Countdown to Kickoff

TIME TO RUN IT BACK

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TIME TO RUN IT BACK

Countdown to Kickoff

TIME TO RUN IT BACK

FOOTBALL

Pre-Game and Post-Game Coverage

FOX Football Gameday Host

Zakk is Nationally renowned Rock n Roll Sports Expert! A Sports Broadcasting veteran and former morning host for a nationally-syndicated Fox Sports Radio Network morning show. Talking football is a passion for Zakk and his Gameday coverage chops were built hosting pregame shows for the Atlanta Falcons, 49ers and Chicago Bears.

Dominic "Zakk" Zaccagnini

FOX Football Gameday Host

Zakk is Nationally renowned Rock n Roll Sports Expert! A Sports Broadcasting veteran and former morning host for a nationally-syndicated Fox Sports Radio Network morning show. Talking football is a passion for Zakk and his Gameday coverage chops were built hosting pregame shows for the Atlanta Falcons, 49ers and Chicago Bears.

Soren Petro

Countdown to Kickoff Host

Every week join us as we “Countdown to Kickoff” with our one hour Pre-Game show hosted by Sports Radio 810 WHB afternoon personality Soren Petro. The most informative and comprehensive Pre-Game Show in the region, all about our champion home town team. Soren will break it all down 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, get a College Report from around the country, and go in depth about what the Kansas City Offense and Special Teams need to do on gameday to Run it Back.

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.

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Gameday and Weekly Coverage Home and Away

2020 Schedule

Wk
1
Thu
Sep 10
Texans – 34 – 20Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City
NBC
7:20 pm
Wk
2
Sun
Sep 20
@Chargers – 23 – 20SoFi Stadium
Los Angeles
CBS
3:25 pm
Wk
3
Mon
Sep 28
@Ravens – 34 – 20M&T Bank Stadium
Baltimore
ESPN
7:15 pm
Wk
4
Mon
Oct 5*
Patriots – 26 – 10Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City
CBS
3:25 pm
Wk
5
Sun
Oct 11
Raiders – 32 – 40Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City
CBS
12:00 pm
Wk
6
Mon
Oct 19*
@Bills – 26 – 17New Era Field
Buffalo
FOX
4:00 pm
Wk
7
Sun
Oct 25
@Broncos – 43 – 16Broncos Stadium
Denver
CBS
3:25 pm
Wk
8
Sun
Nov 1
Jets – 35 – 9Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City
CBS
12:00 pm
Wk
9
Sun
Nov 8
Panthers – 33 – 31Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City
FOX
12:00 pm
Wk
10
Bye
Week
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11
Sun
Nov 22
@RaidersAllegiant Stadium
Las Vegas
NBC
7:20 pm
Wk
12
Sun
Nov 29
@BuccaneersRaymond James Stadium
Tampa
CBS
3:25 pm
Wk
13
Sun
Dec 6
BroncosArrowhead Stadium
Kansas City
NBC
7:20 pm
Wk
14
Sun
Dec 13
@DolphinsHard Rock Stadium
Miami
CBS
12:00 pm
Wk
15
Sun
Dec 20
@SaintsMercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans
CBS
3:25 pm
Wk
16
Sun
Dec 27
FalconsArrowhead Stadium
Kansas City
FOX
12:00 pm
Wk
17
Sun
Jan 3
ChargersArrowhead Stadium
Kansas City
CBS
12:00 pm

Local Coverage

TUNE IN ON GAMEDAY

Team coverage on Fox Football Gameday with a 2 Hour Pre-Game Broadcast hosted by Dominic “Zakk” Zaccagnini featuring News around the league, updates on College Sports, Fantasy Football leading up the the Countdown to Kickoff with 810 Sports Radio host Soren Petro with Gameday Audio Highlights courtesy of Westwood One and Sports Radio 810 WHB!

RED REPORTS

101 The FOX Slacker morning Show 

Listen to the Slacker Morning show every week at 7:30am as we check in with WHB Sports Radio 810 host Soren Petro for the Fox Football 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.

