Kansas City Chiefs News
11-25-15: The Chiefs are riding a four-game winning streak into Week 12 and set to next host the Bills at Arrowhead Stadium this Sunday. The average secondary market price for Chiefs vs Bills tickets is $81.47 and the get-in price starts at just $19.
11-19-15: Heading out west this weekend are the Chiefs, who set to face the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chiefs are coming off an impressive win over the Broncos and will look to take their winning ways with them to the Pacific when they play San Diego. The average secondary market price for Chargers vs Chiefs tickets is $120.65 and the get-in price is $56.
11-13-15: It has been a trying season for the Kansas City Chiefs, who at 3-5 will likely miss the playoffs. Four more games remain at Arrowhead Stadium this season and the average price for Kansas City Chiefs tickets is just $82.34 on the secondary market, making them one of the least expensive teams to watch in the NFL this year.
10-20-15: The offense struggled as expected for the Kansas City Chiefs, who played their first game without star running back Jamaal Charles. After winning their opening game against the Houston Texans, the Chiefs now have five straight losses and look to end the misery at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
9-29-15: Kansas City’s offense didn’t show up until late in week three, as they fell behind early and ultimately lost to the Green Bay Packers on the road, 38-28. Jamaal Charles made the game watchable late with three touchdowns, while wide receiver Jeremy Maclin also went off in the final quarter, ending Monday Night Football with eight catches for 141 yards and a score. Maclin became the first Chiefs wide receiver to score a touchdown in over a year, giving KC a mild win in an otherwise depressing loss. Kansas City’s defense was given fits throughout the game by Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who tossed five scores. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith couldn’t match Rodgers early on, as he checked down far too often and took an alarming seven sacks in the loss. Smith and the Chiefs look to rebound in Cincinnati in week four, where they’ll take on Andy Dalton and the Bengals.
9-22-15: The Chiefs regressed after a strong week one win, as they coughed up a 14-0 lead in an eventual 31-24 home loss to the Denver Broncos. Alex Smith took four sacks and threw two picks, while running back Jamaal Charles wasted a great day (130 total yards and a score) with two lost fumbles. The final fumble came just before the game could have been headed for overtime, as Charles lost control of the football and Denver scooped it up and returned it for a score to win the game. Kansas City’s defense started strong and even returned a Peyton Manning interception for a score in the first half, but couldn’t disrupt Manning much in the second half. Kansas City will have to be better from top to bottom in week three, when they travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football.
The Chiefs played at an elite level through week one, as Alex Smith tossed three touchdowns and looked to be very much in his element in a nice 27-20 road win over the Houston Texans. Smith found tight end Travis Kelce for two scores as KC took a 27-6 win and held off a late rally to secure the win. Running back Jamaal Charles didn’t always have much room to run against J.J. Watt and co. but still found a way to leave his mark with 113 total yards and a score. Kansas City was extremely effective on the defensive side of the ball early on, as they sacked Brian Hoyer four times and forced him into two early turnovers. Kansas City looked like the real deal to get the season started and will look to build on that momentum in a huge Thursday Night Football clash with the Denver Broncos.
9-8-15: Dontari Poe was expected to miss several weeks with a back ailment, but the man that makes Kansas City’s defense go could start when the Chiefs go up against the Houston Texans this weekend. If Poe is a go, KC should have little trouble taking care of Houston’s Arian Foster-less rushing attack, putting a week one victory more in their favor. The Chiefs haven’t got the best news on the other side of the ball, as tight end Travis Kelce has a “slightly” sprained ankle and could be questionable for the first game of the year. Even worse, offensive tackle Eric Fisher, the #1 overall pick two drafts ago, has slid deeper in his regression and is not being counted on as a starter on the offensive line to start 2015. Kansas City otherwise looks ready to rock in their regular season opener this week, where the cancer-free Eric Berry could also see action.
9-1-15: The Kansas City Chiefs operated at an elite level on both sides of the ball in their third preseason game, as they dismantled the Tennessee Titans, 34-10. Alex Smith was nearly flawless in a terrific performance with the first team offense, as he converted 16 of 18 pass attempts for 171 yards and no touchdowns. Jeremy Maclin and Travis Kelce both looked dominant with a touchdown each, while Fred Williams impressed with a pair of scores. Star running back Jamaal Charles played briefly but looked fantastic, as he put up 41 total yards on just five touches. Backup running back Charcandrick West continued to make his case to make the final roster, as he put forth his second strong outing in August with 47 rushing yards on nine carries. West and the rest of Kansas City’s fringe players will look to prove themselves again in the Thursday night preseason finale against the St. Louis Rams.
