Joel Thorman of our sister site covering the Kansas City Chiefs, Arrowhead Pride, was gracious enough to answer questions regarding the team he covers.
We now present those to your game consumption:
1. So what was the deal with the cheering of Matt Cassel's injury? Was it blown out of proportion or did the Kansas City fans actually cheer their starting quarterback going down?
Yes, a small percentage of fans did cheer Cassel's injury but it wasn't a 70,000-person crowd roaring down on him as it was portrayed by some. It was blown out of proportion in that it began to implicate all Chiefs fans. Most Chiefs fans were not happy Cassel was hurt but were happy for a change at quarterback, which is where some of the misconceptions come. More fans cheered Cassel getting up and walking off the field and even more cheered Brady Quinn coming onto the field. Chiefs fans aren't Raiders fans.
2. At the end of last season, the Chiefs look like they're getting ready to get back on track - what happened?
Your guess is as good as mine! KC was expected to compete for the division title this year but, like last year, things got off to a bad start. The quarterback is the biggest issue but others aren't without blame, likeJamaal Charles picking his fumbling habit back up and the defense not showing up in the first two weeks. That said, the Chiefs played their best game of the season last week against the Ravens and the defense actually hasn't played too bad since getting down 24-6 halfway through the Saints game in Week 3.
3. Though the team has struggled, Jamal Charles has been deadly. Is he just that good or is there something that changed KC's ability to pound the rock?
He's that good. He really is. He's fast, which everyone notices, but he can also break tackles. He's tough. He's had some issues holding onto the ball this year but that hasn't been a big problem with him the last few years. You can try to stop him but if he gets 20-plus carries you probably won't.
4. Give us a player on offense or defense that Bucs fans don't know now but will know after this game?
Justin Houston. Since December of last year, he's your NFL leader in sacks. The Chiefs outside linebacker was thought to be a first round pick in the 2011 NFL draft but slipped to the third round where KC happily picked him. He really came on in the second half of last year and that's carried into this year. He's one of the best pass rushers in the NFL this year. And I don't think a lot of people realize that.
5. Most Buc fans come into this game believing Tampa Bay should come away victorious this week. Tell me why they won't (and please don't mention Brady Quinn's name).
They won't be victorious for two reasons -- the Chiefs running game and their defense. Charles lit up the Ravens in the first half last week but slowed in the second half so the Chiefs will take a more balanced approach with him this week. The defense played their best game of the season last week -- Houston andTamba Hali combined for four sacks and held the Ravens to nine points -- and that improvement will continue. Oh, and Brady Quinn won't turn it over more than three times, so...progress?