The 7-0 Kansas City Chiefs: Last Men Standing
Everyone loves a good comeback story. This looks to be the start of a beautiful year for the Kansas City Chiefs, who on Week 7 bested first-time NFL quarterback Case Keenum and the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium in a narrow 17-16 victory. When Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos lost 33-39 to the Indianapolis Colts, it bumped the Chiefs right to the top of the AFC West conference, and it clinched the bragging rights for Kansas City as the only undefeated team in the league this season.
In sharp contrast to Kansas City’s bleak 2-14 record last year, this year, on paper at least, the 7-0 Chiefs appear to be the NFL’s top team.
In addition to Sunday’s win against the Texans, the Chiefs’ wins this season have come at the expense of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders. Over the next two weeks, the Chiefs will face the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills before the Week 10 bye week.
Regardless of all the hate talk, quarterback Alex Smith has also been an integral part of the Chiefs’ success this year. His numbers may not be considered “stellar,” per se, but he has managed the offense amazingly well, and has certainly had the magic where it counts.
Amidst the various Chiefs heroics this season, honorable mentions must go to Jamaal Charles, who has more than earned his keep, adeptly running and catching like a madman for the offense, as well as special teams, led by coordinator Dave Toub. Let’s not forget about how impressive Kansas City’s defense been this year – they could arguably be considered the best in the league at this point.
Finally, it would certainly be remiss to leave out the mustachioed Andy “Big Red” Reid, who could easily take Coach Of The Year before it’s all over.
Note that for as long as there have been Super Bowls, all of the 31 teams that have started out with 7-0 records ended up qualifying for the playoffs. 15 of those 31 clubs, not the least of which were Andy Reid’s 2004 Philadelphia Eagles, went on to the Super Bowl, and nine of those 15 teams went home with rings.
The Chiefs are quite a ways from being out of the woods, however – they will still have to twice face the 6-1 Denver Broncos and the 4-3 San Diego Chargers, as well as the 5-2 Indianapolis Colts in order to secure their AFC playoff positioning.
In its favor, the Chiefs Kingdom has proven this year-to-date, that Kansas City should not be underestimated.