This is a good team, as long as they don't play like a normal team. Let the freak flag fly. Make it Hungry Pig Left next time, and make sure there's a next time. Use elaborate pre-snap motion to dress up otherwise simple runs. If the Chiefs are running a play that Jeff Fisher would approve of, then they're running the wrong play. This should be death by a thousand bubble screens, and jet sweeps. More Wildcat, particularly in short yardage.
Houston went on to miss practice on both Thursday and Friday, however, and the team listed him as questionable to play against Denver. It appears that has caused the level of concern in Kansas City to go up because Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Houston is not expected to play.
Matt McGloin entered the game for Carr, going 2 for 3 for 29 yards, including the 19-yard completion to Amari Cooper to seal the 33-25 victory. He spoke after the game, where he says he's "ready to go"
Jack Del Rio announced after the game that Derek Carr has a broken fibula that will require surgery. Carr is out indefinitely.
The parking lots don't open until 3 p.m.
The Chiefs announced Friday that's when the tailgating fun will begin ahead of their prime-time game against division rival Denver. The gates to the stadium for the 7:30 p.m. kickoff will open at 6 p.m., unless you have tickets for the "Scout Investments Club Level." Then you can get into Arrowhead Stadium at 5 p.m.
But it has been a factor. Schwartz played well, particularly as a pass blocker, against Mack and the Raiders in this year’s two games. Mack had a sack in each game but not much of an impact otherwise, and the Chiefs won both games.
But can the Chiefs get to 20? They’ve at times this season been able to find enough offense when they’ve absolutely had to have it. The earlier game against the Broncos is one example. The season-opener against the Chargers, when the Chiefs scored 30 points in the final 23 minutes to win in overtime, is another. This is a situation where they again have to have it. So they’ll get it done, if just barely, and the Chiefs will take a 21-17 victory.
Safety T.J. Ward (concussion), tight end A.J. Derby (concussion), tight end Virgil Green (concussion) and linebacker Brandon Marshall (hamstring) were ruled out of the Christmas night game against Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium. At 8-6, the Broncos likely have to win both of their remaining games to stay alive in the AFC playoff race.
"It’s do or die for us," cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said during a conference call with the Kansas City media this week. "We know we have to win this game to have a chance to make it to the playoffs. You have to win to get in, so we know how big of a game this is for us. We’re just trying to continue to play on an elite level on defense and make it hard for Alex Smith and them to be in the end zone."
Hunt made no bones about it. He said of that team: "1971 was the best team we’ve ever had in Kansas City," but ever the promoter of his beloved AFL, he recognized that the game’s outcome also signaled "the emergence of the [Miami] Dolphins as a great team." The Dolphins had lost in the playoffs the previous year and went on to lose in the Super Bowl to Dallas after the win in Kansas City.
With a win on Sunday, the Chiefs will earn a playoff berth for the third time in four years under head coach Andy Reid, but there’s a chance the Chiefs will have already earned a playoff berth before Sunday’s game begins. If the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are playing at home, beat the Baltimore Ravens in the game on Sunday afternoon (3:30 p.m. CT kickoff), the Chiefs will have already secured a playoff spot.