The Kansas City Chiefs have done it again — they have managed to leverage their unpredictable, but ultimately effective, offense, coupled with the prowess of their No. 5 ranked defense, to rack up another win on the road Sunday. They came back from behind in their game against the Buffalo Bills to place an even larger target on their backs with a 23-13 victory, though admittedly, their win was not a huge surprise. They now head into their bye week with the NFL-topping 9-0 record under their belts. However, larger challenges now loom on the horizon.
On Nov. 17, the Chiefs will face off against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos for what has become arguably the most highly anticipated game as the season has played out, followed by other top-dog battles for AFC dominance. Much, probably too much, has been made of the Chiefs’ smooth sailing through a favorably scheduled season (after a catastrophic 2-14 record in 2012), and how they may not fare as well in the playoffs. Certainly now with this last win against Buffalo, the snippy talk continues. But what about the schedule of a long-time Kansas City rival, the Broncos? In a quick comparison, Manning & Co. have chalked up victories this season against the 0-8 Jacksonville Jaguars, 3-5 Washington Redskins, 3-5 Oakland Raiders, 3-5 Baltimore Ravens, 5-4 Dallas Cowboys, 4-5 Philadelphia Eagles and 2-6 New York Giants. Kudos, Denver?
Perhaps the Media Machine is so busy deifying these teams and remaining skeptical about the Chiefs’ success this year after last year to notice that teams like Denver and Seattle haven’t had it all that difficult themselves.
So, a bigger question: Is there such a thing as luck in the NFL?
If the Chiefs’ defense continues to take no prisoners as it has, other teams’ offenses will continue to struggle. If Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, running back Jamaal Charles and Kansas City’s offense continue to stay consistent and improve, they will continue to throw opposing defensive lines for the proverbial loop, and will continue to take those opportunities to consistently rack up the scores. If Andy Reid continues to shun conventional play calling, the Chiefs will continue to keep their upcoming opponents off balance and will continue to win games the way they have all season. To everyone’s surprise at the end of the season, that may be all it takes, as opposed to traditional game dominance and execution.
If there is such a thing as luck, it has certainly shown the Chiefs a lot of love this year. And if luck helps those who help themselves, watch out Nov. 17, Broncos.
Jonathan W. Crowell is a writer and an online sports blogger for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JW_Crowell, “like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.