Looking Ahead: These Ain’t Your TNF Chiefs

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Much consternation has been generated since the 29-28 upset the Chiefs suffered at the hands of the Chargers on Thursday Night Football at Arrowhead. I’ve seen rumblings of the Chiefs playing for their season that night, and comparisons to losing a playoff game. But I disagree, and by all measures the Chiefs do as well.

Warning from the Editor: This one is going to hurt.  But there is a silver lining at the end.  Please steady the pitchforks and torches.

Much consternation has been generated since the 29-28 upset the Chiefs suffered at the hands of the Chargers on Thursday Night Football at Arrowhead.  I’ve seen rumblings of the Chiefs playing for their season that night, and comparisons to losing a playoff game.  But I disagree, and by all measures the Chiefs do as well.  If the game were viewed as a must win for the season, I have a hard time imagining a scenario where Eric Berry does not play the entire 2nd half barring a major setback to his health, which Andy Reid reported was not the case.  In his press conference on Monday, Andy Reid spoke about the health of several key players, indicating their progress was positive.  I suspect in a game that was viewed as do-or-die, other players held out Thursday night might have been available to play.  While his outlook on LG Cam Erving and WR Sammy Watkins was not as clear, Andy Reid did speak as though Spencer Ware could have played, but he was ultimately inactive as a precaution.  While nothing I have said thus far is going to change the past, it certainly could have a positive impact moving forward.

Chiefs fans have a long morbid history when it comes to injuries and the playoffs during the Andy Reid era.  In 2013 the Chiefs were well on their way to dismantling the Andrew Luck-led Colts before injuries saw the premature exit of Jamaal Charles, Brandon Flowers, Justin Houston, Donnie Avery and backup RB Knile Davis.  In 2015 the Chiefs traveled to Houston for the Wildcard round of the playoffs with Jamaal Charles already on the Injured Reserve list and Justin Houston playing with a strained ACL.  The Chiefs won their first playoff game in 22 years, but at the cost of Houston, Jeremy Maclin and Spencer Ware and lost the following week in Foxborough. 2016 saw the Chiefs host the Steelers for the Divisional round with Jamaal Charles, Allen Bailey, Jaye Howard, Derrick Johnson and Josh Mauga on Injured Reserve.  For those at home counting, that’s 2/3’s of the Defensive Line, both starting Inside Linebackers,and the Chiefs all-star Running Back.  To add insult to injury, the mishandling of Justin Houston’s knee injury meant he was still playing like a shell of his former self after missing the 1st half of the season on IR.  The Chiefs played a tight game, not allowing a single touchdown to the Steelers, but ultimately were once again ushered from postseason glory.  For the 2017 Wildcard game against the Titans, the Chiefs were already missing Eric Berry, Dee Ford, Chris Conley, Mitch Morse, Spencer Ware and DeAnthony Thomas on Injured Reserve but after building a 1st half lead neither the offense nor defense could keep up the pace in the 2nd half after losing Travis Kelce and Chris Jones.

So, why did we just walk down that miserable memory lane?  Because the potential is there for the results to be vastly different this year. The team we see entering the playoffs very well could be a much different, and much improved, squad compared to the one that lost in familiar heartbreaking fashion on Thursday night. The Chiefs may see up to five full time starters return to the lineup who didn’t play the entire game against the Chargers, to include Eric Berry who only played the 1st half.

Eric Berry
Eric Berry

Eric Berry having a few games to knock off the rust and get up to game speed entering the playoffs is going to pay huge dividends for the Chiefs.  As I wrote earlier this week in A Defense for the Defense, having Eric Berry on the field makes a difference.  He might not have had any impact plays, but his leadership and ability to diagnose offensive formations and adjust the defensive alignments before the snap have been sorely missed on the field this year.  He is the general in Bob Sutton’s system, the player his teammates look to when the going gets rough and the team needs one play to get off the field.  As the Quarterback of the defense, he is the Peyton Manning to Ron Parker’s Kirk Cousins; he has an inherently cerebral understanding of the game you do not see in many players. When other players might simply adjust to a different coverage based on the offensive alignment, Eric Berry is drawing plays up in the sand with a stick, and they work. 

It’s quite possible Eric Berry could have returned sooner in the year, and possibly helped the Chiefs win a game or two that they ended up losing.  In my opinion, the Chiefs absolutely beat the Chargers Thursday night had Berry played in the 2nd half.  It may just be possible that Andy Reid has been looking at his last four trips to the post-season and decided it was time to do things different this year.  We all know what happened when Houston was rushed back to help the team mid-season.  It didn’t end well, and I think Andy remembers.