8-25-15: Alex Smith tossed a pick for the second game in a row, but the Chiefs looked better as a whole on offense in a 14-13 win over the visiting Seattle Seahawks. Smith connected with new toy Jeremy Maclin for his first touchdown of the preseason, while the veteran passer completed 11 of 18 passes for 81 yards. The touchdown to Maclin is a much-needed good sign, as there had been doubts about Smith’s ability to guide a potent offense after no Chiefs wide receiver found the end-zone a year ago. Those fears have been stifled, while KC also looked sharp on defense in their second preseason outing. The Chiefs’ first team defense did a solid job keeping Russell Wilson and co. fairly contained, while also keeping them out of the end-zone. The Chiefs will look to build on their positive momentum when they host the Tennessee Titans on Friday night.
8-18-15: Chase Daniel stole the show in Kansas City’s first preseason game of the season, as he completed 17 of 21 passes for 189 yards and three scores in a big 34-19 win over the Arizona Cardinals. Daniel looked better than starting quarterback Alex Smith, who went 6 for 10 and even threw an interception. The Chiefs’ offense largely hummed all game long, however, as the running game was rock solid despite star rusher Jamaal Charles sitting this one out. Knile Davis put up 23 yards on four carries, while unknown running back Charcandrick West impressed with a 34-yard scamper that led to 49 yards off of just six carries, as well as another 43 yards on three receptions. Fred Williams was the star for KC’s passing game, as he caught six balls for 82 yards and a score. Fans can expect to see more of Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles’ likely debut in week two, when the Seattle Seahawks come to town.
8-12-15: Pass rusher Dee Ford has exhibited concussion-like symptoms after a hit in practice recently and could miss Kansas City’s preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night. The second-year player isn’t expected to start in 2015, but could still end up being a key rotational piece for the Chiefs’ aggressive 3-4 scheme. KC looks set and ready for the preseason elsewhere, where they’ll get a good look at their new wide receiver corps. Jeremy Maclin and co. aim to find the end-zone after the passing game didn’t find a receiver for a touchdown in all of 2014. Albert Wilson continues to run with the first team offense in an effort to lock up a starting gig, but he could be pushed hard by rookie Chris Conley. The team has also been toying with the idea of using scat-back D’Anthony Thomas in the slot this year, so his exact role will be interesting to track when preseason play begins for the Chiefs.
8-5-15: The Kansas City Chiefs are dealing with some adversity early on in camp, as stud nose tackle Dontari Poe will miss all of camp thanks to back surgery. There have been mixed signals on how long Poe could be out, but the team remains optimistic they could get their stud run stuffer back early in the season. KC could get another positive jolt from star safety Eric Berry, who is cancer free and suddenly cleared to practice with the team. Berry beat cancer after having his season cut short in 2014 and if all goes well, could potentially give an already stout defense a huge boost at safety. Things continue to go well in the secondary elsewhere, as well, as rookie Marcus Peters is reportedly enjoying a solid camp thus far.
7-28-15: The Kansas City Chiefs will enter the 2015 season with a depleted secondary. Safety Eric Berry, who recently wrapped up cancer treatments, will begin the year on the team’s injury list as he tries to work himself back into game shape. Berry, once an All Pro talent, is not a lock to play at all this season. Berry isn’t the only Chiefs defensive back that could miss the start of 2015, as cornerback Sean Smith is now slated to miss the first three games of the year due to a league suspension. Smith received the ban for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and will miss matchups with the Texans, Broncos and Packers. In some good news, wide receiver Albert Wilson is expected to open camp as the starter across from Jeremy Maclin. Wilson made a name for himself late in 2014, but still figures to be pushed by rookie receiver Chris Conley.
7-22-15: The Kansas City Chiefs could be primed to make a serious run at the AFC West in 2015, as they bolstered their offense with speedster Jeremy Maclin and get a healthy Jamaal Charles back. With Travis Kelce looking at a bigger role than ever this season, Alex Smith and co. could be ready to blow the roof off of the division and make a deep playoff run. The team could even get positive contributions from rookie receiver Chris Conley, who will start to show what he can bring to the table when rookies report for training camp on July 28th. KC’s strength this year still figures to be their stout defense, which looks even better now that outside linebacker Justin Houston is locked up on a huge six-year, $101 million deal. Second-year pass rusher Dee Ford could be counted on to provide a spark, as well, while the team will hope fellow pass rusher Tamba Hali (knee scope) can return to full strength long before week one. Safety Eric Berry could be the cherry on top for 2015, as he continues his push to return from a battle with cancer. Berry has reportedly completed his treatments and while his status for 2015 is up in the air, he is said to be “doing well”.
