What was the first half highlight for the Chiefs?
Any of the Chiefs three wins could qualify here, but I’ll go with the Chiefs victory over Indianapolis. With the win the Chiefs got a little revenge for their loss in last year’s playoffs and beat the Colts for the first time in nineteen years. The win was also the Chiefs second straight, both over playoff caliber teams.
What was the first half low-point for the Chiefs?
When your 3-5 there are many low moments to choose from; dropping the opener in Denver, having the regular season home winning streak snapped, starting the season 0-3, but to me the lowest point came this past Sunday. The Chiefs had won two straight and had everyone believing that they had turned the corner and were ready to put together a win streak, then boom, they fell apart in Tampa. Costly turnovers, missed tackles, you name it, the Chiefs were guilty of it.
Who was the Chiefs first half MVP?
There are many worthy candidates; Priest Holmes, Tony Gonzalez, Brian Waters, but I’m going to have to go with quarterback Trent Green. Green has put up solid numbers – a 67.3 completion percentage, over 2,000 yards passing, twelve touchdown passes and only six interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 98.0. But numbers alone don’t tell the whole story. He is the unquestioned leader of the offense and with his toughness and never-say-die attitude, he has earned the respect of his teammates and coaches.
Who was the Chiefs first half rookie MVP?
You’d hope that this award would go to one of the two second round picks that the Chiefs had in last April’s draft, but unfortunately tight end Kris Wilson has been out since the preseason with a broken ankle and defensive tackle Junior Siavii has played a minor role and has been battling the injury bug as of late. No this award has to go to the Chiefs 4th round pick, the 126th player taken in the draft, defensive end Jared Allen. Allen has been a pleasant surprise since the preseason with his ability to get to the quarterback. Through eight games he has recorded eleven tackles and four quarterback sacks.
Who was the Chiefs biggest first half surprise player?
It’s hard to believe anyone from the Chiefs defense has surprised me with their good play this season, but one guy quickly comes to mind. Eric Warfield has put together eight strong games to start this season. He may still get burnt from time-to-time, but he has improved in both his coverage and in his tackling. Through eight games he is fifth on the team with 32 tackles and leads the team with four interceptions.
Who was the Chiefs most disappointing player in the first half?
There are a lot of players whose lack of production could earn them this distinction, but no player has been a bigger disappointment then the “X-Factor” Dante Hall. A year after registering four return touchdowns and catching 40 passes for an average of 10.6 yards per catch, Hall has been surprising silently through the first half of this season. It’s hard to place all the blame on him because his blocking hasn’t been as good as it was last year, but he seems to be missing that burst that made all the difference last season. On the receiving end Hall has only caught fifteen passes, and last week rookie Chris Horn took most of his snaps in the offense.
What is the biggest key to a successful second half of the season?
Defense, defense, defense. The defense was supposed to be improved with the return of Gunther Cunningham and just two weeks ago they had moved all the way up to the #9 defense in the league. Then the Colts came to town and racked up the yardage, which was really no surprise because they do that to everyone. But last week a dismal Tampa Bay offense put up over 400 yards of total offense and put 34 points on the board. In two weeks the defense dropped all the way to #25.
For the Chiefs to have any success in the second half of the season the defense has got to improve. We know the offense will put up points, but can the defense stop anyone?
Who will be the Chiefs MVP for the second half of the season?
I’m going to stick with my first half MVP, Trent Green. With the injury to Holmes the Chiefs are going to have to rely on Green’s arm even more. His wide receivers have been playing really well lately and catching everything in sight, and tight end Tony Gonzalez has been his usual all-pro self this season. Look for Green to put up big numbers in the second half and a return trip to the Pro Bowl should be in order.
What will the Chiefs final regular season record be?
Your guess is as good as mine. They have the ability to win eight games in a row, which would put them at 11-5, but the way this season has gone, I wouldn’t be surprised if they continue to struggle all year.