It would have been hard to imagine during training camp that the Kansas City Chiefs would remain as the last unbeaten team in the NFL.
As difficult as it may have been to imagine the Chiefs sitting atop the AFC West following the bye week, yet the fact remains… The Chiefs, at 3-0 and #1.
I can’t believe it myself, and I picked the Chiefs to start 3-0 when doing my pre-season schedule run-down and predictions…
Throughout the bye week I spent a lot of time traveling the internet and reading NFL blogs, articles, columns and micro-blogs of all types and all teams.
Things learned on my journey:
- In pre-season picking the Chiefs to go 9-7 on the season labels you a homer
- Picking the Chiefs to go 9-7 after they have started the season 3-0 labels you a pessimistic hater
- Chiefs opponents’ fans like this column
- Chiefs fans don’t like this column
- Most sports bloggers and blog readers are nice
- Many people who hang out on fan forums/message boards are pricks
Week 5 takes the Chiefs to Indianapolis to face the Colts and their toughest match-up of the season… A match-up that most likely will bring the Chiefs back to Kansas City with a 3-1 record… So, why will the Chiefs lose to the Colts?
First, thanks to all the friends of Chiefs Command who helped me out this week:
- Blaine Grider from 65 Toss Power Trap
- Neil from Armchair Linebacker
- Josh from Pro Football 101
- Brett Mock from Coltzilla
- Demond & Deshawn from 18to88.com
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5: Fate is just like any another 4-letter word
Let us not forget, we are the sports fans of Kansas City… We have not yet earned, nor do we deserve, anything from the sports gods…
4: Home Sweet Dome! & Meaningful Games
Wouldn’t that be nice Chiefs fans? Being able to separate Chiefs games into two categories… Those that matter in securing a playoff spot (and playoff games), then dumping the others into a “Don’t Matter” category.
3: Colts offense will hold the Chiefs running game in check
It’s easy to say the Chiefs need to run the ball and control the clock to be able to win the game. It sounds so simple, so obvious… It’s not. Whether or not the Chiefs are able to run the ball well against the Colts, eventually they will be forced to abandon the run in favor of the potentially quicker scores in the passing game.
Josh of Pro Football 101 sums up my point:
2: One Second Too Long or The Matt Cassel Story
A little story about a boy named Matty… Matty liked his football. He liked his football SO much that he never wanted to share it with any of his friends…
One day Matty and his friends began a journey; a journey that lead him to a magical place… This place was called Indianapolis!
Once in this magical place, Matty and his friends encountered two enormous snarling beasts, referred to by the native people as the Freeney and the Mathis. These beasts were always hungry and loved to eat footballs, and they especially wanted to eat Matty’s football. The Freeney and the Mathis chased Matty all day and all night, trying to get his football…
Matty refused to give his football to his friends so they could hide it in a super-secret place called the End Zone. His friends begged him, they screamed and yelled for Matty to give them the football so they could hide it and make the beasts leave him alone… Stubborn Matty refused. After so much running and jumping, Matty was exhausted…The beasts caught up to Matty… And they bit off his fucking head!!! They also ate Matty’s football…
Moral of the story: Survey the field and throw the ball quickly or get destroyed by Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis!
Story inspired by and dedicated to Brett Mock of Coltzilla
1: Did you know that one guy in those commercials with Justin Timberlake plays football?
I would be curious to listen to Colts’ opponents’ sports talk radio week in and week out… I bet no other player is more talked about by the opposition’s fan base than Peyton Manning. As said by Blaine Grider of 65 Toss Power Trap:
While the Chiefs have been amazing in 2010, out-performing expectations from even the biggest homer fans, the team will experience their first loss in week 5.
Peyton Manning is simply too much for the young Chiefs secondary to handle. Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones should, and will, run all over the Colt defense, but the Chiefs will soon find themselves out-gunned and forced to switch primarily to the passing game in desperation to catch up/not let the game get out of hand.
Once forced to rely on the passing game exclusively, the Chiefs offense and Matt Cassel will be exploited by defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. The high-powered Colts offense forcing the Chiefs to throw the ball will lead to a boost Cassel’s passing yards total, but will also increase Cassel’s propensity to turn over the ball.