Wow! Can you believe that we are six weeks away from the National Football League 2012 regular season to finally end. This has been an unbelievable season. Many ups and downs for many teams just like one of them in this article today.
The Kansas City Chiefs have never been a team known for their excessive winning. This season though has become one of puzzling despair. Although the 2012 Chiefs are record breakers.
The 1929 Buffalo Bisons have had their record erased from the books. Kansas City have not led a game in regulation time in all 8 games they have played this season, the Bisons record was in fact broken last week. Last night this Chiefs team extended the record when they went down 31-10 in San Diego.
Sitting on a 1-7 record the Chiefs scouting staff can already start looking at the top 5 picks in next years Draft, and fix the holes that have caused this season to be a right off at the halfway point.
The League only started in 1920, so we have a lot of history to fall back on, and in that time some awful teams. Recently the 0-16 Detroit Lions, the expansion Tampa Bay team who lost their first 26 outings. Hard to think the New Orleans Saints (this year excluded), once had trouble picking up wins in the 70's and early part of the 80's. All these teams had high moments of actually leading in games.
Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers Preview: Plotting A Chiefs Defensive Game Plan for Romeo Crennel To Use To Stop Philip Rivers And Antonio Gates
With both head coaches under intense pressure, Thursday night's contest between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Diego Chargers is a desperate game for both AFC West strugglers. If the 1-6 Chiefs hope to win on the road, they will need their defense to lead the way.
Head coach Romeo Crennel must scheme ways to stop quarterback Philip Rivers, tight end Antonio Gates and the rest of the Chargers' offense. Crennel and his defense should follow these two keys.
Double Coverage for TE Antonio Gates
Crennel has had success against the Chargers in the past by taking away Rivers' favourite target, tight end Antonio Gates. Smothering the prolific veteran again will be vital for Crennel's defense.
Crennel must use different combinations of linebackers, safeties and slot corners to bracket Gates. It will be important for the Chiefs to regularly bump Gates and deny him a clean release off the line.
Taking away Rivers' most trusted receiver will force him out of his comfort zone and could lead to some critical turnovers.
Mix up Pressure looks and Blitz packages
The Denver Broncos are riding high after pasting the lowly New Orleans Saints in prime-time. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bengals were enjoying a mini-vacation. Don't expect a sudden resurgence from the Bengals though, because the Broncos are primed to keep the ball rolling in Week 9.
Four neck surgeries and an entire season ago, Peyton Manning stood atop the NFL mountain as one of the few quarterbacks in the league who would be a first ballot hall-of-famer once he retired from the sport. He was a master at throwing the ball down the field and finding the open receiver. He handed out touchdowns like they were candied treats and his receivers were eager trick-or-treaters. He rarely made mistakes - but when he did he quickly righted the ship and the scoring continued. But that was then - this is now. The old Peyton Manning is no more and I for one am thrilled about it.