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Will Johnson start next Sunday?

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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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.

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