Arrowhead Observations: From The Cheap Seats

 

 

 

 

After an incredible trip to KC, I am back home and still flying high on the experience. The trip started off with a surprise sighting of Eric Berry in the Atlanta airport, about to board the same plane we were on. My sons and I were glad to see him heading to KC. His influence on the team has been written about numerous times. For the article this week I thought I would make a few observations on our experience (that wasn’t already written in my game day article) and some after (the game) thoughts.

 

 

 

 

S-e-e-i-n-g R-e-d-!

I was glad to hear the team was going to take the field in the Red on Red uniforms. There is something about them that I think looks more intimidating. Like the team is on fire or about to explode. I hope to see them again this season, preferably in Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

Let’s Start With The Number 2

206 yards from scrimmage and 2 touchdowns for number 27. After several weeks in a bit of a rushing slump, our rookie running back was off to the races, racking up 155 rushing and 51 receiving yards. Every time he has rushed for 100 yards, the Chiefs have won the game. KC tends to lose when he doesn’t top the 100 yard mark. The exceptions being Philadelphia where he only rushed for 81, but did get another 28 receiving and Denver where he rushed for 46, with 22 receiving. (Denver must be pretty bad this year.)

 

 

 

Defensive Takeaways, Sacks, and PDs

The defense recovered from some dismal mid season performances. In the last 2 weeks the defense has taken the ball from the opposition 7 times (5 INTs and 2 Fumbles), sacked the QB 5 times, and 17 passes defensed. You have to go back 8 more games to get that many turnovers, sacks, and passes defensed. This is the kind of aggressive defense that should be their identity. Pressure the offense to perform. And, when they don’t, make them pay.

 

 

 

 

 

Breaking News – Tyreek Hill Is Fast

Up in my perch atop Arrowhead, I kept saying the Chargers had better put another safety deep. The single high they ran most of the game was disrespectful on Hill and he was going to make them pay. And then it happened. Hill got even and then he was leaving. Alex Smith’s well known cannon of an arm seemed to almost blow the play with an overthrow, but Hill bailed him out. As Tyreek crossed the finish line, I commented on how the safety was standing on the 20 yard line watching Hill ring him up for 6. I really cannot imagine why they played 1 high and not even shading his way half the time Hill split wide.

 

Here it is in slow motion.

 

 

 

 

 

Every gambler knows
That the secret to survivin’
Is knowin’ what to throw away
And knowin’ what to keep.
‘Cause every down’s a winner,
And every down’s a loser,
And the best that you can hope for
Is not to throw too deep.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking Of Alex Smith aka The Gambler

Alex Smith is having a career year in 2017. He has already topped his career high in yardage, passing touchdowns, passes over 20 yards, and passes over 20 yards. WITH 2 GAMES TO GO! Along with those already in the bag stats, he is also trending towards most passes attempted and completed, highest completion percentage, yards per completion, fewest INTs, highest rating, and most yards per rushing attempt as a Chief. We need a little more gambler, not much, just a little.

 

 

 

What other observations did you guys make? Anything you think will propel us deep into the playoffs?

 

 

Until next week, there’s The Rub!

 

The Rub!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Laurels and limitations

    Hehe, I LUVZ me some comedy in the morning:
    “Alex Smith’s well known cannon of an arm seemed to almost blow the play with an overthrow, but Hill bailed him out.”

    • I may have stretched the truth a bit here. However, Hill did claim he was almost overthrown.

      • Laurels and limitations

        It took all of Hill’s speed to get under that ball. and that’s saying something.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      There was one QB on Saturday that kept under throwing his receivers though…..

      • Laurels and limitations

        lol, yes, yes there was.

  • Laurels and limitations

    Welp, they did it. Hasbro has made an Alex Smith action figure prototype. It…is… GLORIOUS!!!!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7f833a81e73438dc1b5fa5dea19eec91dda14d332409a8ff5ecd093ae4cf0d0b.jpg

  • Laurels and limitations

    As far as seating at Arrowhead. I prefer the upper deck. From the ground level, I’ve sat 3 rows up on the 50, 6 rows back in the endzone(s), but mainly I’ve sat in the cheap seats. Much better view from up top.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      The 4 seasons my daughter was a Raiderette, I got extremely lucky and found this guy that lived in Hawaii, but owned 4 front row seats at the 20, which literally had me face to face with the cheerleaders and no one in front of us. That was a great hook up………if not for those, I honestly would rather sit upper deck at the 50.
      The lower seats, everyone stands all game long…it sucks.

