Chicken noodle soup, anyone?

Days before their biggest game in four years, the Kansas City Chiefs are going back to the basics ... way back.

Calling it “Kindergarten rules,” the team is trying to avoid a flu outbreak by having its players take extra steps to avoid getting sick -- right down to the basics of washing their hands with warm water and soap.

Whatever it takes.

Three players, including Pro Bowl receiver Dwayne Bowe and Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters have missed practice time this week with the flu. Waters missed Wednesday and Thursday’s practices. Bowe returned to practice Thursday. The Chiefs host Baltimore in an AFC wild-card game Sunday.

  • The Chargers will be rooting for the Jets at Indianapolis on Saturday. If the Jets win, San Diego will get a second-round pick instead of a third-round pick from New York as compensation from the Antonio Cromartie trade. That’s a big difference in picks. The Chargers already have an extra third-round pick from the Charlie Whitehurst trade with Seattle.

  • It’s no surprise Oakland defensive lineman Richard Seymour has withdrawn from the Pro Bowl because of an injury. He missed the final two games with a hamstring injury.

  • You need to check out Jeffri Chadiha’s Hot Read on the Chiefs’ run to the playoffs. He has the gruesome details of coach Todd Haley’s midseason leg injury that was suffered during practice. Tough dude, that Haley.

  • Kansas City safety Eric Berry was named the NFL’s defensive rookie of the month. He had 39 tackles, and two interceptions, including one for a touchdown in the month. The award capped a very strong rookie season for Berry, who was the No. 5 overall pick.

  • In a radio interview, Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell discusses the firing of coach Tom Cable this week and his relationship with Hue Jackson, Oakland’s offensive coordinator and the leading candidate to replace Cable.