FOX Tailgate Party Patrol

101 The FOX has teamed up with Amini’s for the Season to find a Virtual Tailgate CHAMPION with our FOX Tailgate Party Patrol! Be it from home, from a parking lot, or virtual we want to help EVERYONE party in STYLE all season long! 101 The Fox is giving YOU the chance to have YOUR tailgate upgraded by the Fox Tailgate Patrol with some of the BEST KC BBQ for FREE for your crew. Send US your pictures and register your Tailgate Team WITH US! Then share your Game Day Tailgate videos and more with us in the FOX Football Tailgate Club! We will host Virtual Watch Parties give out prizes and more! Before every game one person will WIN some the tailgate essentials for their next party! All of the qualifiers for the season will be in the drawing to WIN the GRAND PRIZE $4,000 to Amini’s to get everything they NEED for their AT HOME Watch Party to be given away at the end of the season!

Join Us

Join the FOX FOOTBALL TAILGATE TEAM! This is our special Facebook Group where we will host Virtual Tailgate Parties and we want EVERY Tailgate Team to join us! WE know not EVERYONE can go to the Stadium to Tailgate this year, BUT we still want the everyone in our kingdom to be able to Tailgate WITH family and friends. From the Stadium parking lot to backyards and back porches, from the front porches and Driveways to decks and patios, from the fan caves and fan attics to EVERY bar and restaurant in the area! WE want to SEE YOU ALL! This is a Private Facebook Group so you need to Sign up to get in. NO COST to get in we’re just us hanging out with our Fans and watching and talking about what we LOVE! KC Football, Tailgating, and KC BBQ… Come Join us! 

CHIEFS NEWS

Chiefs, Bucs prepare for quarterback battle

Creating a system that NFL players want to be part of is an attribute worth noting about the Kansas City Chiefs.Claiming a Super Bowl championship last season helped create such an atmosphere.Locking in a generational quarterback to a 10-year deal worth a cool half-billion dollars required a substantial investment. Retaining other standout contributors also generates the kind of harmony that reflects positively on the organizational skills of general manager Brett Veach.”We’ve built chemistry with bringing the same guys back, year-in and year-out, so we know where each other is on that football field,” Patrick Mahomes said while looking ahead to a Sunday matchup pitting the Chiefs (9-1) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-4) at Tampa, Fla.Complications, however, have surfaced in the Kansas City laboratory.Not within the offense, mind you. Mahomes is clicking along at the pace of an MVP candidate, while Travis Kelce ranks third among NFL receivers with 896 yards and could threaten the NFL’s season yardage record by a tight end.Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill generated 100 yards receiving in each of the last two games when the Chiefs needed every inch. Their defense allowed 31 points on average in those wins, requiring Mahomes and Co. to outproduce Carolina and Las Vegas.While it has struggled in several areas defensively, Kansas City is particularly susceptible in the red zone, allowing touchdowns on 75.9 percent of those penetrations, the worst rate in the league.”Mentally we’re kind of upset because of these last two games we’ve had,” said Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu, “but I wouldn’t say we’re down.”Good thing, considering the Chiefs will be facing a legendary quarterback capable of big heroics.For the Bucs, though, the focus seems to be more bent on finding ways for Tom Brady to reload.

Mahomes’ magic: Late TD pass lifts Chiefs over Raiders

Patrick Mahomes passed for 348 yards and two touchdowns, including a 22-yarder to tight end Travis Kelce with 28 seconds left, as the visiting Kansas City Chiefs rallied for a 35-31 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday night.It was the sixth time in his career that Mahomes, who completed 34 of 45 passes, led the Chiefs from behind in the fourth quarter or overtime for a victory.He had plenty of help as Kansas City (9-1) won its fifth straight game. Kelce caught eight passes for 127 yards and a touchdown. Tyreek Hill had a game-high 11 receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 69 yards and two touchdown.Derek Carr completed 23 of 31 passes for 275 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, which came on a deep pass after the Chiefs’ late touchdown. Josh Jacobs rushed for 55 yards and a touchdown for Las Vegas (6-4), which had a three-game winning streak snapped.The Raiders had taken a 31-28 lead with 1:43 to go on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Carr to Jason Witten, but Mahomes then drove the Chiefs 75 yards in seven plays — all passes — capped by his scrambling 22-yard TD pass to a wide-open Kelce in the middle of the end zone.Las Vegas scored on each of its first three possessions while building a 17-14 halftime lead.

