Sunday, December 30, 2018

Chiefs Destroy Raiders


The Chiefs did it! They defeated the Oakland Raiders 35-3, clinched the #1 seed in the AFC, and earned a bye week to start the playoffs. With the #1 seed the Chiefs will get to stay in Arrowhead through the AFC playoffs as long as they keep winning! The Chiefs murdered the Raiders but the best part is that the Chiefs defense played their best game of the year! They only allowed the Raiders 294 yards of total offense and they forced 4 turnovers.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Chiefs and Raiders in the Regular Season Finale



The regular season finale is upon as the 11-4 Kansas City Chiefs take on the 4-11 Oakland Raiders. Home field advantage throughout the playoffs is at stake for the Chiefs, with a win the AFC playoffs go through Arrowhead! The Raiders have nothing to lose and would love to spoil that. There is a bit of sadness, as this is the last time the Chiefs will play the “Oakland” Raiders. The Raiders haven’t decided where they will play next year but they will be the Las Vegas Raiders in 2020.

I hate typing this out but even though the Chiefs are 11-4 and the Raiders are 4-11, both teams are 3-3 over their last 6 games. Over this stretch the Raiders have defeated the Arizona Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Denver Broncos. They are all teams that the Chiefs have also defeated this season. In the three wins the Raiders have won the turnover battle 5-1, in their three loses they lost the turnover battle 6-4. In their first meeting four weeks ago the Chiefs won 40-33 and forced Oakland into three turnovers. The Raiders have rushed for more than 100 yards in 9 of their last 10 games. As we all know the Chiefs’ rush defense is a huge liability and they allowed 174 rushing yards to the Raiders in their first meeting.

If the Raiders don’t turnover the ball and continue running the ball they could make this a game against the Chiefs. The Raiders had their second best offensive game of the season in their first Chiefs matchup gaining 469 yards of offense to go with the 33 points. The biggest problem the Raiders face is that they won’t be able to stop the Chiefs’ offense. The Chiefs are going to score a lot and the Raiders will have to find a way to keep up. That is why I expect the Raiders to be extremely aggressive by going for it on fourth downs and trying to surprise the Chiefs with a fake field goal or punt. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an onside kick or at least a squib kick either. The Raiders just don’t have anything to lose and that makes them dangerous.

I’m going to take the Chiefs to win over the Raiders 35-24 but I don’t feel especially great about it. The Chiefs have so much to lose if they don’t win this game and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Raiders don’t play, hands down, their best game of the year. I just believe that Patrick Mahomes can will this team to a victory in Arrowhead anyway. Go Chiefs!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Taking off the Rose Colored Glasses (Where do the Chiefs Stand?)



I don’t want to write this, but I really need to. Writing these posts help me gain perspective on where the Chiefs are actually at and not just look at the team through my preconceptions or immediate emotions. The Chiefs are just….can’t hardly type the words…… 2-3 in their last five games with losses to the Rams, Chargers, and Seahawks. Even the Chiefs two wins in that span are not super impressive with a 7 point win over the Raiders and an over time win over a very good Ravens team. The Chiefs probably should have lost that Ravens game, but Mahomes and Hill made some phenomenal plays late in the game to save the Chiefs. The loss to the Chargers was definitely the Chiefs’ worst offensive performance this season with only 294 total yards. The Chiefs had their second lowest amount of passing with 234 yards and rushing with 60 yards, in that same game.

Monday, December 24, 2018

The Chiefs Lose To The Seahawks


The Chiefs lost a close game to the Seahawks 38-31 Sunday night in Seattle. This game never really felt as close as the score though, as the Seahawks had the lead for most of the game. The Chiefs only lead was 10-7 early in the second quarter. This game felt demoralizing for the Chiefs’ players and fans, because it played out highlighting the Chiefs’ deficiencies.

The Chiefs defense couldn’t get off the field, allowing 210 rushing yards and the Chiefs lost the time of possession battle by 10:04. The defense allowed 271 passing yards on 18 completions and 3 passing touchdowns. The defense also committed a lot of costly penalties, in total the Chiefs had 8 penalties for 76 yards and gave the Seahawks 5 first downs by penalty.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Can This Chiefs' Defense be Part of a Super Bowl Team?