There is also reason to be optimistic about the offense returning to the juggernaut we saw early in the season as the Chiefs head in to the playoffs.  The offense should be returning starters Cam Erving at guard, Sammy Watkins at wide receiver, and Spencer Ware at running back.  With a stroke of good luck, it’s possible that the Chiefs other starting guard, Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff could also return for the post season. 

Spencer Ware running the ball during a game with the Chargers.
Spencer Ware

While Ware is not the same caliber player as the one he replaced, nothing is bringing Kareem Hunt back for this team.  While lacking the explosive play threat, Ware brings a grinding running style and sure hands that should be utilized in the 4th quarter moving forward to help the Chiefs put away games.  Sammy Watkins at this point has more than earned his “injury prone” label but if he can stay healthy through the playoffs, the passing game has the potential to be even better than what we saw earlier in the year.  With deep speed outside with Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce always the big play threat over the middle, I feel sorry for the poor soul who is left covering 6’5 wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. As Arrowheadguys own Dan Harms stated earlier this season when we signed him, Benjamin is a good catcher of the football, and with his height could suddenly find himself the beneficiary of defenses on their heels trying to cover Hill, Watkins and Kelce running in space.

Last but certainly not least, the thought of having the Chiefs opening day starting offensive line together again for the post season simply warms the heart.  All too often we’ve seen Mahomes under duress the last few weeks and running backs getting stuffed for a loss.  Bringing back the two big nasty guards would be a welcomed sight for the entirety of the offense, allowing Andy to establish the run and giving Mahomes time to hit Tyreek Hill deep down the field.  The big play was a staple of this Chiefs offense early in the season, but those chunk plays have been few and far between as we saw lineman after lineman go down with injury.

Could this be the most un-Chiefs postseason we’ve witnessed during the Reid era in Kansas City? Might the biggest struggles of the season be in the rear-view mirror?  It is my belief that the Chiefs are slowly getting healthy at the right time for once, building back towards full power just in time for the bright lights of the post season, where legends are born.  We have seen record after record be broken this season as Patrick Mahomes seemingly casts off all the curses of Chiefs quarterbacks past, and perhaps as we see a dwindling injury report as we edge closer to elimination games, for once we have a legitimate threat to make a run deep into the post season.

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Josh Lavelock
Josh Lavelock
12/19/2018 10:52 am

Very well written, Mr. Tats. I hope beyond hope, for that very thing to happen. The more I think about what said, the I’m envisioning post season success.

zulu trader
zulu trader(@zulu-trader)
12/18/2018 10:38 pm

BHQV round for everyone — even the defense and Bob Sutton

OPChiefsfan
OPChiefsfan
12/18/2018 9:03 pm

Nice read Tony! I don’t comment much because I mainly enjoy reading the articles and others comments. And its a good thing this site is up and running, it is great to have writing that doesn’t just kick dirt on the team. If the team gets healthy, we have a great chance to at least get to the AFC championship. Every team has flaws, even the almighty Chargers.

Patomic Fist
Patomic Fist(@patomic)
Admin
12/18/2018 9:03 pm

FYI….Jordan Lucas snap counts for the season

Spoiler

                                                                                        
                                                                                    Snap
                                              Off.       Def.        ST             Fant
Rk   G#       Date    Tm Opp  Result Pos  Num  Pct Num    Pct Num   Pct FantPt DKPt FDPt
1     1 2018-09-09   KAN LAC W 38-28  DB    0 0.0%   0   0.0%  24                  80.0%
2     2 2018-09-16   KAN PIT W 42-37  DB    0 0.0%   0   0.0%  29                  82.9%
3     3 2018-09-23   KAN SFO W 38-27  DB    0 0.0%   0   0.0%  20                  71.4%
4     4 2018-10-01   KAN DEN W 27-23  DB    0 0.0%   0   0.0%  19                  67.9%
5     5 2018-10-07   KAN JAX W 30-14  DB    0 0.0%  56  67.5%  15                  62.5%
6     6 2018-10-14   KAN NWE L 40-43   S    0 0.0%  78 100.0%   9                  25.0%
7     7 2018-10-21   KAN CIN W 45-10   S    0 0.0%  48  84.2%   2                   7.4%
8     8 2018-10-28   KAN DEN W 30-23   S    0 0.0%  24  32.9%   4                  13.8%
9     9 2018-11-04   KAN CLE W 37-21  DB    0 0.0%  12  16.0%   6                  26.1%
10   10 2018-11-11   KAN ARI W 26-14  DB    0 0.0%   0   0.0%  13                  52.0%
11   11 2018-11-19   KAN LAR L 51-54   S    0 0.0%   0   0.0%  21                  48.8%
12   12 2018-12-02   KAN OAK W 40-33   S    0 0.0%   0   0.0%  15                  46.9%
13   13 2018-12-09   KAN BAL W 27-24   S    0 0.0%   0   0.0%  12                  41.4%
14   14 2018-12-13   KAN LAC L 28-29   S    0 0.0%   0   0.0%  10                  43.5%
                                   Total         0        218                        199

