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Chiefs/Eagles pregame

Early in the week, it was reported that Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson won’t play Sunday. The ESPN scrolling news ticker on the bottom says that he is questionable. To be honest with all of you, I have no idea what the deal is. I’ll assume he is out because that was the word from the Kansas City Chiefs PR. WR Dwayne Bowe is questionable and we’ll all find out momentarily if he can play or not. The Chiefs do have WR Bobby Wade, but if Bowe is gone, Wade will have to do a lot for the team due to Bowe’s absence. Bowe so far has been the best player on the team, despite he hasn’t gained many yards receiving. He’s caught a game-leading touchdown against Oakland and Baltimore. This past week on CZ, my keys to the game were simply to play good football on all three phases of the game. But there have to be three key ones to pick and I’ve got those three. Pass rush: Why did the Patriots lose to the Giants in the Super Bowl? Because Tom Brady got sacked five times. No, he never through an interception, however, sack-by-sack, Brady’s confidence continued to decline throughout the game, eventually giving the Giants the rings. Kevin Kolb is the (projected) starting QB due to Donavon McNabb’s injury. Despite throwing for over 391 yards, Kolb did threw two touchdowns and three interceptions, going 31/51. A young guy like Kolb may not get sacked a lot, instead, if the pass rush is applied, Kolb will complete passes to Brandon Flowers. I don’t expect the Eagles to pass heavy like they were last week. Stop the run: This 3-4 defense did a fine job last week against two good running backs. Brian Westbrook may not be available. Whether he is or not, I imagine Andy Reid will try to keep the ball on the ground rather than forcing interceptions. The Chiefs need to be ready and play good defense all around. Run LJ, RUN!: Larry Johnson and the rest of the running backs were used a lot last week. LJ had over 100 total yards from scrimmage while Dantrell Savage caught six passes, tied first on the team last week. Jackie Battle was also used on a couple occasions. Offensive coordinator (and head coach..) Todd Haley needs to fire LJ up and have him run over that Philadelphia defense. I really do feel like this Chiefs team can pick up the win due to injuries sustained on McNabb, Westbrook and DeSean Jackson. Winning against an injured team isn’t much to brag over, but no matter how good or bad you are, you must take advantage of that. That’s the way it works in the NFL. If your opponents have key players on the sideline for the entire game, your being given a chance to draw first blood, and hopefully not allow the other team to unleash with their backups. I’ll pick Kansas City to win 20-17. EDIT: These in-actives are official. Dwayne Bowe, Donavon McNabb, Brian Westbrook, Kevin Curtis. DeSean Jackson will play. But here is the question I still propose: Can Kolb get the ball to him successfully? We’ll find out.

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Chiefs/Bills pregame

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 13-12-2009

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The Kansas City Chiefs host the Buffalo Bills, the second of three consecutive home games. Head coach Todd Haley and the rest of the Chiefs dodged questions from the media when asked about the possibility of a blackout. Their biggest concern was to focus on this matchup. I guess it’s safe to say that the team doesn’t care a whole lot about their fan base. And lets keep in mind, a lot of the players’ salaries come from the fans. I’ll leave it at that.

This week in one of the press conferences, Haley had a very interesting statement. He was asked by one reporter about the meltdown against Denver.

“Everybody else sees the obvious, sees a game.” Haley said. “It’s easy to say coming out of that game, as I heard in the hallway from one guy, ‘that awful game.’ That’s from a non-expert.”

If I could have attended that press conference, I’d ask Haley that if that was not an awful game, what can we consider that? Matt Cassel has a very positive attitude, despite the awful game last Sunday. And let’s be honest with one another, that was an awful game. Cassel claimed that others do not know what he’s doing in the game, such as his reads.

This franchise continues to make lousy excuses. I don’t expect them to admit that last Sunday’s game was not awful, but I certainly don’t expect anyone to deny it. For two weeks in a row, the Chiefs allowed their (divisional) opponents to score more points than any other team.

As Haley stated, “its no mystery” when referring to the games. The franchise understands behind closed doors that this is an awful team, otherwise, the Chiefs would not have asked the NFL for a 24 hour extension to avoid a blackout.

People continue to say that this team will be back on track. I felt that way when Scott Pioli came in, but wasn’t 100% certain with Haley. Haley has showed a lot of positives and a lot of negatives as a head coach. It’s very hard to see how this team will turn things around with the current state of the franchise. The Chiefs have plenty of draft picks this year. Pioli is also known as one of the best evaluators when searching for talent. This off-season, it didn’t seem to be that way.

I’ll avoid keys to the game since I spent a lot of time on the week in review. I’m picking Buffalo to beat Kansas City. Kansas City is really good at building a ladder for opponents who have talented players struggling to find a breakout game. Ryan Fitzpatrick and Terrell Owens have a chance to go out there and have some fun on the road against a very weak defense. The Chiefs can surprise us at any time. Let’s just see the result. Bills win 28-10.

CHIEFS INACTIVES: WR Quinten Lawrence, LB Justin Rogers, TE Sean Ryan, TE Jake O’Connell, RB Dantrell Savage, LB Pierre Walters and G Ikechuku Ndukwe. The inactive third quarterback is QB Matt Gutierrez

BILLS INACTIVES: WR Justin Jenkins, TE Joe Klopfenstein, WR James Hardy, DE Chris Ellis, CB Ashton Youboty, DB Cary Harris and DT John McCargo. The third inactive quarterback is Brian Brohm.

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