Kansas City Chiefs: Week 1 – Kicking the field goal

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Week 17 - Putting in Stanzi

If someone told you that Ricky Stanzi would be playing in the second half of the last game of the season would you have thought that was a good thing or a bad thing? In this case it’s a good thing.

Considering the score of the game there isn’t a whole lot that is asked of Stanzi during this game other than to hand the ball off to everyone except Jamaal Charles, who has already showered and changed.

Stanzi does well in the game and gets good experience for the future.

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Week 17 - Leaving in Cassel

It's a great problem to have when for the second week in a row you are dealing with situations while beating two division rivals pretty easily. The decision to leave Cassel in the game doesn't really change the outcome of anything. He remains sharp but doesn't attempt another pass over 10 yards and the Chiefs close out the game with a 31-10 victory over the Broncos.

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Week 16 - Headed to the nearest watering hole

You can’t go wrong with this either. You know that everyone will be talking about the game and complete strangers become long-lost friends discussing the week 17 matchup with the Broncos.

Who care’s that it Christmas Eve because the Chiefs just crushed the Raiders.

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Week 16 - Inviting friends over for a BBQ

It might be Christmas Eve and it may be freezing but you can’t go wrong with a BBQ after a Raider victory. Sit back and have a few fermented beverages and enjoy watching Suh toss around Rivers like a rag doll in the afternoon game. Sounds like a good day to me.

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Week 15 - You stay for the whole game

You and I can have a beer together some time.

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Week 15 - You leave the game early

The first thing you'll need to do on your way home is to stop by a Wal-Mart or Target. Get a needle and then head to the local horse stable. Find the biggest horse you can and stand right behind him with your legs spread open. Grab the needle and shove it in its' backside.

You're welcome Chiefs fans.

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Week 14 - Going for the first down

You decide to give the ball to the fullback we just signed for this particular situation. Kudos to you kind sir. Well I don't know if you are kind but you are smart with this call. McClain bulldozes his way to a first down and leaves Bart Scott flat on his back looking up at McClain, who WILL tweet about this situation within minutes of the game being over.

The game is over. The Jets are noticeably frustrated after this play and the Chiefs march their way to the end zone to finish off the Jets 17-6 in New York.

AP is buzzing this week with optimism about the Chiefs and a little jabbing towards the Pac-10/12 defendists. Sanchize loses it during the press game conference and the entire week following talks more about whether Sanchize is the answer for the Jets at quarterback. Barely any mention of the Chiefs, and so it continues....

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Week 14 - Kicking the field goal

Whether you chose this path because you just want to put points on the board or because you don't believe in Sanchizes ability to drive the Jets down the field it doesn't matter. You are four inches away from sealing victory on the road against one of the top teams in the AFC and you have a pro-bowl caliber fullback that you brought in exactly for these kinds of situations. Boo.

The field goal attempt is blocked and returned for a touchdown by the Jets. The Chiefs lose this game and you are ridiculed for not making the right call. The media is waiting to hound you in the post-game media press conference. Being in New York, just make sure when a reporter asks you, "Why didn't you PLAY TO WIN THE GAME?", try not to laugh, or cry. 

How do you like them apples?

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Week 13 - Staying back against Cutler

It seems as if Cutler makes the most mistakes and errant throws when he has a lot of time to make a decision. Your decision to sit back in the zone proved to be the right decision as Javier Arenas knocks down the 3rd down pass to Johnny Knox and gives the Chiefs a chance in this game.

It was with three minutes left in this game that a screen pass to Jamaal Charles gave the Chiefs a 27-21 lead. The 75-yard touchdown pass electrified every bar and home in Kansas City while Soldier field was eerily quiet. This play could prove to be the play-of-the-year for the Chiefs as they enter the home stretch of the season with a chance at repeating as division champs.

