KANSAS CITY, Mo. Jay Graham Jersey . - The last 10 days could not have gone much worse for the Kansas City Chiefs.Beginning with a humiliating loss to Oakland, a team that had lost 16 consecutive games, and ending with the sobering and talented safety Eric Berry could have lymphoma, it has been a period marked by frustration, anxiety and uncertainty.Its been a tough week for us. Its a lot going on, running back Jamaal Charles said, but at the same time, we have to start getting focused. We have a big game this week.The Chiefs (7-4) welcome the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos (8-3) to Arrowhead Stadium.The game Sunday night between two bitter rivals has a little more riding on it this time around. After Kansas City lost a competitive game in Denver in Week 2, the beleaguered team needs a victory over Peyton Manning and Co. if it wants any shot at winning the division.Were playing at home, a great environment to be playing a division team — we know we got to win this game, Charles said. This game is a go-out-there-and-get-it win. We know we have a tough challenge with a Hall of Famer and a great defence coming to town. I think were up for that challenge this week. We control our own destiny right now.So do the Broncos. Not only would a victory give them a stranglehold on the West, it would allow them to keep within striking distance of New England for the AFCs best record.They have the same goals that we have. Its really about who wants it more, Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said. Well have our hands full.Its not as if the Broncos havent had to overcome their own adversity lately.After losing Montee Ball to a groin injury and Ronnie Hillman to a foot issue, they have leaned on second-year, third-string running back C.J. Anderson to balance the offence.Tight end Julius Thomas remained limited in practice this week after hurting his ankle Nov. 16 against St. Louis. Linebacker Brandon Marshall could be sidelined with a concussion, leaving a rotating cast of characters to take over his job. And then theres placekicker, where they signed veteran Connor Barth this week to replace first-year pro Brandon McManus.This team has good flexibility, Manning said, and I think that is important when you have a 16-game season for a player to be able to move to a different spot; to be able to run different types of plays and different types of formations and win games different types of ways. I think that is important for any team and I feel this team can do that.Still, can they do it in a hostile environment? The Broncos are unbeaten in six games at home, but theyre just 2-3 on the road, including a stunning loss to St. Louis a couple of weeks ago.That crowd can cause communication problems for teams, Manning said, and so that is what you have to home in on all week, whether its practicing with the crowd noise and really being on top of the game plan. You need to protect the ball, certainly, like in any game, but especially on the road and try to be good in the red zone, try to really fight crazy there.There are plenty of subplots to the game, too, including a few players with personal stakes in the outcome. Here are a few more things to keep an eye on:BIG VICK: Chiefs defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson was released by Denver in August. Even though hes been limited with a calf injury this week, he vowed to be on the field against his old team. Im rolling Sunday, he said. You cant stop me out of this one.HEAVY HEART: Charles is dedicating the game to two teenagers who drowned in a Missouri farm pond last weekend. He recalled this week meeting one of them at training camp a few of years ago.ABOUT ARROWHEAD: Sure, it can be an intimidating place, and the Broncos were terrible there once upon a time. But they have not lost in Kansas City since 2010. I think weve won every game weve been there since Ive been here, Denver coach John Fox said.STOPPING PEYTON: The Chiefs have yet to allow a 300-yard passer this season — not Tom Brady, Philip Rivers or Manning, who had 242 yards passing against them in September. The key thing with him is you get him to third down and youve got to win enough to get off the field, Chiefs defensive co-ordinator Bob Sutton said, because hes going to complete passes.REINFORCEMENTS: The Chiefs signed Jason Avant last week to bolster one of the NFLs worst wide receiver corps. Avant played for Kansas City coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia and should be up to speed in time to play Sunday. I know I can play, said Avant, who was released by Carolina. If you ever see me play, Im a very competitive person. I like to prove those people right that acquired me.___AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL Justin Ellis Jersey . Dallas also Monday recalled defenceman Aaron Rome from his conditioning assignment with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League and assigned goaltender Jack Campbell to the AHL squad. Ray Lewis Jersey . Listen to the Raptors vs. Jazz live tonight on TSN Radio 1050 at 9pm et/6pm pt. The Raptors are 1-1 so far on the five-game junket after defeating Denver and losing to Portland.ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Defenceman Mark Fistric has agreed to a three-year, $3.8 million contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks announced the deal Wednesday with Fistric, who has become a regular on the blue line in his first season with the overall NHL leaders. Fistric has five points and a plus-8 rating in 27 games with the Ducks, who signed him as a free agent in August. The hard--hitting defenceman is second on the Ducks with 123 hits despite playing in only about half of their games this season. Jaylon Ferguson Jersey. . The former first-round pick didnt crack Anaheims lineup until mid-November when defenceman Luca Sbisa injured his right hand. Fistric also has played for Dallas and Edmonton during his NHL career. He scored six points for the Oilers last season. ' ' '
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