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Sunday's game pitting the Carolina Panthers and host Kansas City took on a lesser meaning after Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend before committing suicide Saturday in front of his coach and general manager at the team's facility. The NFL instructed the Panthers to travel to Kansas City shortly after Saturday's tragedy at Arrowhead Stadium, and the Chiefs said in a statement that it told the league it intended to play the game as scheduled. "After discussions between the league office, head coach Romeo Crennel and Chiefs team captains, the Chiefs advised the NFL that it will play (Sunday's) game vs. the Carolina Panthers at its originally scheduled time." Cam Newton threw for a pair of touchdowns and rushed for two more as Carolina posted a 30-22 victory over Philadelphia. Newton could be in line for another field day against Kansas City, which can match its longest losing skid in franchise history with a ninth straight loss on Sunday. This season's Chiefs would like to keep the 1987 and 2007 renditions of the club in their rear-view mirror. To do that, Kansas City will need to find the end zone - a place it has failed to visit in 173 minutes, 37 seconds of game time. The Chiefs mustered just three field goals in last week's 17-9 setback to AFC West rival Denver.

TV: 1 p.m. ET, FOX. LINE: Panthers -3, O/U 40.5

ABOUT THE PANTHERS (3-8): With Jonathan Stewart likely sidelined with a high ankle sprain, DeAngelo Williams will receive the lion's share of the work in the backfield. Williams enjoyed considerable success in his last meeting versus Kansas City, rushing for two touchdowns and adding a receiving score in a 34-0 rout on Oct. 5, 2008. On the other side of the ball, linebacker Luke Kuechly has recorded a rookie-best 105 tackles this season.

ABOUT THE CHIEFS (1-10): Kansas City will stick with Brady Quinn in hopes of securing its first victory at Arrowhead Stadium. Quinn, who has completed just 22 passes for 221 yards in six quarters, will look to ignite an offense which has mustered just three touchdowns in the last seven contests. Jamaal Charles rushed for 107 yards last week, but his biggest headlines came off the field when he asked for the autograph of future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.


1. Newton was named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week following Monday's stellar performance.

2. Panthers wide receiver Brandon LaFell has scored in each of his last two games.

3. The Chiefs are a minus-21 in turnovers this season.

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Last Injuries

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Mitchell Schwartz

    day-to-day | questionable

    Schwartz was absent from the last game due to a back injury, and it is uncertain if he will be active against the Jets in Week 8.

  • Martinas Rankin

    day-to-day | I-R

    Rankin has been designated for the PUP list with a patella injury. His two-week window to be activated has now begun.

  • Alex Okafor

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Okafor has been shifted to the injured reserve list with a hamstring injury, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Taco Charlton

    day-to-day | questionable

    Charlton missed the last game with a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will play Week 8 against the Jets.

  • Khalen Saunders

    Prob Sun | probable

    Saunders has been activated from the Injured Reserve/Designated for Return list after recovering from a dislocated elbow, and he is likely to return against the Broncos on Sunday.

  • Kelechi Osemele

    I-R | I-R

    Oselmele suffered torn tendons in both of his knees, and the team has put him on the injured reserve list.

  • Anthony Hitchens

    Ques Mon | questionable

    Hitchens was forced from the previous game with a hand injury and is now ailing from an illness. It is unknown if he will suit up Monday against the Bills.

  • Anthony Sherman

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Sherman will be on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list for an extended period after displaying symptoms of the virus.

Carolina Panthers

  • Russell Okung

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Okung departed the last contest with a calf injury, leaving his availability for Thursday's contest against the Falcons hazy.

  • John Miller

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Miller missed the previous contest with an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up versus the Falcons on Thursday.

  • Rasul Douglas

    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Douglas has been entered on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is uncertain how long the symptoms will take to dissipate.

  • Curtis Samuel

    Prob Sun | probable

    Samuel was absent from the lineup for the last game with a knee injury, but it is likely that he will play Sunday against the Saints.

  • Donte Jackson

    Prob Sun | probable

    Jackson is dealing with a toe injury, but it is expected that he will take the field Sunday against the Saints.

  • Zach Kerr

    Prob Sun | probable

    Kerr is nursing a toe injury, but he is anticipated to face the Saints on Sunday.

  • Eli Apple

    Prob Sun | probable

    Apple has been absent from the previous two games with a hamstring injury, but he is expected to suit up versus the Saints on Sunday.

  • Mike Davis

    Prob Sun | probable

    Davis has an ankle injury, but he is expected to be available against Saints on Sunday.