NFL Week 2 Roundup

I wrote way to many words about Week 1.  Now that the season is in affect, it should be a little more to the point.

Baltimore-26 Pittsburgh-6

The early season trend of the prime-time games being blowouts continued.  It’s pretty disappointing.  Anyways, the Ravens Tight End’s just destroyed the Steelers defense.  Owen Daniels caught two TD’s and Dennis Pitta grabbed a big 24 yard catch.   It was the Ravens running game, without Ray Rice, that sealed the deal.  They ran for 157 yards as a team, with Bernard Pierce taking most of the load.

I have decided to not write about the Ray Rice situation until the league figures out the debacle they are currently in.  I wrote a short column in July about the original suspension, in case you want to view that.

Carolina-24 Detroit-7

I don’t know what to make of this game.  It’s just a odd score for powerful Lions offense, and a weirder outcome.  Either Carolina will prove us all wrong, or Detroit isn’t that good, or….

We don’t know yet.  It’s too early.  The absence of Greg Hardy (another subject I won’t touch yet) didn’t play a role, and the Carolina offense with Cam Newton back played fine.  Matthew Stafford threw for 291 yards, but was sacked four times.  This game was super boring.

I was never high on the Detroit defense, and against a weak Panthers offense, it looked a lot worse today.  This was a bad loss for Lions.

Cincinnati-24 Atlanta-10

This was supposed to be the best game during the day time Sunday.  Well, it turned to the exact opposite.  The Falcons were embarrassed today.  At one point down 24-3, Matt Ryan threw three interceptions and one touchdown.

I’m worried about the Falcons.  The run game was awful, with Steven Jackson rushing for a team high 46 yards.  That’s not good, at all.  Julio Jones had a good game, and caught the only touchdown of the game for Atlanta.  The Falcons run defense didn’t look good.  Giovanni Bernard ran for 90 yards and touchdown.  AJ Green left the game early, and was diagnosed with a ligament strain in his foot, which led to Mohammed Sanu being the leading receiver.  But hey, if it worked today, it will work next week, right?  (Nope)

Cleveland-26 New Orleans-24

I don’t even know where to start.  This game was crazy.  This is a upset.

This game was close the entire way.  New Orleans, at the end, gave it up on defense.  It came down to the defense faltering.  Andrew Hawkins caught a heave from Brian Hoyer with eight seconds left, then the Browns kicked the game-winning field goal.  It was a feel good moment for Browns fans, they haven’t won a home opener since 2004.  After losing a heart breaker last week, this was a important win.  It was a bad loss for the Saints, as stated above.  The Saints are 0-2, yes, you read that right.  It’s not the start that anyone had envisioned for them.

New England-30 Minnesota-7

This went the route I expected it to.  Blowout.  The Vikings never had a chance.  Matt Cassel threw four interceptions, including one to Darrelle Revis, his first as a Pat.  The game was lopsided from the beginning, and at halftime, fans at the temporary home of the Vikings, TCF Bank Stadium, were chanting, “TEDDY!”  “TEDDY!”.  That’s not a good sign.  It sounds like Cassel will start again, but, honestly, Bridgewater needs to play.  Tom Brady did little throwing as Steven Ridley ran the ball 25 times for 101 yards.  It was a dominant win for the Pats.

Arizona-25 New York Giants-14

(Homerism possible)

(Let me get something out of the way)

2-0 baby!

(Resume)

Drew Stanton started the game for Arizona due to a nerve issue in Carson Palmer’s shoulder.  The Cardinals still won!  Don’t ask me how!  I’ll take it.  I have a lot of concern with the Giants.  Eli Manning threw his typical two interceptions and the Giants fumbled two times.  Ted Ginn Jr., one of the Cardinals offseason acquisitions, returned a punt 71 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter, which put Arizona in the lead, which they never lost after.  All of the talk surrounding Larry Fitzgerald was put to a end when caught six balls for 51 yards.  The credit though, goes to Drew Stanton.  He played excellent for a backup, and especially after the last minute announcement.  The Cardinals defense played decent, though tackling continues to be the main issue.  Another slice of credit goes to the Giants receivers, who made some incredible catches versus the Cardinals great secondary.

