Top 5 Headlines 10/29: Rodney Hudson Anchors the O-line

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1. Chiefs center Rodney Hudson bounces back from injury to anchor offensive line

By Terez Paylor - The Kansas City Star

"Rodney Hudson snapped the football, shuffled to his left and took off straight down the line of scrimmage. What happened moments later offered proof that the Chiefs' fourth-year center is finally back to normal, just two years after suffering a serious leg injury.

This was Oct. 19, the third quarter of the Chiefs' 23-20 win over the San Diego Chargers, and the Chiefs' fourth-year center was pulling into the flat on one of coach Andy Reid's trademark screens. "    READ MORE…

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2. Give Chiefs credit for recognizing Husain Abdullah's ability

By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com

"After lousy play at free safety helped cause a defensive meltdown the last half of last season and in the playoff loss, the Kansas City Chiefs were under plenty of pressure to find a quality replacement for Kendrick Lewis. It made sense they would spend heavily in free agency or use their first round draft pick on a safety.

The Chiefs deserve credit for finding the solution right under their collective nose. They re-signed and then promoted Husain Abdullah, who was their fourth safety last sesaon. Abdullah isn't the only reason the Chiefs have greatly reduced the number of long pass plays they've allowed. The other safety, Ron Parker, is also playing well. Sean Smith is one of the league's top-rated cornerbacks by Pro Football Focus. "    READ MORE…

3. Inside Slant: NFL Week 8 QB Report

By Kevin Seifert - ESPN.com

"Let's take our weekly deep dive into the Sunday performance of five NFL quarterbacks, using data supplied by analyst Jacob Nitzberg via ESPN Stats & Information. After all, the numbers don't always speak for themselves. (For all Inside Slant posts, including the weekly QB Report, follow this link. For a full statistical breakdown of all NFL quarterbacks, see ESPN.com's QBR page.) "    READ MORE…

4. The Film Don't Lie: Chiefs

By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com

"A weekly look at what the Kansas City Chiefs must fix:

Perhaps quarterback Alex Smith will go downfield with the ball more during Sunday's game against the New York Jets at Arrowhead Stadium than he did in last week's win over the St. Louis Rams. But even given the problems the Jets' pass defense has had, it's probably smarter to think the Chiefs' dink-and-dunk passing game will continue. "    READ MORE…

5. Chiefs will honor American Indian Heritage Month

By James Dornbrook - KC Business Journal

"The Kansas City Chiefs teamed up with the American Indian Community Working Group to set up a major celebration of American Indian Heritage Month at Arrowhead Stadium.

The event comes after a year in which Native American groups, civil rights activists and even elected officials have pressured Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the name of his team. The debate about the use of names and logos viewed as offensive to Native Americans hasn't involved the Chiefs to this point, but it has made teams more sensitive about their brands, logos and game-day traditions."    READ MORE…

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