legal_kush
legal_kush
Reply to  Patomic Fist
12/18/2018 9:30 pm

I enjoy this site on a mobile device.

Patomic Fist
Patomic Fist(@patomic)
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Reply to  legal_kush
12/18/2018 9:41 pm

Better now? When I want to ask someone to spoiler something, I typically just ask them to spoiler it, instead of making them read my mind. FWIW.

legal_kush
legal_kush
Reply to  Patomic Fist
12/18/2018 9:57 pm

Much better.
Thank you.

SPI Chief
SPI Chief(@spi-chief)
12/18/2018 8:54 pm

Great read. And I am certainly hoping you are right given our playoff injury history. Hell, go all the way back to Montana getting KO’d back in the day. Attrition has a huge impact on who are the winners and losers in league. I hope that we can have a full lineup for the playoff run, I think that would make all the difference.

gonzangkc11
gonzangkc11(@gonzangkc11)
12/18/2018 8:43 pm

Nice read!!!
I believe & it starts THIS SUNDAY IN SEATTLE
CHIEFS WIN -LIKE WE ARE USE TO SEEING by 14 points or more

legal_kush
legal_kush
12/18/2018 8:31 pm

This is all fantastic.
I posted last night in the open thread about a friendly bet at work, today he accepted and called it $25. For those who don’t know/care I have Chiefs SU and he has Seattle. This game matters, and it matters considerably more because, apparently, the opportunity to step on the neck of a divisional rival in your own house in front of a national audience with the divisional crown and a playoff bye was just another game.
Now prove it.
Travel to Seattle and show the league that history and trends do not matter. 1-4 ATS lately? No worries, we’re only giving up 2 1/2.
Under .500 vs the NFC under Reid? Gotta be a misprint. Hit the edit button.

Good news for me, I don’t have to go lay $133 at my book to win a hundy. I can get $25 no vig and focus action on games where I trust a defense to close out a game in December, or maybe an offense that can run the ball late in a close game.

But yeah. Prove it. This year feels different.

RDD India
RDD India
Reply to  legal_kush
12/18/2018 10:03 pm

Thats what I am say too, this is a Signature or statement or Prove it game. National audience has to be reminded.

CJ_Spiller
CJ_Spiller
12/18/2018 8:22 pm

This site is becoming mindless cheerleading/Homerism.

LDT just got off a walking scooter he is not playing this year. He can barely put weight on his leg.

“Benjamin is a good catcher of the football”. Seriously??

pompano
pompano(@pompano)
Reply to  CJ_Spiller
12/18/2018 8:28 pm

Somewhat reasonable optimism to my eye,
then again I am a homerist.

SPI Chief
SPI Chief(@spi-chief)
Reply to  pompano
12/18/2018 8:34 pm

And who’s to say LDT won’t be ready by the Superb Owl?!? (homer)

Patomic Fist
Patomic Fist(@patomic)
Admin
Reply to  CJ_Spiller
12/18/2018 8:29 pm

First we’re hanging on by a thread, now we’re just a bunch of mindless homers.

Honestly…I’m wondering how you can stand being around us any longer.

pompano
pompano(@pompano)
Reply to  Patomic Fist
12/18/2018 8:32 pm

the username checks out, checks in, checks…..

SPI Chief
SPI Chief(@spi-chief)
Reply to  CJ_Spiller
12/18/2018 8:33 pm

Where’s SaintsChiefsfan when ya need him huh? I have to tell you if you write an article they will probably post it. Get it off your chest CJ, you seem to be burdened by some unresolved negativity.

RDD India
RDD India
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
12/18/2018 10:04 pm

Hey I saw a one his tweet where he was standing and looked comfortable ( I am pretty sure he put his weight on his feet).

Maw423
Maw423(@maw423)
Reply to  CJ_Spiller
12/19/2018 3:35 am

I’d offer some cheese and crackers, but I’m all out.