What To Watch For: College Football Week 3

Finally getting into the thick of the season, college football has started it’s conference match ups.  Week 2 delivered a great game filled with screaming AD’s and defense, two teams put up 70 points, one major upset, and a lot of bad picks by me.  Week 3 doesn’t have multiple ranked match ups, but does have some interesting games, including upsets.

No.6 Georgia vs. No.24 South Carolina

South Carolina is a lot better than their ranking.  This team is good.  They’ve slipped, yea, but they will rebound.  This game though, eek, this isn’t the game to do it.  Georgia has blew me away.  Huston Mason proved me somewhat wrong.  I thought it would take him a little bit, but he has shined so far. The running game is strong as ever for the Bulldogs, and that will power them to a win. Prediction: Georgia-31 South Carolina-17

Other Interesting Games

Kansas vs. Duke

You might be thinking, really?  Yea, somewhat.  Duke is good, and were actually ranked last year.  If you forgot, they almost beat Texas A&M in the Chick-Fil-A bowl.  Anyways, Kansas is’t very good, but this is a match up we don’t see very much, so pay some attention to it.  Honestly, it might be the college basketball ties that makes me interested in this one.  Prediction: Duke-28 Kansas-3

Iowa State vs. Iowa

Ah, the battle for Cy-Hawk trophy returns.  Iowa State, I thought, wasn’t going to be good at all, and they have shown some very unexpected flashes.  They hanged tough with Kansas State, and almost pulled a huge upset.  The Hawkeyes are the better team, and I expect them to win, but this never fails to deliver. Prediction: Iowa-24 Iowa State-6

Tennessee vs. No.4 Oklahoma

I struggled trying not to put this in the upset alert section, but realized I was crazy to do it.  So it ends up here, because this is a good game.  Tennessee has gotten little respect for what they’eve accomplished this season, blowing out Arkansas State and Utah State.  Oklahoma, well, their Oklahoma.  They score, a lot.  Tennessee will put up a fight, but will eventually secede.  Prediction: Oklahoma-45 Tennessee-28

Upset Alert

Purdue vs. No.11 Notre Dame

Before you flip out at me, chill out and read this.

Purdue’s team stats aren’t pretty.  They don’t play good defense.  They don’t pass the ball well.  That’s reasons why they can’t challenge Notre Dame.  I do though, if things break they right way, think they can.  Notre Dame won a statement game versus Michigan last week.  They have a ton of momentum.  Honestly, this is their first challenge.  So why couldn’t they falter a bit? Ay? Nay?

 No.12 UCLA vs. Texas

UCLA is favored by -7.5.

(Is that all I need?)

Let’s just say that’s a start.

Charlie Strong done a decent job two games into the season so far.  A easy win with North Texas started the season great.  Then, against BYU, they laid a egg.  The Longhorns lost 41-7.  Strong called it “a embarrassment to this program and university”.  It was really bad.  That game should’eve been way closer, and the Longhorns obviously were off.  Anyways, this is redemption week.  This is how the Longhorns forget that horrid game.  You come out and redeem yourself and, according to Charlie Strong, the university.  I wouldn’t go that far, but if the Longhorns want to get back on the right track, this is how.

 

 

Chris Davis Suspension: Is This A Shock?

People’s first reaction to the news Friday morning was, “it’s Adderall”, not performance enhancers. We’ll, it still got Chris Davis suspended for 25 games, the MLB announced Friday. The Orioles have 13 games left (as of Monday morning). The O’s comfortably sit 10 games up in their division. However, losses for the season include Manny Machado, for the 2nd year in a row, and Matt Wieters. Baltimore couldn’t be more banged to start the postseason.
Davis’s ban will keep him out at least until the ALCS, and that’s if the Orioles make it that far.
I can’t say how far the O’s will go yet. Their is so much uncertain with the AL Wild Card, which could go down to the final week of the season. They automaticity are placed in the ALDS, which is five games maximum. It’s likely that they would play the Athletics, and boy, I’m not sure how far they make it in that one.
Another factor here is that Davis’s numbers are absolutely terrible this year. He hit 48 home runs in 2013, and honestly, I think we know how he did. With the 48 home runs in 2013, he batted .286 and drove in 138 runs.
This year, it’s a different story. Davis has completely halted, and is batting
.166. He still has hit 26 home runs and drove in 72, but still the production isn’t there.
I still think the O’s will miss him. Again, injuries to Wieters and Machado hurt offensive production. Davis could’ve gotten hot, and provided a spark.
Overall, I think Chris Davis has played his last game this season. I don’t see Orioles going that far this postseason, though they could got and carry it into the Playoffs.

NFL Week 1 Roundup

After every NFL weekend, I will write a roundup of the action.  The column will come out on Tuesday’s, due to Monday Night Football.

What a weekend.  It’s so good to have the NFL back.  After a long week of school, it’s what you look forward to on Sunday.  The first game of the season though, didn’t quite live up to the hype.

Seattle-36 Green Bay-16

The rematch of the Fail Mary failed to prove itself.  The Seahawks completely dominated the Packers in all ways.  Honestly, the Seahawks are and look like champions.  They looked great.  I don’t believe this is anything significant to the worry about with the Packers, though injuries to Eddie Lacy and Bryan Bulaga will hurt.

Miami-33 New England-20

The Patriots have always had trouble down in Miami.  Maybe Tom Brady just doesn’t like the heat, even though his stat line was solid.  It came down to the Dolphins literally owning the second half.  The Pats had a ten point lead at halftime, and blew it down the stretch, giving up two long touchdown drives by Miami.  It was the first time the Patriots lost a home opener since 2003.

Tennessee-26 Kansas City-10

A game where after signing a massive extension, Alex Smith threw three interceptions and led no one to believe he deserved it.  The Titans dominated the game, and Jake Locker looked like he did before his injury last year.  The Chiefs lost LB Derrick Johnson to a torn Achilles, and he  is done for the year.  The Johnson loss is huge for a team with a defense already ravaged.  Dexter McCulster, playing his former team, didn’t make them feel bad, rushing for 29 yards, but caught a 17 yard pass.  The Titans looked great, but didn’t lead me to believe in them anymore than I do.

Houston-17 Washington-6

Ryan Fitzpatrick went into game manager mode as the Houston defense held Washington to six points.  Fitzpatrick handed the ball to Arian Foster 27 times as he ran for 107 yards.  RG3 fumbled twice, but threw the ball decently.  If he can’t learn to slide and hold on to the ball, trouble will emerge for the Redskins.  The No.1 overall pick in the Draft, Jadeveon Clowney, left the game with a knee injury, which will now keep him out 4-6 weeks.

Buffalo-23 Chicago-20 (OT)

If the speculation of the Bills front office problems and questions at QB in the preseason were true, they were certainly quieted after this game.  The Bills went into Soldier Field and broke the hearts of Bears fans by kicking a field goal in overtime.  Jay Culter threw two interceptions as the Bears defensive problems shined.  Fred Jackson ran for only 61 yards, but a huge 38 yard run by him set up the game winning field goal.  The Bills silenced their critics, but won’t continue to win games of this caliber.

Bengals-23 Ravens-16 

Concerns about the Ravens run game weren’t totally annihilated, but were definitely lowered after Justin Forrsett ran for 71 yards.  It still didn’t solve the Ravens offensive woes, as Joe Flacco completed only 35 of his 62 passes.  He put up 345 with a touchdown, but 62 passes is way to many.  The Ravens must of been deeply concerned with the run game.  The Bengals pass game looked mighty fine, as Andy Dalton threw for 301 yards and a touchdown.  AJ Green caught the 77 yard game winning bobbling catch with around five minutes left, which solidified the win after the Bengals blew a 15 point lead.

Jets-19 Raiders-14

The real reason I even laid eyes on this game was for Derek Carr.  Even though I’m not high on him and don’t think he the answer, he certainly played well.  Carr posted a 20/32, 152 yard and two touchdown line.  The Raiders run defense let them down, giving up large runs to Chris Ivory and others.  The Raiders have serious issues at running back, which wouldn’t even be considered giving who’s in their backfield.  They ran for 25 yards AS A TEAM! That’s the main issue in Oakland, but if Derek Carr can play well enough, it may not need that much attention.  The Jets, well, (boy they are boring to talk about) played a good game.  Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson ran all over the Raiders, and Geno Smith only had five incompletions.  Eric Decker had a nice debut for the Jets, catching five balls for 74 yards.

Philadelphia-34 Jacksonville-17

A day where their were many great games, this one probably proved to be the strangest.  Jacksonville pulled ahead to a 17 point lead, and had everyone in shock.

The Jaguars were up 17-0 at halftime, and Nick Foles had looked awful until then.

