Multiple things happened in the NFL on Sunday that I wanted to talk about in the latest vlog. Check it out!
Multiple things happened in the NFL on Sunday that I wanted to talk about in the latest vlog. Check it out!
It seems like many moons ago where the Kansas City Chiefs wide receivers actually scored touchdowns. To be honest it feels like we haven’t seen a wide receiver touchdown since the days of Eddie Kennison, Johnnie Morton, or hell even Tamerick Vanover. In last night’s game versus the Denver Broncos, the Chiefs yet again failed to score a touchdown from the wide receiver position. While looking at the past and current wide receivers of the Kansas City Chiefs it doesn’t strike Jake Reed, Cris Carter, or Randy Moss per se, but they’ve had a decent amount of talent to garner some touchdowns.
The problem may not lie with the wide receivers; it honestly lies with the signal caller Alex Smith. Quarterback Alex Smith is known as one of the best game managers in all of football. In some cases that label can be a gift and a curse. Game managers normally control the game to limit mistakes. Since the Kansas City Chiefs bolster a tough defense with a potent running game Smith’s job is pretty cut and dry. Don’t turn the ball over. With teams in a scoring frenzy that just may not be enough in this era of football. Under the Andy Reid regime the Chiefs have been one of the most successful teams in football.
The one thing that is lacking is big-play ability from the quarterback and wide receiver position. Reid’s west coast offenses have always featured tight ends in the past, but his offense’s also had production at the wide receiver position. Travis Kelce is a monster at the tight end position, but he will need some help on the outside to loosen things up for him in the middle. Last season, Smith failed to throw a touchdown to any wide receiver on the roster. With that said, the Chiefs spent big money on free-agent acquisition Jeremy Maclin.
Since entering the NFL, Maclin has been looked at as a big play wide receiver her. I know it may be early into the NFL season but The Chiefs are following the same pattern from last season. Two games into the season, Smith has zero touchdowns to wide outs. Being a 49ers fan I know how dependent Alex Smith is with tight ends. As a 49er, Smith looked at Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker as his top targets for the most part. Smith appears that he is following that same trend with the Chiefs.
In order for the Kansas City Chiefs to take the next step to being an AFC powerhouse they have to get more from Smith and the wide receivers. This seems as if it has been a reoccurring theme in Alex Smith’s career. Chiefs’ fans may be waiting forever for Alex Smith to connect with his wide receivers. The talent is there, but when will it happen? Until this point wide receivers that are in Kansas City should be looked at as castaways. With that said, the Chiefs will remain a team on the cusp of being something special until they find the cure for Smith and his allergic reaction to wide receivers.
Bradley Roby returned Jamaal Charles second fumble of the night 21 yards for the game winning touchdown. The game was set to go into overtime and Andy Reid chose to run a play and was burnt. Broncos won 31-24.
Check out be play. It sucks that this happened to a player at good as Charles, but it’s football.
As I’ve grown up I’ve seen the tight end position evolve to a position that was mainly used as an extra linemen (exceptions were made for some but you get the point) to now they are matchup problems for almost every defense.
Three tight ends stole the show during the first week in the NFL:
Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots- Gronkowski went crazy on the Steelers secondary for the tune of 5 receptions, 98 yards and 3 touchdowns. We know “Gronk” is the best tight end in the league just in case you forgot he reminded everyone on Thursday night.
Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs- Kelce is a young gun who on Sunday torched the Texans secondary for 6 catches, 106 yards and 2 touchdowns. With the addition of Jeremy Maclin, Kelce becomes even more of a matchup problem for opposing defenses.
Tyler Eifert, Cincinnati Bengals- Finally healthy in his 3rd season Eifert was able to show the world why the Bengals drafted him in the first round in 2013. Eifert caught 9 passes for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns.
A few others played well also at the tight end position, but these are the three who stood out week 1 in my humble opinion. I have Kelce in one of my fantasy football leagues and started him so he helped ya boy” out a lot and he’s a former Bearcats. I have Eifert in one of my leagues also, but I started Kyle Rudolph over him last week, Rudolph is solid, but that was a big time fail by the president (I’m the president, if you don’t get the joke).
