Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis (34) celebrates after a touchdown run during the first half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The Arrowhead Fix: The Playoff 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.

It’s here, Addicts. Your Kansas City Chiefs are in the playoffs for the first time since 2010. This week, they will prepare for their Wildcard Round opponent, the Indianapolis Colts, before traveling to Lucas Oil Stadium for Saturday’s match up.

In talking about the Chiefs playing on the road in the playoffs, Blair Kerkhoff from the Kansas City Star has a piece up this morning talking about how well the Chiefs have played on the road this season.

Even with Sunday’s loss at San Diego, the Chiefs went 6-2 away from Arrowhead Stadium and 5-3 in the friendly confines. Among the 12 playoff teams, only the Eagles joined the Chiefs with a better road mark this season, and as a division winner the Eagles open at home.

As the Chiefs roll into playoff mode and the starters will work back into the rotation, all eyes will be on running back Jamaal Charles. However the Chiefs won’t be the only team with their eyes on the prolific running back. The Colts will likley make stopping Charles mission number one. That is why it’s imperative for back up running back Knile Davis — who had a breakout game Sunday with 81 yards and two touchdowns — to step up in his reserve roll with the Chiefs. Chiefs Insider Reid Ferrin at the Mothership has this post up with quotes from the Chiefs players as well as Davis himself about his play on Sunday.

“A lot of respect to Jamaal Charles,” Davis said. “I’m banged up and I know what he goes through every week; I have nothing but respect for Jamaal. I have the adrenaline pumping in the game, but as soon as it’s over, I feel it. I just run hard, run angry, that’s my mindset, that I can’t be brought down and that’s how I run. You have to run with a chip on your shoulder; that’s football.”

Finally today, our friend B.J. Kissel over at Bleacher Report has a must read post up regarding the long awaited return of Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston. He asks the question “Can Houston’s Return Fuel Kansas City Chiefs Defense in Playoffs?”

To be honest, there’s no way to quantify how much of it was the opposing teams getting better and how much of it was Houston being gone. 

The only thing we know for sure is that Houston is a great player and he makes the Chiefs defense better, and he’ll play this week. 

The Chiefs have a lot of work ahead of them to get ready for this Saturday’s match up. Let’s hope they’re ready!

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