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Chiefs/Steelers pregame

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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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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