      • Laurels and limitations

        I’m going to admit, I’m one of those people that stands the entire time. The red things in front of you are called noise makers, not seats, silly.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          I have a old man knee syndrome

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      My favorite seat are, say the lower 5-6 rows of the upper deck, between the 40’s.

      • Laurels and limitations

        Never sat there. Lol, we either go real expensive, or real cheap….there is no middle ground.

        • PaulFromNorthMo

          You’ll have to try it sometime. I don’t know why, but the first section I always check is 325.

          • Laurels and limitations

            Will do.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            DK if your into baseball, but I’m the same way at Kaufmann. bottom of the upper deck behind first base is my favorite.

          • Laurels and limitations

            I haven’t been to the K since 86. I can’t even remember what section is what anymore.

  • Laurels and limitations

    Um, football is well and good, especially when it comes to watching the Chiefs AT Arrowhead, but I haven’t read a thing about BBQ from this trip yet.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      In Missouri it’s all about the barbecue, in California it’s tacos …lol
      Taco Tuesdays! Is what I’m always hearing.
      Sunday game time it’s chips and salsa.

      • Laurels and limitations

        Just had Mexican last night. I nice family moved into town a couple years back. Can’t understand a word they say, but the beer is cold, the fajitas are hot and it’s close to home.

        • tm1946

          Got a place in Topeka, two ladies operate it, have about 4 chairs inside. I practice my Spanish on them, they laugh a lot… I apparently sound like a Cuban (different story). Food is excellent and not expensive… basic but hand made as you stand there.

          • Laurels and limitations

            Yup, I practice my Spanish while up town, myself. The little gal usually looks at me funny, laughs, then corrects me.

          • ladner morse

            The best Mexican food I’ve ever had was at El Tepeyac’s Restaurant also known as “Manuel’s” in East LA. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c37ca5aec67d230faa39f3d85f3bb6e750f598a0863f126db30c08130f43effc.jpg

          • ladner morse

            If you’re ever in LA and decide to go, try the Manuel’s Special with a friend, because it’s too big to eat on your own. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/26fbfaf58d357b1b29dbb142b0b52e9991b2fb81af65f30f17589f9840c26c80.png

          • ladner morse

            Manuel’s used to offer $100 to anyone who could eat two Manuel’s Specials in one sitting. I once told a rather large Mexican friend of mine about the $100 offer and then took him there but he could not finish even one Manuel’s Special.

            They have a half sized Manuel’s Special called a Hollenbeck which I finished… ONCE.
            .

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6e3077f89ec235458a9dfbd04e8d63012f57ab2587dd4641b4cf231fe109fc95.jpg

          • Laurels and limitations

            looks soooooo good.

          • ladner morse

            I know. Now I’m going to have to search out some good Mexican here in KC… TODAY!

          • ladner morse

            The owner, Manuel Rojas, died in 2013. He was a good family man, and was,

            “In the kitchen at 3 a.m., seven days a week to prepare for the 6 a.m. opening, Rojas spent a half-century serving up his famous Hollenbeck burrito and the hulking “Manuel’s Special” — five pounds of roast pork, rice, beans, guacamole, cheese and chile verde stuffed into a plate-sized tortilla.”

          • ladner morse
          • Laurels and limitations

            drive 3 hours South and I’ll introduce you to my friends. I have a couple extra bikes, it’ll be enlightening, lol.

          • ladner morse

            Joplin?

          • Laurels and limitations

            about an hour West.

          • ladner morse

            Tulsa?

          • Laurels and limitations

            smack dab in-between. Small town, we don’t even have stop signs…the horses just know when to stop.

          • ladner morse

            Have driven through that area a hundred times. close to Vinita?

          • Laurels and limitations

            Vinita is 50 minutes South, I’m just 20 miles over the KS/OK border in a small town called Oswego.

          • ladner morse

            Have seen signs for it but don’t think I’ve been through there. The horses sound … enlightened.

          • Laurels and limitations

            if you mean, messy…yup.

          • ladner morse

            hehehehe

          • Laurels and limitations

            but yeah, Joplin is the nearest “big” town, lol.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          Hahaha!
          That is hilarious!
          I can picture you now just nodding your head to everything they say.

