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The Kansas City Chiefs made the announcement this morning that Brodie Croyle would start due to the injury sustained to Matt Cassel back in week three of the preseason. Croyle was the most impressive Chiefs quarterback in the offseason and got an opportunity to shine. The Ravens offense opened up with a bang in the first half. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco came off of an impressive rookie season helping his team reach the AFC Championship. He hopes to duplicate his success heading into his sophomore season. Flacco came threw 26 passes in the first half with one of those passes turning into a touchdown pass to running back, Willis McGahee. Flacco finished off going 26 for 43 passing over 300 yards and passed for three touchdowns along with one interception. Good thing Flacco played well in this game. There is no doubt that this guy loves trash talking after saying that he’d be surprised if the Chiefs would want to play in the fourth quarter. It turned out that the Chiefs did compete in the fourth quarter. It was a complete opposite of last year. The Chiefs took the lead once and tied the game twice after a 10-0 deficit early in the game. Safety and special teams captain, Jon McGraw, came through with a double play on special teams, blocking a punt and recovering his own block in the endzone for the first touchdown this season for the Chiefs. The momentum shift continued after touchdown passes to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and tight end Sean Ryan. 2009 Mr. Irrelevant, Ryan Succop, came through with a 53 yard field goal to help the Chiefs stay in the game. Succop ties for the second longest field goal in Chiefs history (Lawrence Tynes scored a 53-yarder to win a game against the San Diego Chargers in 2006.) However, the Chiefs offense could not keep up with Baltimore’s explosive offense. The Ravens were successful in scoring 21 points alone in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs were out numbered in many key categories. Larry Johnson rushing yards: 20 Ray Rice rushing yards: 108 Willis McGahee still had more than Johnson with 44 yards on the ground. Chiefs first downs: 11 Ravens first downs: 32 The Chiefs did not move the chains until late in the second half. Chiefs third downs: 2/10 Ravens third downs: 10/17 Chiefs total net yards: 188 Ravens total net yards: 501 Chiefs time of possession: 20:11 Ravens time of possession: 39:49 The numbers clearly explain why the Chiefs did not win the football game. The Chiefs had many three-and-outs and failed to convert on third down. There are a couple positives that can be brought up. The Chiefs don’t give up any turnovers while linebackers Derrick Johnson came through with an interception and Tamba Hali forced a fumble off of Flacco’s hands. The Chiefs receiving core came through with a couple key receptions. The biggest con in this game was the fourth quarter, especially during the “must score” drive in the fourth quarter. On third and fourth down with a lot of yards to go, Brodie Croyle makes short passes during a critical part of the game, eventually allowing the Ravens to not only get the ball back, but score one more touchdown before the end of the game. Cassel and cornerback Brandon Flowers were certainly missed in this game and it was relevant as the Ravens offense continued to target back up, Maurice Leggett. For the second consecutive year, the Chiefs will open their home game in week two against the same team, the Oakland Raiders, who have a short week due to a Monday night game, which also occurred last year. The Raiders prevailed last year, but with a new team, and another short week for Oakland, Kansas City will be ready for the Raiders in the new Arrowhead Stadium.

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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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