Chiefs – Cowboys has makings of a shootout


After winning on Monday Night over the Broncos to reach 6-2 (and a three game lead over every other AFC West opponent), the Chiefs are in Dallas to face the Cowboys. A late ruling in the case of Ezekiel Elliot will now allow him to play, which is not a good development as Kansas City maintains a terrible run defense. However, the Chiefs do boast some serious juice on their side of the ball too, and along with some new additions, might be enough to push them over the edge. On offense, both teams have fantastic advantages. Alex Smith will try to go another week without an interception, and the Cowboys secondary is one of the worst in football. He nearly tossed a few against Denver, but as the case has been all season, the ball has bounced his way nicely. Aside from Demarcus Lawrence (more on him later), the Cowboys don't possess any other threats in the pass rush department, so he will have plenty of time to carve up the secondary. Travis Kelce might have a hard time replicating his 7 [Read more...]

On a short Raiders Week, Chiefs have to shake off first loss


It took over a month, but it finally happened. Your Kansas City Chiefs are no longer undefeated. Yes, the 19-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers was gut-wrenching: and the old Alex Smith reared his ugly head, missing Demarcus Robinson on a host of passes that would've gone for big gains/touchdowns and could have been the difference in the game and Derrick Johnson still cannot tackle and the Chiefs still cannot stop Le'Veon Bell (35 touches for 191 yards) and Bob Sutton continues to play nickel against one of the best offensive lines in football. The Ugly: OL run blocking. Kareem Hunt had his worst game as a pro (9-21 rushing) and Chiefs never got the ground game going. The Chiefs, as a result, has SIX total yards at halftime on 16 plays. Not good. Daniel Sorenson is a terrible run player. That's been evident all season, but Bell exposed it. Eric Fisher owned by James Harrison once again. The Bad: Smith overthrows Robinson on a would-be first down on [Read more...]

Chiefs Players to Watch in Week 6 showdown with Steelers


Undefeated through five weeks, the Kansas City Chiefs are looking like Super Bowl contenders thanks to surprising developments from Alex Smith, sheer dominance from Kareem Hunt, and a defense that plays better than the statistics indicate. This week, they welcome their first serious threat to their streak in four weeks, the Pittsburgh Steelers. While coming off a blowout loss to Jacksonville, they still boast elite talents in Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. The Chiefs have everything needed to beat Pittsburgh (good run game, quality cover men), but since they'll need more than that, so here are my players to watch. Eric Fisher It was Fisher's (very bad, to me) holding penalty against James Harrison in the playoff loss last season that nullified the two-point conversion that would've tied the game for the Chiefs, and in a match they would ultimately lose, it proved to some that Fisher still had a long way to go. This season, he's been quite a protector, and that has allowed Smith to [Read more...]

Chiefs are NFL’s best because they’re the most complete


The Kansas City Chiefs have proven they can beat you in many ways. So, it's no surprise they are 5-0. Their Sunday Night Football win at Houston was a perfect example. Simply looking at the scoreboard, the Chiefs engaged in a 42-34 shootout. Neither defense appeared to be very interested in stopping the opposing offense, and the Chiefs must've been lucky to win a very competitive game. When you watch the game, however, you get a much different outcome. The score was not indicative of of how the game went. The Chiefs dominated the Texans (2-3). They jumped out to a 23-7 first half lead, one they would never relinquish. Despite Kareem Hunt being shut down (14-25), Kansas City moved the ball at will. Alex Smith had a masterful first half, tossing a pair of scores to Charcandrick West and leading three other drives that would end with Harrison Butker field goals. Defensively, they dominated the Texans. Deshaun Watson was flustered, and while he didn't toss a pick, he certainly wasn't [Read more...]

In his 13th Year, Alex Smith is the best he’s ever been

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Is there any team more surprising than the Kansas City Chiefs? Probably not. Is it because of the record setting start from rookie back Kareem Hunt (who's 372 second half yards alone are enough to lead the NFL)? Is it the return to dominance from Justin Houston? Did the Chiefs finally realize some unearthed potential? I'd say it's a little of all those, but they're not the main reason. The Chiefs have always had a quality running game under Andy Reid. Even without Jamaal Charles, he coaxed quality performances out of Spencer Ware,and even Charcandrick West here and there. Houston has always been dominant, recent bias toward Khalil Mack be damned, and now that he's healthy, the NFL's offensive lines are getting served with the best edge defender in football. Kansas City, thanks to Reid, former GM John Dorsey, and a host of other great football minds, has built a quality roster that they've re-stocked through good drafts and shrewd free agency moves. With that being said, [Read more...]

