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

Denver Loss Opens The Door For A Showdown With The Chiefs On Sunday


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The Kansas City Chiefs lost a heartbreaker to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. That loss combined with the injuries to Tamba Hali and Justin Houston left most KC fans feeling like the AFC West had slipped out of reach. However, late Sunday night the New England Patriots gave the Chiefs and their fans new hope as they erased a 24-0 deficit to come back and beat the Denver Broncos in overtime. That means that both teams now stand at 9-2 going into this weekend’s rematch in Arrowhead.

As I type this, there is no definitive news on the status of Hali and Houston. If official news has been released by the time you are reading this, ignore the next paragraph.

The latest on Hali is that it may be a mid inside ankle sprain, which isn’t as troublesome as a high ankle sprain, but I think he is probably still unlikely to play this week (but that’s just me speculating). Houston is believed to have a subluxed elbow. While some reports say that it’s usually a multi-week injury, I would think if there was a way they could brace it, Houston may be the more likely to try and play, even if it was just to rush the passer on clear passing downs (again, that’s just my guess).

If neither Hali or Houston can play, it will make beating the Broncos VERY difficult. The Chargers completely had their way with the Hali/Houston-less KC defense. Phillip Rivers is good, but Peyton Manning is better and it’s hard to imagine KC shutting him down without their top pass rushers.

As the Chiefs move on from San Diego and look ahead to Denver the approach of the offense and defense must be polar opposites.

The offense needs to build off what they have done in the past two weeks. The passing game has opened up and Alex Smith has started to make plays farther down the field. While he took more shots down field in the first Denver game, the wide receivers let him down with some key drops. This week they held onto the ball and Alex Smith had his best day as a Chiefs going 26-38 (68.4%) for 294 yards (7.7 YPA) with 3 TDs and an INT.

While many fans may think Smith played significantly better against San Diego than he did against the Broncos, the style of attack was very similar. In fact, Smith is averaging almost a full yard more per completion in the last two games.

The offense was also very successful running the ball. Despite the fact that the offensive line was missing two starters (or because of it?) they did a good job of creating holes for Jamaal Charles, who like Smith, had one of his best games of the season.

The defense, on the other hand, needs to put this game behind them. They need to not dwell on this one bad game where their game plan was thrown out the window after two of their best players went down.

The bottom line is that if KC is going to bounce back from two straight losses, two people need to have great games on Sunday: Alex Smith and Bob Sutton.

Alex Smith needs to build off his good game today and carry it over until next week. If the offense can play like it did on Sunday, the Chiefs can play with the Broncos. If the Chiefs offense executes like it did in Denver AND Hali and Houston don’t play……game over.

Bob Sutton has two HUGE challenges that he simply must figure out in order for KC to win on Sunday. First, he must find a way to put some pressure on Peyton Manning and take him out of his rhythm. The Chiefs did a terrible job of this in Denver and that was with Hali and Houston healthy. Now he may have to figure out how to get more production with lesser players. If that wasn’t enough, he also must figure out how to stop the crossing routes that have become the achilles heel of their defense. The word seems to be out now that KC struggles stopping those routes and until Sutton comes up with a solution, they will continue to struggle.

KC fans, I recommend putting the Chargers game behind us. Broncos week is here again. The Broncos and Chiefs are both 9-2. They are both coming off heartbreaking losses and need to rebound in order to take control of homefield advantage in the playoffs. So let’s not dwell on the disaster that played out in Arrowhead on Sunday and look forward to another big time showdown. This time the fans of KC will have a chance to make their presence felt as Peyton Manning and company must come to the loudest stadium in the NFL.

The team that wins will erase the pain of last week’s loss from their minds. The driver’s seat for the AFC playoffs is on the line.

With or without Hali and Houston, KC must find a way to win this game.

So rest up your voices Chiefs Kingdom. The Chiefs are going to need everything you’ve got on Sunday.

As always, thanks for reading and GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Cory Theel

    Soooo looking foward to the game next sunday cuz im gonna be there and best believe im bringin the noise.Glad manning, and really the whole team, showed how bad that weather affects them which is funny considering they’re in denver all the time. But hopefully the weather plays in our favor next week too. Cant hurt the cause and ill gladly suffer for a win.

