Forget the Lions today; the Chiefs will win this game. It's a lock. Bet the house, mortgage and college educations. No I do not support gambling. Use Monopoly money if you don't have the real thing. Seriously the weather could hamper the final score but nothing else. The Detroit Lions have no chance to win this game and if they somehow did, the rest of this column is moot!
But today Chiefs fans and players will be gazing up at the scoreboard. The New England Patriots, the top seed in the AFC for home field advantage, play host to suddenly surging Jacksonville Jaguars. The Indianapolis Colts who are currently perched as the third seed in the AFC play Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons. Both games start at 12:00 noon so the Chiefs will know their home field advantage fate before their game ends.
The Patriots who have had three narrow victories at home this season will be facing a Jaguars team that is playing their best football of the season. They have a solid defense, a great running game and our led by rookie quarterback Byron Leftwich. First year Coach Jack Del Rio has finally instilled his attitude on his team and the Jaguars who have already beaten the Indianapolis Colts at home and narrowly lost to the Tennessee Titans on the road have won two straight games. Let's hope they make it tree and a row.
The Colts after their improbable win in Tennessee last week are looking to avoid a huge performance from Vick. Now the Falcons fired their coach this week and that could be a motivating factor for the team or it could in fact be a detriment to their chances in defeating the Colts. Vick started his first game last year and he led his team to an upset of the Carolina Panthers. Chiefs fans hope he can upset the Colts later today.
Game Notes & Observations:
Linebacker Mike Maslowski will not play today as he's still nursing a sore knee. He won't be needed today but he will be next week in Minnesota. Rookie Kawika Mitchell, who has played like a rookie the last three weeks, will get another start at middle linebacker. Now Mitchell has the talent but he's playing far too mechanical the last three weeks. In order for him to be successful, he needs to fly to the ball more. If the Chiefs are going to get the best out of Mitchell then they need to allow him more freedom defensively.
Priest Holmes was quoted in the KC Star on Saturday stating that he'd like to make another run at Emmitt Smith's touchdown scoring record of 26 in a single season. Holmes has 19 with three games left and most assuredly would have had the record last year before his season ending hip injury. Now the task is a little harder but with three of the worst run defenses in the NFL upcoming for the Chiefs, Holmes can easily get seven touchdowns. The Lions can't stop the run, the Vikings are even worse against the run and the Bears offer little resistance in the same category. Now Holmes wants the reward for one reason to leave his mark on the NFL. I doubt another running back will break that mark. Maybe Clinton Portis but since he only plays the Chiefs twice a year, the record should be safe.
I watched a report on ESPN on Saturday that interviewed Dick Vermeil and Trent Green. Vermeil was all choked up talking about Green who he openly admitted his love for him. Green acknowledges the same sentiments. Both of these men have had their difficulties but Green did say that he the best moments with Vermeil have yet to come. He was referring to winning the Super Bowl. I've said this before and I'll say it again, Vermeil and Green remind me of Hank Stram and Len Dawson.
They had the same kind of relationship as Vermeil and Green, though it was not as public. In this day and age, it's more acceptable for coaches to show that kind of emption about a player. For Vermeil it's nothing new. But back when Stram was the coach, it was not so free flowing. But having grown up around Hank Stram as I did, I heard and saw how he felt about Dawson. Stram had a brutally tough exterior but he loved his players back then much like Vermeil loves his players today.