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Eight Chiefs were brought in by the regime of former general manager Carl Peterson and have experienced more than their share of highs and lows in Kansas City since 2005. This is the third playoff appearance for three of them and the second for the others. Here are their thoughts on the good times and bad times theyve experienced, and how it makes them appreciate the Chiefs 11-5 season in 2013, especially after coming off a 2-14 year in 2012.
With 1,980 yards from scrimmage in 2013 — rushing and receiving — and 19 touchdowns, Jamaal Charles logged the best regular season of his career and is the primary focus of the Indianapolis defense Saturday in the Chiefs-Colts wild-card playoff game.
It’s safe to say the Chiefs turned in perhaps their worst defensive outing in their 23-7 loss to the Colts on Dec. 22. The Colts exploited the same things the Chiefs have been unable to consistently cover all year, so let’s dive into some of the coverage troubles the Chiefs had, from formations to pick plays to outright bad plays.
Missed tackles turned out to be a major theme of the Chiefs’ 23-7 loss to the Colts two weeks ago. The Chiefs missed a season-high 17 against the Colts, according to Pro Football Focus, five more than in any other game and 11 more than their season average before that point.
Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe knows he needs to make an impact Saturday for the Chiefs to defeat Indianapolis in an opening-round AFC playoff game. “I’m ready to go,” Bowe said Wednesday. “Games like this … big-time players make big-time plays, and these are games I mostly show up in.”
Ideally, the Chiefs would dive into Saturday’s playoff game at Indianapolis with a roster of postseason veterans. That’s not the case. Only 28 members of the 53-man roster have appeared in the playoffs. In the 2010 season, with Matt Cassel at quarterback, the Chiefs won the division and played host to the wild-card Ravens. Baltimore ran away after halftime as the Chiefs fell 30-7.
Chiefs Hall of Famer Neil Smith headlines a group of eight former Chiefs who have recently joined the workers compensation lawsuit that was filed against the team in early December.
The Chiefs saw firsthand what kind of havoc Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis can create. In the Colts’ 23-7 victory at Arrowhead on Dec. 22, Mathis not only sacked Alex Smith once, but his hit on Smith caused a pass to flutter into the arms of Indianapolis linebacker Jerrell Freeman for an interception.
It comes a little late for the Chiefs, not to mention the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the NFL on Monday morning issued a statement admitting its officials made a mistake in not assessing an illegal-formation penalty on the Chargers during Sunday’s game in San Diego.
We now know where the Chiefs are headed, and when, for their NFL playoff opener. They’ll play the Colts at Indianapolis on Saturday at 3:35 p.m. in the wild-card round.
Alex Smith grew up in San Diego dreaming of playing at Qualcomm Stadium. On Sunday, he’ll get his second chance to do exactly that when the Chiefs visit the Chargers in the regular-season finale.
Strong safety Eric Berry, offensive tackle Branden Albert, running back Jamaal Charles, outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, nose tackle Dontari Poe, cornerback Brandon Flowers and punt returner Dexter McCluster will represent Kansas City on Jan. 26 in Honolulu. The eight selections tied San Francisco for the most in the NFL.
Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and outside linebacker Tamba Hali did not participate in practice on Friday and were ruled out for Sunday’s regular-season finale at San Diego.
Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was diagnosed with a concussion on Thursday. Bowe was on the field during the start of practice that is open to reporters. He later reported concussion-like symptoms and was listed on the injury report as a non-participant in practice.
Since going to the bench in October for rookie cornerback Marcus Cooper, it had been a little over two months since veteran cornerback Dunta Robinson saw as much meaningful action as he did against the Colts. And while the loss Sunday clearly irked him, Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Robinson did a nice job as he logged 41 plays in his return to the starting nickel position.
Whatever system Chiefs coach Andy Reid has used when deciding to make challenges, its hard to argue with the results, even if some players admit they dont necessarily know all the ins and outs of what all goes into Reids challenge decisions. Reids record with challenges this season has also helped him earn the trust of his players.
Tthe Chiefs, 11-4, likely will approach this Sundays game against San Diego, 8-7, much like coach Andy Reid did four times in Philadelphia when his Eagles teams were locked into playoff positions going into a final week, the same way most teams approach a final preseason game.
With the Chiefs locked into the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs, coach Andy Reid said he has not determined whether he’ll sit some of his starting players in next Sunday’s regular-season finale at San Diego.
Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe hardly ever says a word to anyone, much less utter a nasty word.
The Chiefs played their way Sunday into the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs. By coming up flat in a 23-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the Chiefs, 11-4, are assured of opening the playoffs on the road on the weekend of Jan. 4 and 5. And it appears that game will be a rematch with the Colts in Indianapolis.