I was sitting here trying to figure out how to begin. I thought to myself, I am looking forward the Chiefs after a big layoff for the Bye. But I am smiling because the Chiefs are playing tomorrow. I look forward to the game. Do I really want to wipe the grin off? Nope. I enjoy watching NFL football, even if it is not the Chiefs playing. So I am going to keep this simple — it is the Game Day early piece. Simple. Keep it simple.
My advise to Reid? Simplify the game plan and plays called then throw to Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill which should open up things up for Demarcus Robinson. Run the football. Don’t get fancy. Start Mitchell at Cornerback. Use the ILBs aggressively against the run. Safeties to help over the top. Don’t under-estimate Manning. That’s pretty much my simple advice.
What do We Have to Look Forward to?
1. Kansas City’s Offensive Line is replenished
2. Kansas City has the offensive weapons to score points
3. Kansas City is playing at home again (wish I were there).
What We Have to Worry About?
1. The Front 3 on defense is missing Allen Bailey.
2. OLBs Dee Ford and Tamba Hali are both out.
3. The secondary is thus far suspect as is the run defense.
What should the fans expect?
Those 6 items above appear to offset each other. Frank, Ransom and Laddie all made a contribution of ideas this week and almost all of it are things in 4 articles with which I almost unanimously agree. I won’t rehash it much. Nor use a lot of Rah! Rah! emotion laden adjectives.
High Notes to Consider
During the week, Frank, Ladner and Ransom all covered things by the numbers.
More on the positive side of the ledger
o Reid’s teams are 17-2 after the Bye
o Kareem Hunt has 800 yards rushing to date and will very likely eclipse 1200 by seasons end — his receiving yard total is 331; He has 6 TDs and one fumble on the season (his very first carry)
o Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill both have more than 600 yards receiving with 5 and 4 TDs respectively. I believe both will eclipse 1,000 yards receiving
o Meanwhile, Demarcus Robinson is steadily improving each week. If I had to bet, he will eclipse 300 yards receiving fairly easily. Sunday, with Kelce and Hill drawing top coverage, Robinson ought to have a breakthrough game, especially since Bert Wilson is out for this game (My prediction).
o Harrison Butker – Place kicking: He is 19 of 20, 2-2 50 and over and perfect on PATs.
o Dustin Colquitt – continues to place the ball in side the 20, so there is no question that the kicking game both punting and place kicking is very good.
o Last but not least? Al Smith has nearly 2500 yards passing, 18 TDs, only 1 Int and a 114 passer rating.
o The Giant’s Defense is as suspect as that of the Chiefs
But there are negatives
o Special Teams has not been prolific in 2017. Scoring is way down from prior years, for example.
o KC’s run and pass defense is incredibly Torpid and has probably cost the Chiefs at 2 games, certainly the loss against the Raiders.
What remains to be done?
1. Win the division
2. Win a Bye and a home a home game
3. Win the AFC
4. Win the Super Bowl
Alex Smith commented this week: “It’s all still in front of us.”
I still believe that is true. In an NFL Full of parity, ups, downs, injuries and lost players, the Chiefs are in a very good position player-personnel wise. If there is one more thing to think about? The Chiefs are playing at the Giants. I am not so sure this is a bad thing.
David Bell – Avery, ID
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