Controlling your own destiny is a sweet, simple concept in sports. Do not lose and you are in the playoffs. Lose and, well, someone else could steal your seat.
The Kansas City Chiefs find themselves in this situation with only five games remaining in the 2010 season. The Chiefs are set to face: Broncos, Chargers, Rams, Titans, Raiders; respectively. The most important of these games is the week 14 matchup against the Chargers in San Diego, but we will talk more about that next week.
In week 13, the Kansas City Chiefs are home against my personal most hated team in the NFL, the Denver Broncos, a team who embarrassed the Chiefs 49-29 in week 10. If you watched that game, it felt more like 70-3, with the Chiefs only moving the ball and scoring once they were blown out… in the 2nd quarter.
Only three weeks later, the Kansas City sports scene is telling fans there is NO WAY the Chiefs can lose to the Denver Broncos for a second time, especially with the game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City… My friends, this is far from the truth…
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5: Matt Cassel
While Matt Cassel escaped this list in week 12 against the Seattle Seahawks, he makes a not-so-triumphant return in week 13. Yes, I know Matt threw for 469 yards and 4 TDs in week 10 against the Broncos and he has been nothing short of amazing since, however, let us not forget, Matt Cassel was a contributing factor to the blowout in Denver with his fumble returned for a TD in the 2nd quarter.
I’ve said it all year, I want to see Matt Cassel win a game for the Chiefs. It’s never about “how did Matt play,” it’s about “how WILL Matt play?”
Let us hope he forgets the previous game against Denver completely… I don’t even wanting him reliving the 469 yards and 4 TDs… It is all irrelevant, and reminiscing can only give a false sense of security.
4: Champ Bailey
I said it in week 10 and I will say it again… Champ Bailey is one of the best in the NFL… Still!
“Dude, Matt Cassel threw for 469 yards and 4 TDs the last time the Chiefs played the Broncos and Dwayne Bowe caught 13 balls for 186 yards and 2 TDS!!!”
If that is your response to Champ Bailey making this list once again, my reply to you is, “I could have thrown for 300 yards and 3 TDs with that soft defense played by the Broncos once they were up 35-0!”
As Romeo Crennel said in post-practice interviews, the Broncos ran well against the Chiefs and the play-action pass absolutely killed the Chiefs early. It will be interesting to see if the Chiefs can make proper adjustments to counter-act the play-action against Denver in round 2.
2: Post-Game Snub
As you all know, Todd Haley refused to shake hands with Denver head coach, Josh McDaniels. What did Haley say to McDaniels? I don’t know. I’ve heard it had to do with “running up the score,” an “I’ll call you when were in the playoffs” hit and a ton of other speculative scorns.
Also, we know Todd Haley “apologized.” Did anyone believe it was sincere? I don’t.
Honestly, I don’t care if pro athletes and coaches shake hands and are friendly with each other and I LOVE running up the score on an inferior opponent. Sports are a profession, a business. It has nothing to do with “class.” Teams should ALWAYS try to score, and score as many points as possible.
I’m in the Mike Ditka camp… If you don’t want the score run up against you…Stop them from scoring. It’s your job!
All of that being said, If I were Josh McDaniels, I would be pissed beyond any belief. My team just whooped your ass, now you want to snub me/call me out? Make sure you’re ready for round 2, bitch!
That’s my thought process…
1: Brandon Flowers
Travis Daniels is set to start in Flowers’ place.
I’m not taking the 9 point spread in favor of the Chiefs, but I do like the Chiefs to win at home. The Chiefs pass game is now legit and teams will be forced to take it seriously going forward, don’t be surprised to see the Chiefs go back to a ball-control ground game.