NFL notes: Chiefs' cleats contribute to NFL record
The Kansas City Chiefs did their part to make Sunday the most touchdown-filled day in NFL history.
There were 90 trips across the end zone in the 14 NFL games Sunday, six by the Chiefs in their 45-10 triumph at Washington. What made the record so astounding was the frightful weather conditions at most of the games.
Snow, ice and bitter cold spread throughout the map, especially in the Northeast. Snow accumulated on the fields in games at Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington. All of them produced games where the total points exceeded 50.
Snow and sloppy tracks are supposed to impact the footing and slow the game. But the Eagles' LeSean McCoy rushed for 217 yards against Detroit in Philadelphia and the Chiefs' Jamaal Charles ran for 151 at Washington.
Footing was not an issue for the Chiefs, not after team equipment manager Allen Wright took his pregame walk on the turf in cleats. He came back into the locker room and changed the shoes' smaller studs for longer ones.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said the team set up something akin to an assembly line in the locker room before the game.
"He goes out there and moves around a little bit to get a feel for the turf," Reid said of Wright. "Not that he's Jamaal Charles out there. Then he comes back and gets with the players.
"They changed them out right before the game. They had the rivets and drills to buzz those things off, and put the new ones on. We went with a little longer cleat. I wouldn't mention it if I didn't think it was a factor."
The Chiefs returned two kicks for scores, both in the second quarter: Dexter McCluster's 74-yard punt return, and Quintin Demps' 95-yard kickoff return.
Te'o tunes out taunts
Manti Te'o says his rough rookie season has nothing to do with the flack he's faced over getting fooled by a hoax involving a fake girlfriend while at Notre Dame.
The San Diego Chargers rookie linebacker said in his first conference call of the season Tuesday that he has yet to play a complete game in the NFL but that's because of his adjustment to the pros and not because he's distracted in any way by the catcalls from opposing teams or their fans.
Te'o said he does a good job blocking out the chatter from the stands.
"I've definitely heard things, but my job is to go out there and to play ball and do my best and hopefully come out with a win," he said.
Around the league
Dolphins • Defensive tackle Randy Starks says he's hearing plenty of teasing from teammates for his role in a video that has gone viral. After Starks fell on a Pittsburgh fumble, the video shows center Cody Wallace trying to make him cough up the ball by poking him repeatedly with his left fist in the backside below the waist, an off-limits area even in the rough-and-tumble NFL.
Starks said he didn't retaliate because when he rose from the pile, he wasn't sure of the perpetrator. Wallace faces a possible fine for the incident in Miami's 34-28 victory Sunday.
Ravens • Baltimore placed receiver Brandon Stokley on injured reserve, ending his season. Stokley suffered a concussion in Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. The 37-year-old Stokley has had multiple concussions over his 15-year career. Stokley was replaced on the roster by running back Bernard Scott, who was waived Saturday to make room for tight end Dennis Pitta.