2015 Kansas City Chiefs season
The 2015 Kansas City Chiefs season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League, the 56th overall and the third under the head coach/general manager tandem of Andy Reid and John Dorsey. The Chiefs went through a poor start in their first 6 games as they were 1–5, lost their star running back, Jamaal Charles due to a torn ACL in his right knee during an 18–17 Week 5 loss at home against the Chicago Bears. In week 16, after their 9th consecutive victory and the Baltimore Ravens defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Chiefs clinched a playoff berth, their 2nd in 3 years, they are the first team since the 1970 Cincinnati Bengals to start the season 1–5 and qualify for the playoffs. They set the franchise record for the most consecutive victories, winning 10 in a row. In their wildcard matchup, the Chiefs played the Houston Texans; the Chiefs defeated the Texans 30–0 to earn their first playoff win in 22 years. The following week, they were defeated by the New England Patriots in the Divisional round by a score of 27–20.
Two Chiefs took home awards at the 5th Annual NFL Honors honoring performances from the 2015 season. Cornerback Marcus Peters won Defensive Rookie of the Year after leading the NFL in interceptions. Safety Eric Berry won Comeback Player of the Year after a Pro Bowl season the year after having his season cut short due to a lymphoma diagnosis. Notes The Chiefs traded their fifth-round selection to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for guard Ben Grubbs; the Chiefs traded their 3rd round pick and their 6th round pick to the Minnesota Vikings for their 3rd round pick This list is for players who were involved in more than one transaction during the season *Indicates player was signed off the practice squad of the team listed Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text. With the win, the Chiefs started their 2015 campaign at 1-0; the Broncos would score 2 touchdowns in the final minute to steal the win from the Chiefs. The second touchdown was a critical fumble by running back Jamaal Charles.
With the heartbreaking and stunning loss, the Chiefs fell to 1-1, picked up their 7th straight loss to Denver. In a rematch of the 2011 game, the Chiefs fell to 1-2. Cairo Santos would kick 7 field goals in this game, setting a new franchise record for most field goals in one game by a Kansas City kicker; the 7 kicks tied an NFL record. However, the 7 field goals by Santos were not enough to beat the Bengals, as the Chiefs fell to 1-3; the Chiefs would build a 17-3 lead at one point, but Chicago would pull off a miraculous comeback to win 18-17. The Chiefs tried a 66-yard field goal, but Santos kick went wide right and missed everything near the goalposts. During this game, the Bears fans at times outnumbered the Chiefs fans, as Chicago fans are best known for good travel. With the loss, Kansas City fell to 1-4, they would lose Jamaal Charles for the season, as he tore his ACL in this game. With their 5th straight loss, the Chiefs fell to 1-5. Ben Roethlisberger would not play in this game for the Steelers, so backup quarterback Landry Jones led the way for the Steelers.
In his first career start, the Chiefs defense would force 3 turnovers, 2 of them interceptions, the Chiefs would hold on to win 23-13. With the win, the Chiefs improved to 2-5. NFL International Series In their first game in London, the Chiefs routed the crestfallen 1-6 Detroit Lions. With the win, Kansas City improved to 3-5. Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning would set the all-time record for most passing yards in NFL history in this game, but the Chiefs defense would have themselves a day, picking off Bronco quarterbacks 5 times, 4 by Manning, 1 by Brock Osweiler, the Chiefs routed the Broncos, 29-13. With the win, the Chiefs went to 4-5, snapped their 7-game losing streak against the Broncos. With the huge win, Kansas City went to 5-5, climbed back into playoff contention. With the win, Kansas City went to 6-5. With the win, the Chiefs went to 7-5. With the low-scoring win, the Chiefs went to 8-5 and swept the Chargers for the second straight season. Rookie Marcus Peters would put the dagger into the Ravens, as he returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown.
With the win, the Chiefs went to 9-5. The Browns, led by Johnny Manziel, attempted a comeback to put a stop to Kansas City's playoff hopes, but Cleveland did not have any timeouts remaining, they ran out of time when Manziel couldn't advance the ball down the field fast enough. With the win, the Chiefs clinched a playoff spot. With their 10th straight win, the Chiefs ended their season at 11-5, they were the first team to end a season with 10 or more consecutive wins since the 2012 Broncos won 11 in a row to end their season. The Texans, who won the AFC South division with a 9–7 record, were crushed by the Chiefs; the Chiefs made postseason history as the first team to score a kick return touchdown in the opening play of the playoffs, when Knile Davis returned the opening kick 106 yards for a touchdown. After that, the game started to slow down, 3 and out Texans, 3 & out Chiefs, followed by a string of turnovers, Eric Berry's interception of Brian Hoyer, Brian Cushing's interception of Alex Smith two plays and a Hoyer fumble recovered by Dontari Poe on the ensuing drive.
