Chiefs looking for 3rd home playoff win in Arrowhead History

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The NFL "flexed" the kickoff back to the primetime "Sunday Night Football" 7:30 slot in efforts to avoid the brunt of a potential Ice Storm, giving 7+ additional hours of anticipation for fans waiting to see the Chiefs first home playoff game since 2010 (and the third since 2003), where the Chiefs will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers for the right to face the winner of the AFC's other divisional round matchup (Texans travel to the Patriots Saturday Night) in the AFC divisional playoffs. The last time the Chiefs won a home playoff game? 1994 (1993 season). The opponent? The Steelers. These two teams met back in Week Four, and the Steelers routed the Chiefs 43-14. Many are pointing to that game as the main reason why Pittsburgh will win again, but there are some fundamental differences between the Chiefs team of then and the one of now, which is the reason why I believe Kansas City will advance in the playoffs. For starters, let's deal with the obvious. Star pass-rusher Justin [Read more...]

Dyson for Karns is a win for Royals, but he’ll be missed

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Friday, the Royals traded outfielder and soon-to-be free agent Jarrod Dyson to Seattle for pitcher under team control through 2020 in Nathan Karns. So, what there’ not to love about the trade? I guess him not being in a Royals uniform any longer is about the only thing not to like about the trade. Dyson was nothing special. But the former 50th Round Draft Pick who spent 10 years in the Royals organization and the guy who brought “that what speed do” to Kansas City, meant a lot to the Royals. A fan favorite and one of the strongest locker room leaders, he hit .260/.325/.353 in seven seasons in Kansas City. The speedy left-hander who led the Royals in WAR in 2016 and is the fourth-most successful base stealer in over the last 50 years with an 85% success rate (however that rate is slowly declining – 81% in 2016 after 87% from 2010-2015 – as his legs are not getting any younger). Despite just 1,901 plate appearances over the last four years, he has the sixth-highest total BsR score from [Read more...]

Are AFC West champion Chiefs ready for a deep playoff run?

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The New Year brought a lot of happiness to the fans of the Kansas City Chiefs. With their dominant 37-27 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, they clinched the AFC West and the AFC’s No. 2 seed. This is the first time since 2003 that the Chiefs, who last won the division in 2010, have won the division AND had a first round bye. The AFC West Championship ended a run of five straight Broncos AFC West crowns, and is only the second NOT won by the Chargers or Broncos over the last 13 seasons. Unlike the first matchup, a game where the Chiefs rallied from a 24-7 deficit late in the third quarter to win 33-30 in overtime, the Chiefs dominated San Diego (5-11) from the outset. At the end of the first half they had accumulated 20 points, 31 plays, 235 yards, and had intercepted Phillip Rivers twice - once in the endzone. Despite missing running back Spencer Ware, Charcandrick West had both 58 yards on the ground and in the air, and caught an Alex Smith, who guided scores in [Read more...]

Chiefs eying win at San Diego and with rival Broncos help, AFC West championship

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Week Sixteen saw the Kansas City Chiefs not only eliminate their division-rival Denver Broncos from playoff contention; they did so in heart-stopping fashion on Christmas Night for their home crowd. And now, the Chiefs need help from the Broncos to win the AFC West for the first time since 2010 (the only time in the 12 prior seasons Denver, who had won the division five consecutive years, or San Diego didn't win the division). There's still work to be done by the Chiefs, who will look to finish with a 6-0 division record with their 11th straight AFC West win ay San Diego today in a West Coast kickoff. With a win, and a Raiders, who lost QB Derek Carr to a broken leg in the closing moments of their win over the Colts last week, loss, the Chiefs would win the AFC West and slide up from the No. 5 seed to the 2 seed and a first-round bye and a home playoff game. If they lose, then they stay where they are. First, back to the Denver win. I usually don’t put much stock into opening [Read more...]

