Enough Blame to Go Around in Chiefs Loss to the Broncos

November 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; General view of the line of scrimmage between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

I don’t do moral victories. I had enough of that crap when Todd Haley was the coach of this team and they were just doing enough to lose every week, but look “ok” doing it. A victory that doesn’t come with a “W” next to it on the schedule isn’t a victory, it’s a loss. And losing sucks. We should know. We’re Kansas City Chiefs fans and we’ve had a lot of that around here for the last decade or so.

All season long, the Chiefs have done just enough to win. Whether it was running back Jamaal Charles on the ground, Alex Smith in the air, or – more often than not – this Chiefs defensive unit coming up with a score of their own, they’ve found a way to win. Last night, the Chiefs did just enough to lose.

And yes, I said “the Chiefs” did enough to lose. This loss didn’t fall on one person.

Alex Smith didn’t lose the game for the Chiefs last night. Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe or Dexter McCluster didn’t lose the game for the Chiefs last night. Hell, even Anthony Sherman, who committed the Chiefs only turnover that led to a Denver Broncos touchdown didn’t lose the game for the Chiefs last night.

Just as the Chiefs have won every game they’ve played this season as a family, this game was lost by the same family.

The defense is still playing well. I’m not calling anything a “moral victory” but the Chiefs “D” held the Denver Broncos to their lowest score all season. They held Manning to his lowest pass completion percentage all season. He only threw one touchdown last night, and that hasn’t happened all season either. But it wasn’t enough.

The Chiefs pass rush couldn’t get to the “crowned prince” of the NFL. Manning conducted his post-game interview on Sunday Night Football with his jersey the same color as it was when the game started nearly three and a half hours earlier. In the last two games, the team that has become known as the “Sack City Chiefs” hasn’t touched the opposing quarterback.

While the Chiefs defended the rushing game pretty well, they’ve still got to get better. The unit held the Broncos to 104 yards on the ground, which is 13 yards under what they’ve allowed other teams all season. They did this without the help of their “run stuffer” defensive end Mike Devito who left the game in the first half with a knee injury. But, while they did well against the run, they allowed the Broncos to rush for two touchdowns. Prior to last night’s game, the Chiefs “D” had only allowed two rushing TD’s all season.

The Chiefs passing defense did pretty well last night as well. Just not good enough. For all the talking Brandon Flowers did, he allowed Welker to burn him a time or two. Young Marcus Cooper looked exactly that last night – young. Manning started picking on him early and found the chink in his armor. There was more than one occasion that a Broncos receiver was wide open for Manning to throw to. In a man to man scheme like the Chiefs employed most of the game last night, that’s pretty unforgivable.

But the Broncos offense and the Chiefs defense weren’t the only people on the field last night. The Chiefs offense needs some work.

In the aftermath of the broken winning streak, a lot of fingers were pointed in the direction of Alex Smith. His stat line was pretty pedestrian with only 21 of his 45 pass attempts completed for 230 yards and two scores. He added another 52 yards with his legs but was sacked three times – mostly because he held onto the ball too long trying to find an open receiver.

Jamaal Charles only touched the ball a total of 18 times last night – 16 of those were rushes – for 78 yards on the ground. Thirty-five of those 78 came on one play, his longest of the season. This was definitely not the season breakout game many thought it would be for arguably the Chiefs most talented player.

Dwayne Bowe led the team in receiving yards last night with four catches for 57 yards and a touchdown, but had at least that many drops. He was unable to create any kind of separation from the secondary and even got away with an offensive pass interference “push-off” when he grabbed his touchdown score. While Bowe seemed to be Smith’s favorite target in the first half, he completely disappeared in the second.

For all of the hype with the special teams unit, Dexter McCluster was unable to get anything going. In scrolling through my Twitter feed last night, or own copy editor, Natasha Sims remarked that she couldn’t remember Dante Hall going down so easily after one hit. And she’s right. For all his jukes and jives, DMC isn’t that hard to tackle and that was proven last night.

