Top 5 Headlines 9/27: Aggressiveness Successful on Punt Returns

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1. Chiefs' punt-return aggressiveness pays off

By Rustin Dodd - The Kansas City Star

"During the Chiefs' 34 victory over the Dolphins last Sunday, punt returner Frankie Hammond fielded two punts inside the 5-yard line. In the moment, the returns may have looked risky, but Hammond had explicit instructions from Chiefs special-teams coach Dave Toub.

"Our game plan in that game, we knew that we were going to get some low-driving punts," Toub said. "We told Frankie: 'Be aggressive,' and that' really what we told him, and he was doing exactly what we wanted him to do."   READ MORE...

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Kansas City Chiefs practice at the outdoor training facility on September 25, 2014 before their Monday Night Football Game vs the Patriots.

2. Patriots vs. Chiefs preview

By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com

"The Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) and New England Patriots (2-1) meet in this week's "Monday Night Football" game at Arrowhead Stadium. It's the first game between the teams in Kansas City since 2005 and only the third Tom Brady has played at Arrowhead.

The Chiefs won their first game of the season 34-15 last week against the Dolphins in Miami. The Patriots have won two straight, including last week's 16-9 home win over the Oakland Raiders."    READ MORE...

3. Chiefs benefit from bold punt returns

By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com

"The days when a punt returner was told to dig in his heels at the 10-yard line and never retreat to catch a kick might have been less stressful but also less exciting.

Kansas City Chiefs punt returner Frankie Hammond Jr. prefers things the way they are now, when he's given permission to field and return anything he sees fit, anywhere on the field. Hammond fielded two punts inside the 5 in last week's game against the Miami Dolphins."    READ MORE...

4. Chiefs' Kelce, Pats' Gronk have much in common

By AP - Yahoo Sports

"Travis Kelce snagged the pass from Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. He raced toward the sideline and then turned up field, diving from about the 4-yard line and just nicking the pylon. The 20-yard touchdown catch last week against Miami was certainly highlight worthy.

As for the little shimmy Kelce did to celebrate? Well, let's just say the second-year tight end won't impress Len Goodman or the rest of the judges from ''Dancing With the Stars'' anytime soon."    READ MORE...

5. Chiefs ask fans to be #LoudandProud for Monday Night Football

By James Dornbrook - Kansas City Business Journal

"About to host their first Monday Night Football game in three years, the Kansas City Chiefs plan to put their fans in a prominent role throughout the game.

The Chiefs are asking fans to bring healthy voices to Monday's game against the New England Patriots. The 7:30 p.m. game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN."    READ MORE...

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