          • Laurels and limitations

            LMAO, true story….there is another little Mexican food joint about 17 miles East of here. Very good food also and these guys don’t even pretend to speak English. I once ordered 3 meals ‘cuz I understood not a damn thing the cat was saying.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Bwahaha!
            You’re killing me man, I am literally cracking up out loud over here.
            You don’t know how common that is with me, I speak very very little Spanish and the business I am in has me interacting with them every single day.
            I have had 15 minute long conversations where I smiled and nodded and then walked away not knowing what the hell just went down. 😀

      • PaulFromNorthMo

        Heck yeah it’s about the BBQ, I kinda figured in California it would be some kind of organic salad and quiche.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          LMAO!!!
          I live in California and I think you would be really really surprised at how “meat and potatoes” I am.
          California is a big RED state with two big Blue blotches on it down south and in the Bay Area.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            I’m a little familiar with the Bay area, my oldest daughter lived and worked in Livermore for a few years. We would go into SF sometimes on our visits. Once we jumped on the BART at it’s eastern most point (Dublin, maybe?), then walked the day down on the pier and up to Ghirardelli Square.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Somewhat my stomping ground, I live about 45 minutes east of Livermore……..let me guess, did she work at the Livermore lab?
            I know a lot of people that work there, I have two nieces that work there.
            if you had traveled 45 minutes to the east, it’s like a completely different state, where I live is farm country, I grew up around orchards and cattle and corn fields.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            No, she’s an accountant, worked for some collection agency, DCS or something like that. I’ve driven to Stockton and then both north and south from there. I’ve been out there several times but only flown once, I prefer to drive.

        • Laurels and limitations

          Haha, I have an Uncle that lives in Cali…I guarantee he eats enough steak for 20 San Diego’uns.

  • tm1946

    All things Berry – granddaughters met him in St Joe, got the usual pics and autographs but he spent some time talking to them and other Girl Scouts. Combined they know nothing about football but any time the subject comes up… they are all Berry, all day.

  • berttheclock

    According to an article at the Miami Herald Sports/Dolphins, when asked about what the Dolphins were fighting for in their last two games, their HC, Adam Gase, said simply, “Their jobs”.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      The Dolphins are definitely a Jekyll and Hyde team, if any Chief fans (or players) are taking this team lightly, they aren’t kidding themselves.
      The Dolphins are going to put up a fight like they did against New England.
      I hope Andy has our guys ready, I don’t want our season to depend on a win in Denver.

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    Well well well…..looky who is back in the NFL top 10 power rankings..lol
    If the Cheifs do their job against Miami, like they should, the most likely scenario is we will be hosting the Ravens on wildcard weekend.
    How well do we match up against that team?

    • tm1946

      Ravens and Pitts are two of the teams with rough reps…. but beatable. Now say NE then you say Brady… then you can go look at their trophies.

    • Laurels and limitations

      Flacco is a lot like Rivers in that you can get him rattled, imho. I like to matchup if KC is hitting on all cylinders.

      • tm1946

        I see no way to “like” any matchups with playoff teams, we just do not know what Chiefs are going to show up…. OL block, Peters or Kelce meltdown, do not stop the run or pass… or come out smoking and run the table….which Chiefs will be on the field.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          If the team that showed up on Saturday shows up during the playoffs, I like our chances.

    • Jeff Morton

      I went back and watched a bit of the Pit Bal game. Flacco has had trouble throwing deep this year. They have Woodhead. I think our D matches up pretty well with them. They have Suggs and Weddell and Carr on the corners. Having Mack, Bosa and Ingram, and Von Miller in our division helps prep us for pass rushers. We should win that match up.

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      That’s the way I see it also. Baltimore at home and then at NE for the second playoff game.

  • Ron Widman

    With all the bad PR the NFL has had recently you would think they would promote feel good stories such as Eric Berry. I know they touched on him a little bit last year but I am just saying they should highlight players that do some good in their community and seem to be just good people in general.

    • ladner morse

      A little thing called the East Coast Bias goes a long, long way.

      When they advertised Berry’s overcoming Hodgkin’s Lymphoma… it also made them look good for covering his challenge and story. The only way the east coast generated news will begin to come to KC on a more regular basis will be when the Chiefs win a Super Bowl. They did that for few years when the St. Louis Rams won it all… because everyone wants to “know about THAT team”… it’s like the league is set up to go for the “it” teams while they’re big.

