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Chiefs/Raiders Post-Game

I’m just going to flat out tell you something that every Chief fan will hate. Hate it or not, this is the plain truth. The Chiefs did not deserve to win this game. The Chiefs were by far the better team dominating in first downs, total net yards, and time of possession, which obviously was the complete opposite last week at Baltimore. However, the bottom line is, Kansas City lost. The Chiefs did many things correctly except for one thing, and that was putting points on the board. Last week, the Chiefs forced their defense to play for almost 40 minutes of the game. Today, the Chiefs time of possession was very similar to last weeks except for the fact they were on the better end of that stat. Todd Haley can thank his run defense. They limited the Raiders running game and forced JaMarcus Russell to make bad throws. When the Chiefs offense took over, they ran the ball a lot and took a lot of time off the clock, trying to wear out the Raiders defense. That is exactly what the Ravens did to the Chiefs in week one. However, Michael Huff was the poison picking off two Matt Cassel passes. Cassel did bounce back in his debut as a Chief throwing a touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe. However, the Raiders were not ready to give this game away. By the time the two minute warning arrived, the Raiders two minute offense dominated the Chiefs two minute defense. In the end, Darren McFadden ran inside the endzone for the the only (and the game winning) touchdown for the Raiders, 13-10. Before halftime, head coach Todd Haley decided to forego a field goal attempt with 14 seconds to go before halftime at the nine yard line. Cassel dumped off a pass to running back Dantrell Savage as a pair of Raiders threw him to the ground, and with no timeouts left, the Chiefs missed out on the opportunity of scoring three points heading into halftime. Many want to blame Cassel for his poor passing decision and I do not disagree with anyone. But here is one thing everyone needs to keep in mind. When you have zero timeouts and if your at the nine yard line and want to get one more play off with 14 seconds remaining, your making the job easy for the defense. Due to the fact the team is at the nine yard line, they only have to worry about a small portion of the field. There is no doubt in my mind the defensive coaches for the Raiders asked all their defensive backs and linebackers to play hard coverage and not allow the ball to get past the endzone. They did exactly just that. This was all on Todd Haley. As a Super Bowl offensive coordinator, he should have known much better. The game was tied at three and the Chiefs could have taken a three point lead heading into halftime. The Chiefs did get the ball back after halftime, which made the decision to go for it more confusing. That play call came back to haunt the Chiefs. Individually and as a team, the Chiefs dominated the Raiders except for the interceptions by Michael Huff. Huff’s interceptions were enough to help the Raiders limit the Chiefs. Kansas City should have never scored 10 points. They should have had much more on the score board. The Raiders were 3/13 on third down and only gathered 11 first downs, all in just 21:21 possession. Despite how ugly those statistics were, they still managed to overcome adversity on the road in one of the loudest stadiums in the league, despite several empty seats. And only time will tell when the loudness of Arrowhead Stadium will go down.

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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

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