3 More Things I Think I Think About The Kansas City Chiefs

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It’s Tuesday morning again and Chiefs Kingdom is on the right side of another nail-biter. The Kansas City Chiefs hung on to a 1-point, fourth quarter lead for dear life, beating the Houston Texans 17-16. The Chiefs are 7-0 for just the second time in franchise history. When the Cleveland Browns come to town next weekend, Kansas City will be finishing up a three-game home stand at Arrowhead Stadium (where they’ve already won four times). The team has just two more opponents left before the bye week, followed by a highly-anticipated matchup with the Denver Broncos. Andy Reid and his players are on a crash course, with their Rocky Mountain rival, to determine mid-season supremacy in the AFC West.

The excitement in the Kingdom is at an absolute fever pitch. Leave it to a worrisome blogger to find fault with an undefeated team, right? I’ll endure that criticism if it means I can speak openly and honestly about this team. Not all of what I have to say is bad, but I’ll spare you further hand-wringing and get right to it.

I present to you, three more things I think I think about the Kansas City Chiefs:

1. Alex Smith is leaving too many opportunities on the field. 

With 14 minutes to play in the game, Alex Smith and the Chiefs’ offense went on a 6-play, 77-yard drive that moved them into a goal-to-go situation at Houston’s 10-yard line. Three plays later, head coach Andy Reid opted to go for it on fourth-and-1 to try and extend their lead. Unfortunately, Kansas City failed to capitalize.

Smith rolled to his right and initially looked for fullback Anthony Sherman, but when he realized his drag route was a yard shy of the goal line, Smith tried to turn up field. Sherman was unable to block either of the two defenders closing in on Smith. He was forced to pull up and attempt a late throw to Sean McGrath. Their pursuit pushed Smith so close to the right boundary it made it impossible for McGrath to make the catch in bounds.

Alex Smith’s indecision cost the Chiefs a touchdown. McGrath had a step on cornerback Johnathan Joseph. Had Smith pulled up sooner, he could’ve completed an easy throw to McGrath for the score. Later in the quarter, Smith made a poor throw on 3rd & 4 that would’ve essentially ended the game. Dwayne Bowe ran a quick slant that put just enough room between he and corner Brice McCain. Smith threw high and slightly behind Bowe. Had the pass been out in front and on the numbers, Kansas City converts the third down play and can run all but 37 seconds off of the clock. The ball was dropped and the Chiefs were forced to punt the ball to Houston with 1:57 on the clock. Smith needs to be a better steward of late-game opportunities the rest of the way.

2. The Chiefs’ defense is still susceptible to the big play.

The Kansas City Chiefs still own the #1 scoring defense in the NFL, but it was apparent on Sunday that they’re still occasionally prone to the big play. Rookie Case Keenum, making his first NFL start, came into a hostile Arrowhead environment and coolly completed 6 passes of 25+ yards (three were 35 yards or longer). The Chiefs surrendered a 27-yard run to Terrelle Pryor and a 39-yard touchdown to Denarius Moore the previous Sunday.

The Chiefs didn’t get much pressure on Case Keenum in the first half of Sunday’s game. Keenum extended plays, where the Chiefs were able to pressure him, by sliding around in the pocket and with rollouts.  He was sacked five times on the day, but not until well into the third quarter. It wasn’t until defensive coordinator Bob Sutton made significant halftime adjustments that the team had success with pressuring Keenum. If not for the overload blitzes dominating the left side of Houston’s offensive line, Keenum might’ve continued to carve the Chiefs’ defense up.

Sutton’s defensive scheme relies heavily upon press coverage. As good as Kansas City’s secondary is, they’re going to be beaten every now and again. Especially when the front seven aren’t getting pressure on the quarterback. The best defensivebacks in the league are vulnerable when they’re forced to cover someone for 6-7 seconds. That kind of window gives quarterbacks twice as much time, as they would normally have, to find an open man. Everyone in the organization should thank their lucky stars that Sutton resolved the issue with the pass rush at the half.

