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-Broncos on Dec. 5 flexed to ‘Sunday Night Football’

The NFL has flexed the Dec. 5 Kansas City Chiefs-Denver Broncos game to “Sunday Night Football,” replacing the Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers.

Seahawks-49ers moves to 4:25 p.m. ET.

At 7-4, the Chiefs lead the AFC West. Denver (5-5) shares last place in the division with the Las Vegas Raiders (5-5).

The Chiefs have won four straight games, including last week’s 19-9 victory over the Cowboys in Dallas.

The Broncos’ last game was a 30-13 loss to Philadelphia in Week 10 at Denver.

Chris Jones, Chiefs’ defense stifle Cowboys

Chris Jones recorded 3.5 sacks and forced a fumble Sunday as the Kansas City Chiefs limited the NFL’s top-rated offense to 276 yards and no touchdowns, smothering the Dallas Cowboys 19-9 at Kansas City, Mo.

The Chiefs (7-4) continued a defensive resurgence, winning their fourth straight by pressuring Dak Prescott and allowing him to gain just 216 yards on 28-of-43 passing with two interceptions. Prescott’s last attempt was picked by L’Jarius Sneed off a deflection by Jones with 1:00 left.

While the game was billed as a clash between two of the NFL’s best quarterbacks, Patrick Mahomes also did not throw for a TD. But the Chiefs rolled to a 13-point lead early in the second quarter before relying on their defense.

Mahomes passed for 260 yards, completing 23 of 37 with one interception. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for five games, rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown. Tyreek Hill posted a game-high nine receptions for 77 yards.

The Chiefs’ only second-half score came with 2:36 left in the third quarter on a 53-yard field goal by Harrison Butker.

The Cowboys (7-3) played without Amari Cooper, who was placed on the COVID-19 list after preparations for the Chiefs began. They also lost CeeDee Lamb late in the first half with a head injury. Dallas had four drops, while tight end Dalton Schultz led in receiving with six catches for 53 yards.

The Cowboys settled for three field goals from Greg Zuerlein.

Kansas City scored on each of its first three possessions, including touchdown runs by Travis Kelce off a direct snap and another by Edwards-Helaire.

Butker also booted a 37-yard field goal as the Chiefs grabbed a 16-3 halftime margin.

The Cowboys managed just a 33-yard field goal by Zuerlein as Prescott lost a fumble and threw an interception while passing for just 68 first-half yards. Dallas also went three-and-out three times in the half.

An opportunity for Dallas came late in the half after a strip-sack by Micah Parsons at the Kansas City 42. However, the Chiefs’ Charvarius Ward snagged a pick in the end zone with 15 seconds left.

Mahomes passed for 130 first-half yards, but the Chiefs were assessed three unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

Chiefs activate RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (knee) from IR

The Kansas City Chiefs activated running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire off injured reserve on Saturday, one day prior to a home game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Edwards-Helaire has missed the past five games with a left knee injury. He sustained a MCL sprain during a loss to the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 10.

In five starts this year, the 22-year-old has rushed for 304 yards and no touchdowns and has eight receptions for 61 yards and two scores. The rushing yardage is second on the team behind Darrel Williams (343).

A first-round pick in 2020 out of LSU, Edwards-Helaire gained 1,100 yards from scrimmage (803 rushing, 297 receiving) and scored five touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving) in 13 games as a rookie.

Kansas City also waived tight end Daniel Brown on Saturday. Brown didn’t have a catch in seven games this season.

Chiefs to provide medical care, financial aid to injured girl

The Kansas City Chiefs have committed to providing lifetime medical care and financial assistance to the young girl critically injured earlier this year in a car crash involving former assistant coach Britt Reid.

The team and the lawyer for the family of the girl, Ariel Young, issued a statement Friday that confirmed the Chiefs’ participation but didn’t provide specifics. Issued on behalf of the team and attorney Tom Porto, the statement said Ariel will have “world-class medical care and long-term financial stability.”

Reid is alleged to have been driving drunk on Feb. 4 when he hit two cars that were stopped on the side of an entrance ramp to Interstate 435, not far from Arrowhead Stadium. The wreck left Ariel, then 5, with a traumatic brain injury, and injured another child.

