmann Injury Means Chiefs Could Be In Serious Trouble Along Offensive Line

Casey Wiegmann has been a staple in the middle for the Kansas City Chiefs over these last two seasons and for several before this for any team he’s suited up for. The center has played in 170 consecutive games and has played in 10,838 consecutive snaps since 2001, according to Josh Looney. Now he might be out with a finger injury.

This is very problematic for a Chiefs offensive line that’s already down a guard who is limited in practice in Ryan Lilja. The Chiefs have Rodney Hudson who can be versatile along the offensive interior, but he obviously cannot fill both slots. Jon Asamoah and Lilja are both needed if Hudson will man the middle. On the official depth chart, Hudson is the only back-up to all three interior spots.

The team also dropped Jared Gaither from the roster and brought David Mims to join Steve Maneri as the only back-up linemen on the roster. In other words, if the Chiefs suffer an injury of any kind to anyone along the front five, they are going to be in serious trouble.


Kansas City Chiefs Injury Report, Week 13: Ryan Lilja, Demorrio Williams Only Limited Players

Even though the Kansas City Chiefs are dealing with major injury issues, most notably with their franchise quarterback Matt Cassel and their franchise tailback Jamaal Charles (injured back in week 1) being placed on injured reserve and being out for the remainder of the season.

The secondary's back healthy, the defensive line has given maximum effort and the wide receivers have been effective when given the opportunity. The bigger question that needs to be addressed is, how good is this roster that Scott Pioli and Todd Haley put together? Are they still in rebuild mode, or were expectations too high after a 10-6 season in 2010?

Here is the injury report on the Chiefs as they prepare for the Chicago Bears.

Limited participation: G Ryan Lilja (head), LB Demorrio Williams (groin)

For more insights and analysis on the Chiefs, check out SB Nation blog Arrowhead Pride. For more insights and analysis on the Bears, check out SB Nation blog Windy City Gridiron.


Chiefs Vs. Bears: Tyler Palko Will Get Another Start Versus Chicago

News coming out of the Kansas City Chiefs organization is that Tyler Palko will get another start for the club as they prepare to face off against the Chicago Bears. While Kyle Orton, who claimed off waivers last week, has been taking some first team reps with the Chiefs offense is still miles away from being ready to play and is learning on the fly just to be a backup for Todd Haley's club.

Per a tweet by Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star:

"Tyler's the starter. We're getting Kyle ready to play. He might have to play." -- Todd Haley

It could've been high drama for Orton and the Chiefs, as the Chicago Bears were primed and ready to bring the former Chicago hurler back into the Windy City and take over the reigns with Jay Cutler possibly being out for the season.

For more insights and analysis on the Chiefs, check out SB Nation blog Arrowhead Pride. For more insights and analysis on the Bears, check out SB Nation blog Windy City Gridiron.

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