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Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom this morning.
Welcome to The Morning (Afternoon) Fix.
–Kansas City looks to go 4-0 this Sunday at Arrowhead, but in the Chiefs way will be a dangerous, albeit a 0-3 New York Giants team. A 0-3 team is normally a desperate team, and desperate teams come out ready to play. Also, it’s not as if the Giants don’t have talent, because they do, so this Sunday’s game will be a test for Kansas City. Head coach Andy Reid discussed the fact that the Giants’ record doesn’t mean anything, per Rachel Santschi of KCChiefs.com:
“We look forward to the challenge of playing a good Giants football team. We don’t worry about records, we know they’re well coached and we know they have good football players, so it’s important we get ourselves right and make sure that we’re ready to play against this football team.”
Defensive end Mike Catapano also gave a pretty good scouting report on the Giants, per Santschi’s report:
“This is a team that always finds a way out to win. It doesn’t matter what kind of record they [have], or who’s on their team, this is a program that has a history of winning. Coming from New York, I’ve been watching them for a while and you just can’t take anything lightly. You’ve got to be ready every week. You’ve got to focus on yourself, more than anything else, and what you can do to get ready for this team and what you can do to prepare for this team, because we’re anticipating that they’re going to come out like they’re Super Bowl contenders, like usual.”
–In a pretty cool preview that I suggest you read, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com broke down Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith so far this season:
Efficient is the best way to describe Smith. He’s not making mistakes and putting the Chiefs in bad situations. He has four touchdown passes and hasn’t thrown an interception or lost a fumble yet. In large part because of his solid work, the Chiefs were 5-for-5 scoring touchdowns inside the red zone. He has been able to identify some favorable matchups and take advantage. That changed last week against Philly when the Chiefs were only 1-for-6 getting a touchdown while inside the 20. The Chiefs have used mostly a short passing game, which plays to Smith’s strengths. But most of their big passing plays have happened because the receiver made significant yards after the catch. Even at that, Smith is completing only 61 percent of his passes, a low number given the high-percentage nature of a lot of those throws. Smith has been able to put pressure on opposing defenses with his ability not only to scramble out of trouble but also to gain some yardage on the option and other running plays
The Chiefs head into this clash with the Giants undefeated, much in part to the play and leadership of Smith.
–B.J. Kissel of BleacherReport.com put together a phenomenal piece breaking down both Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher. This is a must-read.