But once the 3rd quarter started, the Eagles offense took off, including a 49 yard TD run by Darren Sproles.  The Eagles scored 34 unanswered points to win.  Multiple mistakes by Jags helped, but Nick Foles got his mojo back and unloaded the ball.  He threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns.  Foles has to develop more, but definitely is on the right track.  As for the Jaguars, the late game collapse shows Chad Henne’s flaws.  He is not a full game starter.  He tricks with his magical plays, then breaks your heart later.  Blake Bortles needs a shot, soon.

Pittsburgh-30 Cleveland-27

First of all, congratulations to Cleveland for putting up 27 points.  That’s the real victory.

Anyways, the Browns were down 27-3 at halftime, which didn’t surprise me one bit.  The second victory of the loss was the fact they came BACK from the deficit.  The running game found itself, even though it was Terrence West who had the load.  Cleveland lost in a very Cleveland way, losing on a field goal as time expired.  The worst part about it (for Browns fans) was watching Ben Roethlisberger drive down the field with the clock under 2:00 minutes.  Cleveland just can’t win down the stretch.  It’s always been their problem.  Honestly,  Brian Hoyer played fine,  but not well enough to write more about it.  I’m not sure with Johnny Manziel in this team would be any better.

Minnesota-34 St.Louis-6

Boy, who would’ve thought?  The Vikings destroyed the Rams.  This game was completely lopsided.  Though, I’m not sure this is a statement win for Minnesota.

See, the Rams were playing Shaun Hill at QB.  Then he got hurt.  It was the absolute worst case for the Rams.  This team was already in trouble before Week 1, and now it’s possible Austin Davis is starting next week.  Austin Davis played the second half, threw a pick, but did complete 16/23 passes.  It’s nothing to celebrate, especially since they Rams didn’t score a touchdown.  Minnesota had it easy.  This Vikings defense should and will be good this season, but this game isn’t making a statement.  Austin Davis was the opposing QB.  The Rams are in trouble, but they did sign….

Wait for it…..

CASE KEENUM!

I’m still on this bandwagon.  I haven’t lost hope for him.  He has flaws, yes, but he did show flashes last year.  He did!  Start him, Rams.

Atlanta-37 New Orleans-34 (OT)

The shootout that we anticipated took place, and man, this game was fun to watch.  Matt Ryan threw for 448 yards, a franchise record.  Devin Hester looked like one of the best free agents acquisitions, catching five balls for 99 yards.  The game went to OT, and the Falcons came out on top, due to a Saints fumble.  These two teams looked great, and I don’t think this game is a judge mark for both teams.

Denver-31 Indianapolis-24

Another game that didn’t live up to it potential.  By looking at the score, you wouldn’t of thought so.  The Broncos were up 24-0 at one point, and led 24-7 at halftime.  The Broncos looked absolutely dominating, and they did that first half.  Peyton Manning threw three touchdown passes to Julius Thomas, in the first half.  Yes, you that right.  It looked like the Colts were going to get completely demolished.  I couldn’t believe how bad the Colts looked. Andrew Luck is  Andrew Luck, but the rest of the teams, especially the defense, was awful.  The Colts, like they do though, came back, and made this a ball game in the second.  I made the mistake of going to bed after the the Broncos went up 31-10 in the 4th, then got worried that something crazy was happening.  Checked my phone, and tracked the game from my bed.  Smart move, huh?  Anyways, the Broncos look like a Super Bowl team, and so does Seattle.  I’m really concerned about the Colts defense, and now that Robert Mathis is done for year, it raises my doubts.  However, if the offense shows up, then that can switch things.

Detroit-35 New York Giants-14

I wasn’t shocked by the score here.  I was shocked, however, by Matthew Stafford’s performance.  His first quarter was incredible.  He passed for over 100 yards in the first quarter, and threw two touchdowns to Calvin Johnson.  The Detroit offense played outstanding, and had 417 yards of offense in the game.  However, I don’t think this defense is so hot.  The Giants can’t score.  That’s the bottom line!  The can not score, at all. 14 points in a game won’t cut it!  Eli Manning threw for only 163 yards, and threw his typical two interceptions.  They had no running game either.  It could be a really bad year for Giants, and for that to happen, they’re on the right track.

