What I learned from Week 5

Aaron needs help.

443 yards and 3 touchdowns from your QB.  Most of the time that wins a game for any team, not if you are the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers didn’t have a flawless game, fumbling the ball twice in bad positions that led to two Lions scores.  He did however do enough to win the game.  The Packers continue to have an issue with the game calling.  With a defense that can’t stack up against even the most mediocre offense the Packers have to work to establish the run.  The Lions came into this game dead last in defending the run yet the Packer came out slinging the football all over the field even though they were undermanned due to injuries to Randall Cobb and Geronimo Allison.

I get that the Packers have the best QB in all of football when he is healthy but the defense and play calling just does not do enough to complement his abilities. Mike McCarthy’s time as head coach may be up.

Mason Crosby……

The Chiefs are the best in the AFC.

I have been fighting the fact that the Chiefs are the best in the AFC, but after the domination of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday its an argument that can’t be ignored. They go against the team holding the crown on Sunday when they matchup with the New England Patriots.  Mahomes vs. Brady, the future vs the current.

The Chiefs head into Foxboro confident as they should be.  This will be a shootout, first defense to make a play will win, very intrigued!

Titans are the most confusing team in the NFL.

The Tennessee Titans continue to be a thorn in the side of bookmakers and themselves losing to the Josh Allen led Buffalo Bills on Sunday.  They still sit on top at the top of the AFC South due to two division wins over the Texans and the Jaguars accompanied by a win over the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles.  This team seems like they should be good…but they really aren’t.

The Titans offense has become the definition of inconsistent.  Are they are running team, passing team, defensive team??? These questions continue to be a mystery to anyone that watches them play.  Losses to the Dolphins and the Bills will be something that they look back on when the playoffs are looming. These were missed opportunities that will haunt them.

The Falcons are missing the playoffs.

The Falcons have been crushed with injuries on the defensive side of the football.  Giving up 43, 37, and 41 over the last three games.  Things won’t get any easier this week as Jameis Winston and the high powered Tampa Bay Buccaneers come into Atlanta for what should be an offensive showcase. Sitting at 1-4 in a crowded NFC playoff picture this is as close to a must win as you get in week 6 of the NFL season.

With the injuries to the secondary I don’t see Atlanta have much of a chance to stop Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and underrated Chris Godwin on Sunday.  That will drop them to 1-5 and will most likely put them in the mindset of what will we be doing to rebuild for next season.  This team can’t play defense and can’t find their most valuable target Julio Jones in the Red Zone, this weekend has doom written all over it.

The NFC East stinks

The East sucks. All four NFC East teams took an L this weekend.  Two of the four were on primetime Sunday and Monday Night.  Right now the Redskins sit on top of the division with a 2-2 record.  Everyone else is under .500 and they are lucky to be there.

The Giants can’t keep their diva receivers happy.  They are 0-2 at home and don’t seem to have a clue what to do on both sides of the ball.

The Cowboys offense is in shambles.  With no go to receiver in sight teams are stacking the box to keep Zeke at bay.  This team needs another playmaker to have any chance to make a run.

The Redskins seemed like the team that had it together.  But a butt whooping at the hands of the Saints on Monday night has brought them back to reality.  The Redskins got the quarterback that Jay Gruden wanted when they traded for Alex Smith they still have the talent to win the division but a run in the playoffs seems unlikely.

The Eagles need a runningback.  Go get LeVeon Bell and become real contenders.

 

The Chiefs are Losers

While writing this I first want to say that I respect Chiefs fans, they are loyal.  Arrowhead is one of the coolest places in the world to watch a football game and the fanbase knows how to tailgate.  But it’s that time of the year again where the inevitable has happened, it is time for the fanbase to realize that the Chiefs are losers.

Over the last 23 years the Chiefs have lost an astounding 10 of 11 playoff games, the single victory coming against a Houston Texans team the was playing their practice squad offense due to massive injury issues.  This team has become infamous for breaking down in the most crucial moments.

Saturday, the Chiefs entered the second half of a home playoff game with commanding 21-3 lead  against a lackluster Titans team.  As I watched along side multiple Chiefs fans whom had already begun preparation for next weeks playoff party, I couldn’t help myself but to quietly laugh, knowing what was to come over the next two quarters.  The game was not over, the game is never over when it is crunch time for a team that seems to live for disappointment.  Slowly as the trainwreck was taking place in front of me I saw a familiar look on the fans faces.  Their once bright dream of a playoff run was fading away and in the back of their heads they knew if was going to happen. When the clock finally struck 0 and the game ended their wasn’t shock in the room, their was just a realization that their team had done it again.  Their was no anger their was acceptance.  When a fanbase has acceptance of a meltdown, it has accepted that they are losers.

Alex Smith played well, the defense was sound for most of the game, the coaching staff made the right calls. When you look at a game as a fan you try and find the reason that your team has lost.  What could have been done to avoid this defeat.  Questions loomed: How can a player catch his own pass for a touchdown?  What if Travis Kelce doesn’t get concussed?  What if the sack of Marcus Mariota is called a fumble?  What Demarco Murray doesn’t get hurt and Derrick Henry is watching this game from the sideline?  If any one of these questions had a different answer maybe the Chiefs somehow win, but thats not the world we live in.  We live in a world where the Kansas City Chiefs are losers.

We head into an off-season where the Kansas City Chiefs have to figure out how to lost their stigma of just good enough to be in the playoffs.  Historic franchises have found ways to reverse what seems to be a curse, the Red Sox and Cubs found a way to reverse their curses and bring home World Series titles with the prophet that is Theo Epstein.  The Cleveland Cavaliers found a king to break their curse.  Is their a mythical way for the Chiefs to overcome what has become a curse.  The stench of losing is one that can take years to wash away.  The first step is to understand that their is a stench.

I have gotten used to hearing Chiefs fans say their is always next year…Do you really believe that?

No….you really don’t.