Yes, I understand “ummm” is not exactly literary brilliance and will not inspire children to begin their own website or take an interest in writing… Not a proper way to begin any form of written communication, but in this case, it is a warranted beginning to an article with the aforementioned title.
I began this column in week 2 as the Kansas City Chiefs headed to Cleveland to face the Browns… The inaugural article in this series has been the most visited article on Chiefs Command since the site went live in August… The popularity of the article didn’t come from marshmellows stuffed with sunshine and rainbows… Obviously, the article wasn’t… It was popular because it upset Chiefs fans… I was bashed on other Chiefs websites for the article and received dozens of mean spirited emails and direct messages on Facebook and Twitter… The problem, fans never want to hear a single negative word about their team while the team is winning, and the flip-side… They never want to hear a positive word while their team is losing…
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They questioned my intelligence, called me homophobic slurs and much more… It was entertaining more than anything else, but from those mean-spirited Chiefs fans, an idea grew from my “Idiotic Homosexual” mind… I began asking Chiefs’ opponent bloggers, other Chiefs bloggers, general NFL bloggers and sports personalities for their input as to why the Chiefs could lose their upcoming game.
This way, I figured, the people who are true fans of the Chiefs opponents’ teams could give me their optimistic views on the game and other Chiefs writers could express their concerns about the game as well… Until week 8, this method has been a fantastic success…
This week, however, I sent out TRIPLE the contacts as normal for this article. I’m not going to call anyone out by name, but I contacted most of the Chiefs blogs that appear ahead of Chiefs Command in Google search results – You know them, the blogs that always blow sunshine and rainbows – and I didn’t get a single reply from them!! I also contacted Kansas City radio personalities.*
From Buffalo, one blogger replied that they “don’t know much about the Chiefs,” another told me he “doesn’t care.” Wow, those blogs must be a couple great reads for Bills fans… I also contacted numerous sports talk personalities in Buffalo… Only one brave blogger agreed to step forward to put his name and his thoughts to the Week 8: 5 Reasons article.
*Note: I did not seek input from any Chiefs bloggers, writers or KC personalities who have previously participated in this column.
On to 5 Reasons the Buffalo Bills could beat the KC Chiefs…
5: I still want to see Matt Cassel win a game for the Chiefs
Ya, Ya… Matt Cassel has probably proven his way off this list… But rather than taking Joshua Simpson’s suggestion of “making things up,” Cassel is given the unfortunate honor of finding himself on this list for at least one more week. I think every Chiefs fan still wants to see Cassel take over a game when the Chiefs are struggling as a team before they begin the process of accepting him as the most prominent person in Kansas City.
4: The OH-fer curse…
There’s something about playing a team without a win that bothers me. I always feel as if the first win “must come sometime.” Even though the Detriot Lions went winless in 2008, I still get that feeling. A winless team is MUCH more dangerous than a one win team…
3: Pass to open up the run
Under Ryan Fitzpatrick as starting QB, the Buffalo Bills are averaging 122.5 yards per game on the ground… If extended out for the full season (to include the first two games), that would be, surprisingly, good enough for the 11th best rushing game in the NFL, better than both the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, two teams with a run-first approach.
2: The revenge of Chan Gailey
We all remember how Todd Haley fired Chan Gailey 13 days before the start of the 2009 season… I don’t about you, but I would have put this game in the front of my mind from the the moment I joined the Bills. Revenge is a powerful motivator… and I expect nothing less coming from the Buffalo Bills sideline on Sunday.
1: Ryan Fitzpatrick
If the Bills have any chance to win against the Chiefs on Sunday, it will be because of Ryan Fitzpatrick. Since taking the starting job from Trent Edwards in week 3, Fitzpatrick has been amazing. Fitz ranks 2nd in the NFL with a 102.2 quarterback rating, next to only Peyton Manning.
In week 7, Fitzpatrick moved the ball all over the field against the “stout” Baltimore Ravens defense. The Chiefs pass D, must be prepared in week 8.
The Chiefs are better than the Bills in every aspect of the game. The Chiefs run the ball. The Bills stink against the run. The Chiefs passing is starting to warm up. The Bills allow 2 passing TDs per game.
I can’t figure out yet how the Chiefs will win, or by how much, but the Chiefs will win….
Kansas City Chiefs 31 – Buffalo Bills 24
What do you think?
Ok, I think I did it… It was difficult, but I think I found 5 reasons for Chiefs fans to feel a little uneasy in week 8… Let me know what you think with a comment below!