5-4-15: The Kansas City Chiefs enjoyed a long stay in the 2015 NFL Draft, amassing nine picks across seven rounds. While racking up a bunch of prospects is always nice, KC also did a great job hitting on needs, as they addressed holes on the offensive line, defensive line, and at cornerback, wide receiver and linebacker, one way or another. Arguable their best pick of the night came right away in round one, when they nabbed troubled but talented corner, Marcus Peters. Peters was said to be the most complete cover corner in the draft and could project as an instant impact defender. Kansas City didn’t land any other huge names over the rest of the draft, but explosive Georgia wideout Chris Conley was an interesting pick in round three and could compete to start from day one. Missouri guard Mitch Morse was another solid get in round two, as he’ll try to help a sometimes shaky Kansas City o-line. Read on for a full list of Kansas City’s 2015 draft class:
Round One - Pick 18: Marcus Peters, CB, Washington
Round Two - Pick 49: Mitch Morse, OG, Missouri
Round Three - Pick 76: Chris Conley, WR, Georgia
Round Three - Pick 98: Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State
Round Four - Pick 118: Ramik Wilson, ILB, Georgia
Round Five - Pick 172: D.J. Alexander, OLB, Oregon State
Round Five - Pick 173: James O’Shaughnessy, TE, Illinois State
Round Six - Pick 217: Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DT, Southern Miss
Round Seven - Pick 233: Da’Ron Brown, WR, Northern Illinois
4-9-15: The Kansas City Chiefs finally addressed their situation at wide receiver, as they cut ties with the regressing Dwayne Bowe and brought in former Eagles burner, Jeremy Maclin. Maclin reunited with the man who drafted him (head coach Andy Reid) on a five-year, $55 million deal and offers a downfield threat the Chiefs haven’t really had in years. The release of tight end Anthony Fasano could hurt KC in the blocking department, but it also opens the door to third-year tight end Travis Kelce jumping up even more in 2015. Kansas City also helped a struggling offensive line by sending a fifth round draft pick to the Saints for stud run blocker, Ben Grubbs. With Kansas City’s offense preparing to reach for new heights, they kept solid focus on keeping the defense together, by adding safety help via former Raiders star Tyvon Branch. Kelcie McCray and Ron Parker provided extra depth for a secondary that needed it, potentially leaving linebacker and some more o-line depth as KC’s biggest issues entering the draft.
3-9-15: The Kansas City Chiefs failed to build on their solid 2013 run and missed the playoffs in Andy Reid’s second season. No one is giving them that hard of a time, however, as they play in a tough division and endured several injuries - most notably safety Eric Berry’s bout with cancer. Finding a long-term replacement in case Berry doesn’t return may be a key move this offseason, while the Chiefs figure to fix their wide receiver woes by landing Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin. They could also still cut overpaid wideout Dwayne Bowe, which could lead to them adding another receiver in the draft. KC is in a good spot defensively for the most part, as they franchise tagged stud pass rusher Justin Houston and they’ll get inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (Achilles) this summer.
12-29-14: The Chiefs controlled Sunday’s game against the visiting San Diego Chargers, as Kansas
City eliminated its divisional opponent from the 2014 playoffs. Unfortunately, with the Baltimore Ravens defeating the Cleveland Browns, the Chiefs missed the postseason as well. Chase Daniel started for Alex Smith, who had a lacerated spleen last week.
12-23-14: Alex Smith completed 31 of his 45 passing attempts for 311 yards, but he was unable to get the Chiefs into the end zone on Sunday at Pittsburgh. Jamaal Charles and the rest of the Kansas City rushing game struggled, as the Chiefs fell to the Steelers, 20-12. In addition, Kansas City allowed Pittsburgh to score in all four quarters.
12-17-14: The Chiefs dominated the visiting Oakland Raiders on Sunday, as they moved to 8-6 on the season. De’Anthony Thomas had the first score of the game with an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown. After each team kicked a field goal in the second frame, Alex Smith led his Chiefs to 21 third-quarter points en route to their 31-13 victory.