3. Reid & Smith have invited Dwayne Bowe to the offensive party. 

Bowe recorded 5 catches for 66 yards in Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans (both season-highs). It’s clear that Reid wants to get the seven-year wideout more involved in the offense. Alex Smith targeted him on his first four passing attempts. Bowe’s number was called five more times as the game wore on. The extra work helped him lead all Chiefs’ receivers in receptions for the first time this season.

Coming into Week 7, Bowe was averaging just over 3 receptions per game. He’s only been targeted 43 times all season (a hair over 6 per contest). Unsurprisingly, his 2nd and 3rd best performances of 2013 came in the games where he was targeted most. Smith threw to Bowe 7 times in the game against the Dallas Cowboys (he caught 4 balls for 56 yards). He was thrown to 8 times in the matchup with the New York Giants (4 catches for 58 yards).

Productivity for Bowe requires reps in this offense. Throw him the ball and he’ll get his numbers. The next two weeks provide an excellent opportunity for Smith to get even more comfortable with Bowe. The Chiefs will need chemistry between the two heading into the back half of the season. Kansas City’s Week 11 game with the Denver Broncos is excellent incentive for them to try and become one of the more respected quarterback-wide receiver tandems in the AFC.

If Reid and the Chiefs can keep these things in mind, they’ll have a chance to continue their torrid run through the AFC. They have a game on the Denver Broncos and essentially control their own destiny. The team can’t look ahead though, they have a quirky Cleveland Browns team coming to town. It’s tough to say which Cleveland team will show up at Arrowhead on Sunday. Will it be the Cleveland Browns that took down the AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals? Will it be the team that’s only managed to score an average of 15 points per game the past two weeks? The Chiefs will soon find out.

You suffered through my thoughts and now I’d like to hear yours. Use the comment section below to weigh in on my shortlist or to create a list of your own. As always, we appreciate your readership and support.

Until next time, Addicts!

 

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  • Jason Seibel

    Great stuff, Reach! Here’s my take. I agree with pretty much everything you just said. It’s nice to be able to nit pick a team that’s undefeated. It means there’s only one way to go.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Undefeated in no way means perfect. The Chiefs need to keep improving.
      If they can, they could win this division and possibly earn a bye in the playoffs.

  • scomstock55

    they shouldnt have even been passing in that goal to go situation..run the f’in ball…JC is a beast…

    • Stacy D. Smith

      The playcall wasn’t the problem, the execution was.

  • scomstock55

    Im starting to think we should look at cooper starting over smith…I know smith has had a good year…but I think cooper is better

    • Stacy D. Smith

      The three of them are going to play the 1, 2, & 3 spots no matter what.

  • berttheclock

    As usual, excellent breakdown. BTW, did you read Adam Teicher, this AM, over at ESPN? He writes about two of those plays you mentioned. The throw to McGrath and the one to Bowe. Both of them were as a result of Andy Reid going with his instinct and not just following long held percentages. The gist of the Teicher article concerns Reid’s instincts, whether they work or do not.

    Sims thought Alex Smith should have dropped his arm to come across his chest on that McGrath throw.

    But, one thing I really appreciate about Sutton and his assistants is how they adjust in the 2nd halves of play. So much different from Gunther, who was magnificent in game planning for the first half, but, ended up far too often confused by trying to adjust to the changes made by the opposing co-ord in the 2nd half. Now, Ryan has a big mouth, but, Sutton did learn much about defense from him.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I didn’t read Teicher’s piece today, but I’ll check it out.

  • Jordan

    I agree all of these observations, although with the defense did anyone else notice it looked like the pass rush was getting through yet not pursuing keenum in the first half. I can think of a few plays were Houston and Hali were just staring at kase rather than chasing him down for the sack. Reach you did a great job of putting it nicely about smith I wanna know where his accuracy we were promised is because I see so many passes(EASY NFL QB PASSES) thrown high behind below and just about anywhere besides in stride out of smith. The pass to McGrath in the end zone was WIDE OPEN he just made a terrible throw and he had the room

    • Stacy D. Smith

      He ran out of room because he tried to scramble first. He should’ve fired that thing the minute McGrath got a step on Joseph. That’s a routine throw and would’ve been an easy touchdown.