CJ_Spiller
CJ_Spiller
12/18/2018 7:49 pm

Good teams hold on to 3-score leads even with a few injuries. The common theme is coaching: Bob Sutton’s prevent defense.

Seahawks are 16-2 at home in Prime Time.

Mahomes has never played in a place as loud as Centurylink stadium.

This game is a toss up. Get ready for the 5th seed.

SuperMegaChief
SuperMegaChief(@supermegachief)
Reply to  CJ_Spiller
12/18/2018 7:58 pm

Seek help friend. There are medications that can help.

CJ_Spiller
CJ_Spiller
Reply to  SuperMegaChief
12/18/2018 8:15 pm

For being realistic and not a blind homer?

SPI Chief
SPI Chief(@spi-chief)
Reply to  CJ_Spiller
12/18/2018 8:43 pm

What is realistic about bringing up 16-2 prime time when that covers what…the last 5 years or so when they have been a great team. Let’s keep it really real. This year we are 5-2 on the road and they are 4-2 at home. They just lost to the 49ers….the 49ers And you want to talk realism?

SuperMegaChief
SuperMegaChief(@supermegachief)
Reply to  CJ_Spiller
12/19/2018 10:05 am

No. For going beyond just recognizing problems with the team to becoming the site’s resident Eeyore. It’s ok to be pessimistic, but you’ve been taking it to wet blanket status for days now.

pompano
pompano(@pompano)
Reply to  SuperMegaChief
12/18/2018 8:19 pm

Are you part dispensary as well as part electrical appliance?

pompano
pompano(@pompano)
Reply to  pompano
12/18/2018 8:36 pm

I’ll take that as a no.

SuperMegaChief
SuperMegaChief(@supermegachief)
Reply to  pompano
12/19/2018 9:57 am

Only when given an official prescription from a board certified physician.

Stuckinpackland
Stuckinpackland(@stuckinpackland)
Reply to  CJ_Spiller
12/18/2018 8:08 pm

Not sure if you know this, arrowhead is louder than the clink, just saying…

CJ_Spiller
CJ_Spiller
Reply to  Stuckinpackland
12/18/2018 8:14 pm

Not when Mahomes is playing

Stuckinpackland
Stuckinpackland(@stuckinpackland)
Reply to  CJ_Spiller
12/18/2018 8:17 pm

Mile high was insane

CJ_Spiller
CJ_Spiller
Reply to  Stuckinpackland
12/18/2018 8:29 pm

I’ve been to mile high it is not loud

John Doerty
John Doerty(@tsv0728)
Reply to  CJ_Spiller
12/19/2018 11:21 am

I go every year, and I have Arrowhead to compare it to. It was loud as hell this year.

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater(@denverdonkeyhater)
Reply to  John Doerty
12/19/2018 12:22 pm

They’ve gotten louder.

Horseface disapproves.

Patomic Fist
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Reply to  CJ_Spiller
12/18/2018 8:54 pm

There isn’t anything I can do to prepare myself for the 5th seed. I’m going to be beyond pissed if they started 11-2 and end up the fucking 5th seed.

If that happens, I’m always going to think they fucked up, underestimated the Chargers, should have played Berry in the 2nd half or maybe the entire game….I’m not even sure I would watch the playoff game live at that point…I might check the score and watch it on replay if they win.

And if they don’t reach the AFCC…. I’d be 2nd guessing Veach all offseason, why the hell they got rid of their best CB and only got Fuller instead of trading the farm for another top CB like Patrick Peterson or Xavier Rhodes.

Why the fuck they didn’t have any sort of contingency plan in case Berry was going to miss almost the entire season, AGAIN.

Why they invested so much cap hit in Hitchens and how meh he looks out there. Why they have so much suck at Safety yet won’t even let Jordan Lucas sniff the field on Defense.

Falco16
Falco16
Reply to  Patomic Fist
12/18/2018 10:37 pm

Paragraph 1: truth
2: Truth
3: I question BV too, but do not blame the team for sending Peters packing. Not properly replacing him yes.
4: Truth
5: Truth

RoyalChiefHawks
RoyalChiefHawks
Reply to  Falco16
12/19/2018 6:32 am

1. Sure I’m going to bet every Chiefs fan will be upset if they get in as a wild card.
2. They were up 14 in the 4th quarter. There’s no reason to play Berry so that he could get reinjured after only playing in one half, and there’s no point in bringing him back in the game for the last series since he would’ve been a little stiff.
3. Peters had to go and is now obvious with him being one of the worst graded CB this season. We got a good young corner pretty much for nothing and got rid of Alex Smiths contract (bless his heart)
4. They did have a contingency plan. They were going to trade for Earl Thomas before Seattle royally fucked that up and he broke his leg.
5. This is all Bob Suttons fault.

