The Chiefs vs Broncos game was not pretty. At the time of this writing, the Chiefs are down 17. It was only a matter of time before they lose. It would have been nice to go 10-0 but that is near impossible. That said, this game has lived up to the hype. The scoreboard may show a blow out but both these teams have played their rear ends off. I am happy to say that I could watch this. I am disappointed that the Chiefs didn't win. There is no doubt in my mind that Denver is one of the best teams in the NFL. You and I know that. I knew this game was going to be a tough one. So what have we learned tonight.
- Peyton gets the ball out quick- I don't care if you run a 4.85 40, if the QB gets the ball out in under 3 seconds you cannot sack him. I saw some great pressure on Manning. Doesn't help that Tamba Hali is getting thrown around and not getting called.
- Drops kill- I dare say most of the incompletion's by Alex Smith have been drops tonight. Donnie Avery had a killer one early on. Dwayne Bowe had a couple as did Dexter McCluster. Those have to stop.
- A loss is not the end of the world- At 6 losses a piece, San Diego and Oakland are just about out of the AFC West race. Denver has to deal with the Patriots who are beyond good in the second half of the season because they have one loss in the second half of the season since Billy boy took over. The Chiefs could win one game and still finish with a better record than both, since they have 2 against San Diego and 1 more against Oakland. Winning just one against the Chargers and the Oakland game and be 11-5. If they do that, Oakland and San Diego will have at least 7 losses, no doubt taking them out.
- Arrowhead Stadium is still tough- Make no mistake about it, Arrowhead Stadium is back. This season has been beyond awesome and fans know it. A loss should not change that. They face the Chargers inside of it and play magnificently against them. Since the rebuilding, the Chiefs are 2-1 (the lone loss coming last year) at Arrowhead against the Chargers, including the Phillip Phumble on Halloween night. I hope Rivers is ready for some noise.
- No more pressure- The issue with being 9-0 was that you had all that pressure to remain perfect. The Chiefs were not perfect in any way. Just ask the 2011 Green Bay Packers or the 2007 New England Patriots what kind of pressure they had. Green Bay lost to a team that had 3 starters out with ACL's in consecutive weeks in the beginning of the season, a new Head Coach and a new QB. That team? The Kansas City Chiefs. You know New England's story all to well I would hope. Even that team has a link to the Chiefs. The first game of the 2008 season, Safety Bernard Pollard ended Tom Brady's season and ushered in the Matt Cassel season, they missed the playoffs.
Now the Chiefs can go back to work with no more pressure to be the best. Admittedly there are some issues that do need to be resolved though if KC wants to continue to make a push for the Number 1 seed in the playoffs.
- Pressure- I don't if it is tape or what but the Chiefs have not had a sack since the Houston Texans game. The issue with back up QB's is that there is next to no tape in that particular offense. I don't care if the QB is a vet like Jason Campbell or a UDFA rookie like Jeff Tuel. Tape is everything for a defense.
- Drops- This is getting really old. Alex Smith would throw a money pass and it gets dropped for no good reason.
To finish this off, I really hope the NFL looks at this game. This has to be the worst officiating I have seen ever. Chiefs cannot play their Defense because they get called for everything, Tamba is getting choked or thrown (of course this always happens), not making the right calls (obvious offensive PI on a Demarius Thomas catch or the picks). I think the replacement refs could have done a better job. Safe to say that this particular crew will not be seeing a playoff game. Chiefs play a tough, but legal, defense that was designed to combat Peyton Manning. There were some calls that went the Chiefs way but most of the defensive penalties were BS. They could not even finish plays to hit Manning out of fear.