Countdown to Kickoff

Countdown to Kickoff
FOX Football Gameday Host

Sparks is the Afternoon Drive host on 101 The FOX and an all-around sports FAN that brings years of Gameday coverage experience! Having talked football with the best of the best from Sports Talk Legends to Vegas Odds Makers he will be the MAN to get your SPARK ignited and make sure you're READY for GAMEDAY!

Sparks

FOX Football Gameday Host

Sparks is the Afternoon Drive host on 101 The FOX and an all-around sports FAN that brings years of Gameday coverage experience! Having talked football with the best of the best from Sports Talk Legends to Vegas Odds Makers he will be the MAN to get your SPARK ignited and make sure you’re READY for GAMEDAY!

Kendall Gammon

Countdown to Kickoff Host

Kendall is a 15-year NFL veteran Pro-Bowl Long Snapper known for his years of broadcasting with 101 The Fox on Gameday. Kendall and the team will discuss what happened, what’s next and what to expect with special guests and expert analysis from around the league as we get ready for kickoff.

Dani Welniak

KCTV5 News Sports Anchor

Dani Welniak is a former pro footballer herself sporting her own Women’s Championship Super Bowl ring. Her experience on the field gives her a strong understanding of gameday strategy. Listen every week as she breaks down the defense and what KC must do to contain the opponents offense.

BJ Kissel

NFL Insider

Every gameday we will check in with Local Sports Expert BJ Kissel to discuss Who’s Hot, Who’s Not, and go in depth about what the Kansas City Offense and Special Teams need to do on gameday. Check out his KC Sports Network Podcast for more weekly updates!

Steve Gorman

Rock N Roll Reporter

Every week Zakk will catch up with Former Fox Sports guest broadcaster and Black Crowes Rock N Roll drummer to make their picks for the biggest games of the week.

2021 Schedule
PRESEASON
W 19 – 168/20at San Francisco 49ers7:30pmKSHB
W 17 – 108/20at Arizona Cardinals7:00pmESPN
W 28 – 258/27vs Minnesota Vikings7:00pmKSHB
REGULAR SEASON
Week 19/12vs Cleveland Browns                       3:25pm                 CBS
Week 29/19at Baltimore Ravens                         7:20pm                    NBC
Week 39/26vs Los Angeles Chargers                  Noon                    CBS
Week 410/3at Philadelphia Eagles                       Noon                       CBS
Week 510/10vs Buffalo Bills                                   7:20pm                 NBC
Week 610/17at Washington Football Team            Noon                       CBS
Week 710/24at Tennessee Titans                           Noon                       CBS
Week 811/1vs New York Giants                            7:15pm                 ESPN
Week 911/7vs Green Bay Packers                       3:25pm                  FOX
Week 1011/14at Las Vegas Raiders                         7:20pm                     NBC
Week 1111/21vs Dallas Cowboys                             3:25pm                  FOX
Week 12///BYE WEEK                                            ///                            ///
Week 1312/5vs Denver Broncos                             Noon                      CBS
Week 1412/12vs Las Vegas Raiders                         Noon                      CBS
Week 1512/16at Los Angeles Chargers                    7:20pm        FOX/NFLN/AMAZON
Week 1612/26vs Pittsburgh Steelers                        3:25pm                  CBS
Week 171/2at Cincinnati Bengals                           Noon                       CBS
Week 181/9at Denver Broncos                             3:25pm                      CBS

Local Coverage

TUNE IN ON GAMEDAY

Join us on Gameday for team coverage on Fox Football Gameday with a 3 Hour Pre-Game Broadcast hosted by Fox afternoon Drive Host Sparks. Get all the News around the league, updates on College Sports, Fantasy Football and more! All leading up the the Countdown to Kickoff with with our Gameday experts Kendall Gammon, Dani Welniak, and BJ Kissel!

101 THE FOX FOOTBALL GAMEDAY

RED REPORTS

101 The FOX Slacker morning Show 

Listen to the Slacker Morning show every week at 7:30am as we check in with BJ Kissel for a FRIDAY RED REPORT to get Teed UP for GAMEDAY! Then get the recap of the previous game every Monday with the Fox Football Gameday Wrap-up. PLUS get Slacker’s FOX Fantasy Football Update on Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30am with Fantasy Football Guru Adam Copeland.