      • Jordan

        Correct although my point is largely this: that’s just the tip of the iceberg he’s been missing routine throws much like that one for multiple weeks now

        • Stacy D. Smith

          I can’t recall another red zone situation like that one, but certainly he’s missed other throws. Those are to be expected. When the game is on the line, you have to make that throw. You HAVE to. We put the game in the hands of the Texans. They needed only a field goal to win.

          • Jordan

            Exactly and when we play the Denver Mannings that’s gonna blow up in our faces. This isn’t to say smith is our only problem the receivers could be better but I know lately Ive been a Debbie downer but We are 7-0 at the very least call me greedy I just don’t want it to end GO CHIEFS

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I’m just glad they see the problem and are working at fixing it. Reid has said continuously that we need to take shots downfield. I think that’s his gentle way of nudging Smith to take some chances. Developing a rapport with Bowe helps. Get that guy going and this offense will hum right along.

          • Jordan

            After a few weeks of bashing Bowe for lazy routes and dropped passes I too was impressed with bowe this week. If he can be consistent we might be able to score more than 14 points on offense a game again.

          • superman_25_58

            Not a lot of red zone throws but a few important easy throws missed that if would have been thrown on target, it would of kept a few drives alive.

    • superman_25_58

      Ya I noticed in the first half that the line was just mirroring Keenum instead of running after his ass and laying the dang hit. I believe in the first half they did this bc they didn’t want Keenum running on them is all I could think of. It was upsetting me very much so bc we could of had 5 sacks in the first half if they would of chased his ass down.

  • berttheclock

    Completely off topic, but, did anyone else note the breakdown of the problems the Giants were having earlier this year? It was up just before last nights’ game. One of the problems concerned young receivers not knowing their routes. They showed that weird pass Eli threw to seemingly no one and which was picked off by the Chiefs. At the time, many were laughing that it really was the same as a punt. What the analysis showed last night, was the confusion to Eli the receiver caused on his route. It really displayed the problems many teams have with moving new players into playing time.

    I still maintain while St Joe was excellent, at no time does any of that training out weigh actual on the field playing. Alex Smith is still learning his receivers and what they can or can not do in different situations. One of the brightest spots for me is this team is still coming together as a unit and can only get better. The military is a huge believer in On The Job Training. Move up or move out.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      He’s getting much more comfortable with Bowe. I LOVE that part.

  • Jason J Morrison

    I agree with you Jordan, I noticed that on one of the plays 4 of our defenders got through their line and stopped and looked at the QB. I was getting so mad sitting at home. however not having any game tape on their QB I feel that they were being very conservative and trying to not get burnt. however I was more pissed of with our CB’s because they were not playing on the line of scrimmage like they normally do and messing with the receivers before they got into their routes. and allowing the front seven to get after the QB and then getting burnt on too many plays. I know that our CB’s are a lot better then they played last Sunday so lets just hope they make it up and get back after the QB of the Browns and make them pay.

    • Jordan

      I agree with that to an extent there’s one play that sticks out in my head in particular( I’m sure it does with you too) where Keenum had at least ten seconds to throw we had everyone covered and either Hali or Houston was just looking at him then after what felt like a year he completed a deep pass to A Johnson I believe. Coverage did their job and more and the pass rush was just sitting back it seemed

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I thought the same thing when I saw the replay, but I think they were 10 yards off and wouldn’t have been able to close quick enough anyway.

        • Jordan

          Honest question here was that for the whole play or right before the pass and I never got to look at the secondary but the coverage was tight yes?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I noticed it toward the end of the play.

  • ArrowFan

    JC is going to break out in the first half this week on the ground.

  • JDInOregon

    Spot on analysis in my opinion. Nice job for someone who “loitered” their way onto the staff. ;-) I love it.

