The Morning Fix: Cardiac Kids Edition

The Kansas City Chiefs took abut a year off my life yesterday afternoon but a win is a win is a win is a win and the Chiefs are 5-2. We’ll have a lot to talk about today including the play of Matt Cassel and the play calling. And then…


Until then, here is your Morning Fix!

But Sunday was an ordeal, and the honest ones will admit that, too. Kansas City survived a hectic afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium, edging the Buffalo Bills 13-10 and avoiding an embarrassing tie on Ryan Succop’s 35-yard field goal on the last play of overtime.

“The emotion on the field was, ‘We’ve got to have a stop,’ ” said defensive end Shaun Smith. “We were trying to get the ball back to our offense, and hopefully we’re in overtime and get a field goal, which we did.”

“Our offensive line was doing a great job coming off the ball, the fullbacks blocked well, and our offensive coaches were doing a good job of calling the plays that were working consistently,” Jones said. “They weren’t afraid to run the same play again and again. We didn’t get in the end zone as much as we wanted to, but at the end of the day we were able to move the ball.”

That’s the most important thing you’ll hear Haley say all week. This is a young coach of a 5-2 team nobody saw coming. He could reply “scoreboard” against any criticism, dismiss any suggestion that he could’ve done better, but instead we get something much more likely to help the Chiefs continue winning.

The Chiefs somehow beat the Bills after a wild overtime period that included two missed field goals and one impressive drive by Kansas City that gave Ryan Succop a second chance. Kansas City’s kicker missed his first potential game-winner, a 39-yarder, and he made his second attempt from 35, giving the Chiefs their fifth victory. It was messy, and coach Todd Haley will hear questions all week about his decision-making. But it was a win, and the Chiefs will take it.

In contrast, the surprising Chiefs (5-2) — who Sunday defeated the winless Buffalo Bills 13-10 in overtime — have deployed a crushing rushing attack with Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones. Sunday, they combined for 254 yards rushing.

1. So it was a close call. It was also another Kansas City victory. And, with it, the Chiefs became the seventh club in league history to win their first four home games one year after losing their first four. Now the bad news for the rest of the AFC West: Four of the previous six teams finished their seasons unbeaten at home.

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