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With the way this Chiefs team has performed this year, its apparent that the Chiefs have to rely on deactivated players from the opposing team. This week, the Cowboys number one kick returner and leader in receiving yards will sit out for todays old school game. The Cowboys offense will have some setbacks...

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Chiefs/Chargers pregame

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 29-11-2009

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The Chiefs and Chargers meet again, this time at Qualcomm Stadium. In the last meeting, Kansas City’s run defense limited LaDainian Tomlinson to 71 yards off of 23 carries. However, San Diego backed away from the running game and attacked with their receivers. Philip Rivers threw three touchdown passes. Vincent Jackson, Darren Sproles and Malcom Floyd got into the endzone. Sproles and Jackson were both big contributers as each one of them caught a pass over 50 yards. The only touchdown scored by Kansas City was from Matt Cassel to Dwayne Bowe. Bowe will be not be in action as he serves his second suspension out of the four he must sit out from. Chris Chambers had no participation in the first meeting, being cut by San Diego for lack of production, which has been the complete opposite for Kansas City. The Chiefs have also moved forward without Larry Johnson.

Jamaal Charles and Chris Chambers have been key contributors since becoming starters in Kansas City. After losing to the Chargers 37-7, many things must go perfect for the Chiefs in order to pull out another upset. The Chargers, who have won five straight, defeated Denver last week to become leaders in the division. If Kansas City Chiefs fans want to see their team pull out a miracle and make a playoff appearance, then this is a must win game for the Chiefs.

Keys to the game:

1. Play defense: The Chiefs defense allowed over 400 yards and 37 points in the previous meeting and need to limit the Chargers in round two.

2. Feed the ball to Charles: Out of all rushes, receptions and kick returns in the past three games (since the bye week and without Larry Johnson on the active roster,) Charles has 59 touches for 492 total yards from scrimmage (41 rushes-197 yards, 9 receptions-41 yards, 9 kick returns-257 yards.) He’s averaging eight yards per touch in the past three games. Larry Johnson has 461 total yards from scrimmage on the season. This should clearly state how valuable of an asset Charles is.

I’m picking the Chiefs to stop the red-hot San Diego Chargers 17-10. This will be tough, but without Johnson and his distractions, the Chiefs won’t be set back. If they lose, that clearly puts their hopes of reaching the playoffs in a miracle manner in jeopardy. I have no problem with seeing this team lose, as long as they don’t set beat themselves by setting themselves back.

Chargers Inactives: CB Dante Hughes, RB Michael Bennett, S C.J. Spillman, C Nick Hardwick, OT Jon Runyan, WR Buster Davis and DE Luis Castillo. The inactive third quarterback is Charlie Whitehurst.

Chiefs Inactives: OLB Mike Vrabel, G Andy Alleman, RB Dantrell Savage, LB Justin Rogers, TE Sean Ryan, TE Jake O’Connell and LB David Herron. The inactive third quarterback is Matt Gutierrez.

Chiefs/Steelers pregame

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 22-11-2009

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Let’s just put it this way, whether or not Dwayne Bowe and Troy Polamalu were absent from this game or not, the Steelers would have found a way to win. Early in the week, when reports stated that Polamalu was out, before Bowe’s suspension, I felt Bowe, Chris Chambers and Bobby Wade could be possible impact players with some thin safeties for the Steelers. With Bowe not being allowed to compete, it evens up everything. Above all else, this is the Pittsburgh Steelers the Chiefs are playing with.

Keys to the game for the Chiefs:

1–Feed Jamaal Charles: Charles ran for 100 yards last week, his second 100-yard game in his career. The Chiefs receiving core hasn’t made a whole lot of sparks until Chambers was signed by Kansas City. Charles is a very good running back who’s got a strong resume and can help the Chiefs to avoid embarrassment.

2–Low-Key Safeties: The Steelers are thin on the defensive backfield, despite still having a good core of cornerbacks. Bobby Wade and Chris Chambers will need to be strong and come through for Matt Cassel.

Injury reports–

Steelers Inactives: FB Carey Davis, SS Troy Polamalu, G Kraig Urbik, OT Tony Hills, DE Sunny Harris, WR Shaun McDonald and DE Travis Kirschke. The inactive third quarterback is Dennis Dixon.

