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Old 12-08-2005, 10:02 PM  
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How do the Chiefs matchup against the other playoff contenders?

I like to frequent other boards, as some of you have probably noticed. Not sure if that has more to do with my love of football, or just an interest in finding out more about the teams we play.

But what I have learned from going from site to site, is that a lot of these other teams fans feel very good and very confident about their teams chances. And most of them should be, I think we have 8 legitimate contenders in the AFC, and outside of Indy I think most are fairly comperable.

That kind of got me thinkin about how we matched up against all the other contenders, and I thought I'd try and break it down. I'm going to break these down as to how I think we'd do playing each of these teams 10 times at home, and 10 times on the road, eventually getting to all of our competition (Indy, Den, Cin, NE, Jax, SD, and Pit).

1. Indianapolis

Definitely the team to beat in the conference, and I think they scare everyone. I don't necessarily think it's an unattainable task, bu the Chiefs would have to put forth their best effort to take out the best team in the league.

Watching them tear us to shreds at Arrowhead two years ago in the playoffs made me realize how tough they are even in unfriendly territory. Doesn't look like that even matters now as anyone who plans on heading to Detroit is probably going to have to get there through Indy.

Indy's offense is just explosive, and our guys would have to be on their game to slow them down, if we could even do it. Indy's line is solid, and their receiving weapons open up the running game. And Manning can read defenses with the best of them, and keeps defenses guessing.

On offense, Willie Roaf and Wellbourne would have to step it up and not let freeney get to Trent. Linemen have to be on their game, protecting Trent and opening holes for LJ. Receivers have to get open and hang onto the ball.

I'd say if we played Indy 10 times at Indy, we'd maybe win 2 of those game. At Arrowhead I'd say maybe a 5-5 split, but that might even be just a tad generous...

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Old 12-08-2005, 10:03 PM   #2
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We can beat anyone if we play our best and are all healthy. Unfortunately that doesn't seem to happen very often when we play good teams.
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Old 12-08-2005, 10:04 PM   #3
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We can beat the Colts. They would not stop Larry Johnson. He would break a lot of tackles and have a huge game. Plus they usually let Gonzo run free through their zone. A recipe for lots of points. The key is knocking Manning down and getting him out of rhythm like last year.
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Old 12-08-2005, 10:09 PM   #4
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can anyone slow lj down, should be the name of this thread. i don't know who will be able too. what did larry do against san diego last time we played?
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Old 12-08-2005, 10:10 PM   #5
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We can beat anyone if we play our best and are all healthy. Unfortunately that doesn't seem to happen very often when we play good teams.
which is why I'm doin mine by how we'd likely do if we played them 10 games. because we can beat and we can lose to any team!


2. Denver

The Chiefs have played the Broncos twice. Once with a shell of the team they played them with the second time around. Yet, we still didn't do to them what we are capable of IMO.

We have a run defense good enough to stop them, but they haven't quite done it yet. And I think we have proven that if you put pressure on Plummer, he will make some mistakes. We didn't put any pressure on him in the first game, but in the second we did and he turned the ball over.

Denver still has a very good line that can create gaps and protect Plummer. I think it's also pretty clear they are more comfortable and better at doing that in Invesco.

As for our Offense, we can score on them. We can run on them and we can pass on them. The key is protecting Trent and creating space for LJ to burst through.

10 times at Arrowhead, and I think we take 6 if not 7.
And I'm comfortable saying we could beat them 4 out of 10 times at Invesco
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Old 12-08-2005, 10:12 PM   #6
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I think you guys would match up well against their defense, but would get owned when they are on offense. LJ would slice through their defense, I would think. He's very talented. I think you guys are weak at tight end right now though. Tony Gonzalez seems to be going the way of Ben Coates.
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Old 12-08-2005, 10:13 PM   #7
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Over the last 15 years the Chiefs have been much stronger at home than on the road. Since in all likelihood we would play all of our playoff games on the road, I don't feel too good about any of our matchups.
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Old 12-08-2005, 10:15 PM   #8
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Over the last 15 years the Chiefs have been much stronger at home than on the road. Since in all likelihood we would play all of our playoff games on the road, I don't feel too good about any of our matchups.
1 game behind Denver and SD and/ or Oak could beat them
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tonygonzalez has spent a whole bunch of time blocking this season, thats why his numbers are down. he dosent seem to be able to jump up and grab balls as easily anymore.
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Old 12-08-2005, 10:23 PM   #10
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I think you guys are weak at tight end right now though. Tony Gonzalez seems to be going the way of Ben Coates.


That's why Tony G is second in NFL tight ends in receptions.
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I think you guys would match up well against their defense, but would get owned when they are on offense. LJ would slice through their defense, I would think. He's very talented. I think you guys are weak at tight end right now though. Tony Gonzalez seems to be going the way of Ben Coates.
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Gonzo had a whopping 8 more catches at this time last year. Yeah, he's declining BIG TIME.
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Gonzo had a whopping 8 more catches at this time last year. Yeah, he's declining BIG TIME.
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Is Ashley Lelie going the way of Jerry Rice?

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Don't let a guy that thinks Jeb Putzier is a great TE hijack the thread

Last one then I'm off for bed. Maybe I'll finish the other 4 tomorrow:


3. Cincinnati

Cincy's weakness seems to be against the run, which really plays into our strengths. I think they're another team we would have no problem scoring on. Again it's all on the shoulders of the line.

As for slowing down their offense, that might be a different story. Chad Johnson and Housh have to be respected, which setups their pound the ball running attack. I don't think we would have much trouble stopping their running game, but the fact that we have to respect their big play potential, they will probably be able to move the ball and score.

The key here is to pound the ball, control the clock and not let this turn into a shootout. Not sure how the "who-dey" and home field would factor into this, but it would definitely be to our benefit to play them at home.

Playing them in Cincy, I'm gonna leave a pretty wide margin because I'm not sure how their home field would factor into the equation. I'd probably say somewhere between 2-4 wins out of 10.

Plying them at home I'm a little more confident, and think we could beat them 6 out of 10 games.


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I'll go ahead and do one more because this one I'm not sure about

4. Jacksonville

I don't know what the chances of us actually playing them would be. I think they'll likely end up at new England, and even if they do win would probably be heading into indy the following week.

And I really haven't watched these guys all year, nor do I know much about their team. I know Leftwich is hurt, which might set them back a tad.

I'm also not sure if they actually are a solid team, or just the benefactor of a weak schedule. I really don't know enough about them to take a stab as to what the outcome would be if we played them 10 times at each place...
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