Updated 12-25-18

I try to stay pretty positive in life and I try to write positive things. I really think that is what people want to read the most, there are already plenty of negative things in everyone's life. Just fair warning, this isn’t going to be the most positive blog post I have ever written. I’m going to try to give you some historical context for this Chiefs’ defense and it’s not pretty. What I really want to know is if this defense can be part of a Super Bowl team. For the purposes of this post I am just going to focus on scoring defense, which just means how many points a team gives up.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

A Quick Preview of the Chiefs and Seahawks



This Sunday night the 11-3 Kansas City Chiefs travel to Seattle to take on the 8-6 Seahawks. This game is very important for the Chiefs, as they are trying to hold off the Los Angeles Chargers for the #1 seed in the AFC. The Chargers do play the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night, so the Chiefs should know where they stand going into their game. This game is also very important for Seattle as they are currently the #5 seed in the NFC. They look pretty comfortable to make the playoffs, but the #5 seed is extremely important for them to keep, because that means going to Dallas to play the Cowboys instead of Chicago to play the Bears.

A Glance At The Chiefs' Off-season

I put this poll out on twitter yesterday. I actually listed the things I found most important from top to bottom. For the most part I looks like people were in agreement with me. I do understand wanting to bring in help for the secondary more than resigning Dee Ford. A lot probably depends on what the Chiefs can do in this years draft. I’m not sure that a new defensive coordinator will be so against playing rookies.

Tyreek Hill is going to get paid like a top 5 wide receiver, which will be in the 16-18 million a year range. Chris Jones has a case to be paid like a top 10 defensive lineman. His numbers are in the Khalil Mack and Aaron Donald range, both of these guys are making over 22 million annually. I would not be shocked if Dee Ford couldn’t get 15 million a year on the open market either. The Chiefs also need to keep cap space clear for the 2020 off-season when they should lock up Mahomes forever!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Interesting Chiefs' Stats and Trends Through the Season


Earlier this season I wrote a post after the first quarter of the season talking about what was going on, statistically for the Chiefs. After the second quarter of the season, I wrote another post comparing both of the quarter seasons. I was not able to write another after the third quarter of the season, but I’m getting to it now! I’m really interested to see how the first two quarters of the season compare to this last 6 game stretch.

1. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense is still really good! (Great Analysis)

First 4 games – Mahomes 1,200 yards, 14 tds, 0 int. Chiefs Off- 36.25 PPG
Second 4 games – Mahomes 1,326 yards, 12 tds, 6 int. Chiefs Off- 36.25 PPG
Third 4 games – Mahomes 1,397 yards, 15 tds, 4 int. Chiefs Off- 38.5 PPG
Last 2 games – Mahomes 620 yards, 4 tds, 1 int. Chiefs Off- 27.5 PPG

The Chiefs’ offense is #1 in the NFL averaging 35.6 points per game on the season. That would be good for third best in the history of the post merger NFL. The third quarter of the season was the Chiefs’ highest scoring quarter of the season and it was also the quarter with Mahomes’ biggest numbers. The last two games have been rough with the Chiefs’ offense facing two of the best defenses in football, but both games were at home. The Seattle Seahawks also have a top 10 scoring defense and the Chiefs will have to play them on the road in week 16. In week 17 the Chiefs play the Oakland Raiders again, in their first meeting in week 13 the Chiefs offense scored 40 points.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Chiefs Let One Slip Away




The Chiefs lost a gut wrenching game to the Chargers in Arrowhead Thursday night 29-28. To most Chiefs’ fans (speaking from experience) I think this loss came with extra hurt. The Chiefs hadn’t lost a let down game like this with Patrick Mahomes as the quarterback in Arrowhead stadium. This game also played out in such a strange way, with the Chiefs jumping out to a 14-0 lead and dominating the first quarter. But really after that, the Chargers slowly took control of the game.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

It Will Take More Than Lightening To Beat A Kingdom (Chiefs and Chargers Preview)



The 10-3 Los Angeles Chargers come into Arrowhead on Thursday night to play the 11-2 Kansas City Chiefs. This is a big game between AFC West division rivals and they have the two best records in the entire AFC. The Chargers will enter the game with the #5 scoring offense, averaging 28.2 points per game, and the #6 scoring defense, allowing 20.8 points per game. The Chiefs enter with the #1 scoring offense, at 36.2 points per game, and the #28 scoring defense giving up 27 points per game. The Chiefs have won the last 9 games against the Chargers, but this game should be a dog fight.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Chiefs Show Mettle In Win Over Ravens



The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Baltimore Ravens 27-24 in overtime! This is the score I predicted earlier in the week and it played out like I imagined. The Ravens are a tough physical hard nosed team and they came to win the game. Their defense gave the Chiefs a lot of trouble, especially with all of the players the Chiefs have injured. The Ravens’ offense ran the ball extremely well, averaging just under 5.1 yards per carry and they rushed 39 times in this game. The Ravens really did what they needed to do to win the game. Their only mistake was testing the will of Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and Justin Houston.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Random Chiefs Stats!



