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Kansas City Chiefs are the Ultimate Wild Card

Here we are, hours away from the first round of the 2013 NFL playoffs. It’s Wild Card weekend, and the Kansas City Chiefs may be the biggest wild card of them all.

The Chiefs, who went 2-14 in 2012 before John Dorsey and Andy Reid took over the organization, have been a trip to watch this season. Even the most delusional homer of fans probably didn’t see the 9-0 start coming, but without a doubt, it captured the attention of not only Chiefs’ Kingdom, but the NFL as a whole.

Some claimed the Chiefs were a fraud. Others, legit. Some thought that quarterback Alex Smith was an anomaly of his true self. Others felt he was the right fit for the right team.

No matter what though, it was tough to dispute that with a ball-control offense, a dominant defense and a truly special, special teams; Kansas City was on the map.

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they were still talking about ‘em.

Here we are, hours away from Kansas City’s matchup with the AFC South champion Indianapolis Colts. Kansas City has lost five of its last seven games, and that includes a 7-23 loss to this very same Colt’s team at Arrowhead. It also includes two losses to San Diego and two losses two Denver, both playoff teams in the AFC.

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Still, that stretch featured key injuries to players like Justin Houston, who’s expected to be back for tomorrow’s game, tight end Anthony Fasano, Branden Albert and Eric Fisher—all starters.

It also featured dominant wins on the road at Washington and at Oakland, and running back Jamaal Charles launched himself into the MVP race. This is for the league mind you, not just for the team.

It could be easy to have mixed thoughts on this team, but one thing is for certain; it possesses all the pieces to be a very dangerous playoff draw. With Houston back, expect Kansas City’s pass-rush to get back on track. Though the secondary has had its issues as of late, it still features play makers like Marcus Cooper and Eric Berry.

Offensively, there’s little doubting that Charles is one of the best players in the league. There’s also no doubting the fact that the offense grew by leaps and bounds during the second half of the season, and when the Chiefs’ offense is clicking; they can put up some major points.

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Throw in a special teams that can and will change games, great coordinators and an experienced head coach in Andy Reid; and no team will be able to take Kansas City lightly during these playoffs.

The Chiefs are the ultimate wild card, and they’ll get their chance to shake things up this Saturday.

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Tags: Alex Smith Andy Reid Anthony Fasano Branden Albert Eric Fisher Jamaal Charles John Dorsey Justin Houston

  • Pealvin

    Let’s go get em. This is easily a homer comment and I don’t care. We just need to get outta Indy with a win and then we will be in business. I don’t care if Denver would be next, we’d be ready to roll. Deep playoff run coming! Let’s go!

  • Aaron Martin

    When we win this game, I believe there is no stopping us. AR will have this team rolling! I would love to know they need 8 alternates for the Pro Bowl!! Go Chiefs.

  • tm1946

    We all expect the Chiefs to play a lot better than the last colts’ game. We have 8 probowlers and I expect all 8 to show up and play like it. Also, I expect/beg Bowe to do more than be a decoy. Lastly, win or go home, everyone who can contribute should not be on the bench for the next game. Run Charles, hit the TE, Bowe catches or bench him. Defense try to remember the first 9 games and play like that.

    Sorry I am nuts. This is the best we have been in a long time. Now act like it.

  • sidibeke

    I think we win this by two scores. I really do. And I like our chances against NE or Den in the next round, too. My biggest concern was going into Cincy, but if we get there, it’ll be for the AFC Championship, so I’m good with that.

    • Deadmeat

      I took a $100 dollar bet on the chiefs. Couldn’t resist, when he gave me 10 points. Had to shut up the cocky colts fan. If I bet anything, it’s for a beer. But his arrogance, got me.

      • sidibeke

        They gave you 10 points? Those terms are far to nice to pass up. I hope KC steps up the way I think they will and you enjoy spending the cash.

        • Deadmeat

          Yep, I kept telling him I didn’t want to bet, but 10 points convinced me. I’ll just buy $100 bucks worth of shots for all the chiefs fans at Benchwarmers..:)

  • phantomebb

    Cooper was benched weeks ago why mention him??

  • tm1946

    Well just heard, Fisher out, so much for the first round pick. Hali will be a game time decision. Big bite in the rear for us.

  • Chris Tarrants

    It’s been a great year no matter how far we go into the playoffs. Reid and Dorsey have put the league on notice! This team is the work of less that a year with these two, just think what they will do after another year! Oh just a little humor to think about, if we make it to the dance and so does SF then Alex will get his shot at redemption but even funnier is that the league would need 16 alternates for the pro bowl!

  • Jarad

    Im ready to celebrate scores in all 3 phases!!! KC is fielding their best 5 on the OL , so Charles and Smith should be primed to put up 30+. Houston, Poe and company will harass Luck, forcing errant throws. And as i keep saying, Toub will make his presence felt in this playoffs. Special teams will indeed be special. ALL 3 PHASES!!!!!!! Go Chiefs!!!!

    • sidibeke

      Yeah. That’s what I’m talkin’ about. I’m so crazy stoked for this game.

  • Tony Parker

    finally, playoff football is back baby!! I have a good gut feeling about this game and my gut feeling is right 90% of the time. Chiefs win 28 – 17.
    Enjoy the win fellow Chief fans.


    I’ve been listening to the “wise guys” all morning. In Vegas, the odds on this game opened with the Colts two and a half point favorites. Now, that number is the Chiefs are one and a half point favorites. A four point swing! That almost never happens. What they are saying is that the Chiefs are looked on as the better team. Well, in a few hours we will know. GO CHIEFS!!!!

  • stephan costa

    KANSAS CITY CHIEF PLAYOFF FOOTBALL!!!!!!!!!! Nuf said! What a turnaround! What a great season. What a great job by our organization from Mr. Hunt to the front office to our awesome coaches to the players we love! They put the hard work in early & often! Brought it hard & with heart! Made all us Chiefs fans proud & loud! We love you win or lose !! Love to see the drought end but that’s our hangup.You have by far overachied. ! Here’s your reward boys,now go get ya some!!!!!!!!! (K.C. wins this watch out for a dangerous team living on house money!) WAR CHIEFS !!!