Coming off epic win, it doesn’t get any easier for Chiefs this week

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Today, the Chiefs (8-3) are in Hot-lanta to take on the 7-4 Falcons in a game of strength against strength. The Chiefs boast one of the NFL's best defensive units, allowing just over 17 points per game. The Falcons are one of the best offenses in the league, third in the league in yards per game and first in scoring. With the Matt Ryan/Julio Jones combination, they can score at will. Unlike normal, it's not just him. Receivers Mohammed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel, along with backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, all have proven this season to be huge playmakers in their offense. Matt Ryan spreads the ball around well, making it impossible to focus on just one or two targets. The Chiefs defense gave up a lot of yards last Sunday Night in their epic victory at Denver, one of the best and most memorable games in Chiefs history, leaving the younger generation of Chiefs fans labeling it the best game they ever saw, but like they have all season, they made the plays they needed to win. [Read more...]

How the New CBA Affects the Royals – new QO Rules, International Cap

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It was announced late Wednesday that Major League Baseball and the Players Union have agreed on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Amid several rumors and speculations leading up to the final product, it remains mostly in tact from the previous CBA. Some changes of note include the increasing of the Luxury cap and a restructure in the penalties for going over the cap. Beginning in 2017, teams will begin paying luxury taxes on payrolls over $195 million. A number that certainly should not have any impact on the 2017 Royals. They have also placed a cap on the amount teams can spend on international spending at $6 million. ($5 million being reported by some sources). While the Royals have been active in the international market in the past, they have never been lavish spenders, so this may actually be to their benefit, if anything. With the Royals having a number of free agents coming up at the conclusion of the 2017 season, one particular area of interest was the topic of draft [Read more...]

Week Ten: Chiefs/Buccaneers Preview

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Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs (7-2) take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) at Arrowhead Stadium. With San Diego and Denver on a bye, and Oakland taking on Houston in Mexico City, the Chiefs can further cement their place in the AFC playoff race with another victory. A win Sunday would give the Chiefs six straight wins (and 19th in their last 21 games) and they haven’t lost at home in 407 days (TEN games). Before we start get into the preview, let’s start with last weekend. The Chiefs won, yes, and that is always the desired result, but it wouldn’t have had to come down to the wire if the offense had played better. Alex Smith threw thirty-eight passes. …yet gained just 178 yards. That’s a 4.7 YPA, or Spencer Ware’s yards per carry. Simply put, it was clear the Chiefs were trying to mitigate the Panthers pass rush with short throws, and there’s nothing wrong with that (he did get sacked three times, but…). My problem was the missed throws, like the one intended for Chris [Read more...]

Chiefs face a desperate Carolina team

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This week, the Chiefs come out of the friendly confines of Arrowhead and travel to Carolina and take on the Panthers, who are 3-5. Winners of two straight, they struggled against the Los Angeles Rams, yet won 13-10. Beating the Panthers doesn't seem to be the daunting task it might have been if this game were taking place last season where the Panthers represented the NFC in the Super Bowl, but it won't be easy. For one, it is desperation time for Carolina, who are looking to be the third team in NFL history to start the season 1-5 and make the playoffs (2015 Chiefs, 1970 Bengals). The Chiefs are also without Justin Houston, despite being activated for the PUP list, Jeremy Maclin, defensive tackle Jaye Howard and Derrick Johnson could miss the game, as the injury bug has continued to bite the team hard this year. That's a lot of star power, but I think those losses will be mitigated with the return of Alex Smith and Spencer Ware. The offense, even without its best receiver, will have [Read more...]

Next Man Up: Can the M*A*S*H Unit Chiefs keep on winning?

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It's been a week for the Kansas City Chiefs. First, the game on Sunday. A 30-14 victory over the Indianapolis Colts pushed them to 5-2 and 3rd in what is shaping up to be a very competitive AFC West. It did not come without serious drawbacks. Quarterback Alex Smith was taken out of the game on two separate occasions due to hits to the head, although the team stated afterwards that he did not suffer a concussion. Smith labeled it "head trauma." As a result, ahead of this week's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Chiefs have already named Nick Foles their starter (Tyler Bray will be the backup QB). Smith, unfortunately, wasn't the only casualty. Running back Spencer Ware was concussed, and rookie guard Parker Ehinger tore his ACL and has been declared out for the season. Despite this, the Chiefs found a way to overcome the Colts thanks to some solid play from Foles (16-22, 223 yards, 2 TD), Travis Kelce (7 rec, 101 yards, TD - his third career 100-yard game), and Tyreek Hill [Read more...]