POSTGAME COVERAGE

CHIEFS NEWS

Chiefs dominate second half to win at Washington

Patrick Mahomes passed for 397 yards and two touchdowns Sunday and the Kansas City Chiefs overcame three turnovers to topple the Washington Football Team 31-13 at Landover, Md.

Mahomes bounced back from two second-quarter interceptions, completing 32 of 47 passes. The Kansas City (3-3) defense, ranked 31st coming in, held Washington (2-4) scoreless in the second half.

All three of the takeaways by Washington came in the second quarter, but the Chiefs rallied from a 13-10 halftime deficit by converting 8 of 10 third downs in the second half and scoring 21 unanswered points.

Tyreek Hill snagged nine receptions and Travis Kelce added eight while providing 76 and 99 yards receiving, respectively, as the Chiefs’ offense rolled to 499 total yards.

Hill caught a 2-yard touchdown dart and Darrel Williams scored on a 3-yard rush to give the Chiefs a 24-13 margin with 14:02 remaining. Making his first NFL start, Williams provided 62 yards on 21 carries subbing for the injured Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Mahomes capped the second-half flurry by connecting with Demarcus Robinson for a 24-yard touchdown with 3:14 remaining.

Taylor Heinicke completed 24 of 39 passes for 182 yards but Washington gained little offensive rhythm, recording just 76 second-half yards. It committed two turnovers.

J.D. McKissic led Washington with 110 yards from scrimmage, rushing eight times for 45 yards and catching eight passes for 65.

Interceptions by Kendall Fuller and Bobby McCain and a fumble recovery by Kamren Curl enabled Washington to turn over Kansas City three times in the second quarter.

A fumble by Mecole Hardman was converted into a touchdown and a 13-10 Washington lead at halftime. Ricky Seals-Jones slipped behind the Kansas City secondary and caught a 39-yard touchdown pass from Heinicke with 1:18 remaining.

Both of Mahomes’ first-half interceptions came in the red zone after the Chiefs reached the Washington 9 and 20. The first pick came after a drop by Hill and the second after Mahomes threw wildly to avoid a sack.

Kansas City’s only touchdown of the first half came on its first possession, a 10-play, 95-yard march capped by Williams’ 2-yard run.

WFT’s Terry McLaurin, Antonio Gibson active vs. Chiefs

Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin and running back Antonio Gibson are active for Sunday’s game against the visiting Kansas City Chiefs.

McLaurin’s availability was in question after he sat out Friday’s practice with a hamstring injury. He leads the team in catches (29), receiving yards (400) and receiving touchdowns (three) this season.

Gibson, who was listed as questionable due to a calf injury, has rushed 79 times for 313 yards and three touchdowns for Washington (2-3).

While McLaurin and Gibson are set to play on Sunday, wide receivers Curtis Samuel (ankle) and Cam Sims (hamstring), offensive lineman Brandon Scherff (knee) and Sam Cosmi (ankle), tight end Jace Sternberger and cornerback Corn Elder were ruled as inactive for the contest.

Guard Wes Schweitzer and tackle Cornelius Lucas are expected to draw the start on the right side of the line for Washington.

Defensive end Chris Jones, cornerback Charvarius Ward, tight end Blake Bell and offensive linemen Austin Blythe, Prince Tega Wanogho and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif have been ruled inactive for the Chiefs (2-3).

Last-place Chiefs wary of turnover woes at Washington

The Kansas City Chiefs are looking nothing like the top team in the AFC, a distinction they enjoyed winning conference titles each of the last two seasons.

One lethal combination the Chiefs are facing is an offense that committed turnovers on the highest percentage of possessions and a defense allowing scores on the highest percentage of opponents’ possessions.

The result is Kansas City (2-3) occupies last place in the AFC West entering a matchup Sunday against the Washington Football Team (2-3).

“The production is there. It’s the turnovers that we’ve got to take care of,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.

That much is true about the offense. If Kansas City can execute in the efficient fashion exhibited the previous three seasons behind Patrick Mahomes, it can shred virtually any defense.

“We’re moving the ball down the field at a high rate,” Mahomes said. “Once you have turnovers happen it kind of ruins everything. It takes that great offense and just knocks it down to an average one.”

