Last call, anyone?
Game 16 for the Kansas City Chiefs is Sunday at Arrowhead against the Chargers. And even though KC lost its starting quarterback and the Chargers need just this win to make the playoffs, the Chiefs are a one point favorite at home.
Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers is banged up but will start. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith is out injured. Enter former Missouri star Chase Daniel. His only prior start for KC resulted in a loss to the Chargers last year. I expect to see the same outcome tomorrow.
However having Chase in there the Chiefs might create some downfield throws and maybe even a touchdown to a wide out, something the team hasn’t had in nearly two seasons.
Kansas City is 8 and 7 while the Chargers are 9 and 6, but both teams have weakened down the stretch. The Chiefs were 7-3 just over a month ago, but since have only beaten the lowly Raiders – that’s it. The Chiefs have become known for fading as the season ends. They stunk it up last year the second half going from 9-0 to 11-5, then losing the playoff game. The Chiefs defense was the league’s worst by season’s end.
Former Chiefs QB Matt Cassel and former coach Todd Haley did the same thing a few years back with their phony division title. By that season’s end they were one of the worst teams in the league and couldn’t really beat anyone.
What looked like an 8 and 8 season or maybe 9 and 7, is now yet another poor performance by the Chiefs’ front office, coaches and light talented players. Alex Smith is just not the right guy to take this team to the Super Bowl. That seems pretty obvious now.
So I can’t see this team doing anything more than backing into the playoffs here and there with Reid, Smith and crew, but simply just not enough talent anywhere on this squad. Jamaal Charles as we all know is outstanding, but as we have seen, he can’t carry the team that far.
So yes, I like the Chargers to win.
I’ll look at the playoffs and the big bowls next week. I do like Missouri and K-State’s chances to win.
GREEN BAY -1 OVER DETROIT TEASE WITH SAN DIEGO +7 over KC
Dallas -5 OVER WASHINGTON
BALTIMORE -7 OVER CLEVELAND TEASE WITH SEATTLE -6 OVER RAMS