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...]

Five Keys to Chiefs Victory at New England


Tonight is the night. It's finally here. The NFL season begins with a match up of two division winners from last season. The New England Patriots welcome the Kansas City Chiefs in defense of their fifth Super Bowl title. We all remember how they stormed back from twenty five points down against the Atlanta Falcons, to win one of the most exciting games the NFL has ever offered, but how have these two changed since? Both teams had busy offseasons. For the Patriots, they made a slew of high profile trades that added more juice to an already loaded roster. After acquiring Brandin Cooks, Dwayne Allen, and most recently Philip Dorsett, Tom Brady's offense looks more deadly than ever, although he did lose his security blanket Julian Edelman to a torn ACL (Brady-led offense scores 10 lets points per game without Edelman than with him). Defensively, they return most of their starters, but free agency saw them net one of the league's better cornerbacks, Stephon Gilmore, away from division [Read more...]

Breakdown of the Chiefs 53-man roster


With kickoff less than two days away, the Chiefs 53-man roster has been set since Saturday, but tonight I'm giving my analysis on the players they kept and cut. QB: Alex Smith, Patrick Mahomes, Tyler Bray Another day, another dollar for Tyler Bray. From Chase Daniel to Aaron Murray, he's lasted longer than them all. He'll never see the field barring the Chiefs suddenly  morphing into the Browns, but it is fun to note. RB: Kareem Hunt, Charcandrick West, Anthony Sherman, CJ Spiller With Ware out for the year, Hunt, just like he did in college (Toledo), inherits the starting role. He could be the next great Andy Reid running back. He shined in the preseason and will see a heavy dose of rushes and targets in Reid's RB friendly offense, although OC Matt Nagy said both Spiller, who was cut and resigned, and West, who struggled last season, will play a role. WR: Tyreek Hill, Albert Wilson, Chris Conley, Jehu Chesson, Demarcus Robinson, De'Anthony Thomas Short on experience, [Read more...]

Kansas City’s Risers and Fallers Heading Into Preseason Finale


Friday Night was a disappointing dress rehearsal for the Chiefs. Losing 26-13 to the Seattle Seahawks, they proved to be sloppy (14 penalties for 126 yards, 2 fumbles, and numerous drops), disjointed, and appeared to be out of sync. Spencer Ware also left the game in the first quarter with a non-contact knee injury. Feared at first to be a torn ACL, Andy Reid announced that it was only a sprained knee, later to de determined a torn PCL that will likely require season ending surgery. Gaining just 102 yards was the first team offense, and led by an oft-hurried Alex Smith, who didn't score once. In fact, their only touchdown came off a 95-yard kick return by De'Anthony Thomas. Kicker Sam Ficken converted two of three field goal attempts, and despite a loss that brought many fans back to reality after hearing championship aspirations from media and players, they escaped with plenty of teaching tape as they prepare to take on the New England Patriots on September 7. Three games in, and [Read more...]

5 Things to Watch For in Chiefs in Preaseaon Week 2


Kansas City dropped their first pre-season game to the Niners last Friday by a score of 27-17. Despite the loss, there was notable progress and regression from many Chiefs. Rookie QB Patrick Mahomes completed seven of nine passes for 49 yards and a score. However, all was not flowers and rainbows. The Chiefs running game was particularly terrible, gaining 21 yards on 12 carries. Charcandrick West was notably disappointing, gaining six yards on five carries. Against the Cincinnati Bengals this Saturday, here are the five players I'm looking forward to having better performances. QB Patrick Mahomes Upgraded to the QB2 spot this week, I'm looking for Mahomes to continue his ascent. He showed good poise and displayed all the traits that made him worth trading up for. This weekend he'll go with the twos, and thus will be facing a slightly tougher challenge. If he can continue to play at a high level, it'll be hard to contain the hype train if Alex Smith were to struggle. All the [Read more...]

Five Guys To Watch in Friday’s Preseason Opener


It may not be as glorious as it will be when September rolls around, but guess what, football is back! Chiefs fans will get their first taste of football tomorrow when their team takes on the San Francisco 49ers, at 8 pm on NFL Network. While we won't see too much of the veterans (Alex Smith will reportedly work the first quarter), this time of year is to gauge the rookies, younger players, and veterans fighting for roster spots. From highly touted rooks like Patrick Mahomes (more on him later) to veterans still trying to prove they have something to offer (C.J Spiller), there's an assortment of players looking to make the team. Unlike the New York Jets, whose best player might be a backup defensive lineman, Kansas City has a ton of talent at every position. The coaching staff will have their hands full, and its these four games that will lead to the crafting of (hopefully) a playoff team. The Chiefs have made the playoffs four of the last five years thanks to incredible scouting [Read more...]

Why Jeremy Maclin was cut, and what it means for the Chiefs


On Friday, Kansas City shocked the football world by releasing their best receiver, Jeremy Maclin. QB Alex Smith, like many of us, said he was in shock. TE Travis Kelce said it ripped his heart out. After catching 88 passes for 1,088 yards and 8 scores in a career-year 2015, he was hampered by injuries and with the sudden rise of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce, his numbers fell to 44 catches, 536 yards, and 2 scores. Still, with no other proven receiver on the roster, his job appeared safe heading into 2017. Keep in mind, this year was just the third of a five-year, $55 million contract he signed in 2013. (The Chiefs were later charged with the tampering of Maclin, and lost 3rd and 6th round picks because of it.) Now, they are without the services of the 29-year old, but also gain $10M in cap space - money needed to sign their top two draft picks (QB Patrick Mahomes and DE Tanoh Kpassagnon). The thing that confuses most people, including myself at the time, is that if the Chiefs were [Read more...]