Finally Andy Reid and Bob Sutton should know better. The game plan last night wasn’t the game plan that was needed to win the game. The Chiefs completely abandoned what got them to this point. Charles only getting the ball 16 times on the ground isn’t what got them here. Rushing four and not sacking the quarterback is not what got them here. Trying to match Manning in a “who can throw more deep passes contest” is not what got them here. The Chiefs completely departed from their strategy and the result was a loss, the first of the season.

Yes, Addicts, there’s plenty of blame to go around. Including us.

Yes, I said including us.

The fact that the Chiefs are here is a complete anomaly. It doesn’t happen. In fact, it’s never happened. No team in a major North American sporting league (NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB) has ever gone from the worst team one season to winning their first nine games the following season. It’s not rare, it’s impossible. But, in having this miraculous turnaround, the Chiefs have raised their fans ‘ – that’s us, by the way – expectations so high that we forget where we were last year.

Many of us, and I’ll include myself in this statement, forget that even though last night’s loss was a worst-case scenario, that scenario still involved the Chiefs leaving Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High in first place in the AFC West — albeit they’re sharing it with the Broncos. That worst-case scenario involved the fact that the Chiefs having a winning record for the first time since 2010, and it’s only the end of week 11. That worst-case scenario involves the fact that the Broncos still have to come into a revitalized – and world record breaking noise level if I do say so myself, because I was there – Arrowhead stadium in just two short weeks and face this team again.

If you think the Chiefs had a chip on their shoulder going into last night’s game, wait until December 1st.

It would seem that everyone wanted the Chiefs to lose last night.

Maybe that’s a little strong to say. At the very least, most everyone expected them to lose. But were they exposed? I hardly think so.

 In the eight previous games the Broncos won, they beat their opponents by an average of 17.5 points. Last night the Chiefs lost by 10. The Broncos have been scoring an average of 42 points per game, the Chiefs held them to 24. Peyton Manning has thrown an average of 3.6 touchdowns per game. Last night, he only was able to throw one. I wouldn’t call that exposure. A loss yes, but there was no fraud exposed in that stat line.

 If you think the Chiefs aren’t a contender, as Bobby Brown would say, “that’s your prerogative.” But as Jason Seibel would say, I think you’re crazy. Well, I just said it.

The bottom line is football teams lose games. It happens. Only two teams in the NFL have gone undefeated through the entire regular season. And even those teams are 50 percent on Superbowl victories. The truth is, if you truly thought the Chiefs were going to go 16-0 this year, you might want to readjust your game plan right along with Reid and Sutton and Pederson.

 There are six games left in the season and a million and one scenarios could play themselves out. To count out these Chiefs after their first – and might I add only – loss of the season is a little premature.

 The Chiefs have to get better in all three phases. The defense needs to find the magic they had to start the season, the offense needs to figure out a way to score points and the special teams need to be, well…special.

 But, ever the optimist I refuse to say that the Chiefs were exposed last night.

 In fact, I think what’s more likely is they’ve got this league exactly where they want them.

Topics: Kansas City Chiefs

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  • sidibeke

    KC never got momentum. While I have no desire to go all Al Davis Raiders, I liked that there was some pushing and shoving going on toward the end. I want to see some of that fire, feel like we’ve lost it a bit. Come out strong against a very beatable SD team and carry it over to the rematch.

    • Jason Seibel

      I agree. I liked the chippiness. I loved the montage of Flowers laying out Welker on every play. Though I wish he would have done that when Welker had the ball. I’m confident this team will recover from this loss. I don’t see a tailspin in the future.

      • PunjabiPete

        Agreed, we have some work to do though that I (incorrectly) attributed to tiredness… I enjoyed the Flowers walking on Welker montage as well

      • berttheclock

        Well, somehow it happened. He suffered a concussion after catching a 20 yard catch. He left the field, but, came back on to try to play. He had to leave the game and will be day to day. But, catching 8 passes out of 10 targeted ones is not going to be much of a Chiefs highlight film of excellent defensive play.

