Of the two “lucky” plays that mattered, one was umpire Don Deckinger‘s bad call in the 1985 World Series where he pronounced one of the Royals safe at first when he was clearly out. That extended the inning and led to the eventual defeat of the St. Louis Cardinals and would be the only World Series Championship the Royals ever won. The other lucky moment was Mario Chalmers three point missile at the buzzer to send Bill Self’s Jayhawks to his only national championship. A foot-note to that; Chalmers is a great long ball shooter as we’ve learned during his time on the Miami Heat so maybe it was more talent than luck.
And this season has seen a cavalcade of breaks for our hometown Kansas City Chiefs.
As we’ve all heard a million times over in the media, they’re the only 9 and 0 team in the NFL but they really haven’t played anybody and really aren’t that good. To be fair, if you play Jacksonville and Tampa Bay every week, you’d probably lose at least one game, so 9 and 0 ain’t exactly easy in the NFL.
We’ve all noticed the Chiefs weak offense that seems to get weaker each game.
And we’ve watched our attack defense – also called a “big play” defense – dropping off over the last three or four games. So let’s be honest, we’ve faced second and third string and emergency quarterbacks over the last three to four weeks and barely won all those games. All while these fill-in quarterbacks have ripped and run on KC from their 20 to our 20. All too often we see our defensive line gashed for big runs or long throws, only to see opposing players either drop the ball or get overthrown.
Conversely, our offense has trouble getting even one touchdown a game. The Chiefs have counted on their defense to score or set up a score as well as having our special teams do the same. And our punter has been outstanding at putting the other team back by their goal over and over again.
The big difference has been in our red zone. These inexperienced quarterbacks face a much tougher task scoring near our goal line when our defense is right on top of them, that’s where many of our important turnovers have come.
This Sunday we face the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning. If memory serves Manning is undefeated against the Chiefs both as both a Colt and a Bronco. So it would seem the glass slipper still fits our Chiefs this coming Sunday. According to a medical expert on ESPN’s Mike and Mike this morning, Peyton Manning has a severe high ankle sprain. The medical expert predicted that one more medium to hard hit in that area would cause permanent damage to Manning’s ankle and cause him to have a bolt inserted into the ankle to hold the bone in place. He further stated it would be a career ending injury with Manning nearly 40 years old. Having said that, he said Manning should sit out at least 2 to 4 weeks.
But Peyton wants to play even with the pain reducing shots before the game, but it is likely they won’t help enough. Manning will not be able to disperse his body weight properly and his throws will become erratic and inaccurate. The bottom line is this: Manning will try and make short, quick throws for the most part and rely on his running back to bust through the Chiefs defense in order to win a close, hard fought game.
This is possible. The Chiefs have been belittled by a large part of the media as a fake and a fraud and most especially put down by the Denver media. The Chiefs will be highly motivated.
However this is a tough call on the road, even with an injured Peyton Manning. We’re still an 8 point underdog, but I like the Chiefs and the points.
Hell, I’ll take it a step further, Kansas City 20 Denver 17, Chiefs win.
Remember, Chiefs fans, even with a victory we have five very tough games ahead of us. PAnd Manning’s back up from Arizona State is six foot six and has a shotgun arm. He’s also capable of beating us with all the weapons he has and his ankles aren’t injured.
Let’s shock the NFL world and be undefeated, 10 and 0, after Sunday night. Let those old men in Miami keep the cork in their champagne bottle for another week.
Auburn (-3) over Georgia
Stanford (+2 ½ ) over USC on a tease with Alabama (-17) over Mississippi State
Florida State (-32) over Syracuse on a tease with Alabama (-17) over Mississippi State
Kansas City (+14 ½ ) over Denver on a tease with Seattle (-5) over Minnesota
Colts (-2 ½ ) over Tennessee Titans
Chargers (-2) over Miami
Enjoy Sunday night, go Chiefs!
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