  • Michael Shaw

    Sorry Lyle this loss was inexcusable. The last two weeks this defense has gone from being scary to being laughable. The defense got this team to 9-0 hitting the WR’s in the mouth and not allowing many big plays. They may have given up big plays all year, but not as many as they did in this one game. Even before H2 went out, they weren’t putting much pressure on Phylis. I am trying like heck to figure what it is that Bob Sutton is doing differently since the bye week??????

    • Omar

      It’s also because Dunta Robinson has been out and Cooper has taken his spot. Both Manning and Rivers have taken advantage of all of his match ups. So I feel like the coverage sacks have went away the past 3 weeks

      • Michael Shaw

        Yeah, but Omar if you watch, the only time Cooper seems to get burned is when he doesn’t hit the WR at the LOS. A prime example was the last TD by SD yesterday. If Sean Smith hammers him at the LOS that touchdown likely does not happen.

  • Davé

    Yea it opens the door but that in no way means the Chiefs have any chance of finding said doorway. This defense has been steadily declining as the competition gets tougher and without Hali and Houston I expect Manning and co to put up 56 points next week. Cooper is proving to be more of a mediocre rook than a Brady type diamond in the rough. To be honest I do not think our back end really is that good with only Flowers and Berry being that talented. Sean Smith continually gets beat and Robinson, Abdullah, and the rest are nothing special. Hey defense you ARE expected to intercept the ball if it is thrown into your hands! I was encouraged by our offense, but I want to see it more than just one week. As many gigabytes as Alex has that interception was fucking stupid, as was his play to end the game. Reid did not lose the game by calling a timeout with a good chunk of the play clock remaining but he certainly did not help to win. Philly fans are looking at us and asking “See????” Sutton….He is overrated as a defensive guru, I think that is understood pretty well. We might be able to get better. Our offense might show this wasn’t a flash in the pan and our defense might show they can adjust as can the coaching. Essentially here is where we stand: who the hell knows? Nothing will surprise me with this team.

  • jimfromkcj

    I’m beginning to think that Peyton has a problem with the nerves in his arm and neck. That game with the Patriots just wasn’t Peyton’s game. I didn’t see much zip on his passes and they stayed with the running game for most of the game.

    • Michael Shaw

      They might have been trying to keep Terrific Tom off the field with that game plan. Who knows though, he might be having issues.

    • toperspective

      With his arm strength he can’t throw in the wind. Compare Brady’s passes to Manning’s passes. It was the same thing in the playoff game versus Bal last year.

    • Davé

      The running game was working. Bill is the best defensive mind in football, maybe of all time. He took away Peyton and gave them Moreno. It worked because they covered a 24 point gap to come back and win the game. Do I hope that Manning sucks? Yea but that isn’t the case.

  • berttheclock

    Yesterday’s game proved two things. First of all it proved all of the Alex Smith naysayers were completing wrong about his abilities. Of course, micah may well still come to point out had only Alex Smith played that well in the first nine games, the Chiefs might have won all nine of them.

    Second proof is no defensive coordinator worth a tinker’s damn would ever call a prevent defense against a QB of the caliber of Phillip Rivers. You call a 3 man rush and have 6 jam his receivers with two behind them. Prevents do not NOT prevent anything. Having Hali and Houston out did hurt the defense earlier on, but, they were not needed for the last minute and 22 seconds. I really hope Andy Reid takes Mr Sutton back behind the wood shed today and blisters his fanny for calling that stupid prevent. Letting Whitehead roam free on two passes was totally irresponsible.

    • micah stephenson

      How did yesterdays game prove anything about Alex except even his best wasn’t good enough? Yea he FINALLY put up almost 300 yards and 3 tds and it still wasn’t good enough. Rivers put up 400 yrds on our defense. Defense can’t win EVERY game, sometimes the offense got to win it. Some games haft to b won by having a shootout!

      • None ofyour Business

        Exactly, micah! I’m still a naysayer myself. Smith did “alright” in the game, but most passing yards still came on runs after the catch, and Smith’s one interception was HUGE!

        And Woodwho? Only two key first downs, and the defensive coaches didn’t “let” Woodhead “roam free” as you put it. Sean Smith simply got juked!

