K.C. Chiefs At The Midpoint

 

 

 

Here we are midway through the season. We started off 5-0, then dropped 2. Up next, divisions rival Denver Broncos. Dropping 3 would be bad, since 2 would be division games. KC needed to come in and get back to basics. Aggressive offense, defense, and special teams.  No getting away from the play makers. No “Bend don’t Break.” We have some of the most dominant players in the game. Turn them loose.

 

Unfortunately, the Broncos bring fan favorite Jamaal Charles with them. While I really like Charles, I can’t stand him in those colors. I wish him the best, except tonight. He racked up a couple nice runs early, but then did what he has done occasionally in the past. He gave up the ball in a costly way, providing us with a TD.

 

Nine minutes into the game and KC is up 14-0. A defensive TD from Marcus Peters stripping the ball from Charles, recovering it, then taking it to the house. Then the KC offense puts together a nice drive, extended by a hit to the head penalty, capped by a wide open Travis Kelce touchdown. Kelce put a move on the Denver defensive back that turned him around left him way behind the play.

 

 

 

 

Apparently Peters got the memo…

 

 

… that he was attending a football game and not a protest….

 

 

 

… perhaps he has a renewed focus on doing his job instead of making a political statement at work…

 

 

 

… a strip with a scoop and score…

 

 

 

 

… followed shortly thereafter with an interception…

 

 

 

 

… are what the defense needed to get their groove back. Oh, and here’s a little peek at Peter’s INT.

 

 

 

I believe Andy Reid is some sort of play design genius savant. However, sometimes his wizardry puts players in unfamiliar positions. Case in point, goal-to-go with a pitch to Tyreek Hill with a half-back pass play called. Hill tries to complete the pass into tight coverage and throws an interception. Denver gets the ball and KC gets 0 points out of the drive. Denver then drives the field and settles for a field goal. Perhaps a 10 point swing?

 

Kareem Hunt has had a slow night, as of early in the second quarter. He has only racked up 28 yards on 4 rushes and 1 reception (ended up with 45 rushing yards and 22 receiving yards). Looks like KC is spreading the ball around and Hunt will have to wait until late in the game for the extra opportunities and big play breaks.

 

As  we approach the latter part of the second quarter, we see the Chiefs just outside the end zone of the Broncos. Unfortunately we stall out, after an Alex Smith scramble for a couple yards, and only pickup 3 points on a field goal.

 

It is an interesting offense tonight. I like the plays being called, but think we should be able to complete more of these plays. The Denver defense is keeping the Chiefs offense just a bit off balance. However, the offensive line is holding up better than it did the last 2 games. Mitch Morse back at center may be what is helping with the protection tonight.

 

On defense, I really like having the best pass rusher in the league rush the passer instead of playing in coverage. It is a lot more fun watching Justin Houston sacking the QB or at least putting some heat on him. That has always seemed to help our defensive back end.

 

As I write that last paragraph, I watch Ron Parker get an interception. It was as much due to the pass rush as him being in the right position for coverage. I am pretty sure that wouldn’t have happened if Houston was out covering some tight end.

 

We need to keep on calling plays that capitalize on the speed difference between our players and the defense: Hill, Wilson, DAT, Kelce, Hunt, whatever. There are absolute and net speed variances to be found all over that group. While I admit to being a slight homer and Alex Smith fan, he is perfect to read the D and identify the best speed variance matchup.

 

The Chiefs put on a drive at the four minute mark and were moving the ball nicely. Then the Denver defense comes up with a forced fumble on Smith. Our defense steps up and forces a three and out, with a Houston sack (2 on the game), and a punt. We ended the half with a kneel and rally to the locker room.

 

I can hardly wait for the second half to begin. The lead is currently 2 touchdowns but could be 4 if there weren’t some stumbles and great defense. The question that keeps running though my mind though, is which team comes out of that locker room? Is it the one that is up a couple scores and plays not to lose or the one that plays to win with no fear? In the past it seems like we go conservative to try and not lose the game. It really looks like we risk too much playing that way and let teams back into the game (or we lose the game). We have a strong set of players and coaches. I say we take the win and not try to avoid the loss.

 

 

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Coming out of the second half the offense wasn’t too sharp and proceeded to punt after 3 plays. The special teams unit stepped up on the punt coverage and recovered a muffed punt by Denver to give the ball back to the offense with a short field. However the offense still couldn’t move the ball and settled for a field goal.

