With another good start on the verge of slipping away, the Chiefs have come to a brilliant conclusion. Getting the ball in the hands of their best player might help.
Arizona’s season has begun going downhill, but Coach Bruce Arians is not panicking. "When you stink, you stink," Arians said in the wake of his team’s second consecutive defeat. "You point out how you stunk and get it corrected."
Through the first eight games, the Chiefs went with three tight ends on 56 plays, more than all but three other teams. Quarterback Alex Smith on those 56 plays completed 22-of-25 passes. That's an 88-percent completion rate. Those passes had a per-attempt average of 8.6 yards, and four of them went for touchdowns. Those numbers are well beyond what Smith does when throwing the ball with other personnel groupings.
Ellington suffered a hip pointer in last week's game. He did not practice at all last week. That means Stepfan Taylor will get the start and the carries at the position will be split between he and Marion Grice...and might also include Robert Hughes and Kerwynn Williams.
If Patrick Peterson has regrets about Atlanta's Julio Jones torching him last Sunday for a career-high 189 yards, imagine how he'll feel this Sunday if Kansas City's Dwayne Bowe just catches one touchdown against him. Peterson would never hear the end of it. That's because the Chiefs haven't had a single receiving touchdown by a any wide receiver this season.
"This is a tradition of the Chiefs; every Thanksgiving we raise money, buy the food items and then help provide meals for families in need," Donovan explained. "This is something that is really important to us and it goes back to the responsibility that we have, as part of this community to continue to give back."
I think most of the offensive issues stem from Stanton, but you can’t place all of Arizona’s recent problems on him. Sure, he’s making poor decisions and throwing balls too high or too low -- that’s to be expected when a quarterback is essentially still in his rookie season in terms of starts. But blame also has to fall on the receivers for not catching some of his mistakes. Then there’s the running game. The Cardinals are averaging a league-low 3.1 yards per rush, and without a good running attack, the passing game suffers. And without a good passing game, the running game suffers. There’s no one person to blame, but there’s a lot of issues to be fixed.
Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith told USA TODAY Sports this week that it's no time to panic, though the 7-5 Chiefs have lost two straight and stand two games behind the division-leading Broncos. The 9-3 Cardinals have also dropped two straight and need Stanton to play better.