The Chiefs made a field goal on the drive, although the team was able to get to the 2 yard line, a negative run by J. J. Watt and another interception by Hoyer ended the Texans' closest chance at scoring in the entire game. Although the Texans' defense forced a 3-and-out, Hoyer threw his third interception to Marcus Peters on the second play of their drive; the Chiefs, who had won 11 straight, travelled to Gillete Stadium to face the Patriots, who had advanced to the AFC Championship for the last 5 years. Th
The Atlanta Falcons are a professional American football team based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Falcons compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference South division; the Falcons joined the NFL in 1965 as an expansion team, after the NFL offered then-owner Rankin Smith a franchise to keep him from joining the rival American Football League. In their 53 years of existence, the Falcons have compiled a record of 368–466–6, winning division championships in 1980, 1998, 2004, 2010, 2012, 2016; the Falcons have appeared in two Super Bowls, the first during the 1998 season in Super Bowl XXXIII, where they lost to the Denver Broncos 34–19, the second was eighteen years a 34–28 overtime defeat by the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI. The Falcons' current home field is Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Professional football first came to Atlanta in 1962, when the American Football League staged two preseason contests, with one featuring the Denver Broncos vs. the Houston Oilers and the second pitting the Dallas Texans against the Oakland Raiders.
Two years the AFL held another exhibition, this time with the New York Jets taking on the San Diego Chargers. In 1965, after the Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium was built, the city of Atlanta felt the time was right to start pursuing professional football. One independent group, active in NFL exhibition promotions in Atlanta applied for franchises in both the AFL and NFL, acting on its own with no guarantee of stadium rights. Another group reported it had deposited earnest money for a team in the AFL. With everyone running in different directions, some local businessmen worked out a deal and were awarded an AFL franchise on June 8, contingent upon acquiring exclusive stadium rights from city officials. NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, moving in Atlanta matters, was spurred by the AFL interest and headed on the next plane down to Atlanta to block the rival league's claim on the city of Atlanta, he forced the city to make a choice between the two leagues. The AFL's original expansion plans in June 1965 were for two new teams in 1966, in Atlanta and Philadelphia.
It evolved into the Miami Dolphins in 1966 and the Cincinnati Bengals in 1968. The NFL had planned to add two teams in 1967; the odd number of teams resulted in one idle team each week, with each team playing fourteen games over fifteen weeks. The second expansion team, the New Orleans Saints, joined the NFL as planned in 1967 as its sixteenth franchise; the Atlanta Falcons franchise began on June 30, 1965, when Rozelle granted ownership to forty-year-old Rankin Smith Sr. an Executive Vice President of Life Insurance Company of Georgia. He paid the highest price in NFL history at the time for a franchise. Rozelle and Smith made the deal in about five minutes and the Atlanta Falcons brought the largest and most popular sport to the city of Atlanta; the Atlanta expansion team became the fifteenth NFL franchise, they were awarded the first overall pick in the 1966 NFL Draft as well as the final pick in each of the first five rounds. They selected consensus All-American linebacker Tommy Nobis from the University of Texas, making him the first-ever Falcon.