Raiders reeling with COVID again while prepping for Chiefs

Something about Sunday Night Football seems to bring out the worst for the Las Vegas Raiders when it comes to dealing with COVID-19.The Raiders had their Oct. 25 prime time game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shifted to the afternoon when offensive tackle Trent Brown came down with the virus and the entire starting offensive line was forced into quarantine until the morning of the game because of their high-risk contact with Brown.Tampa Bay cruised to a 45-20 victory.Now Las Vegas (6-3), winners of three in a row, finds itself in the midst of another COVID-19 outbreak heading into Sunday night’s AFC West showdown with the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs (8-1).Following a positive test by starting defensive end Clelin Ferrell on Tuesday, seven more Raiders defensive players were put on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday – safety Johnathan Abram, defensive tackles Maliek Collins, Johnathan Hankins and Kendal Vickers, defensive back Isaiah Johnson, defensive end Arden Key and practice squad defensive end David Irving.They join safety Lamarcus Joyner, previously identified as a close contact of Ferrell, Brown and linebacker Cory Littleton, who was placed on the list last week.Ferrell is likely out for Sunday night’s game as is Brown, who isn’t expected back until next week. But the other players will be eligible to play Sunday, as long as they continue to test negative.One big problem for Jon Gruden and company: Those players will be limited to virtual practices and meetings until then and won’t be allowed on the practice field together. Not exactly the best way to get your defense prepared for reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes and company.Gruden bristled Wednesday during a conference call after the NFL Network reported that nearly his entire starting defense would be placed on the list.”I don’t know about the whole defense,” Gruden said. “I’m not going to get into what list anybody is on. We practiced today, and we’ll be ready for the game Sunday.”Kansas City, despite coming off its bye, has its own COVID-19 issues with both starting offensive tackles, Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz, as well as backup Martinas Rankin going on the COVID list earlier this week after being in close contact with someone who tested positive. All could play Sunday, barring a positive test result.

Chiefs DE Okafor designated for return from IR

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Alex Okafor has been designated for return from injured reserve, a day after returning to practice.The Chiefs have 21 days to activate Okafor to the 53-man roster.Okafor, 29, could play this week when the Chiefs (8-1) visit the Las Vegas Raiders (6-3) on Sunday night. The Chiefs’ defensive line took a hit after Taco Charlton was lost for the season with a broken ankle.Okafor has battled hamstring issues twice this season and landed on IR after the Chiefs’ Week 6 win over the Buffalo Bills.

NFL NEWS

Bills hope to bounce back with win vs. Chargers

The quirkiest of NFL seasons has provided yet another twist as the Buffalo Bills head into the stretch drive with an eye toward securing an AFC East title.

The Bills, who are seeking their first division title since 1995, are coming off their bye week and will enter a home matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday with a one-game division lead over the Miami Dolphins with six to play. That includes a meeting with those Dolphins in the final scheduled game of the regular season.

The Chargers, meanwhile, simply are trying to plug a leaky boat, though the vessel does have a captain they can believe in with rookie sensation quarterback Justin Herbert.

The Bills (7-3) enter off a 32-30, heartbreaking defeat at Arizona on Nov. 15, while the Chargers (3-7) take the field after a 34-28 victory Sunday over the hapless New York Jets that ended a three-game losing streak.

Yet it is the Bills who can find plenty of positives in the defeat, while the Chargers’ concerns actually mounted in the victory.

As they have done all season, the Bills moved the ball well against the Cardinals, and quarterback Josh Allen engineered a late go-ahead drive. But the work was derailed when Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray found receiver DeAndre Hopkins on a 43-yard Hail Mary pass among three Buffalo defenders in the closing seconds.

Allen threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns against the Cardinals, and is seventh in the NFL with 2,871 yards passing and eighth with a 68.4 completion percentage.

While a rare late bye prevented the Bills from purging the loss from their system last weekend, it offered them time to heal some mounting bumps and bruises.

“It almost feels like it’s a new season, a new beginning,” Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley said. “… You grind, grind, grind and then you get a bye week late. Now we have six games to go and you have time to refresh and get your legs back up underneath you.”

Despite the disappointing team results this season, Herbert continues to roll along. He was 37-of-49 passing against the Jets for a personal-best 366 yards on Sunday with three touchdowns. He now has rookie records with five games of three TD passes or more and seven consecutive games where he has at least two scores.

Herbert had 277 yards passing in the first half alone Sunday, but as the Chargers’ defense has been known to do, it struggled in the second half. Los Angeles led by as many as 18 points Sunday and 15 in the fourth quarter but needed to make a play deep in their own territory to seal the victory.

Already this season, the Chargers have blown leads of at least 16 points in four consecutive games and had the Kansas City Chiefs down 11 before losing.

