The Kansas City Chiefs have taken this NFL season by the horns so far and have surely surpassed everyone’s best expectations — they ended last season with a cringe-inducing 2-14 finish. They are currently the team that so many love to hate (“But, but… they’ve had an EASY schedule!”) and are the only undefeated team in the league at the moment, boasting a 7-0 record. All the other teams don’t really care how difficult or easy a schedule Kansas City has had thus far; they just want to be the team that beats the Chiefs right now.
So, is it too early to hope for a Chiefs appearance at Super Bowl XLVIII or even a world championship?
Quarterback Alex Smith and the Chiefs’ offense — all detracting digs and snide remarks aside — have consistently delivered this year, with an additional boost from the defense and special teams. They are no flash-in-the-pan and are currently averaging 24.1 points per game, tied for 12th in the league for scoring. In addition, if the likes of Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster continue to play with all the heart that they’ve shown this year, they will be an offensive force to reckon with. The Big Red offense doesn’t seem to have even peaked yet. And the Chiefs defense? Forget about it — “stellar” doesn’t quite cover it. They are certainly outperforming themselves compared to last year and are by far outperforming the average NFL defense this season. Consider their 67 points off of turnovers alone, and twice as many sacks as other teams, especially when it counts, like on third downs.
The upcoming games over the course of the next two weeks against the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills might not give Kansas City much of a run for their money, but more challenging match ups are fast approaching.