After today it is abundantly clear how important JC was to this franchise.To be sure, losing Darren McFadden didn’t help at all. Just winning, baby, becomes incredibly difficult when you’re minus the league’s leading rusher. That being said Michael Bush did his thing and was more than effective in the absence of Run DMC. Oh…and can I see a little more of Taiwan Jones, please?
Despite the effectiveness of Bush, Coach Jackson stuck to Boller for far too long and dialed up too many passes long after the Chiefs were far too comfortable in coverage.
And Jackson was furious–so furious he even ranted about it on the field to somebody a few hours before kick-off today. Is that where his mind should’ve been? Not on KC’s defense?If it was about tactics, Jackson should’ve loved that ESPN theoretically got it wrong, right?
No, this whole thing–and a few other things–seemed to be mostly about Hue Jackson The Product, and that’s the wrong way to take this.
With the A.F.C. West remaining wide open, expectations will rise quickly. Jackson said “there’s no doubt” that Palmer will be the starter when the Raiders face the Denver Broncos here on Nov. 6, and Palmer said he was ready to work.“It’s not a bye week for me, that’s for sure,” Palmer said. “Two weeks is enough time for me to be where I need to be.”
What it means: The Chiefs are relevant in the AFC West again. Their thumping of the beat-up Raiders improved their record to 3-3. The Chiefs have overcome massive injuries and a 0-3 start. Coach Todd Haley — who hasn’t shaved since the team has started winning — deserves immense credit for bringing this team back to .500. The Raiders fell to 4-3. In addition to the Kyle Boller-Carson Palmer quarterback issues, the Raiders played most of the game without running back Darren McFadden, who has a foot issue, and the entire game without kicker Sebastian Janikowski.
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen