Jan 12, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) talks with center Dan Koppen (67) against the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC divisional round playoff game at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

More Than Just a Football Game


Football is back. You’ve heard it all week on everything from Arrowhead Addict to the NFL Network. The preseason is over and football is back. As has been tradition for the last few years, the opening game of the year is Sunday Night Football on Thursday night. It features the previous year’s Super Bowl champs against a high profile opponent. The only difference this year is that the home team is the “high profile opponent,” not the reigning champs. Thanks to a scheduling conflict with fellow Baltimore team, the Orioles, the Ravens open their quest to repeat on the road in dreaded “donkey country” against the Denver Broncos.

So, Addicts, why should we care about tonight’s game, beyond the obvious fact that it’s the first real football played since the night the lights went out in New Orleans?

Because, believe it or not, the Kansas City Chiefs have a legitimate shot to come out of opening weekend in the lead of the AFC West.

Let me give you a chance to let that sink in.

Yes, you read that right.

Are the Broncos the team to beat this season in the AFC? Yes, I still think they are. However, they’re going up against the defending NFL champs. And, they’re doing it without their best defensive player – dare I say the heart of their defense – Von Miller who was suspended for six games for a repeat violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Add to that, they’re playing without their second best defensive player, Elvis Dumerville, who was released in the off season due to the most ridiculous technological faux pas anyone could imagine. Faced with a deadline to restructure his contract or be cut, Dumerville’s agent couldn’t figure out the 1993 tech of a fax machine and flubbed getting the signed contract into the Bronco’s head office in time. Of course, this led to John Elway cutting the defensive star, who then signed with the Ravens and will be coming after Peyton Manning tonight.

But, the Broncos aren’t the only other AFC West team playing this weekend. The Oakland Raiders – who aren’t really sure who their quarterback for the season is – face the Indianapolis Colts – who know who their quarterback is for the next decade. If you think the Raiders have a snowball’s chance in hell at beating the Colts, you might be dipping into a little of what got Miller suspended.

The AFC West matchup this weekend is the final game of opening “weekend,” and that’s the San Diego Chargers against the Houston Texans. The Texans are an all around better team, and I look forward to watching J.J. Watt terrorize Phillip Rivers to the point he curls into the fetal position and starts sucking his thumb.

But, I digress.

The Raiders don’t have a chance and neither do the Chargers. The Broncos are good and Manning and his offense can put up the points. But, the Broncos are able to win when the defense is good enough to stop the other team from keeping pace during the “score-fest.” Without the aforementioned Miller and Dumerville, I don’t think that’s going to happen. You add to that the fact that the Broncos pro bowl cornerback, Champ Bailey, will also be out tonight with a foot injury, and you lessen the chance the Broncos have to get redemption against the team that beat them for the “Lamar Hunt Trophy” last season.

Am I saying that if the Broncos, Chargers and Raiders lose that the Chiefs are going to walk home with the AFC West crown? If that’s what you got from this, I need to reassess my future as a writer because I obviously can’t make myself clear.

I said the Broncos are the team to beat in the AFC and I still think that.

But– having a taste of being in first place would be sweet for a team that didn’t even smell the backside of third place all last season.

If the Chiefs can start fast and the other three AFC West teams can stumble coming out of the gate, they might just have the chance to turn some heads this season.

But either way, tonight is much more than “just a football game.”

Enjoy, Addicts! And go Ravens…errr…I mean, Chiefs!

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  • Chiefswatch

    Interesting take on this weekend. This Thusday night game is bullshit. The orioles only needed to move their shitty game by an hour and the SUPER BOWL champs would have had the homecoming banner drop they deserve. I seriously despise the MLB and this is just one more reason. Now they risk losing by playing game one at that joke of a stadium that is an inherent disadvantage to anyone starting the season thanks to the altitude.

    As much as I want Baltimore to win, I just dont see it. They were trampled by Denver at home last year and then in the AFC Championship game they won by some miracle shit. Now no Ray, no Boldin, No Reed in Denver game 1 of the season?? Too much against them.

    Hope I am wrong though. I hope Terrell Suggs, Dumerville and Nata ruin Peytons night.

  • Travis Vanessa

    I have been thinking the same thing all week.

  • Jim Harper

    I am watching the Broncos vs Ravens game as I write. In the 3rd quarter and it is currently Den 28 and Balt 17. It actually should be the other way around, but the important thing I am seeing is Denver does not look special at all. Their last two scores were the result of turnovers in the Ravens red zone, and Flacco is clearly having an off night. What is also clear is Denver is over hyped and not nearly the lock to win the division they have been portrayed to be. It would appear they will win this game, but they have been very fortunate and won’t be able to count on this kind of luck going forward. After this weekend we will be in a two way tie for 1st in the division. Both Oakland and SD will lose this weekend.

    • 44WinMag

      Yea, they’re dominating the second half and kicking the defending Champs butt all over the field!!! What the hell have you been drinking?

      • Jim Harper

        I would love to get into a battle of wits with you but I have a policy of not dealing with unarmed men.

        • 44WinMag

          I don’t know how I’ll ever get over you. LOL!

      • KCMikeG

        During the 2nd half only, they were dominating 54.6% of the 22 starters from the Super Bowl Champs – 8 left during the off season and two got hurt during the game (Jones & Orher). That was not the SB Championship team. Ravens were stupid to pay Flacco all that money while giving up so many key parts of their team.

        • 44WinMag

          Whatever makes you feel better; either way they beat the hell out of a team that is a whole lot better than the Chiefs. I hate the Donks, but that was an impressive win.

          • KCMikeG

            What makes me feel better is NOT writing off OUR team before they take the field. Again. Not the same team by almost HALF. Definitely NOT the Super Bowl team. And beat them up for a whole HALF of one game. And what makes them better than OUR team ? Flacco better than Smith – maybe but from there I would love to here you explain who is “a whole lot” better than our player at any position especially the skill positions this year.

    • Chiefswatch

      Jim you are so wrong its laughable. Denver is going to steam roll everyone…I see a two loss season for these guys if that. 7 TD passes??? Homer.

      • Brad05

        its one game man.. thankfully they still have to play 15 more

      • Jim Harper

        Exactly what about me makes what I said laughable? Everything I said up to that point in the game was true. It was barely into the 3rd quarter. Obviously it ended up quite differently. You say “Homer” like it is some sort of dirty word. It is not, but which one of us is decked out in Chiefs garb?

        • Chiefswatch

          Not so much a dirty word as an explanation for why you think the way you do. Broncos may not demolish everyone the way they did against Baltimore but to think they won’t win the AFC west is laughable. You take a team that was one mistake away from the Super Bowl last year and add Antonio Gates 2 and Wes Welker….man you must be crazy. They will lose very few games.

          • Jim Harper

            Man you really are out there. Antonio Gates still plays for San Diego, and if you are going to persist in derogatory comments about me then I will no longer respond to you.

          • Chiefswatch

            Yet here you are. And if you do not know who I was referring to when I said Antonio Gates 2 than it more pointless for me to respond to you. He only had two touchdowns on Thursday.

          • Jim Harper

            I assume you were referring to Julius Thomas, but don’t you think it is a bit early to annoint him with that honor? I mean come on man. After one game?

    • Walter

      Wow, I bet you feel like an idiot this morning.

      • Jim Harper

        Why would I feel like you?

        • Walter

          Ha! Good one, son. I loved 5th grade, too. Happy to see you’re keeping the dream alive.

  • sidibeke

    Is Denver this good or Baltimore this bad?

    • KCMikeG

      Denver is good but Baltimore is that bad too. They gutted their Super Bowl team just to be able to over pay Flacco. Speaking of which he has looked nervous in the pocket and has thrown poorly even before he lost Jones and Orher. Harbaugh cost them the game by not challenging the incomplete pass to Welker which would have brought a 4 down punt instead of the offensive explosion that happened.
      Donkeys win total “Bonehead Play of the Year” on Levanathan’s “whoops there it was” dropping the ball before crossing into the end zone to get his celebration on. What a FOOL!

      • jimfromkcj

        What you guys seem to forget is that it could have even been worse. The guy who made the interception of Flacco made a bone head mistake that took a TD away from Denver and the muffed catch of a punt on their own 3 yard line led to an easy TD for Baltimore. So taking that into consideration the score could possibly have been 56 to 17. I have been arguing for many years that the Broncos were drafting a whole lot better than the Chiefs under Pioli and have been scoffed at by the kool aiders. But if you are honest just go position by position and the Broncos are better with the exception of Charles and Johnson. That doesn’t make for a division title any time soon. The hated Elway has built a juggernaught that is likely to dominate the division for several years.

        • Jason Seibel

          I disagree with your assesment of dominating for several years. Denver is built to win now, not for a decade. While Manning looks like a Superman now, the guy is still 37 years old. He can’t play that much longer. They have a young guy on the sideline in Osweiler, but he’s failed to impress me in preseason. Who knows, though. He could be the next Rodgers. I just don’t think this is the dynansty some people say it is. I think it crumbles when Manning departs.

