The Way I See IThe Kansas City Chiefs are 3 and 0 after last night’s impressive 23 to 16 win over a good Philadelphia Eagles team. I continue to be particularly impressed with the Chiefs defense which continues to shine against offenses that are supposed to be good. I can’t say I was particularly impressed with the Cowboys offense and I have never been a Tony Romo fan and Michael Bick is on the downside of his career in my opinion but that doesn’t take away from the Chiefs outstanding effort on defense through the first three games. The offense is playing better but the Eagles defense isn’t very good either. I do think the offense is starting to develop and not be quite as one dimensional as it was but it is still a work in progress. The Chiefs will continue their tour of the NFC East, (did they switch divisions and nobody told me) next week as they play the New York Giants. The Giants should prove to be the Chiefs toughest test yet and a really good barometer of where the Chiefs are both offensively and defensively.
The Missouri Tigers have their first road game of the year tomorrow as they travel to Bloomington, Indiana to play the Hoosiers. The Hoosiers are not one of the better team in the Big Ten but the Tigers will have to play much better than they did two weeks ago against Toledo. The Tigers need a win here because the schedule gets super tough starting next week. To the best of my knowledge the game is only available on the Big Ten Network which I believe is only offered locally on Dish Network or DirecTV. This is another one of those situation where fans are the big losers in Mizzou’s switch from the Big 12 to the SEC. This will not be the last game that fans will struggle to see as once the Tigers start SEC play next week it’s up in the air as to how many of the games will be available locally. Most of them will be but it’s quite possible there could be one or two more that may be hard to find locally.
The Truman State Bulldogs are back home to play the William Penn Statesmen tomorrow night. In what has become a tradition the game finishes off a full day of activities with Family Weekend and the Red Barn Arts and Crafts festival both taking place tomorrow. The Bulldogs are 1 and 1 after last week’s valiant effort against a very good Grand Valley State team. I don’t know much about the Statesmen but I do know they are one of the better teams in the NAIA so tomorrow night’s game may not be a walk in the park for the Bulldogs but they should be able to pull out a victory without too much trouble. A couple of key players are nursing injuries so this may be a good game to rest up before Central Missouri comes to town next Saturday night. How tough can a team called the Statesmen really be? They will probably apologize after every tackle. Then again they could launch a filibuster and the game will never start.
The Kirksville High School Tigers are back on the road this week as they travel to Marshall to face a very good Owls team. KHS is 1 and 2 after losing a surprisingly close game to Moberly last week. Defensively the Tigers have started to really improve and that could make tonight’s game very competitive especially if they are able to move the ball the way they did the first week.
The St. Louis Cardinals are hanging on for dear life to first place in the National League Central after yesterday’s grinding loss to the Colorado Rockies in fifteen innings. There are nine games left before the start of the playoffs and any chance the Cardinals thought they might have to catch a breather seems to not be happening. In addition to trying to hang onto first place the Cardinals are also battling the Atlanta Braves for the best record in the National League which will give them home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds begin a huge three game series tonight which may determine the finishing order of the NL Central especially if the Cardinals can do their part by winning in Milwaukee against the Brewers.
The Kansas City Royals are still around but their chances of making the playoffs are pretty slim as they don’t seem to be able to gain much ground on anyone. The Royals are only 3 games out for the final wild card spot but I just don’t see it happening, there are several teams bunched up together fighting for both wild card spots and a lot of things would have to fall in place for the Royals to make the playoffs. At the present time they are only 8 games over .500 so it is difficult for me to justify them being in the playoffs at all. They have certainly played better this year than in previous years and have an excellent chance of finishing the year with a winning record for the first time in forever but they aren’t quite ready for the playoffs yet in my opinion.
NASCAR takes its controversies to Kentucky this weekend to continue the Chase for the Cup. With only nine races left the 12 drivers who are in the chase are all scrambling for any points they can get. I’m not sure what the other 31 drivers are doing. I guess they are just there to make things interesting.
We’ll be back on Monday with a look back at this busy weekend of sports action and a look ahead to next week as we will begin the final week of regular season baseball among other things. Thanks as always for checking out all the blogs on this site and please try to get out and support your area athletes this weekend.
Have a terrific fall weekend!