 

Arizona-19 San Diego-18

(Homerism possible)

Boy, I couldn’t of been happier walking into school Tuesday morning after the Cardinals beat the Chargers on a game winning touchdown with 2:25 left.  I won’t say much more on that besides that the Cardinals were down 11 points in the quarter, and the San Diego defense let themselves down again, which leads into…

San Diego had one the worst secondaries in the league last year.  It was terrible.  It’s not about that anymore though.  It’s about the fact that when in close game or meaningful moments, they will not play good football.  It’s that simple!  They have done it over and over.  San Diego’s defense didn’t the ability to hold a 11 point lead in the 4th quarter to a very average (that, I can admit, the Cardinal’s offense is average) offense.  That’s their problem, and honestly, there is no way to fix that.

I observed a lot of changes in this Cardinals team last night.  First off, the offensive line is so much better.  I would of never thought that Carson Palmer would be scrambling around the pocket without getting sacked.  He did lose a fumble, but that had to with his problems of holding on the ball to long.  The Cardinals also nailed it on John Brown, who caught the game winning pass in what had to be a awesome first touchdown.  He was taken in the 3rd round out of Pittsburgh State, and man, he looks like he could be great.  The best comparison-Marvin Harrison.  I am, and this is definitely not being a homer, concerned about the Cardinals running game.  Andre Ellington is great.  I just don’t know if he is the every-down back they hoped.  He is a big time situation back, and didn’t look great last night.  I say that when he did break a 18 yards run, but still, 13 carries and 53 yards isn’t what the Cardinals, I think, had in mind.

On to Week 2..

Sucks To Be You Column: Ohio State Falters at Home

The debut of the Sucks To Be You column comes in Week 2.  This column will be written after a major upset over the weekend, so it won’t be a weekly appearance.

The Big 10 standings this afternoon might make you gasp.  They’re a little scary.  And trust me, they’re correct.  You wouldn’t of thought that Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State would be at the bottom of Eastern division.

Ohio State lost 35-21 to Virginia Tech Saturday night, in what was a overall bad performance of the Buckeyes.  A record crowd filled the Shoe, and weren’t very happy even at halftime of the game last night.

JT Barrett, Braxton Miller’s backup, had one of the worst games I’ve seen any Ohio State quarterback have in a while.  He threw three interceptions, went 9/29 for 219 yards.  Two of interceptions were absolutely awful decisions.  One, he lobbed up in the air escaping pressure, and the second he threw to the defender, staring down his receiver.

He was also sacked six times, and at one point, it seemed he was going down every other play.  The offensive line could not block Virginia Tech, at all.

It was bad.  Barrett didn’t play well, but also had no help.

As for Virginia Tech, they pretty much outplayed Ohio State.  Ohio State didn’t play well enough, and the Hokies took advantage.  It’s that simple.

The upset itself was big, but won’t be one that goes down for the ages.  I went back and forth on putting this game in the upset part of What To Watch For, but ultimately decided not to.  Don’t ask why.  Ohio State was ranked No.8, and they fell, a lot.  They were pushed all the way to No.22

It was overall a bad day for the Big 10.  Again, the standing are in shambles.  I didn’t have a Big 10 team in the Playoff.  If anyone came close, it would be Michigan State.  And they got steamrolled Sunday.  The Spartans hanged close with the Ducks Saturday night, then Oregon’s offense completely took off, and they Ducks won, 46-27.

At this point, the Big 10 probably won’t get a team.  This was the one game Michigan State had to prove themselves to the committee, and they stumbled.  It would be very hard for the Spartans to get in now.

Again, it’s only Week 2.  But, this is how the committee works.  It about who wins when, where, and against who.

The Hokies shocked the Shoe Saturday night.  That momentum should carry into next week, when they play East Carolina.  So, sucks to be you, Ohio State (and the rest of the Big 10).

 

What To Watch For: College Football Week 2

After a exciting opening week to what should be a great first season of the Playoff, Week 1 saw Kenny Hill of Texas A&M put up incredible numbers against South Carolina, Todd Gurley run for a lot of touchdowns, and the highly anticipated of Michigan and Appalachian State become a complete blowout. On to Week 2, one matchup really stands out.

