[picappgallerysingle id=”10139804″]The Kansas City Chiefs Cinderella season is over, and if the Chiefs don’t want to see the rest of the division pass them by, they need to get back on track quickly.
After spending eight weeks atop the standings in the AFC West, the Chiefs are now by virtue of their loss last week in Oakland, in second place in the division at 5-4. The once undefeated Chiefs, after their loss to the Raiders and Sunday’s shellacking at the hands of the Denver Broncos, have now allowed the race for the AFC West to become wide open.
The Chiefs are now 1-2 in the division with seven games and three divisional games remaining. Of the four teams in the division, Kansas City is playing the worst football right now and will need to right the ship in each of their next two games against Arizona and Seattle.
The problem for the Chiefs is that their top ranked running game has disappeared the past two weeks. And while quarterback Matt Cassel throwing for 469 yards and four touchdowns passing will surely make fantasy owners happy, it’s not the formula for success if this Chiefs team wants to make the playoffs.
When the Chiefs aren’t running the ball well, they can’t get their defense off the field. Contributing to the problem is that the Chiefs safeties, other than rookie Eric Berry, need to get healthy. Fellow rookie Kendrick Lewis did not play in either of the Chiefs last two games, and the pass defense is not near as good without him. Veteran Jon McGraw missed the Broncos game and backups Donald Washington and Ricky Price were lost in pass coverage.
Next up for the Chiefs… Coach Todd Haley’s former employer, the Cardinals come to Arrowhead Stadium for an important non-conference game. If the Chiefs want to avoid falling a game behind the Raiders and perhaps even see the Chargers pass them by, they must beat the Cardinals at home.
The playoffs start now for the Chiefs, and they can’t afford to lose another game.