Just when I start to think that blogging might just not be for me, I somehow always find a way back here to write something. It’s been almost a month, and a lot has happened since then.
Thanksgiving break came and went, and it was a nice week off from school. I ate lots of food, saw my family, and relaxed. Most importantly though, I ate lots of food.
Finals week is next week, but somehow this week seems to be more stressful than next week. I’ve had a presentation and two exams this week, followed by four finals next week. Why do professors insist on making our lives difficult? I haven’t found an answer, but if I do, I’ll let you know.
In the month that I haven’t written, a lot has happened in the world of sports. The Chiefs went from a first place tie to now being almost out of the playoff race, and the Royals are all quiet so far in the offseason. The winter meetings are approaching, so maybe we will hear something soon. For now, let’s talk Chiefs.
The Chiefs have fallen to 7-6 after a three game losing streak, and are trying to stay in the playoff hunt. Jamaal Charles has been battling some minor injuries every week, but somehow manages to stay on top of his game. The rest of the team though, is a different story.
The Chiefs can still make the playoffs, but it’s going to be a tough road to get there. Thanks to Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) of ESPN in advance for working out the scenarios. You can view his story here, or I’ll recap it for you right now.
Basically, the Chiefs have to win their final three games to clinch a playoff spot. The Broncos have the division locked up (not technically, but the chances of them losing their last three are slim to none) so the Chiefs only have a wildcard spot left.
They face the Raiders this week at Arrowhead, which should be a nice rematch of the abysmal TNF game that started the losing skid. The game is at Arrowhead, so it should be a packed crowd. Oakland has been playing spoiler the last three weeks, but the Chiefs should be able to stop them.
Next they go on the road to Pittsburgh, which is going to be a tough matchup. The Steelers are also fighting for a playoff spot in the contested AFC North, so they have a lot to lose, as well. I expect this to be a very physical game, but I also think the Chiefs want it more. They have this week to build up some momentum before heading to the Steel City.
They cap off their season at home, against the Chargers. They’ve beaten them already by a close score in San Diego, so hopefully they can do it again. The Chiefs have struggled at home against AFC West opponents the past few years, which is why I’m worried. This game will decide if the Chiefs make the playoffs.
Because of the other teams the Chiefs play in the final three weeks, they WILL make the playoffs if they win out. It turns out to be a really nice scenario for them, if everything plays out how they want it to. There are several teams tied for the final two wildcard spots, so tiebreakers are going to come into play heavily in Week 17.
If there is one thing that is going to prevent the Chiefs from making the playoffs, I believe it will be their defense. There are a lot of rookies playing in the secondary, and the absence of Eric Berry won’t alleviate the situation. It’s going to be a tough final three weeks for them.
The Chiefs still don’t a touchdown reception by a WR this year, which is a testament to the fact they rely heavily on Jamaal Charles and Travis Kelce. The offense is going to need their WR’s to show up the next three weeks. This team still has a lot of kinks to work out, as we’ve seen.
I still think that the Broncos, Chiefs, and Chargers are all going to make the playoffs which I predicted last week. The Chiefs and Chargers will both finish at 10-6, with the Chiefs owning a tie-breaker over them for second place. The Steelers would need to lose against Atlanta this week, the Chiefs next week, and then beat the Bengals in Week 17 for the Chargers to make the playoffs. I’m sure there are a lot of other things that would need to happen, but let’s just wait for reality to play out.
That’s all for now, folks. I’ll try not to leave you for another month. In the meantime, check out this video on YouTube.