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Nick’s Chiefs Briefs: Week 12

Every game from here on out takes on more and more importance for the Kansas City Chiefs.  They helped themselves tremendously by beating the Seattle Seahawks on the road this past week.  The team needed to bounce back in a big way after floundering around the past couple of weeks.  My bitterness and anger has subsided and things seem to be going in the right direction.  There’s lots of stuff to cover this week, so lets get down to our Briefs and get busy.

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  • So Shaun Smith carried the ball into the endzone for a touchdown.  Todd Haley must have known that all the big man wants his hands on the ball and once he gets it, he isn’t letting go.

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  • Has any player in the NFL upped his stock more this season than Dwayne Bowe? I think a case could be made that he is a top ten wide receiver in the league right now.  He now owns the Chiefs record for most receiving touchdowns with 14.

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  • Lyle Graversen at Arrowhead Addict is the current leader of the Matt Cassel bandwagon.  Maybe I’m just stuck in my ways, but I’m not getting on just yet.

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  • Have you ever noticed that a personal foul penalty is much worse for the defense than for the offense?  For the defense it nets an automatic first down and for the offense, it’s just a loss of yards.  Shouldn’t the penalties be equal?

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  • Joshua Simpson here at Chiefs Command writes about the Chiefs game not being on Sunday night.  What I don’t understand is why he’s surprised.  Has the NFL ever done anything to promote good football over making more money?  Even once?  I sure can’t think of one.

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  • Remember when Todd Haley wouldn’t shake hands with Josh McDaniels?  Well, I think we all know what his issue was.  McDaniels was caught videotaping an opposing teams walkthrough.  Still, Haley waging a finger at another coach is low-class, and that is a term I hate using.

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  • Is it just me or are the Chiefs still flying under the radar in Kansas City.  Sure, sports talk radio won’t stop regurgitating the same talking points 500 times a day, but the general populace seems disinterested.  I hear some people casually mentioning the Chiefs, but I think people are still skeptical.  I don’t blame them, I mean the Chiefs have been worse than the Royals since around 2005.  Am I just not around the right people?

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  • I still believe that the mixture of Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones is one of the major keys to the success the Chiefs have had running the ball.  Beyond that, I think that having a veteran like Jones in the role he is in can help prevent a Larry Johnson situation.  Somebody more experienced there to let a guy know how to be a pro and a coach who has a hammer he can drop when necessary can do great things in keeping a player in check.

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  • This weeks Chiefs historical stat of the week:  Most yards per reception for a player with over 5,000 career receiving yards….Carlos Carson with 18.1.
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  • Bowe leads the league in TD receptions. Hell, if he doesn’t catch another TD all year he might end up leading the league in that category.

    I put him in the top three RIGHT NOW. As far as moving forward and based on past performance, yes, I would put him in the top 10.

  • By the way, I look forward to five things each week. One of those five things is reading Nick’s Chiefs Briefs.

  • Bowe is starting to show why he was worth drafting so high, but I will hold off putting him in the top 10 receivers until I see he make a big catch when the game is on the line. He hasn’t done it yet, and already blew another one this year. I might even rank him top 10 if he managed to hold onto an onside kick that was crucial. (i.e. San Diego)

    As far as penalties, the defense has always been at a disadvantage in the NFL. I guess most people like to see a bunch of touchdowns and what not. I’m a defensive fan and apparently in the minority.

    Pass interference, illegal hands to the face (which apparently applies to everyone except the ball carrier), holding and the myriad of rules about which players you can hit and how hard are all uneven in their punishment. I think there should be a lot more penalties that result in a loss of down for the offense and fewer that provide an automatic first down when called against the defense. Holding is a perfect example. Make it 10 yards and replay the down both ways instead of 5 and an automatic first for defensive and 10 and replay the down for offensive.

    But that will never happen. So eventually they will create enough rules where a great, hard hitting, tough defense will be virtually impossible and the game will suffer. Perhaps we’re already there and that’s why you haven’t heard as much chiefs chatter…..

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