 

After the kickoff, the Broncos mounted a drive and move down the field to the KC 15. They were held out of the end zone on the series, despite running the ball for some big gains in the series, and walked away with three points.

 

The rest of the half the offense played pretty conservative football. They didn’t move the ball much, except for one drive extended by Denver penalties and a couple catches by Kelce for 44 yards. The result was only 3 more points via field goal.

 

The conservative play calling left the Chiefs defense out on the field a lot in the second half. They largely stepped up and made plays, but did give up 2 touchdowns. The key series for them in this half were forcing the turnover on downs with ten minutes left and the interception which setup a KC field goal.

 

This was a game where they played more like they had earlier this season. We saw all three phases chipping in for the victory. The defense scored early and made three key interceptions, the offense moved the ball and scored early, and the special teams got a turnover and was 5 for 5 on field goals.

 

While I would have like the offense to move the ball better, I will take the victory against Denver. It wasn’t a good statical night for anyone on offense not named Kelce, We struggled passing against a top notch secondary for most of the night. The run was shut down by their defensive line and kept Hunt under 50 yards rushing.

 

The Chiefs defense was all over the quarterback tonight and looked like they were back to the aggressive style tonight. If the gameplay was to force Trevor Semian to beat us, I think it worked. There interceptions, with a scoop and score off a strip was nice to see again. Our defense is best when creating turnovers from aggressive play calling,

 

In the end the five Denver turnovers were the difference in the game. The other stats were in their favor, but not enough generate the points they needed for victory. This also gives us a 2.5 game lead over Denver in the division and a tiebreaker at the moment. The Chargers and Raiders are both 3 games back.

 

At the end of Week 8, it is good to be sitting at 6-2, atop the AFC West, and second seed in the AFC behind Pittsburgh. Going into the season I was thinking the team would end 12-4, so we are right on pace. Looking at the remaining schedule, this is still possible, but there is work to do to get there.

 

Until next week, there’s The Rub!

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Frank Leggio is an operations director living in the Columbus, OH area.He has two sons and a couple of Beagles.He was born in Germany, went to high school in KS and college in CO.
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      hehe, be careful spreading Chiefs Insider stuff around, that guy comes up with some crazy stuff. Even though, I don’t necessarily disagree with this one here.

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      JC loves KC, and West has spoken in the past of how much respect he still has for JC. I truly hope that The Clarks do allow JC to come back for 1 day and retire as a Chief.

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        Of course,they will. I suspect Dorsey was sent packing in large part due to his treatment of JC.

  • Homer Dave

    Andy Reid on the Tyreek Hill interception, lol.

    "He's been begging for that thing for awhile and he got it. He probably won't get it again." — Chiefs coach Andy… https://t.co/W9GwVHbbgo— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) October 31, 2017

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      I for one, hope I never see it again.

    • tm1946

      Hopefully that play will be removed from the playbook, as in torn out and shredded, then the pieces buried in wet concrete….. although, was asking a lot for a non QB to roll LEFT and twist his body to throw right handed with any authority…. but I am not a HC genius.

      • Bdiddy

        He threw it left handed…weakly…

        • tm1946

          Thanks did not see that

          • Bdiddy

            You bet

      • Merlin

        Good point. That’s probably why Hill threw it left handed.

  • freshmeat62

    I hope the Chiefs don’t think they won that game!

    Oh it will be
    in the win column in the standings, but I think that was one of the most
    pitiful, inept games that ended up in the win column I’ve ever seen.

    Houston(outstanding), Kelce, Smith for the most part, and Hill had good games.

    Start
    w/ what I think were official screwups. The holding call on Murray on
    the punt that Hill had the nice return. It looked to me that Murray
    just had his arm outstrethed on the shoulder of the defender, but not
    grabbing. If that is holding then I need a new dictionary. The Charles
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    stopped. He had made a nice gain, but wasn’t going forward any more, he had a bunch of Chiefs on
    him, and the official let the play go on to where Peters yanked 2 or 3
    times on the ball until it came out. Later in the game Hunt would have had a fumble if the officials had let the play continue as long.

    Peters interception. If Siemian makes a decent throw, he has a nice gain. The receiver had broken towards the sideline with a gap between him and Peters. But the throw must have been 10-15 yards off target and all Peters had to do was turn around and come back for it.

    The offense had 1 short field TD, and a bunch of field goals thanks to Denver’s offense/Siemian being even more inept. So are we now going to have to depend on Butker’s leg for all of our scoring now?

