The Woot and Wye Show – Moneyball.com.au – NFL DFS Week 9: Make America Brate Again
TOTO – it seems Kansas really is the place to be.
The Chiefs could be onto something in the ‘Heart of America’ and yet they seem to be flying under the NFL radar. Realistically not too many teams who are building their credentials as a title contender still find themselves third in their division.
The Denver Broncos (6-2) and Oakland Raiders (6-2) sit ahead of the Chiefs (5-2 with a game in hand) in the pecking order in the AFC West, however Kansas City cannot be discounted in their current form. This franchise has only won a solitary Super Bowl, going back to 1970 when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings at SB IV.
The city and the state has been crying out for success in the top flight, and coach Andy Reid is moving them in the right direction. The Chiefs have played a total of 25 play-off games for just 9 wins and 16 losses.
Last season’s Wildcard Round win against the Houston Texans was their first in the post-season since 1993 against the then Houston Oilers. One of the smartest pieces of business was acquiring quarterback Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers.
The former No. 1 draft pick lost his place to the running and gunning Colin Kaepernick and for a while could not hit the side of a barn door with his throwing. Reid had faith to turn his game around, and now Smith is one of the coolest customers under centre in the game.
Even when Smith copped two heavy head knocks against Indianapolis Colts last week, former Eagles and Rams QB Nick Foles stepped up to the plate to deliver two touchdowns in the 30-13 victory. Smith has great weapons in star tight end Travis Kelce, plus dynamic duo Jeremy Maclin and rookie receiver Tyreek Hill, which has the Chiefs inside the top quarter of top scoring teams in the league (19.6 average per game).
Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles was a lone hand in previous years, however his body has begun to let him down. The 30-year old can provide outstanding back up to the younger pairing of Spencer Ware (511 yards) and Charcandrick West.
Such an even defensive spread holds a massive sway to the Chiefs fortunes as well. Defensive back Marcus Peters has five interceptions and 14 tackles, while veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson (43 tackles), Daniel Sorensen (25 tackles, safety Eric Berry (24 tackles) and Dee Ford (seven sacks) have all been in outstanding form.
What is more impressive for 28-year old Berry is that he is on the road to recovery from cancer that nearly claimed his life. Even on the injury reserve there is lots of talent. Charles and pro-bowl linebacker Justin Houston would add a massive amount of talent to any squadron.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are the next team in line to feel the wrath of Reid’s warriors and they are unlikely to be the last side to cop some heavy punishment. It remains to be seen if the 2016 campaign will break the Chiefs championship drought, but make no mistake – they are taking giant strides down the yellow brick road.