The Chiefs got back to .500 this week, after coming away with a last minute win against the Chargers, 23-20. Cairo Santos squeezed in the winning field goal as fans held their breath, and the Chiefs capped off an impressive hard-fought game. The Chiefs really needed this win, especially facing a St. Louis team next week that just knocked off the defending Champs.
Jamaal Charles became the franchise-leading rusher, which was pretty great. Andy Reid utilized him a lot more this week, which helped lead the Chiefs to their win. Charles is clearly the staple of this offense, and I’m glad Reid realized that this week after his coaching blunder in San Francisco.
It’s my first Chiefs post of the year, which makes me kind of ashamed of myself. Nonetheless, the Chiefs take on the Chargers today in an AFC West showdown as they try to rebound from a tough loss two weeks ago against San Francisco.
Andy Reid has a phenomenal record coming out of bye weeks (13-2), but the Chargers are red hot, riding a five-game win streak. Phillip Rivers has an arsenal of receivers to throw to, and is looking really good early in the season. They nearly lost to the Raiders last week, but that’s no indication of how they will play this week.
The Royals have taken the first two games of the ALCS on the road against Baltimore, and will return home on Monday with a chance to secure a spot in the World Series in front of a raucous crowd at Kauffman Stadium. Kansas City is enjoying this wild, crazy, magical dream season, but the wins haven’t come easy in the postseason.
It began against Oakland in the wildcard game, when the Royals managed to come back from an 8-3 deficit, winning in extra innings. Salvador Perez would be the hero there, driving in the winning run on a single down the left field line that barely escaped the glove of Josh Donaldson.
The Royals are four wins away from a World Series appearance.
Go ahead, read it again. I had to.
After sweeping the Anaheim Angels in the ALDS, the Royals will now face the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS, and look for their World Series appearance in 29 years. The Orioles also swept their ALDS opponent, the Detroit Tigers. That’s probably a good thing for the Royals, because they weren’t very good against Detroit in the regular season.
The Royals went 4-3 against the Orioles in the regular season, and these two teams are actually more similar than what you might think. There are a few glaring differences, but nonetheless, I’d say these teams are pretty evenly matched.
The American League has traditionally been a league with “big ball” style of play; walks, doubles, and home runs. Players like Chris Davis in Baltimore or Mike Trout in Los Angeles consistently prove why home runs are so important and so vital to games. The Royals aren’t your traditional American League team.
It’s no surprise–considering the Ned Yost is the manager–that the Royals take the “small ball” approach. Singles, bunts, and stolen bases are their weapon of choice, and critics often questioned whether or not that was effective against power-hitting AL teams.