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Nick’s Chiefs Briefs: Week 14

Oof, that was an absolute punch in the gut.  Not only did the Kansas City Chiefs get beat by the division rival San Diego Chargers, they got annihilated.  The division is still a two horse race, and one which the Chiefs have a lead at the turn, but the Chargers are gaining.  So let’s all have a big drink of bourbon, and wipe away the weeks misery by getting into a nice clean set of Briefs.

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  • I said after the week one game that the Chiefs were the inferior team to the Chargers.  It seems even more true today.  The Chiefs didn’t just play a bad game, they played a much better team.  However, it’s good for the Chiefs that you don’t need to be the best team to win a division in the NFL, you just need to win one more game than the rest of the teams.  It may seem like the same thing, but with only 16 games, winning just one or two games is what can put you over the top.

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  • According to Football Outsiders, the Chiefs are still the favorite from the AFC West to make the playoffs, but their odds dropped a staggering 16.7%.

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  • Jamaal Charles signed a contract extension over the weekend and Mac’s Football Blog has the details.  I’m not really knowledgeable about NFL contracts and most of the money in them is funny money anyway, so I don’t know what to make of this.  Charles is very good, the Chiefs gave him some money.  Sounds good to me.

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  • I didn’t quite understand what the Chiefs were trying to do on Sunday against the Chargers.  Their starting quarterback was out and they were playing a team better than them and doing so with “house money”.  Why didn’t they just start going wild and trying for long bombs down the field which utilize the strength of Brodie Croyle?  Try and stun the Chargers early and see if you can’t get lucky.  It seems that maybe the Chiefs coaching staff believes their own hype, which is scary.

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  • Peter King of Sports Illustrated says Matt Cassel for MVP.  Wow, we’ve come a long way.  Let’s not start handing out the trophy yet, especially based on the performance in one game by the backup quarter back against a better team.  Especially when you consider that against San Diego in his first game of the season, Cassel threw 10 for 22 for 68 yards.  That’s not a whole hell of a lot better than Croyle’s 7 for 17 for 40 yard performance.

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  • This week’s Chiefs historical stat of the week: Best player in Chiefs history based on Approximate Value – Bobby Bell with a 135, only 1 point better than Derrick Thomas at 134.
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  • Nick, you’re right about the Chiefs not being the best in the division at the moment but, if they make the playoffs, they will have earned it. I will be disappointed if the Chiefs don’t win the division but the Chargers and Raiders play well enough to make this a respectable division.

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