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...]

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...]

Mizzou basketball, the Resurrection

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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

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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...]

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

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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...]