First things first! Merry Christmas from me to you and I hope you enjoy it. Speaking of giving, the Kansas City Chiefs could provide something special Sunday when they seek to go 10-5 against the Tennessee Titans. Kansas City hasn’t recorded double digit wins since 2005.

First things first! Merry Christmas from me to you and I hope you enjoy it. Speaking of giving, the Kansas City Chiefs could provide something special Sunday when they seek to go 10-5 against the Tennessee Titans. Kansas City hasn’t recorded double digit wins since 2005.

Watching last week’s game against the St. Louis Rams, I kept my poise. Is it because I have that much faith in Matt Cassel? I’d be faking if I said I’ve been that the entire time, but I wasn’t quick to reject Cassel.

I’ve figured something out about Todd Haley – a light-bulb moment – he’s into the 80-20 rule. The 80-20 principle states that roughly 80 percent of the effect comes from 20 percent of the cause. There’s a reason Haley is adamant about the season being diced into quarters, while the source of Cassel’s success goes back to the 20 percent.

Playing better against the run, running the ball and making fewer mistakes were the Chiefs’ starting goals, but Haley’s season of quarters is actually about setting objectives.

A person who puts two to three ideas in front of them and wants to achieve those with excellence can usually accomplish that. You shouldn’t aim for good, but great, because good is the enemy of great. Ever wonder why Haley doesn’t call the Chiefs good? Like us, Haley wants the Chiefs to win a Super Bowl, but you can’t be just good and win championships. Your team needs to be great, which is the Chiefs’ end goal.

The Chiefs have improved each quarter this season. From points scored, yards per game to Cassel, the Chiefs have mustered a big turnaround. In fact the 9-5 Chiefs compared to their 4-12 record from last season is the biggest switch in team history. Let that sink in, because it’s a big deal!

Getting back to the first quarter of the Rams game, I didn’t scream and holler. Trying to be good for Santa, I kept the confidence and then the spark came. With Jackie Battle converting on fourth down and Chris Chambers showing up, it only took moments before the crew was back. It was as if the appendectomy never happened.

Chasing a rabbit, but earlier this week a person named “Matt Cassel’s Appndx” started following Chief Concerns on Twitter. On our Facebook fan page, one fan told me that he’s taking a sign to the game with an appendix wearing a Cassel jersey. Probably will look more like a chili pepper, but football is fun again in Kansas City.

TAKING ON THE TITANS: The Chiefs ran for more than 200 yards against the Rams, sixth time this season and second most behind the 1978 Chiefs with eight. Thomas Jones hit 10,000 rushing yards in his career, the 25th player to do so, and he needs 172 yards for his sixth straight 1,000-yard season.

The Chiefs went to their home away from home in St. Louie and took care of business. With lots of help from mobile Chief fans, Kansas City is 7-0 in Missouri. Only the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots are still undefeated at home.

At Arrowhead, it’s in the Chiefs hands to take advantage of the perfect opportunity to include the 12th man in the final outcome. Honestly, the playoff attitude has to start now for Kansas City.

The Chiefs own a 27-20 edge in 47 regular and postseason games played against the Titans, like the Chiefs an original AFL franchise. The Chiefs’ 27 wins against Tennessee are the club’s most against any non-division opponent except for the Seattle Seahawks, who played in the AFC West for 25 years (1977-2001).

The key part for the Titans is running back Chris Johnson just a season removed from 2,006 rushing yards. Johnson is currently tied for fourth in the NFL in rushing behind Jamaal Charles. Charles owns a NFL-leading 6.4-yard-per-carry average.

Titans quarterback Kerry Collins can throw, but defending the run is key against the Titans. Make the Titans one dimensional and force them to throw the ball. Titans receiver Kenny Britt is healthy, but the Chiefs secondary plays much better at Arrowhead. It showed that by limiting the Broncos’ Kyle Orton to just 86 yards passing.

Arrowhead is Popeye’s spinach to the Chiefs. Talking to Tamba Hali at his Winter Wonderland event at Sheffield Family Life Center Tuesday night he mentioned the Chief fans in St. Louis and how much that helped the team with something from home.

While I’m on the subject, you can see all pictures taken of Hali’s event for 200 children and the giving of gifts from our website, chiefconcerns.com. Click on the Facbook icon for the Chief Concerns fan page. Tamba provided for everything through his foundation.

There were several toys, clothes and backpacks filled with school supplies. The children had been selected from the different schools in the area. Even K.C. Wolf got in on the action. Many asked Hali if he was going to sign, but Hali is a man of action and fewer words. I’m sure that his play on the field will work it out.

What matters are the Chiefs seeing what’s in front of them, let the fans help and win. The Chiefs have allowed 12.2 points a game at their house. They can do it! Go Chiefs!

Good day, Chief fans!