Andy Reid has been a damn successful head coach for the Kansas City Chiefs going 63-29 since 2013! In the 6 years before that from 2007 through 2012 the Chiefs were 29-67, Reid has completed a 360 degree turn around. Maybe just as amazing is that from 1995 to 2006 the Chiefs had 3 separate 13-3 teams but were only a combined 30 games over .500, while Andy Reid in less than 6 full seasons is 34 games over .500!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

How The Chiefs Offense And Its Stars Are Shaping Up To Rank All-Time



It’s no secret this Chiefs offense is amazing! The meshing of Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes has yielded results that no one expected in year one. With Mahomes at quarterback, Travis Kelce has become arguably the best tight end in football and the same could be said for Tyreek Hill at wide receiver. It is hard to understand just how good they have been, here is some context!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Chiefs Vs Ravens Preview (Strength On Strength)


This Sunday, the 10-2 Chiefs play the 7-5 Baltimore Ravens in Arrowhead stadium. If the Chiefs can put up points against the Ravens, they should be able to put up points against anyone in the NFL this season. This is an interesting matchup of strength on strength between the #1 scoring offense of the Chiefs against the #1 scoring defense of the Ravens.


Chiefs Offense
Ravens Defense
Points per Game
37 (1st)
17.8 (1st)
Yards Per Game
437 (3rd)
282 (1st)
Yards Per Play
7.0
5.2
Passing Yards
3,798 (3rd)
2,333 (2nd)
Passing Yards Per Play
8.5 (1st)
5.1 (1st)
Passing 1st Downs
182
126
Rushing Yards
1,448 (13th)
1,047
Yards Per Rush
4.9 (5th)
3.8 (6th)
Rushing 1st Downs
80
65
3rd Down Percentage
47.3 (4th)
34.2 (3rd)

Monday, December 3, 2018

Chiefs Make It Through The Raiders


The Chiefs went into Oakland and defeated the Raiders 40-33 on Sunday afternoon. It was a game that had a weird feel to it after starting running back, Kareem Hunt was released just two days earlier for misconduct and lying to the team. The offense just looked out of sync from Travis Kelce’s fumble on the first play of the game, to all of the off target throws Mahomes had in the first half, something just wasn’t right. On defense the Chiefs, were extremely lethargic and just didn’t show much effort at all. It was nice to see the Chiefs get a divisional win on the road, especially in the face of all that went on leading up to the game, but if they play this way against anyone else they are losing the game. Hopefully another week to get their heads clear and get healthier will help right the ship going into the Ravens game this weekend. The Ravens are no joke and have the top scoring defense in football.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

A Quick Update On The Historical Context Of The Chiefs Offense


I need something positive in Chiefs kingdom, things have been real heavy lately. I personally love sports, because they are a way to relax and yet feel a part of something bigger than me. So I thought I would do a post that is an update to a previous post which can be found here How The 2018 Chiefs Offense Compares To The 2013 Broncos And 2007 Patriots. This post basically just gave historical context for where the Chiefs ranked offensively ranked through the first 7 weeks of the season.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

My Thoughts On Kareem Hunt's Release


By now everyone knows that Kareem Hunt was released by the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday. The release came after a video from Febuary was released by TMZ, showing Hunt in a heated argument with a female in a hallway outside of his hotel room. I’m not going to get into details, if you want to see the video it is easily available online for you to see, but there is a case for assault against Hunt. The Chiefs released a statement basically saying, that Hunt lied to them about what happened during the incident and that they nor the NFL had seen the video. It seemed to me that the quick release of Hunt had more to do with the fact that he outright lied to the organization about what happened.

There are a lot of people out there that seem to think the Chiefs and the NFL must have seen the video already. I don’t agree with this, mainly because it sounds like TMZ had to obtain this video illegally and I can’t see the Chiefs or NFL doing that. If they had, they would have had to at least suspend Hunt and the media/people would have want to know why, which could have led to them getting the tape illegally. That’s just my two cents, I’m not anyone important, just me. I feel bad about the situation that happened, no one should have to deal with violence in today’s world. There are just better ways to handle situations in life, and no one can rely on anyone else to make the right decisions for them.