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Chiefs Clinch AFC West Division and Fourth Seed in the Playoffs – Game Balls

Chris Clark

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The Chiefs were able to clinch the AFC West on Sunday afternoon with their convincing win over the Miami Dolphins. There were several players that stood out throughout the game and deserve the game ball for the Chiefs.

Chiefs Offensive Game Ball – Alex Smith

Alex Smith played a good game against the Miami Dolphins. Only having one TD for his efforts doesn’t show the kind of game he played. He had at least three passes that should of been TD’s either dropped or called incorrectly on the field. After hitting Hill on a 52 yard catch early in the first quarter, Smith came back and threw another dime to Albert Wilson. Wilson unfortunately dropped the ball that hit him in the hands for what would have been a TD. Smith would later throw another would be TD to Tyreek Hill that was called incomplete and upheld under review. The third would be TD was to Kelce late in the game. The last one was very reminiscent of the Tony Moeaki TD and Kelce just couldn’t quite hold on.

Chiefs Defensive Game Ball – Marcus Peters

Any time you force a fumble and recover another it’s a good game for a defensive player. Peters was in position throughout the game and about added an INT late in the game when he broke on a Jay Cutler pass near the sidelines in the fourth quarter. Marcus continues to go for game changing plays and will give up a first down here and there when trying to strip the ball. He made up for that type of play two plays later with a strip of DeVante Parker that was recovered by Ron Parker.

Chiefs Special Teams Game Ball – Harrison Butker

The rookie has been sensational for the Chiefs this season. He’s an alternate for the Pro Bowl as a rookie and for good reason. On Sunday he passed Nick Lowery for the Chiefs record for most field goals in a season. He would have a late miss on a bad snap and hold but he’s been great for the Chiefs. He connected from 31, 32, 21, 29, and 49 in the coldest weather he’s ever played in.

Chris started covering the Chiefs four years ago. Since then he started the Check With Me podcast with co-host Ryan Tracy. During training camp in 2016 Chris & Ryan were asked to host the Locked on Chiefs podcast. Follow @ChrisClarkNFL for more Chiefs and NFL coverage.

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Joe Montana, Chris Jones and (our) Seth Keysor

Ryan Tracy

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We are very happy to announce that Seth Keysor, the analyst for The Athletic, is joining us as the third member of the Locked On Chiefs podcast!

Long-time friend and conspirator, Seth will be a steady fixture on the show.  Welcome to the fans of the old ‘Chief in the North’ podcast!

On Today’s Show:  

  • Joe Montana’s Chiefs Comeback!
  • Where is he in the history of NFL
  • Chris Jones film is better than we all thought
  • expectations for Jones’ 2018

 

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Safety Position Battle – Risers and Possible Casualties

Ryan Tracy

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On Today’s Show:  

  • Elliot Berry update
  • Questions
  • DeMarcus Robinson a Favorite?
  • Watts progression
  • Safety competition
  • Who could be a cap casualty

 

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Pat Mahomes minicamp and the Defense’s Overhaul deep dive

Ryan Tracy

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Chiefs head coach Andy Reid ended mini-camp a day early, in part because he has seen impressive progress from quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

The Defense’s change ramps up. I review each level of the defense, looking at players Chris Jones, Derrick Nnadi, Justin Houston, Breeland Speaks, Dee Ford, Eric Berry Reggie Ragland and Armani Watts.

The front 7 gets nasty and the secondary is making plays. Linebackers remain the core of the squad.

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