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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/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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