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Inactive for today CHIEFS Tyler Thigpen – 3rd QB
WR Terrance Copper
QB Matt Gutierrez
CB Ricardo Coclough
RB Jamaal Charles
C/G Andy Alleman
TE Brad Cottam
LB Pierre Walters RAIDERS Charlie Frye – 3rd QB
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Chiefs/Chargers pre-game

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 25-10-2009

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Saturday was interesting. The Chiefs released their sixth round draft pick, WR Quentin Lawrence. If your not aware by now, GM Scott Pioli and head coach Todd Haley are not afraid to admit to making an error on the players they bring in. This is another case here. Replacing him will be Lance Long, who spent all of 2008 on the Cardinals practice squad.

The Chiefs return to Arrowhead Sunday, with more confidence after a road win, snapping their nine game losing streak. The Chargers lost on Monday Night Football at home against a divisional opponent (Broncos.) And with the short week of practice and having to travel from the west coast helps a little bit, but that won’t guarantee a win.

Here is what will guarantee a win for the Chiefs.

Keys to the game:

1. Pass rush on Rivers: The Chargers are ranked 32nd in the NFL in rushing (then again, the Chiefs are 25th running the ball.) Jon McGraw, who came through last week, will be starting instead of Jarrad Page. The Chiefs have to do what they did last year to Rivers. Simply force him to throw the ball when they don’t want him to. For anyone who saw the two contests last year, it was clear Kansas City outplayed San Diego, but in both games, the Chargers out-coached
the Chiefs, getting the last laugh in both games, winning by one point. The Chiefs need to limit Rivers.

2. Score every time you get a chance: Todd Haley has had his squad attempt to move the chains on fourth down 14 times, being successful 10 times (league high.) But Haley last week could have had the new MVP, Ryan Succop, kick a field goal early in the game last week, but instead forged the field goal and failed on a fourth down attempt. I understand Haley’s explanation, claiming that Succop struggled in pre-game kicking towards the direction they were heading, but in low scoring games like that, the Chiefs have to score every time they have a chance. Simply take advantage of what is given to you. We all know what happened against Oakland in week two before halftime. If the Redskins were to pull away with a win, I’m not sure how any fan would be patient with Todd Haley for a simple play call. He is very aggressive.

3. Move the chains on third down: Here is a solution for number two. How about the Chiefs convert on third down! The Chiefs have ran into 86 third down attempts (fourth highest in the league) and have converted only 18 times (league low. KC is behind San Francisco and Oakland, who have 20.) Third downs are one of the biggest keys for football teams. And with only 18 successful third downs, it should be no surprise as to why Kansas City has one win against an unimpressive Washington football team. For a cool stat fact, three of the top five teams in the NFL with the best third down percentage are undefeated (the Dolphins and Giants are the two who are not undefeated.)

This is a Chargers team that has struggled. I tried to be optimistic with this team, but I even said on CZ, don’t be surprised if this team cannot do well. Ever since Marty left, the Chargers record has gotten worse every year. One can wonder how long Norv Turner can get lucky. An amazing comeback for two years, being one of the best teams in the AFC in 2007 and last year, winning the AFC West with an eight-win record, and managing to find wins in the playoffs.

The Chargers are declining and Kansas City has to go out there and prove that fact. Kansas City wins 30-27.

Chiefs inactive list: CB Donald Washington, FS Jarrad Page, OT Branden Albert, WR Bobby Engram, TE Jake O’Connell, TE Brad Cottam and LB Pierre Walters. The inactive third quarterback is Matt Gutierrez.

Chiefs/Redskins pre-game

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 18-10-2009

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It must happen today. As the Redskins head into week six, facing their sixth straight winless opponent, the Chiefs must find a way to add the number one in the win column.

The Chiefs will be without safety Jarrad Page. I’m interested to see how Jon McGraw and DaJuan Morgan do when they take over. Left tackle, Branden Albert, will also be out. I hate to say it, but that may be a good thing. Backup center and guard, Wade Smith, will take over Albert’s spot like he did last week. He did very well in that position in which he has not played for in a while.

