"Smith will roll it, will throw it and it's caught for the two ... by Demetrius Harris, of all people," yelled Tirico, who chuckled after noting that Harris hadn't caught a pass in three games.
In the Chiefs' happy locker room afterward, Harris' teammates were obviously pumped for him.
"That's 84 for you, man," fellow tight end Kelce said, referring to Harris' jersey number. "That's my guy right there, man."
The Chiefs are legitimate Super Bowl contenders because if healthy, no team with the possible exception of the Broncos has two pass rushers like Houston and Dee Ford, and the Chiefs just beat the Broncos in Denver.
The Chiefs are legitimate Super Bowl contenders because their defense has held every opponent but three to 21 points or fewer, winning five games — Jets, Raiders, Colts, Jaguars and Panthers — more or less on their own.
The Chiefs are legitimate Super Bowl contenders because the offense will improve, or at least it should, when Jeremy Maclin is healthy again and Tyreek Hill continues to expand his influence and Alex Smith gets closer to his better-than-decent 2015 self.
Alexander leads the team in special-teams tackles with seven and is coming off of one of his best games, according to Chiefs coach Andy Reid.
"He's been kind of up and down this year," Reid said. "Teams have been keying on him on special teams and his performances haven't been graded as high as they have been in the past. He's having to adjust his game a little bit there. I thought he did that in this game and really played well."
The Kansas City Chiefs currently hold the fifth position while the Broncos are behind the Dolphins based on tie breakers. Both teams have to face the Oakland Raiders, who are tied with the New England Patriots for the best record in the conference, and the Broncos still have the Patriots on their schedule as well. The two teams will also face off one more time. All of that means Miami is actually sitting in a fairly decent position, as long as they continue to take care of their own schedule.
The Chiefs need cornerback Marcus Peters to have one of his better games. He played well Sunday against the Denver, but the Broncos only threw at his receiver on occasion. More often they picked on the other cornerback, Phillip Gaines -- many times with good results.
After a long rant about how competition sucks and domination is more fun, Perna focused on where the fingers should be pointed in this game. It was surely a team loss, but special teams cost the Broncos more than anything else in this close home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
This game is going to be a study in contrasts, to put it mildly. Kansas City is offensively mediocre at best, while Atlanta’s defense is mediocre at best. Atlanta’s offense is one of the best in the NFL, and they’ll need to contend with a Kansas City defense that at least ranks in in the top five. One of these teams is going to have to break, and if you can say with confidence you know which one, get outta town.
Your Atlanta Falcons were favored against the Arizona Cardinals at home this past Sunday, and they delivered an impressive 38-19 win. The Kansas City Chiefs are a better team, to put it mildly, but the Falcons are still at home and still have the league’s most potent offense, so they’re the pick to win again. Atlanta’s currently favored by four points.
But after losing to K.C. when Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos banked in a game winner off the left upright as time expired, Denver unexpectedly finds itself in a precarious situation. The Broncos are in third place in the AFC West, a game behind the Chiefs and two behind the Oakland Raiders, and our model gives Denver only a 54 percent chance of returning to the playoffs. All of a sudden, the Broncos’ title defense is in doubt.
Another Sunday night, another dip in NFL primetime ratings. In Nielsen’s metered market overnights, Sunday’s overtime defeat of the Denver Broncos by the Kansas City Chiefs drew an 11.8 household rating for the duration (roughly 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on the East Coast) on NBC’s "Sunday Night Football." While that’s an increase from the last time each team appeared on "SNF," it is down a tenth from the week before, and an unpleasant 37% below the household rating for 2015’s Week 12 "SNF" game, which notched an unseemly 16.2 in the overnights.
Trufant was not only the Falcons best defender, the fourth-year pro was also the leader of the defense. "He means everything to us," starting safety Keanu Neal said. "Losing any brother, especially one in your room, is tough. It's not going to take one man to replace him (Trufant), it's going to take all of us. We have to put some extra effort in to make sure we represent him well knowing he wants to be out there with us."
"The market is going to fluctuate one way or the other but if Oakland and Denver keep winning and the Chiefs keep winning, those last two games are going to be really really hot and probably expensive," said Harig.
Smith’s pedestrian-looking, 220-yard, one-touchdown night? It became something to celebrate, not bemoan. "People can talk, they can say what they want to say," said Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston, a former Statesboro High School and University of Georgia standout. "We believe in him in the locker room, that’s all that matters."
"The coverages were great calls. It was just us," cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. "We didn’t execute the call. It’s like we just went brain dead as a defense on that last drive."