However I’m only pointing out the facts, like them or not. Yes a 9 and 1 record is a fantastic record and there’s much to be proud of given the recent poor performances of the past. And like most Chiefs fans I was hoping the offense would improve as the weeks rolled on.
But not only did it not improve, it got worse.
As of the last four or five weeks, the Chiefs have the overall worst offense in the NFL. We have no receivers and Dwayne Bowe just can’t get it done alone. More bad news, even with the two week rest, Jamaal Charles, our only weapon, wasn’t able to spring loose on the ground or in the air against Denver. Yes, he had one nice run but that was it. We are not seeing Charles or Dexter McCluster hit the ball much at all on screen plays.
Quarterback Alex Smith has no time to throw, usually due to poor offensive line protection, which makes matters even worse. Again, I want to remind you the Chiefs had a two week rest period then went backwards on offense.
Now the Chiefs face a tough six week schedule with San Diego, Denver, Washington and Oakland. Given what we’ve seen lately, winning three or four of these would be the best we could hope for. Though the Chiefs defense is still playing well it too has gone backwards with only one sack in four games. And far too often they fail to put any pressure on the quarterback.
The bottom line:
If the Chiefs don’t improve we will be the Wild Card in the fifth spot and go on the road for game 1, hoping for the best. However, this is a vast improvement over last year’s 2 and 14 squad.
Be happy about that, I am.
Things are definitely on an upswing. The Royals have their best team since the George Brett era and are going to be playoff contenders for 2014. The Chiefs have made an incredible turnaround as I just mentioned and will make the playoffs, hopefully to win their first post-season game in two decades.
Kansas City will draft two top notch wide receivers the first four rounds of this upcoming draft along with another offensive line man and a stud running back…or so we should all hope. Remember it’s the win now league.
The best news outside of the Chiefs is the spectacular year that MU has had in the SEC at 9 and 1. Nobody, including myself, expected to see MU in a BCS Bowl, but that may well be the case. Both the Chiefs and MU control their own destiny as it relates to a championship season. Kansas State has improved as the year has moved on and will be in a low-level bowl game later this year. Even the Kansas football team has won a big 12 conference game this year.
WTF? They tore the goal post down after the win. Who knew?
And finally, KU basketball coach Bill Self is the man.
He’s even out-drafted his vaunted rival at the University of Kentucky. From what we’ve all seen, the University of Kansas basketball team is just about at NBA levels right now. Self will win his tenth straight conference title and Kansas is a Final Four team,
Kansas is the best college basketball team in the nation amongst several talented teams and without argument this is the most amazing squad the already storied program has ever had. They may not hope to win it all, I know they will.
Even if their superstar one and done player, Andrew Wiggins, goes down, they are still a Final Four team. Wow. Yes, there is much to be smiling about if you are a sports fan in Kansas City and I didn’t even mention the great year Sporting KC is having.
Duke (-6) over Wake Forrest
Missouri (-2) over Mississippi
Ohio State (-28) over Indiana teased with Florida State (-50) over Idaho
Carolina Panthers (+2) over Miami teased with New England (+8 ½) over Denver
San Diego (+11) over Kansas City teased with Carolina (+2) over Miami
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