12-9-14: The Chiefs jumped out to a 14-6 lead in the first half on Sunday in Arizona. They were on their way to giving the Cardinals their first home loss of the season, but Kansas City could not score in the second half as the Chiefs lost, 17-14. Unfortunately, Jamaal Charles’ knee swelled up, and he injured the same ankle from earlier in 2014.
12-3-14: The Chiefs fell to 7-5 on the season with their loss to the visiting Denver Broncos on Sunday night. Kansas City allowed the Broncos to score the first 17 points of the contest, and the Chiefs were unable to muster much of a comeback. Alex Smith threw for just 153 yards and was sacked six times.
11-26-14: Kansas City played in Oakland on Thursday night, and the Raiders snapped their 16-game losing streak. Jamaal Charles accumulated more than 100 yards and scored a touchdown in the 24-20 loss. Unfortunately, the Chiefs placed Eric Berry on the non-football illness list after a mass was discovered in his chest that is believed to be related to lymphoma.
11-19-14: Jamaal Charles scored twice, and the Chiefs scored in every quarter on Sunday, as they defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 24-20. With the victory, Kansas City moved to 4-1 at home and 7-3 overall this season. Although Marshawn Lynch accumulated 124 yards on the ground, the Chiefs remained the only team yet to give up a rushing touchdown this season.
11-12-14: The Chiefs had scored just three points heading into the fourth quarter on Sunday in Buffalo, but Alex Smith, Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City offense made a big comeback. The Chiefs, who were trailing by 10 points early in the final frame, got into the end zone twice en route to their fourth consecutive victory.
10-30-14: Although the St. Louis Rams scored the first points of Sunday’s game in Kansas City, the Chiefs dispatched the Rams in the second through fourth quarters. Kansas City shut out the Rams and scored 34 points in the final 45 minutes of the game. Jamaal Charles racked up 111 total yards and two touchdowns in the blowout.
10-21-14: On Sunday, Jamaal Charles became the franchise leader in rushing yards, as he rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs’ 23-20 victory over the San Diego Chargers. Cairo Santos made a career-long 48-yard field goal with 21 seconds remaining to give Kansas City its third win of the season.
10-14-14: Kansas City was off in Week 6 after taking its third loss of the season. Coming off their bye, the Chiefs will be returning to the West Coast for their second consecutive contest before returning home for a couple soft opponents. Unfortunately, the Chiefs first have to take their 2-3 record to San Diego to take on the Chargers.
10-8-14: The Chiefs scored 10 of the game’s first 13 points on Sunday in Alex Smith’s return to San Francisco, but Kansas City allowed the 49ers to score in all four quarters in the Chiefs’ 22-17 loss. On the bright side, Travis Kelce got into the end zone in the first quarter and extended his touchdown streak to three consecutive games.
10-1-14: Kansas City’s defense did not miss Eric Berry, who was out due a high ankle sprain on Monday night against the New England Patriots. The Chiefs shut down Tom Brady and company as Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles’ three touchdowns guided the offense to the 41-14 victory. In addition, Arrowhead Stadium was historically loud for this contest.
9-25-14: Surprisingly, the Chiefs were able to play very well without Jamaal Charles. His ankle injury forced him to be inactive against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, so Knile Davis continued to stay on the field at the running back position, and he kept playing well. Davis put up his first 100-yard rushing game of his NFL career as Kansas City won, 34-15.
9-17-14: The Chiefs’ frustrating season continued on Sunday in Denver. Their comeback came close, but they could not get the victory. Jamaal Charles suffered a high ankle sprain, which forced him out of the game. He could miss up to four weeks. However, backup running back Knile Davis did rack up 105 total yards and two touchdowns in Week 2.
9-10-14: The Chiefs did not look good on Sunday as they fell to the Tennessee Titans, 26-10. There was more bad news for the Chiefs on Sunday as they lost defensive tackle Mike DeVito and Pro Bowl linebacker Derrick Johnson for the season due to ruptured Achilles tendons. In anticipation of facing the Denver Broncos this Sunday, the Chiefs signed former Bronco Kevin Vickerson to a one-year deal.
9-4-14: The Chiefs will need Jamaal Charles to be at or close to full strength with Dwyane Bowe suspended for Week 1’s game against the Tennessee Titans. Alex Smith, who received a four-year, $68 million extension this past week, will have to utilize the rest of his receivers in Kansas City’s regular-season opener.
