Five Things to Watch in Chiefs @ Chargers

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Kansas City takes on the Los Angeles Chargers this Sunday in their first meeting of the season. Both teams are coming off close games, albeit alternate endings. The Chiefs are coming off a seven point win, while LA returns home after a two-point loss to the Miami Dolphins, as they're now 5-19 in the last 24 one-possession games. This division rivalry has had very little bite to it as of late, since the Chiefs haven't lost to the Chargers in over three seasons. With these five keys, I explain why that streak will continue. 1. Alex Smith Who foresaw this version of Alex that we're seeing this season? I sure didn't, and his sudden aptitude to push the ball down field is one of the key storylines of the first couple weeks in the NFL. His 257 deep passing yards (passes thrown twenty or more yards in the air) leads the NFL. The Chargers boast one of the league's best corner duos with Jason Verrett and Casey Heyward, but if Smith can throw deep on these guys, the Chiefs can truly be [Read more...]

#BreakingBalboni

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The 2017 Kansas City Royals season has had quite a lot of ups and downs, though there has been one constant: third baseman Mike Moustakas’ chase of Steve Balboni’s franchise’s single-season HR record. The elusive 36 HR mark is the lowest total by any franchise’s single-season home run king, and the Royals are the only franchise that has never seen one of their own eclipse 40 DONGS. In fact, no Major League Baseball player calling Kansas City home has ever made 40 trips to DONGTOWN. Bob Cerv of the Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) hit 38 in 1958. His total stands as the best in Kansas City, but, let’s get to Balboni’s number first. His record has stood for over thirty years. Records are meant to be broken and this one needed to go down. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that fans don’t like Balboni. Many of us, that remember him, like him just fine. Baseball is a LONG season – a grind, a marathon and not a sprint. Kansas City Royals fans like to get behind a variety of things happening [Read more...]

Duffy makes his return, but should it be in the bullpen?

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The Royals, one night after blowing a chance to end the Indians historic winning streak, snapped it at 22 games with a 4-3 win Friday Night. They lost again yesterday. The Twins, meanwhile, lost both nights, and the Royals (73-75), trail the Twins for the No. 2 Wild Card by four games with 13 games left. Today, with a chance to split the series against the lava-hot Indians, Ned Yost has his most talented starting pitcher Danny Duffy returning from the DL (his second stint) for the first time since August 26. With his return, Yost will employ a 6-man rotation. Ian Kennedy, who missed his last start (shoulder fatigue) will re-enter. Duffy (8-8), who haw started 21 games, posting a 3.78 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 131 innings, will be on a pitch count of 60-65 pitches to not “aggravate” the injury. Much like 2013, needing a minor miracle to make the playoffs, I have to pose the question…why even put Duffy in the rotation. Or…why even pitch him at all? Duffy, who pitched a second bullpen [Read more...]

Five Things To Watch In Chiefs Home Opener

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Last week was a big one for both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. KC got the big win on opening night, and Philly won 30-17 on the road over the Washington Redskins. Both Alex Smith (28-35, 368 yards, 4 TD) and Carson Wentz (26-39, 307 yards, 2 TD, INT) enjoyed positive starts to the season and oversaw big road wins for their respective squads. On Sunday, Doug Pederson will travel to Arrowhead to take on Andy Reid's Chiefs, his employer of the previous three seasons. In Pederson's first game the Eagles offense did a lot of things that helped make Alex Smith so successful. Taking advantage of their tight end (Zach Ertz caught 8 passes for 93 yards) and giving his quarterback lots of high percentage throws kept the Philadelphia offense on schedule, despite Wentz's inconsistent ball placement and turnovers (one interception returned score, and fumble lost on a backward pass). The Chiefs lost just twice at home last season, and on Sunday, I expect them to win, thanks [Read more...]

A look back at the Chiefs historic win at New England

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The first Sunday of the 2017 NFL season has come and gone. One in which the Chiefs did not play; but let's not forget what the Chiefs did in their opener. The Patriots were favored by nine points. They were defending Super Bowl champions. They had home field advantage and the GOAT quarterback. The Patriots had only lost twice at home in over five years. Throughout the first quarter, it looked as if New England would continue their reign of terror at Foxborough. They moved the ball with ease, and Tom Brady was untouched. Mike Gillislee scored on a short run to take the lead, and then they recovered a Kareem Hunt fumble - his first since HIGH SCHOOL - on the Chiefs first offensive snap. After not fumbling once on 858 collegiate touches, Hunt went over to the sideline to be encouraged by teammates. A short time later, the Patriots were faced with third and six. Brady completed a short pass to Danny Amendola, but he was left a yard short. Going on the offensive, the team [Read more...]

