Wow, the Chiefs at 2-0 and the Royals playing relevant games in September, maybe sports can give barbeque a run for its money in KC.
NFL through two weeks. I like this line backing corps in KC, we've already known how good Derrick Johnson has been, Justin Houston has three sacks this year after getting ten last season and Akeem Jordan has been a productive pickup from the Eagles. But the big difference is defensive tackle Dontari Poe, who's justifying the top pick that then General Manger Scott Pioli used on him two years ago. His three and a half sacks through two games this season is three and a half sacks more than he had all of his rookie year. He's been key in clogging the middle for opposing running games and has the look of a player who could eventually demand a double team.
One hopes that the Chiefs can become a little more fluid offensively, the best thing that Alex Smith has done at quarterback so far is not turn it over. Beyond that, it's amazing how differently the Chiefs function with an Andy Reid on the sideline as opposed to a Romeo Crennel or Todd Haley. Yes, the Chiefs appear to have improved their roster, but the biggest difference so far is having a good plan and being able to enact it.
It was good to hear Arrowhead Stadium rocking again on Sunday, but it has a ways to get back to being the toughest place in the NFL to play. Kansas City has been passed by Seattle where I don't know how an opposing quarterback can even think in the constant din. Just ask Colin Kaepernick who looked flustered all day in the 49ers loss to the Seahawks.
One closing thought on KC---I'm not sure about the all-red…actually I am.
Proof that the NFL can surprise---
The Giants and Redskins: 0-2 The Dolphins: 2-0
Was that Jake Heaps out there struggling in the passing game for KU last weekend, or Dayne Christ who struggled in all last year? After a very basic opener against South Dakota where Heaps wasn't asked to do much, last weekend at Rice when they needed more-- he couldn't deliver. It's still early in the game, but we've yet to see a big play from behind center. There was some second guessing over some of Weis' play calling last weekend and whether or not he should even be calling the plays as offensive coordinator. Running backs James Sims and Tony Pierson appear to be the only thing he can count on at this point, but it's far too early to close the book on Heaps.
It does appear that defensively this is a better unit than any over the past three years, I know it's not a large sample but they're currently #32 nationally in total defense, third best in the Big 12.
Here we go---
What do people really think about K-State if they're a 4 ½ point underdog heading to Texas this week? The 'Cats are making progress, last weekend's no brainer against UMass allowed Bill Snyder to further tinker with his two man crew at quarterback, John Hubert and the offensive line finally got in sync and , defensively, on third down they managed to get off the field 10 of 17 times. You know how far they have to come as a unit though when Bill Snyder describes them as 'bend but don't break'.