      • Michael Shaw

        The best part was the play to Charles in the end zone and the idiotic linebacker talking shit and bumping him………………………….I was ecstatic on that call!!!

  • kcchiefinlv

    I couldn’t agree more about losing as a family. It’s hard to think of one player that did not make a mistake last night, unless they didn’t play. At first, I thought it all boiled down to execution. The Chiefs had their chances. They just didn’t execute. But, there were play calling mistakes as well.

    • Michael Shaw

      Agreed, that and some timely help by the Ref’s!

  • BarryLuvsReggie

    I thought Denver’s D finally looked better but I’m not sure what KC’s offense is rated….The offense looked horrid but I’ll take nearly 30 pts against a No. 1 Defense any day.

    • Jason Seibel

      Who had “nearly 30 pts”? Not the Broncos. They had 24. You don’t get to 30 even with rounding. Not sure what you’re talking about.

      • Gage Stogsdill

        The final was 27-17…

        • Jason Seibel

          So it was. It’s Monday. I was up late last night and up early this morning. Cut me some slack. My apologies.

          • Gage Stogsdill

            It’s all good. It’s funny though to see how upset fans are getting at our first loss….in week 11 if anything this should bring everyone including the team back down to earth.

          • BarryLuvsReggie

            Indeed riding the pressure of being undefeated in the NFL….no way. Being grounded is much better.

          • anon76returns

            … and the Broncos missed a makable field goal, hence the “nearly”.

          • Michael Shaw

            We knew what ya meant!!

      • BarryLuvsReggie

        Touchdown Rounding? History usually shows KC and Denver splits no matter how strong one team or the other is. The key this year to being a wild card team or Number 1 Seed is going to be how well each team does against the rest of division. Personally i’d rather be a 3 or 4 seed….

        • Jason Seibel

          Ummmm…yeah…see my comment below. My bad. 27 rounded up is 30. Sheesh…Monday sucks. LOL!

          • BarryLuvsReggie

            It’s all good….Not looking forward to going into Arrowhead after travelling to New England…..yowzer…….should be fun.

      • Frank

        They had 27 not 24. You could round that to 30, but I’d just call it 27.

  • Arrowhead Magic

    I’m with you about the moral victories, I don’t care for them either. That being said, there’s nothing that was shown in the game that has me thinking we can’t beat the Broncos at home. But first let’s take care of the Chargers.

    • Jason Seibel

      Amen, sir.

      • berttheclock

        Moral victories remind me of a scene from “The Longest Day”. The Luftwaffe in Northern France had been decimated by allied air power. On D-Day, the remaining two 190 fighters at a field were ordered into the air. The lead pilot and his wing man made one passing strafing mission over the beach and returned to the field. As he descended from his plane, he sneered and remarked, “Another Glorious Victory”.

    • toperspective

      Not even the 0 sacks, 0 knockdowns and two pressures? Hopefully, the home crowd will remedy that.

      • Arrowhead Magic

        While that certainly was a problem, and if we had gotten more pressure it could have changed the game, but at the end of the day our defense gave us a chance against one of the best QBs ever, and that’s a fairly impressive feat. But with the home crowd on our side I think we’ll see an even stronger showing on both sides of the ball.

        • toperspective

          Overall the defense was ok but this team won’t win many games if the offense has to score 30 points to win. They just don’t have the horses on the offensive side of the ball. The way to beat Peyton is to really pressure him or hope the weather is bad because he doesn’t have the arm strength anymore.

          • Michael Shaw

            That is the most frustrating thing in my eyes…………..this team had a shot to win this game. Too many guys dropped balls at the wrong times. Avery on the 20-30 yard pass from AS (Which I am sure someone will have a reason that was all on Alex!!!), Bowe on a couple of passes and then Alex overthrowing BloodBath McGrath on the sideline go route (think that is the play call, but not sure!!)

