Earlier this week New York Jets quarterback, Michael Vick, made his feelings known about Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach, Andy Reid. If not for the Chiefs new coach, Vick likely would not have been given a second chance after his Kansas incarceration to get a fresh start in the NFL in 2009. In other words, he owes him a big debt of gratitude for resurrecting his career.
Reid has always prided himself in giving players a second chance. However, that doesn’t mean, now on the other side of the fence in Kansas City, he doesn’t plan to do everything he can to stop Vick from pulling off an upset against his Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead.
Still it won’t be the first time the two have faced each other since Reid left the city of brotherly love. Last season the Chiefs went into Philadelphia and kept Vick at bay with a 26-16 road victory. It proved the master knew how to defeat his prized pupil.
That doesn’t mean Vick isn’t capable of defeating the Chiefs but he’s facing a Kansas City defense that’s finding its stride. The Chiefs, with a blowout victory over the St. Louis Rams last sunday, pushed their regular season mark to 4-3.
That happened largely to their stout defense that made all the adjustments after the Rams scored the games first touchdown. After that, they didn’t score another point and defensively Kansas City played one of their better games of the season.
The Chiefs defense is flourishing right now because they found a rhythm that fits their talent level. That in itself is a bit surprising considering both, Mike Devito and Derrick Johnson, were both lost with season ending injuries on opening day.
Despite those losses I could argue the Chiefs are light years ahead of last years defense. The Chiefs started off 9-0, and on pace to set and NFL sack record in 2013, before they came crashing down to earth with a thud surrendering a 28-point second half lead against the Colts in last years only playoff appearance.
This year though they’ve blended, Pro Bowlers, draft picks and journey men defenders looking for something to prove on the NFL stage, that comprise a defense that has yet to give up a rushing touchdown this season.
If Vick has his sights set on defeating the Chiefs on Sunday, he’ll have to play a near perfect game for the Jets to get it done. The fact many of the defensive players, who bounced him into a loss last year, won’t see anything they aren’t prepared for considering his switched one green NFL uniform for another.
Vick loves to move around the pocket and use his legs to find space to throw or run the ball. The Chiefs defense is built on collapsing the pocket and keeping receivers in front of them. That means, if Vick takes off running, they’ll be a swarm of Chiefs defenders bearing down on him.
On the flip side of the ball, the Chiefs offense is clicking on as many cylinders as they can. Sure the offensive line is still evolving, and they’ve yet to find another receiver outside of Dwayne Bowe that can catch the ball with any consistency, they still have the two headed running machine of Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis.
If Reid continues to play smash mouth football the way he’s guided them in back-to-back wins over the San Diego Chargers and the Rams, the Chiefs are going to extend their winning streak. If they can’t contain Vick, and Kansas City gets pass happy against the Jets defense, this game could be a nail biter heading into the fourth quarter.
Either way this is a significant game for the Chiefs to keep pace in the AFC West. They can’t afford to lose a game when they are the better team at home. Still it’s the NFL, and on any given Sunday, a team with Vick under center can produce a victory - especially when they’re the underdog.