      Then when those teams stop winning, the newsies go back to their old ways of only covering the teams right in front of them (east… and sometimes west coast… teams) simply because that is where the national news organizations are housed.

      • Ron Widman

        How very true. Case in point all the work JJ Watt did. He got some love and recently on the cover of SI but once the Texans fell out of favor his story seems like ancient history. I am sure there are many other good stories out there but not sure the NFL really promotes them very well.

        • ladner morse

          Great example. Watt’s story and fund raising… especially in light of his being unable to play this year… is one they should have regular reports on.

          Even more so in a climate where we’re needing “good” news.

      • PaulFromNorthMo

        Most of that is understandable though, the media plays to the masses. I have not, nor will I look it up, but I would bet the population percentage between the Continental Divide and the Mississippi River is quite small.

    • Laurels and limitations

      Chief’s players do good stuff every week, along with very, very many other players, coaches, etc across the entire league. I agree, it is a complete travesty that the focus remains on a few bad areas instead of the vast array of good that is out there.

    • tm1946

      Most players are at least decent guys but the few get all the bad press they can handle. Thought the NFL might have learned by now…. you have customers, take care of them or else…. guess the message is not getting thru, yet.

      Also, in this day of 24/7 internet… good guy stories usually disappear after training camp and around the traditional holidays…. all we get are the “look at me” players and their antics.

  • PaulFromNorthMo

    I’m glad you and your sons had a great time. I’m especially glad you got to see a win. One thing I have noticed the last two weeks is the offense staying with the run game in the second half. I think during the losing streak we got away from that too much. As I recall, most of Hunts yards have come in the second half of games, even those first five.
    I also think Witzmann at LG might be doing a better job than we realize, as our running game has done the best with him playing.

  • Laurels and limitations

    Hehe, I pretty much called b.s. on an AA tweeter the other night and just figured out why the guy was so angry (seems everyone is angry anymore, amirite?). It would appear that the guy is still in love with Dorsey.

    Listen, I’m not saying that Dorsey did a horrible job as GM, he brought us VIVA LA MAHOMES!! after all, along with other players like Hunt, Kelce, Hill, etc etc. Along with those players Dorsey left KC with a HUUUUUUGE salary cap problem that will only be fixed via two ways: cutting players with exorbitant contracts and/or kicking contracts down the line. The 1st is kinda bad, makes people’s eye balls water and raises the very real question of whether or not viable replacements are on hand already….the 2nd exponentially raises the likelihood of the 1st but adds in dead money.

    Dorsey did some good things, gave the coaches some needed pieces, and set the wheels in motion….now it’s up to Veach to get those wheels under control before the cliff ends.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      “Some good things”?
      Sure….along with building a team that is right up there at the top of the heap with teams like the Steelers and Patriots….you get some cap issues…. that is almost unavoidable for a team in the Midwest that has a reputation of being one and done in the playoffs.
      He had to pay Houston, he had to pay Berry, he had to pay Smith and everyone else for that matter to get us where we are now……. without those large deals……those guys go somewhere else.
      Do you think we can get past Pittsburgh or New England this year? Time will tell, but I think we have a damn good shot…….. we don’t have a shot at all if Dorsey doesn’t pay the guys that we have suited up.
      Was he perfect….uh no, but I have been rooting for this team for 25 years and this thing Dorsey built is the best team I’ve ever had the pleasure of cheering for.

      • Laurels and limitations

        Yup, “some good things”, and I’m sticking to that. KC does have a good roster but it’s not maintainable for the long term with the current cap situation. I understand that people want to win right now, but I’d rather win for the foreseeable future as well.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          If you had said, lots of good things and some bad things, I would have given you the nod, but only….some good things?
          Sorry brother man, the man took us from the worst team in the league to contenders almost immediately, and I have finally had something good to cheer for after almost 2 decades of crap.

          Hell…. i’ll take it even one step further, Dorsey built a team that somebody like JH or BB would have already coached us to a Super Bowl appearance.