        Simply put, if Alex Smith wouldn’t have thrown the interception, we’d have won the game. Had he done what he typically does and took more time off of the clock, we might have won the game. So, let’s not focus solely on the defense as the culprit. The offense made some dumb decisions as well.

        • phantomebb

          That interception was on avery just as much as it was on Smith. The defense just played horribly and wasnt clutch at all. No one covered woohead twice on that last drive and sean smith didnt touch his reciever at the line at all.

          • None ofyour Business

            Thanks for making my point phantom (which I thought was more than transparent)… Offense with one decent game (against a not so decent defence) does not mean that Alex Smith is a decent qb. They also didn’t eat enough time off the clock and gave Rivers another shot, which he took and scored. If you look at the last drive, who was supposed to be covering Woodhead? That’s right, Sean Smith.

            The point I was trying to make is every game we have won was BECAUSE OF THE DEFENSE. This loss wasn’t JUST because of the defense, and even in the ways it was, it wasn’t the defensive coordinator or a prevent defense.

          • micah stephenson

            I agree. 1 good game by “Alex Smith standards” here and there ain’t good enough for me ether.

          • phantomebb

            Andy Reid was the one who decided not to bleed the clock not A Smith hence the timeout. They were playing a zone blitz scheme so S Smith didn’t blow an assignment he just missed a hard tackle. I dont know what world you live in but 38 points is good for any team and its GREAT for the chiefs considering thier line and recievers are so bad.

          • None ofyour Business

            Um, never pointed fingers at Smith on the clock issue. Learn how to read, bub. And there were two plays involving Woodhead, BOTH S Smith’s fault, one a bad tackle attempt, the other blown coverage. Don’t know what world YOU live in, but 38 points against the Bolts isn’t that great. The O-line looked better than it has in weeks, and really? That bad of receivers? Wow. You AS’s family or something?

          • phantomebb

            You seem like one of those people who never played any amount of football and has a weird outlook on reality. Neither Woodhead plays were S Smiths fault, I think you need to look up what zone blitz scheme means. 38 points against the chargers is like the most they have given up all year 10 more points then the best offense, the broncos. Yea the receivers and o line both rank in the bottom 5 in the league. A little less talk a little more facts might give you a little more credibility.

          • Davé

            That interception was on Smith and Smith alone. Even a Smith groupie should be able to see that. It was a HORRENDOUS throw

          • phantomebb

            Lol ok Avery had a hard time in traffic and couldnt go get a slightly high pass, considering he has a 37.5 vertical, 5.5 more inches then bowe, I expect him to get high passes.

        • micah stephenson

          The int was ok to me. Passing for a lot of yards and tds comes with ints. So one int here or there is ok when you moving the ball in big chunks of yardage. The d did kinda lise this game. That being said, defense can’t win every game. Teams like the Broncos, Chargers, Pats, might have to b shootouts.

      • Michael Shaw

        Um Micah……the offense had the game won and the defense failed on the last drive to stop anyone. That loss is not on Alex as he gave the offensive production you were whining about all year. The ONLY mistake the offense can really be blamed for is not taking more time to get their last TD that put us up 38-34. But at that point you have to believe as good as this Defense has been all year that they could stop them and they didn’t. Try again.

        • micah stephenson

          I’m really not blaming any loss on Alex. We won the 9 game with defense (never gave up more than 17pts in every win) so the losses I’m blaming on the defense too.

    • micah stephenson

      I expected the Ass11 fans to b out in full force saying I told you so. Alex has one game where he almost had 300 yards and 3 tds and they will use that to say I told you so. Cassel had games like this, that didn’t make him the answer. I remember Orton having almost 300 yrds passing his 1st game as Chiefs. SD is in last place in the afc west for a reason. After 11 games Alexs numbers in most categories are near the bottom for a reason. Yes Alex can occasionally make a deep pass or have a decent game, if he couldn’t he wouldn’t have a job. Is he the long term solution? No

      • toperspective

        AS actually had a good game yesterday. Surprised me. The best of the year by far. But what’s funny is that when the stats were horrible the AS supporters said stats don’t matter, wins do. Now all of a sudden, stats matter.