          • jimfromkcj

            Jason I was not predicting the Broncos would dominate just because of Peyton. What Chief’s players, with the exception of Charles and Johnson would you say is as good as the Bronco counterpart. And Charles and Johnson are approaching their shelve life for their position as much as Peyton is. The rest of both teams are relatively young. Also if I had a choice I would trade Elway for Dorsey and the Bronco coaching staff for ours in a New York minute.

          • Jim Harper

            You are an idiot!

          • jimfromkcj

            Jim it is easy to start calling names and insults when you don’t have a rebuttal that makes any sense.

          • KCMikeG

            Charles is so much better than any RB on their roster that it rivals how much better Peyton is than most every QB in the NFL. What you need to realize is that Manning makes everyone around him better than they really are so comparing the positions needs to have that caveat. That said….

            Bowe is better than any of their outside WR’s (Welker in the slot is great but not the same position). Fasano is just as good as Tamme or Dreessen or the 3rd year TE you never heard about before Peyton started throwing to him in Thomas. The guy almost tripped over his own feet stumbling into the end zone while completely uncovered.

            Flowers is as good or better than the aging/injured Bailey and it is all down hill from there for them at CB. Berry is better than any Safety. Justin Houston is as good as Miller and far better than every other LB on their roster and Hali is better than them all except Miller – who isn’t playing. The Colquitts are a push. Poe will prove to be better than any NT this year. Koppen went on IR and Hudson is better than the rest.

            We had 6 Pro Bowlers to their 5 last year and now one is gone, one is suspended and the other is old/injured. It really is a shame that you continually can see the silver lining of the donkeys yet are blind to the gems we have here in KC.

          • jimfromkcj

            Mike, Charles and Johnson were my picks for being superior to the Bronco counterparts. It is wishful thinking to even put Houston or Hali in the same class as Miller. He almost matched both Houston and Hali’s production last year. As for Bowe, Both Thomas and Decker had better years than Bowe while playing with Tebow as QB. So that blows that argument. As for Fasano I would not bet he is better til I see his play for a few games.I don’t know how you put Berry on a pedestal when he has not been able to cover tight ends and he has been playing linebacker more than safty so far. Hudson has yet to prove he is an NFL center, let alone better than anybody. Lilja was better and he was thrown in cold. Poe has a lot to prove yet too. Let’s see him do it against the first string OL’s in the regular season. As for the pro bowlers, that was a joke. Six probowlers and they could only win 2 games?

          • KCMikeG

            Your comparison point was position superiority now. Miller WAS better last year but won’t be there for 6 games so it will be pretty hard to be better if he isn’t playing. Call it wishful thinking if you want but no way Houston isn’t better than Miller for this reason alone. Waiting to here which LB is better than Hali besides Miller.

            I’ll tell you what blows your argument – Teblow. Really? Check your 2011 stats. Bowe was over 1,100 which was about what they achieved COMBINED. Decker & Thomas weren’t even on the radar until Manning showed up in their 3rd year and suddenly they both had ONE 1,000 yard season while Bowe has had FOUR seasons with some of the worst QB’s in the NFL. The only two seasons he didn’t eclipse 1,000 were years he didn’t play the whole season missing 5 games in 2009 and 3 last year. Bowe is far and away better and nearly matched their performance last year after playing 3 fewer games – again with Peyton vs. Cassel/Quinn please check your comparison of only last year. Bowe will crush anything they put up.

            Fasano 1,300 yards and 14 TD’s – Tamme 1,300 yards and HALF = 7 TD’s. Dreessen is closer but 1,200 and 15 TD’s is nearly identical and isn’t an advantage in talent when the QB advantage is considered. I would bet large.

            Hudson still has to prove his worth but which donkey C is better….that’s what I thought. I didn’t put Berry on a pedestal – his fellow coaches & players did – for the 2nd time. I just said he was better than any safety in Dumbver. I missed your support of who is better. Same with Poe – who is better? You neglected to mention our Pro Bowler Flowers at all. Six guys playing at a Pro Bowl level can’t carry a roster of 47 other guys to victories. That doesn’t diminish the value of being a Pro Bowler it enhances it for their performances to be recognized by their peers when they don’t have the coaching or supporting players around them. That’s like saying it would be a joke if you were recognized as being one of the best in your field by the entire industry even though your co-workers are a bunch of slackers and/or underachievers.