The league held the expansion draft six weeks in which Atlanta selected unprotected players from the fourteen existing franchises. Although the Falcons selected many good players in those drafts, they still were not able to win right away; the Atlanta team received its nickname on August 29, 1965. Miss Julia Elliott, a school teacher from Griffin, was singled out from many people who suggested "Falcons" as the nickname for the new franchise, she wrote: "the Falcon is dignified, with great courage and fight. It never drops its prey, it is deadly and has a great sporting tradition." The Falcons' inaugural season was in 1966, their first preseason game was on August 1, a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Under head coach Norb Hecker, Atlanta lost their first nine regular season games in 1966. Two weeks Atlanta won at Minnesota, beat St. Louis in Atlanta the next week for their first home win; the team finished the 1960s with twelve wins in four seasons. The Falcons had their first Monday Night Football game in Atlanta during the 1970 season, a 20–7 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
The only two winning seasons in their first twelve years were 1971 and 1973. In the 1978 season, the Falcons qualified for the playoffs for the first time and won the Wild Card game against the Eagles 14–13; the following week, they lost to the Dallas Cowboys 27–20 in the Divisional Playoffs. In the 1980 season, after a nine-game winning streak, the Falcons posted a franchise then-best record of 12–4 and captured their first NFC West division title; the next week, their dream season ended at home with a loss to the Cowboys 30–27 in the divisional playoffs. In the strike-shortened 1982 season, the Falcons made the playoffs but lost to the Minnesota Vikings, 30–24. Falcons coach Leeman Bennett was fired after the loss; the team had losing seasons for the next eight years. In the 1989 NFL Draft, the Falcons selected cornerback Deion Sanders in the first round
Andrew Walter Reid is an American football head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. Reid was the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, a position he held from 1999 to 2012. From 2001 to 2012, he was the Eagles' executive vice president of football operations making him the team's general manager, he led the Eagles to five National Football Conference championship games, including four consecutive appearances from 2001–2004, one Super Bowl appearance in 2005. Reid ranks seventh in NFL head coaching wins at 207, which are the most of an NFL head coach not to win a championship. Born in Los Angeles, Reid attended John Marshall High School and worked as a vendor at Dodger Stadium as a teenager, he played youth sports in East Hollywood at Lemon Grove Recreation Center, among his coaches was Pete Arbogast, the radio announcer for the USC football team, the radio play-by-play man for the Cincinnati Bengals. In 1971, at age 13, Reid appeared live on Monday Night Football during the Punt and Kick competition.
Reid played offensive tackle at Glendale Community College in California. Reid played offensive tackle at Brigham Young University from 1978 to 1980 where he was a teammate of Jim McMahon. After graduating from BYU in 1981, he spent one year as a graduate assistant on the school's football coaching staff, he spent the next nine years as an offensive line coach with four colleges, including in 1986 with Northern Arizona University when he coached Frank Pollack, who went on to play for six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Reid was hired as an assistant coach by the Green Bay Packers in 1992, the same year quarterback Brett Favre became a member of that team. In 1995, he became the assistant offensive line and tight ends coach, where he helped lead the 1996 team to a Super Bowl XXXI win over the New England Patriots. Reid was named the Packers' quarterbacks coach in 1997, replacing Marty Mornhinweg, who left to be the offensive coordinator for his predecessor in Green Bay, Steve Mariucci. Mariucci wanted Reid to be his offensive coordinator in San Francisco, but Packers head coach Mike Holmgren prevented the move.
The quality of Reid's work with the Packers attracted considerable notice throughout the league, leading to his being hired as the head coach of the Eagles on January 11, 1999. At the time, many in the local media in Philadelphia criticized the hiring, citing the availability of other candidates who had past records of success as head coaches, it was noted that Reid had never been an offensive coordinator or defensive coordinator at the time of the hiring. The Eagles considered hiring Mike Holmgren, Reid's boss in Green Bay, as head coach to replace Ray Rhodes, fired after leading the Eagles to a league-worst 3–13 season. However, Holmgren opted to join the Seattle Seahawks instead, but advised Eagles owner Jeff Lurie to hire Reid. In 2001, Reid was named executive vice president of football operations of the Eagles making him the team's general manager. Although the Eagles have had someone with the title of general manager since 2005, Reid had the final say on football matters; the Eagles in 1998 under coach Ray Rhodes, finished in a three-way tie for the NFL's worst record at 3–13, which gave the team the second overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft.
The Eagles hired Reid as their head coach in 1999. The team drafted dual-threat quarterback Donovan McNabb with the 2nd overall pick, although Reid started former Packers backup Doug Pederson for the first nine games of the season, they improved their record by two games in 1999 to finish at 5–11. In 2000, the Eagles posted an 11-5 regular-season record and won their first playoff game since the 1995 season, beating Tampa Bay in Philadelphia on New Year's Eve. In 2001, Reid's Eagles won the first of four consecutive National Football Conference's Eastern Division titles, the longest such streak in franchise history, advanced to the conference championship game in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, losing this game on the first three occasions; the 2003 team qualified for postseason play after opening the season with two losses, both at home, was the first NFL team to reach the conference title round of the playoffs after having been shut out at home on opening day. The 2004 team was the second NFC East squad to defeat all of its division rivals twice during the same regular season.