Staff changes have begun as Chargers coach Anthony Lynn demoted special teams coach George Stewart and replaced him with assistant Keith Burns and coaching assistant Chris Caminiti.

“It’s never one person’s fault,” Lynn said Wednesday. “As coaches, this is what we sign up for. We sign up to work with these young men. If they don’t execute the way we need them to execute, then we lose our jobs. That’s just the way it is.”

Three Chargers defensive players did not practice Wednesday: cornerback Casey Hayward Jr. (groin), and defensive ends Melvin Ingram III (knee) and Uchenna Nwosu (shoulder/chest). Nwosu is expected to miss multiple games.

Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, but it is unknown if he will play Sunday. He has been out since carrying the ball twice in an Oct. 4 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Bills were without defensive end Mario Addison (knee) and wide receiver John Brown at Wednesday’s practice.

Report: Ravens-Steelers move to cost NBC millions

The moving of the Baltimore Ravens-Pittsburgh Steelers game from the highly coveted Thanksgiving primetime slot to Sunday afternoon could cost NBC tens of millions of dollars in ad sales revenue, Sportico reported.

The decision to move the game from Thursday night — when it would have been the NFL’s lone game in that time slot — to Sunday afternoon was made after an outbreak of COVID-19 swept through the Ravens’ headquarters in Owings Mills, Md. The team has seven players on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which indicates a player has tested positive or is considered a “high-risk” close contact with an infected person.

The Ravens disciplined a strength and conditioning coach who didn’t inform them of COVID-19-related symptoms and had not consistently worn a mask or tracking device, as required by NFL protocols, the team and NFL.com reported.

Last year, NBC generated $70.9 million on its in-game advertising sales of the Thanksgiving night game, which was between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saint, based on an average unit cost of $1.05 million per 30-second spot. The game averaged 20.8 million live TV viewers, which included 7.85 million advertiser-coveted adults between 18 and 49 years old, Sportico reported.

In 2018, NBC’s Thanksgiving night game, also between the Saints and Falcons, averaged 21.7 million viewers and 8.46 million members between the 18 and 49-year-old demographic. It was NBC’s third-highest number since the network began showing the Thanksgiving night game in 2012, Sportico reported.

NBC now likely has to renegotiate its in-game advertising rates since the Ravens-Steelers game is among a dozen games kicking off around the same time during Sunday’s early time slot. While the Ravens-Steelers’ game can be shown nationally by NBC, advertising slots won’t be as valuable since it is competing against so many games. For example, CBS and Fox charge between $100,000 and $300,000 per 30-second advertisement spot, depending on how many markets receive the broadcast, according to Sportico.

The two AFC North games annually between the Ravens (6-4) and Steelers (10-0), who are off to their best start in the franchise’s storied history, are among the NFL’s most anticipated of the season. The teams have combined for eight of the past 10 division titles after the Ravens finished atop the division in each of the past two seasons.

Pittsburgh won the teams’ first meeting of the season, 28-24, in Baltimore on Nov. 1.

Tagovailoa back at QB as Dolphins face Jets

Rookie Tua Tagovailoa, benched in the second half last week, will be back at quarterback on Sunday when the Miami Dolphins travel to face the winless New York Jets.

The Dolphins (6-4) had their five-game winning streak snapped last Sunday in a 20-13 loss to the Denver Broncos. Tagovailoa completed 11 of 20 passes for 83 yards before he was lifted in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick, the veteran who held the job at the start of the season.

“Tua wasn’t injured,” Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said, settling any doubts. “We just felt (Fitzpatrick) gave us the best chance to win the game.”

Flores said Tagovailoa will return to the starting lineup with the expectation of getting Miami back on track.

“He’s a confident kid,” Flores said.

That confidence surely was tested when Tagovailoa was sacked six times by the Broncos, who blitzed him repeatedly.

The Jets are a dismal 0-10 on the season and 0-6 when Sam Darnold is the starting quarterback. The third-year pro has not played since a Nov. 1 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs because of a shoulder injury.

Darnold took all the first-team repetitions Wednesday and is on track to start on Sunday.

“I finally have a bit more confidence in my shoulder to withstand a hit,” Darnold said.

If Darnold can’t go, veteran quarterback Joe Flacco will make his third straight start. He is 0-4 as the starter.

Defensively, the Jets and veteran defensive coordinator Gregg Williams would love to draw up some successful blitzes against Tagovailoa. But Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker still needs plenty of attention with a team-leading 44 receptions and four touchdowns.

