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...]

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...]

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...]

Week Ten: Chiefs/Buccaneers Preview

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Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs (7-2) take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5) at Arrowhead Stadium. With San Diego and Denver on a bye, and Oakland taking on Houston in Mexico City, the Chiefs can further cement their place in the AFC playoff race with another victory. A win Sunday would give the Chiefs six straight wins (and 19th in their last 21 games) and they haven’t lost at home in 407 days (TEN games). Before we start get into the preview, let’s start with last weekend. The Chiefs won, yes, and that is always the desired result, but it wouldn’t have had to come down to the wire if the offense had played better. Alex Smith threw thirty-eight passes. …yet gained just 178 yards. That’s a 4.7 YPA, or Spencer Ware’s yards per carry. Simply put, it was clear the Chiefs were trying to mitigate the Panthers pass rush with short throws, and there’s nothing wrong with that (he did get sacked three times, but…). My problem was the missed throws, like the one intended for Chris [Read more...]

Chiefs face a desperate Carolina team

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This week, the Chiefs come out of the friendly confines of Arrowhead and travel to Carolina and take on the Panthers, who are 3-5. Winners of two straight, they struggled against the Los Angeles Rams, yet won 13-10. Beating the Panthers doesn't seem to be the daunting task it might have been if this game were taking place last season where the Panthers represented the NFC in the Super Bowl, but it won't be easy. For one, it is desperation time for Carolina, who are looking to be the third team in NFL history to start the season 1-5 and make the playoffs (2015 Chiefs, 1970 Bengals). The Chiefs are also without Justin Houston, despite being activated for the PUP list, Jeremy Maclin, defensive tackle Jaye Howard and Derrick Johnson could miss the game, as the injury bug has continued to bite the team hard this year. That's a lot of star power, but I think those losses will be mitigated with the return of Alex Smith and Spencer Ware. The offense, even without its best receiver, will have [Read more...]

Next Man Up: Can the M*A*S*H Unit Chiefs keep on winning?

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It's been a week for the Kansas City Chiefs. First, the game on Sunday. A 30-14 victory over the Indianapolis Colts pushed them to 5-2 and 3rd in what is shaping up to be a very competitive AFC West. It did not come without serious drawbacks. Quarterback Alex Smith was taken out of the game on two separate occasions due to hits to the head, although the team stated afterwards that he did not suffer a concussion. Smith labeled it "head trauma." As a result, ahead of this week's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Chiefs have already named Nick Foles their starter (Tyler Bray will be the backup QB). Smith, unfortunately, wasn't the only casualty. Running back Spencer Ware was concussed, and rookie guard Parker Ehinger tore his ACL and has been declared out for the season. Despite this, the Chiefs found a way to overcome the Colts thanks to some solid play from Foles (16-22, 223 yards, 2 TD), Travis Kelce (7 rec, 101 yards, TD - his third career 100-yard game), and Tyreek Hill [Read more...]

Week Eight: Chiefs Keys To Victory In Indy

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While New Orleans boasts one of the league's worst defenses, the Chiefs won in nail-biter fashion last weekend, 27-21 over the Saints. Alex Smith threw for only 214 yards, but Spencer Ware rushed for nearly eighty and had a 46-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass. For the first time since Fitzpatrick's meltdown, the defense scored as well on a second quarter pick-six by Daniel Sorensen, who later in the game recorded a sack, becoming the first Chiefs defensive back to score a TD and record a sack in the same game. Drew Brees dropped back quickly out of the shotgun, and tried to fire a pass over the middle of the defense, but it was tipped by Eric Berry, corralled by ‎Sorensen, and the rest was history. This weekend, they face an equally struggling unit that struggles to stop the run or pass. With that being said, Jeremy Maclin may not have a good game, as their starting cornerback Vontae Davis has been one of their few quality players and routinely shut downs the opposition's [Read more...]

Chiefs Keys to Beating the Saints

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The Chiefs (3-2) are coming off an outstanding win (26-10) against their division rival Oakland Raiders. The 26-10 victory wasn't just a resounding effort after their dismantling on Sunday Night three weeks ago, but it was a reminder that the Chiefs own Oakland (6-1 against them under Andy Reid), they aren't nearly as bad as some make them out to be, and that Alex Smith is still a good quarterback. (For the record, I still think we should start someone else next year, but, let's stay on topic...) While Amari Cooper did roast D.J White for 10 receptions and 129 catches, only one came in the second half. Furthermore, Marcus Peters recorded his fifth interception of the year on a horrible decision by Derek Carr (who would finish the day 22-34, 225 yards, TD, INT). He did miss some time in the second half, but he simply needed fluids. Offensively, the Chiefs finally got back to what yielded them 12 victories last season: running the football and letting Alex Smith make calculated shots [Read more...]