The 2004 Eagles clinched the NFC 1st seed with a 13–1 record and proceeded to rest their starters for the final 2 games. After 3 straight NFC Championship losses, the team beat the Falcons 27–10 and made it to Super Bowl XXXIX but fell to the New England Patriots 24–21 in the final minutes; the 2005 season was difficult for Reid, as he was unprepared to deal with wide receiver Terrell Owens' flamboyant persona, which forced Reid to permanently deactivate him midway through the season. A couple of weeks quarterback Donovan McNabb suffered a season-ending injury, leaving the Eagles without the services of two of their star players; the Eagles lost eight of their last ten games and finished 6–10. On the bright side, with their third win of the season–a 23-20 win over the Oakland Raiders–Reid passed Greasy Neale to become the winningest coach in franchise history; the Eagles enjoyed a rollercoaster campaign under Reid in 2006. The season appeared to be lost by October with another season-ending injury to
Jerrell Quartez Powe is a former American football nose tackle. He was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, he played college football for Ole Miss. Powe attended Wayne County High School in Waynesboro, where he had 71 tackles and 14 sacks as a junior; as a senior, he was credited including nine QB sacks, while forcing five fumbles. Powe subsequently earned All-American honors by USA Today. Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Powe was listed as the No. 3 defensive tackle prospect in the nation, behind DeMarcus Granger and Callahan Bright. He chose Ole Miss over Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M. Entering Ole Miss with a lot of hype, Powe was deemed a "potential freshman star" by some in the media. However, he had not completed the necessary 14 core courses in high school, therefore was denied freshman eligibility, he spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy, a prep school in Virginia—where he was classmates with Vidal Hazelton, Keiland Williams, fellow Ole Miss recruit John Jerry—, taking correspondence courses, but was again denied eligibility.
The NCAA said at the time that Powe could either go to a junior college. Powe returned to Waynesboro to retake courses, attended Penn Foster Career School, a prep school in Scranton and took correspondence courses in 2006, he returned to Ole Miss for the 2007 season, as the NCAA allowed him to practice for 14 days while it sorted out his status in August 2007 again denied his quest to play for the Rebels. Powe could not practice or participate. Returning to the football field in 2008, Powe saw action in 12 games, missing only Arkansas, earned his first letter, he totaled eight tackles with 3.5 tackles-for-a-loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks, while recording an interception. In 2009, Powe became a full-time starter for the Rebels and, according to Tony Pauline of Sports Illustrated, had NFL scouts "excited about his upside potential", he registered 34 tackles, including 12 TFLs, 3 quarterback sacks. In his senior season, his numbers dropped to 27 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He was awarded all-Conference Second Team honors after each year.
Coming into his final season Powe was rated as the top nose tackle prospect and drew comparisons to B. J. Raji, but he had a somewhat disappointing season and watched his stock slip. Graded as a second to third round talent, Powe fell in the 2011 NFL Draft due to his high age—24 years, 46 days on draft day. Powe was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 6th round. In his rookie season, Powe was third on the depth chart at nose tackle, behind veteran Kelly Gregg and journeyman Amon Gordon, he made his NFL debut for the Chiefs in a loss against New England on November 21, 2011—his only game in 2011. In 2012, Powe competed with Anthony Toribio and rookie Dontari Poe to succeed the retiring Gregg at nose tackle losing out to Poe. Powe appeared only in nine games in 2012; the Chiefs waived him in the last round of final cuts on September 1, 2013. On December 3, 2013, Powe was signed by the Chiefs. On December 13, 2013, the Chiefs released Powe. Powe re-signed with the Chiefs on December 19, 2013.
On March 18, 2014, Powe signed with the Houston Texans. On June 1, 2015, Powe signed with the Washington Redskins. On September 5, Powe was released for final roster cuts before the start of the regular season. Powe signed a futures contract with the team on January 4, 2016; the team released him on September 3, 2016. Houston Texans bio Kansas City Chiefs bio Ole Miss Rebels bio
Branden Albert is a former American football offensive tackle who played nine seasons in the National Football League. He played college football at Virginia and was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs 15th overall in the 2008 NFL Draft, he played for the Miami Dolphins and was a member of Jacksonville Jaguars before announcing his retirement in 2017. Albert grew up in a single-parent home in New York, he failed his freshman year of high school twice and nearly flunked out of school midway through his third year as a ninth-grader. His mother, Susan Albert, decided to send him to Washington, D. C. where his older brother Ashley Sims, a defensive lineman for the Maryland Terrapins from 1994 to 1997, worked as a probation officer. As a junior at Glen Burnie High School, he started playing football, he was a part of the basketball team, which made it to the state finals the final two years of Albert's career. Considered only a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Albert was not ranked among the nation's top recruits.
