Chiefs – Steelers preview + Chiefs playoff scenarios

The Chiefs road to the playoffs is simple. Win out, and they’re in. After the 31-13 beatdown of Oakland last Sunday, the next step on the road to the playoffs is in Pittsburgh today against the 9-5 Steelers. Yes, the Chiefs have lost to some lesser teams this year – losing to both Tennessee and Oakland, who have a combined 4-25 record this season, they have also beaten New England and Seattle. Andy Reid is a stud head coach and this is when guys like him shine. The line is down to 2.5 (Pittsburgh), so Vegas thinks it’s a toss-up.If they’re going to win and keep their realistic playoff hopes alive, here’s how they must do it: Run the ball The Chiefs can run the ball, we've seen it before. They have the backs to do it, we've seen in action. The only thing holding them back is the inconsistency in Reid's play-calling – the tendency to get pass-happy, ignoring the run game. They must run the ball on the Steelers because Pittsburgh has been very inconsistent in their run defense. In the [Read more...]

Jeff Likenbach, the most unlikely factor in saving the Chiefs season?

Who would have thought that this would be the man that would save the Chiefs season? I sure didn't, but on their first offensive drive the Chiefs sent out Jeff Likenbach instead of Mike McGlynn to play Guard. I was shocked for a few minutes as I sat at home, ready for kickoff, but then I thought ''McGlynn has been so terrible, why not"? Did the change work? The Chiefs gained 388 yards, including a season high 297 passing yards from Alex Smith, had big passing plays throughout the game, and only allowed one sack. Jamaal Charles only had 12 rushes for 52 yards, but because the passing attack was so consistent, he didn't have to have a big game. Surprisingly, it was the Chiefs backup running backs who scored. Knile Davis had a 3-yard rushing score and 70-yard receiving score in the third quarter and rookie De'Anthony Thomas had an 81-yard punt return score in the first quarter for the game's first score. Smith also threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Travis Kelce, his fifth of the [Read more...]

Thoughts on Alex Smith and the offense + Raider Week

Average. Too expensive. Can't throw the deep ball. Stop-gap. These are how many Chiefs fans describe Alex Smith, who along with the other fifty-two Chiefs, lost Sunday to the Cardinals 17-14. Despite two missed Chandler Catanzaro chip-shot field goal’s, the Chiefs were unable to capitalize, and the heavily disputed Travis Kelce “fumble” sealed the game. The Chiefs offensive line has been a sieve over the last three weeks, giving up 13 sacks. The receivers, who have not caught a regular season TD pass in more than a year now (Dwayne Bowe, 22-yarder, December 8, 2013 in a 45-10 blowout at Washington…or 999 offensive snaps ago), have been no better – dead last in nearly every category this season – struggling to catch balls and get open, despite that, Alex Smith has still managed to throw 21 touchdowns (Chase Daniel 1). Has he been perfect? No. He's overthrown some passes and stood in the pocket too long on others. However, it’s not his fault he has so little to work with, which is what [Read more...]

Chiefs/Cardinals Preview

Three weeks ago, the Chiefs were winners of five straight and seven of their last eight – the hottest team in football. Since, they lost to the worst team in football – the then winless Raiders (1-11) and basically eliminated themselves from AFC West contention with an un-spirited effort on Sunday Night Football to the Donkeys, who own a two-game lead plus the tie-breaker against over the 7-5 Chiefs. Miserable in pass protection and stopping the run, and falling out of the playoff race (if the season ended today), the Chiefs must now take on the Cardinals, who also are losers of back to back games. The Chiefs strengths of running the ball and playing good defense and special teams have vanished during their losing stretch, and with so many AFC teams fighting for playoff spots, this is the worst time for losses. However, Andy Reid is an excellent coach, and they still have their winning core. Offensively, the Chiefs must protect Alex Smith. Their offensive line has been too [Read more...]

Chiefs sign Bailey to 4-year, $25 million extension

In a season in which he has recorded four sacks in nine games and has been a solid run defender, the Chiefs rewarded the 3rd-year defensive end with a 4-year, 25 million dollar contract extension. Bailey is the second player the Chiefs have signed long term this year (fullback Anthony Sherman). It is wise that the Chiefs lock up a young, defensive stud. Hopefully, Bailey gets better with this new contract, and doesn't become lazy.

Chiefs survive battle of 5-3’s, win fourth straight

BUFFALO – Alex Smith was sacked times, the Chiefs were outgained 364-278, but rallied with 14 unanswered to win at Buffalo, 17-13. "I think there is something to winning these types of games," Smith said. "There's a different type of confidence you get when you win games like this." The Chiefs entered the fourth quarter down 13-3, but the league’s best fourth quarter scoring defense (3.0 – 24 points in 8 games) got the job done again and won for the sixth time in seven games and their fourth straight. "There's going to be games like this where everything is not pretty and you have to play through it, and there's a certain toughness that it takes," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "And our guys showed that today." Kansas City converted just three of 13 third downs, but none was more important than the last one – where quarterback Alex Smith, who moved to 9-3 on the road as a starter in Kansas City – maneuvered around some pressure and hit Travis Kelce for 13 yards on the final play [Read more...]

Chiefs at Bills, Week 10 Preview

The Chiefs (5-3), will travel to Buffalo to take on a rested Bills team that is also 5-3 in a matchup of two of the astonishing 11 AFC teams with 5 or more wins. With both teams fighting for second place in their division, I expect a good game from both teams. Since the Bills benched EJ Manuel in favor of Kyle Orton, they’re 3-1. Meanwhile, the Chiefs have three straight and five of the last six, so both teams have great momentum. The Bills are currently unsure about who will start at running back. Fred Jackson missed the Jets game two weeks ago, but with a bye in between, is a game time decision, but I think he should be able to play. If not, Ahmad Dixon and Bryce Brown would be the top backs. The Chiefs have been fairly tough on backs this year, allowing just one 100-yard rusher and that came back in Week 5. If the Bills are forced to pass, they won't find many easy yards that way either, as the Chiefs boast the best pass defense in the league. Speedy Percy Harvin did get loose for [Read more...]