    Sutton needs to have a serious look at his defense. He had 11 days to come up w/ somethingThey can’t even stop Denver’s miserable offense. Denver did that themselves. Houston and the d-line did get some pressure, but everything behind them was pretty bad. And DJ, he did make that stop on that 4th down, but I’m sorry, but he was getting pushed around last nite on plays that he would have made tackles 2 years ago.

    At one time the announcer said something about how bad the Denver o-line was, but at least they were opening an occasional hole for their runners. The Chief’s o-line was stumbling, and bumbling all over themselves. Every time I saw Witzmann he was being pushed around or on his back. Chinese fire drills are more organized than that mess last nite!

    The idea is to win the game, not have the other team lose it!

    After reading this, it seems about as jumbled as last nite’s game, so I won’t change any of it.

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      I agree with most of what you said, but Smith did not have a good game IMO. 14/31 and several bad throws, or at least off target throws.
      I thought Charles fumble was legit and as for Peters int, Peters was watching the QB the entire play. He just played the ball a lot better than the receiver did.

      • berttheclock

        I think Alex Smith hurt his right arm at one point. Noticed he was rubbing it a lot after being hit. Following that, he threw 3 very poor passes, but, one other point about the misses is he had to throw it out of bounds several times.

        • PaulFromNorthMo

          He did throw the ball away several times, but there were at least two times he had an open receiver that he just didn’t see or didn’t trust his arm to get the ball to. Of course Harris dropping the ball twice didn’t help.

          • berttheclock

            Toughest place to try to catch a ball. In your own two hands, eh? The other drop was due to the ball being a touch behind him, but, that is the reason players who are paid to catch passes keep honing their skills. Remember how often Tony G would spend hours and hours just practicing catching balls thrown to him? He never could get Bowe to join him.

            I saw another gaffe by Harris last night (Add Fisher to that list, as well). I understand false starts by opponents trying to hear the count at Arrowhead, but, why in the world would an offensive player of the Chiefs do so?

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            Ha Ha, I laughed when Harris got called for the false start. I thought to myself that he is adding to his repertoire, false starts to go along with his dropped passes.
            I could overlook the one along the sideline that was low and slightly behind him (not a good pass from Smith), but the one end the end zone hit him right in the hands, no excuse.

          • berttheclock

            I still remember his worst gaffe last year. 4th and 3 with the punting unit in. Harris lined up on the left shoulder of the center, but, he lined up off side. Gave them a 1st down and they used it to kick FG a bit later.

          • tm1946

            Had thought the light had come on for him this year but last nights game was back to being the big guy with no hands.

  • Frank Rodela

    Garopollo to the 9er’s for a second rounder? Thought that guy had a multiple first round price tag?

    Texans LT Duane Brown to the Seahawks for CB Jeremy Lane, 2018 5th rounder and a 2019 2nd rounder. WOW

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      Well, I guess Cousins is not going to San Fran. That seems like a lot for Brown, but the Seahawks need an O-line in the worst way.

      • Frank Rodela

        They had to move Russel Wilson’s salary around to make it happen

    • think garapollo will take off. Watched Pats games where he looked very good.

      • Frank Rodela

        Once upon a time, Matt Cassel looked as if he would take off as well

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  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    Being on the West Coast it is a little more labor intensive to prep for Halloween , but I’m ready for the little tikes…..I’ve got

    Gluten free candy
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    Organic candy……and candy that is Gender Neutral!
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      Poor guy…. all I have is individual twisters (red)…. got about 200…. granddaughters will eat all leftovers.

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      But, my favorite of all time was years ago in LA where the large complex of young singles which was owned by the owner of the Lakers, was considered to be a prime target for young, er, whatever age males to go door to door with a drink in hand yelling “Trick or Treat”.

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  • tm1946

    A good win, a needed win. That said – second half the offense went into some kind of shell instead of burying broncos. Also seemed to give up a lot of yards by defense, bend don’t break? If broncos had a better QB, not sure of the outcome… kid was bad, throwing bad balls in odd directions.

    Still a good win.

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    So it looks like Elliot might have to serve his suspension after all, so Dallas might be without him next week.

  • tm1946

    Anyone – what happened to Ford…. after he left, Zombo spent most of the rest of the game getting knock around by the LT.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Homer Dave said something about him running out of Vagasil or something of that nature.

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        OK, so why was Acker starting and playing instead of Mitchell?

