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Chiefs vs. Broncos

The Kansas City Chiefs needed to walk into Mile High Stadium proving they were the best team in the NFL. When time ran out, they failed to do so. As Blair Stover discusses below, the Chiefs stuck around for a while but couldn’t make the plays needed to get the win.

Kansas City Chiefs stretching

Kansas City Chiefs stretching (Photo credit: San Diego Shooter)

All year long the talk has been about Kansas City’s defense. It had not allowed more than 17 points in a game up to Week 11. However, it was Denver’s offense that was proving to be the better core. It registered four sacks against QB Alex Smith and KC’s offensive line, while the Chiefs never touched Manning. In fact, Peyton never hit the dirt.

Kansas City has made headlines all year long about its stellar defense. With the addition of future HOF Head Coach Andy Reid, the Chiefs have played for team success rather than the individual and it has shown in the first 10 weeks. They have allowed an average of 327 YPG on offense and just 12.9 points, never allowing more than 17 points. Sunday night, those numbers were thrown out the window.

Manning and the Denver offense put up 427 total yards, with 323 of those being passing. Alex Smith ended up with 200 passing yards and the KC offense had just 344. Normally this would have been enough to win a game, but Coach Reid and the Chiefs knew they had to put up more than 17 points if they wanted to win. RB Jamaal Charles had a decent outing as he added to his AFC-best total 725 yards, adding 78 more.

Redemption may be in the cards for Kansas City as the only two games on their schedule that really give them any competition are the Broncos. The rest of the schedule is, as the experts and fans call it, the easiest schedule in football.

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Chiefs. Vs. Bills

English: Tamba Hali, a player on the Kansas Ci...

English: Tamba Hali, a player on the Kansas City Chiefs American football team. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Early on it looked like the Kansas City Chiefs looked like they would lose their first game of the year. When the game ended, they were 9-0. It was a team effort that got KC the win, that and a little bit of luck. As Blair Stover explains below, Sunday’s game versus the Buffalo Bills exploited a second week of weaknesses concerning the Chiefs, something of which KC has to fix if they want to stay undefeated.

The Bills were knocking on the Chiefs door, about to score another TD, when Kansas City CB Sean Smith intercepted a pass and returned it 100 yards for a score. That seemed to turn the tide and give the Chiefs’ exactly what they needed to hold off the Bills.

The defense came up huge on Sunday as LB Tamba Hali recovered a fumble and returned it for an11-yard TD. Kansas City’s defense needed to pull through because of the team’s “pedestrian-like” offense. They are the only remaining undefeated team left and they have matched their best start since 2003.

The Chiefs’ have had a pretty easy road up to this point and will have a week to rest before facing Denver twice in the next three weeks. If (and that is a huge if) they can escape those two games with wins, the KC Chiefs might be able to run the table to a perfect season.

Coach Andy Reid knows he has a huge hill to climb with Manning on the horizon. However, he is optimistic about his chances. With Alex Smith and the KC offense playing mediocre football, his defense really has to stop Manning and the high-powered offense. So far, no one has been able to do that as Denver is averaging 42.9 PPG.

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Chiefs vs. Texans

English: Chiefs running back Larry Johnson lin...

English: Chiefs running back Larry Johnson lines up on offense as the quarterback in a Wildcat formation. November 16, 2008. New Orleans Saints at Kansas City Chiefs, Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And then there was one. After the Broncos very disappointing loss to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday night, the Kansas City Chiefs became the sole possessor of first place in the division and, more importantly, the only undefeated team left in the league.

Even though the Chiefs’ had several close calls Sunday afternoon, especially in the third quarter, they somehow found a way to pull off a one-point win. The NFL’s most dominant defense made its stand in more ways than one and they did it when it counted – the fourth quarter. Blair Stover has more on the Chiefs’ huge turnaround from worst-to-first below.

Coach Andy Reid expressed his happiness with the defense, and without his defensive-mindedness tactics, the team may not be as great as it is. But the offense is clicking on all cylinders as well, with people like Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith running the show. Charles, who had 86 yards on the ground plus a TD combined with Smith’s scramble for a TD, has been vital all year long when it comes to the success of the team.

The game was up in the air in the 4th quarter as Kansas City had to punt with 1:46 still left on the clock. Houston had no timeouts left, which was definitely a plus for the Chiefs’ defense. Two plays later Houston backup Case Keenum was stripped of the football. Alex Smith came onto the field to run time out from there. The Chiefs could run the table if they didn’t have to play Denver twice and Indianapolis. The rest of the schedule, however, seems to be a virtual lock.

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Chiefs vs. Giants

The Kansas City Chiefs laid a beating down on the slumping NY Giants 31 – 7. To the Giants, it probably felt double that. After the Chiefs’ 2012 season, the 4 – 0 start is a warm welcome to the 2013 season. Blair Stover has more on the KC Chiefs’ blistering start.