Patomic Fist
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Reply to  RoyalChiefHawks
12/19/2018 11:04 am

Earl Thomas wasn’t a contingency plan, that was a desperation last ditch effort that never came to fruition, bc injury. A contingency plan would have been action taken before the season started.

I didn’t say ‘why did they get rid of Peters,’ full stop.

The point was that all they did to replace him was trade for Fuller, when they could have gone after someone like Xavier Rhodes / Patrick Peterson in addition to Fuller. Many of us WTF’d that from day 1, and it looks like we were right, because the secondary sucks.

ForeverRanger91
ForeverRanger91(@foreverranger91)
12/18/2018 7:11 pm

Mahomes, Hill, Fisher (?), Kelce and Sherman are starters in the Pro Bowl. Jones and Schwartz got snubbed big time.

NovaChiefs
NovaChiefs(@novachiefs)
Reply to  ForeverRanger91
12/18/2018 7:13 pm

That’s 5 spots that will go t the second guy

Snafu
Snafu(@snafu)
12/18/2018 7:07 pm

Pro Bowlers announced, no Chris Jones. Boo.

rip58
rip58(@rip58lovealways)
Reply to  Snafu
12/18/2018 7:09 pm

That’s not right…

Snafu
Snafu(@snafu)
Reply to  rip58
12/18/2018 7:10 pm

It is, but it’s not.

ForeverRanger91
ForeverRanger91(@foreverranger91)
Reply to  rip58
12/18/2018 7:12 pm

5th in sacks and not by much.

Team Player
Team Player(@kc_sundevil)
Reply to  ForeverRanger91
12/18/2018 7:21 pm

He got hot after voting opened. Timing more than anything.

Team Player
Team Player(@kc_sundevil)
Reply to  Snafu
12/18/2018 7:10 pm

Ideally no chiefs play in the pro bowl

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  Snafu
12/18/2018 7:31 pm

Ridiculous.

Maybe he gets All-Pro? No fan vote in that one.

BuckeyeMike
BuckeyeMike(@buckeyemike)
12/18/2018 7:04 pm

This mini bye week came at truly the perfect time

TaiLore
TaiLore(@tailore)
12/18/2018 6:38 pm

Also, if berry is Peyton Manning, Ron Parker isn’t Kirk cousins.

He’s maybe Kirk Cameron. Maybe.

TaiLore
TaiLore(@tailore)
12/18/2018 6:34 pm

I think Damian Williams is a notch above everyone else at RB in this offense, and honestly, I like darell Williams more than spencer. Upside and whatnot.

Side note, I really think the 2018 NFL MVP plays under center for our Chiefs. Brees keeps pooping his pampers down the stretch. Unless we surrender the west to the chargers, the MVP is PVM (Pat Vucking Mahomes).

Patomic Fist
Patomic Fist(@patomic)
Admin
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
12/18/2018 6:58 pm

Bob Sanders Effect….Berry could absolutely do that. I believe that Berserker may have foreshadowed this long ago, even before the season began.

Berserker
Berserker
Reply to  Patomic Fist
12/18/2018 7:33 pm

Well, I always figured his comeback was gonna be based on schedule and playoff situation more than anything else. But I can’t say I called the exact game.

SPI Chief
SPI Chief(@spi-chief)
Reply to  Berserker
12/18/2018 8:45 pm

I’ll allow it

Team Player
Team Player(@kc_sundevil)
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
12/18/2018 7:09 pm

Luck has CPOTY locked up.

But I’ll be happy with just the Lombardi Trophy

Chiefsfan115
Chiefsfan115(@chiefsfan115)
Reply to  Team Player
12/18/2018 7:54 pm

I’ll be happy with the Lamar Hunt trophy since the Chiefs have never won it.

Chiefsfan115
Chiefsfan115(@chiefsfan115)
Reply to  TaiLore
12/18/2018 7:55 pm

Brees Backup: @155 snaps
Mahomes Backup: 0 snaps

You’d think the MVP wouldn’t routinely sub out, right?

Falco16
Falco16
Reply to  Chiefsfan115
12/18/2018 10:40 pm

Doesn’t Hill play a lot of those snaps when Brees is on the field? Can’t call it a “sub” if the 1st is still on the field.