  • tomflex

    What can you say? The Chiefs offense at it’s best is not very good…hell we knew that. Last night they were at their worst. We don’t have any play makers on this offense (except for Charles).
    That said …2 things bothered me. Having to settle for three on that goal line series and going 4 and out at the end of the game.
    Again this team needs playmakers on offense.

    • Stan

      This team needs an “O” line that can run block and pass protect first of all.

      • Michael Shaw

        Were you watching the same game I was? The offensive line did pretty good last night. Not the play we want from them on a regular basis, but better than the last 3-4 games. I thought Fisher did a heck of a job against Miller, of course then Miller goes out and Fisher gives up a sack………….gggggggrrrrrrrrr.

        • Stan

          Yeah the “O” line did a great job on the first and goal from the 3 yard line didn’t they. 3 run plays gained one yard had to settle for a field goal. That really hurt!!

          • Michael Shaw

            Ok, so that particular play wasn’t that good, but overall the line didn’t do too bad compared to the first 9 games of the season. And on that one particular play…..it’s hard to do what the entire world can see coming. The 2nd or 3rd down play in that situation should have been a roll out by the QB with either Sherman, Charles or a TE going to the same side. If they had done that, I think we would have had 7 and not three down there. Either way, they should have gone for it on 4th down. It was early in the game and it would have given Peyton 99 yards to go if we had not gotten it. In that game situation that early in the game, take the shot!!

    • Stacy D. Smith

      The Chiefs offense was NOT at its best last night.

  • Jarad

    Small note, they got to 27 points. And i dont get the US part. Last year was last year. Every year is different and its been shown again and again throughout the league. If you havent realized that, youve been under a rock. So, expecting a team (that has won 9 straight) to play well isnt a fault!! To me ,it makes no sense to be satisfied this year based on last years failures. They are 2 drastically different teams and that warrants different expectations. Especially at this point in the sesson. We were watching and expecting more great things because they were a 9-0 team, not a 2-14 team anymore. Just my take.

    • Jason Seibel

      I guess my point when talking about “us” is that I’ve seen a lot people proclaiming that the season is over after the first loss. That’s putting expectations awfully high. And I get that last year was last year and this is a different team, but turnarounds like this don’t happen that often. To go from last year to this year and having the expectations through the roof is a little unreasonable. Did you truly think the team was going to go 16-0?

      • freshmeat62

        I did not expect the Chiefs to go16-0 this year, but that game last nite was a winnable game, but the Chiefs didn’t play to win. They played not to lose. When a team plays like that, they usually lose.

      • Jarad

        God no. And im loving the year so far! But at the same time, my expectations have grown since the start of the year. So i do get frustrated at the offensive struggles. I get whst you’re saying about some of the Sky is Falling talk. Im just one that started as , maybe we can fight for a wildcard,, to Hell, we have a legitimate chance to take the division!! And with that, expectations changed. Good read, just sharing my tthoughts, cuz many people have told me to shut up and enjoy the season when i express my displeasure with the offense. I can enjoy it and still want more. The CHIEFS are a couple good offensive Sundays from taking this division!!

  • gjrchief

    Amen! Run the ball! Play aggressive defense! Short passing game! Don’t panic and try to be something you are not. Stay true to the identity that got you to 9-0.

  • PunjabiPete

    I’m not saying the Chiefs are terrible, and there were some good things there, but the offense last night was frustrating. Alex Smith needs to throw deep more to keep defenses honest, and our wideouts need to get some separation and then catch the damn ball. I am also seeing some off similarities with Smith’s propensity to throw the ball into the dirt a la McNabb during his latter years, and while I understand why he did it, that’s not going to scare SD or the Redskins and keep them honest. After a few pints, I have made my peace with this loss, and in all honesty most of AS problems (not all, but most) are coachable (maybe?) so for right now I will maintain guarded optimism, just know that I have lighter fluid on the torch and am still halfheartedly looking for matches!

    • toperspective

      It’s just one game but the reality is that this team really only has one true offensive weapon – Charles. AS is mediocre but the receiving corp is very weak. Fasano, McGrath, Bowe and Avery are not going to strike fear into the heart of defensive coordinators. If Bowe and Avery can get separation they are as likely to drop the pass as catch it. That being said, I believe this team can compete with anyone if they are at home so getting home field advantage in the playoffs will be very important.

