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It has only been a little over 24 hours and we have already 70 fans on The Chiefs Zone application! Thank you to everyone who have supported me through the two years. The Chiefs obviously did not play this week, allowing more exciting stories to be covered in the NFL. How about the Denver Broncos losing their first game against a tough defense, scoring only one touchdown while giving up 30 points. Did anyone see Ted Gin Jr. from the Dolphins? It makes me want to have Dante Hall back. How about the state of New York? The Giants and Jets both started off strong, and now have lost seven games combined in the past five weeks, both teams had strong starts to the season, and are allowing other teams to surpass them in their division. It was nice to see Tennessee and St. Louis finally win a game this year. Both teams have the best running backs in this league, but have not been able to help their teams pick up a win until this week. Now it’s up to former Kansas State quarterback, Josh Freeman, to give his Buccaneers a win this season. And how about the biggest hype for week eight, Brett Favre returning to Green Bay. During the first series of the Vikings drive, fans heavily boo’d Favre. And why shouldn’t they? Favre gave general manger, Ted Thompson, many headaches when Favre could not decide what to do with his career. He brought up retirement in 2003. Here we are in 2009, still playing, after he had issues with the Packers while un-retiring the first time. The game was close for a bit as the Packers made a comeback in the second half, making up for their horrendous first half performance. However, number four’s magic came with him back in Green Bay after throwing four touchdowns as it was enough to seal a win over the Packers in his homecoming. I want to touch on a subject that really baffled me when I first heard about this story. The NFLPA is ready to file grievance if Chiefs running back Larry Johnson isn’t the starter for the Chiefs next Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars. My first question is, why does the NFLPA care one bit about Johnson’s playing status? Are they not aware he rudely put down his coach, called his fans fags, and dropping gay slurs on the media? Are they not aware that he has a history of abusing women in night clubs? Lets all forget about Johnson’s attitude. Obviously the NFLPA won’t be pleased if they see Johnson’s status does not show up as a starter. Here is something the NFLPA needs to know. They need to realize Johnson has a 2.7 yard per carry average. What legitimate reason does the NFLPA have to be upset if the Chiefs don’t activiate Johnson, nor start him? You’d imagine most teams would look for a new running back if their starter has a 2.7 yard per carry average, at least I would hope the NFLPA would be alright with that. Johnson has received many soft punishments for all of his actions as an NFL player and has gotten away with many things. But above all else, I guess the better question is, why haven’t the Chiefs cut Larry Johnson? I’d rather take a cap hit and get rid of a cancer who is holding this team back. I highly doubt Johnson will meet the success he reached in 2005 and 2006. As for Johnson’s agent, Peter Schaffer, he’s doing nothing but defending Johnson for every move he has made in the past seven days. I fully understand Johnson pays Schaffer and that Schaffer is Johnson’s agent, but it seems Schaffer is being paid to be more of Johnson’s lawyer, than Johnson’s professional football agent. I’m going to stick with what I predicted last week on last weeks episode of The Chiefs Zone. I feel that Johnson is done wearing the number 27 in a red jersey with the arrowhead on his helmet. We still have seven days to find out if that is the case or not. It was reported by former Chiefs Zone guest, Kent Babb, that the NFL may pile on to Johnson’s punishment once his suspension with the Chiefs is up. For right now, he is still a Kansas City Chief.

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Chiefs/Ravens post game blog

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 13-09-2009

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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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