I always seem to have a better week when the Chiefs have won the previous Sunday, don’t you?
We’ll have some really great stuff for you today, including our breakdown of the Pro Football Focus evaluation of the game. Be sure to come back later to go Inside the Numbers with us.
Until then, here is your Morning Fix!
3) The same McClain?
The Chiefs picked up a trio of players from the team that knocked them out of last year’s playoffs and right now they aren’t getting the expected returns on those investments. Jared Gaither can’t get on the field (when he did last week he false started), Kelly Gregg is show signs of age and is being out-performed by Amon Gordon, and Le’Ron McClain looks a shadow of the player he was for the Ravens. McClain in Baltimore was a big bodied, punishing lead blocker, runner and receiver; in Kansas City he looks noticeably thinner and doesn’t bring anything like that sort of strength in any facet of the game. McClain is still listed at 260lb but he doesn’t look that big and really struggled in this game with the likes of Henderson brothers. If the intent was to slim McClain down to give him the speed to lead for Jamaal Charles, then the Chiefs will now be desperate to have his power game back.
Biggest area to build on: The Chiefs’ offense will be OK if quarterback Matt Cassel and receiver Dwayne Bowe continue to hook for big plays. They connected on a 52-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that keyed the win. Cassel has played better for the past six quarters. He and Bowe had a great connection last season. Perhaps that will resurface.
Clifford Trammel said he suffered cuts to his face and mouth and lost four teeth after two men assaulted him. He said the Kansas City Chiefs were negligent in preventing the attack and later failed to step in and stop it.
Last week a person at the Grand Sierra in Reno wagered $400 at 500-1 odds that the Kansas City Chiefs would win the Super Bowl. At that time, the Chiefs were 0-3 and that person’s undeniable optimism would have been defined as genuine “chutzpah,” $200,000 worth.
One week later, the Chiefs are now 1-3 after defeating the winless Minnesota Vikings. That said, we have not heard of a rush to the windows for futures bets on the Chiefs.