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Turnarounds in Kansas City and Houston

Friday - 10/18/2013, 1:44am  ET

AP Pro Football Writer

How pretty the turnaround in Kansas City has been.

How ugly the turnaround in Houston has been.

When the Texans visit the Chiefs on Sunday, it will match up a title contender against a team trying to get things going in the right direction. With a twist, of course: The Texans are also-rans instead of AFC South leaders, and the Chiefs are undefeated rather than simply rebuilding from a 2-14 season.

Kansas City has won six in a row, and Houston has dropped four straight. The Chiefs are a takeaway machine with 18 and a plus-12 differential. Houston is very charitable with 15 turnovers and a minus-12.

But the Chiefs don't want to hear anything about being 6-0.

"If you allow that to happen, there's where you get into problems," said coach Andy Reid, the man most responsible for the winning after joining the Chiefs this season following 14 generally successful seasons in Philadelphia. "Personally, I don't worry about all that, and I haven't seen any of our guys worry about all that."

There's plenty to worry about in Houston, where Case Keenum gets his first NFL start at quarterback for the injured Matt Schaub.

"I've been around a few teams that have gotten in a funk, turned the ball over and made mistakes. This has been very, very difficult," coach Gary Kubiak said. "You don't stay the same. If it continues, you've got to continue to search for something each week. That's what we're trying to do this week by changing things up and trying to get it to go away."

Seahawks 34, Cardinals 22

In Glendale, Ariz., Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes, Marshawn Lynch rushed for 91 yards and Seattle beat Arizona on Thursday night.

The Seahawks (6-1) intercepted two of Carson Palmer's passes, converting both into touchdowns, and sacked him seven times, including one by Chris Clemons, who had been questionable for the game with a hyperextended elbow.

Arizona (3-4) got a touchdown and one of its three field goals after Wilson twice fumbled while being sacked deep in Seattle territory.

Palmer has thrown 11 interceptions in the past five games and 13 this season, second only to Eli Manning's 15.

Seattle sent the Cardinals to their seventh straight loss against an NFC West foe.

On Sunday, it's Peyton Manning's return to Indianapolis as the Broncos visit the Colts in prime time; Dallas is at Philadelphia; Cleveland at Green Bay; Baltimore at Pittsburgh; Cincinnati at Detroit; San Francisco at Tennessee; Chicago at Washington; New England at the New York Jets; Buffalo at Miami; San Diego at Jacksonville; Tampa Bay at Atlanta; and St. Louis at Carolina.

Minnesota is at the New York Giants on Monday night.

Off this week are Oakland and New Orleans.

Denver (6-0) at Indianapolis (4-2)

The return of the great quarterback, well advanced at age 37.

Manning will be honored before the game in the stadium he helped get built and by the fans to whom he brought almost nothing but winning football -- and a Super Bowl title.

Then he will do what he has always done, going out to beat the opponent. If he wins, he will join Brett Favre as the only quarterbacks to beat all 32 franchises.

"I don't play there anymore, but I've continued to communicate and I've enjoyed those times when I see someone from Indiana in a hotel or an '18' Colts jersey out here at practice," Manning said. "There's always a connection there. I think to have to deliver a message means I've been gone and I don't think I really have."

Denver and Kansas City are the two remaining unbeatens.

Dallas (3-3) at Philadelphia (3-3)

The winner will take over first place in the NFC East. Imagine that, a team with a winning record in this downtrodden division.

Dallas might have to get there without two stars: DE DeMarcus Ware (thigh) and RB DeMarco Murray (knee). The Eagles, losers of eight straight at home, figure to have Nick Foles at quarterback instead of Michael Vick.

Regardless, look for lots of wide-open offense.

"Our challenge right now is as big as it can get because it's the Dallas Cowboys," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. "That's the way we look at it. We don't look at it and compare this week and that week and how we are. They have got our full attention. Our eyes are totally focused on the Cowboys and we are not comparing them to anybody else."

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