For What it’s Worth: KC worries? C’mon Aquib, tough stretch & Tyler Lockett

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:36:00 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 25 2013 07:58:15 AM CST
Bruce Haertl: For What It's Worth...

The Chiefs have given up their two biggest point totals of the season in the last two weeks.


Kansas City scores 38 points at home—and loses! Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, their two best pass rushers, leave the game with injury and, shockingly, there’s a little different look to the season. Still 9-2, but with a defense that suddenly can’t get to the opposing quarterback—the very thing they did with regularity in their 9-0 start. The Chiefs had avoided injuries all season, but now they’re going to have to avoid them from further damaging their season.

The Chiefs caught a huge break with Denver’s second half collapse in New England last night; at least they’re still tied for the division lead with the Bronco’s coming in next week. Although, with just five games left and the Broncos already having one in hand against KC, it still makes Sunday’s meeting pretty much must win as it relates to home field advantage in the playoffs. Isn’t it amazing how quickly things can change?

Pet peeve---

You know how networks drop in player introductions during the game? Usually, the athlete says his name and his school, but not Aqib Talib. No, the University of Kansas product got his name right during the Patriots-Broncos game last night—but announced his origin as “North Dallas Forty”. At the very worst that’s disrespectful of KU at the very least it’s unappreciative.

Weird day---

Saturday was one of those days in college football. Oregon evaporates at Arizona, pounded by 26. Johnny Manziel doesn’t hit at least 50 percent of his passes in a game for the first time in his career and A&M suffers its worst ever loss in the two years of head coach Kevin Sumlin. Oklahoma State burst Baylor’s bubble almost exactly a year to the day that Baylor burst K-State’s. But the most incredible result was Florida’s. Not only did the Gators lose a game in which the opponent didn’t gain a single passing yard, but the opponent was Georgia Southern.

Big stretch---

The Shocks are ready to open a stretch of games that will be very telling. It starts tonight against DePaul in Kansas City and then continues tomorrow with either Texas or, hopefully, BYU. Next weekend they travel to St. Louis to face a team getting votes and then come home to face an Oral Roberts which just played Wisconsin tough. The gauntlet ends with a visit from Tennessee and a trip to Alabama—it’s easily the most challenging and, potentially, entertaining portion of their schedule. I’m looking forward to it.

Warning flags---

K-State limps home from Puerto Rico having dropped two of three, with their only win against a Long Beach State team that they’d already beaten once before this season. This team hasn’t shot or rebounded particularly well and continues to have growing pains mixing three seniors and three freshman. The 27 point blowout to Georgetown was painful and exposed a team that looks like it’s a long way from where it would like to be. It figures to be even tougher for the ‘Cats in light of what we’ve seen so far around the Big 12—we know about KU and Oklahoma State, but Baylor, Iowa State and Oklahoma have also been good to start the season.

Family ties---

The 90 yard reception for Tyler Lockett Saturday against Oklahoma was the longest at K-State since his uncle Aaron took in a 98 yard throw from Michael Bishop in a game against Louisiana-Monroe in 1998. Locket has set two single-game receiving records at KSU this season alone, unfortunately both have come in losses.