        • KCMikeG

          What you seem to be forgetting is that it could have been better too. if Harbaugh had challenged the obvious incomplete pass the donkeys would have been punting the ball away still down 3 vs scoring a TD a few plays later. That one play totally changed the game – it’s called momentum. You also are forgetting they gutted their Super Bowl team just to be able to over pay Flacco. This is NOT the Super Bowl Ravens – especially their defense without Lewis, Reed, Ellerbee, Williams, Kruger and Bolden (who single handedly made Flacco a Super Bowl winning QB). You also neglected to realize they lost Jones, Orher and McKinnie is 33 and starting to break down.

          http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000152544/article/baltimore-ravens-set-to-lose-eight-starting-players

          You also over looked that the Ravens had to travel to a stadium a Mile High because of their own stupid BB team resulting in a team that was gassed in the 2nd half. You willy nilly excuse the mistakes made by the donkeys to assume it could have been worse so don’t go trying to discount that the opposite outcome is also possible. Finally you totally ignored that the Ravens – while facing all of these challenges – were ahead by a FG in the 3rd quarter. So if the donkeys are a “juggernaught that is likely to dominate the division for several years.” then why din’t they with their 12th man on their home field dominate the entire game? Easy on anointing the donkeys anything until they show the same level of performance they displayed in one half of a game on the road in NYG and Dallas.

    • Chiefswatch

      This good and Baltimore is not much of a power house right now. But dont be mistaken, Denver is going to demolish pretty much everyone all season.

    • jimfromkcj

      sidebeke, Denver is that good and possibly better. After all they have had to make several changes to their off line because of injuries and Miller and Champ were out because of injuries and suspension. So it shows depth that we can only dream about. As for the Ravens, they have a very good team and will get better, but they aren’t in the same class as the Broncos. It was a hard hitting game and I saw no signs that either team gave up.

  • BurtGummer44

    After tonight the Broncs sure look like the class of the west;Realistically I don’t see how this KC team with Alice Smiff at the helm and behind a questionable OL can offer much of a challenge.

    • 44WinMag

      Peyton has thrown 3 TD passes over 20 yds. We’ll be lucky if AS throws that many all season.

      • sidibeke

        I’m not making any predictions, but there’s a strong argument to be made that KC’s secondary and linebacking corps is better than Bal’s, by a lot.

        Defending champs, yes, but they lost a lot on the D side.

    • Chiefswatch

      The only thing you are correct about is the Chiefs not being able to beat out the Donkeys for the division title. Your constant trashing of Alex Smith will most likely end up with you looking like a dork at years end. Not saying I am sold on Alex or convinced he isn’t just a check down dude…but without seeing him in live action this season I am hesitant to say he is shit as you indicate all the time.

      • BurtGummer44

        The only ones who will look like dorks (actually they already do) are the Alice Smiff groupies. Mark my words, Alice won’t survive a whole season. He’ll have a few good games, a bunch of mediocre games, and one game where he’ll probably get hurt from panicking under pressure. History more often than not repeats itself.

        • Chiefswatch

          I am not so down on our Oline brother. Might take a couple weeks for them to Gel, but I think by game six they will be pretty solid. Believe me I am worried about Alex Smith a great deal, but that said I just don’t think there was a better option in free agency. He does have all the makings of a mediocre QB but even that is a million times better than Cassel. We have a strong team around him. Our defense will be mean if not left on the field forever, and these special teams will be special. He did play well these past two seasons at San Fran, not elite but well compared to anything we have had since Trent Green under center. I am cautiously optimistic.

        • Brad05

          please do us all a favor and go play in traffic

          • BurtGummer44

            Go play with yourself.

    • Jim Harper

      Alice Smith? Man that is one funny slur! I can’t stop laughing. I get it! You think he is a girl, right? ROFL Did you make that up all by yourself? Or did you hear it at your Girl Scout jamboree. Are those the new uniforms you are wearing? I like them. They almost make you look masculine. I think I saw you once. You and your daughter (44WinMag) were selling cookies in front of the grocery store. It was a Price Chopper if memory serves. Anyway, keep the jokes coming they really help a dying man feel a little better, and THAT my friend is no joke.

      • Jason Seibel

        Wait…you’re dying?

        • KCMikeG

          Jim has serious health issues. I have no knowledge of what is wrong with Burt.

      • BurtGummer44

        What’s up Homer retard? I thought you weren’t going to respond to me! Alice Smiff groupies are hopeless.

    • KCMikeG

      Maybe if you let them play a game before you write them off you just might see.