      • KCMikeG

        Charles is without doubt our best weapon by far but AS11 still had more TD’s than PM with lesser protection and receivers. It was his passing and the defense that kept us in the game.

    • Stan

      Why is always AS??? Chiefs had it first and goal from the 3 and ran it 3 times. Is it AS fault we didn’t score a TD? NO!! Then we recover a fumble and Sherman after a AS completion fumbled the ball. Is that AS fault? NO! That alone is 11 points that we should have had. We get those, it’s simple, we win. 28 to 27. But we’ll beat Denver at Arrowhead!!

      • PunjabiPete

        I hope we do beat Denver, and I’m not throwing in the towel, but the offense needs to dig a little deeper than they have been, we’ve now seen what happens when the defense can’t score to bail them out. That’s all I was saying

    • KCMikeG

      AS11 went down field more than he has all year. The lack of protection and the limited run game were more responsible than he was for our offensive production.

  • freshmeat62

    You’re right about the Chiefs getting our expectations maybe a little out of kilter after last years 2-14. But you know what – that was a winnable game for the Chiefs last nite. I thought it looked like the Chiefs went into a prevent defense in the first qtr. They didn’t play trying to win last nite, they played trying not to lose. Manning looked nervous as the game started, but as the game went on, and he wasn’t being pressured, he became more relaxed. Houston looked like he had been taken out of the game plan all together. Most of the nite he just made contact w/ the RT and then stayed at home looking for Manning or a ball carrier to come to him. Defensive game plan really sucked.

  • berttheclock

    Last evening, my two biggest complaints about the game were the non-holding calls by the refs on both defensive and offensive plays and the lack of the DBs jamming their receivers at the line of scrimmage. If you are going to play man to man, then, play bump and run. Don’t stand five yards back and think you are going to win every foot race. For once, I was reminded of the need for a bit of assistance and advice from Romeo Crennell, who did know how to defend against Peyton. First of all, Romeo would have played mind games at the line of scrimmage trying to keep him from out thinking him on audibles. Secondly, he would have jammed their receivers. Bob Sutton has far better players in his defensive back field than Romeo had with the Chiefs. They were not used correctly, last evening.

  • JDInOregon

    KC lost to a good football team on the road, but they did not get their behinds kicked. I still like Reid’s play calling and designs overall, and the situation can dictate changes in the game plan. They had some success using the pass to set up the run. The defense was good, Denver is a very talented offense with a great QB and great receivers. Denver took care of the football except for the one early fumble, which the Chiefs promptly gave right back.

    Really, this game changes nothing about the Chief’s approach. Every team needs to adapt, fine tune, change as the opponent and situation dictates, etc. I don’t what it is about Andy Reid, but I have every confidence the Chiefs will be just fine the next two games. They’ll go back to work and get ready for San Diego, and all you maniacs who can get to Arrowhead can go help the next two Sundays. ;-)

    • Stan

      Let all of us remember this is our first year in a new offense (system) with some new players and a new coach. So going 9 and 1 is just outstanding, don’t you think. As you guys know I like Alex. But I’m wondering how many other QB’s have had to learn 8 different systems in 9 years and truly be an elite QB. He will get the job done and the offense will come around and do their job. Have some FAITH!!

  • jimfromkcj

    Why is it so hard to admit that we were beat by a better team? There is nothing to be ashamed of. Our team played their hearts out and came up short. We still need several pieces to the puzzle if we are to make it to a super bowl any time soon. In fact this coming year will be Dorsey’s greatest challenge. He is faced with a team up against the cap and his LT and best pass rusher coming up for big contracts. Something has to give. Jackson, Hali and Berry are drawing down some big money and I have serious doubts their play justifies them. Flowers is another player drawing big bucks, but it is proven time and again that he is not a shut down corner. bigger wideouts are hard for him to cover and really good wideouts closer to his size like Welker make him look bad at times. So again is he worth his big salary? What some here fail to remember is that Denver beat us with a QB that no one seems to want on their roster before Manning came to town. Man for man Denver is just better than the Chiefs at this time.