The numbers don’t lie, but they must be fake. Washington is ranked sixth in the NFL in points allowed and fifth in total defense. Again, those are all against opposing teams with no victories. (The only good team on that schedule were the New York Giants, who were obviously winless heading into week one while facing the Redskins.) I’d like to see the Chiefs expose their offense and prove to the NFL that those numbers are not real. The Redskins have struggled this year against the run, ranked 22nd in the league. I’d like to see Larry Johnson and Jamaal Charles run through the Redskins defense. On a side note, Larry Johnson ran the ball 21 times and mustered 37 yards. It may be best in Todd Haley’s case to open his eyes and realize that if LJ struggles the first 20 carries (or even the first 15 or 10 carries,) then it may be best in his interest to give Jamaal Charles a chance, who has a 5.1 yard per carry average off of 15 carries, or abandon the run and stick with the passing game. We’ll see how much aggressiveness Haley and the Chiefs bring to FedEx field.

Keys to the game:

1–Tamba the Monster: This season, I’ve been focused on the pass rush and the defensive backs to come through, instead, they haven’t. Linebacker, Tamba Hali, has 14 tackles and two forced fumbles (both on QB sacks.) Haley should use Hali as the number one pass rusher. Simply have Hali blitz once the Redskins offensive line gets distracted and begin blocking the quiet trio of defensive ends, Glenn Dorsey, Tyson Jackson and Tank Tyler/Ron Edwards at the defensive tackle spot spot. Yes, that means use the weak defensive line as a decoy. Oh yeah, offensive tackle, Chris Samuels is out for the Redskins.

2–The Decoy Show: The Redskins pass defense, ranked fifth in the league, will be keeping their eye on Dwayne Bowe. Redskins cornerback, DeAngelo Hall, is the only Redskin with an interception this year. He has three on the season and will be matched up against Bowe, who has three touchdowns in four games this season. Bowe has a tough challenge against him. But Hall will be receiving help, adding a double team on Bowe. Bowe will have to distract the Washington defensive backs and take them away from the field and allow Bobby Wade to catch some passes and get extra yards after the catch. This is similar to the time when Tony Gonzalez always distracted the defense and made every player cover him, allowing other receivers get wide open.

3–Run, Jamaal, Run!: Maybe if LJ is injured and if he plays in the running game, then yes. But Jamaal Charles will need to be a key asset in the kick return game. This will be a low scoring game in which both offenses may go three-and-outs a lot. Charles will need to come through with a pair of big returns to give the Chiefs good field position.

Kansas City should be able to win this football game, if they don’t, then this will be a longer season than the way it looked before. The Redskins offense has struggled on the season. They’ve not scored more than 17 points this season against these winless teams. Yes, Kansas City is a winless team also, but I still like KC’s chances. I’m picking Kansas City to win in a 20-10 low scoring game.

Chiefs — WR Quinten Lawrence, CB Donald Washignton, FS Jarrad Page, LT Branden Albert, TE Jake O’Connel, TE Brad Cottam and LB Pierre Walters. Serving as the inactive third quarterback is Matt Gutierrez.

Redskins — P Hunter Smith, CB Kevin Barnes, RB Anthony Alrdige, OT Chris Samuels, LB Robert Henson, G Chand Rinehart, WR Marko Mitchell and DT Anthony Montgomery. The Redskins have just two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster. The backup for starter Jason Campbell is former Chiefs backup QB Todd Collins.

Chiefs/Cowboys (Texans/Cowboys) pregame

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 11-10-2009

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With the way this Chiefs team has performed this year, its apparent that the Chiefs have to rely on deactivated players from the opposing team. This week, the Cowboys number one kick returner and leader in receiving yards will sit out for todays old school game. The Cowboys offense will have some setbacks without Felix Jones and Roy Williams. They’ll have to rely highly on Marion Barber, Tashard Choice, Patrick Crayton and Jason Witten. Witten, the leader in receptions for the Cowboys and only two yards behind Williams. Crayton has also been a key asset as well for the Cowboys receiving core this year. Barber is not going to be able to take all the carries for the Cowboys. Choice has struggled a little bit this year while trying to fill in for Barber. The Chiefs have limited their key injuries heading into this game, that means its time for the Chiefs to take advantage of the injuries and woes of the Cowboys.

