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No Pressure? Think Again.


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I don't want Dick Vermeil, his staff, and the players to take this article the wrong way. I certainly don't want to put any undue pressure on them, but history says that the team had better win this week or the season's in the toilet. This will be the twelfth time the Chiefs have gone into game four of a season sporting a 1-2 record. The previous eleven times, the team lost game four seven times and won four times. That's not encouraging, but it shows just how critical this game will be.

Six out the seven losers ended the season with a losing record. Five out of the seven ended up losing at least 10 games. The other loser, the 1982 team, ended the season 3-6 (the season was shortened to nine games due to a players strike). The one exception was the 1989 team, which ended up with an 8-7-1 record and just missed the playoffs. The four winners, on the other hand, fared better in the final standings. The 1970 Chiefs ended with a 7-5-2 record, the 1979 team finished 7-9, the 1991 team ended with a record of 10-6 and went to the playoffs, and the Y2K edition ended up at 7-9.

Not to add more fuel to the fire, but something has to give with the number of points the defense is giving up. The 103 points opponents have scored in three games are a team record. The previous worst was 91 points given up by the dismal 1987 team, who finished with a 4-11 record. Four other Chiefs teams gave up at least 80 points in the first three games and only one of them ended the season with a winning record (the 1981 team finished at 9-7). All told, these five teams compiled a 25-48 record. That's not very encouraging either.

QB Trent Green and the wide receivers are going to have to start doing their jobs too. Morton, Kennison, and Co. need to figure out how to get separation at the line of scrimmage. If they don't, the Dolphins DBs are going to eat us alive. Green needs to quit holding on to the ball so long and he needs to stop throwing into double & triple-coverage. He has also thrown 29 interceptions in 19 games and that is way too many. No pressure guys, but you need to do what you get paid the big bucks to do.

I realize that most of the players and the coaches probably don't know jack about Chiefs history and most of them don't care. However, there are loads of fans who well remember what the Dolphins have done to us in years past and would dearly love to see them get what they richly deserve. Again no pressure, but there's several million people who are counting on you to administer a beating on the fish.

Again, there's no pressure being applied here guys, but the evidence is clear. Beat the snot out of the Dolphins and the team's fortunes will be bright, blue skies will prevail, birds will sing, and everyone who matters will be happy. If you lose, the team will remain in the toilet for the whole season, birds will die in mid-flight, the skies will remain permanently cloudy, and the Huns will besiege the gates. Don't mess it up.






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