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Posted by: asskickingboots
12-13-2021, 10:01 AM
Forum: HG Memorial Chiefs Talk
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Short week, so I figured I needed to drop the thread early. I feel like the NFL schedulers did a huge favor to the Chargers by scheduling the Chiefs in the middle of a week in December. Makes it harder for Chiefs fans to travel, but let's be honest, it's not as if the Bolt fans will show up in force at their own stadium.

Hard to argue with the Chiefs after destroying the Raiders in a complete team win. Now is a chance to avenge one of the more impactful losses of the season.

Things continue to look up for the Chiefs across the entire playoff picture but beating the Chargers would all but ensure another Division Championship and help the Chiefs keep pace with the other division leaders for playoff seeding.

For those that think the Chiefs offense is holding them back, they've scored just as much as the Chargers with more yards. The defense, even with the rough start, has surrendered 68 less points than the Bolts. We have more balance than them. There's a reason we've won more games than them even if they are considered the new hotness by people already sick of us.

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Posted by: asskickingboots
12-06-2021, 11:59 AM
Forum: HG Memorial Chiefs Talk
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This upcoming game is going to be on my first anniversary to Mrs. AKB, so she decided that rather than me selling the tickets to be with her that she wanted to come with. I brought her to a game years ago as a sort of weird unofficial date, so this is almost like a first time together at Arrowhead. Thinking about bringing our wedding cake topper with. Should be a lot of fun.

To D or not to D
Another simply amazing performance by our defense that outscored the Broncos offense across 3-1/2 quarters (6-3) until a garbage time TD with less than 6 minutes in the game. Another kind of baffling under-performance by the offense.

I still have an abundance of faith in the offense to figure things out. Struggling against a really good Denver defense might not be the worst indicator. The Chiefs just have too much talent, too much history, to not believe in them. Even the one INT was another tipped pass by Tyreek, something I think is correctable even this late into the season.

However, if the defense keeps performing this way it won't matter if the offense performs average. After starting the year the first 5 games allowing 29+ points in each game, the defense hasn't allowed more than 17 points the last 5, averaging 12.4 ppg in that span and that is a number bloated by at least a couple meaningless garbage time TDs. It's really been trending better than that recently, and this is long enough it isn't strictly a fluke.

Oh, but, but.,..
Oh, but the Broncos had a ridiculous 20 play, 88 yard drive that yielded no points, so the Chiefs D is just really lucky! Not really. First off, 4.4 yards per play isn't overwhelming. The Broncos went for it on 4th down 3 times that drive. so that's 12 plays of that drive yielded a combined 2 first downs.  The Broncos were playing like a desperate loser since the start of the second quarter and would have been far more likely to screw up sooner rather than continually succeeding on 4th the rest of the drive / game.

Oh, but Broncos had 167 more yards than the Chiefs! Oh, but Javonte Williams put up 178 scrimmage yards! And? This is a common thread in games where an offense does stuff like give up turnovers. The Broncos gave up 2 INTs including a pick 6, muffed a punt deep in their territory, and turned the ball over on downs twice (once when it still mattered). You can gain a lot of yards when your team gives up points and shortened field position to the opponent consistently.

That's effectively 5 turnovers on drives that lead to ZERO points (or -6 points if you'd rather), no positive change in field position, and still accounted for over half (210) of their worthless padded yards. It'd be like having a 10" donkey dick that was eternally flaccid. It certainly isn't worth bragging about, it wouldn't even work as a hood ornament. And that isn't even including the 3 three and outs.

Consistency matters. If you intend to win a relatively low scoring game you need to consistently win the field position game, and the Broncos were far more consistently bad.

The Playoff Race
Every AFC Division leader is 8-4. 8 AFC teams have 4 or 5 losses. The Chiefs gotta be feeling fucking adorable at the moment. Like a spoiled rich girl, none of their previous fuck ups seem to be hanging over their head. Only the Patriots could claim to be anywhere near as hot as the Chiefs, and does anyone truly think Mac Jones is gonna outduel Mahomes in January? Maybe we'll get a clearer idea after tonight's game against Buffalo.