Who to Watch in Chiefs/Redskins


Three weeks into the NFL season, and there are just two undefeated teams left, and your Kansas City Chiefs are one of them - undefeated in the first three for the second time under Andy Reid. The wins they've rattled off have been more impressive than when they did it in 2013. At Arrowhead on Monday Night, they'll take on the 2-1 Washington Redskins, who handled their own business in a statement win over the Raiders last Sunday Night, holding the Raiders under 100 yards of offense until the waning moments of the game. Instead of giving five keys to victory, I'm going to list four players (and a collection of people) I'm watching for the Chiefs. 1. Travis Kelce After ripping the Eagles for 8-103 and a score, he caught his only target of the game last weekend for one yard. Social media was awash with speculation as to why he his usage was so criminally low. With Josh Norman locking down whichever receiver enters his zone, look for the Chiefs to use the middle of the field to move the [Read more...]

Grading the Chiefs Five Keys to Victory


The Chiefs extended their the stretch of dominance over the AFC West to twelve consecutive victories on Sunday with their 24-10 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. No 3-0, the Chiefs have 25 of their last 29 regular season games and seven in a row over the now-LA Chargers, who dropped to 0-3. Before the game, I posted Five Keys to Chiefs Victory. While they did win, not all the keys were met. Let's take a look at where they starred, struggled, and how they might fare better (or worse) against the Redskins next Monday Night. Key #1: Alex Smith Result: Despite the absence of corner Jason Verrett, the Chiefs passing game was terrible for three quarters of Sunday's bout. Thanks to three Philip Rivers interceptions, they jumped out to a 17-7 lead. The defense (and Kareem Hunt) ensured they wouldn't relinquish it, but it was still hard to watch. He completed 16 of 21 passes for 155 yards with two first-half touchdowns, but the second half was spent running for his life, getting sacked, [Read more...]

Five Things to Watch in Chiefs @ Chargers


Kansas City takes on the Los Angeles Chargers this Sunday in their first meeting of the season. Both teams are coming off close games, albeit alternate endings. The Chiefs are coming off a seven point win, while LA returns home after a two-point loss to the Miami Dolphins, as they're now 5-19 in the last 24 one-possession games. This division rivalry has had very little bite to it as of late, since the Chiefs haven't lost to the Chargers in over three seasons. With these five keys, I explain why that streak will continue. 1. Alex Smith Who foresaw this version of Alex that we're seeing this season? I sure didn't, and his sudden aptitude to push the ball down field is one of the key storylines of the first couple weeks in the NFL. His 257 deep passing yards (passes thrown twenty or more yards in the air) leads the NFL. The Chargers boast one of the league's best corner duos with Jason Verrett and Casey Heyward, but if Smith can throw deep on these guys, the Chiefs can truly be [Read more...]

Five Things To Watch In Chiefs Home Opener


Last week was a big one for both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. KC got the big win on opening night, and Philly won 30-17 on the road over the Washington Redskins. Both Alex Smith (28-35, 368 yards, 4 TD) and Carson Wentz (26-39, 307 yards, 2 TD, INT) enjoyed positive starts to the season and oversaw big road wins for their respective squads. On Sunday, Doug Pederson will travel to Arrowhead to take on Andy Reid's Chiefs, his employer of the previous three seasons. In Pederson's first game the Eagles offense did a lot of things that helped make Alex Smith so successful. Taking advantage of their tight end (Zach Ertz caught 8 passes for 93 yards) and giving his quarterback lots of high percentage throws kept the Philadelphia offense on schedule, despite Wentz's inconsistent ball placement and turnovers (one interception returned score, and fumble lost on a backward pass). The Chiefs lost just twice at home last season, and on Sunday, I expect them to win, thanks [Read more...]

A look back at the Chiefs historic win at New England


The first Sunday of the 2017 NFL season has come and gone. One in which the Chiefs did not play; but let's not forget what the Chiefs did in their opener. The Patriots were favored by nine points. They were defending Super Bowl champions. They had home field advantage and the GOAT quarterback. The Patriots had only lost twice at home in over five years. Throughout the first quarter, it looked as if New England would continue their reign of terror at Foxborough. They moved the ball with ease, and Tom Brady was untouched. Mike Gillislee scored on a short run to take the lead, and then they recovered a Kareem Hunt fumble - his first since HIGH SCHOOL - on the Chiefs first offensive snap. After not fumbling once on 858 collegiate touches, Hunt went over to the sideline to be encouraged by teammates. A short time later, the Patriots were faced with third and six. Brady completed a short pass to Danny Amendola, but he was left a yard short. Going on the offensive, the team [Read more...]