    If a basic tenet of a good offense is keeping the defense guessing, getting Bowe productive should open up everyone else more, and Smith already spreads the ball around a lot. Could wind up giving some defenses fits, because Reid and staff have been amazing with creative play concepts, mostly because they had to. Now imagine things continue to improve on offense, and they’re just completely confusing the defense throughout the game. Now THAT could get really fun. I’m not saying it WILL happen, just hoping.

    Up until now I have refused to engage in believing this team could even host a playoff game, because it sounds surreal, but hey, there is definitely time in the season to continue to improve the offense. Personally I think Alex Smith is exactly the right quarterback with exactly the right coach, which is a huge deal. Those who are not pleased with Smith are entitled to disagree, but obviously Smith is the quarterback no matter what we spout on the Internet.

    The key thing with mistakes like the out of bounds pass to the end zone is whether he learns from it, and my perception of Smith is that he’s pretty darn bright and well motivated. It is, after all, a game, and I think he’s a gamer. Just my two cents.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Smith’s a smart guy, he’ll evolve and continue to grow. I just hate to see him miss opportunities like those. That’s an easy 6 that required a very simple throw. Late in games, with the game on the line, you have to make that throw.

      • kcpauly

        Don’t forget JC streaking down the side with a step on his guy and AS11 throws it out of bounds that is probably 6 points if he hits JC in bounds, I have nothing other than nit picking at this point
        Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Stacy D. Smith

          That’s was a much more difficult throw. I’m not sure Charles route helped.

          • Jordan

            C’mon Stacy I’ve seen high school QB’s hit on that pass he had plenty of room in front of JC it just had to be in bounds we’ve missed that same pass to Avery a couple of times now and those are the gimmes good teams get

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I’ll have to see if I can rewatch the play. I don’t recall being upset about that play. Though I’ll admit it was a missed opportunity. Just a much lower-percentage throw.

          • kcpauly

            I got upset about it because it could have been a game changer, and AS11 has got to be able to make that throw, he is after all an NFL QB right? I don’t think it was that difficult of a throw, now maybe this is what everybody was talking about AS11 not being able to throw down field, I thought they were talking about his arm strength, but as the season goes on I am kind of realizing that his accuracy sucks when he goes long, he is going to have to fix that, we are at some point going to need him to be able to hit wide open receivers down the field, he hasn’t tried a whole lot to do this (maybe because he knows he’s not any good at it?) so the sample size is small, I hope he can start hitting them throws when he does try, don’t get me wrong I am not trying to be a negative nelly, I just know we are going to have to be able to connect on thoes sooner or later(Denver games) I really like AS11 and hope he was just off, everybody has off moments and when they showed him grimacing after that play you could tell he wanted that one back, so maybe he works it out,like I said nothing but nit picking, but how nice it is for me to be able to do that 28+ years as a fan and that’s all I got to bitch about? I’ll take it with 7-0 everyday BOUY!!!
            Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!

          • toperspective

            Yeah, that was a gimme. He appears to be so afraid to throw an interception that he either overthrows the receiver or he throws it out of bounds.

      • toperspective

        No doubt he’s smart. But knowing what to do and executing it are the difference between Alex Smith and Aaron Rogers. They both know what to do but only one can do it.

    • micah stephenson

      You said Smith will learn from throwing it out if bounds and missing out on a td. Isnt throwing the ball inbounds to a wide open wr instead of out of bounds where he can’t catch it something you learn in high school and college? After 8 seasons in the NFL Alex ain’t learned that yet? Wow.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Knowing better and executing better are two different things. I’ll bet he knows he screwed up there. I’ll also bet the next time he makes the throw sooner.

        • micah stephenson

          Ill give you that. Throw it sooner and between his eyes.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Nope…on the numbers. McGrath got just enough separation that if you put it out in front of him, TOUCHDOWN KAN-SAS CITY!!!