The AFC is a mess and we're in position to reap the benefits.

The Raidughs
One of my favorite things to say that has bitten me in the ass before is we've seen this game before. It's perhaps too dismissive or cavalier when we're talking about division rivals that have been chasing our ass for over a half decade with no greater realistic goal or desire in sight than winning a mini-Super Bowl by scraping by a narrow and likely undeserved win against us.

That being said, a bizarre OT win against a then reeling and not healthy Cowboys team is the only spot of glory in a 4 out of 5 loss streak for the flailing Raiders. Chaos is the glue that holds the team together right now, so I think we're more likely to see them fully implode rather than suddenly becoming a bastion of competence.

I think the Chiefs got this one easy.

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Posted by: asskickingboots
11-30-2021, 10:35 AM
Forum: HG Memorial Chiefs Talk
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I'm dead tired. I'm still vaguely recovering from a stomach flu, I still have Christmas decorations to put up, my mom's dog had to be put to sleep due to cancer, and I just ain't feeling it right now.

So here's the basics. The Broncos, even without Von Miller, still have a for real defense. Their offense is garbage and injuries just made it worse. I think our defense has shown enough competence to expect success. I think our offense is far more likely to scratch together enough points to win than theirs.

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Posted by: asskickingboots
11-17-2021, 12:51 AM
Forum: HG Memorial Chiefs Talk
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The healing process can take a while sometimes. Not just the weeks of winning "ugly", or the just plain losing before that, but the healing this team has needed since the SB loss may have reached its ultimate destination on the road to recovery.

With that in mind the division is once again in sight as our potential destiny. All these other teams are generally happy with performances that have led to barely above .500 ball, but for us this has been a disappointment. Yet still we're ahead in the division and there is no clear cut favorite in the AFC in our way.

Defensive Establishment
The defense had started to finally play average to above average, something many thought they should be capable of, even keeping the offense in games it didn't deserve to be in. Holding the Raiders to just 2 scoring drives was a solid performance, even if their off the field issues are as omnipresent as daddy issues throughout Vegas.

I think the biggest change is Melvin Ingram allows the Chiefs to play more in position on the d-line. That combined with Frank Clark getting more healthy has allowed the team to use Chris Jones more often inside. Everybody at every level of the defense benefits. The play of Gay and Bolton at LB has helped immensely as well.

Offensive Improvements
The offense flipped a switch and played like the unit we hoped it could be. The o-line eviscerated a solid Raiders d-line, giving up ZERO sacks and only 3 pressures. The most impactful play Maxx Crosby made was when he drew a personal foul for being some combination of dumb, angry, potentially deaf, neck tattooed, and a jerk.

You see, when Andrew Wylie is one of your best offensive linemen you're in trouble. When he's one of the first guys off your bench instead and he's surrounded by competent co-workers, that's the sign of a great line and you can work with that, especially short term.

The offensive line as a whole is building into a core strength of this team.

Bring on Dallas
The next opponent is the Dallas Cowboys. I think they're a bit of a paper tiger at 7-2. Not bad by any stretch, but still no the Cowboys of the 70s or 90s. Losing convincingly to the Broncos just a couple weeks ago is a prime example of that.

Then again, this has been a weird year so far and only getting weirder in the NFL. Who knows what teams decide to show up on both sides.

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Posted by: asskickingboots
11-09-2021, 05:43 PM
Forum: HG Memorial Chiefs Talk
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This would be a great time to talk about any of a number of topics related to the Chiefs, Raiders, and the AFC West.

The AFC West race has tightened up, every team is at 5 wins and either 3 or 4 losses and how the rest of the division may have squandered their early lead.

There's players out there that could still potentially help the Chiefs, like WRs Josh Reynolds or Odell Beckham Jr.

The recent resurgence of the defense, aided last week by the addition of Melvin Ingram and a healthier Frank Clark getting pressure.

We could and probably will talk about the recent failures of the Raiders, such as why my 2 fantasy teams are now called Jon Gruden's Emails and Henry Ruggs' Blood Alcohol Level.

