"It was all good just a week ago..." -- Kanye West
Now that quote from Yeezus doesn't 100% apply to the Kansas City Chiefs. For it to be completely accurate it would have to be something like "It was all good three weeks ago." Three weeks ago everything was amazing for the Chiefs. They were 9-0 and coming off the bye week and getting ready to travel to Denver to play the Broncos on Sunday Night Football. Then Peyton Manning went all Peyton Manning on them and things have spirailed from there. Devasting loss to the Chargers in the closing minutes and blowing a two touchdown lead to the Broncos (both at home) and the Chiefs now find themselves in the position of having to end a losing streak. Good thing for the Chiefs is the Redskins are a perfect remedy for what ails them.
The Redskins are a mess in every sense of the word. Their star QB, Robert Griffin III's play has beenuneven at best this eason while he tries to come back from a major knee injury. Their head coach has spent time this season publicly questioning his QB while his team continues to lose game after game after game. The Redskins scream of a team that has packed it in for the season already. Going from division winners to celler dwellers in the NFC East. If the Chiefs are able to get a lead on the Redskins early in the game there is a decent chances they fold up shop and the Chiefs are able to end this losing streak.
It sounds easier on paper then it will be to accomplish on the field. Even with all of the struggles the Redskins have encountered this season they are still a team with some very talented players. RG3 is a former Heisman Trophy winner who had one of the best seasons for a rookie QB last year. That could spell bad news for a Chiefs team that has had issues with stopping QBs the last few weeks. the Chiefs havent been able to get any pressure on the QB since the bye week. They have recorded one sack in their last three games. One of the keys to the Chiefs 9-0 start was their ability to hit the QB and force him into making a poor throw or a sack and a fumble. RG3 is a different type of QB then the last two the Chiefs have played. He can make plays with his legs and if the Chiefs are able to get any pressure on Griffin they need to make sure they don't let him escape the pocket because if they do things could get ugly. Back in week 3 the Chiefs allowed a few big runs to a QB with a similar skill set of Griffin in Mike Vick. And based on the lack luster tackling by the secondary the past few weeks I don't have a lot of confidence in them making sure Griffin runs do not become big gains.
Fortunately for the Chiefs one of their bigger weak spots is starting to look more like a strength for the team. The offense was just alogn for the ride for the first 9 games of the season. We all know that and we could all see that. Even though the last three games have resulted in losses, the strides the offense has made is a good sign for the team going forward. The way the offense was playing during the first 9 games was not good enough to win in the playoffs. In the playoofs you need to convert 3rd and long plays by passing the ball down the field. This Chiefs offense showed in the game vs. the Broncos that they can do that. Granted, they did not get into the endzone when they needed to but they were at least able to get in a position where they had a shot at a game tying touchdown.
I think the Chiefs end the losing streak this Sunday vs. the Redskins. The Chiefs are good enough where they are able to keep a losing team like Washington losing.
We get our first Sunday since early September without a Chiefs game. First off we need to take a moment of silence that there is no Chiefs game on Sunday afternoon. We have lost the ability to blow off any family obligations by simply stating "The undefeated Ciefs are playing...I need to watch them." That sucks but thankfully it will only last a week. The Chiefs are the lone undefeated team in the NFL but as any and everyone can see they have some flaws. Since everyone else is picking at the scabs of the Chiefs I figured I might as well join the party too.
The biggest problem and reason why people don't think of the Chiefs as a serious Super Bowl contender is the offense. We all know this to be true. It is the weak link of the team. For me there is one aspect that concerns me more than Alex Smith's inability to complete passes longer than 40+ yards. That is the offensive line. I already had a lot of fear concerning the Chiefs O-line and that fear reach Threat Level Midnight after the Bills game. It is not just the constant torching that Eric Fisher deals with every game but it is also the interior of the offensive line that makes me cringe. Rodney Hudson was abused vs. the Bills and has not done a lot to impress me this season. He looks out of place and not strong enough to hold on at the point of attack vs. the bigger and better playoff calibur defenses that the Chiefs will face after the bye week. The Chiefs offensive line has two 1st round picks, two 2nd round picks and a 3rd round draft starting for them. This line should be and needs to be better. I know the line is young-ish but that excuse only goes so far. They are having issues with run blocking which is suppose to be the easier part of the game for lineman. Run blocking is about pushing your willing on the defense and knocking them off their spot. So far the Chiefs offensive line has had a lot of issue doing that. This is an issue that will cost the Chiefs big time if it is not corrected soon.