      • JDInOregon

        IIRC correctly he failed to hit the drag route receiver, then he directed him to block, and then wound up having to make a late throw towards McGrath. So no, I’m not suggesting he needs to learn to throw the ball in bounds, I’m suggesting he will continue to learn the offense, when to make which decision, etc. Gee whiz kid, its just a football team. The only Chiefs QB I have not seen play is Cotton Davidson, so in my book Smith still has great potential.

  • CHIEFFANINAZ

    Agree with everything you said ….. Almost. There is no way Bowe shouldn’t have caught that ball on third down. He’s a premier receiver in the league ( at least getting paid like one) he’s got to come down with that catch. Did you see the catches Welker came up with at the end of the Denver game? I love Bowe , but no excuse for that drop

    • Stacy D. Smith

      You have to catch passes that aren’t always perfectly thrown, but you can’t deny that the ball was in a bad spot. Bowe deserves part of the credit though, no question about it.

  • KC fan since 66

    This. Well done. Don’t forget Smith, could’ve run it in, passed to Sherman or to McGrath. I’m a AS11 fan, but that looked a little amateurish… I read an analysis (somewhere) last week that looked at his incompletion ratio. If you take away all the “throw aways” to avoid a bad play or avoid a sack, its actually not as bad as the numbers seem. Overall – this is exactly the QB we need right now… Now, on to the Browns.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      He made the right decision about running it. No way he was going to beat both defenders to the corner. He gestured to Sherman to pick one of them up, but it caught him offguard so he wasn’t able to put a hat on either of them. The problem is, it never should’ve come to that. McGrath had a step on Joseph before he even thought to run. THROW THE BALL!

  • jdilla415

    You’re really going to put the blame on smith for not converting the third down to seal the game. That was a perfect throw on the slant route to Bowe that hit him right in his hands. Bowe simply dropped it. Look, I agree Smith has left some throws out on the field, but that one was just fine. Go rewatch the play. Hit him right in the hands.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      That wasn’t a perfect throw. It was closer to his back shoulder than it was the numbers on his jersey. It was also thrown high. The placement of that pass caused Bowe to have to open his body up to catch the ball. Was it catchable? Maybe. Was it thrown where it should’ve been? No. Smith normally puts those right on the money. A ball hitting you in the hands hardly means it was thrown to the right spot. That ball needed to be out in front and on the numbers. It wasn’t. I criticized him for the throw because he normally makes those in his sleep. He can be pinpoint accurate on short and intermediate throws. That pass wasn’t one of them.

      • CalifChiefsFan

        3rd down play was a good throw and dropped by Bowe. You should look again. It was on his inside left should and in his hands. Anything more on the letters gives the defender draping his back side a chance to intercept or knock down. Top receivers make far tougher catches than that regularly. Bowe has to catch that ball….

      • Mark Rogers

        I agree with what your saying Stacy but… Bowe should be used to that after playing with M. Castle. I thought he was going to get Bowe killed with all those high balls

    • Hacksaw 46

      AS11 record over the last 31 games that he has played is W26-L6. What this tells you is that all he does is Win.
      Maybe it is because the Chiefs have disappointed the fans for so many years that you find it difficult to appreicate what you are seeing and that is a Team playing a Team game.
      No one player is ever perfect. What is important is that each player be a team player and play within the concept/system witch benefits the team.
      So many of you want big numbers from your QB, well look around the league and there are many with big numbers but only one who 7 and 0.
      All Alex does is win!

      • Jordan

        I don’t think any of us are upset about 7-0 but Alex smith has been far from perfect he misses easy throws and has made more than a few bad decisions the real quote goes all he does is ride great defenses and does just enough

  • Jordan

    I am genuinely surprised at the national medias lack of attention to our Chiefs. Almost every analysis outside of AA frustrates me because they look completely off base. It’s like they check stats and make up the rest. Does any one else feel similarly or is it just me?

