For once the Chiefs seems to be leading a blessed life. However they will play their strongest opponent of this season thus far on Sunday when they face the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee is but a field goal away from being 4 and 0 as well, and they have a top rated defense and solid offense. However the Titans have a problem in that they lost star quarterback, Jake Locker to a hip injury. So instead the Titans will have to start former Buffalo bust, Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick played well last week after replacing Locker near the end of the Jets game.
However, advantage Chiefs.
In fact, KC is now favored by 3 on the road. I picked the Chiefs last week in a walk and that’s exactly what happened. I was even close on the final score which I had at 27 to 10, with the actual score being 31 to 7.
I hope and trust Chiefs coach Andy Reid, general manager John Dorsey and owner Clark Hunt have been having lengthy meetings about finding a solid receiver, running back and an additional offensive lineman. Like most teams, the Chiefs are thin on quality backup players, especially on offense.
If our defense holds up and the offense gets one step better, then yes, the Kansas City Chiefs are an AFC Championship contender. What’s scary is that our offense is built around Jamaal Charles. The problem is Jamaal is badly worn down by being overused and having no relief. Clearly, Reid doesn’t trust any of the other backs because Charles is in on 90 percent of the plays.
But he needs help.
Everyone questions quarterback Alex Smith’s arm strength, but I don’t. It’s pretty tough to go deep when you have no receiver that can break open. And Dwayne Bowe is starting to look like an old man out there. Bowe had a garbage touchdown at the end of the Giant’s game, but where was he the rest of the game?
First off, that isn’t true. Secondly so are all good receivers, it’s Bowe’s job to get open once in a while. Donnie Avery played well against the Eagles but had a couple of drops last week. It’s also scary to think our best receiver is Sean McGrath, a former third string tight end. Hey, who knows? Maybe Avery’s the next superstar tight end in the league.
The best news was that the Chiefs found a top notch cornerback this past Sunday in Marcus Cooper, a rookie from Rutgers. Frankly, Cooper looked better than Brandon Flowers has thus far. He was one of the key reasons the Chiefs were able to shut the Giants down in the second half of the game.
So what have we learned?
The Chiefs are definitely a solid playoff team, however, they will have to go outside of the current roster to improve their offense and take them to the elite level. Alex Smith is good enough to get you into a Super Bowl and power Rankings have the Chiefs anywhere from 3rd to 6th, their best ranking since 2003.
Just win, baby!
NFL and College Picks
College football has more opportunities this week than the pros.
Vanderbilt should handle MU at home, Kansas has no shot at beating Texas Tech. I like the big boys to win, Ohio State, Stanford, Oregon, Alabama…I see no likely upsets this week with the Top 10.
Vanderbilt (-1 ½) over Missouri
Texas Tech (-12) over Kansas on a tease with Georgia (-5 ½) at Tennessee
Ohio State (-1 ½ ) over Northwestern on a tease with Oregon (-33) over Colorado
LSU (-4) over Mississippi State on a tease with Georgia (-5 ½ ) over Tennessee
Stanford (-2) over Washington on a tease with LSU (-4) over Mississippi State
Indianapolis (+9) over Seattle teased with Denver (-3) over Dallas
KC Chiefs (+3) over Tennessee on a tease with New Orleans (+6) over Chicago
Atlanta (-4) over the Jets on a tease with Denver (-3) over Dallas.
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