  • Stan

    Hey guys from a Niner Fan and a big fan of AS11. Let’s be “Faithfull Fans”. New England will beat Denver next weekend and we’ll beat the Chargers. Then the following Sunday we’ll beat the Broncos and have a 2 game lead. Go Chiefs!!

    • Danny W

      Stan I’m glad your an AS11 fan. That’s cool. Me on the other hand watching him have his best game with 220 yards just isn’t going to cut it for me. I’ve seen enough of a sample size of him now in 15 games or so that I don’t think he has enough goods to help a team win a super bowl. We win with defense around here. Quarterback is just another piece so far not something you can get behind and win with.

      • Stan

        Did you get a good sample size of our “O” line and our receivers, too. It takes all 11 on offense to make it run not just a QB. I guess 9 and 1 is not good enough for you and the haters. Last year 1 and 9 at this point. I guess we need another QB. Where you thinking 9 and 1 before the season started? I doubt it.

        • Danny W

          Stan I watched your boy Smith get four and five seconds a throw in the Denver game. The line looked fine to me. He got sacked because he hung on to the football for too long. 9-1 has everything to do with the defense and special teams not our bottom ranked quarterback. I’m glad he doesn’t turn it over, I’m glad he stretches plays from time to time with his legs. But he makes 20 bad throws for every two he makes. On way play in the first quarter he missed Jamal Charles less than three feet away from him. My wife looked at me and we both laughed out loud. You weren’t thinking 9-1 before the season either and if you were your not honest with yourself.

  • TAZMOSIS

    Often, games like these are determined early, as was this one. When we did what we do, which is to force a turnover, we could not capitalize. When Sherman fumbled, you had to think, “oh, no!!!!” That was a fourteen point swing. If we score there, then the Chiefs show the Broncos and the fans that we are not gonna’ be pushed around. Add to that, the Chiefs dropped what seemed to be one pass after another. And not to diminish the job that Alex Smith has been doing, but he missed two for sure big plays that both may have resulted in scores. Then later, he had Charles wide out to his left as a receiver on a linebacker, and that should have been a huge gainer. Smith did not even look at Charles.
    Overall, if the Chiefs take advantage of the opportunities given to them,both offensively and defensively,this should have been a win.

  • KCMikeG

    Great post Jason. Our Any Way Chiefs finally couldn’t win anyway. While this was an across the board team effort I say the defense and the offense both contributed but it was the ST’s being absent that sealed our fate. The balance between the three entities has been what has pulled us through to be where we are. When one struggled the one or both of the other two stepped up and contributed. ST’s didn’t contribute at all. I know they only allowed us one KO we could return. They were as good as we were in punt coverage. Dexter wasn’t given a chance and we totally shut down Holliday too. The shocking part to me was DQ’s total failure. Every punt that he could have dropped inside the 20 went into the end zone and our coverage only had a slight shot at downing one of them. DQ even kicked one directly into the end zone – didn’t even bounce in play, there was no up in his bounce or backspin when they did. I’m rambling on this but field position steadily slipped away for us and that has been a huge strength for us. Longer fields for our defense to dig in or cause a turnover and shorter fields for our offense to score.

    Again – keeping this in perspective it was on the road at a historically tough place to play against the highest scoring team in NFL history with one of the greatest QB’s of all time. Ok I just puked in my mouth a little! I think if we had turned the fumble recovery into 7 points instead of fumbling it right back that we would have won the game.

