It’s DEFENSES that win championships!
Like Raiders owner and general manager Al Davis says, "Just win baby." That applies to the Chiefs win over Denver Sunday at Arrowhead.
The good news is the Chiefs Defense was the best its been this year.
At least that applied to the pass defense. Giving up just six points to Denver was awesome. Holding Kyle Orton one of the league’s best passers to less than 100 yards, really nice. The Chiefs got all the stops they needed in the second half to win.
Big plays from Tamba Hali and Javier Arenas pressured Orton all day. Jamaal Charles provided nearly all the offense the Chiefs needed to overcome few big misplays from the passing game of THE FRANCHISE, Matt Cassel and company.
Yes, it was disturbing that Matt couldn’t hit Dwayne Bowe at all and had no other dependable receiver other than Tony Moeaki, the tight end. Yes, he can hit Jamaal and Dexter McCluster here and there, but we need more than that to win from this point forward.
Another major area of concern is the Chiefs short game – especially in the red zone.
We don’t have one to speak of! I have mentioned this all year. Our backs can’t pick up more than one or two yards inside the ten almost ever. So as I have stated this is a big issue. We are forced to throw and miss out on sure points near the goal line. We saw this Sunday again.
I believe the Chiefs will find that big running back somewhere for next season.
Now about the Chiefs’ Todd Haley, the likely "Coach of the Year" if the Chiefs win the West. Todd clearly made a huge mistake going for fourth and two at the goal line Sunday. A sure field goal would have given KC a two score lead in a tight game. The situation was not right for the try. Our backs had been shut down near the goal again and our passing game was out of rhythm.
I hope Todd learned not to do that again in the future unless our ground game is just killing.
The Chiefs were handed an early Xmas gift from Oakland.
As everyone now knows they jumped the Chargers and beat them in San Diego. This is what I spoke of last week, the Chiefs needing some help. The Raiders did just that. And with a two-game lead over Chargers and Raiders we are in decent shape. However a win at San Diego just about seals the deal. A lose and we could still be in some trouble.
A lose at San Diego would give us a one game advantage, but we still have a road game at St. Louis. They are a very good, well-rounded ball club. And yes, they could beat us. With that and hoping to win out at home, the Chiefs would finish 10-6. That might tie us with the Chargers, then they would likely win the west on tiebreakers.
The Raiders could come to Arrowhead with a shot at us, but they have a tougher schedule and likely will lose their 7Th game before they get here. Even if the Chargers beat KC Sunday, another loss for them likely would end their chances to win the west.
So things look pretty good.
It seems after a close one at home the Chiefs will work even harder to get their mojo back for San Diego.
Hopefully, the Chargers will have their heads down a bit after being beaten by the Raiders and we can jump on them. I think next week will be exciting. This would be our biggest win since the Chiefs with Joe Montana defeated Houston and Warren Moon in 1993 to send the Chiefs to the AFC title game against the Bills.
It feels like it’s our time doesn’t it?
Again, this has already been a great year for this program. Haley and Pioli inherited a mess and in two short seasons with no stars since they got here, we’re on the verge of the playoffs.
PS: The Chiefs could still be a wild card if Baltimore loses a couple more and we either have the better record or win the tiebreaker. This is less likely as they are a solid team and should win two or three more.
Nice to be in this spot at Xmas!