The Dolphins have starting offensive lineman Jesse Davis on the reserve/COVID-19 list, while defensive tackle Christian Wilkins was removed from the list Wednesday.

The Jets will be without rookie running back La’Mical Perine (high-ankle sprain) and kicker Sam Ficken (groin) after they were placed in injured reserve.

Perine has rushed for 202 yards and a 3.7 average. Veteran Frank Gore, 37, who leads the team with 447 rushing yards (3.6 per carry), figures to get even more work.

Gore, a native of Miami who is No. 3 on the NFL’s list for career rushing yards with 15,794, played for the Dolphins in 2018.

“You don’t want to go 0-16, especially if this is my last year,” Gore said. “I can’t wait to get a win. I’d be so happy.”

The backups to an aging Gore are expected to be Ty Johnson and Josh Adams, who have combined for just 65 yards this season.

Replacing Ficken will be Sergio Castillo, who was solid (6-for-7 on field goals) when he got a shot with the Jets earlier this year.

Jets right tackle George Fant is expected to miss the game due to ankle and knee sprains. His backup, Chuma Edoga, has been limited in practice with a low-ankle sprain.

The Jets had at least two bright spots in last week’s 34-28 loss to the Chargers. Rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims, a second-round pick, caught three passes for a season-high 71 yards; and defensive end Harry Anderson had five tackles, one stop for a loss and a blocked punt. Yet the day ended in another defeat.

“This is,” Anderson said, “the most frustrating year I’ve ever had playing football.”

Rams seek payback against rival 49ers

The Los Angeles Rams seek to avenge an earlier loss while attempting to remain unbeaten in their new home when they host the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC West duel on Sunday afternoon.

Jimmy Garoppolo outgunned Jared Goff and the 49ers dominated time of possession when the defending NFC champs ran off to a 21-6 halftime lead and held on for a 24-16 home win over the Rams in Week 6.

Much has changed since, including the fact that Garoppolo has gone on injured reserve with a high-ankle sprain. He threw three touchdown passes in the win, all to receivers who are currently injured (tight end George Kittle), trying to return from an injury (wide receiver Deebo Samuel), or attempting to get reinstated from the COVID-19 list (wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk).

Having lost three in a row and at risk of missing the playoffs one year after they represented the NFC in the Super Bowl against Kansas City, the 49ers (4-6) are coming off a much-needed bye last week.

It wasn’t an ordinary bye. The 49ers were locked out of their practice facility all week as nine players had to go on the COVID-19 list.

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan admitted earlier this week that his team could not have taken the field for a game had one been scheduled last Sunday.

“We knew we couldn’t go any place since we had to get tested each day. It was just weird for guys not to be able to do anything for seven straight days,” he noted. “I keep saying maybe it’ll work for us because we did need some rest.”

Among those who benefited from the time off were Samuel, top running back Raheem Mostert and standout cornerback Richard Sherman. Shanahan hopes to have all three on the field in Los Angeles.

He won’t have Garoppolo. Nick Mullens replaced the starter during the club’s 37-27 defeat at the hands of Seattle in Week 9 and has subsequently started losses to Green Bay and New Orleans.

While the 49ers were watching, the Rams (7-3) ran their winning streak to two games with a 27-24 win at Tampa Bay under the Monday night spotlight. Los Angeles had beaten Seattle the week before and currently stands tied with the Seahawks (7-3) atop the NFC West.

Defense has been key to the two impressive wins. The Rams recorded six sacks and two interceptions against Seattle’s Russell Wilson before limiting Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady to just 216 passing yards with two interceptions.

Goff threw for 376 yards and three TDs in his head-to-head with Brady.

“We can be as good as we want to be, honestly,” Goff boasted after the win. “We have it all in front of us. We have some division games coming up — some big ones — but everything is there for us to take. We have to take it one week at a time and keep playing good ball.”

The 49ers have won three straight in the rivalry, including 20-7 in October 2019 when the Rams hosted the game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The team has since moved seven miles to the southwest to SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, where the Rams have gone 4-0, beating Dallas, the New York Giants, Chicago and Seattle.

CHIEFS NEWS

NFL NEWS

Rams seek payback against rival 49ers

The Los Angeles Rams seek to avenge an earlier loss while attempting to remain unbeaten in their new home when they host the San Francisco 49ers in an NFC West duel on Sunday afternoon.Jimmy GaroppContinue Reading