Week Eight: Chiefs Keys To Victory In Indy

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While New Orleans boasts one of the league's worst defenses, the Chiefs won in nail-biter fashion last weekend, 27-21 over the Saints. Alex Smith threw for only 214 yards, but Spencer Ware rushed for nearly eighty and had a 46-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass. For the first time since Fitzpatrick's meltdown, the defense scored as well on a second quarter pick-six by Daniel Sorensen, who later in the game recorded a sack, becoming the first Chiefs defensive back to score a TD and record a sack in the same game. Drew Brees dropped back quickly out of the shotgun, and tried to fire a pass over the middle of the defense, but it was tipped by Eric Berry, corralled by ‎Sorensen, and the rest was history. This weekend, they face an equally struggling unit that struggles to stop the run or pass. With that being said, Jeremy Maclin may not have a good game, as their starting cornerback Vontae Davis has been one of their few quality players and routinely shut downs the opposition's [Read more...]

Chiefs Keys to Beating the Saints

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The Chiefs (3-2) are coming off an outstanding win (26-10) against their division rival Oakland Raiders. The 26-10 victory wasn't just a resounding effort after their dismantling on Sunday Night three weeks ago, but it was a reminder that the Chiefs own Oakland (6-1 against them under Andy Reid), they aren't nearly as bad as some make them out to be, and that Alex Smith is still a good quarterback. (For the record, I still think we should start someone else next year, but, let's stay on topic...) While Amari Cooper did roast D.J White for 10 receptions and 129 catches, only one came in the second half. Furthermore, Marcus Peters recorded his fifth interception of the year on a horrible decision by Derek Carr (who would finish the day 22-34, 225 yards, TD, INT). He did miss some time in the second half, but he simply needed fluids. Offensively, the Chiefs finally got back to what yielded them 12 victories last season: running the football and letting Alex Smith make calculated shots [Read more...]

The lights went out on 2016 Royals, but the Party is NOT over

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Its been nine days since we saw the Kansas City Royals eliminated from playoff contention for the first time since September 26, 2013. What a ride it’s been. Eliminated from the playoffs right as Wade Davis closed out the Minnesota Twins, as the Orioles rallied to beat the Jays, went on to lose their final four games, and finish 81-81 – their second ever .500 season – and their first non-winning season since 2012. The Royals have only had one stretch in their entire history with four or more consecutive winning seasons, that being 1975-1980. “We didn’t reach our goals, but we never quit,” manager Ned Yost said. All-Star MVP first baseman Eric Hosmer echoed the sentiment. “This team never lost it’s fight. It just didn’t work out for us. We had a lot of ups and downs; a lot of injuries. We’ve been in the thick of things the last couple of years, so it’s going to be hard [watching the postseason]…We’d like to be playing a lot more baseball, but the reality of it is, we’re not. That’s [Read more...]

Are there some Chief Concerns?

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Alex Smith's record as a Chiefs quarterback: 32-18 (1-2 in the playoffs) Andy Reid's record as a Chiefs coach: 33-19 (1-2 in the playoffs) Kansas City's record this year:  2-2 While it's better than how their first four games of last season (1-3) and equal to their 2014 start (4-0 start to 2013 start), this Chiefs team is playing NOTHING like the Chiefs teams we've seen since Andy Reid took over. They're passing far too much (42 attempts/game), allowing too many yards (370), a decent amount of points (23.0), and they've scored just seven offensive touchdowns (Pittsburgh scored six in their 43-14 beat down of Kansas City in front of all of America on Sunday Night). There's nothing they do consistently well (unless you count horrible red-zone play calling and Alex Smith overthrows), and they've been outscored 63-6 in the first half by San Diego, Houston, and Pittsburgh. Why aren't the Chiefs ready to play at the start of games? It's becoming a negative pattern, and negative patterns [Read more...]