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          Plus, Acker really is a safety and not a corner trying to play against a much taller and bigger wide out.

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            Did not notice Acker even playing before last nite. Gaines was on ST and got a penalty. Another case of riding out the season with what we got and (fans) hoping for improvement in 2018.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            Gaines has moved himself to the top of the list of players I hope are not on the team next year. If we trade for a d-back today, it won’t hurt my feelings if he is gone before dark.

          • tm1946

            Not sure we will get our feet into the last day of the draft. Doubt we have anyone we could afford to lose and no one we could afford to pay/keep.

      • tm1946

        Yeah, that was during the game…. hoping he was joking and had no first hand knowledge.

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    Denvers defense is no joke and they really turned up the pressure an an ol AFCW rival.
    That defense with some help on offense would be scary.

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      The Chiefs D got shredded by another run game. Maybe the problem is the D-line coaching.

      • berttheclock

        Yeah, sort of funny to read the stats showing the D gave up 179 yards, then, reading comments about how well the D did last night.

        • PaulFromNorthMo

          Peters played a very good game, Houston showed why he should spend most of the time rushing the QB. Nelson played a good game for just having come back from injury, but the rest of the defense didn’t show much.

          • berttheclock

            The play which really proved how well Houston is at this point, not only fully recovered from his old injuries, but, how much better he is a pass rusher was the play where their ROT tripped him, yet, he recovered and chased the QB across the field and dropped him. The analysts at the early show on NFL Network went bonkers over that, as did Gruden last night.

    • that is an understatement.

  • berttheclock

    So, it is, now, the 31st of October. Burning questions might be, will Veach beat the trade deadline and bring in more talent?, or, will the Bye help the injured Chiefs to be able to be back at full strength to start the 2nd half of the season? or, will the Chiefs even be able to match the improvements of the teams headed for post season?,

    Or, will Laddie get his groove back in being a homeowner?

    • tm1946

      Looked at the magic 8 ball, said – NOT LIKELY. What it knows is beyond me but as good a guess as I could make.

  • berttheclock

    The Eagles lost Sproles for the season. First, they talked with Indy to obtain Gore, but, it looks as though they made a trade with Miami for Ajaji. Gave up a 4th.

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      Have the Dolphins given up on their season? I thought Ajayi was, for the most part, their entire offense.

      • berttheclock

        Rotoworld says Gase got into it with Ajayi after their last loss. Now, it looks as though they are trying to shop a wide out.

        • berttheclock

          Landry. He is at the end of his contract and it looks as though Miami wants to get cheaper.

  • PaulFromNorthMo

    I can remember the excitement and the elation I felt the day the Chiefs drafted Derrick Johnson, but he is the prototypical example of why in the NFL, with the salary cap and limited roster numbers, a team cannot hang on to players past their prime. Although he his still quite young by life’s standards, he is definitely showing his age as a football player.

    • berttheclock

      But, he sure made a great pass stop late in the game.

      • tm1946

        Also popped a couple of hits…. but first stringer at his price….get him ready for the ring of honor. I got no idea of who will replace him after this season ends….draft picks are a little thin.

        • berttheclock

          Did you see that late in game, KPass got in for two stops? Number 92. I noticed him, then, had to go back and check roster numbers. The box score showed him with two tackles.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            I did not see that, I will have to go back and rewatch.

          • tm1946

            If you recorded it. The WR pass for a INT, I really thought he threw with his right hand… I was corrected he threw with his left…. check it out for me….

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            He threw it left handed. I had to rewatch that myself already. I didn’t know he was a southpaw.

          • tm1946

            Thanks, he had nothing on the pass, maybe did not set his feet.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            A good reason why he is a WR and not the QB.

          • berttheclock

            No, he is no Kelce and no Cris Collinsworth. Both of those played QB in high school. Kelce threw one pass for almost 40 yards in college before he switched to TE. Collinsworth still holds the record at Florida for throwing a 99 yard TD pass. He, then, went to wide out.

          • berttheclock

            Andy said he had been begging him to make that throw. But, this was not the defense in which to use it. Man, can Denver’s D swarm to the ball or what?

          • tm1946

            Got another for you…. I also missed KPass playing, Bert says he was on the left side of the DL…. can you check it out and see if he was DE or OLB, hand in dirt or standing up…. it is not like you have a life or anything….I am hoping.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            I will check it out for both of us, but probably won’t be until later. I actually don’t have a life right now, but I do have a father that seems to have doctors appointments almost every day I have off.