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Week 13 - Blitzing Cutler

Your decision to blitz Jay Cutler almost worked. Justin Houston almost got to the Chicago quarterback but the underrated elusiveness helped Cutler run for the first down and that proved to seal the game for the Bears.

AP is sent into another frenzy on whether or not it was the right call to send the farm after Cutler. Sometimes making a good call has bad consequences and the Chiefs have some work ahead of them down the stretch if they want to repeat as AFC West champions.

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Week 12 - Putting in Stanzi

A bold move sir. While going with Stanzi ‘may’ prove to help a couple of years down the road with the experience of playing in a nationally televised game. This team right now is Matt Cassel’s and taking him out after a bad quarter will only lead to more questions for the rest of the season.

Stanzi doesn’t have a terrible game but finishes the game 14-26 for 128 yards and one interception.

Dick Lebeau has a field day confusing the young Chiefs signal-caller and the Chiefs never recover from the early mistakes and drop the game to the Steelers 27-10.

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Week 12 - Sticking with Cassel

You decide to stick with Matt Cassel. The faith you show in Matt Cassel is rewarded on this Sunday Night in Kansas City. It helps that the Chiefs have a All-Pro safety in Eric Berry that shows the whole world what he is all about on this night.

Cassel brings the Chiefs back on impressive back-to-back drives in the second quarter that tie the game at 10-10 heading into halftime. It was a beautiful 56-yard touchdown pass to Dexter McCluster on a wheel-route that brought the Chiefs to within a field goal early in the second quarter.

On Pittsburgh’s next possession, Eric Berry walloped Hines Ward so hard on a crossing route that one of the toughest WR’s in NFL history was slow to get up. The fumble recovery led to the Chiefs field goal that tied the game.

Early in the 4th quarter with the Chiefs leading 16-10, Berry again makes his presence felt as he picks off Big Ben and returns it 40 yards for a game-sealing touchdown.

Sticking with Cassel proved to be the right call as the Chiefs win a big one against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Week 11 - Keep giving JC the ball

Despite what you may think of Matt Cassel, we’re down by 14 to a Tom Brady led Patriots team that will not stop passing and attempting to score. Jamaal Charles may be our best player, but at some point you’ll need to put the game on Cassel’s shoulders and see what he can do. Running the ball takes way to much time off the clock and run-run-pass-punt is not the kind of series you look for when losing by 14 in the 4th quarter.

Chiefs lose 34-17.

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Week 11 - Putting in on Cassel's shoulders

You would be a Cassel-lover,defender,apologist,etc… Throwing the ball more was the right decision because New England is most-likely not done scoring and we’re already behind by 14.

Cassel does not throw any interceptions and he does get the Chiefs within a touchdown as he drove the team down on two of his three possessions in the 4th quarter. Jon Baldwin caught a 25-yard touchdown pass that brought the Chiefs back in this game.

But then Tom Brady answered with a drive that led to a field goal that gave New England a 10-point lead with 6 minutes to play. Cassel’s next drive got them to the New England 36-yard line with a 4th and 6. Dwayne Bowe drops a perfect pass on a 10-yard curl and the Chiefs turn it over on downs. The Chiefs lose 30-17.

Four posts are written the same night that call for the trade of Dwayne Bowe. Three are written in all Caps and one does not have a single comma or period in the entire post.

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Week 10 - You start Ricky Stanzi

Ricky Stanzi makes his season debut against the Denver Broncos in a game that has the utmost importance for a Chiefs team that is trying to regain its’ prominence in the AFC.

The good thing for Stanzi in this game is that Marcel Dareus is playing in Buffalo. The Broncos decided to use the second overall pick on a 3/4 OLB to fit their new 4/3 defense, and without the proper defensive lineman. Stanzi is able to hand the ball off to Charles for most of the game while the 2010 No. 1 ranked rushing team in the NFL shows Denver that stopping the run should have been the first priority.

Several fanposts this week on AP breakdown the Showdown between Ricky Stanzi and Tim Tebow. They are both very strong in their respective beliefs and they both are not afraid to speak their minds on those beliefs.