Five Keys to Chiefs Victory at New England

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Tonight is the night. It's finally here. The NFL season begins with a match up of two division winners from last season. The New England Patriots welcome the Kansas City Chiefs in defense of their fifth Super Bowl title. We all remember how they stormed back from twenty five points down against the Atlanta Falcons, to win one of the most exciting games the NFL has ever offered, but how have these two changed since? Both teams had busy offseasons. For the Patriots, they made a slew of high profile trades that added more juice to an already loaded roster. After acquiring Brandin Cooks, Dwayne Allen, and most recently Philip Dorsett, Tom Brady's offense looks more deadly than ever, although he did lose his security blanket Julian Edelman to a torn ACL (Brady-led offense scores 10 lets points per game without Edelman than with him). Defensively, they return most of their starters, but free agency saw them net one of the league's better cornerbacks, Stephon Gilmore, away from division [Read more...]

Breakdown of the Chiefs 53-man roster

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With kickoff less than two days away, the Chiefs 53-man roster has been set since Saturday, but tonight I'm giving my analysis on the players they kept and cut. QB: Alex Smith, Patrick Mahomes, Tyler Bray Another day, another dollar for Tyler Bray. From Chase Daniel to Aaron Murray, he's lasted longer than them all. He'll never see the field barring the Chiefs suddenly  morphing into the Browns, but it is fun to note. RB: Kareem Hunt, Charcandrick West, Anthony Sherman, CJ Spiller With Ware out for the year, Hunt, just like he did in college (Toledo), inherits the starting role. He could be the next great Andy Reid running back. He shined in the preseason and will see a heavy dose of rushes and targets in Reid's RB friendly offense, although OC Matt Nagy said both Spiller, who was cut and resigned, and West, who struggled last season, will play a role. WR: Tyreek Hill, Albert Wilson, Chris Conley, Jehu Chesson, Demarcus Robinson, De'Anthony Thomas Short on experience, [Read more...]

Kansas City’s Risers and Fallers Heading Into Preseason Finale

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Friday Night was a disappointing dress rehearsal for the Chiefs. Losing 26-13 to the Seattle Seahawks, they proved to be sloppy (14 penalties for 126 yards, 2 fumbles, and numerous drops), disjointed, and appeared to be out of sync. Spencer Ware also left the game in the first quarter with a non-contact knee injury. Feared at first to be a torn ACL, Andy Reid announced that it was only a sprained knee, later to de determined a torn PCL that will likely require season ending surgery. Gaining just 102 yards was the first team offense, and led by an oft-hurried Alex Smith, who didn't score once. In fact, their only touchdown came off a 95-yard kick return by De'Anthony Thomas. Kicker Sam Ficken converted two of three field goal attempts, and despite a loss that brought many fans back to reality after hearing championship aspirations from media and players, they escaped with plenty of teaching tape as they prepare to take on the New England Patriots on September 7. Three games in, and [Read more...]

2017 Chiefs 53-Man Roster Projection, 3.0

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Ahead of tonight’s fourth preseason game, this is our third preseason installment of projecting the Chiefs 53-man roster. QUARTERBACKS (3): Alex Smith, Patrick Mahomes, Tyler Bray Mahomes will have the keys in tonight's preseason finale. Tyler Bray will also play. Will he be the third QB, or someone not yet on the roster. Practice Squad candidate:  Joel Stave RUNNING BACK/FULLBACK (4): Kareem Hunt, C.J. Spiller, Charcandrick West, FB Anthony Sherman In last weeks 2.0 version of our 53 we leaned towards keeping 4 RB after West week 2 performance. Hunt, who was billed to be in a timeshare with Spencer Ware, has now inherited the job, after Ware's season-ending injury. He'll be the first rookie to start at RB for the Chiefs since the Nigerian Nightmare Christian Okoye. Hunt should carry the bulk of the load while rotating Spiller and West behind him. Practice Squad candidate: Devine Redding WIDE RECEIVER (6): Tyreek Hill, Chris Conley, DeAnthony Thomas, Jehu Chesson, [Read more...]

2017 Chiefs 53-Man Roster Projection, 2.0

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Ahead of tonight's third preseason game, this is our second preseason installment of projecting the Chiefs 53-man roster. QUARTERBACKS (3): Alex Smith, Patrick Mahomes, Tyler Bray In: Bray There is no question up to this point that this is still Smith’s team. With Mahomes now moving up to second team, we think Bray will now make the team as the third teamer, instead of Mahomes as the third teamer and someone not yet on the roster as the backup Practice Squad candidate:  Joel Stave RUNNING BACK/FULL BACK (5): Kareem Hunt, Spencer Ware, C.J. Spiller, Charcandrick West, FB Anthony Sherman We were leaning to West as the odd man out if the Chiefs kept just three backs, but he turned out a 100-yard effort on just seven carries in the 30-12 win over the Bengals. Yes, it was against a lot of guys that will get cut. But, it was also behind an OL full of guys that will get cut. With Spiller continuing to turn back the clock, we think both will make it and Andy Reid will break camp with 4 [Read more...]