The Chiefs are tied with Jacksonville for a league-worst 11 giveaways, including Mahomes’ six interceptions. Only the Jaguars have a worse turnover differential than the Chiefs (minus-7).

Sloppy play has raised questions about whether Mahomes and the offense are pressing to score points because the defense allows 7.1 yards per play and 32.6 points per game, marks that rank last in the league.

“Not at all,” Mahomes said. “We try to score every time we touch the football. That’s the precedent before I even started here. That’s my mindset going into every single game … It has nothing to do with what’s happening on the other side of the ball.”

Without elaborating on any of the Chiefs’ weapons, or even their shortcomings, Washington coach Ron Rivera expressed confidence in his team’s competitiveness.

“If we play to our abilities, we have a chance to win,” Rivera said.

Still, Rivera watches game film just like any other coach, and he has noticed as defenses attempt to prevent big plays by forcing the Chiefs to use their run game and force Mahomes to throw underneath coverage.

“You see some of these things that you can take advantage of and that you can use,” Rivera said. “That’s one of the things that happens is (defenses) do catch up. I do know their still explosive. They live and die with plays downfield and we’ve got to keep that in front of us.”

Washington pins its hopes on offensive performers who do not generate the same buzz as the prolific playmakers driving the Chiefs’ offense.

Taylor Heinicke has passed for eight touchdowns, half of Mahomes’ output. Running back Antonio Gibson averages 62.6 yards per game. Wide receiver Terry McLaurin has caught six TDs. Meanwhile, Washington’s defense ranks 27th in yards per game (407.8) and 31st in scoring (31.0 points).

Injuries have riddled the offense in Washington. Offensive tackle Sam Cosmi (ankle), injured in Sunday’s loss to New Orleans, and guard Brandon Scherff (knee) are slowed along the Washington offensive line. Gibson (shin) did not practice Wednesday, while injuries continue to impact the team’s wideouts.

The Chiefs placed running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) on injured reserve and activated Derrick Gore. Joe Thuney (broken hand) and Tyreek Hill (quad) are coping with injuries suffered in last Sunday’s loss to Buffalo, while Chris Jones (wrist) is improving, Reid said. Jones missed last week’s loss to the Bills.

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (knee) sits out practice

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill did not participate in practice on Wednesday, three days removed from sustaining a knee injury during a loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid announced Monday that Hill “hurt his knee a little bit” in Sunday night’s 38-20 setback to the Bills in Kansas City.

A five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro, Hill leads the team in catches (37) and receiving yards (516). Hill, 27, is tied with tight end Travis Kelce for the team lead with four touchdown receptions.

Mecole Hardman, who has 22 catches for 199 yards and one touchdown, likely would see additional snaps should Hill miss playing time. The Chiefs (2-3) visit the Washington Football Team (2-3) on Sunday.

Reid also said linebacker Anthony Hitchens (knee), defensive end Chris Jones (wrist) and left guard Joe Thuney (hand) would not practice on Wednesday.

NFL NEWS

Report: Cowboys S Damontae Kazee arrested for drunk driving

Dallas Cowboys free safety Damontae Kazee was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to multiple reports.

Kazee was arrested in The Colony, a suburb that is about 30 miles north of Dallas. The Colony is located just southwest of the team facility in Frisco.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Kazee was pulled over shortly after 3 a.m. CT due to a traffic violation. The officer felt Kazee had been drinking and the 28-year-old confirmed he had consumed alcohol.

Kazee failed a field sobriety test and was detained, according to the Dallas Morning News. He later posted $2,500 bond and was released from The Colony Municipal Jail at 12:34 p.m. CT.

The arrest came during the Cowboys’ bye week. It also came one day after coach Mike McCarthy discussed the importance of being smart during the break.

“Talked about the distractions and what we don’t want,” McCarthy told reporters on Monday. “We have an outstanding season — 5-1, where we are — make sure that everybody is taking care of themselves and spend as much time as they can with family and friends. They deserve it. They deserve this break, the length of it. I have a lot of confidence and a lot of trust in those guys.”

Kazee had 17 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble while starting all six games for the Cowboys. He signed with Dallas as a free agent in March.

