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Chiefs/Giants pregame

Here we are one year later. Yes, the lovely Arrowhead magic that now occurs every once in a while rather than every home game. The Chiefs, who were 0-3, snapped their 12 game losing streak against the 3-0 Denver Broncos at home. This year, the 0-3 Chiefs, losers of seven straight dating back to December, will host the 3-0 New York Giants. Will history repeat itself? Let’s not push it. Remember, the Broncos have choked twice in the past three seasons while starting off with a good record. This is the New York Giants we’re talking about. They are still the same Giants team that won the Super Bowl, despite Michael Strahan retiring and Plaxico Burress released by the team. This Giants team still comes out strong and have very good depth. Eli Manning has evolved himself into an elite quarterback as well. The Chiefs will need to take advantage of New York’s weaknesses, and there obviously aren’t many. Keys to the game: Run the ball: I don’t care who it is. Larry Johnson, Jamaal Charles or Jackie Battle. The running backs will need to be very consistent against this 20th ranked run defense. Ryan O’Callaghan will start for the Chiefs at right tackle. Can he help Kansas City do well in the running game? That is a question we’ll have the answer to shortly. No interceptions: Matt Cassel has a 3-to-2 TD-to-INT ratio in his two games so far. The Giants have five interceptions so far on the season and are ranked number one against the pass. The $60+ million quarterback will need to take advantage of Dwayne Bowe returning. Yes, I said it, Bowe will play! Hopefully Cassel can hook up with Wade and Bowe in the endzone. It will be a very tough task. We can all sit here and hope for the Arrowhead magic to return this afternoon in Kansas City, but its best if we wait for another day. Giants win this 41-10.

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Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 06-12-2009



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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