    • Jason Seibel

      The Chiefs will continue to get zero respect until they prove they’re for real. I think they are, you think they are but until they beat Denver or Indy or one of those teams, the national media will continue to think this is a “fluke” born out of an easy schedule and some luck.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Honestly, it doesn’t matter if they respect this team or not. All that matters is whether or not this team can win when the single-elimination tournament starts. If they can, the rest will fall into place and the respect will come.

        • Jason Seibel

          Right on all accounts. I would prefer they keep doubting them. Let these other teams on the schedule continue to overlook them.

        • John Palmer

          And that bout sums it up….nothing else to be said. Now, let me ask you this….what do you perceive the chiefs chances of securing the #1 overall seed for the AFC playoffs?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I honestly think only Denver stands in the way. Taking a quick gander at the rest of the schedule, I’d expect the team to win 12 or 13 games, but it all depends on what happens in the games with the Broncos. If we split with them, I’d say we probably have a 50/50 shot. If not, 20% maybe?

          • John Palmer

            I can get with that. My take is to split with denver and san diego, sweep raiders and beat the colts….think that would about get it.

      • Jordan

        I can get over the lack of respect, living in a sports black hole of Va I’ve been dealing with that for years. It’s the terribly off base articles, analysis, and write ups you’d think a journalist would take the xtra steps to provide a decent report but alas what can you do 7-0

      • micah stephenson

        I don’t care about what ESPN/P.Manning Network says but we won’t get any props even after beating the browns and bills and going 9-0. Its only after we beat the broncos that they will know we are for real.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          And maybe not even then.

          • John Palmer

            it doesnt matter, i prefer REAL football guys like phil simms who can be objective and call it like it is. Heck, even Tony Dungy gave us love. (paraphrasing here)…the road to SB goes thru KC and that defense, and this is a coach who had manning all those years. We getting enough luv, but we dont need no more….I dont have enough room on my wagon

          • Stacy D. Smith

            WHAT? Phil Simms? He spent the entire day casting doubt about the Chiefs last Sunday. Hated for most of the game.

          • John Palmer

            lol, he did hate a lil bit, but I was mostly referring to his appearance on 610am and then his proclamation of watching greatness. But heck, its not like he’s going to be a guest and then 100% bash us…..or would he??

      • micah stephenson

        They not going take us seriously cus of an Alex Smith led offense. Yae winning all these regular season games is cute but they have no fsith in this offense winning 2 or 3 plsyoof games.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          They saw the same guy ALMOST take the Niners to the Super Bowl.

          • micah stephenson

            You mean ALMOST game managed them to the superbowl. I hope that style of play works against the playoff defenses this year. On a different subject, I’m kinda starting we can win any or every game with this defense. This Defense might win the superbowl for us. No matter what the offense do or don’t do, I’m starting to think the D wont let us lose.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            He threw 5 TD’s and 0 picks in that playoff run. 101 passer rating. You call that game management?

          • Jordan

            I call it something we have yet to see against a good defense. CANT WAIT!

          • Jason Seibel

            Save your breath, gents. Micah is the biggest AS11 hater on this site. We love him anyways, though.

          • Jordan

            Haha because Micah has as many valid points as he does detractors of smith? Much love Micah but he has a point until smith can show us otherwise

          • micah stephenson

            Yea I really don’t like him. Ive given him 7 weeks to wow me. I guess he need 7 more.

          • John Palmer

            lol!! At least your honest, my kinda guy. But you were def right on when you said our defense wont let us lose my dood. Am I the only one who has Denver friends who are starkly silent right now?? It is HILARIOUS the amount of quiet I’ve had this week vs preseason, lol. GO CHIEFS!!

          • jacati

            crickets….. lol

          • Stephan Costa

            If he ever acknowledges anything positiveabout AS I’ll don a chock land faiders hat……not really….but you get the point

          • micah stephenson

            Yup.

          • Larry Devore

            game management works also

  • tomflex

    Early on the Defense was not out to sack Keenum. Considering he was rookie and raw the plan (my opinion) was to disguise coverage and get some easy picks…he didn’t bite…..
    On the McGrath play in the end zone the fact that it was 4th down caused Alex to hesitate. If it had been third down Alex would have just ran it in knowing he had another play. Being 4th down and last chance to come away with points he waited too long to commit and what would have worked either way did not work at all.

