December 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) scores a 71-yard touchdown against Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Miles Burris (56) during the third quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Arrowhead Fix: The Victory Monday Edition


Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning, and especially in the middle of the afternoon when things are starting to drag.  Here at Arrowhead Addict, we understand that for a Chiefs fan, coffee is simply not enough.

Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom today.

Welcome to The Fix.

I don’t know what else there is to say that hasn’t already been said. Yesterday, the Chiefs scored 56 points against an Oakland Raiders team in upheaval. That 56 points are the most points scored by any team this year. Let that one sink in for a second. The internet is ablaze this morning and everybody is talking about the five touchdown performance of running back Jamaal Charles. I’ve tried to combine the best articles here for your reading ease and pleasure.

Vahe Gregorian at the Kansas City Star wrote a great piece yesterday about the Chiefs celebrating their rebirth as a franchise under head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey. In addition to some great player quotes, there’s a couple paragraphs where team owner and CEO, Clark Hunt, discusses what Reid means to this Chiefs team.

He’s every bit the great leader that I thought he would be. The guys responded to him so well early on, and that’s continued. It hasn’t all been easy. We went through a three-game stretch where we didn’t win a game, and it was tough. But the guys knew that Andy had been there…and as a result, we’re sitting here today in the playoffs.”

Indeed, the Chiefs are in the playoffs, largely because of one man on the field. As Sam Mellinger from the Star breaks down in his article, Charles is responsible for 38.4 percent of the Chiefs’ total offense this season. And, he’s scored 18 touchdowns; the rest of the team scored the other 18. Every time JC finds the end zone, he has quite the dance. He explains that here.

I just wipe the haters off me. Especially the people who said I wouldn’t ever come back from my ACL: ‘Oh, he won’t ever be the same.’ I wipe it off for the people who doubted me and doubted my ACL. So I try to wipe my ACL down, too. Just to let them know.”

I always wondered what the “wipe down dance” was all about. Well, now we know. Haters, go away.

Finally, this morning, we turn to ESPN’s Chiefs blogger, Adam Teicher who breaks down Kansas City’s victory yesterday as well. Lost in the celebration of clinching a playoff spot and the monster game Jamaal Charles had, some other good things happened yesterday as well.

Alex Smith threw four of his five TD passes to Charles, going 17 for 20 for 287 yards to make the Chiefs the fourth team ever to make the playoffs a year after losing at least 14 games. Kansas City (11-3) is tied for first place in the AFC West with Denver but needs help to win the division because the Broncos swept the season series.

Along with those numbers, Smith put up a perfect game with a passer rating of 158.3. That doesn’t happen. Even when you have the best running back in the league.

That’s it for today, Addicts. Enjoy this one. The Chiefs are in the playoffs!

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  • berttheclock

    Kudos to Pederson working with Reid on the game plan. Those swing passes were designed to negate the pass rush and blitzing by the Raiders as shown in the first game at Arrowhead. In fact, one of the later swings came after the Raiders had called a blitz from the right side of Smith. They brought two blitzers and Charles was left wide open to race down the field.

    • micah stephenson

      On that wheel routt, raiders had 10 at the line of Scrimage, the D was playing man, Charles ran a good routt, I got the defender to think he was gone to catch it in the flat, then burned up field, that LB cudnt keep up with Charles, nice catch, but the vision and cut back on the safty C.Woodson was nice.

      • Frank

        Charles needs a DB on him or else. LBs only have a chance with him on the rush, when he is somewhat contained. Let him loose and he will make you pay out at the second level. Ref: 5 TDs vs OAK!

    • freshmeat62

      The thing I’ve noticed the last few weeks is how Smith is getting more protection and is having time to look deeper downfield.

      • micah stephenson

        The oline is playing waaay better now and the wrs are creating more seperation too.

        • guest

          Very true

  • berttheclock

    BTW, the backup linebacker, Charles beat on the wheel route was Miles Burris, out of San Diego State. He had a 4.67 forty and a 6.81 cone in the combine, which is respectable, but, not enough to try to cover such as Charles, especially, as noted yesterday by Jason, a perfect pass was thrown and hit Charles in stride.

    • micah stephenson

      I don’t think you can cover charles speed with a dB. I like how they line him up at wr too.

  • berttheclock

    I apologize to all for my third post in a row, but, yesterday, some poster tried to diss Alex Smith by pointing out the great yardage after the catch by Charles. I wonder if he had any understanding that going into the game of yesterday, Charles was 11th in the league in yardage after the catch? The list in front of him read as Number One, Demaryius Thomas of Denver, followed in order by Josh Gordon, Pierre Thomas, the RB for the Saints, Antonio Brown, Kendall Wright, Harry Douglas, LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte and Calvin Johnson. Collectively, all of those ten have very mediocre QBs throwing to them, eh? Well, perhaps, one or two, but……….

