It is game day Addicts! It might not be pretty today. The Bengals are at home and are trying to lock up the AFC North. They are significantly more talent than the Chiefs but this is the NFL. All of you who thought the Chiefs would beat the Steelers, raise your hands? Admit it, when the schedule came out, most of us thought the Steelers game was the one we were sure to lose and that the Browns game was the one we’d probably have the best shot in, aside from the Raider games. You never know when a young team will jump up and surprise you. Let’s hope today is one of those days.
Here is your Game Day Morning Fix:
Young Griffin says it’s not easy being a Chiefs fan, all the losing trying to relate to a roster filled with unrecognizable players. Another friend in Kansas City colors, 11-year-old Tyler Tindle, says he actually prefers the Minnesota Vikings. Better players. Better record. If the Vikings were playing at Arrowhead today, Tyler admits, he wouldn’t be wearing red.
The Chiefs are in their first year under general manager Scott Pioli and head coach Todd Haley, but the change in administration has made no difference on the field. The Chiefs are showing few signs of life, and all indications are that it will be awhile before the Chiefs are again competitive and Arrowhead Stadium is consistently full.
Two nice games against the Bills and Browns have the Chiefs dreaming of bigger things from Jamaal Charles. But today’s opponent will be harder to run against than either Buffalo or Cleveland. The Bengals have allowed the third-fewest rushing yards in the league and a 3.8-yard per carry average, but those numbers don’t tell how sound Cincinnati has been. In 314 rushing attempts against Cincinnati, the longest run is 24 yards.
Filling the two roster spots created by the moves are the promotion of two practice squad players – NT Derek Lokey and S Ricky Price. Each player attended training camp with the Chiefs and has been part of the developmental roster for the majority of the season. Lokey was on the Chiefs active roster for the final two games of 2008. Price signed this past offseason as a rookie free agent out of Oklahoma State.
Because of emotions involved, the matchup will provide a unique challenge for Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and his staff. Just as Johnson’s addition was a test of the team’s locker room chemistry, today’s game will help to prove whether Bengals coaches can prepare players emotionally as well as physically.
“The opportunity to win the division this week is a great thing in front of our fans. Unfortunately, we’ve watched two teams do it the last two weeks (Minnesota and San Diego),” coach Marvin Lewis said. “This is a big, important football game to us. It’s a great way to close out the regular season at home, to get a victory here against the Chiefs. We know they’re going to come in here ready to play. We’ll get their fastball.”
The Cincinnati Bengals have avoided a blackout for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs after receiving an extension from the NFL to sell more tickets.
Geeze, I know the Chiefs are bad but the Bengals are going to make the playoffs! This just goes to show how crappy some fans of some NFL teams are. The fact that the Bengals and Chargers have had trouble selling out this year is laughable. If took years of losing for the Chiefs to get blacked out. If KC had a winning record the fans would show up to watch them play no matter who the opponent was.