“Ariel’s recovery is a long road, but she has made great strides and continues to improve every day,” the statement said. “Earlier this fall, she attended her first day of school.”

Reid is facing a felony driving while intoxicated charge and is scheduled to go to trial on April 18.

Kansas City prosecutors say Reid had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.113 from a sample taken two hours after he barreled into a disabled vehicle on I-435. Reid was driving 83.9 miles per hour — in a posted 65 mph zone — 1.9 seconds before slamming into the vehicle, per the probable cause statement form made public earlier this year.

He is the son of Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who hired him to coach linebackers. The team did not renew his contract when it expired soon after the incident.

If convicted of the Class D felony, Reid, 36, could be sentenced up to seven years in prison.

NFL NEWS

Bills star CB Tre’Davious White (ACL) out for season

Buffalo Bills All-Pro cornerback Tre’Davious White will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, the team confirmed Friday.

He was injured in the second quarter of Thursday night’s 31-6 win over the New Orleans Saints and did not return. Dane Jackson replaced him.

White was an All-Pro selection in 2019. This season, he has 41 tackles, an interception and six passes defensed.

“I know all the guys in the locker room are praying for him and hurting with him,” quarterback Josh Allen said, per ESPN. “You can’t say a single bad thing about that man.”

The Bills selected White in the first round (No. 27 overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. The 26-year-old has played in 72 games (all starts) for Buffalo and has 279 tackles, 16 interceptions, three sacks, five forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries in his career.

Jackson, who turns 25 next week, was a seventh-round draft pick by the Bills in 2020. He has made 16 appearances (two starts) for Buffalo with 29 tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery and five passes defensed.

Aaron Rodgers (toe) to play vs. Rams despite not practicing all week

Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur told reporters Friday that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will start Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams despite not practicing this week with a fractured toe.

“We were hoping he’d be able to get some reps in today, but it just wasn’t the case,” LaFleur said. “We just want to make sure that he’s at his best possible self for Sunday in terms of how he’s feeling.”

LaFleur said Rodgers attended practice Friday and relayed calls to No. 2 quarterback Jordan Love.

Rodgers made a point to tell the public his toe was fractured and it wasn’t a case of “COVID toe,” an condition of the coronavirus that leads to lesions and discoloration of the toes. Rodgers, who is unvaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month and missed one game.

The reigning NFL MVP has thrown for 2,571 yards with 21 touchdowns and four interceptions in 10 games this season.

Running back Aaron Jones (knee), linebacker Rashan Gary (elbow) and receiver Allen Lazard (shoulder) are questionable and cornerback Kevin King (knee, hip) is doubtful for Green Bay.

Browns to activate RB Kareem Hunt, RT Jack Conklin

The Cleveland Browns are activating running back Kareem Hunt and right tackle Jack Conklin from injured reserve, and coach Kevin Stefanski said he expects they will play Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens.

Conklin has missed the past four games with a dislocated elbow. Hunt has missed the past five games with a calf injury.

Conklin, 27, was injured Oct. 31 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has started all 78 games in his career with the Tennessee Titans (2016-19) and Browns. The 2016 first-round pick was an All-Pro first team selection in 2016 and 2020.

Hunt, 26, was carted off in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 17 with a non-contact injury. He has 361 yards rushing with five touchdowns on the season.

The return of Hunt should take some of the pressure off quarterback Baker Mayfield, who has been bothered by shoulder, knee and groin injuries. Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said Friday morning that Mayfield had a strong practice on Thursday and that the quarterback is heading in the right direction.

Bears QB Justin Fields (ribs) to remain starter upon return

Injured Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields will remain the starter when he returns from cracked ribs, head coach Matt Nagy said Friday.

Fields was ruled out of Thursday’s game at Detroit and Andy Dalton led the Bears (4-7) to a 16-14 victory to end a five-game losing streak.

A prior NFL Network report said the rookie’s rib fractures were tiny and it was not considered a significant injury.

“When Justin is healthy, he’s the starter,” Nagy said. “It’s pretty simple.”

