Chiefs Keys to Beating the Saints


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


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?


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...]

After whipping the Jets, Chiefs face Steelers in first primetime game of 2016


What a week for the Kansas City Chiefs. One week after struggling mightily in Houston (who then lost 27-0 to the Patriots...and their third string, rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett), they came back to Arrowhead and outright owned the New York Jets at their own game. The Jets offense all season has been a source of big strikes and points. Backed by the Arrowhead crowd, their vaunted defense turned the table to the tune of eight turnovers (6 INT's, 2 fumble recoveries) and two non-offensive touchdowns. The first came when the Chiefs were leading 10-0 in the second quarter (Travis Kelce got his first TD of the year on a 12 yard crossing pattern from Alex Smith). Taking the kickoff from Cairo Santos, Jets return man Jalin Marshall sped to his right, got walloped by Anthony Sherman, and watched in horror as backup tight end Demetrius Harris caught the ball out the year and returned it 27 yards for the touchdown. The Chiefs weren't done scoring defensively, although we'd have to wait [Read more...]

A much improved Drew Lock = a much-improved offense, but does it = a much-improved Mizzou?

Sep 17, 2016; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback Drew Lock (3) throws the ball against the Georgia Bulldogs in the first half at Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

I always say that while defense wins championships, offense wins games. For Missouri, if their offense resembled a real college offense last year, they would have won games, and went to a bowl game. All it had to be was average with that Top 10 defense. Instead, it ranked last in the SEC in scoring (15.2 points per game) and second to last NATIONALLY in total offense (296.7), gaining just 16.3 first downs a game and rushing for just 119.9 per contest – both also last in the SEC. It was painful watching games knowing the offense simply wouldn’t do enough to win despite the defense getting stop after stop and losing two games when they allowed less than 10 points. The question heading into this season was, was 2015 an outlier (like 2012), or was it the start of things to come? Many, think it’s the start of things to come; Pinkel gone, recruiting in the SEC, etc. I, like I said in 2013 about 2012, say it’s an outlier. A lot of things went wrong that year, and last year, despite the [Read more...]

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...]