Because he had played football for only one season, but because of Albert's poor grades, the University of Virginia was the only school to recruit Albert, first helping him enroll at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va to improve his grades, subsequently offering him a scholarship. Still struggling academically, Albert spent the 2004 season at Hargrave Military Academy, he played football and was able to obtain a qualifying grade-point average and standardized test score. Albert would credit Hargrave and coach Robert Prunty for his success. Albert started all 37 games during his three-year career at Virginia at the offensive guard position as D'Brickashaw Ferguson and five-star recruit Eugene Monroe occupied the left tackle spot, he was only the second Virginia freshman since 1972 to start on the offensive line. Albert earned first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a junior. Albert was the first guard taken in the draft, as well as the second Virginia Cavalier, he was the highest selected guard since Chris Naeole went 10th overall to the New Orleans Saints in the 1997 NFL Draft.
On July 24, 2008, Albert signed a five-year contract with the Chiefs. It was announced by the Chiefs that he would be moved to the tackle position, though he played guard at Virginia. Despite missing all four preseason games with a foot injury suffered at training camp, Albert still managed to start 15 games at left tackle, he allowed just 4.5 sacks in 2008, the only penalty called against him all season was a false start. With high expectations, 2009 was a disappointing struggle for Albert, he committed his 9 sacks allowed were the fifth most in the league. He started the other 14 games. Despite his struggles, Albert finished the season a little stronger allowing no sacks in the final three games. Head coach Todd Haley called his 2009 performance an "adjustment period" after losing nearly 40 pounds the last offseason in his request. Albert has established himself as the Chiefs left tackle, he started 16 games in the 2011 season at left tackle covering left guard due to the recent acquisition of Jared Gaither from the Baltimore Ravens.
Albert received the Chiefs franchise tag March 5, 2013. Albert would have his best season in 2013 albeit playing in only 12 games, he was a key component in Kansas City's run scheme led by Jamaal Charles who totaled 1980 all purpose yards. Albert made it to the 2013 Pro Bowl. On March 11, 2014, Albert signed a five-year, $47 million contract with the Miami Dolphins. At the conclusion of the 2015 NFL season, Albert was selected to play in his second Pro Bowl. On March 9, 2017, Albert was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars for tight end Julius Thomas. However, on July 31, 2017, Albert announced his retirement after nine seasons in the league, saying: "GOD has blessed me with so much through football that I thought would never be attainable. It’s been a blessing. I cherish all of the relationships and people I have encountered while playing in the NFL!" After spending just over a week retired, Albert expressed interest in returning to the NFL and the Jaguars. On August 8, 2017, the Jaguars moved Albert from the "left team" list to the reserve/retired list after expressing interest in returning.
On August 11, 2017, Albert was released by the Jaguars. Jacksonville Jaguars bio Miami Dolphins bio Kansas City Chiefs bio University of Virginia Cavaliers bio
Jermelle Cudjo is an American football defensive tackle, a free agent. He played college football at Central Oklahoma, he has played for Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants. Cudjo was a standout at Lawton MacArthur High School, he was an All-State selection as a senior. At the University of Central Oklahoma Cudjo was a three-time All-Conference selection, he finished with 12 sacks. As a freshman at the University of Central Oklahoma, Cudjo redshirted. In 2006 as a redshirt freshman he made 33 tackles with four for loss in 11 games played, he blocked a total of six kicks on the season while adding half of two fumble recoveries. In 2007, as a sophomore, Cudjo made 47 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, had 3.5 sacks and was named First-team All-Lone Star North. In 2008, during his junior year, he broke through with 60 tackles, 15.5 for loss with 4.5 sacks and was named First-team All-Lone Star North. He followed that up with 58 tackles with 12.5 for loss and 3.5 sacks as a senior in 2009 and was voted as a Second-team All-Lone Star North.
After his senior season Cudjo played at the Cactus Bowl, the NCAA Division II All Star game in Kingsville, Texas. Cudjo was made the Rams 53-man opening day roster, he was released on May 15, 2014. Cudjo signed with the Kansas City Chiefs during the 2014 offseason, but was released on August 25, 2014. Cudjo signed with the Detroit Lions on January 9, 2015. Cudjo made the 53 man roster out of training camp. On July 29, 2016, Cudjo signed with the Giants. On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Giants. St. Louis Rams Bio