Chiefs Inactives: OLB Mike Vrabel, OLB Justin Rogers, RG Andy Alleman, RB Dantrell Savage, CB Donald Washington, TE Jake O’Connell and LB David Herron. Matt  Gutierrez is the inactive third quarterback.

Pittsburgh should be able to pull out an easy victory, 30-10

Chiefs/Raiders pregame

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 15-11-2009

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This afternoon, the Chiefs are facing the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders have won the previous three meetings at Arrowhead Stadium, however, Kansas City has not lost to Oakland at the Black Hole since 2002. That was the final regular season game with a majority of the AFC still in contention to make the playoffs. The Raiders drenched Kansas City’s dream under the rain in a 24-0 shut out. Since then, the Chiefs have not lost at Oakland since 2003.

I feel Kansas City can keep that up. Despite getting humiliated by Oakland in week two, Todd Haley has a more focused team without Larry Johnson. The team also has added more power to their receiving core with Chris Chambers in the mix. The Chiefs will also feature running backs Jamaal Charles and Kolby Smith in this game. Despite fumbling the ball, Charles has been effective running the ball due to the speed he brings to the game. Smith has a good history against the Raiders. His first NFL debut consisted him of running 150 yards off of 30 carries against the Raiders.

The Raiders are dealing with many issues on and off the field, mainly surrounding head coach, Tom Cable. Jamarcus Russell has been negatively consistent throughout the season. He’s only thrown two touchdowns and nine interceptions. Russell completed only seven passes against the Chiefs in week two, however, more than 50% of his completions came in the game winning drive for the Raiders.

Cable seems to be very obsessed with Russell as Russell has thrown the ball 182 times and has been sacked 23 times with an even 1,000 yards passing. Giving him an atrocious 48.3 QB rating.

There is only one key in this game for the Chiefs. Simply apply the pass rush on Russell. If outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Mike Vrabel can get to him, Russell will eventually be forced to make passes that Cable does not want to see. It will either force a turnover or three-and-outs. Allowing the Chiefs to win the time of possession battle. The only question remains, how will Todd Haley mange his football team when they have the football? The Chiefs worked with their new offense last week. Can we see an improvement this week? That will be up to Haley’s play calling. I’ll give Kansas City the small victory, hoping Haley, Cassel and everyone else has learned from their errors in week two.

Chiefs/Jaguars pregame

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 08-11-2009

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I truly do feel that today is Jamaal Charles’ time to shine. Charles shined in many games last year (in terms of averages) putting together a 4.0 or more yard per carry average in 10 games last year. He carried the ball 50 times in those 10 games as the number two running back who started two games as a rookie last year.
This year, Charles has a 5.0 yard per carry average off of 23 carries running for 116 yards.
Charles has also been an effective receiver as well, especially during a screen play. Charles’ longest run from scrimmage was 75 yards on a screen play against Miami last year. Charles’ only touchdown came against the Buffalo Bills. After catching a pass from Tyler Thigpen, Charles made it seem he was about to run out of bounds. Charles then created separation between himself and a Buffalo linebacker, forcing him to miss and eventually making his way into the endzone.
Today, the Chiefs face a 25th ranked team against the run. Charles had only one-100 yard game last season and that was against Tampa Bay (rushing for 106 yards.) Charles has an opportunity to get his second career 100 yard game, his first as a starter. He also has a chance to score his first career rushing touchdown.
Jacksonville was lit up last week by Chris Johnson, who ran the ball 24 times piling 228 yards against the Jaguars. However, the Chiefs need to be aware that Maurice Jones-Drew was also a key asset last week, despite giving Tennessee their first win of the season. Jones-Drew ran for 177 yards off of only eight carries (and had a 22.1 yard per carry average, as opposed to Johnson, who had a 9.5 yard per carry average. Both are still high numbers.)
It’s very likely that we’ll see over 350 rushing yards and three touchdowns combined from both Charles and Jones-Drew.

Keys to game for Kansas City:

1–Call the right plays: Many have been frustrated with Todd Haley’s play calling. We can sit here and discuss solutions for the future, but that won’t do the Chiefs any good for today’s game. Haley has to realize that he has a fast running back facing a poor defensive football team. The Haley needs to call the right plays in order for the Chiefs to find success and get their first rushing touchdown this season.