Yes...Alex Smith and Dwayne Bowe and lack of a big play offense is something that has hurt the Chiefs this season but if the line gets better and freeing up running lanes for Jamaal Charles that will lead to all avenues of the offense becoming that much better. That could be the difference between the Chiefs winning the division and being a wild card team with a glossy record.
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The Chiefs finally kicked off the much-anticipated 2013 season. They got off to a great start by dominating the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. Here are the five things I learned from that season opening win this past Sunday.
1 – Jamaal Charles Is Really Important:
Once Jamaal Charles went out of the game the Chiefs offense completely disappeared. Now, I know the Chiefs were up big over the Jaguars and they did nothing offensively to make you think you needed to keep scoring. But…the Chiefs offense was shut out in the second half vs. the Jaguars. I mean they are still the Jaguars. Sunday reminded me just how important Jamaal Charles is to the Chiefs success this season.
2 – Chiefs Defense Can Make Plays:
Wow that was fun to watch. It is amazing what having some real coaching can do to help talented players. This is the performance people have been waiting for from these talented defensive players. Guys were flying around and making game changing plays. Dontari Poe played like a beast on the line and even Tyson Jackson recorded a sack in the game. Tyson Freaking Jackson had a sack in a real NFL game. Once again I know it was against the Jaguars but they are still kind of an NFL team.
3 – Alex Smith Is A Major Upgrade:
It could go without saying but I do need to write about something in this blog. The Chiefs have a real life NFL starting QB. That is something they never possessed last season. Alex Smith’s impact on the Chiefs offense lived up to the off-season hype. His touchdown pass to Junior Hemmingway was a throw that Matt Cassel could never make. Alex Smith is nowhere near the level of Peyton Manning but at least the gap is not as wide as it was last season.
4 – Dustin Colquitt Is Worth Every Penny:
Seriously….he is worth every penny. Aside from the blocked punt early in the game the dude was on point. Worth every single freaking penny.
5 – Jaguars Have The Ugliest Uniforms:
I mean did you see those helmets? Good God those were some freaking awful looking uniforms. That entire franchise is a complete mess from their play on the field to what they are using to protect their melons. Maybe when the franchise moves to Los Angeles they will also change those damn uniform colors and helmet as well.
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It is finally here. The Kansa City Chiefs and Andy Reid play their first preseason game of the year. Can’t you just feel the excitement? Now there are always certain players to keep your eyes on during a preseason game so here are a few players I will be keeping my eye on during this game
Last season was supposed to be the start of the Rodney Hudson era at center. There were already question surrounding Hudson and his move from guard to center then he broke his leg and missed a majority of the season. In the short time he played last season he didn’t really do a lot to make me feel like the Chiefs are set at center for the next 5 years.
Jonathan Baldwin – Wide Receiver
Of course John Baldwin is on this list. The 3rd year receiver has yet to show ANYTHING in the NFL to make you think he was worthy of being a 1st round selection. If he shows something, anything then that could possible be a good sign for the Chiefs.
Fumbles are a big question for Davis and that is something to watch for this preseason but I will also be watching how he performs in the passing game. Andy Reid loves to use the passing game to get the ball to his running backs and based off of training camp Knile Davis is not exactly setting the world on fire at catching the ball. This preseason could do wonders for his confidence if he can snag a few passes and turn them into big gains.