8-26-14: The Jamaal Charles-less Chiefs did not look so good on Saturday against the visiting Minnesota Vikings. Alex Smith completed just 14 of his 24 pass attempts, and he threw two interceptions and did not score any touchdowns. However, tight end Travis Kelce kept his strong preseason going as he caught four passes for a team-high 49 receiving yards. Unfortunately, offensive tackle Donald Stephenson was suspended four games for violating the league’s PED policy.
8-20-14: Jamaal Charles did not play on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers because he oddly suffered a bruised foot while carrying a box at training camp last week. He will most likely recover in time for the season. Alex Smith, who completed 14 of his 22 passes for 127 yards on Sunday, will be happy to have Charles back in the backfield soon.
8-14-14: Safety Steve Gregory, who signed with the Chiefs on July 31 and played eight seasons in the NFL, retired on Saturday. He made three tackles in Kansas City’s 41-39 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday. The Chiefs get some time off before facing Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
8-5-14: Although Alex Smith is in the final year of his contract, the Chiefs and his representatives have yet to reach an agreement on a contract extension. He and his $7.5 million deal will be starting under center as the Chiefs host the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday in their preseason opener.
7-30-14: Jamaal Charles held out for a new contract for exactly one day before the Chiefs realized their most important offensive weapon deserved to get paid. Kansas City quickly extended their star running back to a new two-year $18 million extension, keeping Charles with the Chiefs through the 2017 season. Oddly enough, there still hasn’t been much word on quarterback Alex Smith’s contract situation. Head coach Andy Reid confirmed the two sides are still discussing a long-term deal, but no deal is imminent. Justin Houston looks to avoid a third contract situation for KC, as the stud pass rusher has reported to camp as a sign of “good faith”. The 25-year old star outside linebacker is seeking a new long-term deal after racking up 21 sacks over his last 27 contests.
7-15-14: After two subpar seasons in a row, star wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has reportedly dropped over 10 pounds in an effort to improve his play and extend his career. The Chiefs need all the help they can get out of their former stud receiver, as they failed to add an impact performer to their passing game. More of that help could come from the tight end position, however, as KC is expected to incorporate more two-tight end packages within the offense. That could mean more of an impact from second-year pass-catcher Travis Kelce. Quarterback Alex Smith and the Chiefs have still not agreed to a long-term pact. The quarterback enters 2014 in a contract year and will become a free agent following the season if the two sides can’t come to an agreement.
6-5-14: Alex Smith highlights the latest action coming out of Kansas City, as he still hasn’t landed a long-term contract with KC. A big reason why is Smith reportedly wants “top tier money”. It could be hard for a long-term deal to get done if Smith sticks to his guns, as he’s viewed more as a “game manager” than a truly elite passer. While the progression of those talks will likely rule KC’s offseason, the Chiefs did lock up first round pick Dee Ford. Ford is a little undersized but is expected to come in and provide a spark to Kansas City’s already explosive pass rush. The Chiefs may still have issues at tight end heading into 2014, as talented second-year man Travis Kelce (knee) still doesn’t have a clear return date.
5-19-14: The Kansas City Chiefs went into this year’s draft looking for a stud wide receiver or tight end, as well as some help in the secondary. They only got some of that. They didn’t have a ton of picks to work with thanks to losing a second round choice in the Alex Smith trade, but hopefully still nabbed some difference-making talent. Let’s see how the draft unfolded for them as we analyze their new draft class:
Round 1. Pick 23 Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
Round 3. Pick 23 Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice
Round 4. Pick 24 De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
Round 5. Pick 23 Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
Round 6. Pick 17 Zach Fulton, OG, Tennessee
Instead of going after a stud wide receiver, tight end or defensive back in round one, the Chiefs opted for defense. While Dee Ford is undersized and a slight reach here, it’s hard to blame KC, as they had very little depth with their pass rush beyond their starters. Ford will have to prove he’s a good fit for rush linebacker in the Chiefs’ 3-4 system, but is still potentially a terrific pick.
Kansas City waited a little long on corner thanks to no second round pick, but they did add some depth and competition via Rice’s Phillip Gaines. While they didn’t get a wide receiver or tight end at all in this draft, they did at least replace the departed Dexter McCluster with one of the draft’s most explosive offensive weapons. De’Anthony Thomas is undersized, but should be able to help out as a rusher, receiver and return man.