  • Calchiefsfan

    I’ll start by saying I think Alex Smith was a great pick up and clearly has the skill to take a team to the Super Bowl. But you’re right Stacy, he needs to get a lot better. I think we are watching him grow within this offense. Next step get familiar with Bowe, as he progresses, more deep balls. Everyone is still trying to get their timing, blocking assignments, route running, etc down. The O line looked much better this week against a very stout D line, very encouraging. Bowe having his best game, also encouraging. Reid said in one of his pressers after the game that they were designing more plays to get Bowe involved.

    This O is evolving. Let’s hope we can get it to the next level before we face the Broncos. Would be nice to see them open it up in Denver. In the meantime this D might give up some big plays but you get that sometimes with aggressive play. Even that is going to tighten up as the season progresses. 7-0 baby, this team is for real!

    • Calchiefsfan

      Bowe should have caught that ball. Not a great throw but definitely catchable. I forget which great receiver from the 60′s and 70′s said this but he felt that if a receiver can get one good hand on the ball he should catch it 50% of the time, if he gets both hands on the ball he should pull it in every time. Bowe had both hands on that ball.

  • Calchiefsfan

    Smith is going to have to improve if we expect to beat Denver. The argument that Indy beat them and our D is better than theirs is not a good one. Denver scored 33 points on the Colts. It’s not like Indy shut them out. We’re going to have to score points if we want to compete with Denver. My personal feeling is that Smith is up to the challenge, he is getting better.

    • Jason Seibel

      Look at it like this. And I’m kind of letting the cat out of the bag here because I will probably write a piece in this vein a couple of weeks down the road when we’re closer to that first Denver game. Denver’s defense is attrocious. It’s horrible. I think an 8th grade B team could probably put up points against that squad. People say, yeah, but they have the best run defense in the league. That’s because nobody is running against them because they’re already losing by 4 TDs before halftime. You know what other team had a really bad defense? Peyton’s brother Eli’s team. The Chiefs hung 31 on them and were just getting started.
      The Chiefs D is elite enough to hold the Broncos to 21, I think. The Chiefs O outshines Denver’s D by a longshot and could hang 28-35 on them. There you go.

      • toperspective

        I just don’t see it with Smith at the helm. If they have a number of 3 and outs and can’t keep Manning off the field it could be a long day. Smith is ok if the defense can keep the score down because he won’t hurt you but the only way I see 35 on the board is if defense and specials teams contribute. Smith has struggled to take advantage of other bad defenses even when the Chiefs defense is getting turnovers and giving the offense great field position.

        • Jason Seibel

          We can debate it until we’re blue in the face but at the end of the day, we’ll have to just wait and see. My last point will be that so far this season, Smith has managed to rise to the level of his competition and do just enough to win. Other than the Jags and Giants this team hasn’t blown anyone out. Hopefully he can rise to the occasion against the Broncos as well. I guess we’ll see in a few weeks!

          • toperspective

            I agree. Can’t wait for that game. Heck, I can’t wait for the Browns game.

        • Stephan Costa

          Please that horrible donkey d let the jags stay in the game & they have the worst offense in the NFL! Smith &co. will be just fine but in the defensei trust!!! Amazing! Shades of the 90′s! DT is smiling down on Arrowhead!!!!!

      • Calchiefsfan

        Granted Smith got the job done against 2 good D’s in Houston and Tennessee. Also, it does seem like the O line was pulling together last game. I think the next 2 games will be telling. This offense has just been too sloppy, out of sync so far. I have this feeling though that the offense and Smith are about to make a jump in execution, (and points).

        In the meantime, Manning has not faced a pass rush like this, maybe ever. I can’t remember seeing this kind of pressure being put on opposing quarterbacks consistently, week in week out, in the 50 years I’ve been watching football. This really is something special.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I think we’ll need 24-27 points to beat Denver. Remember everyone thought we’d be in a shootout with Philly. Look how many points that offense was scoring at the time.

