Top 5 Headlines 11/3: Justin Houston is in the zone

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1. Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston has taken rushing the passer to the highest level

By Sam Mellinger - The Kansas City Star

"Tamba Hali is standing in front of his locker wearing nothing but shorts, eye black and a few blades of grass from another Chiefs win. He played well, again, but it's been a few years since the star first understood that he was no longer the Chiefs' best pass rusher.

That's usually a hard thing for a proud athlete to recognize and see, let alone vocalize, but Hali has always been different than most of his peers. Besides, the talent he sees while watching tape and the hard work during the week have robbed Hali of any desire to even pretend that Justin Houston isn't the better player. "    READ MORE…

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2. Chiefs' Priest Holmes relishes Ring of Honor ceremony on Sunday

By Terez Paylor - The Kansas City Star

"Once Priest Holmes saw the spot in the Chiefs' Ring of Honor that that had been carved out just for him Sunday afternoon — it was covered by a black curtain for the entire first half — he vowed not to look at it again until his on-field ceremony at Arrowhead Stadium

But once halftime rolled around, and the highlights of Holmes' seven-year Chiefs career stopped playing on the JumboTron videoboard, Holmes proudly looked up as the curtain fell and he officially became the 44th entrant into the Chiefs Hall of Fame. "    READ MORE…

3. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is indispensable in this offense

By Vahe Gregorian - The Kansas City Star

"By about any measure, even for the misguided who dismiss or underestimate him as a robotic "game manager," quarterback Alex Smith had a dynamite debut season with the Chiefs in 2013.

For starters, he passed for 3,313 yards and rushed for 431 more to shepherd them from a 2-14 2012 season to a 9-0 start and into the playoffs. "    READ MORE…

4. It's better to be lucky than good -- and right now, the Chiefs are both

By Sean Keeler - Fox Sports

"It's just like Grandma used to say: Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. Or, in the case of Anthony Fasano, when you whiff on a cut block near the goal line.

"I was looking out to see if the pass was completed," the Kansas City Chiefs' tight end said of one of the strangest touchdowns you'll see in an NFL game, the comic -- and karmic -- highlight of a 24-10 win over the New York Jets, "and it just popped into my hands.""    READ MORE…

5. Chiefs' offensive line protects Alex Smith and his tender shoulder

By Randy Covitz - The Kansas City Star

"Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith wasn't sacked until his very last pass of the game on Sunday.

And that one was purpose, as Smith chose to take the sack and keep the clock running as opposed to throwing an incompletion at the end of the Chiefs' 24-10 victory over the New York Jets. "    READ MORE…

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