5-9-14: The Kansas City Chiefs might have considered a stud wide receiver with the 23rd overall pick, but once they saw Auburn edge rusher Dee Ford on the board, it looks like they just couldn’t resists. The Chiefs actually already have two very good starting outside linebackers for their 3-4 scheme, but Ford’s speed on the edge gives them a third elite pass rush presence. Next time one of their starting outside linebackers goes down with an injury, they won’t miss a beat.
4-28-14: The Kansas City Chiefs need to keep adding talent to their aggressive defense. They started off hot with a 9-0 start and a dominant defense, but really withered down the stretch. Adding another pass rusher and some secondary depth should help them avoid that in 2014. Their biggest concerns have to be on offense at this point, however, where they are regressing at wide receiver and have no real playmaker at tight end. Right away in round one, KC will give long looks at both positions, as they consider guys like Brandin Cooks, Odell Beckham and possibly even Jace Amaro. Kansas City will also want to beef up the depth on their offensive line after losing some solid talent in free agency.
4-18-14: The Kansas City Chiefs preseason schedule gets going at home against the Cincinnati Bengals in week one, as Andy Dalton and co. come to town. KC fans will see more of the starters come week two, however, when Jamaal Charles and co. will take it to the Panthers in Carolina. Here the Chiefs will get a clean look at their defense as they try to figure out the elusive Cam Newton, while the awesome can start to find themselves against a tough Panthers defense. Week three offers even more exposure for the KC starters, when Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings come to Kansas City. The Chiefs’ best preseason game of August arguably comes in week four, though, when most of the starters will probably rest up in a road game against the Green Bay Packers.
Kansas City spent most of their offseason losing quality talent, as offensive weapon Dexter McCluster bolted for Tennessee, offensive tackle Branden Albert fled for Miami and guard Geoff Schwartz went to the Giants. In fact, the Chiefs even lost defensive end Tyson Jackson, guard Jon Asamoah and safety Kendrick Lewis. Vance Walker was the highlight of free agency, as KC stole the defensive tackle away from the Oakland Raiders to deploy up front in their 3-4 scheme. Joe Mays was a quiet but solid signing, as well, but the Chiefs will enter the 2014 NFL Draft in search of a difference maker at wide receiver and overall depth across the board.
3-21-14: The Kansas City Chiefs took the NFL world by surprise in 2013, winning their first nine games and getting to the playoffs after a horrific 2-14 season the previous season. Their moves in free agency, however, have been another story. KC let third down and return specialist Dexter McCluster jet to Tennessee, while also letting key offensive linemen Branden Albert and Geoff Schwartz sign elsewhere. While the Chiefs lost some key talent and failed to make any huge splashes, they did at least add some decent depth with linebacker Joe Mays and defensive lineman Vance Walker. A quiet free agency period for the rising Chiefs will hopefully be followed by a monster showing in this year’s draft.
1-7-14: The Kansas City Chiefs started 2013 9-0 behind a gritty, hard-nosed defense. That defense eroded down the stretch and somehow helped spawn a healthy offense. The trend only continued into the Chiefs’ first round playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts, as KC poured it on early, taking a 38-10 lead in Indy. Then the bad defense returned. The Chiefs let Andrew Luck and the Colts back in the game in the second half, and eventually gave up their 28-point lead in a heart-breaking 45-44 loss.
Jamaal Charles exited the game with a concussion after just three carries and the Chiefs endure several other key injuries, but aren’t likely to be able to use those as excuses as their off-season comes early. It was still a highly successful season for first year head coach Andy Reid, however, as the Chiefs bounced back from a 1-15 finish in 2012 to go 11-5 and make the playoffs.
12-31-13: Kansas City couldn’t change their playoff seed in week 17, so instead of risking any needless injuries, the Chiefs marched into San Diego with their backups. They almost came away with a win. Knile Davis and Chase Daniel combined for three scores and almost pulled off the upset, but couldn’t hold onto a late 10-point lead in a 27-24 overtime loss to the Chargers.
12-24-13: Perhaps the Chiefs were saving their “A” game for a potential playoff clash with the Indianapolis Colts. KC fans will have to hope so. Jamaal Charles was the bright spot with 100+ yards and a touchdown, but the Chiefs didn’t score again after their opening drive, falling to Indy at home, 23-7.
12-17-13: Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles went off and the Oakland Raiders simply couldn’t keep up in a huge 56-31 win for the Chiefs. Charles piled on nearly 200 receiving yards and found the end-zone five times, while Smith added five touchdown passes in a ridiculous offensive display as the Chiefs secured a playoff spot with their 11th win of the year.
