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Monday, September 12, 2005

The Price of Victory 

I had a very happy Sunday. Unfortunately the Chiefs game wasn't on TV in Milwaukee, but I was able to listen to it via KCFX's Live Audio Stream. That's right... you don't need the overpriced NFL Field Pass to listen. Just find a local radio station that covers the game and has a live audio stream on their website. I like their audio commentary a hell of a lot better then the guys on CBS who usually cover the games anyway. Mitch Holthus and Len Dawson are a great radio team. They don't cheerlead like the Packers radio team. They're actually hard on the team when it's deserved and give great play by play.

With that out of the way... the Chiefs tromped the Jets pretty soundly, much to the surprise of many. The Chiefs also are the only undefeated team in the division, which is also quite a surprise, and a great way to start the year. This just goes to show how unimportant the preseason really is as a fortune teller, since the Chiefs lost all their preseason games. What matters is that nobody important gets hurt in the preseason, not that you win your games. Unfortunately, some very important people got hurt during yesterday's game.

Willie Roaf strained his ham string early on and didn't return. Depending on how he recovers this could be quite a blow to the offensive line.

Patrick Surtain suffered a mild concussion at the end of an interception return which he almost brought in for a touch down. He also didn't return to the game. He was a spark plug to the entire defense, and had several great plays. Hopefully he won't be out for long.

Tony Richardson sprained his knee and ankle and didn't return. On short yardage power run plays he's invaluable... and he's also a receiving threat out of the backfield that everyone forgets about. But with the dynamic duo we saw this week of Priest Homes and Larry Johnson, I don't think the offense will suffer.

Ryan Sims went out with some sort of foot injury early on and didn't return. Sims has been inconsistent for a number of seasons, but during this game he was full of energy and powered up that defense like never before. I hope this is not a big injury, because a defense with his energy behind it would be unstoppable.

All and all this was just a great game. The offense was able to do pretty much whatever they wanted, and the defense held like we haven't seen in a long time. I think Gunther's defense if finally showing what it's made of. They had a +2 turnover ratio, but that doesn't tell the whole story. They forced 6 fumbles on Chad Pennington alone (most were recovered by the Jets), and almost had a shutout were it not for the Jets touchdown in the last 29 seconds.

I can't wait for the Oakland game next Sunday night.

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