Stanzi plays well, not spectacular but he does the job that was asked of him during this game and it’s just one pass in the 3rd quarter with the Chiefs up by 17 that gives Denver a little hope. He didn’t see Champ Bailey breaking on the pass to Tony Moeaki and he cuts in front for the interception.

Tamba Hali smashes that hope with a “hit of the year” type-sack on Tim Tebow that has a certain Chiefs fan in Canada worried about the Denver quarterback. Tebow is ok and so are the Chiefs. Jamaal Charles runs for 140 yards and two touchdowns against a weak Denver defense. Chiefs win 20-3.

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Week 10 - Starting Matt Cassel

You have made the bold decision of starting Matt Cassel against the Denver Broncos in what is an absolute must-win for the Chiefs. The idea of resting him for the Monday Night showdown against New England didn’t blind you from the task at-hand, which would be beating an inferior team. The Broncos decision to pass on Marcel Dareus is going to be very apparent during this game.

Von Miller won’t be able to stop Jamaal Charles from running all around the Denver defense, despite wherever Champ Bailey may be found. Charles runs for 188 yards and two touchdowns while Cassel only attempts 18 passes on the day, completing 13 of them for 156 yards and a touchdown. The Chiefs win 24-7 against Denver in Kansas City.

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Week 9 - You kick the field goal

I can't even look at you right now.

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Week 9 - Going for the touchdown

Not only are you going for the touchdown, but you're bringing in the big man to go for it. I'm not talking about Thomas Jones' biceps either. It's not a secret to anyone out there that he is going to get the ball. Shaun Smith rumbles across the field to take the ball from the 1/2 yard line. Matt Cassel is shown in the huddle telling Smith to be quiet.

Obviously Smith scores and the Chiefs take a commanding two touchdown lead. The play wasn't the best thing about Smith entering the game though. A touchdown dance that will undoubtedly become an Internet sensation is displayed to 80k screaming fans in Arrowhead. Not to give it away but the ball, a yard-marker, a Chiefs cheerleader, KC Wolf and a referee were used. Fines will be coming.

The Chiefs end up winning this game by three touchdowns on an Eric Berry interception return for a touchdown when Brandon Marshall refuses to go across the middle again and the ball is sent straight to Berry. On that return Shaun Smith gets to block Richie Incognito, more fines will be coming.

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Week 8 - Starting Mike Vrabel

There are many people out there that are of the mindset that you go with experience in the biggest games. You start "The Rocket" (Gary Busey) over Henry Rowengardner-the 12-year old kid that throws 100 MPH, you start Dennis Quaid over Willie Beamen, you start Ed Harris over Rick "wild thing" Vaughn. But at some point you've gotta throw the kid out there and this was one of those times.

The Chiefs have gotten much more athletic over the past two seasons, and athletic linebackers and defensive backs are a must when having to deal with Philip Rivers and crew. Vrabel brings a lot of things to this team but covering out in space against a wide-open pass game like the Chargers have is not a position that he thrives in.

The Chargers design plays that put their guys in space against Vrabel. It didn't go well in the Detroit game in this scenario and it doesn't go well here. Even without Darren Sproles, Jacob Hester is plenty athletic enough to put a couple of moves on Vrabel and he's gone. Two 40+ yard plays, both ending with touchdowns has Haley put Houston in the game but it was already too late.

The Chiefs go on to get blown out at home on Monday Night Football against the Chargers. The only positive out of this game was the hundreds of thousands of dollars that came pouring in from across the country when people got an up-close look at the devastation in Joplin.

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Week 8 - Starting Justin Houston

You've decided to go with the young kid in arguably the most important game of the season. You've made a wise choice my friend. Although Vrabel still gets his fair share of snaps, it's easier for the defense to perform when they don't have as many players constantly shuffling on and off the field for nickel situations. Houston has become a 3-down linebacker and his athleticism is a welcomed-sight for the safeties and other defensive backs that have enough to worry about with Rivers, Gates and company.

