At 7-0, the Kansas City Chiefs have made the biggest turnaround in NFL history after a 2-14 record last year. With the Denver Broncos‘ loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night, Kansas City is the last undefeated team. With the best record in the league, KC fans probably don’t have too many complaints, but their team is very beatable.
The Chiefs’ only victory against a winning team was 17-16 nail-biter against the now 4-3 Dallas Cowboys at Arrowhead Stadium. Despite having sub-par competition, all of the wins were competitive late into the game with the exception of a Week 1 pounding of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Five of their last six opponents have been within one score in the fourth quarter, and the New York Giants (the odd team out) were within a field goal with a 1:34 left in the third quarter.
The schedule has been Kansas City’s best friend as they’ve been grinding out tough wins against sub-par competition early on. The Chiefs have done an amazing job to make it to 7-0, but they can’t keep letting weak competition stay in the game with them. They’ve needed the soft early schedule to get several new pieces on the same page, but it’s time for the team to start reaching its potential.
The great start has raised expectations immensely with KC fans now thinking Super Bowl and not merely hopes of sneaking into the playoffs. The Chiefs’ defense is the best in the NFL, but the offense does not look ready for an upgrade in competition. Starting in week 11 at Denver, the level of competition goes way up for Kansas City, and the offense needs to start taking some of the burden off the defense.
The young, inconsistent offensive line has been taking some steps forward recently, but oddly the play of Alex Smith has taken a couple steps back. In his first three games, he threw for four TDs with no INTs, and in the four games since, the ratio is three TDs to four INTs. With 898 total yards and eight total TDs, Jamaal Charles is doing his job. For this team to take the next step, Smith has to play better.
The Chiefs are one of the best teams in the league, but the ridiculously good defense has been carrying them through the weak part of their schedule. If KC wants to beat the big boys, the offense needs to start fulfilling their potential.