        • Davé

          Haha so true.

      • RepOurChiefs

        Agreed.

    • Davé

      Alex had a good game but he also made his routine mistakes. If he played like that all season nobody would have a reason to voice doubt. He hasn’t so the naysayers still exist. That said he was the best QB option we had.

    • RepOurChiefs

      Ikr! Only works on madden lol

  • KcNdaRock

    Red hats, red tops, red pants, sea of red! Lets make a statement Reid and co…

  • Jarad

    Without BOTH Hali and Houston, this rapidly declining D will get stroked next Sunday!! Coopers true colors are showing through and he’s getting beat time and time again. And now our non-existent pass rush over the last 4 weeks has gotten 10 times worse. Looks like this team is a long way from a playoff run. But hey, At least they’re competitive right????

  • berttheclock

    Lyle, thanks for the info on the injury to Houston. I hope it is a mere “nursemaid’s” injury which heals must faster than one which requires 2 to 3 weeks of being in a sling. A nursemaid injury is akin to a child having its arm pulled out of joint.

  • berttheclock

    The biggest problem Cooper seems to be having is recognizing pick plays. He has been asked to pick up receivers who end up crossing behind picks. Gates really set one on him yesterday.

    I still believe Dorsey did the correct thing in drafting Kelce at 63 in the draft. Had he stayed healthy, he really would have been a weapon as a H-back or TE. However, at 76, it looks as though San Diego had a real steal in their receiver from Cal. Had an injury which slowed him for the combines and he dropped into the 3rd round. Fully recovered, he dealt the Chiefs fits, yesterday. He was another who took advantage of picks.

    • Michael Shaw

      The funny thing is that Gates only acted like he was going to and Cooper still moved. Despite losing, that was a comical play, IMO.

  • Erik Hild

    I think even without Houston and Hali our defense can be good enough to stop the Broncos. I live in Arkansas and will be making up to KC for thanksgiving with the family and the game at Arrowhead. Without H2 Dontari Poe will have to step up big. The Broncos will be dealing with injury issues as well. Last night DRC, Ihenacho, and Moreno all got hurt. I think Dwayne and Dexter will step up on offense and the Chiefs defense creates a turnover or two as the Chiefs take over the division lead. KC 28-24

    • trinity

      Saying your defense can stop manning without Houston and hali is absolutely laughable. Lol they couldn’t even get to him WITH Houston and hali! This defense was falling apart even before they got injured. If the defense can’t hold up, understand that it’s over for the chiefs. Because Alex smith will not win a damn thing for you guys. Face it man.

      • Davé

        Oh our bandwagon shit fan is perusing comments to respond with his shit ass knowledge of the game. GET OFF OUR FUCKING SITE LOSER. Did you enjoy that loss yesterday? Blowing a 24 point lead and having Welker muff that call on the punt to lose the game? Oh man that made our loss so much easier, especially seeing Manning’s purple dork face after it all. You know you the Donkeys are? A great loser team. Manning will lose in the playoffs like he almost always does. Sure you are a better team but guess what? You have the best QB in the game…Isn’t that a luxury? Fuck off. I don’t think Denver can beat San Fran, NO, Seattle, or even the Patriots again. You might make it out of the AFC but every team you would meet in the Super Bowl plays exactly the type of game that scares the shit out of Denver. And do not think washed up Rodgers Cromartie or Champ Bailey are going to save the day. Enjoy your awesome regular season bitch.

        • trinity

          “Sure you guys are the better team”. Thank you :). Lol that’s the only rational thing you said. There’s hope for you yet davey boy lol. As for enjoying my regular season, thank you again! I will a hell of a lot more than you will :)

        • RepOurChiefs

          Im actually watchn that game now…we looked way better than denver does in this game. Not talking smack..its the truth though.

      • Erik Hild

        Face what the Patriots defense stopped Manning and who the f*#% do they have besides Aqib Talib? Exactly. The chiefs defense in Arrowhead can and will take care of business. The chiefs win Sunday 31-28

        • trinity

          You’re simply delusional. You guys could not stop him even with your best players, so what the hell makes you think they will do it without them? Lol just simply the fact that they’re at home? Stop it. Very simply, the broncos are a better team than the chiefs. You had a nice run, but you guys are playing real teams now. You guys will get the number 5 seed, and then bomb. Lol just watch :).

