All Aboard the LoCain Memory Train

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We all knew it was coming – the break-up of the core – was coming. We knew Lorenzo Cain was going to play in a different uniform. Thursday, it became a reality when Cain inked a 5-year, $80 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, just hours after they traded four minor leaguers for Christian Yelich. I’m glad he’s getting paid. I’m also glad it’s not the Royals doing it. On the wrong side of 30, Cain is a late bloomer that still has a lot left in the tank after slashing .300/.363/.440 with 15 HR and 26 SB (28 attempts) in 2017 while playing a career-best 155 games. He’s a career .290/.342/.421 hitter, including .289/.342/.421 in Kansas City. He was an All-Star starter in 2015 in his only All-Star appearance, where he finished third in the AL MVP voting while posting career-high’s with a .307/.361/.477 line, in HR (16), RBI (72), doubles (34), triples (6), SB (28) and OPS (.838). He criminally never won a Gold Glove, despite being an elite in the field. Cain, like Mike Moustakas [Read more...]

What’s next for the Chiefs?

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The Chiefs season came to a familiar end, losing in the playoffs...at home. Leading 21-3 at the half, the offense ran just 21 second-half plays and witnessed the Tennessee Titans score 19 unanswered points to win 22-21. Same song, different year. Despite boasting the NFL's rushing leader, Kareem Hunt, the Chiefs gave him only 11 carries, and five in the second half. Andy Reid said afterwards that was because of their usage of RPO's and the Titans defense percolated more passes than runs. Tight end Travis Kelce left the game late in the second quarter after suffering a concussion, but any attempt to use his absence as an excuse for the offensive collapse is a bad one. The Chiefs ended that very drive with a touchdown, and the Chiefs have played this year without Kelce. The Chiefs defense, after four weeks of seemingly figuring themselves out, stunk against the run (156 yards by Derrick Henry, 201 total) and could not get off the field, especially on third and long. The Chiefs did [Read more...]

Chiefs heavy favorites as they look to snap 24-year home playoff win drought

Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) waits for the Tennessee Titans to come out of their huddle during their NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

Depending on what Chiefs team you watched this season, another playoff appearance would either be completely expected, or taken as the result of luck or horrific conference. The Chiefs started the season with five straight wins and ended the season with four in a row. They beat both No. 1 seed's - New England and Philly. They also went 1-6 in between, including losses at the Jets and Giants. Tomorrow’s bout against the Tennessee Titans is another chance for Kansas City to rise above their past misfortune in January, a month that has rarely been kind to the city, it’s fans, and the team. In 46 years of playing at Arrowhead, they’ve won a measly four playoff games. They’re 1-8 in their last nine playoff games. That one win came in 2015, against Brian Hoyer and very overmatched Houston Texans. This weekend is against another overmatched AFC South opponent, but as a fan of the team I’ve learned not to set my expectations too high. Even with my wariness in hoping this Chiefs team isn’t [Read more...]

End of Era: Remembering the Lifelong memories

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As we slide into 2018, there’s no better time to look back at the Kansas City Royals Golden Age. “Don’t cry because its over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Suess. Yep. But, there were plenty of tears at the K on October 1, as a core said goodbye and an era ended. Now, to quote Doc Holliday, they’ll walk out of our lives, forever. While it is possible that a guy or two of the departing core (Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Jason Vargas, Alcides Escobar) return, it won’t be the same, and the “window” is shut. Certainly, you can argue it was closed before this season even started. We debated it back in December 2016. But the core made a run at it – overcoming a horrendous April and 10-20 start to peak at 7-games above .500 (55-48) thanks to a 45-28 stretch, heading into the trade deadline on July 31. It was good enough to place them as the No. 2 Wild Card and just two games behind the division-leading Indians. We know how the story unfolded, as they finished the season’s [Read more...]

Week 17 (@ Denver) Preview: Its Pat Mahomes Time!

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The Chiefs (9-6) will travel to Denver to face off against their division rival, the 5-10 Broncos, in what is essentially a glorified preseason game. As far as KC is concerned, there’s no incentive to play key starters as they are locked into their seeding. Alex Smith and Tyreek Hill have already been ruled out, and Kareem Hunt, Travis Kelce, and many more are likely to follow suit. The biggest storyline heading into this game is the quarterback starting for the Chiefs: Rookie Patrick Mahomes. Drafted 10th overall after trading up 17 spots, Mahomes was the answer to a snake-bitten franchise that has never been able to successfully identify and groom their own quarterback. The last quarterback drafted by the franchise to start a game was Brodie Croyle. The last rookie was Steve Fuller in 1979. The last quarterback drafted by the franchise to win a game was Todd Blackledge. Only FOUR quarterbacks the Chiefs have drafted have won  game in a Chiefs uniform. WOW. The best quarterbacks the [Read more...]

On verge of consecutive AFC West crowns for the first time, Chiefs host Dolphins

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After sending a resounding message to the rest of the AFC in the last two weeks, the Kansas City Chiefs (8-6) take on the Miami Dolphins (6-8) with a second straight division title in sight. Currently the AFC’s No. 4 seed, the Chiefs have no chance to improve their seeding. The Jaguars (10-4) face the 49ers and Titans in the next two weeks, so while it’s possible KC wins out and the Jaguars lose out, Jacksonville would win the tie-breaker with a better AFC record. So, for the Chiefs and their Magic Number of 1 - a Chiefs win OR Chargers loss clinches the division - they can get if out of the way tomorrow and give many fans what they want and play Patrick Mahomes next week at Denver. Despite the season sweep, Los Angeles plays the Jets tomorrow, led by Bryce Petty, and the Raiders to end the season, so the Chiefs have a small margin for error. However, if the Chiefs were to lose tomorrow, it would re-open the AFC West to Chargers, and possibly even the Raiders. Even at 6-8, they have [Read more...]

Chiefs – Chargers Preview: AFC West on the line

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Tonight, the Kansas City Chiefs will go against the Los Angeles Chargers in a primetime fight, for the division. The Chargers are red hot, winners of their last four, while the Chiefs have won just twice since starting the season 5-0. These two faced off in Week 3, and Kansas City won 24-10, and while the teams are quite different today than that week, the Chiefs can draw much from their victory if they’re to repeat it tonight. With a win, the Chiefs - who would hold the tie-breaker over the Chargers, thanks to a season sweep, with two games left. The only way they could lose the lead would be losing their final two games, while the Chargers would need to win their final two games. Here's how they'll have to do it: 1. Run Kareem Hunt The standout rookie FINALLY hit the 100-yard mark (and the endzone) last weekend against Oakland, and in Week 3 he rushed for 172 yards and a score. The Chargers have played some seriously good defense since then, allowing more than 20 points just [Read more...]

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...]