Tyler Bray – Quarter Back
Mr. SEC appears to have all of the makings of being the Chiefs QB of the future. Well, all of the makings sans the brain that is needed to be a high level QB in the NFL. So far in practice he has shown an ability to make every throw you see the elite QBs make. Now it is time to see if that translates to a real game. Granted this is only a preseason game but it will give us a better idea of what Bray can do going against players who aren’t on the Chiefs roster.
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It took a little longer than the Heat wanted but the NBA Finals are finally set. And it only took about 3 months to get through the rest of the playoffs. I really like a lot of the parts for the Pacers have but I was rooting for the Heat to win the Eastern Conference and to make the NBA Finals. I will also be pulling for the Heat to win the championship over the Spurs and my reason is pretty simple. I want to witness greatness. And LeBron James is greatness right now. I understand why people rooted against LeBron James his first season in Miami. The Decision left a lot of people sour on LeBron James and for good reason. But that was three years ago and since then LeBron has made the finals three times, won two MVPs, Finals MVP, and a gold medal in the Olympics. There really aren[‘t many reason not to root for LeBron James to win if you are a fan of greatness and that is what I am.
When I was younger Michael Jordan was not my favorite player. I actively rooted against MJ and the Bulls. I was a fan of every team they played against in the NBA Finals. I was so mad when they won 72 games and hated all of the role players who became stars thanks to MJ’s greatness. Looking back that was just dumb. By doing that I missed out on enjoying the greatness that was MJ. I should have been an active participate in what was the greatest basketball player of all time. Instead I am now left with memories of angst and heartache. I will not let that happen again. For anyone else who missed out on the greatest of MJ you now get a second chance. LeBron James is your second chance. Do screw this up simply because the popular thing to do is to hate on LeBron James and his disappearing hairline.
This Finals match up is the one it looked like we might have had last season until the Thunder decided they were having no part of that. This match up should involve a lot more offense and a lot prettier than the Eastern Conference Finals. The Spurs are not the defensive machine they were in the early part of their dynasty run. Over the last few seasons they have shifted their focus and system from one of defense to one that mimics the European style of basketball. That is great news for the Heat who just got done playing an ultra defensive and physical Pacers team. I expect to see the Heat offense return to the form it was during the 27 game winning streak and for their role players to perform a lot better.
My prediction is Heat in 6 and LeBron James captures back-to-back championships and back-to-back Finals MVP.
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Well it is that time of year. The one where the NBA playoffs start and I remind you that you should be watching because the NBA playoffs are awesome. Now, I will concede that not every playoff series is created equally. So here is what you should and shouldn’t be watching during the 1st round of the NBA playoffs.
Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors:
If you aren’t watching this series then you are not doing a good job at living this thing called life. Stephen Curry is one of the most enjoyable players to watch in the NBA and he is going against the fastest paced team in the league. If the first game of this series is any indication then the rest of the series should prove to be very entertaining. And this series matches up some of the best uniforms in the NBA as well.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder:
The NBA Finals runner-ups and top team in the Western Conference taking on the 8 seed usually does not warrant much attention. There is one reason why this is different and that is James Harden. The Thunder made a very big trade right before the season started when they sent the NBA Sixth Man of the Year winner and budding superstar James Harden to the Houston Rockets. Harden immediately became borderline elite upon arriving in Houston and OKC didn’t miss a beat. The Rockets won’t challenge the Thunder in this series but the story lines alone are worth your eye balls.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat:
You have to watch and appreciate greatness and that is what the Miami Heat and LeBron James are. Just soak it in because it is awesome to witness something great.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs:
This series would have been awesome to watch about 4 years. Lakers are old and injured and will go quietly into that good night.
Chicago Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets:
Aside from Deron Williams there isn’t much in this series worth wasting your time on. The Bulls are just not that much fun to watch without Derrick Rose.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers:
I actually like the Pacers a lot but this series has pass all over it. I have always found it difficult to enjoy watching the Hawks play. It feels like I can tell that the guys playing the game want to be somewhere else even more than I do.
There is your nice and neat guide on what to watch and what to avoid during the first round of the NBA playoffs.
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