KANSAS CITY, Mo. – All the anticipation from the past 10 weeks lead to Sunday, as the Chiefs (9-0) travel to Denver in an AFC West showdown against the Broncos (8-1).
The Chiefs officially returned Monday from Week 10’s bye and began preparations as a team, which included a practice.
It’s no secret what they did.
“We worked a little bit on Denver,” coach Andy Reid said during Monday’s media conference call. “And a little bit more on Denver.”
Of course, the hype leading to Sunday night is in full bloom. But Reid didn’t appear concerned if his players will have issues maintaining focus or blocking out distractions.
“I don’t think focus is where your emphasis goes on this game,” Reid said. “They’re going to be focused. They’re playing a good football team and that’s just how it works.”
Reid said it’s important for his players to stay the course with a weekly routine of preparation much like they’ve done all season.
Additionally, the Chiefs will respect the Broncos as they study Denver’s scheme ahead of the game.
“That’s how you go about doing your business,” Reid said. “You don’t want to get caught up in all the other distractions that come with a Sunday night game or playing the Denver Broncos. You want to get yourself prepared to play a good football team.”
Notes: In light of recent events with the Miami Dolphins, Reid indicated he doesn’t tolerate hazing … “We’re not a hazing team,” Reid said. “I don’t encourage that, so that’s not how we operate”… Reid said his philosophy against hazing came from Bill Walsh and Mike Holmgren … Reid said defensive lineman Mike Catapano (ankle) practiced Monday … “He moved around OK,” Reid said of Catapano. “We’ll see how he does comes Wednesday” … Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning underwent an MRI on his ankle … Manning is expected to start against the Chiefs, Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network reports on Twitter.
On Peyton Manning’s ankle, post-MRI: “He will start Sunday,” source said. Tests revealed a simple reaggravation of previous injury.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 11, 2013