Coffee with the Chiefs – Alex Smith’s time


Good morning, Addicts! The Kansas City Chiefs are moving toward their matchup with the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Saturday afternoon. It is arguably the biggest game that this franchise has played since 1997, when it squared off with the Denver Broncos in the AFC Divisional playoffs in Arrowhead Stadium.

To win, the Chiefs don’t need a superhuman effort. Kansas City simply needs to play its game and let the rest handle itself. The Chiefs have the best defense in the National Football League. Can the offense do enough to get the job done?

Here’s the news you need to know…

Alex Smith can shed the game manager label with a winAdam Teicher of ESPN

"The air is rare in New England in January for visiting teams and visiting quarterbacks. The Patriots are 14-3 in Foxborough, Massachusetts, in the postseason with Brady as their quarterback. A football fan can’t turn on the TV in January without seeing Brady and the Patriots, almost always in the comfort of home."

Albert Wilson playing bigger role in the Chiefs’ offense – Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star

"Undersized, under-recruited, position change, name the condition. Wilson accepted every challenge and finds himself the Chiefs’ second option at wide receiver, a position that could take on greater significance if Jeremy Maclin’s ankle injury prevents him from playing or limits him in Saturday’s divisional round playoff game at New England."

Chiefs need a full game from Tamba HaliJoel Thorman of Arrowhead Pride

"Tamba said earlier this year that the rest Andy Reid is giving him during the practice week is a major part of him playing well. Tamba was really good earlier this season where he had 5.5 sacks in five games leading up to Week 12. The pass rush is as important as even against the Patriots, who had trouble with the Chiefs pass rush in last year’s game."