12-10-13: After dropping three straight games following a 9-0 start, the Chiefs badly needed to get a win in week 14. Luckily they were facing the Washington Redskins. KC’s vaunted defense returned to form and the special teams unit returned two touchdowns to help the Chiefs dominate on the road, 45-10.
12-3-13: Alex Smith led a spirited drive late in week 13, but the Denver Broncos batted down his final pass in the end-zone, as the Chiefs dropped their third straight after starting the season 9-0. KC held a solid 21-7 lead early in this one, but too much Peyton Manning (five touchdowns) and Eric Decker (four touchdowns) proved costly in a 35-28 home loss.
11-26-13: A week after their first win following a 9-0 start, the Chiefs suddenly forgot how to win. Defensive injuries caused their week 12 clash with the San Diego Chargers to get wildly out of hand and the Chiefs couldn’t put up more points in the end, losing to San Diego at home, 41-38. The loss marks their second in a row and makes their week 13 battle with the Denver Broncos a must-win game if they want a chance at winning the division.
11-19-13: The Kansas City defense hung tight in week 11 and held the Denver Broncos to their lowest point total of 2013. Unfortunately, they couldn’t do nearly enough on offense and lost their first game of the year, 27-17. The loss moved the two AFC West rivals into a tie for first place atop the division, setting up an even more crucial matchup later in the season with both sides having just one loss, a piece.
11-5-13: The Kansas City Chiefs once again showed that offense doesn’t have to win games. Despite scoring just nine offensive points (all field goals), KC got their ninth straight win to start 2013 thanks to two defensive touchdowns. Buffalo gave the Chiefs a scare early with a 10-3 lead, but the Chiefs defense took advantage of undrafted quarterback Jeff Tuel’s inexperience and forced three turnovers on the day to help keep Kansas City perfect with the 23-13 road win.
10-30-13: Alex Smith threw his first two touchdowns since week four as the Chiefs held off a surprisingly competitive Cleveland Browns squad at home, 23-17. Jamaal Charles failed to find the end-zone for the first time this season, but he helped the Chiefs move the ball by topping 100 total yards for the eighth straight contest.
10-22-13: Kansas City continued their aggressive and efficient play on both sides of the ball, as their defense blitzed inexperienced quarterback Case Keenum like crazy in the second half in week seven, and rode five sacks and a forced fumble to a close 17-16 home win. Jamaal Charles paced the Chiefs on offense, as he scored a touchdown and had 100 total yards for the seventh straight game on the year, as he helped KC get to 7-0, making them the only undefeated team through seven weeks.
10-15-13: Alex Smith wasn’t his usual efficient self in a week six win against the Oakland Raiders. Thankfully, he didn’t really have to be. Running Back Jamaal Charles piled on 128 total yards and two touchdowns to carry KC’s offense, while the defense was all over Terrelle Pryor to the tune of 10 sacks and interceptions in a convincing 24-7 home win. Kansas City stayed perfect on the year and got to 6-0 behind their nasty defense, while the game was even capped by a pick-six by Husain Abdullah.
10-8-13: The Kansas City Chiefs probably weren’t banking on having to wait until the final minutes to put away the Tennessee Titans in week five, but they ended up getting a bit of a dog fight, regardless. Luckily the defense was still mostly dominant, as one of Tennessee’s scores came on a broken screen play to Chris Johnson. Kansas City otherwise bottled up the Titans for the most part, as they held Chris Johnson to just 17 rushing yards on 10 carries, while sacking Tennessee quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick three times and picking him off twice. The Chiefs weren’t quite themselves on offense, as the Titans gave them fits on third downs (just 1-for-12 on the day), while Jamaal Charles’ one-yard plunge late in the fourth quarter was their lone offensive touchdown of the day. It was a collective effort, however, as kicker Ryan Succop nailed two of his four field goals late to help KC get to 5-0 with a 26-17 road victory.
The Kansas City Chiefs continued their unlikely hot start under new head coach Andy Reid, as they dominated the visiting New York Giants in every phase of the game for a 31-7 win. Kansas City got a huge spark from return man Dexter McCluster with the game still close at 10-7 in the third quarter, as he returned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown. Alex Smith then tacked on two of his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter and the Chiefs defense kept the Giants out of the end-zone the rest of the way to help put the game away. The win sent Kansas City to 4-0 and helped them keep pace with the 4-0 Denver Broncos and remain in a first place tie atop the AFC West.