          • Frank Rodela

            Towards the end of the game. The first time I noticed K-Pass, he made a tackle right about the line of scrimmage. He flipped over the ball carrier from behind on the tackle. Gruden called his name a few plays later

          • berttheclock

            He was credited with one TFL.

          • tm1946

            I had great hope for KPass after draft…. maybe he will get some on field time… what position did he play, I missed totally

          • berttheclock

            He was lined up on the left side of the defensive line.

          • tm1946

            DE or OLB, in stance or standing up…. that is Houston’s side, Houston there or was he playing in his place?? Sorry but I did not see any of it…. you are the source (DA MAN) on this one.

          • berttheclock

            I don’t recall if he had his hand in the “dirt”. Just noticed a tall player wearing 92 and being on the LOS.

    • berttheclock

      What I was really hoping for this season concerning him was his ability to be a type of on the playing field coach and to mentor the younger LBs.

      • PaulFromNorthMo

        I think he os probably doing a good job of that, but IMO, is play is not up to par.

    • I am not sure it’s his age. It could be that mobility, and two achilles tears is the problem. He just doesn’t have the mobility and speed he did before. Plus, I think he is about 15 pounds over his playing weight. He still hits but his ability to change direction appears to be a problem. He is still making plays.

      • PaulFromNorthMo

        DJ is making some plays, but heck, so does Ford and Gaines. He isn’t attacking as in days of yore, plus he seems to be getting washed out of too many plays.

        • It’s why my draft for 2017 was all defense in the first 4 picks.

        • Homer Dave

          Yeah, DJ doesn’t seem able to shed blockers or evade them in order to get to the play early any more this year. I hate to see it happening but it is getting readily apparent.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            To the point that I would like to see Ramik in his place. Although I’m guessing Ramik has played his last game as a chief, barring injury. The coaches just don’t seem to like him.

          • Homer Dave

            Yeah, I would agree with that one and even though I admit that RW is not a world beater I thought he was playing better than what is getting trotted out now. Coaches obviously feel differently.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            I don’t think he has played a snap since we got Ragland.

          • Homer Dave

            I’m not sure he has even been active for games. I’m pretty sure that he hasn’t as a matter of fact.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            The issue has to be with the coaches, I wonder if it’s Sutton or Gibbs? I recall something was made last year about RW not playing ST’s, but I can’t really imagine that would keep him off the field if he is the best option.

          • Homer Dave

            Hmm, not sure there. Not doubting you for a second but I just never heard about the STs thingy but if it’s true then that would spell it out. Coaches don’t believe he has enough upside as a starter and he can’t play STs- that spells unemployed.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            I could have the wrong guy or even have it all wrong as far as that goes. For some reason I remember something like that coming up way back when he was cut.

          • Homer Dave

            Naw, you’re probably completely right and I just can’t recollect is all. It seems Kc has been trying to find RW’s replacement ( or just plain get rid of him) since they drafted him.

          • Homer Dave

            Nope, he hasn’t. Not since week four according to NFL.com

          • Homer Dave

            and Kc has dropped 50% of those games….co-inky-dink? I think not, lol.

  • our defense has serious flaws. No rehash to accompany this comment. Plus the fact that they were on the field a lot(ToP) especially 2nd half. Which leads back to the offense. Not scoring 3 or 7 on the failed roll out pass by Hill, hurt a lot. I felt it should be 21-0 at that point. changed the emotional play at the time. Offense was flat and far from dynamic in the 2nd half whereas I felt they were really rolling in the first half. Playcalling? Missing LD-T? Witzmann? Run blocking(It was not a force at all as witnessed by Hunt’s inability to break through for 3 or 4 yards on interior runs. I liked the Denver use of the I formation with a blocking full back. We have Sherman Andy. Think on that.

    • freakin’ WCO & spread. I would much prefer the WCO with Al under center a lot more and play action. We just don’t do that.

    • Frank Rodela

      It was posted by someone below, but Smith looked like there was something wrong with him in the second half. Even the look on his face when he would miss a throw, something was off with the man. Hope whatever it is, he gets it fixed before this weekend

      • pretty sure I saw it. He missed Hill long, and had a couple of errant throws. he was very irritated at dropped balls also(just looking at his face when they occurred. he was irritated with play calling as well. Those things really hurt a couple of attempted drives.