2–Pound the ball in the endzone: The Chiefs not only have yet to add a rushing touchdown to their stat book, but they have yet to score a touchdown in the first quarter. Kansas City’s slow start has cost them a couple games this season. Matt Cassel and company have to be very aggressive from start to finish. With Chris Chambers as the new receiver and Jamaal Charles taking over, that could very well be a possibility.

3–Turnovers: The Chiefs have been very good this year in keeping control of the ball, being fourth in the NFL in giveaways with only seven. However, Kansas City’s defense has not shown production, coming away with only eight takeaways, ranked 31st in the league (only Washington is behind Kansas City with seven takeaways.) Jacksonville hasn’t forced many turnovers, but they’ve had issues keeping the football away from their opponents. Kansas City needs to force some turnovers, but the points won’t come until the offensive takes advantage of those turnovers.

4–Kick field goals if necessary: The Chiefs have attempted to convert on fourth down 17 times and have succeeded 11 times (league high in both categories.) The Chiefs have been successful on fourth down, however, they cannot afford to make a living on fourth down. The Chiefs have struggled this year converting on 21% of their third downs, a league low. The six failed fourth down conversions have came back to haunt the Chiefs many times. Haley has made some questionable calls (as mentioned in key number one.) Haley’s play calling has added more questions while having his team go for it on fourth down when they have a chance to score a field goal. Let’s face it, the Chiefs have struggled this year scoring only 10 offensive touchdowns and one touchdown after blocking a punt, giving them a total of 11 ranked 28th in the league. Haley must score when he has the chance, even if it means coming down to winning another game with zero touchdowns. Who knows if the Chiefs defense shows up and perform well in Jacksonville. Haley decided to forego kicking a field goal many times, just to see his team fall short on fourth down a couple times and miss adding points on the score board.

This is Kansas City’s game to win. It will require an effective and speedy running game out of Charles and intelligent coaching. I’ll be favoring the Chiefs in this one, 24-17.

OTHER NOTES: The Chiefs released WR Bobby Engram to make room for RB Kolby Smith; The Chiefs have decided to bench WR Bobby Wade today, which means there will be a new punt returner today.

INACTIVES:

CHIEFS—QB 15 Matt Gutierrez (3rd), CB 20 Donald Washington, S 47 Jon McGraw, G/T 60, Ikechuku Ndukwe, WR 80 Bobby Wade, TE 85 Jake O’Connell, TE 87 Brad Cottam, LB 97 Pierre Walters.



JAGUARS—
WR 19 Tiquan Underwood, S 20 Anthony Smith, CB 38 Brian Witherspoon, LB 55 Adam Seward, DT 66 Derek Landri, G 74 Maurice Williams, T 78 Jordan Black, DT 93 Greg Peterson.

A Petition To Stop LJ

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 04-11-2009

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As of Wednesday afternoon, 1,400 signatures have been collected to prevent Chiefs running back Larry Johnson to break the all-time rushing record in Chiefs history. Johnson, who has 5,996 rushing yards as a Chief, needs only 75 more yards to shatter Priest Holmes’ record who gathered 6,070 yards during his time in Kansas City.
I’ve stated many times that I feel Johnson is a much more serviceable running back than Priest Holmes. Holmes and Johnson both got the opportunity to work with arguably one of the best offensive lines in NFL history. Holmes never cracked the 1,700 yard mark in his career, rushing for a season high 1,615 in 2002 as he missed the last two games of the season due to a severe injury. Holmes never passed the 1,500 rushing yard mark in his career after his injury. However, the following three seasons prior to 2002, Holmes made his way to the endzone 49 times (two receiving.)
As opposed to Holmes, Johnson is a one dimensional running back who avoids blocking and produces poor amount of yards as a receiver. Johnson’s highest amount of success in the air came in 2006 with 410 receiving yards. Holmes has been able to break through with 600 receiving yards for three consecutive years (while staying upbeat on the ground with at least 1,400 rushing yards a season) giving him a total of 6,566 yards total, all during his first three years as a Kansas City Chief.
We could get into specific yardage, but I’ll stay away from that. With all that said, it is very arguable as to which running back is better. Both replaced each other for at one point as an injury replacement. Johnson took over for Holmes on multiple occasions in 2004 and 2005. Holmes came back to replace Johnson as the starting running back after Johnson suffered an injury against the Green Bay Packers in 2007.
It’s obvious that passionate Chiefs fans are signing this petition because they don’t want a “cancer” to rise and be known as the best running back in Chiefs history. At one point, I wished for this record to be broken by Johnson. Now I don’t.
But we must face the facts. This is not a character record. It’s a football record. I will sign the petition along with many other Chiefs fans. I doubt general manager Scott Pioli will respond to the petition, nor will he have time to read this. In all seriousness, I just feel Johnson should be released. Not for the record, simply because he has held this Kansas City Chiefs football team back.
If you’d like to sign the petition, visit this link. http://www.petitiononline.com/StopLJ/petition.html