  • KCRedGold

    I am as frustrated as everyone else in the Kingdom about not respect. I watched ESPN Sunday morning and that night….not much about the Chiefs. But lets talk about the Jets, Patriots, Eagles, Giants…..everything about an East coast team, but heaven forbid anything about a 7-0 Midwest team.

    Next…I wish everyone would take a chill pill about Alex and the offense. WOW..give it a rest. I been a resident of the Kingdom since before the Kingdom…(born in KC in 59, going with my dad to old Municipal Stadium, the first game in Arrowhead)..Remember Lenny the Cool was not perfect, Stram made some bad play calls, Green wasn’t perfect, Marty Ball wasn’t perfect, Montana wasn’t perfect…do you get the drift…however they all won, and some won the Ultimate Game (SB IV). So I am just saying…all that matters is that there are more W’s than L’s at the end of the journey and the RED and GOLD will have created another very special season that we all can be proud of. One game at a time and please for your safety…tighten your seat belt and enjoy the ride…because it is one of those rare moments that is here and then gone before you know. Savor it, embrace it, because these moments are fleeting. In the end….CHIEFS ROCK!!!!! I am sorry…ARROWHEAD ROCKS ALSO!!!!!

    • antony555

      I share your longivity as I to remember going to see games at the old stadium. I guess that makes us kind of special in as much. I was born in 1956 in this city, and remember how the ppl rocked that structure when we really hated the faiders but its been great to be rewarded by a season like this after 4 decades of the Red and gold now, it used to be red and white.. Kansas City Chiefs fan forever!!
      Go Chiefs Go!!!

  • Danny W

    Good read.
    Hopefully Reid will draw up more plays for McCluster and Bowe and I think we will be more successful on third downs and red zone areas. Another week of solid play by the defense and special teams. An improved offensive line performance. All things encouraging.

  • Mark Rogers

    The proof is in the pudding guys. Alex Smith is in his 7 play book in 8 yrs, and has a brand new team to boot. Chiefs have some weapons on offense thats no doubt, he just needs to get more comfortable with them and i think he is. Remember this is still the first season of all these guys together so they r going to make mistakes. Were oiff to a good start and i just dont see things changing. they just keep getting it done.

  • Jeff Grasser Jr

    I dont feel like national analysts not considering the Chiefs the “best” team in the NFL is a slight…technically, they have the best record, but on a neutral field, they aren’t the best team…and believe me, I want them to be and any given Sunday, they could beat anyone but if I had power rankings, Chiefs wouldn’t be number one yet

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Who would be?

  • Bruce Hurford

    I disagree that this game was a nail biter. Yes, the one point win was too close for sure, but did anyone really think that the Texans were going to score in the second half beyond what was accomplished? In my opinion, this was one of those games where it can be said that the game wasn’t nearly as close as the score. #1 Chiefs could have scored 3 at minimum on the goal stand where they went for the touchdown. #2 Chiefs could have scored a minimum of 3 on the last series of the game. #3 The Texans were not going to score in any situation beyond what they did in the second half. Lots of mistakes on the Chiefs offensively that made us feel that we should have done better, but this game seemed to be in control to me due to Chiefs D. As far as defense being susceptible to a big play, I think you’re reaching. This is the NFL, all teams are made up of world class athletes. Any team is capable of scoring, that is why we have upsets darn near every week. Big plays are going to happen to every team, for and against. This is not a weakness of the Chiefs D.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Six in one game? To a rookie quarterback making his FIRST NFL start?

  • tomflex

    Anyone who thinks this team is not for real, that their 7-0 record is a fluke….weak schedule…teams with QB issues…etc. are the same people who thought Denver could not be defeated. These people aren’t paying attention to the little hints and subtle details that paint a completely different picture. Andy wasn’t dancing around because they squeeked out another win. He saw something come together in this game that needed to happen and will make this team look alot different very soon….

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