Houston is all over the field tipping passes, creating pressure, stopping Ryan Matthews behind the LOS, and frustrating a Philip Rivers who kicks the ball twice in frustration, one ends up being a 15-yard penalty that gets them out of field goal range.

But still, with four minutes remaining and the Chiefs holding a 20-17 lead the Chargers have the ball and a chance to tie or take the lead. A couple of consecutive passes to Vincent Jackson have put the Chargers into field goal range. On 3rd and 7 from the Chiefs 20-yard line Kendrick Lewis makes a fantastic diving play to knock the ball out of Jackson's hands. Nate Kaeding gets ready for a 37-yard field goal.

Right before Kaeding kicks as he is lining up his attempt a Chiefs fan behind the goal posts holds up a sign that says, "This is a playoff game". One quick glance by Kaeding and it was over. The kick hit the snapper in the back of the helmet and the Chiefs win.

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Week 7 - Wear something neutral

How can you look yourself in the mirror? Don't give me this "I have a family stuff". If you're the kind of guy (or girl) reading about Chiefs stuff in the middle of a lockout, in June, and going on this adventure, then you should be the kind of guy that wears red in Oakland.

If you're not the kind of guy that would take a battery in the eye to represent your team in your hated rivals' home turf, I suggest you find your receipt because Rawlings is going to want their merchandise back.

The Chiefs go on to win this game but I think we can all agree that there was a major loss here. I don't even think you deserve to know how the game ended so you don't get the rest of this little mini-adventure.

You can start to redeem yourself by buying a beer for the Chiefs fan you see down the road at a bar with two black eyes for screaming, "Home of the Chiefs!" during the national anthem. That guy has a story that he won't ever forget.

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Week 7 - Rockin the Chiefs red

It doesn't matter who you are or how much you bench press. If you head to the black hole wearing Chiefs red then you have some cajones my friend (on my bucket list by the way, who wants to go?). Dodging a few wrenches at Average Joe's gym will get you prepared for the batteries you'll be ducking at the Coliseum.

It's late in the 4th quarter and the Chiefs find themselves down 24-23 and they have the ball on their own 25-yard line. Jon Baldwin has been absolutely abusing the Raiders rookie cornerback, Chimdi Chekwa, who is really, really fast to recover after getting thrown down by the 6'4 228lb man-child. Baldwin comes into this drive with 90 receiving yards already on seven catches and one touchdown.  

A screen to Dexter McCluster gains the Chiefs 43 yards and gets them right on the fringe of field-goal range. Two batted down passes by Richard Seymour and Lamarr Houston bring the Chiefs to a critical 3rd down play. There's just over four minutes remaining. The Chiefs run a draw to Charles on 3rd and 10 and pick up six yards. That sets up a 43-yard field goal for Succop.

As soon as he gets set for the kick everyone on the field notices some commotion from behind the stands behind the field goal. Three guys in red shirts are getting jumped by three-dozen Raider fans and this distraction causes Succop to not pay attention and rush the kick that squibbles off out-of-bounds in a blooper for years to come.

You and your friends make it out of there with only a few bumps and bruises. Although the walk to the car tests your fandom as walking out of the Coliseum in red after a Raiders win cannot be easy.

Chiefs lose.

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Week 5 - You try and make a play

Sometimes this play works and sometimes it bites you in the ‘you know what’. This would be the latter. I’ll spare a lot of the details and lingo used in your direction from coach Haley, but just know that the youtube video of Haley telling Brody to ‘get the play going’ has nothing on this exchange.   

The AP game thread is a little anti-DMC right now and Craig holds firm on his view that a scat-back in the 2nd round isn't the right pick for a rebuilding team. Bajah still likes him and has a feeling that his presence has yet to be felt this season, but it ‘could’ be down the line.

Chiefs lose.

