What’s the deal with Jason La Canfora?


La Canfora “la Canfora” translates from Italian to English as “camphor" White…volatile…bitter… In my lifetime, I’ve *hated* one team. The Denver Broncos. I still hate them. I hate them because they are good and often beat my team, the Kansas City Chiefs. They’ve been good for a long, long time. It is a hatred that has developed over years and years of games. They play in the same division as my team. I feel my hatred is justified. Some (Broncos fans) would probably call my hate jealousy. So be it, they aren’t wrong. I own it. I hate them because they are almost always good. I want the Broncos to lose every time they take the field, against any opponent. Thanks to Jason La Canfora, I might hate two teams now. I am most definitely rooting for any team playing the Orioles from this point until the end of the 2016 season and postseason, if only to add to Mr. La Canfora’s frustration. Over the last two years, a professional football writer (CBS), Jason La Canfora has seemingly [Read more...]

Coming off loss, Chiefs face a must-win Sunday before hitting the road


Last Sunday was a disappointing week for Kansas City Chiefs fans. After a heart-pounding come from behind win over San Diego, KC fell back to Earth on the road against the Texans in an equally heart-wrenching 19-12 loss. No, they didn't lose a star player, but consider that Marcus Peters had not one, but two interceptions - and has 10 in his career in just 18 games (3 in 2016) - of Brock Osweiler, they recorded two sacks, and didn't allow a touchdown after the first quarter, it was certainly surprising to see them unable to pull out victory. Then you watch the game, and it's easy to see why they struggled. Alex Smith reverted to 2005, completing 20 of 37 passes for just 186 yards, was sacked four times, and lost two fumbles. The first was on a high snap by Mitch Morse that he could have fallen on and easily recovered, but instead he tried to corral it and lost that battle to star DE J.J Watt (who had two sacks). The second was on a scramble and strip by Whitney Mercilus. He missed [Read more...]

Five Chief Questions: Chiefs @ Texans


Today, the Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) take on the Texans (1-0) in Houston, a place they won at TWICE last year. Kansas City has won three straight against Houston, dating back to 2013, but most notably destroyed this team in the Wild Card round last season by a score of 30-0. Of course, the Texans are much different than that team, notably at quarterback (Brock Osweiler for Brian Hoyer), running back (Lamar Miller for Jonathan Grimes), and WR2 (Will Fuller for Nate Washington), but the Chiefs have what it takes to win, if they answer these questions and take advantage of these weaknesses. 1. Which defense is the real Chiefs defense? During the first three quarters of their dramatic (and historic) comeback against the Chargers, the Chiefs allowed 24 points. In the final frame and overtime (in which San Diego did not see a possession), they allowed just three. Which half is the real Chiefs defense? The one that shows up Sunday will go a long way in determining who wins. The Chiefs [Read more...]

Marquee Matchups, Week 3

5 Houston (2-0) at Cincinnati (2-0) - Thursday 6:30pm (CST) Houston and red hot coach Tom Herman look to continue their pursuit of a spot in the college football playoff. Realistically, they are the only non-Power 5 team that has a legitimate chance to get into final 4 at the end of the season. Next up for the Cougars is a conference tilt at Cincinnati.  The Bearcats have looked good thus far but the schedule hasn’t exactly been difficult, to say the least.  Last week they knocked off a Big Ten bottom dweller in Purdue, but clearly Houston presents a much tougher test.  Cinci are more than a touchdown underdog Thursday night at home, and the Cougars will more than likely have too much speed and athleticism for them to contend with. In week 1 Houston stymied Oklahoma and surprised many with the way they controlled the game, considering the Sooners were expected to make a deep run.  If Houston does happen to go undefeated, it might be hard to keep them out over several of the one and [Read more...]

Remember that time the Chiefs rallied for their largest come from behind win in franchise history?


What if I told you the Chiefs would be trailing the Chargers 24-3 in the third quarter, would you have believe me? Yes, those Chargers that have lost eight straight divisional games and five in a row to the Chiefs, and managed just six points against the Chiefs last year. What if I said they would allow Melvin Gordon, who didn't score at all last season, to score not once but twice in the first half, would you have believed? Both happened. But, just when it looked like the Chiefs were headed to their third straight home opener loss, they came out of nowhere and pulled off their largest come-from-behind regular season victory in franchise history. Down 24-3 and 27-10, the Chiefs scored on their final five drives, while holding the Chargers to just one FG, scoring 17 unanswered in the final 8 minutes to send the game into overtime, where Alex Smith, who is often criticized for his checking down and his inability to put an offense on his back, led a 10-play, 75-yard drive [Read more...]

Chiefs – Chargers, Week 1 Preview


The Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium to kick off their 2016 season. Kansas City, with largely the same roster as last season, is looking to win their fifth straight against their division rivals that have struggled in being competitive over the last few seasons. However, this is a new season for both teams, and would like it very much to beat their division foe. To do that, though, Kansas City will have to lean on what saw got them to the playoffs last season, along with new found progress from the preseason. 1. How much better is this offense...really? Kansas City outscored San Diego 43-6 in their two meetings last season, but 33 of those points came in one game, and Alex Smith only threw one touchdown. Many have said the veteran is on the brink of a career year, and with Chris Conley looking more and more like a threat at the WR2 position, it is well justified. Against a secondary like San Diego's, however, that story line will be put to the [Read more...]