–Keys to the game

1. LSU Ends–Glenn Dorsey and rookie Tyson Jackson, both defensive ends that played in LSU (also, Dorsey was the first Chiefs pick in the 2008 draft while Tyson was the first pick in 2009 for the Chiefs), will need to step up. They have been very quite ever since they’ve entered the NFL. Both players have a combined 13 tackles (11 Dorsey, 2 Jackson) and no sacks. Despite the Cowboys have a strong offensive line, Tony Romo cannot handle pressure. It’s been proven ever since he has came off the bench to become the number one quarterback for the Cowboys.

2. Flowers pick 6–Brandon Flowers has been quiet this season so far in his three games with one key interception early in vs the Giant last week before New York put the game away. Flowers could be a game changer if Romo cannot make the right decisions, especially with Williams out.

3. Two minute drill–As mentioned before, Romo simply cannot get the job done while under pressure. If Romo has to put together a game winning drive, then the Chiefs defense will need to hold.

This game will come down to Tony Romo and whether or not he can play under pressure in one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL. The Chiefs offense should put some points on the score board. The defense will have to come through and limit the Cowboys offense in scoring.

Gameday Inactives

CHIEFS
15 Matt Gutierrez – 3rd QB
14 WR Quinten Lawrence
23 CB Mike Richardson
29 RB Dantrell Savage
60 G/T Ikechuku Ndukwe
84 WR Bobby Engram
85 TE Jake O’Connell
97 LB Pierre Walters
 
COWBOYS
7 Stephen McGee – 3rd QB
11 WR Roy Williams
28 RB Felix Jones
36 S Michael Hamlin
43 S Gerald Sensabaugh
64 G Montrae Holland
77 T Pat McQuistan
98 LB Curtis Johnson

Chiefs/Giants pregame

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 04-10-2009

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Here we are one year later. Yes, the lovely Arrowhead magic that now occurs every once in a while rather than every home game. The Chiefs, who were 0-3, snapped their 12 game losing streak against the 3-0 Denver Broncos at home. This year, the 0-3 Chiefs, losers of seven straight dating back to December, will host the 3-0 New York Giants. Will history repeat itself? Let’s not push it. Remember, the Broncos have choked twice in the past three seasons while starting off with a good record. This is the New York Giants we’re talking about. They are still the same Giants team that won the Super Bowl, despite Michael Strahan retiring and Plaxico Burress released by the team. This Giants team still comes out strong and have very good depth. Eli Manning has evolved himself into an elite quarterback as well.

The Chiefs will need to take advantage of New York’s weaknesses, and there obviously aren’t many.

Keys to the game:

Run the ball: I don’t care who it is. Larry Johnson, Jamaal Charles or Jackie Battle. The running backs will need to be very consistent against this 20th ranked run defense. Ryan O’Callaghan will start for the Chiefs at right tackle. Can he help Kansas City do well in the running game? That is a question we’ll have the answer to shortly.
No interceptions: Matt Cassel has a 3-to-2 TD-to-INT ratio in his two games so far. The Giants have five interceptions so far on the season and are ranked number one against the pass. The $60+ million quarterback will need to take advantage of Dwayne Bowe returning. Yes, I said it, Bowe will play! Hopefully Cassel can hook up with Wade and Bowe in the endzone. It will be a very tough task.

We can all sit here and hope for the Arrowhead magic to return this afternoon in Kansas City, but its best if we wait for another day.

Giants win this 41-10.

The Chiefs vs Local Big XII

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 02-10-2009

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The Chiefs have not done well. Many may disagree with my views, but I expected much more from the Chiefs, simply because they are a professional football team. But I should have known better. When a professional football team loses because they cannot play four full quarters of football (Ravens), allow a weak team to dominate in the final drive after handling them all game long (Raiders) and allowing backups and rookies to abuse them, you must look at that franchise and ask if they are doing anything right from top to bottom. This team has really disappointed me. There is no reason why this team should not be 2-1, or at least one win. The Raiders allowed only 10 points, while the Chiefs allowed the backups and rookie Eagle-team to score over 30.