          • Erik Hild

            The chiefs held Peyton to only one passing TD in Denver. The simple fact that he relies on audibles at the line and Arrowhead is the loudest stadium in the world makes me believe the home field advantage will help. When we were 2-14 last year we held the broncos to 17 points. Now that I have argued my point with proof to back up my claim where is yours? Oh yeah your a broncos fan so you just try to beat your chest as loud as possible. If the chiefs lose I’ll eat my words but I doubt you would do the same you piece of crap troll.

          • trinity

            Proof to back up your claim?? Hahahaha. You know, i am starting to think you didn’t even watch that game dude. Saying your defense held peyton to anything is LAUGHABLE! Forget about sacks, your “elite defense” didn’t even touch him! Peyton’s ankle is the only thing that held peyton, and that’s the bottom line. He had one touchdown pass simply because they ran the ball more. A strategy created by him and his team to look after his ankle. Lol so don’t give me that BS about you guys holding him down, because they did nothing. Sure, if you guys win on Sunday, i will give credit where it’s due. But considering the fact that Denver is, very simply, a better team than the chiefs i don’t think that will happen. Period.

          • Erik Hild

            Considering he has thrown for multiple TDs in every game except the game against KC I would say that’s holding him to something. The chiefs defense is a top 5 unit that is simply the truth. Holding Denver to their lowest point total of the year up to that point is something else. Also it’s not like I said the chiefs are going to dominate Peyton Manning. If you look at the score I predicted you would see that and again what sort of proof do you have to back up your bs arguments? NONE why are the broncos such a better team? The KC offense is average and the defense is a top 5 unit. Denver has the leagues best offense for sure but the defense is not good at all expect against the run which they hardly have to defend anyway. Chiefs defense will be good enough at Arrowhead because of crowd noise isn’t that why Denver’s defense looks better at Mile High? Instead of trying to attack my credibility, of which I have none, convince me of why Denver will win on Sunday. Your a stubborn ass who can’t back up your own claims you just try and disprove mine. The facts are there KC held Denver to 17 in arrowhead last year. Fact. The chiefs play better at Arrowhead. Fact. So why do you think Denver will win in KC on Sunday?

          • trinity

            Erik, you’re amusing. Seriously lol. What makes the broncos better? Why do i think they’re going to win? Lol you literally said it in your own argument dude! The Denver offense. There is no such thing as a defensive game when it comes to peyton manning. His opponents only chance is to score! Do you know peyton mannings opponent record over his career when they score fewer than 21 points? 4-105. Oh yes Erik. In his ENTIRE CAREER he has only lost 4 times when his opponents don’t score at least 3 touchdowns. Alex smith and his mediocre 17-20 points a game simply will not get it done against peyton manning. Hell, even with the broncos 2 losses, they still were not stopped. Even in the losses they scored 33 and 31! You and i both know that the chiefs aren’t built to play that way, and the stats show that that is the only hope you have of beating peyton. Now, lets take your point about the chiefs defense. Again, they didn’t do a damn thing to peyton. Not even a single hit for these “sack masters”! We only scored 27 because peyton threw less, and that’s the only reason. Period. And sure, they are a really good defense, but stop kidding yourself dude. In the last 4 games they have only 1 sack. They are not nearly as good now as they were to start, and everyone knows that. And that is why i think you guys will lose. Again :)

          • Erik Hild

            Finally a valid argument good job you articulated yourself well. I still think Alex Smith proved last week he can sling the ball around if need be. And while our defense is banged up the secondary is good enough to hold Denver to under 30. My original prediction for the game was 28-24 chiefs so your point about Peyton’s record when opponents score less than 21 is moot. Arrowhead is going to be very very loud come Sunday and it will mess with Manning. The Broncis can kiss my ass because when it comes to the playoffs guess who has a losing record. Peyton Manning.