Kazee spent his first four NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He had seven of his 11 career interceptions in 2018 and has played in 58 NFL games (40 starts).

Kazee was a college standout at San Diego State and had a school-record 17 interceptions for the Aztecs. He was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year in each of his final two seasons (2015, 2016).

Giants place LT Andrew Thomas (ankle) on IR

The New York Giants’ offensive line took another hit on Tuesday when left tackle Andrew Thomas was placed on injured reserve.

Thomas injured his right ankle during the second quarter of New York’s 38-11 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. The second-year tackle will miss three games as a result of Tuesday’s move by the Giants, who saw center Nick Gates (leg) and guard Shane Lemieux (knee) previously sustain season-ending injuries.

“Andrew is a great player,” quarterback Daniel Jones said, per the New York Post. “He’s played well for us this year. He’s an important piece.”

Thomas, 22, has appeared in 21 games (20 starts) since being selected by the Giants with the fourth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Matt Peart, a second-year player out of UConn, replaced Thomas on Sunday.

Wide receiver/return specialist C.J. Board was also placed on injured reserve after sustaining a fractured forearm against the Rams.

The Giants on Tuesday signed tackle Korey Cunningham and wide receiver Dante Pettis off their practice squad.

Cunningham, 26, played three snaps at right tackle on Sunday after playing five on special teams the previous week against the Dallas Cowboys.

Pettis, 25, has recorded 47 receptions for 700 yards in 31 career games (12 starts) with the San Francisco 49ers and Giants.

New York signed four players to its practice squad, including veteran linebacker Bernardrick McKinney.

Colts waive backup QB Jacob Eason

The Indianapolis Colts waived third-string quarterback Jacob Eason on Tuesday.

The Colts selected Eason in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft and signed him to a four-year, $4.03 million contract.

Also Tuesday, the Colts elevated kicker Michael Badgley from the practice squad and placed wide receiver Parris Campbell on injured reserve.

Eason, 23, appeared in one game this season, completing 2 of 5 passes for 25 yards and an interception in the Colts’ Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Eason played the last two series of the game after starter Carson Wentz left with an ankle injury.

However, Brett Hundley passed Eason on the depth chart at the end of September, relegating Eason to third string.

Rookie Sam Ehlinger takes over as Indy’s third-string quarterback after he was activated from IR on Tuesday.

Campbell injured his foot 10 offensive plays into the Colts’ victory over the Houston Texans last Sunday after catching a 51-yard scoring strike. He has 10 catches for 162 yards in five games (three starts) on the season. The Colts selected him in the second round of the 2019 draft but will likely move on from the Ohio State product after this season.

Badgley kicked for the Colts on Sunday against Houston, converting all four extra point attempts and connecting on his only field goal attempt. Rodrigo Blankenship (hip) was put on IR ahead of the Houston game.

The team also waived defensive tackle Chris Williams.

Broncos’ Teddy Bridgewater (foot) expected to play vs. Browns

Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is expected to play in Thursday night’s road game against the Cleveland Browns despite a foot injury.

Bridgewater, 28, was seen limping onto the practice field Tuesday. He was listed as limited in Monday’s estimated injury report.

Bridgewater sustained the injury during Sunday’s 34-24 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, however it’s unclear how or when it happened. He played the entire game, finishing with 334 yards on 35 of 49 passing. He threw three touchdowns but also three interceptions. He was sacked five times and hit 17 times in all.

Bridgewater has started every game this season, completing 70.2 percent of his passes for 1,514 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Bridgewater’s counterpart for Thursday night’s game, Baker Mayfield, is nursing a shoulder injury.

CHIEFS NEWS

NFL NEWS

Report: Cowboys S Damontae Kazee arrested for drunk driving

Dallas Cowboys free safety Damontae Kazee was arrested early Tuesday morning and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to multiple reports.

Kazee was arrested in The Colony, a suburb that is about 30 miles north of Dallas. The Colony is located just southwest of the team facility in Frisco.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Kazee was pulled over shortly after 3 a.m. CT due to a traffic violation. The officer felt Kazee had been drinking and the 28-year-old confirmed he had consumed alcohol.

Kazee failed a field sobriety test and was detained, according to the Dallas Morning News. He later posted $2,500 bond and was released from The Colony Municipal Jail at 12:34 p.m. CT.