Late November Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry felt discomfort in his chest which was later diagnosed as lymphoma. The non football injury landed the star on the shelf for the rest of the season, with playing football as an afterthought. Cancer can bring anybody back to reality, even if it doesn’t affect you directly.
At the end of November if you would’ve told the general public that Berry would be ready for the first preseason game you might’ve been greeted with a you are over ambitious response. That response would’ve been respected because everybody would just want him to live a normal life after having this form of cancer. So, for him to be able to play in the Chiefs first preseason game is super dope to me. It’s cool that cancer wasn’t able to defeat Berry and it shows what type of a fighter the perennial pro bowler is.
I’m rooting for Berry even more than normal because my father has the same form of cancer which is currently in remission. I normally don’t get personal when it comes to sports, but this situation hit home. So Eric Berry just know no matter successful on the field you are in the 2015 season, you already won off the field. Keep fighting the good fight.
Last week was a dud all around for my sleepers for week 2 of the NFL season. Despite a rough week I am still feeling confident with my selections. Well — here they are….
Mohamed Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals, WR- With A.J. Green fighting the injury bug, and after having a stellar week 2 I feel that Mohamed Sanu is on par for another stellar performance. Sanu will have ample opportunities to make plays, and it should be expected that he cashes in on the opportunities. The Bengals are looking like the best team in the AFC, and Dalton has done a pretty good job getting the ball to his arsenal of playmakers. Keep your eye on Sanu.
Santonio Homes, Chicago Bears, WR– All eyes will be on Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery in a Monday Night Football game against the New York Jets, but I feel that Santonio Holmes can sneak in and have a good game. Holmes is building up a rapport with QB Jay Cutler, and with Holmes playing against his former team I expect him to be featured a lot. It also doesn’t help that the Jets gave up 346 yards passing last week, so Jay Cutler should be licking his chops. It hasn’t been “Tone time” in a while, but Monday could be the day.
Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs, RB– With Jamaal Charles out due to injury Knile Davis will be expected to carry the load. Davis has proven that he can hold the backfield down by himself, and with the Chiefs in a must win situation I see him having a big game against the Miami Dolphins.
New Orleans Saints Defense/ST– The Saints are sitting at 0-2, but they have a favorable match up against the Minnesota Vikings. Last week the Adrian Peterson-less Vikings looked bad, and QB Matt Cassell was in a giving mood by throwing 4 INTS. I think Rob Ryan and his troops have a big day, and keep an eye on the Saints return play as well.
The Kansas City Chiefs extended quarterback Alex Smith to the tune of four years $68 million dollars with $30 million guaranteed. Alex has a year remaining in his current deal for $7.5 million. I don’t know how the guarantees work out for Smith, but I’m pretty sure he will see most of his money.
The Chiefs made a trade with the 49ers to acquire Smith, they gave up two 2nd round picks in the 2013 and 2014 draft, but this move has helped stabilize their franchise. It kind of amazing because after the 2010 season only god knew who wanted Smith on their team let alone as a starting QB. Jim Harbaugh fixed what seemed to be a broken player and turned him into one of the more respectable QB’s in the game.
The Chiefs went from 2-14 in 2012 to 11-4 in games Smith started in 2013. A 9 game turnaround in a year. Smith had his best statistical season in 2013 also, throwing for 3,313 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also took care of the ball as he done the last three years and only threw 7 interceptions.
Andy Reid and the Chiefs brass has shown monetary confidence in Smith giving him an average of $17 million per year when the extension kicks in. Smith may not be the most flashy quarterback in the league and when compared to Aaron Rodgers it may be hard to give him props, but the way he’s battled through a rocky career to be a legit starter you have to salute him. In after having the stable of quarterbacks they had in 2012, Smith is a breath of fresh air for the Chiefs and their fans. For the next five years Alex Smith is the Chiefs quarterback and his contract states so.
We are back for our annual top 4 fantasy sleepers post. This year my homie Mr. Ross helped me pick the four. Last year I didn’t do so hot, Jordan Cameron did well though, but everyone else still stayed semi sleep.
