Winning The Close Ones … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs

When the Chiefs won Sunday’s game against Denver by a 10-6 score it was another notch in their belt of winning a close game.

That’s one of the prerequisites traits that a contending team must possess, and it’s a behavior they’ve learned in just this 2010 season.

In 12 games, six have been decided by seven points or less. The Chiefs are 4-2 in those games and 2-1 in games decided by three points or less.

That’s a huge upgrade from what went down the previous three seasons when the Chiefs were struggling to win any games, let alone those that were close on the scoreboard:

  • 2009 – They played eight games that were decided by seven points or less and their record was 2-6, with a 1-2 record in games decided by three points or less.
  • 2008 – In eight games decided by seven points or less, the Chiefs were 1-7 and their record in games that came down to three points or less was 0-3, including two one-point losses.
  • 2007 – The Chiefs had seven games decided by seven points or less and they were 3-4 in those games. They were 2-3 in games decided by three points or less and they lost the only one-point game they played in that year.

That’s a three-year total of 6-17 in games decided by seven points or less and 3-8 in games decided by three points or less.

It’s just one of those many areas where you can see the improvement of the ’10 team.

“According to history and statistics, we know that almost 50 percent of the games in the league when the year is up, will end up being determined by seven points or less,” said head coach Todd Haley. “In those games it’s very critical to be the smarter, more disciplined team.

“The guys are gaining confidence and they’ve been able to make a couple of those close ones like that go our way, especially here at Arrowhead with the help of our fans. That’s a big, big thing for a young developing team is to start to trust and learn and have confidence that we can make things go the right way. It was another step for our team in this development.

“It is so, so good to see some positive outcomes for these guys that are working so hard.”

In the 2010 NFL season, 91 of the 192 games played to date have been decided by seven points or less. That’s 47.4 percent. When it comes to three points or less, it’s been 52 games or 27.1 percent.

The Chiefs numbers are 6 of 12 for 50 percent of games decided by seven points or less and three of 12 for three points or less, at 25 percent.

WILL SHIELDS NAMED MAN OF THE YEAR

Former Chiefs Pro Bowl guard Will Shields has been named the 2010 Walter Camp Football Foundation Man of the Year. The honor is presented to a player, coach or administrator that enjoyed great success in his area of expertise and was active in his community

Those qualifications certainly describe Shields, a 12-time Pro Bowler during his 14-year career with the Chiefs (1993-2006). His work through his Will to Succeed Foundation has earned him previous honors, including being named the NFL’s Man of the Year.

The Walter Camp Man of the Year award was first presented in 1967 and has previously gone to people like Gale Sayers, Don Shula, Paul Brown and Warren Moon. The last five winners were: Dwight Stephenson (2005), Mike Utley (2006), Dick Butkus (2007), former Chiefs kicker Morten Andersen (2008) and John Elway (2009).

Shields will be honored on January 15 in New Haven, Connecticut. Walter Camp was “The Father of American football,” and first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp is also given credit for developing plays from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side.

GOT TO LOVE GOING TO SAN DIEGO IN DECEMBER

It rained in Oakland, it was cold in Denver and it was rainy and cold in Seattle. That was the weather the Chiefs dealt with on their last three road trips.

If the National Weather Service has guessed correctly, that streak of bad weather will end for the Chiefs when they face the Chargers this coming Sunday in San Diego. The forecast is listed as: sunny, with a high near 78.

NFL PERSONNEL FILE FOR TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7

  • BEARS – released DE Barry Turner; signed OL Herman Johnson off the Cardinals practice squad.
  • BILLS – placed G Kraig Urbik on the injured-reserve list (knee) ending his season; signed G Chad Rinehart off their practice squad.
  • BRONCOS – re-signed TE Daniel Coats; signed LB Lee Robinson off their practice squad.
  • BUCCANEERS – re-signed C Donovan Raiola.
  • CARDINALS – signed QB Richard Bartel, last with the UFL; placed QB Max Hall on the injured-reserve list (shoulder) ending his season.
  • COLTS – placed CB Jerraud Powers on the injured-reserve list (arm) ending his season; signed RB Dominic Rhodes.
  • DOLPHINS – placed CB Al Harris on the injured-reserve list (hamstring) ending his season.
  • JAGUARS – signed S Michael Hamlin off their practice squad; released OT Adam Terry.
  • JETS – released WR Laveranues Coles.
  • RAMS – signed LB David Nixon off their practice squad.
  • REDSKINS – suspended DT Albert Haynesworth four games for conduct detrimental to the team.
  • STEELERS – placed P Daniel Sepulveda on the injured-reserve list (knee) ending his season; signed P Jeremy Kapinos, last with the Colts.
  • TEXANS – placed DE Jesse Nading on the injured-reserve list (knee) ending his season; signed S Quintin Demps, last with the Eagles.
  • VIKINGS – placed RB Albert Young on the injured-reserve list (knee) ending his season.

8 Responses to “Winning The Close Ones … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • December 8, 2010  - Boyd says:

    HALEY: ““According to history and statistics, we know that almost 50 percent of the games in the league when the year is up, will end up being determined by seven points or less,” said head coach Todd Haley.”

    This is why you go for THREE in the Red Zone instead of gambling on 7. Kick the FG!!


  • December 8, 2010  - Fan Since 93 says:

    Agree with Boyd. Cut your losses and take the easy 3.

    I like the aggressiveness in going for it in some situations, but this wasn’t one of them.

    I think Haley was being too greedy by wanting to put up a lot of points against McDaniels.


  • December 8, 2010  - Justin says:

    Boyd, you still dont get it. Bob posted the maiximization paper and if you read it, it states CLEARLY there are times when that philosophy pays for itself.
    Kick a FG and have them score a TD and you still lose within that margin. Early in the game the 4 down philosophy pays dividends, late in the game not so.


  • December 8, 2010  - el cid says:

    How Haley saw the game at the time, going for it insted of kicking a FG, was the correct thing to do. After lots of thought I guess I agree.

    Decided we need huge mamma-jammas on OL and DL. As we progress over the years, we need to physically beat up teams. So for the next draft, OL or DL as long as they are huge (Haley can get them into game shape) and dominating types.


  • December 8, 2010  - Edward says:

    This team is starting to learn how to be winner. Good teams find ways to win close games and that is what this team is learning to do.


  • December 8, 2010  - el cid says:

    PS reported that teams playing the raiders are 2-9 the next week. Seems raiders play aphysical game and tend to drag teams down to their level (as if we did not know). The physical style is something we might want to copy? like Steelers, Raven, and to a lesser degree raiders?


  • December 8, 2010  - Niblick says:

    I hope that statistic applies to the Chargers as well. They do have a lot of injuries. I’m not sure who will be able to play, but we can use any slight advantage to help us get a win this weekend. They are normally extremely tough at home, particularly in December.


  • December 8, 2010  - jim says:

    el cid, I like those numbers if they will just carry forward ONE more week. Sounds like the Bolts were nicked up quite a bit Sunday. Now we’ll get to see if Croyle can show us some of his play action faking he is sooo good at. Hope he can stay upright.




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