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Arrowhead Report: Friday, October 8th

Posted Oct 8, 2010

Tyson Jackson practices in full and is listed as Questionable for Sunday; Ryan O'Callaghan too

The Chiefs took things indoors for their final practice before heading to Indianapolis. They’ll gather again on Saturday morning for a walk-thru before boarding a flight to Indianapolis later in the day. Kansas City is trying to become just the fourth team since 2000 to orchestrate a one-season turnaround from 0-4 to 4-0.

“We went inside to get on some turf because of where we’re playing,” Haley said. “I don’t think it is exact, but it at least gives us a chance to run around inside on some field turf, which I think is good for our guys.

Haley has recently used Friday practices to mock gameday playing conditions as closely as possible. Before the San Francisco game, Haley had his team practicing at Arrowhead. Prior to the San Diego contest, the Chiefs were conducting night practices.

Peyton Manning’s Sack Numbers

The Chiefs have done a decent job getting to the quarterback this season, scoring 8.0 sacks over the first three games. This weekend, however, history shows that getting to Peyton Manning will be a difficult task.

Since the Colts became a perennial playoff power in 2002, Manning has been sacked just 134 times in 132 regular season games. He’s attempted 4,477 passes over that time span, averaging a takedown in only 3% of his passing attempts. That’s roughly 34 pass attempts for every sack allowed.

“Peyton is one of the best guys in the NFL and we know it’s a tough task,” Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said. “We hope that we can just disrupt him a little bit and know that it’s hard to get him on the ground but if we can disrupt him and screw up the timing a little then maybe we can help ourselves.”

Of course, the last time that the Chiefs faced Manning they beat the law of averages by sacking him twice in 32 throws (11/18/07).

Manning owns a 6-1 career record against the Chiefs including post-season games. He’s completed 155-of-239 pass attempts for 1,971 yards with 13 TDs and 7 INTs. His quarterback rating against the Chiefs stands at 96.4.

“Peyton keeps a lot of defensive players up at night,” LB Derrick Johnson. “He’s the best quarterback in the league; tremendous arm, smart guy and he doesn’t make many mistakes. When he does make mistakes, we are going to have to capitalize.”

Capitalizing off opponent turnovers has been a major factor in the Chiefs beginning the season undefeated. Thus far, the Chiefs carry only a +1 turnover ratio, but they are +24 in points off turnovers.

Jackson/O’Callaghan Both Questionable

Tyson Jackson (knee) and Ryan O’Callaghan (groin) continued to progress well from their respective injuries on Friday. Each was an upgraded to a full participant in practice on Friday, signaling the first time that either has reached that status since originally becoming injured. Jackson was hurt on September 13th against the San Diego Chargers and O’Callaghan went down in practice way back on August 24th.  

As expected, each player will be listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

There isn’t any word on whether or not either player will return to their respective starting roles when healthy. All Haley has said on the matter is that he will play the player that gives the Chiefs the best chance to win.

Barry Richardson has started the first three games of the season at right tackle in place of O’Callaghan and Shaun Smith has started the previous two weeks at left defensive end for Jackson.

Missing practice for the third consecutive day with an ankle injury was Reshard Langford. Langford is listed as doubtful for this weekend’s contest.

Indianapolis’ final injury report is as follows…

Out (3): LB Kavell Conner (foot), WR Anthony Gonzalez (ankle), DB Bob Sanders (biceps)

Doubtful: None

Questionable (10): RB Donald Brown (hamstring), RB Mike Hart (knee), T Charlie Johnson (foot), T Jacob Lacey (foot), DB Antoine Bethea (hamstring), WR Austin Collie (foot), RB Joseph Addai (knee), WR Pierre Garcon (hamstring), DB Brandon King (hamstring), G Jamey Richard (shoulder)

Probable (3): LB Gary Brackett (back), LB Clint Session (hamstring), WR Reggie Wayne (knee)

National Chiefs Coverage

A number of Chiefs fans have voiced their displeasure with the lack of national attention that the Chiefs’ 3-0 start is getting. Then, of course, there are also the fans that prefer the team stay “under the radar” so to speak.

But for those of you who are looking for more national coverage, there has been a bump in the attention this week at Arrowhead. Maybe you missed some of these…

Earlier this week, Haley was a guest on ESPN’s Jim Rome Is Burning. The Chiefs were also featured on the front page of USA Today on Thursday with an excellent column written by Steve Wieberg (The Unappreciated Undefeated Team: Chiefs have lots to prove). Also, ESPN.com’s Greg Garber wrote a column on Thursday titled Undefeated Chiefs Exceed Expectations.

Today, Alex Marvez was in town to cover the Chiefs for FoxSports.com and Ed Werder of ESPN was in town earlier this week. Look for Werder’s piece on the Chiefs to air on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown at 11:00 AM (CST) this Sunday.

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