          • trinity

            And maybe this season, he’ll lose again to the patriots since Brady always seems to have his number. But it won’t be to your boys, because i know they won’t be able to keep up. Sure, Alex had a good game last week. Lol but it’s Alex smith. If you truly know him, then you know exactly what i am getting at. That game most definitely was not who he can be consistentry. Sure, he’s a great manager who can ride great defenses and great running games to lots of victories, but that’s done while largely staying out of the way himself. To beat Denver, you will need him to be something he simply is not. He will screw you guys in the end. Just watch :)

          • Erik Hild

            Alex Smith has done nothing detrimental to the chiefs yet so we will see. And you said our defense want great do it’s not like he’s riding that right? Haha anyway it was nice bickering with you over thanksgiving weekend. If you want to poke fun at me more check out my blog.

            ehildblog.wordpress.com

          • trinity

            Sure thing :)

  • ……ChiefsFan……

    We lose a tough game, and all of a sudden Reid and Sutton are morons? Cooper is terrible? Our defense is laughable?

    Those of you spewing this nonsense in your comments need to get past the loss, and realize what you are saying. Your “sky falling” comments are the only things that are laughable.

    GET OVER IT AND LETS GO CHIEFS!!!!!

    • berttheclock

      Calling for a prevent defense against a legitimate QB is stupid, no matter who happens to be the defensive co-ord. Yes, Sutton has turned around the defense, but, letting Woodhead get wide open for two straight catches for long 1st downs was inexcusable Prevent does not work. As for Cooper, he has been an important of the run up of 9 wins, but, he is being asked to cover receivers who are crossing and he is being really hurt by not recognizing picks. That will improve.

      • ……ChiefsFan……

        I agree with all that you say here Bert, I was referring to the addict’s comments that are clearly only out of frustration. I get it I’m frustrated too, but seeing some of these comments just irritates me. The prevent was a ridiculous call, but having Houston and Hali out of the game really changed how the game plan could be executed. I would like to know how many of the Chargers points came after those injuries. I’m guessing somewhere around 24, but I can’t say for sure.
        Either way I have moved on from the loss, and I’m preparing myself for the Denver game.

        On a side note, didn’t the Houston injury look very familiar to what McCluster had either last year or the year before? If I remember correctly he didn’t miss a game from that injury. Maybe just wishful thinking.

        • berttheclock

          I was thinking of the worst case scenario of his elbow possibly being hyper extended in the manner Jackson’s knee was injured in his second year. Possibly, Dexter suffered more of a “nursemaid’s” injury where the elbow was merely pulled loose as a young child having its arm pulled loose by a parent or nanny. Much will depend on the medical analysis of this week. However, I remember Sims saying in the latter part of the game, the Chiefs had gone against pass rushing Rivers which was due to not having the HH connection on the field. If the same remains next Sunday, then, the Bronco receivers will have to be jammed no matter how much they enjoy their picks. I remember when Gates was much faster and Romeo had two players jam him which really took Rivers off stride. Not much of an Al Davis fan, but, I really liked his usage of the bump and run. His DBs could really BUMP.

        • Michael Shaw

          It was 14-3 when Houston came out, then SD scored the rest of their points. As for calling out Sutton, I am a fan who is seeing this defense play differently then when they won 8-0. The last three games have not been the same game plan for some reason. I have always been a fan of “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it!” and I am trying to figure out the logic for the change in play calling. Smacking the WR’s in the face at the LOS has worked well most of the year when we were doing it on every passing down. Now we aren’t and I am baffled and YES very frustrated. I know this team is better than SD for sure and I am positive they can beat Manning. He isn’t flawless. We held him to one TD in our game and NE held him to 150 yds passing with far LESS talent than we have on our defense. So something is wrong somewhere.

        • RepOurChiefs

          Right man. We got to roll with the punches. At the beginning of the season I predicted 10-6 unrealisticly and even 8-8 was far fetched. They are 9-2 with a chance at post season play so why all the fire breathing is beyond me. Im having fun and enjoying this. Bring on denver. Not thinking bout the chargers til the Chiefs are on the field with them again. Niether D played well..Both Off aired it out…Rivers through a great passed and won the shootout. .the end. NEXT!

      • RepOurChiefs

        And a official was within 4 yard of the 3 picks I saw. Im not crying bout it cause I know “no calls” are part of the game but i still believe in Coop to improve on it as well.

