Top 5 Headlines 12/17: Focusing On Pittsburgh

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

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1. Chiefs' Vance Walker focused on playoffs, not beating old team

By Terez Paylor - The Kansas City Star

"Chiefs defensive end Vance Walker, who was signed as a free agent this offseason, recorded a half-sack in a start against his old team, the Raiders, on Sunday.

But if Walker was taking any delight in that, he wasn't showing it after the game."    READ MORE…

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The Kansas City Chiefs rookie club and community caring team visit the Children's Center Campus to interact with the children during their classes.

2. Chiefs could use more from De'Anthony Thomas

By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com

"Special teams coordinator Dave Toub called the shot, sort of. Toub predicted last week that Kansas City Chiefs rookie De'Anthony Thomas would bust a long punt return when the outside blockers, or jammers, did a better job in handling the opposition's outside coverage players.

It happened in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders. Marcus Cooper and Kelcie McCray on one side and Kurt Coleman and Jamell Fleming on the other took care of Oakland's gunners."    READ MORE…

3. Chiefs defensive end Jaye Howard eager to follow teammate Allen Bailey's example

By Terez Paylor - The Kansas City Star

"When Allen Bailey signed his four-year, $25 million extension with the Chiefs in mid-November, one of the first calls he made was to his teammate, buddy and fellow defensive end Jaye Howard.

"I was going to pick up some (Air Jordans) when he told me he was going to get the deal," Howard said. "And I was like 'Congrats man, you deserve it.'" "    READ MORE…

4. Opponent Profile: Steelers Host Chiefs In Week 16

By Christina Rivers - CBS Sports

"The Pittsburgh Steelers went on the road for two weeks straight earning two wins, the most recent against the Atlanta Falcons. Both games were tests for the Steelers who look to be coming together at just the right time this season on offense and defense. On Sunday, the Steelers will host a Kansas City Chiefs team that is coming off of a 31-13 win over the Oakland Raiders. The Chiefs haven't been spectacular in 2014, but the Steelers have had their own share of messy and mediocre games. With both teams fighting for entrance into the 2014 NFL playoff picture, Sunday's game winner will have to earn it.

Kansas City head coach Andy Reid is familiar to the Pittsburgh Steelers and he has been under a ton of scrutiny this season from fans. After a three-game losing streak, Reid insisted the Chiefs has just lost their swagger and that it would show up again. His statements could have blown up in his face if the Chiefs hadn't had a five-minute rebound during the second half of week 15's game. Clinging to a slim 10-6 lead in the third quarter, Kansas City defense recovered a fumble and the offense caught on fire."    READ MORE…

5. Parity? A.F.C. Becomes a Conference of Haves and Have-Nots

By Chase Stuart - New York Times

"The New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos have the two best records in the A.F.C. The Indianapolis Colts are the class of the A.F.C. South, but no other team in the division has a winning record.

The Cincinnati Bengals are first in the North while the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens, longtime division heavyweights, are tied for second. The San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs cannot challenge the Broncos in the West, but both teams have winning records."    READ MORE…

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