9-20-13: It appears to be a new day in Kansas City as the Chiefs defeated the Cowboys 17-16 to improve to 2-0. Quarterback Alex Smith was flawless for the second straight week, as he tossed two scores, 223 yards, and ran for 57 in the home victory. The real story here was KC’s defense, however, as they proved they weren’t just Jaguar eaters here, forcing two turnovers and sacking Romo three times. On the flip side, Cowboys QB Tony Romo was solid overall in this one, but was ineffective late when it mattered most. Next week, the Chiefs head to Philly for Andy Reid’s return to his former home as they take on the Eagles.
9-10-13: Things couldn’t have gone better for KC, who got two passing scores from new quarterback Alex Smith, and got a road win in Jacksonville against the Jaguars to get 2013 started, to the tune of 28-2. Smith was 21 of 34 passing for 173 yards and 2 touch downs. They also put together a solid ground attack led by Jamaal Charles and his 77 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. The Chiefs open up their home schedule next week as they host the 1-0 Dallas Cowboys.
9-3-13: Here are the Chiefs final roster cuts: TE Tony Moeaki, T Steven Baker, WR Josh Bellamy, S Malcolm Bronson, S Greg Castillo, CB Kennard Cox, DL Marcus Dixon, OL Tommie Draheim, LB Darin Drakeford, RB Shaun Draughn, WR Frankie Hammond Jr., TE Demetrius Harris, DB Tysyn Hartman, DE Austin Lane, LB Orie Lemon, CB Semaj Moody, FB Toben Opurum, T Matt Reynolds, WR Rico Richardson, OL Rokevious Watkins, LB Ridge Wilson, G Ricky Henry.
8-20-13: In a low-scoring affair, Alex Smith and the Chiefs lost to Smith's former team, the 49ers, 15-13. Smith struggled, completing just 7 of 16 passes for 62 yards. The only touchdown scored by the Chiefs came via special teams, when Quintin Demps returned a kickoff 104 yards for a TD. The Chiefs are now 0 and 2 for the preseason. Next week the Chiefs travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers on Saturday night.
8-11-13: The Chiefs dropped their preseason opener, losing 17-13 to the Saints. They did, however, open up a 10-0 lead in the first quarter before the subs took over. Alex Smith was sharp in his only drive of the game, completing 7 of 8 passes for 68 yards. Jamal Charles ran the ball 5 times for 13 yards and a TD.
7-10-13: The Chiefs could be in for a quick turn around in 2013 despite going 2-14 a year ago, thanks to the arrival of new head coach Andy Reid, as well as quarterback Alex Smith. The upgrades at head coach and under center helped keep star receiver Dwayne Bowe around, and with Jamaal Charles still in the offensive back-field, the Chiefs suddenly could be a viable threat. The only thing missing could be the talented but inconsistent defense, which could put KC over the top if it can play up to it’s potential.
6-25-13: The Kansas City Chiefs were in dire straits a year ago, but falling so flat in 2012 ended up helping them immensely. Now they have an elite right tackle, a new head coach, and a quarterback who is actually competent in Alex Smith. The Chiefs’ average home game at a sizzling $129, they remain one of the best values available for the new season.
The best part about KC’s awesome ticket value is that they are expected to be leaps and bounds better than last year, and at the very worst should be much more competitive. Whether or not they can compete for a playoff spot remains to be determined, but Chiefs fans should certainly find some stellar value at home games in 2013.
2013 Chiefs Draft Overview:
Round 1, Pick 1: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
Round 3, Pick 1: Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati
Round 3, Pick 34 (Compensatory Selection): Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
Round 4, Pick 2: Nico Johnson, LB, Alabama
Round 5, Pick 1: Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia
Round 6, Pick 2: Eric Kush, C, California (Pa.)
Round 6, Pick 36 (Compensatory Selection): Braden Wilson, FB, Kansas State
Round 7, Pick 1: Mike Catapano, DE, Princeton
12-4-12: The Chiefs are 2-10 and not much else can go wrong for this team. Clearly out of playoff contention they will play 3 of their final four games on the road two of which will be against playoff contending teams. Kansas city has lots of success running the ball but passing and playing defense remained to be too much of a challenge. RB Jamaal Charles already has over 1000 yards rushing but only 3 touchdowns.