Sunday October 5, 2008 – I discovered the cure for the flu. Despite being miserably sick, I laughed all day. Let’s just say I feel better now.
Earlier this weekend, Chiefs fans were saying some pretty cocky stuff.
There were the insults. This included some unprovoked comments that, frankly, were in poor taste. Yes, they managed to include pretty much everything except Rae Carruth.
Next, there were the laughable attempts to predict the final score of today’s game. Before you go look at those, I warn you they are pretty darned funny.
With both Jordan Gross (concussion) and Jeff Otah (ankle) out due to injuries, the Panthers were forced to start both Frank Omiyale and Jeff Bridges at tackle. It didn’t seem to matter a whole lot against a team that hadn’t won back to back games since Watergate.
No sacks were allowed and Carolina was able to rack up 205 rushing yards and 236 passing yards.
DeAngelo Williams looked outstanding gaining 123 yards rushing while rushing for two touchdowns and turning a short pass from Jake Delhomme into a 25-yard score.
Still, as well as the offense played, the real story in this one was the defense. Larry Johnson was held to 2 (not a typo or misprint) yards one week after putting up a gawdy 198 versus Denver. The problem for Kansas City is that Carolina is not Denver.
Consider the rest of the stats for Kansas City – 8 first downs, 35 yards rushing, 92 yards passing, only 127 total yards of net offense. Throw in three sacks, 2 interceptions and a fumble and the Panthers defense looked dominant.
The biggest and most important number in this game, however, was zero – as in none, nada, nix, zilch. The Chiefs were held scoreless and Carolina goes into a big week of preparation getting ready for a trip to Tampa for a showdown with the Buccaneers with a 4-1 record and a 34-0 victory.
Kansas City has crashed back to earth after a win last week. Meanwhile, my flu is improving thanks to a therapeutic day of watching the Carolina Panthers deliver a knockout.
Here are some random thoughts from today’s game:
- There were far fewer penalties in this one. Last week, Carolina was found guilty of 11 violations. Today, there were 8 including a couple more false starts.
- Tony Gonzalez now holds the record for career yardage among tight ends in NFL history. Second place is Shannon Sharpe. We have been unable to confirm whether or not Sharpe still leads in words uttered but it is likely that is a record he will never relinquish.
- John Kasay has still yet to miss a field goal this season.
- On at least three occasions, Jake went deep to Steve Smith – something we’ve all been waiting to see for far too long.
- Charles Johnson continues to look like a player earning two sacks today.
- Muhsin Muhammad continues to quiet his doubters.
- Question – if Brady Quinn is being paid only to carry a clipboard, how does he have a job selling anything?
- Fortunately, this week, the game wasn’t on Fox so we weren’t subjected to the Fox robot.