I’m sure not 100% of Hill’s snaps are with Brees in the field, and I agree that Mahomes should be MVP, but snap counts for Brees backup I’m not sure is a good stat to indicate anything.

Falco16
Falco16
12/18/2018 6:15 pm

I agree we are hopefully getting healthy at the right time and that can be huge in a January as opposed to past playoffs where you painstakingly pointed out how in healthy we have been.

Problem is we made things exponentially harder by crapping away a very winnable game.

The difference in a 1 and a 5 seed is big time. Like massive big time.

I know HFA hasn’t been so advantageous for us in the first month of the calendar year, but the importance of the bye week can not be overstated.

It’s hard to in one sentence admit how crappy they have played at home in the playoffs, and then in the next lament having to travel but I can’t get excited about the idea of traveling to Ketchup or Razor Balde or let’s say things shake out and they have to go to Ray Ray’s house. None of those possibilities should sound fun to anyone.

Just sucks. SUCKS.

Chiefsfan115
Chiefsfan115(@chiefsfan115)
Reply to  Falco16
12/18/2018 6:41 pm

KC Playoffs under Andy Reid
Chiefs lost to Indy, no bye.
Chiefs didn’t have a bye before they beat the Texans.
Chiefs had a bye, lost to Pittsburgh at home.
Chiefs had a home game, no bye, lost to Titans.

Maybe the 5 seed is the better choice.

Patomic Fist
Patomic Fist(@patomic)
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Reply to  Chiefsfan115
12/18/2018 7:13 pm

2013 Indy – a zillion injuries
2015 Texans – opposing QB was Brian Hoyer
2016 PIT – scored 16 points at home
2017 Titans – 0 points in the 2nd half

You confused #5 seed being the catalyst vs facing Brian Hoyer being the real reason behind it.

Panzer85
Panzer85(@panzer85)
12/18/2018 5:49 pm

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Nice, hopeful insight, Tony. It’s what we need to focus on to get our heads right before Seattle. Like everyone else, I’m so happy to have Berry back. And to think of being as healthy, if not healthIER, in the postseason as we were when we first started this 2018 shindig… that’s an AWESOME thought to keep in mind. It would be even better if that is actually Ried’s plan instead of a happy accident, but I won’t complain about the methods of success as long as success is the constant variable in the equation.

A Lunar Ting
A Lunar Ting(@the-fresh-prince)
12/18/2018 5:44 pm

Tony- check email real quick.

1wombat
1wombat(@1wombat)
12/18/2018 5:27 pm

Good read. I totally agree with you on Berry. He just makes everyone else better.

pompano
pompano(@pompano)
12/18/2018 5:09 pm

Yes please, let’s all light a candle
(Scicilians are Catholic aren’t they 🙂 )

Knightwolfbr
Knightwolfbr(@knightwolfbr)
12/18/2018 4:46 pm

Guys….Mahomes is REALLY good on the road.

Knightwolfbr
Knightwolfbr(@knightwolfbr)
Reply to  Knightwolfbr
12/18/2018 4:46 pm
John Doerty
John Doerty(@tsv0728)
Reply to  Knightwolfbr
12/18/2018 5:02 pm

That’s interesting. It seems to suggest that playcalling is somewhat different home/road, unless Pat just hates Arrowhead for some reason.

A Lunar Ting
A Lunar Ting(@the-fresh-prince)
Reply to  John Doerty
12/18/2018 5:45 pm

It could also just be variance. Mahomes’ career is very young still, keep in mind. It’s not as though we have a big sample with Mahomes

NovaChiefs
NovaChiefs(@novachiefs)
Reply to  Knightwolfbr
12/18/2018 5:31 pm

And Wilson is also better on the road. That’s good news, as well.

MasterChief
MasterChief(@masterchief)
Reply to  Knightwolfbr
12/18/2018 5:44 pm

This brings up some interesting thoughts….

Why???

Does Mahomes feed off the thrill of beating teams in their houses?
Does he work better when the opposing crowd is roaring?
Is he less distracted when not at home?

Or

Does he not like our field?
Is he distracted by the BBQ?
Is it just the way it happened to go down?

This is pretty strange when you really think about it! Obviously, you want him to play just as good at home but it does make me feel pretty decent about him playing road playoff games or even in a Superbowl.

Team Player
Team Player(@kc_sundevil)
Reply to  MasterChief
12/18/2018 5:51 pm

Or maybe it was all the road games in the healthy teammate part of the season.

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