For the first time in three years the Kansas City Chiefs have clinched a spot in the NFL playoffs. Unlike the last two times they have gone to the playoffs the Chiefs are actually playing like a team who deserves to be there and not one who kind of stumbled into the playoffs on the last day of the season. The Chiefs put 56 points on the board yesterday in defeating the Oakland Raiders 56 to 31 to pick up their 11th win of the season and go into this week’s final home game of the regular season with an 11 and 3 record. The Chiefs offense once again performed extremely well while the defense struggled somewhat and just about let the Raiders back into the game in the third quarter. Jamal Charles had one of the best offensive days that I have ever seen while quarterback Alex Smith was nothing short of perfect and maintained a near perfect quarterback rating throughout the day. The Chiefs play the Indianapolis Colts this weekend at Arrowhead before finishing out the regular season in San Diego. If the Chiefs win their final two games they have a shot of winning the AFC West depending on what Denver does. The Chiefs are in the playoffs but are still playing for the best possible seating so there will hopefully not be a letdown of intensity in these final two games.
Meanwhile, the team on the other side of the state was pulling off a huge victory over a team I did not expect them to beat. The St. Louis Rams defeated the New Orleans Saints yesterday 27 to 16 to pick up their sixth win of the year. The Rams have no chance of making the playoffs but yesterday’s victory over the Saints was still a huge one and is definitely something to build on.
The Missouri Tigers struggled mightily yesterday before putting away Western Michigan 66 to 60. The 23rd ranked Tigers will next play their annual game with Illinois in St. Louis on Saturday night.
It’s a busy week for the Truman Bulldogs men’s basketball team as they have games at home both tonight and tomorrownight before heading to Quincy for a tournament over the weekend. The Bulldogs put their perfect record on the line tonight against Iowa Wesleyan before hitting the hardwood again tomorrow night to play Faith Baptist. Both games are at Pershing Arena and I would encourage everyone to get out and see this very talented Bulldogs team.
The Truman State women’s basketball team are in action this week as well as they travel to Pittsburg, KS to play their former MIAA rival Pittsburg State on Wednesday night. The Bulldogs have suffered two losses thus far but both losses were to quality teams and they were both very competitive games. This team is very talented and still growing under the tutelage of their new coach. I have no doubt they will continue to get better as the season progresses.
Both the Kirksville High School boys and girls basketball teams have busy weeks this week. The boys travel to Marshall tonight for an NCMC conference game with the Owls and are at home tomorrow night to play the always tough Mexico Bulldogs. KHS then has a couple of days off before playing Fulton at home on Friday and traveling to Macon on Saturday.
The girls meanwhile play Mexico at home tonight before traveling to Fulton on Thursday night and Macon Saturday afternoon.
The KHS wrestling team heads to Moberly on Tuesday before participating in the always tough Harrisonville tournamenton Friday and Saturday.
With the holidays fast approaching and things slowing down both in the sports world and here at blog headquarters I wanted to take a second to fill you in on the schedule for the blogs over the next two weeks. There WILL be a blog on Wednesday no matter what. That blog will likely look at the recent signings by the St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals as well as updates on or local sports teams. Friday will be our normal weekend blog getting you ready for all this weekend’s sports action. There will not be a blog on December 23 or December 25. There will be a blog on December 27 which will get you caught up on whatever has happened over the past week and preview the final weekend of the NFL’s regular season. There will be a blog on December 30 and January 3 but not New Year’s Day. The following week we will return to a normal blog schedule.
As mentioned earlier we will be back on Wednesday with another blog. Thanks as always for checking out this and all the other blogs on the the site and please follow me on Twitter at KDEBlog.
Have a magnificent Monday!