When: Sunday, Dec. 16
Time: 3:25 p.m., Central Time
Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA
TV Broadcast: CBS – Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots, commentators DIRECTV: 716.
Radio Broadcast: Over 60 radio stations on the Chiefs Radio Network; Mitch Holthus, Len Dawson, Kendall Gammon, commentators, Chiefs Spanish Radio: La Gran D (1340 AM); Play-by-Play: Enrique Morales – Color Commentator: Oscar Monterroso – Sideline Reporter: Ricardo Soto
SIRIUS: 136 (KC), 94 (Oak.). XM: 227 (Oak.).
The Kansas City Chiefs travel to the sunny side of the country, the Black Hole in Oakland, California to take on the Oakland Raiders in a game that only has significance in that the loser puts themselves in the driver’s seat for the #1 pick in next April’s draft.
The Chiefs have just about bottomed out as a franchise. This week’s “big” story was about head coach Romeo Crennel getting testy and nasty with reporters after they directly quoted him about wide receiver Steve Breaston not knowing the offensive game plan well enough to be active on Sundays. Breaston’s been inactive or “stat-less” in eight of the team’s 13 games.
“Bad” Romeo acted like a politician caught in a lie when he chastised the media for misinterpreting what he said, even those most members of the media simply played the audio from his previous press conference. One could almost picture Sarah Palin standing off to the side of the press conference, ridiculing the “lame-stream” media. Or maybe that was Scott Pioli?????
Sigh …. whatever, Romeo.
The only thing that saved Crennel and Pioli was their neighbors across the parking lot making one of the biggest trades in franchise history and taking 99% of the spotlight off the Chiefs after their 30-7 humiliation at the hands of the juggernaut Cleveland Browns last Sunday. “Cren-oli” should send Dayton Moore of the Kansas City Royals a gift basket.
Saturday, the Chiefs officially put receiver Dwayne Bowe on the Injured Reserve list, ending his season. It will be up to the next head coach and/or general manager to decide if Bowe should be brought back next year. Anyone watching the stiffs and special teams players that the Chiefs put on the field at the wide receiver spot can tell you that if they don’t bring Bowe back, a large portion of the unused salary cap space will have to go to picking up free agents – several free agents – to field even a mediocre receiving corps. Especially since that guy Breaston is too dumb to get on the field … right Romeo???
Anyway … for those of you who will force yourselves to watch Sunday’s horror show between the Raiders and Chiefs, here are three ways the Chiefs can screw up their draft pick and win this game:
- Remember that Jamaal Charles is on the team. In the Week 8 loss to the Raiders at Arrowhead a few weeks ago, Charles touched the ball a grand total of 8 times for 4 yards rushing and 6 yards receiving. Afterwards, when questioned why their best player would only get that many plays, Crennel demonstrated the Wisdom of Solomon by claiming that he didn’t know. Nor, apparently, did he care. This week with Bowe officially gone, Charles is the ONLY playmaker KC has on the field and offensive coordinator, Brian “Not to be confused with Brains” Daboll, must ensure that Charles touches the ball 20-25 times.
- Don’t turn the ball over. Last time at Arrowhead, both Brady Quinn and Matt Cassel threw an interception apiece, and the Chiefs fumbled three times, losing two of them. The Chiefs are no longer on a historic pace for turnovers, but they still lead the league by a comfortable margin. Keep it under two fellas … keep the turnovers under two.
- Remember that they’ve won 8 of 9 games in Oakland and last year was a 28-0 victory. Just as no one can really explain why the Raiders now own Arrowhead, the Chiefs generally play well in Oakland. Last year, in Carson Palmer’s first game as a Raider, the Chiefs secondary had six interceptions with two of them going back for touchdowns by Brandon Flowers and Kendrick Lewis. The Chiefs are incapable of causing six turnovers in a game (they have 3 interceptions on the year so far), but they need to get at least a couple of them this week.
There is nothing – absolutely nothing – about this year’s Chiefs squad that makes anyone think they can keep up the good work they’ve done in Oakland recently. And, after last week’s debacle against Cleveland, thinking that KC will come out fired up is a joke. Still, the one thing that could put the candle on the top of this season’s turd-cake would be for the Chiefs to eek out a close win and drop to third in the draft behind Oakland and Jacksonville. Yeah … gotta go with the screw-ups this week.
Prediction: Kansas City – 16, Oakland – 14.
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