"I'm not a big baseball fan, but when it comes down to the end of the postseason, I'm definitely staying tuned to it," Charles told Sporting News. "I'm more tuned to it than anything because the Royals are in their big game, their Super Bowl."
This past weekend was a prime example. One of the more curious pointspread drops occurred in San Diego — both straight up and versus the spread — where the 5-1 Chargers opened as a four-point pick to take down the visiting Chiefs. Typically, the line would go up in a matchup like that one, but by game time money on Kansas City drove the spread down to San Diego spotting just three. When it was over, Kansas City had upset its host and the house took a hit. It was no coincidence that the Chiefs were the top team selected out of the more than 1,400 contest entries. It marked the sixth straight week that the top consensus pick has cashed in.
It was a successful two-minute drive from the Chiefs offense that allowed rookie kicker Cairo Santos the opportunity to hit from 48 yards to win the game, and Reid praised offensive coordinator Doug Pederson for getting his offense into that position. "I'll give that to Doug Pederson," Reid said of the final drive. "I thought he did a heck of a job of putting together a great two-minute [drive]. The plays, the coaching part of it—we put a little extra emphasis on it and Doug (Pederson) headed that whole thing up. He really did a nice job there."
In one lawsuit, a federal jury in Manhattan ruled in 1988 that the Hunts had conspired with others in a racketeering enterprise to monopolize the silver market and ordered them to pay $130 million in damages to a Peruvian commodities concern. Bunker and Herbert were found most culpable, while Lamar, the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs football team, was assigned a lesser role.
"The great part about this is there were a lot of people we could stand up here and mention. The great part about this is we still have a ton of room to improve," Reid said. "We've got a heck of a football team coming in here this week. Jeff (Coach Fisher) has done a nice job with the Rams. They are playing at a very high level, they're fast, they're aggressive. We've got to make sure that we get ourselves ready."
But the Chiefs served notice with their victory they intend to be a factor in the division race. By winning over the St. Louis Rams this Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs would gain a game on one of the teams ahead of them in the standings. The Chargers play the Broncos Thursday night in Denver.
According to Football Outsiders, Smith ranks 15th among all quarterbacks this season, ahead of Tom Brady, Carson Palmer and Ben Roethlisberger, but his steady-as-she-goes approach fits nicely with what Reid wants to do offensively.
The Chiefs need to make Bowe more of a priority in their passing game. They did that in their win against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, when Bowe was their leading targeted receiver for the first time this season. Alex Smith threw seven passes in Bowe's direction.
One more thing about Charles and his record: Most of his yards have come honestly. He didn’t pile up a lot of big numbers after the Chiefs were hopelessly behind or far ahead but when his team needed them.
No. 14 sounds a little low for a team that has a road victory over the No. 7 Chargers and a home win against the No. 8 New England Patriots. But the Chiefs also have a home loss to the Tennessee Titans, who are 28th.