The Morning Fix: Playoff Week Edition

The Kansas City Chiefs may have had a bad day yesterday but they had 10 very good days this NFL season and because of that, they are being rewarded with a spot in the tournament. Remember that. The Chiefs earned their playoff spot. They won more games than the Chargers, Raiders and Broncos. They earned the right to be one of the 12 best teams in the National Football League.

We’re getting ready to cook up some Raven stew this weekend (see recipe below) but until then, here is your Morning Fix.

The Chiefs’ day started poorly and ended worse. They were bumped to the No. 4 seed in the AFC playoffs and will face Baltimore at noon Sunday instead of the New York Jets, whose erratic play, shaky quarterback and stumbling finish suggested a potentially better matchup for the Chiefs

Today, even as he’s a legitimate candidate for NFL coach of the year, Todd Haley looks like an impossible man to work for, ego and insecurity driving two veteran offensive coordinators away in a 16-month span.

The Chiefs and Haley will strongly deny all of this, of course, but there is too much circumstantial evidence stacking up, too much behind-the-scenes posturing, too much pettiness to believe anything else.

“I will do everything I can to help the Chiefs be successful,” Weis said after the Chiefs lost 31-10 to Oakland on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in their final regular-season game. “I’m working for the Chiefs as long as we can make this work. Now that we’re in the tournament, I’m hoping we play until February.”

Charles, in his third season, also finished second in this season’s rushing race. After his 14-carry, 87-yard performance Sunday, Charles had, at least for a while, more rushing yards than any other NFL player. He passed Houston’s Arian Foster and was 21 yards ahead of him — before Foster passed Charles again and clinched his first rushing title.

“I think we’re the best team in the division,” Bush said. “We had some big bumps and bruises in there, but I think we physically dominated all the teams in the division by running the ball on them and having some big plays.”

“I think one reason it doesn’t matter for us is because our defense travels well,” Lewis said. “Anytime you can pack up a great defense like that and take it on the road, you have a chance to win.”

On the discouraging side, in a lackluster offense performance, the Ravens scored only 10 points from the miscues. The team was booed at the end of the first half.

“We can’t allow ourselves to go into next week and play the way that we played today,” Baltimore wide receiver Derrick Mason said. “Whatever it takes in the postseason we’ve got to do it.”

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