Top 5 Headlines 12/4: Cardinals will be Wary of Justin Houston

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1. Arizona Cardinals will be wary of Chiefs' Justin Houston on pass plays

By Terez Paylor - The Kansas City Star

"It's no surprise that the quarterback the Chiefs will try to thwart this week, the Arizona Cardinals' Drew Stanton, has pored over tape of the Chiefs' dispiriting 29-16 loss to the Broncos on Sunday.

In the same vein, it's also not a surprise that Stanton has a clear recollection of C.J. Anderson's 15-yard touchdown reception from that game, in which the Broncos caught the Chiefs in a bad coverage — outside linebacker Justin Houston had man-to-man coverage with the slippery Anderson, who beat him over the middle on an angle route."    READ MORE…

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2. Do Chiefs have best playoff shot among 7-5 teams?

By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com

"We already know that if the NFL season ended today, the Kansas City Chiefs would not be in the playoffs.

Fortunately for the Chiefs, the playoff field won't be determined for another four games and things can change dramatically by then. ESPN's Stats and Info Group thinks they will."    READ MORE…

3. Chiefs battle against backs continue this week

By AP - kcchiefs.com

"This should be the week the Chiefs get right on defense. Arizona running back Andre Ellington is banged up and may not play and the Cardinals have quite a cast of unknowns backing him up.

Of course, even the unknowns have been gouging Kansas City the past few weeks."    READ MORE…

4. Chiefs-Cardinals Preview

By AP - kcchiefs.com

"Bruce Arians is remaining quite calm for a coach who has watched the Arizona Cardinals' NFC West lead dwindle during a two-game slide, choosing instead to focus on the positives that led them to the top of the division.

The Kansas City Chiefs aren't in nearly as enviable of a position while dealing with a skid that is threatening their playoff chances in the AFC."    READ MORE…

5. Alex Smith: 'No time to panic' for struggling Chiefs

By Tom Pelissero - USA Today

"Two weeks ago, the Kansas City Chiefs were riding a five-game win streak into a tie for the AFC West lead. Then came a stunning Nov. 20 loss to the previously winless Oakland Raiders, followed by Sunday's one-sided defeat against the Denver Broncos.

Now Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is in much the same position he was amid a similar slide at this time a year ago: urging everyone to breathe with a critical visit to the Arizona Cardinals coming up next."    READ MORE…

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