Check out who we picked this year.
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins- Tannehill is in his 3rd year and this is normally the year fringe quarterbacks make a jump to fantasy stardom. Tannehill threw for a shade under 4,000 yards last year and I expect him to clear that benchmark this season. He threw for 24 touchdowns, but had 17 interceptions along with 6 fumbles, which can make you scratch your head, but with the line influx last year who can blame him for having a ton of turnovers. He will be a steal as a 2nd quarterback if you draft a shaky number 1. He may because a solid fantasy starter this year so keep your eyes pilled.
Andre Ellington, RB, Arizona Cardinals- Ellington is a dual threat back who received split time with Rashard Mendenhall still was able to have over 1,000 combined yards for the season. With Mendenhall out of the picture I wouldn’t be surprised if Ellington jumps to a must start weekly player. I’m banking on him to increase his total yards to the 1,600-1,700 area. This guy might save your team.
Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota Vikings- Patterson has speed to burn and in his 2nd year I expect him to make a major jump. During his rookie season he has 45 catches, 469 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns with Matt Cassel, Josh Freeman and Christian Ponder throwing him the ball. This year it will be Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater so I personally year he will be in the 70-80 catch, 900-1100 yard and 7-9 touchdown range. I think Patterson will be a strong #2 option.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs- Kelce was on the IR for the whole season last year. So he has no stats to compare, so this is a win-win for me lol. He’s currently #2 on the depth chart behind Anthony Fasano, which I see changing in the near future. Kelce has been tearing it up during the preseason showing a great blend of size and speed. He’s also a UC grad and an Ohio native so that gives him bonus points this way. I won’t make a stat prediction, but he will be a strong #2 option with #1 potential by the end of the season.
These are our picks. Let me know who you think is a sleeper in the comment box.
If you ever played spades you know if you hold the “big joker” you can wreak shit at the end. It’s kind of like of having the emergency button to deactivate or active a bomb. The “big joker” guarantees a book no matter what; you just have to make sure you don’t bump heads with your partner. That card is what makes everyone weary at the table and that is the card Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles played with his two day holdout.
If anybody watched the Chiefs last season, they saw with their own eyes that Charles was the engine that made the car run. Almost every positive play came from the running back via running or receiving. Charles led the team in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. With that being said, “Dwayne Bowe you need to step it up in 2014 homie.”
With two years left on his five year $32.5 million contract left, Charles held out for two days and got a two year $18.1 million extension, raising his 2014 salary from $3.9 million to $8.3 million making him the second highest paid back behind Adrian Peterson.
The Chiefs knew life without Charles wouldn’t be smart. So they didn’t waste any time making their star happy which was smart. Imagine the Chiefs without Charles; it would be like the Cavs without LeBron (while he was in South Beach). You have to know when to hold em’ and when to fold em’ and Charles and his agent played it perfect to get more money. It’s a tough market for running backs so you have to take advantage when at all possible.
The “big joker” held its weight now everyone is happy Charles and his team won the set.
Im sitting at 28-24 on the season, and I hope to finish the season strong with my selections. This is a huge week for several teams trying to make a push for the playoffs. There are several entertaining games that will have us glued to the television this week. We hope you enjoy the selections for games of the week.
Indianapolis Colts @ Kansas City Chiefs
Andrew Luck has not been the same player since Reggie Wayne went down with an injury. The Chiefs have bounced back and are back to playing great football under Andy Reid. I think that the Chiefs Defense plays a huge impact Sunday, and prevents the Colts from winning.
Arizona Cardinals @ Seattle Seawhawks
Russell Wilson is still undefeated at home during his career, and it will likely stay that way against the Cardinals. The Cardinals have improved a lot this year. but they won’t do enough to ward off the Seahawks at home. Seahawks win big.
New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers
It’s Cam Newton’s turn to play at home against the Saints, and I believe this will be the most important game of the week. Both teams are 10-4. and fighting for the NFC South crown. The Panthers D should be angry how Drew Brees played against them earlier in the season. I think the Panthers prevail, and go to win the game over the Saints. I smell a return TD from Ted Ginn Jr as well.