I’m not sure how many Chiefs fans are like me, but I’m not a huge college football fan. Don’t get me wrong, I love the college football games. The system does annoy me a bit, however, watching Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri (as well as the other Big XII teams) are much more entertaining than the Chiefs. I hear a lot of people who are Chiefs fans, but they rarely talk about the Chiefs as much since the start of the 2007 season. Everyone is all about college football these days and its obvious why. I’m trying to convert myself into a better college football fan. I watch these games, but don’t follow the teams closely. Instead, as a die hard Chiefs (and football fan,) my weekends are disappointing because of my Chiefs. With KU, K-State and MU either improving or winning titles in football and basketball, they’ve over shadowed the Chiefs. Just look at the KU/MU border showdown attendance for the past two years. In both years, both teams have done well. In 2007, the winner of that matchup would become number one. That was not the case in 2008, but it was still a very entertaining game. The hype was not as big. This year, the matchup may be more meaningful than last years. The 2007 and 2008 KU/MU border showdown defeated the Chiefs for having more attendance in a game at Arrowhead all year long (excluding the Big XII championship; not familiar with those numbers.) But either way, the college football events at Arrowhead Stadium are much more intriguing than the professional team that plays there. That tells you where this franchise is currently.

Chiefs/Eagles pregame

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 27-09-2009

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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.

Chiefs/Raiders Post-Game

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 20-09-2009

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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.

Chiefs/Raiders Pre-Game.

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 20-09-2009

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Inactive for today

CHIEFS
Tyler Thigpen – 3rd QB
WR Terrance Copper
QB Matt Gutierrez
CB Ricardo Coclough
RB Jamaal Charles
C/G Andy Alleman
TE Brad Cottam
LB Pierre Walters

RAIDERS
Charlie Frye – 3rd QB
WR Johnnie Lee Higgins
RB Justin Fargas
T Khalif Barnes
G Paul McQuistan
WR Chaz Schilens
TE Brandon Myers
WR Nick Miller

Brandon Flowers will play. Matt Cassel is now cleared to start.
Keys to the game for the Chiefs:
–Avoid three and outs-The Chiefs forced their defense to play football for 40 minutes. And that defense still gave the Chiefs an opportunity to win the game, which shows you how big of an asset they can be.
–Protect the QB-Give Matt Cassel time. Other than the final drive of the game, the Chiefs only gave up one sack. This defensive line is going to challenge the Chiefs. Tight end Brad Cottam won’t play. Therefore, tight end Sean Ryan and fullback Mike Cox will need to step up and be the extra key blocker incase Greg Ellis or Richard Seymour get through our offensive line.
–Stop the run-The Raiders have Darren McFadden and Michael Bush running the ball. With Justin Fargas, they ran for 300 rushing yards against Kansas City in week two’s home opener for the Chiefs. The Chiefs 3-4 defense will be tested. If they can stop the run, they will have to rely on Jamarcus Russell. Oh, don’t forget, Brandon Flowers is back today. So the Raiders will need Russell to be mistake free. Lets see how that goes.

I’m picking Kansas City to win this game 20-17.

70 hours past

Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 16-09-2009

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It’s been 70 hours since Chiefs head coach, Todd Haley, lost his first game as an NFL head coach. He’s learned a lot, and I must say, he’s done a great job the past 70 hours finding ways to improve his football team. He started off by bringing in former Vikings wide receiver, Bobby Wade, who previously worked with Haley in Chicago. The Chiefs also brought in another receiver from Arizona, Lance Long, to the practice squad. The Chiefs waived linebacker Turk McBride and wide receiver Rodney Wright.

Although these are improvements, the Chiefs will need to bring in some offensive lineman. Left tackle Branden Albert allowed two sacks and right guard Mike Goff allowed one. I’m not pushing for the panic button asking for new players after one game just because of sacks, but the Chiefs offensive coordinator (we all know who that is), needs to be cautious and get ready to bring in linemen soon. The Chiefs did not provide the best protection for the backfield this past Sunday. Newly acquired defensive end for the Raiders, Richard Seymour, got off to a fast start this past Monday. Seymour and seven others are leading the NFL in sacks with two. This past Monday, the Raiders put Seymour on every position at defensive line. Seymour came through with sacks and applied pressure on Philip Rivers throughout the night in front of millions of people on ESPN. Without a doubt, the Raiders will place Seymour against the weakest Chief on the line of scrimmage. On episode 166 of “The Chiefs Zone,” I suggested that the Chiefs stick their 6-7 tight end on whatever side Seymour is on for most of the game. That way, the Chiefs will have protection and the offensive lineman will receive blocking help throughout the game against Seymour. Seymour will definitely be a game changer for the Raiders this year and will take advantage of his pass rushing abilities. How will Todd Haley prepare for the former three time Super Bowl champion?

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.