Will Johnson start next Sunday?

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 01-11-2009

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It has only been a little over 24 hours and we have already 70 fans on The Chiefs Zone application! Thank you to everyone who have supported me through the two years.

The Chiefs obviously did not play this week, allowing more exciting stories to be covered in the NFL. How about the Denver Broncos losing their first game against a tough defense, scoring only one touchdown while giving up 30 points. Did anyone see Ted Gin Jr. from the Dolphins? It makes me want to have Dante Hall back. How about the state of New York? The Giants and Jets both started off strong, and now have lost seven games combined in the past five weeks, both teams had strong starts to the season, and are allowing other teams to surpass them in their division. It was nice to see Tennessee and St. Louis finally win a game this year. Both teams have the best running backs in this league, but have not been able to help their teams pick up a win until this week. Now it’s up to former Kansas State quarterback, Josh Freeman, to give his Buccaneers a win this season. And how about the biggest hype for week eight, Brett Favre returning to Green Bay. During the first series of the Vikings drive, fans heavily boo’d Favre. And why shouldn’t they? Favre gave general manger, Ted Thompson, many headaches when Favre could not decide what to do with his career. He brought up retirement in 2003. Here we are in 2009, still playing, after he had issues with the Packers while un-retiring the first time. The game was close for a bit as the Packers made a comeback in the second half, making up for their horrendous first half performance. However, number four’s magic came with him back in Green Bay after throwing four touchdowns as it was enough to seal a win over the Packers in his homecoming.

I want to touch on a subject that really baffled me when I first heard about this story. The NFLPA is ready to file grievance if Chiefs running back Larry Johnson isn’t the starter for the Chiefs next Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. My first question is, why does the NFLPA care one bit about Johnson’s playing status? Are they not aware he rudely put down his coach, called his fans fags, and dropping gay slurs on the media? Are they not aware that he has a history of abusing women in night clubs? Lets all forget about Johnson’s attitude. Obviously the NFLPA won’t be pleased if they see Johnson’s status does not show up as a starter. Here is something the NFLPA needs to know. They need to realize Johnson has a 2.7 yard per carry average. What legitimate reason does the NFLPA have to be upset if the Chiefs don’t activiate Johnson, nor start him? You’d imagine most teams would look for a new running back if their starter has a 2.7 yard per carry average, at least I would hope the NFLPA would be alright with that. Johnson has received many soft punishments for all of his actions as an NFL player and has gotten away with many things. But above all else, I guess the better question is, why haven’t the Chiefs cut Larry Johnson? I’d rather take a cap hit and get rid of a cancer who is holding this team back. I highly doubt Johnson will meet the success he reached in 2005 and 2006.

As for Johnson’s agent, Peter Schaffer, he’s doing nothing but defending Johnson for every move he has made in the past seven days. I fully understand Johnson pays Schaffer and that Schaffer is Johnson’s agent, but it seems Schaffer is being paid to be more of Johnson’s lawyer, than Johnson’s professional football agent.

I’m going to stick with what I predicted last week on last weeks episode of The Chiefs Zone. I feel that Johnson is done wearing the number 27 in a red jersey with the arrowhead on his helmet. We still have seven days to find out if that is the case or not. It was reported by former Chiefs Zone guest, Kent Babb, that the NFL may pile on to Johnson’s punishment once his suspension with the Chiefs is up. For right now, he is still a Kansas City Chief.