Fields was injured in last Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Sitting out Thursday’s game gave him 10 days to recover before Chicago’s Dec. 5 date with the Arizona Cardinals.

Fields, 22, has thrown for 1,361 yards with four touchdowns against eight interceptions in 10 games (eight starts) this season. He has rushed for 311 yards and two scores.

CHIEFS NEWS

NFL NEWS

Bills star CB Tre’Davious White (ACL) out for season

Buffalo Bills All-Pro cornerback Tre’Davious White will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL, the team confirmed Friday.

He was injured in the second quarter of Thursday night’s 31-6 win over the New Orleans Saints and did not return. Dane Jackson replaced him.

White was an All-Pro selection in 2019. This season, he has 41 tackles, an interception and six passes defensed.

“I know all the guys in the locker room are praying for him and hurting with him,” quarterback Josh Allen said, per ESPN. “You can’t say a single bad thing about that man.”

The Bills selected White in the first round (No. 27 overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. The 26-year-old has played in 72 games (all starts) for Buffalo and has 279 tackles, 16 interceptions, three sacks, five forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries in his career.

Jackson, who turns 25 next week, was a seventh-round draft pick by the Bills in 2020. He has made 16 appearances (two starts) for Buffalo with 29 tackles, an interception, a fumble recovery and five passes defensed.

Aaron Rodgers (toe) to play vs. Rams despite not practicing all week

Green Bay Packers coach Matt LaFleur told reporters Friday that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will start Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams despite not practicing this week with a fractured toe.

“We were hoping he’d be able to get some reps in today, but it just wasn’t the case,” LaFleur said. “We just want to make sure that he’s at his best possible self for Sunday in terms of how he’s feeling.”

LaFleur said Rodgers attended practice Friday and relayed calls to No. 2 quarterback Jordan Love.

Rodgers made a point to tell the public his toe was fractured and it wasn’t a case of “COVID toe,” an condition of the coronavirus that leads to lesions and discoloration of the toes. Rodgers, who is unvaccinated, tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month and missed one game.

The reigning NFL MVP has thrown for 2,571 yards with 21 touchdowns and four interceptions in 10 games this season.

Running back Aaron Jones (knee), linebacker Rashan Gary (elbow) and receiver Allen Lazard (shoulder) are questionable and cornerback Kevin King (knee, hip) is doubtful for Green Bay.

Browns to activate RB Kareem Hunt, RT Jack Conklin

The Cleveland Browns are activating running back Kareem Hunt and right tackle Jack Conklin from injured reserve, and coach Kevin Stefanski said he expects they will play Sunday night against the Baltimore Ravens.

Conklin has missed the past four games with a dislocated elbow. Hunt has missed the past five games with a calf injury.

Conklin, 27, was injured Oct. 31 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has started all 78 games in his career with the Tennessee Titans (2016-19) and Browns. The 2016 first-round pick was an All-Pro first team selection in 2016 and 2020.

Hunt, 26, was carted off in the fourth quarter against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 17 with a non-contact injury. He has 361 yards rushing with five touchdowns on the season.

The return of Hunt should take some of the pressure off quarterback Baker Mayfield, who has been bothered by shoulder, knee and groin injuries. Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said Friday morning that Mayfield had a strong practice on Thursday and that the quarterback is heading in the right direction.

Bears QB Justin Fields (ribs) to remain starter upon return

Injured Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields will remain the starter when he returns from cracked ribs, head coach Matt Nagy said Friday.

Fields was ruled out of Thursday’s game at Detroit and Andy Dalton led the Bears (4-7) to a 16-14 victory to end a five-game losing streak.

A prior NFL Network report said the rookie’s rib fractures were tiny and it was not considered a significant injury.

“When Justin is healthy, he’s the starter,” Nagy said. “It’s pretty simple.”

Fields was injured in last Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Sitting out Thursday’s game gave him 10 days to recover before Chicago’s Dec. 5 date with the Arizona Cardinals.

Fields, 22, has thrown for 1,361 yards with four touchdowns against eight interceptions in 10 games (eight starts) this season. He has rushed for 311 yards and two scores.