A Wild Weekend in NFL and What it Means for the Kansas City Chiefs

 

 

 

Wow. That’s pretty much all I can say to sum up the slate of games we were treated to in the NFL over the fourth week. Whether it was the San Diego Chargers losing another close one… to the Oakland Raiders quarterback going out of the game with a significant back injury, with the silver and black subsequently dropping a game for the second week in a row, this time to the Denver Broncos… it was a crazy weekend across the NFL.

 

Here is what that really means for the Kansas City Chiefs:

First and foremost, they absolutely cannot take their foot off the gas pedal. The Chiefs own this division right now, and thanks to the Buffalo Bills — who are surprisingly good despite a slew of moves in the offseason that suggested they might be rebuilding — K.C. is the only undefeated team left in the NFL. So, the Chiefs can’t afford a misstep tonight against the Washington Redskins.

 

In order for the Chiefs to keep that offense rolling, the best quarterback in the league has to keep playing the lights out football that he has though the first three weeks. By the way, that is not homer hyperbole, Smith has the best QBR in the NFL of all starting quarterbacks. Smith’s seven touchdowns to zero interceptions ratio is impressive, but perhaps more impressive is the fact that he leads in the league in yards per attempt with 9.2. Yes, you read that right. The guy many had written off as a noodle-arm, check down Charlie, game manager leads the league in yards per attempt. 

 

 

Another offensive must for the Chiefs tonight under the bright lights of the ESPN moniker is Kareem Hunt continuing his dominance. As well as having the best quarterback in the NFL, the Chiefs also boast the best running back, and the league’s leading rusher in Hunt. Even though Hunt only has three professional games under his belt, he is one of the most talked about players in the NFL. This is probably due to his 401 running yards in those three games. Don’t look now, but that is good for an average of 8.2 yards per attempt. The next best running back in the NFL is the Los Angeles Rams’ Todd Gurley who, despite having played one more game than Hunt, is still behind the Chiefs’ back by 50 yards. And his yards per attempt is half of what Hunt’s is. It is quite amazing what the young running back, who fumbled his first professional carry, has been able to do.

 

 

On the defensive side of the ball, the Chiefs must make Kirk Cousins uncomfortable. This became more difficult this week with the word that pass-rusher Dee Ford will not be available for this game due to a back injury sustained last week during the game against the Chargers. The backup roles will be handled by journeyman Frank Zombo who has proved effective in certain roles, but has never been a starting-caliber linebacker. The Chiefs also have Tanoh Kpassagnon, the rookie from Villanova who has the raw ability and physical characteristics to be a quarterback destroyer in this league. It would probably be too much to hope that he has a breakout game against the Redskins, and makes Cousins regret every setting down at Kansas City International Airport.

 

 


On the special teams side of things, the Chiefs have a new kicker, if you haven’t heard. After Cairo Santos was injured last week in a play which resulted in a rouging the kicker call, the Chiefs placed diminutive special-teamer on injured reserve before parting ways with him permanently last week. Many fans across the Chiefs’ Kingdom were shocked at this move, but it shouldn’t have been all that surprising. This was Santos’ final year on his deal. When the Chiefs put him on I.R. it effectively ended his season, and if they believe that Harrison Butker (@buttkicker87), the rookie, seventh-round pick from the Carolina Panthers who was stashed on their practice squad, can be as good or better than Santos, they made the right move. But, that is the question that everyone is asking. Researching Butker’s time at Georgia Tech, he seemed to be very accurate at longer ranges and close-in, but struggled in mid-range kicks. If the Chiefs want to continue their dominance, they must have a consistent kicking game.

 

 

While I think it is too early in the season for a “trap game,” I think tonight could be a challenge for the Chiefs. The Redskins played very well against the Raiders, handing them their first loss of the season. To look past them would be a huge mistake. But, let’s be honest here. It’s Primetime football at Arrowhead stadium. It’s been quite sometime since the Chiefs have lost at home, under the lights of Primetime in the regular season.

 

 

What do you think are the key points for tonight’s game? Sound off in the comments below. Thanks for reading, and as always, Go Chiefs!!!

