The Chiefs play what should be if things go well an uneventful conclusion to their preseason tonight and, so far, they havent shown you anything to make you change what you thought of them a month ago.
By SAM MELLINGER
The Kansas City Star
See what I did there?
I dont know what you thought of the Chiefs a month ago, but I do know that if you thought theyd be a 10-win team and compete for the playoffs this years representative in the NFLs annual worst-to-first story you saw the 1s outplay Pittsburghs 1s^ last week, Dontari Poes potential, receivers catch 17 passes against the Steelers, and Alex Smith throw crazy accurate passes the likes of which we havent seen in Kansas City since Trent Green, at least^^.
^ Pittsburghs touchdown came only with gifted field position after the Chiefs went for it on 4th and 1 from their own 21 something they would NEVER do in a real game. Also, Tamba Hali was an inch from sacking Roethlisberger on the play.
^^ Hopefully thats the longest sentence I type in a while. Oof. Apologies.
I also know that if you thought this would be a four- or five-win team still a major improvement from last years dumpster fire then one promising drive before halftime doesnt squash your worries about the offense, youve seen too many struggles for the offensive line, and youre not counting on a return touchdown every week.
And, if youre like me and think theyre somewhere in the middle Ill probably do this again next week, but before training camp I had them at 7-9 then you probably saw all of that and think itll sort of even out.
Anyway, enough with the throat-clearing. Were all here for The Totally Official 2013 Chiefs Over-Under Challenge. If youve done the Royals challenge with us, its the same format. Big thanks to the wonderful reader Grant who built a website to handle as many of you maniacs who want to do this.
You just have to login with a Facebook or Google account. If you dont have either, theyre both free and the Google account is especially easy to set up.
The rules are roughly the same as always, so quick review:
--At least for our purposes, over and under is literal. So with the defense rank (13.5), "over" means 14th or worse and "under" means 13th or better.
--The attendance will be used as the tiebreaker, if needed, and this isnt Price Is Right, so you can go over. Closest wins.
--All disputes (even my own mistakes) will be settled by me. Good thing is, Im not an a-hole. Not usually, anyway.
--Deadline for entries is set at noon on Sept. 8, so kickoff of the opener in Jacksonville.
--Winner gets a gift card to Oklahoma Joes or, if they are communist, a different restaurant of their choice.
The numbers, picked with the help of Danny Parkins, go like this:
--Justin Houston sacks: 12 ½
--Tamba Hali Sacks: 8 ½
--Defense turnovers + TDs: 23 ½
--Alex Smith passer rating: 90
--Jamaal Charles touches: 280
--Jamaal Charles yards per carry: 5.3
--Dwayne Bowe catches: 65
--Total sacks: 34 ½
--Defense rank, by total yards: 13 ½
--Offense rank, by total yards: 16 ½
--Wins: 7 ½
--Special teams return touchdowns: 1 ½
--Chase Daniel starts: 1 ½
--Pro Bowlers: 3 ½
--Celebration penalties on touchdowns that didnt count: ½
--Ryan Succup missed field goals: 5 ½
--Dontari Poe tackles: 35
--Eric Berry sacks + interceptions: 4 ½
--A.J. Jenkins receptions: 10
--Wins against AFC West opponents: 2 ½
--Tiebreaker: closest guess to the total season attendance (last year was 548,070)
Again, heres the website. Thanks for playing.