Time for Chiefs to take control of their own destiny


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?


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


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...]

Mizzou basketball, the Resurrection


Cuonzo Martin returned to the Midwest to take over what seemed like an impossible task of turning around a program that had seen its darkest days under Kim Anderson: worst win percentage (.284) of any coach in Mizzou history TWO 13-game losing streaks 0-30 in true road games (2-41 away from Mizzou Arena) 8-46 SEC record first SEC program with three straight 20-loss seasons Last year’s 24 losses were the most ever by a SEC program It was a long fall for the Tigers, and we all expected a long, slow, rebuild after Anderson. Instead, the Martin hire brought hope for Missouri fans, and after what we had endured over the last three seasons, it’s all you could ask for. Then, he put together one of the nation’s best recruiting classes with six newcomer scholarship players, including the nation’s top recruit, Michael Porter, Jr. Missouri basketball could dig itself out of the abyss right away. A team that had three guys last year, is all of a sudden a deep team with a lot [Read more...]

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...]

Primetime at Arrowhead = time for Chiefs to get back to winning ways


A week after losing a heartbreaking, last-second thriller in Oakland, the Chiefs are back home to take on the Denver Broncos. The saying "time heals all wounds" will certainly be put to the test in one of Week Eight's most pivotal games. Kansas City, with a win, can take a three game lead on the Broncos, who have already lost to AFC foes twice this season. The Chiefs have won their last three against Denver, but after their latest loss, it may be best not to consider streaks when determining the outcome of this game. Much has changed about these two teams since they last faced off on Christmas Night of last year. Gone is the ball-control offense that Kansas City has been known for. They are one of just two teams in the entire league to have two players among the top fifteen in receiving yards, and average over thirty points per game. Alex Smith is the only starting quarterback this season who has yet to throw an interception (with 15 TD). In the past, his low pick totals have [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...]