    I said the same thing when Coop got beat deep the first time – he’s a 7th round rookie that could make the team in SF. I still think he has the potential to be our best CB but why doesn’t Sutton get some help over the top for him? He is fantastic in his coverage unless the speedsters try to run by him. Maybe that’s why he got cut? So is it Lewis or is it the position Sutton is putting Lewis in with Berry up playing like a LB because it seems to me when we get burned deep it’s when there is no safety or a late safety arriving. Happened with Demps yesterday too and I know PM is great at looking off the safety but I have seen this issue all year long.

    i agree that the coaching staff had their part in our loss. Three straight run plays at the goal line with OL injuries? Taking the FG instead of going for it on 4th down. Not trying the long FG down by 14 points with the thin air advantage. The lack of blitzing and adjustments to respond. Sutton should have attacked their secondary when Moore went down. injuries to Asamoah and Fisher affected the run game and playing from behind all night limited the # of JC’s carries.

    Denver’s defense has improved even though Miller hasn’t made a big impression. Alex missed some plays, Bowe especially concerned me with his drops. This was an opportunity to make a statement for him and he looked sluggish and timid. Time and again the DB’s were more physical than he was. Yes there were holds but his strength is his ability to out physical his coverage – he didn’t seem interested to me.

    The complete lack of pass rush deeply concerns me deeply. More than anything else. Hali & Houston were bringing back the “Fear Factor” to our defense. Their sacks/pressures/knock downs forced passes that were picked off, ended drives, scored points and won games. Obviously the OC’s have figured out our scheme. We all saw it coming over the last three weeks, 2 sacks – then none followed by none again. We still have a great defense but Sutton needs to figure out another plan of attack if we are going to make our run for glory.

    None of these concerns are fatal. All of them can be corrected and we have just the coaching staff to do it! I am confident that Reid & Company will rally the troops. Our players have overcome all adversity they have faced by playing together. I can’t wait to see their aggressive response on Sunday! The dolts are the sheep being lead into the lions den. Poor Phyllis will have some Rivers to cry. I’m trying to focus on this week but I keep looking past it wanting another shot at the donkeys. Go Chiefs!

    • Chuck Burrell

      DQ is the highest paid punter in the league. He struggled the whole night. Spot on analysis. I’m almost as annoyed with bowe dropping to his back every time the ball goes his way as I am with him dropping passes. The guy has got to nut up if we are going to be serious contenders

      • KCMikeG

        Totally agree on Bowe. Big $$ contract, low production, pot bust and and seriously non-elite effort play after play. I just rewatched his 17 yard reception – he just falls down untouched. He did the same thing a couple of weeks ago – went down untouched and didn’t even try to get up – actually rolled on the ground. I’m worried he may become Dorsey’s biggest mistake.

        • Michael Shaw

          Too late!

          • KCMikeG

            Never too late. Can you say Albert Haynesworth? I doubt we would be that drastic but Reid needs to light a 5-alarm fire under his ass. Certainly Dorsey would have put some sort of protection for the club due to his past issues.

          • Michael Shaw

            I think paying him top 5 WR money was a mistake. He has NO motivation this year. Watch him closely on the field and it looks like watching Randy Moss, taking plays off and not really doing his best to get open and yes that one pass play I have no idea how the hell he didn’t get farther up the field!! There was another play where a defender arm tackled him, further making me believe the guy is taking plays off. I don’t see any fire in his eyes or his playing for that matter. Waste of top 5 money. He might be a top 15 guy, but not top 5.

    • Michael Shaw

      I have a different opinion on the Cooper “blown” coverage that led to a big gain. It goes back to MY long rant about hitting the receivers in the mouth at the LOS. If you look at that play, Cooper didn’t even try to bump Bebe Thomas, who was then able to put a move on him and run by him. If Cooper hits him “in the mouth”, that play likely doesn’t happen. As much as I REALLY wanted this win, it may be the best loss we could have taken. When they go to KC, this outcome should be very different.

      • KCMikeG

        Yes our CB’s have to be aggressive at the line. My concern is more with Lewis not being there over the top. Coop is young and will develop but Lewis needs to be getting it right a lot more often unless Sutton is putting in a position he can’t win.