You know what I really want to talk about though? Those of you that have been to Vegas, what are some attractions I need to see? Mind you, it's with the wifey, so nothing more risque than a burlesque show. Gonna have a 4 day, 3 night excursion to Sin City. Neither of us have been there before, aren't big gamblers (I'll put 100 on the Chiefs regardless), and other than a couple specific things we're flying by the seat of our pants.

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Posted by: asskickingboots
11-03-2021, 02:30 PM
Forum: HG Memorial Chiefs Talk
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No time for more details, you guys could discuss some important things related to this game.

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Posted by: Chi-town_Chief
11-01-2021, 08:51 PM
Forum: HG Memorial Chiefs Talk
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I don't get it. We have the pieces but we just don't seem to be putting it together. I keep waiting for something to click but it just doesn't seem to be happening and I'm not quite sure what the issue is. On paper we aren't a bad team but in execution we are only up by 4 against a bad giants team. 

My mom once told me a smart person can only make so many dumb decisions before you have to accept they just aren't smart anymore. How many bad games from this team before we call them a bad team?

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Posted by: asskickingboots
10-27-2021, 09:23 AM
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I actually had the opportunity to write at a KC based sports site several years ago. They headhunted me from the comments section when they saw the detail and effort I was putting in t. It would have been for no money at first, but potentially could have led to some kind of small side gig type cash. I haven't done much if anything to pursue a sports writing gig, but it's always been something that's interested me.

I turned it down. I told them and myself that I didn't have time at that moment, but I easily could have made time. It was an excuse. I know the real reason. When the team isn't doing good I tune out.

I quit watching and listening to sports media, I won't play Madden, I'll struggle to do so much as check my fantasy team. I'm not any less of a fan, I'll watch every game I can and I'll waste my voice entirely if I'm at the game and they have a shot. However, it's mild mental miasma I just plain prefer to avoid when they're nothing but a sore subject.

So why would I force that on myself to have to make at least one article every week in a semi-professional setting when the team is doing poorly? I always try to be positive about the team, but there's only so much sugar you can pour into brownie mix if your other primary ingredient is turd.

Some fans seem fueled by the team doing bad. They're louder, more boisterous, confident all they need to do is fire the correct villain holding the team back and hire some has been off of their couch and then plan the Super Bowl parade. I'm not that guy, pal.

I think back to the first year I was a season ticket holder. It might have been the worst year in franchise history. They went 2-14, looked worse than that, had the worst offense paired with a bottom 10 defense, and some asshole on the team completed a murder suicide in front of the GM and others. I know legit life-long Chiefs fans that have entirely forgotten Brady Quinn was our starting QB for half a season.

I had a lot of fun at those games. Tailgating was great and we had no expectations for the team anyway. I got to spend some good time with great friends.

Expectations make every loss that much harder. It makes that miasma even more unbearable and necessitates me tuning out the sports world. In 2012 we would have killed for these results. We've already won more games than we did that whole season, and yet everybody is rightfully down on this team. And yet we don't feel better about it.

I loved watching this team win the SB a couple years ago, but one thing it didn't do I thought it would is cure all of my sports woes. Losses still hurt. I didn't expect that.

Anyway, Chiefs play the Giants on MNF. The Giants suck. The Chiefs should beat them. But unless they fix some of the ongoing problems, many of which are simply mental, it's just kicking the can down the road.

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Posted by: asskickingboots
10-19-2021, 10:38 AM
Forum: HG Memorial Chiefs Talk
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Not going in depth atm. Here's a quick thought though.

Transitive Property
By the transitive property we know that the Titans are better than the Chiefs because they beat the Bills. That also therefore means the Jets are better than the Bills and Chiefs because they beat the Titans, but Denver shut out the Jets, but Denver lost to the Steelers who beat the Bills, making the best team the Bills because they beat the team that beat the team that beat them... riiiigggghhht?

That's lazy thinking. Is it possible the Bills had a hangover halo over winning what I rightfully called their Super Bowl? Sure, but then you have to acknowledge a ton of other things,  such as that KC gets everyone's best shot.

Only two teams are lining up. I could see the Chiefs struggle against Henry running the ball. I've already seen them bottle him up before too.