Kansas City Chiefs logo

Kansas City Chiefs logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eric Berry says that the perfect season so far is due to the family togetherness that the locker room possesses. After pounding the winless NY Giants on Sunday, it is very obvious that bringing in coach Andy Reid and QB Alex Smith was the right move.

Smith, the SF 49er QB who lost his job last year, came in for the Chiefs and threw three TD’s while Dexter McCluster returned a punt for a TD. Kansas City matched the 1980 Lions as the only other team in league history to win two or less games in one season and then come back and win four to start a season the next.

The Giants, who have won two Superbowls since 2007, are playing their worst football since the 1987 club. The team did keep it close for three quarters but after that, it was over as the Chiefs offense and defense went to work to put it away.

Even though Smith was intercepted twice, he did hit TD passes of 35, 2 and 4 yards and threw for 288 yards while going 24 for 41.

Fingers crossed that this winning streak keeps up. It should be a good season given the line up and track record set so far. What are your thoughts on the next game?

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Chiefs vs. Cowboys

English: Dwayne Bowe, a player on the Kansas C...

English: Dwayne Bowe, a player on the Kansas City Chiefs American football team. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alex Smith is doing quite well in his new well and it shows. The Kansas City Chiefs are 2-0 and it is a far cry from where they were last year. Blair Stover has more on the Chiefs’ success below.

Andy Reid, the former Philadelphia Eagles head coach, has worked miracles in the offseason by picking up a few key players and breathing hope into a city that was all but lifeless. The all-red outfits that the players had on Sunday versus the Dallas Cowboys drove home just how determined the team is.

Playing 2nd-ranked defense in the league (yes you read that right) for the 2nd week in a row, the Chiefs tacked on another win, albeit a one-point victory. Alex Smith threw for 223 yards and two TD’s and the defense did what it had to do to ensure the team hit 2-0 for the first time since 2005.

Smith, who had a decent game passing, also ran for 57 yards. “When you’re trying to build something, you need to win games like this. These are the games you look at in November and December. You need these types of wins, not only the caliber of the win but the style of win. It’s not always going to be pretty, but you have to find a way to bear down.”

Dwayne Bowe’s TD catch and Ryan Succop’s FG helped KC find a way to get ahead, but it was the defense for the Chiefs that stopped Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys offense from scoring on a late 4th quarter drive. A FG was all the Cowboys could muster up after the defense stonewalled them and, from there, Alex Smith and the Chiefs’ offense would not come back off the field.

Here’s hoping the next game is just as successful!

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Changing Roster

Kansas City Chiefs logo

Kansas City Chiefs logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

With the start of the NFL season just hours away, the KC Chiefs continue to switch things around concerning the roster. Releasing players and claiming others, the Chiefs haven’t made any of the following official just yet, so keep in mind that the following is still “reportedly” under “further notice” status. Blair Stover has more on the Chiefs’ roster moves below.

This past Saturday, Kansas City got their roster down to 53 and reports state that CB Jalil Brown, TE Kevin Brock, LB Zac Diles and WR Devon Wylie have all been cut. This is in addition to the 20+ moves that also happened that very day.

For one day, that is a lot of movement. There aren’t a lot of moves but there are a few surprises to the mix, mainly in Brown and Wylie. WR Devon Wylie would’ve been an asset as a return man and receiver and CB Jalil Brown is a decent special teams guy and CB.

There are also just three ILB left on the team, two of which are starters and one backup. Nico Johnson, the backup, is injured – so expect teams to attack that position fiercely.

The Chiefs also made a lot of moves by claiming players off waivers. Here are those players:

  1. CB Marcus Cooper. Former 49er.
  2. WR Chad Hall. Taking over Wylie’s spot and is also a former Eagle.
  3. CB Ron Parker. Former Seattle Seahawks player. See a continuing pattern?
  4. LB Dezman Moses. ILB, something of which the Chiefs need desperately if they are going to have any chance of reaching the playoffs,

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Pre-Chiefs vs. 49ers

Alex Smith is going to get his first crack at the team that let him go during the post-season and the new Kansas City Chiefs QB isn’t pretending that the move hasn’t unsettled him. Blair Stover has more on the preseason matchup between the Chiefs and the Niners below.

Alex Smith running onto the field before a 200...

Alex Smith running onto the field before a 2009 game against the Chicago Bears (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Even though it’s a preseason game, the all-important third game means that starting quarterbacks will get significant playing time. In most cases, starters play the entire first half and, for Smith, this game means a little more than just another preseason bout.

Reunions between a player and their former team happen a lot in the NFL. Brett Favre and the Vikings and the Chiefs even went through it with Joe Montana and the 49ers. Even head coach Andy Reid will be in the same boat when he visits the Philadelphia Eagles next month.

Smith’s 49ers history makes this story much more compelling than previous player’s stories. He was the 2005 No. 1 overall pick and he was supposed to revive the 49er franchise. Instead, he was a virtual bust for the first few years. It was when Jim Harbaugh arrived in 2011 that Smith’s career changed for the better.