No.14 USC vs. No.13 Stanford

USC handled the rematch of the Las Vegas bowl very well Saturday night, destroying Fresno State 52-13.  In Week 2, they face a much tougher opponent in conference rival Stanford.  Stanford had a easy Week 1 matchup with UC Davis, winning 45-0.  This game between USC and Stanford will be a great one, and always is.  Both teams have good defenses, with Stanford’s defense better than USC’s.  It should be low-scoring game, with Stanford prevailing. Prediction: Stanford-20 USC-13

No.7 Michigan State vs. No.3 Oregon

Good lord, this game is going to be incredible.  One of the best in-season matchups this year, Michigan State and Oregon is easily the best game this weekend.  Oregon scores.  The score so much that they don’t have to play defense.  Michigan State is a power running football team, with a mighty tough defense.  It will be very interesting to see if the Spartans defense can stop Oregon. Prediction: Oregon-35 Michigan State-27

Other Interesting Games

Michigan vs. No.17 Notre Dame

In South Bend, this game features two of the more notable QB names over the past years in college football.  Michigan killed Appalachian State in the highly anticipated rematch.  They should definitely challenge Notre Dame, since the Irish have multiple starters on the bench from the academic fraud investigation.  Notre Dame gets it done, but Michigan puts up a fight.  Prediction: Notre Dame-28 Michigan-21

No.20 Kansas State vs. Iowa State

This isn’t exactly a hyped game, but it’s a conference matchup that usually delivers.  Iowa State isn’t really good at all, and will get absolutely demolished.  Kansas State-52 Iowa State-3

Upset Alerts

Last week, I did pretty good.  Oklahoma State played their hearts out vs. Florida State and nearly won, which led to a great game.  This week, two matchups stick out.

No.24 Missouri vs. Toledo

Toldeo had a very good season last year.  They are talented, and have the capability to challenge Missouri.  I don’t feel confident, but this game may remain close late.

No.15 Ole Miss vs. Vanderbilt

This is real.  Vanderbilt has a new coach in Derek Mason, and this team is tough.  A SEC conference matchup, this one will be a grudge-match.  Hard, tough football is how these teams play, and it will remain close down to the wire.  Vanderbilt upsets Ole Miss, and this one I’m feeling good about.

 

 

Just Right- Alex Smith’s Large Extension

If the Chiefs wanted to be any worse than what they are projected at this year, they wouldn’t have done this.  See, when the Chiefs acquired Alex Smith, they didn’t imagine this lasting for two seasons, then him leaving.  He was their franchise guy QB.  He was going to lead them through the good and the bad.

But now, they don’t have to worry about it.  The Chiefs signed Smith to a 4 year, $68 million extension.  The contract includes $45 million guaranteed.  The Chiefs wanted to get it done before the season.  The last thing a player and team wants to do during a season is talk contracts.  It’s a distraction, and could lead to tension between the player and the team.

So is the money right?

Just right.

When Andy Dalton’s extension came out, I wrote about it.  I discussed that Dalton hasn’t necessarily proved himself, and how it would affect Smith’s contract.  I nailed it.  I said Smith deserves $16 million which.  He ended up getting $17 million, which is a million more than Dalton’s per year.

Both contracts are very team friendly.  Smith wanted and got more money, but that has to do with him being a older QB.  Again, Smith has proven himself as a player and leader.  He excels in the Playoffs, and has a very strong arm.  People say he’s a game mannager, he gets lucky with a good team around him.  I’ll tell you this, he would put p the same numbers with a bad team.  You have to have a good QB in this league.  He has to smart, he has to be leader, and he needs to have show you that he can do it.

And he showed it to the Chiefs.

If he didn’t preform as well as he did last year, this wouldn’t of happened.

The Chiefs won’t be as good as they were last year.  They had a helpful schedule which allowed them to start 9-0.  This year it’s a different story.  They play the NFC West, the toughest division in football.  Their own division is rugged, with the Chargers and Broncos.  The Chiefs other opponents include Pittsburgh, Buffalo, New York Jets, Tennessee, and New England.

The defense lost some talent, but even with their injuries last year, they still preformed pretty well.  Dwyane Bowe is suspended for the first game, and the offensive line is not very attractive.  The X-Factor here is Jamal Charles.  He has to stay healthy.  He is the the heart and soul of the offense.   Almost every play they run involves him.

The Chiefs did the right thing.  A QB is so important in this league, and Smith has shown he deserves the money.  Whether he was overpaid or not, that remains to be seen.