If the Chiefs revert back to dumb turnovers they could lose to about anyone. They clean it up, I would expect them to beat almost anyone.

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Posted by: asskickingboots
10-13-2021, 01:22 AM
Forum: HG Memorial Chiefs Talk
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I'm not going to bother re-watching the game or highlights because I don't listen to My Chemical Romance on repeat and cut myself. I'm also not in the mood to state the obvious, but here we are.

This has been the worst start to a season we've seen in years. This was the only of the losses though where I felt we just got outright beat, not just outedged at the final moments, and it really put a damper on my entire attitude about this team. This was probably the worst start of a season going back to 2015 when the team started 1-5, looked awful, had just lost Jamaal Charles to injury, erasing a lot of the good will Reid had built up turning a 2-14 team into a 9-7 team barely missing the playoffs.

What happened to that 2015 team? They won 11 straight games before running into the Pats in the playoffs. It was the most recent time the Chiefs didn't win the division, having won it 5 times straight since. It really was the starting point of this becoming a spoiled fanbase. I don't say that as a pejorative, just an observation.

There's a few points to take from all this.

Point 1: We got some real issues man
Yes, we have real problems that need addressing that have been exposed, especially on defense. Tipped balls for interceptions and fumbles on a rainy day happen on offense. Blown coverages, missed tackles, and a lack of pressure can be a far worse sign of a team's overall strength.

I normally tend to defend middle of the road rotational players that draw the ire of the fanbase. Sorenson has been a big scapegoat online for some fans pretty much his entire time here. He's actually a fine situational player, though I'd prefer if he weren't starting.

I went into this self-reflective assignment assuming there were systemic issues at play, not just personnel. Some soft targets had some bad plays like Sorenson, but as an example he's also leading the team in tackles. He has a role on this team, even if it needs to be rightfully adjusted because he's over exposed right now.

The Chiefs have the fewest sacks in the NFL (7) and hence given up the 4th worst QB Rating (109.6). So, there's the real problem, right? Get more pressure, duh! It isn't that team isn't getting pressure though, they're middle of the road in pressure rate.

I tried to look for an obvious main problem, and it just wasn't popping up.

We aren't blitzing too much or too little. We're getting pressure, just maybe not hitting home. They are strangely near average in a number of advanced statistics that might be good indicators of a more specific issue despite having some really poor volume numbers. Even penalties haven't been that bad overall even if they've been at back-breaking times. In some ways I'd feel better if there were an obvious problem that could be fixed.

The biggest thing that stood out is our defense is the worst in the league at scoring percentage. Teams are getting points on us far too often. Sometimes it's because aggressive gambles (going on 4th) have paid off, other times it's capitalizing on short fields, but regardless teams are getting points. Getting some of these drives to end sooner could lead to a massive improvement across the board.

This may seem very basic of me, but we need to play better situational and complementary football on both sides of the football, and that I believe is our biggest problem. It's either that or they need to start having some good luck for a change.

Point 2: We still have hope
No, we don't need to abandon all hope. We had a ridiculous schedule to start the year, but the schedule gets easier and there's some opportunities to fix problems.

Adversity can build character in those willing to embrace it.

There was another far more recent trend of bad football played by the Chiefs than 2015. There was a stretch where the Chiefs lost 4 of 6 games to a few really good playoff teams, but also a middling Colts team at home. It was real easy to feel down about the team then too. They not only got their shit together, including fixing some defensive issues, that team ended up winning Super Bowl LIV.

This team has it's banes, but it also has boons most others could only dream of. I mentioned we are spoiled as a fanbase and that's fine, so long as it doesn't become an issue for the players. I think it has become an issue for some of the players. I'm still seeing some great effort from the people that matter though, so I'm not giving up just yet.

I was going to go further yet into all this, but I'm tired, more pissed off than I've been as a fan for years, and I'm not sure if this will look nearly as coherent as it felt when I typed it. You guys deserve better than late night ramblings from me. I'd much rather be talking smack about a franchise so lost they don't even have a real fucking name, but it's clear we need to get our house in order first and foremost.

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