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Week 5 - You call for the fair catch.

You make the safe play and call for the fair catch. A healthy dose of Jamaal Charles gets the Chiefs into scoring position again on the 9-play 65-yard drive that finds the Chiefs with a 2nd and 4 from the Colts 19-yard line. So many running plays has set up a play-action pass beautifully that finds Jon Baldwin in a jump-ball situation in the back of the end zone. The rookie wide receiver from Pittsburgh wins the battle that Chiefs fans were excited about when he was drafted last April.

The Chiefs now find themselves behind 24-20. Peyton Manning does the Peyton Manning thing and the Chiefs get the ball back with 3 minutes remaining and trail 27-20 after a Vinatieri field goal.

After an incomplete pass to Bowe that just went off his outstretched fingers, the Chiefs run a pair of draw plays to Charles that net 35 yards to get the Chiefs into Indy territory. With under two minutes remaining, on first down Cassel throws a perfect pass to Baldwin, who fights off the first tackler and is on his feet long enough for help to arrive for the Indy defense. The ball is stripped out of his hands in a situation that the young receiver cannot be faulted for his effort, but a situation which the receiver needs to know what the defense is trying to do…strip the ball.

The Chiefs lose and Baldwin learns a valuable lesson.

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Week 4 - You have Shaun Smith handle the dirty business

Shaun Smith earned quite the reputation for the Chiefs' last season as the defensive end was accused on several occasions for grabbing the man-parts of different NFL offensive lineman.

After witnessing Jared Allen take a cheap-shot on our quarterback you could tell Smith was already a little preoccupied in how he was going to go about this retaliation. Luckily he had a fan tell him exactly what he could do to get the attention of the Minnesota Vikings and their new signal-called of the future.

It's a little sad that Ponder is going to take the brunt of the consequences for another players' actions, but hey, that's what being a team is all about. In the middle of the 3rd quarter during a play that saw the receivers get blanket coverage, Ponder thought it'd be a good idea to try and run for a first down. He will immediately regret this decision.

Ponder comes face-to-face and man-to-man with the 'enforcer' and finds himself calling the cadences for the rest of the game in a much higher octave. By the time any of the Vikings players realize what has happened Shaun Smith is already playing to the raucous crowd that enjoyed the defense of its' own quarterback, who is silently looking like he didn't see what just happened from the sideline, but he did.

The Chiefs still go on the win this game but the camaraderie shown in the defense of one player is much stronger than the display of running up the score would have been. Shaun Smith again shows Chiefs fans that a little nastiness is needed on the defensive side of the ball.

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Week 4 - You tell Matt Cassel to run up the score

Many fans don't believe there is such a thing as running up the score in professional sports. Some people don't believe it applies to college sports either. It's the "try and stop me" mentality.

Matt Cassel takes the advice you give him and develops a new and improved game plan at half-time to make sure that Jared Allen and the Vikings don't forget this game. The Chiefs come out with a touchdown on their first drive of the second half. It was a nine play 75-yard drive that ended with a Dwayne Bowe 16-yard touchdown catch from Dexter McCluster on a reverse that gets Arrowhead shaking like it hadn't shook before.

Early in the 4th quarter with the Chiefs having a commanding 31-10 lead Matt Cassel drops a screen-pass off to Jamaal Charles on 1st and 10 and Charles gets absolutely demolished by Ray Edwards, who was just waiting for him. Charles lays on the ground for a solid two minutes before getting back up. He's obviously shaken and is being removed from the game.

The prognosis is that he'll be fine but the risk was taken by keeping your best players in the game in an attempt to score as many points as possible. The risk was not worth the reward in this case and you FAN, almost cost your team dearly heading into week five against the Colts.

The Chiefs go on to win this game 31-13 and Charles is shaken, but should be alright to go next week after a few tests are run on his head for any concussion symptoms.

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Kansas City Chiefs: Week 3 - Keep the status quo

You decide to not change the game plan against one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and an offensive head coach.

