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Know Your Enemy: The Kansas City Chiefs

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Know Your Enemy: The Kansas City Chiefs

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Quarterback Kyle Orton of the Kansas City Chiefs watches from the sidelines during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 27, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

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The Neckbeard returns this Sunday, accompanied by a coach who isn't fond of shaving, a back-up QB, and a subtle scent of Gates' BBQ sauce. What else do you need to know about the Chiefs before kickoff?

Who's your QB? After the injury to Matt Cassel, the Chiefs relied on back-up Tyler Palko. His first three outings earned him a QB rating of 47.5. After Kyle Orton was cut, the Chiefs picked him up on waivers, but he hasn't played for Kansas City yet. The most interesting subplot to the game will be watching if the Chiefs turned to the QB-Formerly-Known-As-The-Neckbeard, or if they will stick with Palko.

Schedule snafus: The Chiefs are in the middle of a tough stretch. Starting two weeks ago with the Patriots, they have five 2010 playoff teams in a row, including all four of the teams who played in the conference championships.

Somewhere over the Dwayne Bowe: The Chiefs feature two wide receivers whose names you will hear often on Sunday. Bowe is one of the league's top receivers, with 55 catches for 819 yards. Steve Breaston has 43 catches for 600 yards, which puts him just behind Johnny Knox, the Bears top receiver. Both men have been slowed by Cassel's injury.

Sack-tastic: The Chiefs are not good at sacking the QB. They have the fewest in the league. However, if someone gets a hand on Caleb Hanie, it will be Tamba Hali, who has seven sacks for a loss of 50 yards this season.

Hello old friend: Two key members of the Bears 2006 Super Bowl team will be on the field. Orton, who may or may not be the starting quarterback, and Thomas Jones, who was the Bears leading rusher that year. Todd Haley, the Chiefs head coach, was the Bears receivers coach for the 2001 playoff team.

Name game: The Chiefs have a player named Sabby Piscitelli. He has 23 tackles, but is that nearly as important as his name?

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