Chiefs fans are down in the dumps after two losses in a row. Now Denver and Peyton Manning are coming to town with what is likely to be the gutshot that gives them the western title and forces the Chiefs into a low level wild card game.
We all know the Chiefs lost their top two defenders in the loss to San Diego. And without their two stud linebackers, the Chiefs’ defense is horrible.
What’s odd is that QB Alex Smith would have gotten all the praise nationally and locally had the Chiefs won last week since the victory would have been chalked up to his passing skills. Having said that, with Denver’s severe injuries to their defense and a couple of receivers, the boys in a red now have a slight chance to pull off an upset victory that otherwise would have been nearly impossible.
For the Chiefs to pull off the miracle victory, Smith will have to have a repeat passing performance from last week, plus a strong attack from Jamaal Charles on the ground.
Hey, it’s nearly Christmas, maybe we get an early gift.
Remember what I always say, when you are not confident and your team has no identity (which the Chiefs don’t anymore) winning against elite teams like Denver is unlikely. Given the fact the AFC is either mediocre or poor once you get past Denver and New England, technically our Chiefs are still are a threat. Not a big one.
Look for the Broncos to win this shootout 34 to 28. Remember they still have Peyton Manning and it’s supposed to be warm enough for him to dominate.
On a brighter note, the Missouri Tigers will prove Saturday that they have become one of the top three or four teams in the nation. I expect them to defeat Johnny Football and Texas A&M and then face the Alabama Crimson Tide for the SEC Championship.
Should they pull off this minor miracle – which they could – Missouri could be in the mix for a national championship appearance against Florida State. I know, I know, Ohio State is undefeated and ranked above MU. I just have this feeling that a victory over two-time national Champion Alabama could force MU into that national championship game against Florida State. It could happen.
Hey, I wanna be one of the first media people to tip my hat to MU and I was dead wrong about them being mediocre during the pre-season. I only picked them to win six or seven games and be a low-level bowl team. Should they defeat A&M and play well against Alabama, which they may, I would have to rank them the best Missouri football team of all time.
On a far less important note, K State will smash Kansas in that somewhat meaningless game.
Now on the picks.
Missouri (+2) over Texas A&M teased with K State (-9) over Kansas.
FSU (-27) over Florida.
Alabama (-4 ½) over Auburn on a tease with Ohio State (-7) over Michigan.
Denver (+1) over KC teased with Tennessee (+10 ½) over Indy.
Giants (-1) over Washington.
Lions (even) over Packers teased with Cowboys (-2 ½) over Oakland.
Footnote: Someone asked last week since Ohio State pushed and I won the other bet, isn’t that a loss for me. You must win both games to win your total bets. However, if you win on one and push on the other you win half your bet in Vegas (though some bookies call it a push and you win nothing, but you lose nothing either).
My overall record stands at 41-27, let’s keep the momentum.
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