playing in the season openin Here is your first Forum Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:52 am
by lluggg579 • 5 Posts
Kansas City Chiefs getting no love ahead of clash with Broncos
The Kansas City Chiefs are the most disrespected 9 0 team in NFL history.
Nobody believes in them. Not the bloodless bookmakers of Las Vegas, who have made them not only an underdog, but an underdog of 8.5 points, for their mile high visit to play the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
And not the knowledgeable bettors who have taken the initial line of Denver 7 and keep pouring money through the wickets, even as the books try to make it more inviting to play the Chiefs.
And certainly not the ink stained wretches who write about the NFL and have dismissed the Chiefs as frauds of the highest order.
The whole world thinks Kansas City is going to be taken to the cleaners by Peyton Manning and his other worldly offensive machine that has averaged more than 40 points per game this year.
That kind of hubris always makes me nervous. And I bet that Andy Reid is just licking his chops in anticipation. Reid has transformed Kansas City from league doormats a year ago to the top of the heap this year. They have done it with a dominant defence, extraordinary special teams play and a caretaker offence led by QB Alex Smith and running back Jamaal Charles.
Reid, a shrewd game planner, has had two weeks to plan for this watershed confrontation that could validate his team turnaround.
Kiszla column in Friday Post was about as subtle as a belch:
Broncos can do the rest of the NFL a favour and expose Kansas City as a fraud hiding behind its 9 0 record, he wrote.
Chiefs do not have what it takes to win the Super Bowl. goes on to call the Chiefs a story, but little more than inconvenience to serious championship contenders. finishes off with one last dig.
do know how to spell Chiefs: F R A U D.
But stuff like this is a barometer of the kind of over reaction that can backfire.
Here are a few reasons to be a little bit cautious.
1. Manning high ankle sprain was probably never severe enough to keep him out of the game but it could very well become a factor, especially in light of the fact that at least two of his regular offensive linemen are operating on gimpy pins themselves.
2. The Chiefs defence leads the league in sacks, with 36. Peyton, being able to put pressure on Peyton is all we look for, said linebacker Tamba Hali. a great quarterback, so we want to impact him when we hit him . get him off rhythm. because of his quick recognition of defences and even quicker release, has been sacked just 13 times, second fewest in the NFL this season.
3. The Chiefs offence might be mediocre but not as mediocre as the Denver pass defence, which allows, on average, 288 yards per game, good for 30th in a 32 team league. If Smith methodical approach can keep some drives alive, score some points and eat up clock, the Chiefs can nflcardinalsofficialshop.com/John_Brown_Jersey_Cardinals make this interesting and perhaps even win.
A GORE Y ASSIGNMENT
Everybody in the NFL is looking for an answer to the crazy numbers Drew Brees has been amassing. This week, the key for the San Francisco 49ers to limit New Orleans Saints offensive opportunities could be Frank Gore.
just got to stay on the field, the Niners running back said. drives going and every time we have chance to make big plays, make them. We need to keep the ball running, throwing the ball, keep the chains moving and keep them boys on the sideline. That will be a good thing for us. of the few apparent weaknesses in the Saints defensive alignment has been the team inability to stop the run. They are surrendering 117.7 rushing yards per game and were recently gouged by running back Chris Ivory (18 carries, 139 yards) in a 26 20 road loss to the Jets.
Last weekend in a 10 9 loss to Carolina, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had the worst performance of his 19 start career, posting a 42.0 rating, throwing for 91 yards and not completing a pass of more than 14 yards. He need to be better than that or nothing San Francisco does to limit Brees and Co., will matter. Last week, the Saints racked up a franchise record 625 yards on offence against the Dallas Cowboys.
Whether or not he still has much to offer on the field, Ed Reed has already made an impact on the New York Jets. Reed, a future Hall of Famer with 61 career interceptions, was cut by the Houston Texans and signed by the Jets this week chose us, coach Rex Ryan said. can almost look at it that way too, it wasn like we were the only suitor for Ed Reed. Some of our guys have played with him and everyone knows him. They see the way he is, all eyes are on him. . Buffalo Bills leading receiver Stevie Johnson will miss Sunday game against the Jets with a right groin injury, joining rookie receiver Robert Woods (ankle) on the sidelines. Graham and rookie Marquise Goodwin will likely be at wide receiver in their places . It appears likely that QB Terrelle Pryor (sprained right knee) will not be in the lineup for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday after his recovery suffered a setback on Friday. Rookie Matt McGloin will start against Houston if Pryor can go.
RG3 FEELING THE HEAT
Toast of the town a year ago when he led the Washington Redskins to the playoffs as a rookie, Robert Griffin III is the subject of intense scrutiny in his sophomore season.
This week, both Ron Jaworski and Darrell Green took shots at him on their respective analyst TV shows.
Jaworski questioned whether Griffin would ever again be as physically gifted as he was last year, given the devastating knee injury he suffered during the playoffs last season. Griffin may have come back too soon by playing in the season opener, said Jaworski.
Green, a Redskins icon, questioned Griffin leadership, suggesting he lacks that ability.
For his part, RGIII is taking it all philosophically as he prepares for a crucial game against the Philadelphia Eagles (5 5) on Sunday, a game that could make or break the 3 6 Redskins season.