The Morning Fix: Game Day Edition


The Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins will be squaring off today at Arrowhead Stadium. It is another crucial game for the Chiefs as they try to continue to build upon their recent hot streak.

For the Dolphins, well, they are just trying to avoid the embarrassment of going 0-8 to start the season.

Remember that we were supposed to set our clocks back an hour last night so if you’d like, you can go back to bed for another hour to rest up for an afternoon of Dolphin poaching. If you’re wide awake, however, here is your Morning Fix!

Editor’s note: Check out how the guy in the Miami Herald article says Dwayne Bowe is not elite? What are the reporters down in Miami smoking? No wonder their team is 0-7.

Although the Chiefs have won four consecutive games, quarterback Matt Cassel has played well only in the first two of those four. The last two games, Cassel has thrown four interceptions to one touchdown and posted ratings of 38.3 against Oakland and 69.9 against San Diego. Miamian Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston are not exactly elite but they are effective, combining for six touchdown and 55 receptions this year. Four seasons after trading Tony Gonzalez, the Chiefs still miss him. Starting tight end Leonard Pope has 12 catches. The Dolphins are cautious about cornerback Vontae Davis’ availability and he is making no promises this week he’ll be ready. Opposing QBs, by the way, have thrown 244 passes without a member of the Miami starting secondary intercepting one. ADVANTAGE: Kansas City.

What’s most interesting about it is not that they think the Chiefs will dominate the rest of the way. In fact, they have the Chiefs, Raiders and Chargers all finishing with an 8-8 record with the Chiefs coming out on top via tiebreakers. The percentage for the Chiefs playoff chances are currently listed as 39.5 percent. Nik Bonnadio writes, “One botched snap and now Kansas City is tied for the division lead. After a dismal start, the Chiefs have rattled off four straight wins, mostly thanks to their run defense. Only Baltimore has done a better job defending on the ground in the AFC.”

Unless, of course, the team is so concerned about being accused of a “Suck for Luck” agenda that it is poised to pounce on any shred of direct or circumstantial evidence that could be used to support a case that the team deliberately tried to make itself non-competitive. Given the gap between Henne and Matt Moore, any suggestion that Henne was shut down when maybe he shouldn’t have been will be enough to make the Dolphins more than a little nervous.

The Chiefs gave up 89 points in the season’s first two games, but since the rant the defense has been a different animal. As a mater of fact, since halftime in Indianapolis, the Chiefs have allowed just one touchdown in 10 quarters.

That’s a big reason the Chiefs take a four-game winning streak into Sunday’s game against Miami at Arrowhead Stadium. At least defensively, it traces to Crennel’s halftime speech in Indianapolis.

“Going crazy in the locker room is not something he does all the time, so it was kind of a shock to all of us,” defensive back Sabby Piscitelli said. “His passion and his intensity really came through. That speech was a good turning point for our defense. He knew what our capability was, and he knew we weren’t playing up to it.