      • berttheclock

        Speaking of looks on his face, did you catch his look on the sidelines following the Hill INT? It was as though he was saying “Who the hell called that play?”

    • berttheclock

      Shades of Tom Osborne and Nebraska. The SEC never could figure out that I formation when they had to play Nebraska.

      BTW, a certain winning team of Super Bowl IV used that formation. Any guesses to which team that happened to be?

      • oh I recall it clearly… it was “revolutionary” the commentators said. Stram pulled that off due to team injuries and it worked.

        • berttheclock

          Plus, the other “revolutionary” thing was Curly Culp lining up across from their center which allowed Aaron Brown to terrorize Kapp.

          • that was a game, like the preceding 3, that the no way did the AFC have a chance to win. I merely wish that the AFL had not merged with the NFL.

          • berttheclock

            One of the few times I agreed with Al Davis.

          • when the 4th was played, I was absolutely sure that the Chiefs would win. They had a heck of a defense and a very decent offense. I would sit in the chair, watch the games be played and I could call the run or pass plays that Len would use before they happened. I knew the Chiefs game and how it was played in that era, especially by 66 or 67. I love the Chiefs. I loved Stramm and Hunt and the whole bunch. It was a great era and KC v Raiders was always the earmark of each season in the old AFL. The Orange crush came later. But for Garral (sic) Yepremium(sic), the Chiefs would have had another bowl.

  • berttheclock

    Love the video being shown over at AP of Peters doing his “Matador tackling” of Anderson last night. Even Deion Sanders tweeted a “LOL” concerning his letting Anderson run past him with others having to do the tackling. It doesn’t even rate as a whiff.

  • berttheclock

    Brain freeze. For some unknown reason, I thought the Chiefs had a Bye coming up, then, they would play the Cowboys. Wrong. However, the good news is here in Portland, the local CBS TV station will have the game on. The early game will be Denver at Philly.

  • freshmeat62

    IMO, Mitchell was closer to his receivers when getting beat the previous few weeks than Acker was to his receivers last nite when he was getting beat. Bring back Mitchell!?

    • Homer Dave

      Never heard for sure, but was Mitchell hurt or something? Otherwise it made zero sense to have Acker in there as the starter.

    • berttheclock

      Reid said nothing was wrong physically with Mitchell, but, he and Sutton wanted Mitchell on the sideline to rethink his position and they wanted to try Acker in his place.

  • tm1946

    Day coming to an end and no conservations about the Chiefs and their latest trade…. I figured that but was hoping for a rabbit out of a hat.

  • berttheclock

    Trade deadline has passed and, so far, no word that Veach made any moves. Of course, when, you rave to your boss about a college player such as Veach did to Dorsey about Mahomes II and Dorsey makes the huge mistake of trading up and vastly over pays for the position (10 slot is a 2017 Cap charge of $2,986,538 with an annual salary of $4,106,491 and a guarantee of $16,425,962 for basically being a clip board carrier), then, you do not have very much money in which you can wheel and deal.

    BTW, a salary at the 27 slot was a 2017 Cap charge of $1,834,791, an annual of $2,522, 838 and a guarantee of only $8,805,258. So anyone saying the Chiefs ended up with a QBOTF for a 27 pick knows absolutely nothing about putting together a football team.

    • Homer Dave

      that would be the Ravens, Card, Skins, Falcons, Packers, Dolphins, Panthers, Giants, Colts,. Saints, Steelers, Vikings, Chargers, CHIEFS, Lions, Bengals, Seahawks, Raiders, Patriots, Bears, Dolphins (again), Bills, Bucs, Titans, Jags Jets, Rams, Eagles, Bears, Niners, Cards, Bucs, Reds, Jags, Falcons- and then the back breaker of breaking backs contract- Mahomes in Kc.

      Man, I can’t fathom the idea that every single team out there is spending more on the QB position than Kc is except for Denver. It’s like every single GM out there besides Elway doesn’t understand how to correctly build a roster.

      • Homer Dave

        oh, and here’s the link to OTC where I got my FACTS from.

        https://overthecap.com/position/quarterback/2017/

      • PaulFromNorthMo

        I’m beginning to think Belichick is losing it. If I’m not mistaken, 40 year old Brady is the only QB on that roster.

        • Homer Dave

          I’m not seeing anybody else either. Holy crap Bellichic is putting a lot of faith in the Refs to keep Brady safe.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            Maybe we could get him interested in Bray.

