Chiefs host Raiders in a must-win

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With another loss (!!!!) last weekend, the Chiefs dropped their sixth in the last seven games and fell into a 3-way tie at 6-6 in the AFC West, continuing their torrid pace to finish as 2017’s most disappointing team. Fortunately (or disgracefully, as I believe) the AFC West is terrible this season, and despite all their failures they still have a chance at the division. YES. The Chargers, who were left for dead at 0-4, and have found a winning formula, the Raiders (also 6-6), and the Chiefs are all stumbling over one another in a chase that seems like everyone is trying to lose. The Chiefs have both at home in the next two weeks, and can take a major step toward reclaiming the division as theirs and setting themselves up for a home playoff game. It starts today as the hated Raiders visit Arrowhead Stadium in a rematch of the entertaining 31-30 Thursday Night game in Week 7. For the Chiefs to exact revenge on Oakland, especially without Marcus Peters (suspended for an argument [Read more...]

Time for Chiefs to take control of their own destiny

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When the Chiefs (6-5) take on the New York Jets (4-7) today at MetLife, they’ll be hoping to something they’ve only done only once in the last six games: win. Despite a plethora of talent on both sides of the ball, the Chiefs best players have gone strangely quiet. QB Alex Smith isn’t the MVP candidate we thought he was earlier, and thanks to a poor offensive line, Kareem Hunt isn’t breaking big runs (or any runs) like he was in September. Fortunately, the Chiefs still control their own destiny. They still lead the division, and while the Jets have been far tougher draws than expected, there’s a reason why they have seven losses. To push that number to eight, here’s what the Chiefs must do: 1. Run the ball All week long we’ve heard from various Chiefs about their inabilities to gain yardage against Cover-2 defenses. It’s one of the simplest coverage concepts in football, yet their offense is stumped by it each week. To force defenses into dropping a safety into the box, the [Read more...]

What’s wrong with the Chiefs?

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Since their 5-0 start, the Chiefs have lost five of their last six games (including Sunday’s 16-10 defeat at the hands of the Buffalo Bills) to drop to 6-5 on the season. While the much maligned defense has allowed just 28 points the last two weeks, the Chiefs offense has failed to deliver against defenses had allowed an average of over 40 points before their meetings with Kansas City. Looking at any Chiefs forum, be it Facebook or Arrowhead Pride, and you’ll see a lot of angry fans. They have every right to be. This team was supposed to have run away with the division, and potentially challenge New England for the number one seed. It seems that the Chiefs have gotten worse when their schedule got easier, which is frustrating to say the least. A team that handled the Patriots and Deshaun Watson-led Texans should have made quick work of struggling teams like the Giants and Bills. The last month and a half has been a story of Kansas City playing well enough not to get blown out, but [Read more...]

Chiefs @ Giants Week 11 Preview

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After spending the bye week recovering from injuries and (possibly) figuring out what's plaguing the defense, the Chiefs travel to the Meadowlands today to face the New York Giants, who at 1-8, are right in the thick of it with the Browns and 49ers for the top pick in the NFL Draft next spring. Despite the immense amount of blue chip players (never mind monetary allocation), the Giants defense has been one of the league's most underwhelming units. After surrendering over 400 and 31 points to one of the worst offenses in football, they must now find a way to slow the triumvirate that is Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce. The Chiefs fantastic trio was slowed by Dallas two weeks ago, but I expect them to light up the scoreboard today. Despite their talent, the Giants defenders have not found a way to tap into it. They've allowed a tight end to score on them every week this season, and have allowed 82 points the last two weeks alone. Against an MVP candidate like Alex Smith [Read more...]

Chiefs – Cowboys has makings of a shootout

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]