The game remains tight as Rivers finds ways to dink and dunk across the field. But without Darren Sproles out there this season those 15-20 yard gains are only 8-10 yard gains. A lot of the drives that would have normally ended with touchdowns only lead to field goals. The Chargers take a 19-13 lead into the 4th quarter.

The Chiefs put together a nice drive in the middle of the 4th quarter that started at their own 10-yard line. They drove all the way down to the Chargers 29-yard line when they are saddled with a 3rd and 8 with 6 minutes to go. The Chiefs called a timeout to make sure that everyone was on the same page for this crucial play. Matt Cassel throws a beautiful fade pass to Jon Baldwin who reaches over Quentin Jammer and comes down with the touchdown. A ballsy call by Todd Haley to go for the big play when they only needed 8 yards.

The problem is that the Chiefs 20-19 lead still gave Rivers over five minutes left in this game. Antonio Gates catches five consecutive short-passes in front of the safeties for a total of 50 yards. This gets the Chargers within field goal range for Mr. Regular season automatic-Nate Kaeding. The Chargers take a 22-20 lead with two and a half minutes to go in the game.

The Chiefs start the game-deciding drive with a run right into run-stuffer Antonio Garay, who had himself a pretty good game against Casey Wiegmann, again. The second play was an interception in which Matt Cassel stared down Tony Moeaki for the entire play and Eric Weddle was able to dart in front of the pass and return it for a San Diego touchdown. The Chiefs lose the game 29-20. You can guess what the story-line was for the week on AP. It rhymes with pansy.

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Kansas City Chiefs: Week 3 - Start blitzing Rivers more

The game plan to go after Rivers more is a gutsy call considering it's a big-play offense and the Chiefs are more of a run the ball, control the clock, play good defense mentality. A couple of big plays and the Chiefs would be in trouble.

Justin Houston's coming out party in the second half was the type of display that had him rated as a first-round caliber player coming out of Georgia last year. His display with the California locals after the game showed us why he dropped to the 3rd round.

He was constantly in Rivers' face and a Tamba Hali/Justin Houston sandwich of Rivers early in the 4th quarter had the All-Pro quarterback limping back to the sideline to get some tape on his ankle. The Chiefs were able to take their first lead of the game in the middle of the 4th quarter as four straight run plays to Jamaal Charles accounted for 58 yards and a touchdown for the Chiefs. The great field position to start that drive was set-up by a Mike Scifres shanked punt thanks to the pressure up the middle from rookie Jalil Brown.

The Chiefs took that 17-13 lead to the two-minute warning with the Chargers holding the ball at mid-field. The Chargers are out of timeouts and the pressure is on.

The first-down pass was knocked down by Allen Bailey at the line of scrimmage. The second down play saw Ryan Matthews do his best Roger Dorn impression, but rather than a "What do you want me to do, dive for it?", the 14-thousand Charger fans left in attendance got to see the "What do you want me to do, get in the crazy Liberians way?" Tamba Hali got the sack and forced fumble while Shaun Smith picked it up and started to run for a touchdown. With a few Chargers not far behind Eric Berry did the smartest thing he could and tackled Shaun Smith. Chiefs run out the clock and win the game.

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Kansas City Chiefs: Week 2 – You keep the same play call.

One thing that nobody has ever questioned is Matt Cassel’s toughness. The St. Louis Rams game last year sealed the deal for anyone that was already not in this camp. Cassel decides that he’s still going to throw the swing-pass over the blitz to Jamaal Charles, who will have clean-air in front of him. The reason Cassel does this is simple, he knows he’s going to get creamed, but he also knows that a big play in a defensive-dominated game will most likely change the outcome in the positive for the Chiefs.

The play worked and Matt Cassel got creamed, but Jamaal Charles took the pass 50 yards for a game-sealing touchdown. The Chiefs led 20-10 and never looked back. Matt Stafford got happy feet as Tamba Hali was constantly breathing down his neck in the pass-only situations to finish out the game.