          • Homer Dave

            Ha!! BB would probably make Bray into a 6 game star then trade Bray off for multiple1st round picks….or win a Super Bowl with him, whichever is easier.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            Bray is a little taller, stronger arm and maybe even more mobile than Brady, plus the first three letters of their names are the same. Seems like a no brainer.

          • Homer Dave

            Why, you are correct, sir, the first three letters thingy seals the deal.

  • berttheclock

    Last week, 4 different former DCs reviewed tapes of Siemian throwing and said he has major problems when his team uses 3 wide outs, plus, they noted when he throws to his left, he hesitates. Therefore, they advised any corner playing that side to anticipate and jump his passes. Apparently, Sutton did not read the report and had Acker play off and never try to jump. Acker’s lone INT was more of an excuse me, look what I found floater.

  • Frank Rodela

    One more trade of note was just announced; Panthers ship Kelvin Benjamin To Buffalo prior to the deadline, compensation unknown at this point

    • Frank Rodela

      A third and a seventh is what I’m seeing, not from a credible source mind you

    • Homer Dave

      It’s like they are trying to make Cam’s job suck so he’ll leave or something.

  • Homer Dave

    now here is a trade I could get behind. It’s a win/win for KC. KC gets a solid ILB, and Fisher will look good going up against Ford twice a year. Or at least 2 quarters of a game twice a year, so one game or something like that.

    Trade Dee Ford for Shane Ray just because— 🏈Kingdom Connection (@KingdomConnektN) October 31, 2017

    • Frank Rodela

      I’m hoping Ray is hell bent on coming home after his first contract in hell in done

      • mnelson52

        Maclin loved coming home but it didn’t last long

      • Homer Dave

        according to that little piece the networks put over Ray escaping KC I’m not sure that he feels the same way. The world gets smaller everyday but staying in close proximity to the very influences that he worked so hard to escape might not be in his long term goals.

  • berttheclock

    Several NFL GMs really care about making their respective teams better. Howie Roseman of the Eagles has solidified the running attack of the Eagles for the playoffs. Jon Schneider has anted up money (some from Russell Wilson’s re-working his contract) to give far more protection to Wilson’s blind side. Buffalo has improved their up and coming team. Even the Niners have brought in a new talent at a low cost to build for the future of that team.

    So, what does Veach really want? To win in the playoffs or to just draw a paycheck?

  • Homer Dave

    Haha, Larry doin’ funny things

    10 year anniversary of when I dressed up as Herm Edwards and took over his press conference on Halloween….. pic.twitter.com/b5JeSZHTe1— Larry Johnson (@2LarryJohnson7) October 31, 2017

  • Homer Dave

    We should never forget Kennison, he was a lone bright spot in KC for a while.

    Kelce is the first player to tally 100+ receiving yards in three straight games vs. Denver since former Chief Eddie Kennison in '04-05.— Matt McMullen (@KCChiefs_Matt) October 31, 2017

  • berttheclock

    Then, of course you have the hapless Browns who around 3:50 PM Cleveland and New York time opened the champagne bottles to celebrate acquiring A J McCarron from the Bengals for two draft picks Around 4:10 PM, someone asked around if anyone had contacted 345 Park Avenue about the trade. Long pause to a Gigantic OOPS moment. No one had called and the NFL has said absolutely no to the deal.

    I am beginning to rethink my position about the management of that team and it would not surprise me to find their mascot dog has far more brains than then so-called whiz kids who came over from the Oakland A’s.

  • Homer Dave

    Welp, if Kc wasn’t the underdogs next Sunday they sure as hell are now….

    As many suspected Jim Nantz and Tony Romo will have the call on the #Chiefs #Cowboys broadcast with Tracy Woodson on the sidelines.— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) October 31, 2017

    Pete Morelli will be the ref for the #Chiefs #Cowboys game on Sunday. Last KC game he did was #Chiefs at #Broncos in OT on SNF. pic.twitter.com/x87CE7LAjq— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) October 31, 2017

  • berttheclock

    Eddie Kennison was very much part of a play which ended up costing the Chiefs a victory against Andy Reid and the Eagles. The Chiefs were on cruise control when, Al Saunders, the OC went to the well one too many times for a quick out to Kennison near the sideline. The play had worked twice before in the game. But, three things happened. The DB of the Eagles spotted the play and began to move up. The second thing was Saunders had ordered Greene to never change any play which had been sent in. The resulting Pick Six changed the momentum to Andy Reid and the Eagles ended up winning. That game was in 2005.