    • micah stephenson

      I here you on the yac. But what does that haft to do with the teams with the best QB are the teams usually still left standing at the end?

    • micah stephenson

      Charles is the best. He shud b near the top n yac. I kinda thought we wud see waaay more screen passes this yr.

  • micah stephenson

    The Chiefs are kickin ass!!!!!!!

  • micah stephenson

    Andy Ried shud b coach of the yr! I knew he was good but the way the team is clicking on all cylinders is awesome! Ried is the man!

  • freshmeat62

    You know what I hate? The term “haters”. I have been labeled that a few times, especially when I use to comment on the KC Star stories – which I don’t do much any more because, well, hardly anybody does any more. It’s kind of dead over there since you have to have a Facebook account. I closed mine a couple years ago when I got in trouble for finding an old girlfriend. Long story for another site.

    Any way, “haters”. How about just calling them “fans”. The reason I’m saying this, is because what I’m about to say will probably get me labeled as a hater.

    I don’t know what has happened to the defensive play calling of Sutton. The first 8 games this year, that D was one of the most aggressive, attacking, and dominate D’s in the league. These last 6 he’s turned into Romeo Crennel w/ these mushy let them come to you defenses. I told my wife at halftime yesterday, that I wouldn’t be surprised if Oakland came back in the 2nd half to beat the Chiefs, and they made a good run at it.

    A few years ago the Chiefs, as I remember, had only 10 sacks for the year. At the rate they have been going the last 6 games, I don’t think they would get to 10 in a season. I realize that w/o Houston they don’t have quite the attacking power, but they went away from that attacking style a couple games before Houston was hurt. The Chiefs secondary is getting picked apart, especially by good QB’s, Manning and Rivers. Luckily they have had to face mostly a bunch of bums at QB this year. These next 2, Luck and Rivers, are not bums, and I can see the Chief’s secondary getting picked apart again if there isn’t more pressure applied. And when they get into the playoffs, they’ll be facing good QB’s.

    The Chiefs secondary is probably about average in talent, it’s nothing great. It needs for the front 7, or whatever defense they use to put pressure on the QB.

    For the first time in years, I haven’t really thought about the draft yet. I’d like to not for a few more weeks.

    • micah stephenson

      You ain’t a hater for that. When our d is playing its best is when they sacking the QB. When you give a QB all day he will look good, The DBs can only hold for so long.

      • Frank

        Word. I’d rather get beat bringing the heat, than sitting back while they attack.

    • berttheclock

      I completely agree with many of your points. But, as for that term “haters”, for some reason and I have seen it used at political sites for years and have heard it on Entertainment Political “News” of either side, that use thrown at anyone who dared disagree with the “Correct” view. What ever happened to good old fashioned disagreement?

    • Chuck Burrell

      How about pessimist or “glass half empty guy?” I’m not saying your points are invalid or unnoted, but come on, glass half empty guy. We just scored more points than any other team all year and more points against a rival than any team ever…. Why choose to dwell on the negatives? Oh well, you can’t please everybody. Go Chiefs

  • micah stephenson

    Our Oline is playing hella good!!! Stephenson and Allen have been mowing fools down on that left side! Hudson is getting down field blocks. Swartz is good, Fisher is getting better. We still have Albert and Asomoah. The line looks real good now! Ried said he wud play the best 5, and I think he found the 5.

    • freshmeat62

      I made a comment below about how much the o-line has improved. Smith is getting more time in the pocket, and the downfield blocking is looking better. I have noticed Fisher several times the last few weeks leading and getting blocks.

      • micah stephenson

        Our line is CLOWNING right now!

  • micah stephenson

    Yea! Chiefs are tied for #1 wit the Denver BUMcos!

    • guest

      Lol “BUMcos”.. thats a 1st.

  • micah stephenson

    56 points is the most ever scored on the Radiers!!!! I got a friend that played for the Radiers, after the Radiers win he call me talkin all kinds of beep, but when the Chiefs win he won’t even answer the phone!!! That’s ok, I’m getting in my car and driving over there! Lol.

    • guest

      Hahaha..right on micah

    • Frank

      Nice. Tell him Hi from your buddy AS11. Ha.

  • micah stephenson

    Chiefs are in the PLAYOFFS!!!!!! IM HAPPY. :-):-):-):-):-)