The Kansas City Chiefs are not in serious trouble. Though they have lost three in a row, Chief fans shouldn’t be worried about a total collapse.
The Chiefs have lost three close games to three good teams, falling to the Broncos (one of the best teams in the NFL), the Chargers (a team capable of scoring a lot of points with Philip Rivers), and the Broncos again. Falling by 10 and 7 points against the Broncos should not be viewed as earth-shattering losses.
The Chiefs are a very solid team that doesn’t make many stupid mistakes (+14 in turnover ratio). Alex Smith, though not a star, is playing well, with 16 TDs, 2,736 passing yards, and only 6 interceptions. They’ve got a good running game led by Jamaal Charles, who averages 4.6 yards/attempt and already has over 1,000 yards on the season. On the other side of the ball, they’ve got a great defense, or at least they did through the first 9 games.
At the same time though, I don’t think the Chiefs are all that great. Most of their wins came against bad teams–the Jaguars, Giants, Titans, Raiders, Texans, and Bills. And their other two wins were against the Eagles and Cowboys, neither of which are having great seasons.
Yet in a league where scoring is so important, I don’t think they’ll be able to beat a Broncos or Patriots team in the playoffs. Realistically, I think they’ll lose in the divisional round or at best the championship game. No Super Bowl for Chiefs’ fans yet.
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