Sam Mellinger

How the Chiefs can beat Peyton Manning by being very good, not perfect

Thankfully for the Chiefs, they are facing a different Broncos team than the one that beat them in September. Thankfully for the Chiefs, they are a different team than the one that lost in Denver. Perfection is not required to beat the Broncos. Very good, especially in the right ways and at the right times, can be enough.

Sam Mellinger

Chiefs have no excuses for this loss, but it doesn’t have to ruin their season

The excuses are right there on a platter with butter and an assortment of dipping sauces for the hungry folks looking to devour some assurance. Short week. On the road. Etc. That all sounds so much better than the truth: the Chiefs weren’t as prepared, explosive or plainly good as the sorry Raiders, and deserved their 24-20 loss Thursday night in Oakland.

Sam Mellinger

Billy Butler and the Royals and a mutually beneficial breakup

Billy Butler is still a talented, dedicated, and proud hitter. He officially has a contract with an organization that believes in him. He’ll play every day, which is really what he’s always wanted. But for years, it has been glaringly obvious that Butler did not fit the way that Royals general manager Dayton Moore wanted to build a team.

Sam Mellinger

Chiefs’ win would have been impossible without Andy Reid

The Chiefs came here to the cold and the wind and the rain of upstate New York and they got beat. They were outplayed. Beaten at the line of scrimmage. Outgained by almost a hundred yards. This is a game the Chiefs have lost dozens of times before, and would've lost once more if not for three stubborn factors in their favor: turnovers, defense, and Andy Reid.

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