 

 

 

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  • Laurels and limitations

    While I do believe that KC has the better team, better coaching, and those accompanied with the Arrowhead advantage will result in a win tonight: Washington and Kc have a lot of similarities this year. Cousins likes to spread the ball around just as much as Smith does in 2017, and the Redskins’ running game shouldn’t be underestimated either. Thing is, the Washington team as a whole is kinda like Chief’s-lite but they can, and will, ruin your day if allowed.

    The key to this game tonight is allowing the KC Secondary to continue to be aggressive and bait Cousins into a turnover or two, then on the KC offensive side is to make Smith be aggressive downfield again and not resort back to his 5yds.and under crap.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Be aggressive! Be Be aggressive!!
      (Kirsten Duntz voice)

      Sorry…..I watched to many of those cheerleader movies with my daughter when she was growing up–lol

      • Frank Rodela

        My little sister also watched them way too often….and my wife being my little sisters age, I still “watch” them on occasion

        • drwillez37

          My wife was a cheerleader until her ACL tear fall from the top of the pyramid. And, I was a state champion runningback/stong safety. From the same highschool, But 8 years apart

          • Frank Rodela

            My wife is, and was during school,
            my sister’s best friend, only a 5 and half year difference between us

  • larry mckinney

    No shortage of challenges for the homies this year as the Steelers, donkies and Bills are the next three home opponents after tonight. Pretty much a gauntlet that will test our depth, coaches, and QB. The weapons are there, the defense bends but doesn’t break and this first test of the four is passed in a shootout. Chiefs remain indefatigable. Chiefs 44, Washington 39.

    • larry mckinney

      Two and oh on predictions. Didn’t see the NE win so I didn’t make a pick.

      • ladner morse

        39 points allowed sounds like a broken defense to me.

        • larry mckinney

          Noted. Comment now edited for accuracy.

        • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

          Lol…I had to chuckle at this.

        • larry mckinney

          A little wobbly at 0500…

        • Frank Rodela

          of the 57 points allowed through 3 weeks, only 10 of them came in the 4th quarter, and all 10 of them against the Eagles. This defense, whether bent or broken, is showing they can close out games.

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    Best QB, best RB, best TE………that and a top 10 defense……..should spell success right?

    • larry mckinney

      It’ll be fine Chiefs-. It’s just like you said. Best, best, best. And in front of the homies.

  • freshmeat62

    Geeesh! After tonite the season is already a quarter over. Seems like last week that camp was starting in St Joe. Don’t think I’d call this a trap game. Redskins looked pretty good last weekend. After what I thought was a down game for AS11 and the offense last week, I think/hope they go back to game 1 offense and open it up w/ more downfield throws. Last week, and even some the previous week they seemed to go back to the dink and dunk of the last 4 years. Am worried about the o-line. Morris is out and I heard that Fisher was held out of practice. Erving is listed as his backup, so it not being a division game, it would be as good a time as ever to see what we have w/ him. Hope we get to see Kpass in obvious passing downs.

    Go Chiefs!

    • ladner morse

      Excited to see Kpass. Hoping he knocks it out of the park.

  • ladner morse
  • ladner morse
    • Frank Rodela

      List of running backs who have been on my fantasy team so far this season:

      David Johnson
      Dalvin Cook
      Chris Carson
      Spencer Ware

      Issiah Crowell and Demarco Murray are scoring like they are on IR too….

      I’m worried I need to drop Hunt before he is hit with my fantasy curse.

  • Frank Rodela

    After this week, Mahomes will be the only QB taken in the first rounds of the 2017 draft that will not have logged an NFL start. Da Bears will bench Mike Glennon in favor of Mitch Trubisky this weekend

    • larry mckinney

      I regard that as a good thing…

  • Your observations are good. At the end, I would posit that the big question there pard, and the right question is how well will the OL perform.

    No, it’s not a trap game — a difficult game at home under Big Time TV lights. It could go to the loss column because it will be a “Contest”.

