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Top 5 Headlines 12/9: How the Chiefs Fit into Playoff Picture

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


1. Here's how Chiefs fit (or don't fit) into playoff picture

By Adam Teicher -

"The Kansas City Chiefs are in danger of becoming extinct from the AFC playoff race. They dropped to 7-6 after Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Here is our weekly look at the Chiefs' place in the AFC playoff picture.

Where the Chiefs stand: They are 7-6 and in third place in the AFC West. They are one of five AFC teams with a 7-6 record, and are a game behind the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers. The Steelers and Chargers are 8-5 and currently in possession of the AFC's two wild-card spots. The Chiefs are also behind three other teams in the race for wild-card spots: the 8-5 Baltimore Ravens, the 7-6 Houston Texans and the 7-6 Miami Dolphins. The Texans and Dolphins are currently ahead of the Chiefs because they have a better record against AFC opponents."    READ MORE…

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2. Chiefs linebacker Joe Mays eager to contribute after first start

By Kathleen Gier - The Kansas City Star

"Watching the Chiefs struggling from the sidelines has not been easy for veteran linebacker Joe Mays. So when he got his first opportunity to start this weekend, you better believe he was ready.

Mays played 34 snaps on defense and nine on special teams in Sunday's 17-14 loss at Arizona. He had previously appeared in five games since coming off wrist surgery in August. He tallied five tackles including one for loss."    READ MORE…

3. Tests reveal Chiefs safety Eric Berry has Hodgkin's lymphoma

By Terez Paylor - The Kansas City Star

"The test results for Chiefs safety Eric Berry are back, and they revealed what the team originally feared two weeks ago: The 25-year old has lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system.

More specifically, Berry has Hodgkin lymphoma, which accounts for about 10 percent of lymphoma cases and is considered to be highly curable."    READ MORE…

4. Chiefs A-Z: Looking back at their 17-14 loss to Arizona

By Vahe Gregorian - The Kansas City Star

" An A-Z rewind of the Chiefs' 17-14 loss to Arizona on Sunday and a fast-forward look ahead:

A is for absurd, the penalty call on tight end Anthony Fasano that cost the Chiefs a game-breaking touchdown (and was compounded a play later when quarterback Alex Smith threw an interception) and the ruling on tight end Travis Kelce's fumble deep in Arizona territory late in the fourth quarter."    READ MORE…

5. 3 in the Kee: Chiefs' lack of big plays and takeaways is turning this season toxic

By Sean Keeler - Fox Sports

"A fun season is turning all toxic again.

For weeks -- and by weeks, we mean months -- the Kansas City Chiefs, while overcoming injuries and chasing a postseason berth, were doing it while on the wrong side of a very pivotal NFL stat: toxic differential. As defined by the stat-tracking site, toxic differential is the difference between big-yardage plays made (10 or more yards on a rush; 25 or more yards on a pass) and big-yardage plays given up, added to the difference between takeaways and giveaways. The higher the number, the better."    READ MORE…

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