Top 5 Headlines 11/14: Despite Injuries, Chiefs Defense has Thrived

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1. Chiefs' defense was supposed to be decimated by injuries; instead, it has thrived

By Sam Mellinger - The Kansas City Star

"Remember how dominating the Chiefs were on defense during last year's 9-0 start? What if you read that in some real ways, they're even better during this 6-3 start — without Johnson and defensive lineman Mike DeVito for virtually the entire season, and safety Eric Berry for most of it?

Consider this: Compared to the same point last year, the 2014 Chiefs have given up fewer passing yards, fewer rushing yards and fewer first downs. They're second in the league in fewest points allowed, and if we're measuring them against the first nine games of last year, they're doing this with rummies like the Jaguars and Raiders replaced by powerhouses like the Broncos and Patriots."    READ MORE…

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2. After sluggish start, Chiefs flying high at 6-3

By AP - Washinton Times

"The Chiefs won their first nine games a year ago, streaking toward the playoffs under new coach Andy Reid.

They were the darlings of the NFL, its biggest surprise. Then they stumbled down the stretch and were beaten in the wild-card round by the Colts."    READ MORE…

3. With foundations built in similar way, Seahawks, Chiefs appear to be mirror images

By AP - Fox News

"The Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs are in many ways mirror images of each other.

The Seahawks have a dominant ground game led by Marshawn Lynch, the Chiefs a potent ground attack led by Jamaal Charles. Both teams have stingy defenses, mobile quarterbacks and rosters not made up of high-priced acquisitions but of unheralded and late-round draft picks."    READ MORE…

4. Chiefs' Ron Parker plays every snap with his brother in mind

By Randy Covitz - The Kansas City Star

"Like most identical twins, Ron and Don Parker were inseparable. Especially on the athletic fields where they grew up near the southern tip of South Carolina.

They dominated their youth leagues in football, basketball and baseball to the point where parents asked to see their birth certificates for proof of age. "    READ MORE…

5. Seahawks liked Ron Parker so much they cut him five times

By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com

"Pete Carroll, as coach of the Seattle Seahawks, cut defensive back Ron Parker five times before Parker established his career with the Kansas City Chiefs this season.

Carroll, who coaches the Seahawks against Parker and the Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, said that placing Parker on waivers five times was actually a sign of how much the Seahawks thought of Parker."    READ MORE…

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