    So what to look for? Can Hunt go against a pretty decent front 7? Will Smith get time to throw comfortably? What will Nagy/Reid put together to counter the weakness? Will our kluged together starting front 5 on offense? I recall one season back in the day, when the Chiefs were struggling with an injured front 5 and RB injuries, Stram went to a college I formation to win a big game. What will Nagy/Reid do to counter the weakness on the left side of the offensive front?

    I am good with the defense even without Ford. My exposure? The offensive line. We will see just how “deep” the line really is. Santos could have been brought back from the IR as the 2nd designee if that is where the Chiefs would have gone. Ultimately, they are holding that IR/R spot for a player who will make a dif otherwise. It is observed that Nelson is one of the two.

    I am comfortable with our secondary. I am comfortable with the skill position players on offense — all of them. I am comfortable with the what will happen in the front 7. I want to see Kpass get his shot and succeed at OLB, backed up by a steady but unspectacular OLB, Frank Zombo(big contribution on S/T).

    My biggest worry though is how will the Offensive line performs. I can’t even say what is likely planned. They could move Schwartz to the left(But I doubt it). They play Witzmann at guard(Ehinger practiced this past week, but game status not reported). I am okay with Fulton at center(Morse is out). Who will play LT? Fish is questionable. If Fish can’t go, and I don’t want him to play at 3/4 speed or something like that, better to sit and heal… I expect that Cam Erving would get the nod. He has 3 years NFL experience. My worry then would be playbook familiarity and that the left side of the OL would be the weakness. Sheesh.

    Don’t think the Chiefs will blow this game. I think they win it. I don’t think the Redskins are as good as they seemed against Oakland. But they are a decent team in the NFCE. Wow, the Giants faltering is a surprise.

    Interesting game, to be sure.

    • freshmeat62

      I agree the o-line is a concern. I too would rather see Erving play than an injured Fisher. I’d rather see him healthy(er) against a conference rival (Texans) that may be a competitor at getting a playoff spot, than a non conference team. I don’t think the lose of Ford is that big a deal. They may mis his being able to put more pressure on the QB than Zombo, but I’d play Kpass in those obvious passing downs, and let Zombo play running downs. I’ve always thought Zombo played the run better than the ‘matador’ Ford.

  • drwillez37

    Most of these players have never played at Arrowhead so the crowd could be that shock factor to have them rattled from Jump Street

    • ladner morse

      I’m hoping so because they looked strong and fast last week against the Raiders.

  • Chiefly Bacon

    I expect this game to be competitive and close. Neither offense is likely to have much success, but hopefully crowd and STs will lift the Chiefs to ultimate victory. I’m guessing the final score will be like 16-13.

  • Laurels and limitations

    didn’t see a game thread so I’ll post this here…

    Looks like left tackle Eric Fisher is preparing to play for the Chiefs tonight. Fisher missed the last two days… https://t.co/HbpRLtnASK— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) October 2, 2017

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    Cracking up listening to some of the talking heads this week….
    “Andy Reid always has big offenses”
    “The Chiefs don’t take their foot off the pedal”
    “These guys can beat you with big plays”

    Have any of these guys ever watched a Chiefs game prior to this season?

    • Laurels and limitations

      nope, not a one of them. Fortunately we can make up our OWN hot taeks.
      “Smith is going to continue his Super Bowl worthy run and throw for 459 yards tonight. Eclipsing the immortal Joe Montana and cementing his own place in Canton.”

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Lol…works for me

  • Laurels and limitations

    #Chiefs inactives for MNF:C – M. MorseLB – D. FordQB – T. BrayCB – DJ WhiteLB – K. Pierre-LouisOL – P. EhingerWR – J. Chesson— BJ Kissel (@ChiefsReporter) October 2, 2017

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      What! No Tyler Bray??
      Kidding………..I’ve heard Ehinger is just about there…..next week maybe?

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Glad Fisher is active, but I hope they aren’t having to push him out there because nobody else is ready.

  • ladner morse
  • Chiefly Bacon

    If you don’t have cable, like me, Sling is a good option for the few games each year that Chiefs aren’t on local broadcast networks.