The arrest came during the Cowboys’ bye week. It also came one day after coach Mike McCarthy discussed the importance of being smart during the break.

“Talked about the distractions and what we don’t want,” McCarthy told reporters on Monday. “We have an outstanding season — 5-1, where we are — make sure that everybody is taking care of themselves and spend as much time as they can with family and friends. They deserve it. They deserve this break, the length of it. I have a lot of confidence and a lot of trust in those guys.”

Kazee had 17 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble while starting all six games for the Cowboys. He signed with Dallas as a free agent in March.

Kazee spent his first four NFL seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. He had seven of his 11 career interceptions in 2018 and has played in 58 NFL games (40 starts).

Kazee was a college standout at San Diego State and had a school-record 17 interceptions for the Aztecs. He was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year in each of his final two seasons (2015, 2016).

Giants place LT Andrew Thomas (ankle) on IR

The New York Giants’ offensive line took another hit on Tuesday when left tackle Andrew Thomas was placed on injured reserve.

Thomas injured his right ankle during the second quarter of New York’s 38-11 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. The second-year tackle will miss three games as a result of Tuesday’s move by the Giants, who saw center Nick Gates (leg) and guard Shane Lemieux (knee) previously sustain season-ending injuries.

“Andrew is a great player,” quarterback Daniel Jones said, per the New York Post. “He’s played well for us this year. He’s an important piece.”

Thomas, 22, has appeared in 21 games (20 starts) since being selected by the Giants with the fourth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Matt Peart, a second-year player out of UConn, replaced Thomas on Sunday.

Wide receiver/return specialist C.J. Board was also placed on injured reserve after sustaining a fractured forearm against the Rams.

The Giants on Tuesday signed tackle Korey Cunningham and wide receiver Dante Pettis off their practice squad.

Cunningham, 26, played three snaps at right tackle on Sunday after playing five on special teams the previous week against the Dallas Cowboys.

Pettis, 25, has recorded 47 receptions for 700 yards in 31 career games (12 starts) with the San Francisco 49ers and Giants.

New York signed four players to its practice squad, including veteran linebacker Bernardrick McKinney.

Colts waive backup QB Jacob Eason

The Indianapolis Colts waived third-string quarterback Jacob Eason on Tuesday.

The Colts selected Eason in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft and signed him to a four-year, $4.03 million contract.

Also Tuesday, the Colts elevated kicker Michael Badgley from the practice squad and placed wide receiver Parris Campbell on injured reserve.

Eason, 23, appeared in one game this season, completing 2 of 5 passes for 25 yards and an interception in the Colts’ Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Eason played the last two series of the game after starter Carson Wentz left with an ankle injury.

However, Brett Hundley passed Eason on the depth chart at the end of September, relegating Eason to third string.

Rookie Sam Ehlinger takes over as Indy’s third-string quarterback after he was activated from IR on Tuesday.

Campbell injured his foot 10 offensive plays into the Colts’ victory over the Houston Texans last Sunday after catching a 51-yard scoring strike. He has 10 catches for 162 yards in five games (three starts) on the season. The Colts selected him in the second round of the 2019 draft but will likely move on from the Ohio State product after this season.

Badgley kicked for the Colts on Sunday against Houston, converting all four extra point attempts and connecting on his only field goal attempt. Rodrigo Blankenship (hip) was put on IR ahead of the Houston game.

The team also waived defensive tackle Chris Williams.

Broncos’ Teddy Bridgewater (foot) expected to play vs. Browns

Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is expected to play in Thursday night’s road game against the Cleveland Browns despite a foot injury.

Bridgewater, 28, was seen limping onto the practice field Tuesday. He was listed as limited in Monday’s estimated injury report.

Bridgewater sustained the injury during Sunday’s 34-24 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, however it’s unclear how or when it happened. He played the entire game, finishing with 334 yards on 35 of 49 passing. He threw three touchdowns but also three interceptions. He was sacked five times and hit 17 times in all.

Bridgewater has started every game this season, completing 70.2 percent of his passes for 1,514 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Bridgewater’s counterpart for Thursday night’s game, Baker Mayfield, is nursing a shoulder injury.