  • Homer Dave

    I am not tryin to bag on NR here, but the lack of MIKE on that side of the line. And as a side bonus, you get to watch Ford get absolutely taken out by a LT who doesn’t even have to use his lower body to make ford ineffectual.

    Nunez Roches gets driven out and Ford gets walled off on cutback. pic.twitter.com/YmRQHXG8GW— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) October 31, 2017

    • PaulFromNorthMo

      In all seriousness, what did you think of the play of Peters overall?

      • Homer Dave

        I was split right down the middle by the halves of the game. In the first half Peters came out actually tackling and of course he had the interception and fumble recovery. But then he resorted right back to what we have seen the last few games to the point where he literally moved himself out of the path of the ball carrier to avoid contact…and thereby handing the other team a 1st down.

        Even on the TD he scored he had to act up and “slam dunk” the ball over the goal posts and cost the team 15 yards.

        I’m quickly tiring of the guy’s crap as well as believe the team has better things to worry about than his antics.

        • PaulFromNorthMo

          I’m not as down on Peters as most. I think he might get bored with some teams obviously avoiding his half of the field. I of course have no proof, but it still wouldn’t surprise me if the coaches aren’t telling him to avoid contact, especially contact involving piles to avoid injury. I’ll agree that one play looked bad, but on the other hand, if the DL and LB’s did their job, we wouldn’t be looking at our CB’s to make tackles on RB’s running up the middle.

          • Homer Dave

            Yeah, I hear that, but I sometimes it comes down to CBs having to make tackles. The leading CBs in tackles made this year is Jalen Mills with 42, Peters has 22. With KC running as many sub-sets in their defense the CBs are going to see more chances to tackle than more traditional defenses. I just have serious doubts about the guy and I can’t shake them.

          • PaulFromNorthMo

            I see you’re point and I agree that at times he is avoiding contact. But I have also seen him tackle well when he is the only Chief around. IJDK

          • Homer Dave

            that’s me to the very point, IJDK either. I want to think that Peters is loyal to the team and will do whatever is necessary to ensure a win every week but my heart tells me that this is not the case. Geebus I hope I am entirely incorrect!

  • Homer Dave

    wow, missed this one last night. Good for Bailey though and I’m happy that it worked.

    Bailey hurdles the cut block to blow the run up in the backfield. Incredible athletic ability for his size. pic.twitter.com/h2JbQL5eUJ— Nick Jacobs (@Jacobs71) October 31, 2017

  • Homer Dave

    This bodes well for KC on two fronts: KC doesn’t have to try and stop his rushing and then, Oakland does.

    With his 6-game suspension standing, Ezekiel Elliott’s next game now will be December 17 at Oakland vs. the Raiders.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 31, 2017

  • Homer Dave

    How in the Sam Hell Veach was able to find a kicker like this AFTER the year started is beyond me. Pure craziness.

    After 18-straight made field goals, Harrison Butker kicks his way closer to history. ➡️ https://t.co/YcZmUXS1Vs pic.twitter.com/MSAtVOAslE— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 31, 2017

    • Stan Colbert

      How the Charrolotte kicker who has not been great, last year even, won the position battle this summer is amazing to me!

      • Homer Dave

        is that where Buttkicker is out of? Heck, truthfully I don’t even care as long as he continues to be money.

        • Stan Colbert

          Yes, he was on the Panther practice squad after losing out to last year’s kicker! Looks great to me!

  • Stan Colbert

    Once again, it appears the Chiefs are saddled with a flaw that we all know will likely be their unraveling in the playoffs!(run defense) This flaw may be overcome by playing an easier schedule the remainder of the year. Only to rear its ugly head in the playoffs against top teams!

    • Homer Dave

      we just gotta hope the team can overcome their flaws with their assets. One team does it every year as no team is perfect, so it CAN be KC is all I’m saying.

      • Stan Colbert

        This is true! However, KC can’t, or won’t have MP22 follow a #1 WR (which I think is the best thing). They cannot change their packages, putting in more DL because that weakens their secondary. Lastly SO appears to have lost a step and none of the other ILB match his level of play.

    • ladner morse

      While Andy Reid says he believes it can be fixed mid-season, I would concur with you analysis. Come playoff time, it’s not likely to look any better than it has during this span of the first half of the season… which is 28th in total rushing yards allowed and 24th in total rushing points allowed.

      You don’t fix that with a magic wand.