As for this week’s preparation concerning Smith, the Chiefs didn’t look too worried. OC Doug Pederson didn’t consider it an option to even talk about. “The game plan is straightforward and that is where everyone needs to be,” said Pederson.

Smith’s career with KC got off to a blistering start in the preseason opener against the Saints. Even though Smith and the starters only played one possession, they drove 80 yards and scored a TD.

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Updates on Training Camp: Rain Doesn’t Deter

Even though a rainy June and July has tried to put a damper on the Kansas City Chiefs’ training camp practices, players and staff are not letting it lower production. Blair Stover has more on the Kansas City story below.

Kansas City Chiefs stretching

Kansas City Chiefs stretching (Photo credit: San Diego Shooter)

Every day during training camp, the team will complete their warm-ups and then some rounds of position-group work (ones, twos and threes taking reps). Afterwards, the coaching staff would have 11-on-11 drills. Everything is competitive and every player is showing improvement, no matter their role.

For instance, there is plenty of life in the newly reconstructed Chiefs’ offense. New KC QB Alex Smith is constantly heading up the offense by yelling calls and handing the ball off to RB Jamaal Charles, who was a big part of the Chiefs’ offense last year. But Smith did not leave out other targets like FB Anthony Sherman, TE Tony Moeaki, WR Jon Baldwin along with several others.

Even the RB trio of Shaun Draughn, Cyrus Gray and Knile Davis were having productive moments. Davis, who had problems with dropping the ball last year, wanted to focus more on holding onto it rather than racking up yardage. Backup QB Chase Daniel got some practice time in as well.

New head coach Andy Reid is making sure the Chiefs’ are firing on all cylinders before opening day and he said that he is impressed so far with what he is seeing, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Last year, Kansas City had a few good games defensively but most of the game played was blowouts and the Chiefs’ were left scratching their head. Coach Reid is looking to change that this year.

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First Quarter Breakdown

The Kansas City Chiefs may have one of the league’s easiest schedules in 2013. Does it, however, really mean that they will convert it into a winning season? We examine the answer to that here on Blair Stover KC Chiefs below.

Kansas City Chiefs stretching

Kansas City Chiefs stretching (Photo credit: San Diego Shooter)

With the NFL season about two months away (three months or so if you include the preseason games), teams like KC are biting tooth and nail at the chance for redemption. Kickoff for the Chiefs is officially on September 8th and the season layout couldn’t be any better.

Kansas City will only play consecutive road games once this season (Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders) however they will have a couple of two and three stretches of home games. The shocking aspect of all this is that the Chiefs will play just five games against playoff teams from last year, three of which are at home.

Here is an in-depth look at the first four games of the KC season:

  1. @ Jacksonville – If the Chiefs lose this game, they should go ahead and throw the season. The Jaguars are probably one of the worst team in the NFL especially with the suspension of Justin Blackmon.
  2. Vs. Dallas – Everyone knows how the Cowboys play. What we don’t know is which Cowboys team will show up. This Chiefs opener could really make a statement for the season and if KC can pull off a win, something of which Andy Reid does well, KC will be off to a fantastic start.
  3. @ Philadelphia – The hiring of Chip Kelly was probably a mistake and, outside of Philly, no one believes in the Eagles. Could KC be 3-0 at this point?
  4.  Vs. New York Giants – The Giants could be the one team that knocks off the Chiefs. The only issue with that is NY plays like Dallas on occasion.

Any predictions for this year, fellow Arrowheads?

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A Quick Look at Eric Fisher

OL Eric Fisher was selected as the Kansas City Chiefs top pick in the past NFL Draft and, like most draftees, he can still remember “The Call” like it was yesterday. The fans of Kansas City also remember it as well, looking towards the 2013-2014 season as a year of possible surprises and a hopeful run to the playoffs. Blair Stover brings you more on what Fisher, and the Chiefs, may be bringing us this year.

Eric Fisher

Eric Fisher (Photo credit: TideNFL)

Fisher was a Central Michigan star and playing for the Chippewas as a left tackle. His draft stock improved immensely after playing at the Senior Bowl and then more after his performance at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine. When Fisher decided to accommodate the Chiefs and move to right tackle in the offseason training program, his transformation to NFL player was nearly complete.

When asked about his plans before training camp, Fisher said that he wanted to continue working on his game. He didn’t want to take a break at all. It was his profession now and he had to keep up with it all the time. His technique had to improve and that meant daily workouts and studying. He was looking forward to getting back on the field.

 

He was then asked about the training programs and if it was all he had hoped for. Fisher had replied that it was a fantastic learning experience and it was nothing different than his college and high school years. He loves the city and the people and the guys around him are very enthusiastic about him being there.

We can’t wait to see what Fisher has in store this year out on the field. Any predictions?

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