          • Laurels and limitations

            we’re just going to have to agree to disagree on this. KC wasn’t a serious contender until sporadic periods this season and the roster unsustainable due to several factors. Big changes are coming unless I miss my guess. Wouldn’t be the first time I missed my guess by a mile though, lol.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            No worries, I get it, we can’t agree on everything……you are obviously still hung up on Pioli….lol. Hehehe

          • Laurels and limitations
        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          So Booyah!!….lol. 😀

          • Laurels and limitations

            lol, well guess I “Booyah!!”d then.

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      Man, I have basically quit commenting over there on AA. If you don’t agree with whomever writes whatever comment, you are the stupidest MFer on God’s green earth.

      • Laurels and limitations

        I rarely even go over there anymore, in any case. This was on twitter, had nothing to do with AA but AA’s head honcho butted in being a capital d-bag. As bad as AA’s commenters are, some of their beat reporters are just as bad. I like me some Lyle, got nothing but respect for Reach, some I don’t know and others….well, I hope they are not educational instructors.

    • tm1946

      Might suggest the problem with Dorsey was the low ceiling left by GMs before him and how back the team seemed pre Reid. He was still a 1st time GM and made the same 1st time GM mistakes…. also when you are one of the worst teams… early improvement is crawling out of a pit to level ground and to rise above it requires more successes than Dorsey delivered.

      We all know each other…. Pride will give you diabetes with wonderment of all things Chiefs, AA is full of geniuses who only ability is to pretend self importance and call others names. Here you can express yourself and no one wants you to move to St Louis…yet.

      • Laurels and limitations

        There are some solid points in your post..I listened.

        “St. Louis…yet”, hehe….I LUVZ that!!

  • Laurels and limitations

    The Raiders have the craziest playoff scenario left. They must win their last two, Tennessee and Buffalo must lose their last two, KC must lose to Miami and Baltimore must beat Cincinnati. $100 bet on that scenario would pay $15,000.— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) December 19, 2017

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      I can see Tenn and Buff losing their last two and I can see Baltimore beating Cin. But I believe KC will beat Miami and I definitely can’t see the Raiders winning out.

      • Laurels and limitations

        Raiders might go winless the rest of the season. Eagles and the Chargers? They had better broing their A-game and I’m not sure they have one.

        • PaulFromNorthMo

          I thought that was their A game Saturday night!!

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            My bad, last Sunday!

          • Laurels and limitations

            Hehe, I was getting ready to lay it on…right after I checked my calendar to ensure I hadn’t dreamt this whole last week thingy.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            Yeah, I’ve been working my rear off all day, sat down about half an hour ago and am on my third one. I should probably eat something.

          • Laurels and limitations

            It’s my day off, I have officially accomplished nothing worthwhile.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            It’s my day off as well, but I can rest up when I go back!!

          • Laurels and limitations

            Hehe, when I was going 7 days a week I busted my tail for months on end to make sure I had everything done for this few weeks. I still have some honey-dos and whatnot, but nothing super heavy. Life on easy street for just a bit.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            That’s cool. My normal days off are Tues/Wed, sucky sched, but my choice. I want two days off in a row and almost every Wed I take my Dad to Dr Appts. So I have one day to accomplish anything.

  • Laurels and limitations

    pro bowl nods, not very surprising either..

    Chiefs with three Pro Bowlers: Hunt, Hill and Kelce.— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) December 20, 2017

  • Laurels and limitations

    Future Hall of Fame Kicker Harrison Butker was disqualified for being too awesome. https://t.co/lsvAr1RWO4— Kent Swanson (@kent_swanson) December 20, 2017

  • Laurels and limitations

    Ugh…

    2018 #ProBowl Quarterbacks! pic.twitter.com/6EWO8q1Gv4— NFL (@NFL) December 20, 2017

  • Laurels and limitations

    Am I missing something here? I could have sworn that both of Alex Smith’s Pro-bowl appearances were as an alternate.

  • Laurels and limitations

    2018 #ProBowl alternates: Alex Smith, Marcus Peters, Justin Houston, Tyreek Hill (as a WR), Dustin Colquitt and Harrison Butker pic.twitter.com/Ax2rDIjz3D— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 20, 2017

  • Laurels and limitations

    just think how far along they would be if they didn’t have a “bum” throwing to them, hehehehe..

    #chiefs Travis Kelce needs 9 receiving yards for consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. If that happens, Kelce and Tyreek Hill would be the first teammate duo on an Andy Reid- coached team to each amass 1,000+ receiving yards in a single season— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) December 19, 2017