The week after, the Cassel-haters said that he didn’t do anything because Charles is the guy who took the pass 50 yards and Cassel only had to get it in his hands. The Cassel-defenders talked about how this play sealed the game and is one of the little things that goes unnoticed in how Cassel leads this team by doing the things to help them win. Most Chiefs fans are just happy to leave Detroit, and Suh, with a victory and without injury.

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Kansas City Chiefs: Week 2 – Audible to a sweep left.

You chose to take the play away from the pressure. It was a good decision because although the coverage and linebackers rolled to the opposite side of the pressure, Charles speed helped him pick up the first down.

The Chiefs get down to the 30-yard line on a couple of completions from Cassel to Jon Baldwin and Dwayne Bowe. But while trying to milk some clock left the Chiefs run into a brick wall that is Suh and the drive stalls after a 3rd down incompletion from Matt Cassel. First and second down went nowhere and there is 2 minutes remaining on the clock. The Chiefs take a 16-10 lead heading into the last two minutes of the game.

The Lions go to their bread and butter when it matters the most and Calvin Johnson, who didn’t have the best game because of Carr’s superb game, get’s the best of the Chiefs corner with a huge 50-yard completion to get the Lions deep into Chiefs territory with under a minute to play.

The Lions throw a sweep to Jahvid Best in the flat and Mike Vrabel is unable to make the play and allows Best to score the winning touchdown with 30 seconds to play.

Mike Vrabel becomes the latest buzz of AP as the same contingent of Chiefs fans that wanted Haley fired before state their opinion again as it’s viewed that Haley, "won’t play the younger, more athletic starters of the future".

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Kansas City Chiefs: Week 1 – Going for the 4th down

The Chiefs attempt on 4thdown did not work out as planned. The play-action fake to Jamaal Charles to set up a Tony Moeaki six-yard out-route would have worked if it hadn’t been for Aaron Maybin knocking down the pass from Cassel. AP is sent into a frenzy at this point. Matt Cassel and Todd Haley are once again on the hot seat.

The Buffalo Bills take the ball and drive down to the Chiefs’ 18-yard line. A pressure from Tamba Hali on first down and a pressure from Justin Houston on second down lead to incompletions from Fitzpatrick. On 3rd down the Bills complete a 9-yard pass to the nine yard line but are stopped short on a fantastic tackle by middle linebacker Jovan Belcher. The Bills kick the field goal.

Jamaal Charles and the offensive line take over the game from this point. Marcell Dareus realizes that Brian Waters and Ryan Lilja are not of the same caliber as Lee Ziemba or DeMarcus Love. He plays adequately for the Bills but the Ndamukong Suh comparisons in rookie-impact are over.

The Chiefs go on to win the game 27-16 and AP sees twelve fanposts explaining why Todd Haley should be fired because of his decision to go for it on 4th down. ONE OF THEM IS IN ALL CAPS. Todd Haley slaps that guy.

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Kansas City Chiefs: Week 1 – Kicking the field goal

You made the right choice my friend. Succop nails the 47-yard field goal and you find the Chiefs up 23-10 mid-way through the 3rd quarter. Feeling a little pressure by needing more than just a touchdown and a field goal to tie the game, Buffalo gets pass-happy and two 4th quarter interceptions by Eric Berry seal the game for the Chiefs as they go on to win 30-13.

Eric Berry is easily the player of the game as he finished with 13 tackles, with two for loss, 2 sacks and 2 interceptions. Matt Cassel finished the game 17-29 with 205 yards and 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. Steve Johnson after the game tweeted, "Berry is the best safety in the game". Or something to that affect, you never know what they’re saying sometimes. This immediately led ESPN to divide between the side that agree with Johnson, and the side that discredits the young receiver for not having been around long enough to know that kind of thing. Chiefs fans know the truth.

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