Top 5 Headlines 11/17: Chiefs are Tied for First in the AFC West

Daily headlines to keep you up-to-date on the latest Chiefs news from local and national media

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1. Chiefs all of a sudden an AFC West contender, beat Seahawks

By AP - kcchiefs.com

"The Chiefs' Jamaal Charles got the better of Seattle's Marshawn Lynch in a tantalizing matchup between two of the NFL's top running backs.

Charles can thank Kansas City's defense for clinching the win."    READ MORE…

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2. Chiefs took challenge of stopping Seattle's running game personally

By Terez Paylor - The Kansas City Star

"Kevin Vickerson finally allowed himself to smile following the Chiefs' 24-20 win over the Seahawks on Sunday.

Understand, the process of getting his mind right — i.e., drawing the internal fuel necessary to play angry and aggressively — for Sunday's showdown against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks had begun days earlier. "    READ MORE…

3. Misfits no more: Chiefs have ridden a 'no-name' defense into first place

By Sean Keeler - Fox Sports Kansas City

"If Seattle has the Legion of Boom, Kansas City's defense is the Island of Misfit Toys. The overlooked, the under-scouted, spare parts with enough chips on their collective shoulders to fill a plastic bowl.

From July 2011 through December 2012, defensive back Ron Parker was cut by three different teams -- including the Seahawks -- at least six different times. Defensive end Kevin Vickerson has been whacked by three different teams -- there's the Seahawks again -- and traded away by another. Fellow lineman Jaye Howard was cut by Seattle 15 months ago, about the same time Cleveland lopped linebacker James-Michael Johnson. Safety Husain Abdullah spent a year away from the NFL to make a pilgramage to Mecca. Cornerback Phillip Gaines played college ball at Rice."    READ MORE…

4. Ron Parker embodies the workmanlike success of the Chiefs

By Vahe Gregorian - The Kansas City Star

"Jamaal Charles is the ultimate current Chief, a transcendent star who will be celebrated in Chiefs lore for generations to come.

Alex Smith and Justin Houston stand atop a tier of essential Chiefs, players so fundamental that the season could be jeopardized without them. "    READ MORE…

5. How the Chiefs won by being tougher than the NFL's toughest team

By Sam Mellinger - The Kansas City Star

"Wins and losses are decided on a razor's edge. The difference between glory and defeat is often an inch here, a foot there, decided between men bigger than anyone you are likely to run into in your normal life colliding as hard as they can and seeing where the ball ends up.

This is how the Chiefs earned the win of their season so far. Twice. "    READ MORE…

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