Leftridge: Chiefs Key to Success Hinges on Winning the Game

manningPJThe Chiefs are less than three days away from what is inarguably their biggest test in 10 years. Not since the 2003 season’s playoff matchup against the Indianapolis Colts has a game meant this much. (I’m excusing 2010’s anomaly from the conversation because that team was pretty terrible and I don’t think ANYONE rationally expected them to do anything against the Baltimore Ravens.)

Sunday night in Denver—hopefully in cold, snowy conditions (there’s a shot, and Peyton Manning is less effective in adverse weather)—Kansas City will battle the Broncos for AFC supremacy. This game means everything, and although a loss certainly doesn’t KILL KC, a win would cement their legitimacy as the NFL’s best team.

And although nobody outside of the KC Metro is likely expecting them to enact an upset, we all know better. After all, this is the NFL, where even the Jacksonville Jaguars can win a game.

Here’s what Kansas City must do to win.

chaliandlewisIt Would be Very Helpful if Manning Doesn’t Play

Look, we don’t like to wish injury upon ANYONE, right? It’s heartless and barbaric, and we’re civilized, damnit. But if Peyton Manning were to slip on his steps—maybe because Andy Reid broke into his palatial estate and coated his staircase with KFC chicken skins, maybe not—if this were to happen, and Manning’s already tender ankle succumbed to the slip, that would be helpful. Very helpful.

But if the Chiefs are against such tactics—and obviously, I *ahem* applaud their commitment to professionalism—there are still other ways to win.


It Would be Helpful if Manning DOESN’T Throw Five or Six or Seven Touchdowns

Four is a bit much too, really, and three is pushing the limit of what will and won’t be acceptable, but if he throws, oh, let’s say two or more touchdowns, it could spell disaster for the scrappy young lads from Missouri. After all, we know that KC is a team built on defense and cautious offensive scheming—they simply cannot be asked to score more than three of their OWN touchdowns, so it is imperative that they limit Manning’s output.


It Would be Helpful if Alex Smith Can Throw Three Touchdowns of his Own


But hey, seriously—he did it once this season, against the New York Giants, and he’s done it MULTIPLE times in his career. Don’t ask him to throw four, though, because what is he, a fucking wizard? Please.


The Defense Needs to Dominate

It may seem like a tall order, but it would be AWESOME and WAY HELPFUL if the Chiefs vaunted “D” could maybe play like they were playing a bit earlier this season. If they sack Manning at least double-digit times and create at least six turnovers, it will definitely increase their odds of possibly having a chance to win. They’ve got the ferocity in them—we witnessed it many times in the early going—but it would be great to do it against an offense that runs as efficiently as the Denver Broncos.

And very helpful.


SadFanThey Need to Outscore the Other Team

Simply put, this is the simplest key to victory. It’s a time-tested and scientifically thorough truth that in the NFL, the team who scores the most points in the contest wins the game. (Almost always, I’m told.) So if the Chiefs can find a way to end the game (even if play extends beyond regulation) having tallied more points than their opponent, they will absolutely win this game. 100% of the time, and no matter what else happens.

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13 Responses to Leftridge: Chiefs Key to Success Hinges on Winning the Game

  1. harley says:

    lefty….weak article…we all already know this…this is repeat of glazes
    article and everything else that’s been written on the game.
    in weather under 40 degrees manning sucks…especially when he
    has to wear the warm glove….
    next time do your work and produce something new.
    what happened to those great craigslist ads….those were great!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Andrew Curtis says:

    For what it’s worth, according to the local news here in Denver highs will be 46 to 51, but it sounds like it’s going to be really windy. I’ll do my best to locate Manning in Denver and try to convince him to stay at the BFM Saturday night.

  3. chuck says:

    Funny stuff.

    The pressure is ALL on the Donkeys. The Chiefs could lose 48 to 3 and still win at Camarohead and the Donks know it.

  4. Orphan of the Road says:

    Important game for Poe. He doesn’t need to lay a hand on Peyton but he needs to collapse the pocket so he can’t step up to avoid a rush.

    The receivers can’t drop those passes when Smith nails them in their hands. And maybe some full backfields to run/pass out of as well.

    Bowe needs to have a very productive day. Make like that ball is the icky, sticky and don’t let it pass him. The fans are gonna ride him like a rented mule.

    Now the schedule toughens up, time to show if it has been the quality of opponents or if this team is ready to contend. A loss isn’t fatal to either team.

    Somebody needs to keep reminding Andy that the running game opens up the passing game. Oh yeah, remember there’s a time clock, Big Red.

  5. Harry Balczak says:

    What about that awesome 2006 team of Herm’s? And Trent Green’s performance in the game, hey who needs a first down until the 3rd quarter anyway?

  6. Rich says:

    Someone needs to hide Bowe’s weed stash before Sunday so he can catch a ball or two.

  7. Kerouac says:

    BL, I counted 10 “if’s” in your article… devil’s advocate says, Broncos margin of victory.

    (PS) What’s Philip Rivers doing wearing a Peyton Manning jersey in the picture above?

  8. Kerouac says:

    Here’s a link to an interesting article with some very entertaining ‘back& forth’ exchanges between Chiefs adherents and their naysayers… the author’s tack reminds me of the late Martin Manley when he wrote for the KC Star, a guy I went ’round & round’ with re: the Chiefs as well individual players theirs, 2010 forward.


  9. Kerouac says:

    And when the clock struck midnight, time of reckoning hit the formerly unbeaten’s square in the mouth… Broncos all alone in 1st place, Chiefs E-X-P-O-S-E-D

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