  • Erik Hild

    At the beginning of the year I thought 8-8 or 9-7 would have been the best possible record. At this point I want the chiefs to end the playoff win drought and then we can move on to Super Bowl expectations. We lost in Denver because of penalties at crucial times. Those refs seemed to be looking for defensive holding early and often. Then the holding on Jamal’s 12 yard run in the 3rd turned a first down into a three and out. On the plus side Eric Fisher looked good before his injury. Chiefs may drop one more but I still think we win the division at 14-2 and have home field throughout.

    • Michael Shaw

      So whom else do we lose to? I think we could very well be 15-1. I don’t see SD beating us. Their just really not that good anymore. I don’t see Oakland beating us, they just aren’t that good and well…..I think someone might still be having sack nightmares about our first meeting. That leaves Denver, who I think we beat in Arrowhead, Washington, which this could be one of those either way games and Indy. With the resurgence of our Home Field Advantage, I don’t see us losing any games at home, which means we either lose @washington, @Oakland or @San Diego, as those are out last remaining away games.

      • Erik Hild

        I think we will have the division wrapped up by week 17 and SD might beats us if we are resting our starters

      • Stan

        Well I finally agree with you. We’ll go 5 and 1 in our last 6 games and win them all at home. Just hoping Patriots beat the Donkeys this weekend. Go Pats!!

  • Michael Shaw

    Before reading anyone’s comments I have to say this………….WHAT THE HELL WAS BOB SUTTON FREAKING DOING!!!! Everyone in the league knows that the only way to beat Manning is to hit him hard and often. Everyone knows the only way that happens is if you hammer his receivers at the LOS and don’t let them free release, which in turn gives Manning quick targets to throw to!!! I was screaming at the TV every time I saw a wideout free release off the offensive line. WHAT THE HELL????? I know we cannot win every game, but NOT doing those two things likely cost us a win in Denver. The other two issues I have with the game were the Ref’s and our damn receivers!!! Everyone knows there is holding on EVERY play, but I am REALLY frustrated and pissed off at continuously watching our Chiefs play a game and not getting a holding call on the opposing offense until the damn 4th qtr. Grant it, they called ONE in the 3rd qtr against Peyton’s beloved Donkey’s, but you can’t tell me that a freaking choke hold on Dontari Poe, Justin Houston and Tamba Hali isn’t FREAKING HOLDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NFL REFS, NEAU YOUR ROLE and start actually calling penalties against the offenses our Defense goes against and stop with the BS passing interference calls like the one on Flowers in the end zone!!!!!!!!!! As for our receivers…………………….WHAT ARE THE CHIEFS PAYING YOU FOR? TO CATCH THE FREAKING BALL!!! Not to run your mouths! Not to run around Kansas City with your boys smoking weed!!!! Get your heads out of your collective asses and start doing your jobs!!! Alex Smith isn’t perfect, but you douchebags are making him look worse than he is!!!! As for Alex…………..take 3 seconds if nothing is there………………….RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is what you are good at, so do it!!! Most of the sacks he took weren’t on the offensive line this time. They actually did a nice job of protecting him and despite giving up a sack to Wolfe on the one play, Eric Fisher looked to be Man-handling Von Miller, most, not all, but most of the night!!! Good job Rookie. It looks like you might be getting a handle on it. Branden Albert looked like he is ready to retire on a couple of plays. Branden, you want top LT money, start playing more like one!!! You played better last year on a worse team and with a MUCH worse class of QB’s. And here I thought I had cooled off during my birthday yesterday after watching this game!!! LOL!!! GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Danny W

      Happy birthday Shaw. I usually love to hate your comments but i agree with everything on this one. Bob Sutton hasn’t dialed up a sack in the last two games. Where’s the aggression Sir? Where’s the blitz? Get some push with the linebackers. The only way to beat Peyton is just like you did Eli. Hit him all the damn time. Didn’t do it. Sutton better dial it up.

  • dnunn419

    I think we should use Davis worth Charles.. Maybe put Charles. As wideout

    • dnunn419

      With Charles maybe put Charles at wideout and Davis at rb

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