Thanks to Sunday’s loss, Chiefs Road to AFC West Championship now not as clear

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Sunday's 19-17 home loss to the Titans was a monumental loss for the Kansas City Chiefs. Entering Sunday, they were the AFC’s No. 2 seed, head of the AFC West and needed a win to lock up a playoff berth. While missing the playoffs isn't a serious concern for the Chiefs, now 10-4, after their 19-17 loss to the Titans and an Oakland victory, they fell to the No. 5 seed and second in the division to the Raiders (11-3), who the Chiefs have beat twice. With a home game against Denver (Christmas Night) and a roadie at San Diego upcoming, it’s possible the Chiefs lost their chance to win the division for first time since 2010 - the one year since 2014 the Broncos or Chargers have not won the division. The Chiefs basically have to win out, then need Denver, who would be 8-7 and may not have anything to play for, to beat Oakland, at home. Its doable, but its not nearly as likely as it was a week ago at this time when the Chiefs were in the driver's seat in the division owning tie-breaker's. [Read more...]

Vegas has spoken: Royals face long odds to win it all in 2017

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After a disappointing 2016 campaign that saw the Royals finish a mediocre 81-81, fans in Kansas City have tempered hopes that 2017 might be the season that gets this team back on track. Much of the thinking is the Royals were simply out of gas after two straight seasons of reaching and eventually winning the World Series. With the goal having been achieved, it would be natural to find it hard to carry on the same motivation the following year, thus the simple explanation for the Royals decline. There were, of course, many more reasons than just that. Disappointing performances from many offensive players. A decline in the Royals other worldly bullpen and of course the inability to find a capable fifth starter. The question now of course is can the Royals over come these deficiencies in the upcoming year after losing even more pieces this offseason after the departures of Edinson Volquez, Wade Davis and Kendrys Morales? Can this core of players once again play at a level more on par [Read more...]

Can Chiefs avoid a letdown game, clinch playoff berth?

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In a game that could clinch a third trip to the playoffs in the last four years, the Chiefs (10-3) will take on the Tennessee Titans (7-6) at Arrowhead in a game that will go a long way in determining the playoff fate of both teams. After three big games in a row, are the Chiefs - who have another big game looming (Denver on Christmas Night) - due for a letdown? And, not only that, while the Chiefs have been rolling, I’m not quite sure the Titans are getting enough credit leading up into this game. They average 144.5 rushing yards per game, which is good third in the league right now. DeMarco Murray has rushed for 1,135 yards and 9 scores this season, resurgent after a disappointing season in Philadelphia last year. They also boast two outstanding tackles in rookie Jack Conklin and veteran Taylor Lewan. They really excel at downhill running, and with their “exotic smash-mouth” scheme, they overwhelm opponents at the point of attack. Worse yet for the Chiefs, they’ve lost their best [Read more...]

Royals Roundtable: Is the “window to win” still open?

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We’ve heard over the last year or two that the Royals “window to win” is open through 2017, then it will suddenly close as most of the current core leaves and Dayton Moore tears it down, to build it back up, again. Awe, the life of small market baseball. But, after an 81-81 2016 – a year in which the Royals were unable to cash in on their highest payroll in franchise history, riddled with injury after injury, the Royals are in a tough spot. Despite losing Kendrys Morales and his 30 HR and 93 RBI, and Edinson Volquez, the salary is again at its peak. The Royals are facing salary restrictions/limitations – no chance to add anything major in free agency AND arbitration raises due to go along with several members of the core (Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, Wade Davis, Danny Duffy, Jarrod Dyson and Eric Hosmer), in addition to Jason Vargas, with expiring contracts, one has to wonder if the window to win actually closed in 2016? The Winter Meetings have came and went, and so has Wade [Read more...]

With Two Wins in Five Days, Chiefs earn division lead and sits No. 2 in AFC

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The weather is turning cold, a new year is approaching and we have a new President-Elect. And, the Kansas City Chiefs are still winning football games. And now, after winning two games in five days and beating three playoff-caliber teams in a row - two of them in Primetime, the Chiefs (10-3) have won eight of their last nine games and have the best record in football since Week 7 of the 2015 Season (20-3), where they also have a league-best 48 takeaways and +27 turnover differential in the same span. They're also the new AFC West leader. On Sunday, after playing five quarters the week before in the epic OT win at Denver, the Chiefs answered the bell again, beating Atlanta (7-5) and the NFL's best offense 29-28, thanks to so heroics from the defense and special teams, which currently has scored 46% of the Chiefs points - a higher rate than the 2015 Broncos, 2000 Ravens and 1985 Bears. Mixing in some great scheme play-calling with some fantastic throws from Alex Smith, the Chiefs [Read more...]

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...]