    • berttheclock

      I really do not care if the finest defensive co-ords of all time were called out for calling a stupid prevent defense. Sutton has done a great job and he is largely responsible for the nine wins, but, he was stupid to call a prevent against Rivers. A prevent does not prevent. I saw Tebow turned from a dummy trying to play QB into a sensation for winning by Chicago calling for a prevent and Pittsburgh thinking they could play him as they did everyone else and letting him have freedom of wide open receivers. Tebow was a nothing when his receivers were jammed and covered. He was “Awesome” when his receivers were left wide open without any defensive back within five yards of them.

      Cooper is having problems trying to cover receivers on crossing patterns who are using pick plays. I am sure Sutton will be able to correct his problems as Cooper is still young enough and talented enough to improve.

      • toperspective

        Crossing patterns are a big problem for the Chiefs defense and Sutton hasn’t figured out a way to adjust. I’ve seen very few in-game adjustments on the defensive side of the ball. Just like when they completed 642 straight passes to Allen in the 1st half.

    • Davé

      I am pretty sure the only people saying our defense is laughable is the one troll Denver fan. So when you think you are talking to the masses you are only talking to one person. Criticism of Reid and Sutton are deserved because yesterday was largely a loss on the coaching staff. As everyone has stated Sutton’s defense selection was more or less dumb as hell against Rivers who is by the way playing much much better than our own QB this year. Reid was a complete air head moron when he called time out with so much time on the play clock. Sure that did not lose the game but nobody knows how the following plays would have been effected with less time on the clock. If you think losing two straight to good QBs is not worrisome…….We face Manning and Rivers again before this is all done. Then we get to the playoffs where we will meet nothing but decent QBs. The sky is not falling but losing two straight is not reason to celebrate either.

  • phantomebb

    Its not really much of a showdown. Even if the chiefs win the broncos own the tie breaker.

    • D forte

      If Chiefs win out they win the division.

      • Michael Shaw

        Don’t see us winning out. We might win 3 or 4 more games.

    • jeffromac23

      We are tied now so if we beat the Broncos we will have a one game lead and the tie breakers have absolutely no effect on it.

    • Davé

      Unless you know how to do math. 10-2 > 9-3.

      • None ofyour Business

        I think maybe he’s referring to the fact that if we end up with the same records the Donkeys own the tiebreaker.

  • trinity

    Even WITH your top pass rushers, you guys didn’t get a hand on manning. So it’s doubtful it will happen on Sunday. This defense was starting to get torched even before Houston and Hali went down. I don’t think that will change on Sunday

    • Michael Shaw

      Go back to donkeyland!!

    • toperspective

      Praying for cold and big wind because Manning can’t handle the bad weather.

      • trinity

        Yeah, good idea. Because it seems that an intervention from mother nature is the only shot you guys have in this game lol

        • toperspective

          Whatever it takes. Maybe Peyton can throw for 151 next week. :)

    • Davé

      Thirteen comments?? Fucking bandwagon shit fan. Get off our fucking site.

      • trinity

        lol! The truth hurts, huh?

        • Davé

          what truth? that you are suddenly a Denver fan on the internet now that your team has a good QB? No man that does not hurt me in the least.

        • toperspective

          You must be so butt hurt after last nights brutal, brutal loss that you’ve come to our site to spread your pain. I take solace in the fact that you and I know Manning will crap the bed in the playoffs.

          • trinity

            Toperspective, if he does crap the bed, he’ll be sitting on the couch right next to Alex smith, because the chiefs sure as hell won’t be getting it done. Lol! Open your eyes to reality dude

  • micah stephenson

    Smith had his best day as a Chiefs going 26-38 (68.4%) for 294 yards (7.7 YPA) with 3 TDs and an INT….. Wow! Those look like Monsterous outragous probowl type numbers for Alex Smith. For other QB that’s a normal days work. Lol. If I was a Smith Fan I’d b talking big shit today! Lol.

    • Michael Shaw

      Don’t need to, you seem to be covering the bases for us buddy!! LOL!!!

    • kcchiefinlv

      If Alex Smith is a problem at QB, then what is your solution?

    • Danny W

      Give’em hell Micah. ha

    • RepOurChiefs

      Lmao ..big shyt