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The Chiefs have another tough task ahead of them. After being one of the best NFL teams at home in the month of December, they’ve lost every December home game since 2007. They hope to change that today against the Denver Broncos. Despite the ugly performance as of late, this shouldn’t be a tough game for Denver. Matt Cassel’s biggest weakness has been identified since he made his debut with the Chiefs in week two. He even had this issue with the Patriots offensive line when leading all quarterbacks for most times sacked in 2008. Elvis Dumervil is leading the NFL with 14 sacks and three forced fumbles under his belt. Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels will not only use Dumervil, but a couple other big guys to apply pressure on Cassel. The Broncos rank number five in the NFL in total defense, pass defense and points allowed. However, if the Chiefs want any chance in pulling the upset, they’ll have to rely on their newest, no longer known as, secret weapon. Keys to the game: 1. Keep feeding the ball to Charles: In last weeks humiliation to the Chargers, Jamaal Charles was the only bright spot in this football game. Despite fumbling the football early in the game, Charles had 147 total yards of offense off of 17 touches with one rushing touchdown. The Broncos are ranked 17th against the run, giving the Chiefs a big advantage. Kolby Smith has been placed on the IR and Dantrell Savage is out for the game. This gives Charles a chance to shine again. 2. Don’t allow 40+ yard plays: The Chiefs defense leads the NFL for giving up the most passing plays with more than 40 yards or more. They have a total of 16 with the rushing game added on. This is a sarcastic comment, but a the same time, the Chiefs may need to strongly consider it: If they need to, have a defensive back 40 yards away from the line of scrimmage, that way they don’t give up many plays. But who knows, that idea might always get busted as well, just with the way the defense is playing. I’m picking Denver to win this game. Hopefully Kansas City can pull the upset. The Denver offense may struggle, but it’ll be their defense that comes through. 21-14. Inactives for the Chiefs: CB Donald Washington, RB Dantrell Savage, G Andy Alleman, LB Justin Rogers, WR Mark Bradley, TE Jake O’Connell and LB Pierre Walters. The inactive third quarterback is Matt Gutierrez. Inactives for the Broncos: WR Kenny McKinley, RB LaMont Jordan, G Seth Olsen, T Brandon Gorin, DL Chris Baker, WR Brandon Lloyd and DE Jarvis Moss. The inactive third
quarterback is Tom Bradstater.

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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.

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